Critical Latinx Indigeneities Forum
This forum on Critical Latinx Indigeneities features scholars whose research on Indigenous Latinx cultural politics pushes the boundaries of Latinx, Latin American, Indigenous, and Black studies to provide innovative analyses of race, gender, capital, and power in the contemporary moment. Their research points to the different ways that this field is challenging settler colonial logics of Native erasure, antiblackness, and migrant precarity while advancing transnational conceptualizations of solidarity, decolonization, and Indigenous continuance.
Bianet Castellanos is an associate professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the departments of American Indian Studies and Chicano & Latino Studies. For the past three decades, she has collaborated with Maya communities in Mexico and their diasporas in the United States. Her research centers on developing indigeneity as an analytic to interrogate mobility across the Americas. She is the author of A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún and the forthcoming book Indigenous Dispossession: Housing and Maya Indebtedness in Mexico. She edited Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach (with Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera and Arturo Aldama), Detours: Travel and the Ethics of Research in the Global South, and the forum “Settler Colonialism in Latin America” in American Quarterly. She is a member of the Critical Latinx Indigeneities Working Group. She teaches courses on comparative indigeneities, Indigenous urbanism, Indigenous migration, rage and politics, popular culture, immigration, tourism, and the US-Mexico border. She serves on the board of El Colegio High School, a Latinx-serving high school in Minneapolis.