November 08, 2019 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMUptown Campus
Fridays at Newcomb is a lecture series featuring speakers across disciplines that provides students with the opportunity to learn about subjects outside of their majors. The events are held in the Diboll Gallery at Newcomb Institute, on the third floor of The Commons - lunch is provided and the event is free and open to the public.
Fridays at Newcomb: Maya Survivors' Decolonial Struggle After the Acteal Massacre
Claudia Chávez Argüelles is a lawyer and an anthropologist from Mexico City. She recently joined the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University as an Assistant Professor after being an Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University and a Research Fellow at the University of California - San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies.
Dr. Chávez earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, in the Activist Anthropology Track, with a graduate portfolio in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Her areas of specialization include the anthropology of law and the state, indigenous politics, collaborative research methodologies, and the intersection of racism, political violence, and feminicide in Latin America. She has been a Fulbright Fellow and has engaged in ethnographic research in Mexico with grants awarded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the National Council of Science and Technology in Mexico (CONACyT), among others.
Chávez's current research investigates the production of the “legal truth” in the case of the Acteal Massacre (Chiapas, 1997) and analyzes what indigenous survivors’ struggles for justice reveal about the politics of truth and memory in the post-multicultural era.