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Charis welcomes Dr. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández and Lauren Klein in conversation for a discussion of Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora for Latinx Heritage Month. In Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernandez challenges machismo--a shorthand for racialized and heteronormative Latinx men's misogyny--with nuanced portraits of Mexican men and masculinities along and across the US-Mexico border.
Guidotti-Hernandez foregrounds Mexican men's emotional vulnerabilities and intimacies in their diasporic communities. Highlighting how Enrique Flores Mag n, an anarchist political leader and journalist, upended gender norms through sentimentality and emotional vulnerability that he performed publicly and expressed privately, Guidotti-Hernandez documents compelling continuities between his expressions and those of men enrolled in the Bracero program. Braceros--more than 4.5 million Mexican men who traveled to the United States to work in temporary agricultural jobs from 1942 to 1964--forged domesticity and intimacy, sharing affection but also physical violence. Through these case studies that reexamine the diasporic male private sphere, Guidotti-Hernandez formulates a theory of transnational Mexican masculinities rooted in emotional and physical intimacy that emerged from the experiences of being racial, political, and social outsiders in the United States.
Dr. Nicole M. Guidotti-Hernández is a Professor of English at Emory University. On fellowship at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for American history during the academic year 2019-2020, Professor Guidotti-Hernández was a faculty member at UT Austin from 2012-2019 and the inaugural chair of the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies. She started her academic career at the University of Arizona from 2003-2011. Her book titled Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries, Duke University Press (2011) was a finalist for the 2012 Berkshire Women’s History First Book Prize, won the MLA Chicana/o and Latina/o Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies for 2012. The book has received many favorable reviews. Her second book entitled Archiving Mexican Masculinities In Diaspora (Duke UP) was awarded a silver medal for the Mimi Lozano Family History Prize by the International Latino Book Awards.
As a public intellectual, Dr. Guidotti-Hernández has written numerous articles for the feminist magazine Ms. and the feminist blog The Feminist Wire, covering such topics as immigration, reproductive rights, and the Dream act. She also sits on the national advisory council for Ms. and is currently on the national advisory council for Freedom University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lauren Klein is Winship Distinguished Research Professor and Associate Professor in the departments of English and Quantitative Theory & Methods at Emory University, where she also directs the Digital Humanities Lab. She is the author of An Archive of Taste: Race and Eating in the Early United States (University of Minnesota Press, 2020) and, with Catherine D’Ignazio, Data Feminism (MIT Press, 2020). With Matthew K. Gold, she edits Debates in the Digital Humanities, a hybrid print-digital publication stream that explores debates in the field as they emerge.
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In Archiving Mexican Masculinities in Diaspora, Nicole M. Guidotti-Hern ndez challenges machismo--a shorthand for racialized and heteronormative Latinx men's misogyny--with nuanced portraits of Mexican men and masculinities along and across the US-Mexico border. Guidotti-Hern ndez foregrounds Mexican men's emotional vulnerabilities and intimacies in their diasporic communities.
Unspeakable Violence: Remapping U.S. and Mexican National Imaginaries (Latin America Otherwise) (Paperback)
Unspeakable Violence addresses the epistemic and physical violence inflicted on racialized and gendered subjects in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth. Arguing that this violence was fundamental to U.S., Mexican, and Chicana/o nationalisms, Nicole M.