Latinx Languages & Identities Beyond Borders

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Center for Latin American Studies

About the lecture: Longstanding debates about US Latinx identities challenge homogenizing racial, ethnic, linguistic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual, and religious stereotypes. These stereotypes and the hierarchies to which they are linked reflect complex colonial histories and contemporary realities across the Americas. Drawing on ethnographic and sociolinguistic research conducted in a predominantly Mexican and Puerto Rican Chicago public high school and its surrounding communities, this presentation approaches Latinidad as a crucial site from which to analyze the (re)production of racial, linguistic, and national borders, as well as to reimagine worlds beyond these borders.

Jonathan Rosa is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and, by courtesy, Departments of Anthropology, Linguistics, and Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Dr. Rosa is also Director of Stanford’s Program in Chicanx-Latinx Studies and Co-Director of the Center for Global Ethnography, as well as President of the Association of Latina/o and Latinx Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association. He is author of the award-winning book Looking like a Language, Sounding like a Race: Raciolinguistic Ideologies and the Learning of Latinidad (2019, Oxford University Press) and co-editor of the volume Language and Social Justice in Practice (2019, Routledge). His work has appeared in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Educational Review, American Ethnologist, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and Language in Society, as well as media outlets such as The New York Times, The Nation, NPR, and Univision. Dr. Rosa obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and his B.A. in Linguistics and Educational Studies from Swarthmore College.

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