The Feminist Architecture of Gloria E. Anzaldúa: New Translations, Crossings, and Pedagogies in Anzaldúan Thought

The culmination of a year-long celebration of the life and work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa, this free, public conference brings together scholars who are engaging Anzaldúa's theories of subjectivity and agency. It opens Friday, April 10, at 3:00pm, in Humanities 1, Room 210, and closes Saturday, April 11, with a reception at 4:30pm. Saturday's events take place in the Humanities Lecture Hall.

March 09, 2015

By , Program Manager, Institute for Humanities Research 

From This Bridge Called My Back:  Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981), to Borderlands/La Frontera:  The New Mestiza (1987), Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras (1990), This Bridge We Call Home:  Radical Visions for Transformation (2002), Interviews/Entrevistas (2000), The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader (2009), and her children’s books, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa's (1942-2004) impact on critical race, feminist, queer, and decolonizing theories of an active subjectivity and agency has been profound.  Her worldview as intellectual, lesbian of color, poet, and teacher privileges the knowledge that comes from experiencing life in between spaces—as the border dweller, the queer, the colored, and the mestiza.  Embracing ambiguity, liminality, and border thinking, she calls for women of color, particularly lesbians of color, to write, engage and interrogate our world, thereby challenging the hegemony of knowledge production and categorical logic.

This two-day conference engages Anzaldúan thought and praxis as it asks:  How do the efforts of the El Mundo Zurdo conference, new archival material, and translations invite us to participate in and connect with the living heart of Anzaldúa’s work in new ways?  How have scholars engaged/translated Anzaldúan theory into pedagogical practices, either through alternative methodologies or epistemologies?  How is Anzaldúa’s work in dialogue with current theories of the post-human, settler colonialism, or decolonial thinking?  What provocations can we take from her work?  And how do we move Anzaldúa 1.0 to Anzaldúa 2.0?

Conference Schedule


3:00pm Welcome: Bettina Aptheker and Karen Yamashita; Felicity Amaya Schaeffer and Cindy Cruz; Alma Sifuentes, Dean of Students, UCSC

3:15-4:30pm Keynote: Laura Perez, UC Berkeley

4:30-6:15pm Panel 1: Una Travesía/A Crossing: Thinking Anzaldúa across the Disciplines

Karen Barad, UCSC
Gaye Theresa Johnson, UCSB
Felicity Amaya Schaeffer, UCSC
Sonia Saldivar-Hull, University of Texas-San Antonio
Pedro de Pietro, Syracuse University

Moderators: Jennifer González, UCSC / Catherine Ramírez, UCSC



9:30-10:00am Coffee and Snacks

10:00-12:00pm Panel 2: La Facultad: Bridging Theory to Praxis in Anzaldúan Thought

Pat Zavella, UCSC
Aida Hurtado, UCSB
Sofia Villenas, Cornell University
Alejandra Elenes, Arizona State University

Moderators: Olga Nájera-Ramírez, UCSC / Marcia Ochoa, UCSC

12:00-1:00pm Lunch

1:00-2:45pm Panel 3: Roundtable – Santa Cruz Feminist of Color Collective

Sandra Alvarez, Chapman University
Pascha Bueno Hansen, University of Delaware
Susy Zepeda, UC Davis
Roya Rastegar, Los Angeles, Filmmaker

Moderator: Pat Zavella, UCSC

2:45-3:00pm Break

3:00-4:30pm Keynote Conversation: Maria Lugones, Binghamton University

Moderators: Rosa-Linda Fregoso, UCSC / Bettina Apthekar, UCSC

Download the conference poster.

The Chicano Latino Research Center is honored to cosponsor this free, public event with the University of California President's Chair of Feminist and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; the Departments of Anthropology, Feminist Studies, Education, Literature, and Politics; El Centro:  Chicano Latino Resource Center; Cowell and Stevenson Colleges and College 8; the Office of the Dean of Students; and the Graduate Student Association.