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Laura Elisa Pérez, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies; Core Faculty, Doctoral Program in Performance Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Women’s Studies and Center for Latin American Studies.

Ethnic Studies Department, Chicano/Latino Studies, Announcements

Office: 572 Barrows
Email: leperez@berkeley.edu
Phone: 510-643-0796
Office hours: Wednesdays 2 to 4 PM, 572 Barrows Hall - All appts. made via email <leperez@berkeley.edu>

Web site: http://berkeley.academia.edu/LauraElisa

Perez is the author of Chicana Art: The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press, 2007). She co-curated, with Delilah Montoya, the multimedia exhibition Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas at 516 ARTS gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from January-March of 2009. The color exhibition catalog can be downloaded at: http://www.516arts.org/exhibitions_pages/chicana_badgirls_details.htmlShe curated, "Labor+a(r)t+orio: Bay Area Latina@ Arts Now," April 12-June 10, 2011, at the Richmond Arts Center, Richmond, California, http://www.therac.org/html/new_exhibitions.html



Ph.D., Romance Languages & Literatures, Harvard University, 1990
Stanford University, Exchange Scholar, Spring 1988
B.A./M.A. Joint Degree, Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Chicago, 1983
Cursos Internacionales de Verano, Universidad de Salamanca, Summer 1982.

Research interests

Post-sixties U.S. Latina/o literary, visual, and performance arts; U.S. women of color"/"third world" feminist, queer, decolonial thought; art and spirituality; racialization n cultural politics of the artworld(s); cultural st.


Spring 2015: CS 143: Cultures of the (Neo)Colonial and the Decolonial in Mexican and Chicana/o Thought & Visual Cultures, TuTh 3:30-5 PM, 230 Mulford; CS 180: Special Topics: Curander@s, Santer@s, and Writing, W 4-7 PM, 136 Barrows.


Graduate and undergraduate courses in the literary, visual, and performance arts and cultural studies and decolonial theory taught in the Departments of Ethnic Studies and/or Women’s Studies; Theater, Dance, and Performance; and/or Spanish and Portuguese:

Curander@s, Santer@as, and Writing

Domination and Decoloniality

Cultural Texts: Theories and Methodologies

U.S. Women of Color Thought

U.S. Women of Color Thought Through the Visual Arts

Cultural Politics and Economics of the Artworld(s)

U.S. Latina and Latin American Feminist Queer Thought

Visual Cultures and Racialization
Art and Spirituality in Contemporary U.S. Latina/o and Latin American Visual Arts
Virgin Mary/Guadalupe and Feminist, Queer Goddess Imagery
Visual and Literary Representations of Christian Sacred and Pre-Colombian Divinized Hearts
U.S. Latina/o Literatures
U.S. Latina/o Performance Art
Introduction to Chicana/o Literature
Chicana Feminist Thought and Literary, Visual, and Performance Arts
The Contemporary Latin American Novel
Latin American Avant-Garde Poetry of the 1920s-40s
Post-1960s U.S. Latina and Latin American Feminist Writers

Selected publications

"Writing With Crooked Lines," Fleshing the Spirit. Spirituality and Activism in Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous Women's Lives, edited by Elisa Facio and Irene Lara (University of Arizona Press, forthcoming spring 2014).

"The Inviolate Erotic in the Paintings of Liliana Wilson," in Ofrenda/Offerings: Liliana Wilson's Art of Dissidence and Dreams, ed. by Norma Cantu and Liliana Wilson (forthcoming fall 2014).

"Rethinking Immigration with Art" Tikkun 2013 (Vol. 28, No. 3, Summer 2013: 38-40. .

"The Performance of Spirituality and Visionary Politics in the Work of Gloria Anzaldua," El Mundo Zurdo 2, ed. by Sonia Saldivar Hull, Norma Alarcon, and Rita E. Urquijo-Ruiz (San Francisco: Aunt Lute Press 2012: 13-27).

Decolonizing Spirituality and Sexuality: Chicana Feminist and Queer Art, in the online issue of "Queer Spirituality & Politics", Tikkun. Politics. Spirituality. Culture.  (July/August 2010), at www.tikkun.org/article.php/july2010perez .

Coalition Amidst Difference: U.S. Women of Color Feminist Thought and Enrique Dussel’s Etica de la liberacion,” Special edition on Decolonial Feminisms, Qui Parle (Spring 2010).

"Con o Sin Permiso (With or Without Permission). Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas," pp. 3-7.  And, co-curator, with Delilah Montoya, of Chicana Badgirls. Las Hociconas exhibition January 17-March 21, 2009 at 516 ARTS gallery, Albuquerque, NM.

Chicana Art:  The Politics of Spiritual and Aesthetic Altarities (Duke University Press, July 2007).

"Hybrid Spiritualities and Chicana Altar-Based Art.  The Work of Amalia Mesa-Bains," Mexican American Religions.  Spirituality, Activism, and Culture (Duke Universityy Press, 2008), ed. by Gaston Espinosa and Mario T. Garcia, pp. 338-358.

"Maestrapeace:  Picturing the Power of Women’s Histories of Creativity," Chicana/Latina Studies. The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Vol. 6, Issue 2, Spring 2007: 56-66.

"Decolonizing Spiritualities: Spiritualities that are Decolonizing and the Work of Decolonizing Our Understanding of These," in Latin@s in the World-System. Decolonization Struggles in the 21st Century U.S. Empire, ed. by Ramon Grosfoguel, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and Jose David Saldivar (Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2005: 157-162.)

"Flesh of the Inscrutable (On Long Nguyen's Tales of Yellow Skin #2)," Fresh Talk; Daring Gaze, edited by Elaine Kim and Margo Machida. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2003.  Text reproduced for the retrospective exhibition and catalog, Tales of Yellow Skin.  The Art of Long Nguyen, JoAnne Severns Northrup, ed.  San Jose Museum of Art, CA:  2003, and The Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN, 2004.

"Writing on the Social Body: Dresses and Body Ornamentation in Contemporary Chicana Art," in Decolonial Voices.  Chicana and Chicano Cultural Studies in the 21st Century, edited by Arturo J. Aldama and Naomi Quiñónez. Indiana University Press, 2002, 33 pp.

"El desorden, Nationalism, and Chicana/o Aesthetics," in Between Women and Nation Transnational Feminisms and the State, edited by Caren Kaplan, Norma Alarcón, and Minoo Moallem, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999.

"Spirit Glyphs: Reimagining Art and Artist in the Work of Chicana Tlamatinime," Modern Fiction Studies Vol. 44, No. I (April 1998). Special Issue, "Contested Spaces in the Caribbean and the Americas," edited by Marcia Stephenson and Aparajita Sagar. In edited form also in: Rhetorics of the Americas. 3114 BCE to 2012 CE, ed. by Damian Baca and Victor Villanueva (Palgrave MacMillan 2010: 197-226).

"De lo rural a lo global: Martha Orozco y el reto del nativo del planeta " revista de critica literaria latinoamericana, Año XXIII, No. 46. (Lima Berkeley 2do. semestre de 1997), pp. 89 100.

Reconfiguring Nation and Identity: U S Latina and Latin American Women's Oppositional Writings of the 1970s-1990s. Berkeley: The Doe Library, University of California, 1995. Morrison Library Inaugural Address Series; No. 2, 31 pp.

"Reflections and Confessions on the ‘Minority’ and Immigrant I.D. Tour," with Ali Behdad, Paragraph. A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, (Edinburgh University Press), Special Issue, "Practices of Hybridity," edited by Mireille Rosello, Volume 18, Number 1, (March 1995), pp. 64 74.

"Opposition and the Education of Chicana/os," in Race, Identity, and Representation in Education, ed. by Cameron McCarthy and Warren Crichlow, NY and London: Routledge, 1993, pp. 268 279. Volume now in its second edition.

Honors & Awards

Committee on Research Faculty Grant, 2008-09
The Hellman Family Faculty Fund, University of California, Berkeley 2000 2001
Humanities Research (Sabbatical) Grant, UCB Fall 1998; Fall 2009
Susan B. Anthony Post Doctoral Fellowship, Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Studies, University of Rochester, 1992 93
Mellon Fellows in the Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, 1988 89
Harvard University Minority Prize Fellowship, 1984 89
Honorary Mellon Fellow in the Humanities, 1984


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