The Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research (WIHR) recently announced its support for a 2019-2020 cohort of faculty fellows. Among the projects supported was my work on the relationship between politics, identity, and space amidst the failures of late liberalism in central Mexico.
The fellowship will facilitate my completion of two papers that I see existing under the title “Banishing Ghosts and Building Solidarities in Central Mexico After the Long Sixties” — one paper from my longitudinal ethnographic project on post-1968 political geographies of young people in Mexico City, and one from my collaboration with Oliver Hernández Lara, a sociologist at Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, around landscapes of disappearance in central Mexico. (Oliver and I have co-authored an essay in this direction for a forthcoming issue of Political Geography, which I frame and circulate in a future blog post.) Together, the proposed articles, for completion in Spring 2020, interpret and amplify aesthetic interventions and political strategies through which activists, artists, and organized communities politicize contemporary violence in Mexico.