Coffee Hour with Jessica Lopez Lyman

 Jessica Lopez Lyman
Event Date & Time
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Event Location
445 Blegen Hall

269 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Enjoy a free catered lunch, a presentation by Jessica Lopez Lyman with the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and conversation with students, staff, and faculty from the GES Department. Lunch will be available starting at 12:30 p.m. and Dr. Lopez Lyman will present from 1-2 p.m. Those joining us for lunch are encouraged to pre-register. Please RSVP using the event registration link above by the end of the day on Monday, September 23rd. 

Place-Keeping Tactics: Latina/x Infiltration Movidas in the Twin Cities

In this talk Lopez Lyman argues Latina/x artists in the Twin Cities use what she terms “infiltration movidas” as a tactic for place-keeping. While our understanding of Latina/o/x activism and belonging in the creative economy has often been framed as place-making, Lopez Lyman’s study, following the artists in her book project, offers an alternative spatial paradigm — place-keeping. In the creative economy, place-making relies on a perception of emptiness and vacancy where artists in partnership with governments, businesses or non-profits create cultural experiences to fill a space. This logic affirms a settler colonial project because it reproduces the assumption that there is no social life that preexists the intrusion of racial capital. Latina/x artists in the Twin Cities, who are invested in a politics of solidarity, enact infiltration movidas as a place-keeping strategy in order to uplift the voices of residents already existing in the neighborhood, specifically Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color. Infiltration movidas thus serve as a way to unsettle colonial logics by resisting cultural displacement and potentially housing displacement as well. 

Jessica Lopez Lyman, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary performance artist and Xicana feminist scholar interested in how Black, Indigenous and Latina/o/x people create alternative spaces to heal and imagine new worlds. She received her Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her book Hard-Land, U.S.A: Chicana/Latina Art, Performance, and Organizing in the Twin Cities (forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press) explores how artists use their aesthetics to contribute to contemporary social movements ranging from Black Lives Matter to Indigenous resistance to oil pipelines. Jessica’s second book project focuses on Chicana/Latinx climate justice. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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