Claudio Lomnitz (Columbia University) on "The Criminalization of Mexican Political Society During the Porfiriato"
Claudio Lomnitz Bio:
I work on the history, politics and culture of Latin America, and particularly of Mexico. I received my PhD from Stanford in 1987, and my first book, "Evolución de una sociedad rural" (Mexico City, 1982), was a study of politics and cultural change in Tepoztlán, Mexico. After that I developed an interest in conceptualizing the nation-state as a kind of cultural region, a theme that culminated in "Exits from the Labyrinth: Culture and Ideology in Mexican National Space" (California, 1992). In that work, I also concentrated on the social work of intellectuals, a theme that I developed in various works on the history of public culture in Mexico, including "Modernidad Indiana" (Mexico City, 1999) and "Deep Mexico, Silent Mexico: An Anthropology of Nationalism" (Minnesota, 2001). Around 10 years ago I began working on the historical anthropology of crisis and published "Death and the Idea of Mexico" (Zone Books, 2005), a political and cultural history of death in Mexico from the 16th to the 21st centuries. I am currently finishing a book on anarchism, socialism and revolution in Mexico (c. 1910) that inspects the cultural and political history of transnationalism. I will be spending 2011-12 on a research fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin.
(co-sponsored with the Program in Latin American Studies)
Location: 219 Aaron Burr Hall
Date/Time: 10/17/12 at 4:30 pm - 10/17/12 at 6:00 pm