Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

Courses / Undergraduate

Fall 2018

CHICANO 180 001 | CCN: 20894

Topics in Chicano Studies - "Spirituality as Resistance: The Politics of Day of the Dead in meXicana/o Art Practice and Culture"

Jesus V Barraza

M 3:00 pm - 5:59 pm Dwinelle 215

4 Units


This course explores the politics that have driven the conceptual formation of altar-making as new genre public art and performance, the primary focus is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) as a practice of Xicana/o Art and Culture in the Bay Area over the last five decades. Focusing on multiple aspects of Día de los Muertos, from its historical Indigenous origins to the Mexican modernist interpretations and these influences on the contemporary Xicana/o Indigenous re-contextualization as a cultural and spiritual act of resistance to assimilation and cultural dislocation.