CORE Central American Studies Symposium RSVP - "Topics in Central American Studies: Examining Salvadoran Identity across the Diaspora" with Dr. Ester Trujillo and Dr. Jorge Cuellar
In this symposium, we aim to engage with critical scholars and topics emerging from the field of Central American Studies. What social scientific tools are available for studying the formation of identity among Central American migrant populations? How can we study resilience, community formation, and resistance among communities experiencing intense violence from the nation-state? How do Central American scholars tackle the difficulties of working with vulnerable populations who have experienced trauma and who exist within a complicated, diverse diasporic community? What does it mean to be working within the field of Central American Studies?

To lead our discussion and inquiry into these topics, we will have two amazing scholars share, present, and discuss their work with us.

Dr. Ester Trujillo is an assistant professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at DePaul University in Chicago and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of Central American immigrant integration with a broad interest in race and ethnicity, youth, and media production. Her current book project Becoming Salvi: Crafting Ethnic Identity in the Salvadoran Diaspora examines the processes that inform the development of ethno-racial identity among Salvadorans in Southern California. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Latino Studies Journal, the Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, Camino Real: Estudios de Hispanidades Norteamericanas, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies and Remezcla.

Dr. Jorge E. Cuéllar is Mellon Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in Latin American, Latino, & Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College. Cuéllar is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on the politics of everyday life in modern Central America. His work attends to worlds characterized by community fragmentation, insecurity, and environmental degradation by highlighting efforts and movements that interrupt and negotiate the violent logics that produce precarity, forced displacement, and everyday death. He is currently working on his first book tentatively entitled State Deformations: Culture and the Politics of Life in El Salvador. His recent public essays and columns can be found in El Faro, NACLA, Social Text's Periscope, Routed Magazine, and Radical History Review's The Abusable Past, among others.
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