Affirming Abundance: Mexican American Culture, Abolition, and #LandBack
In this lecture, Ybarra will reflect on the idea of wilderness and environmentalism for Mexican Americans. Ybarra's new practice of birdwatching precipitates a question. Whereas in her scholarship and teaching she argues that Mexican Americans do not identify with conventional environmentalism or the idea of wilderness, how can she understand her new practice of paying attention to birds?
In other words, what lessons emerge from contextualizing within the broader structures of coloniality and capital the Mexican American knowledge and practices that can be too narrowly defined as “environmental?” This essay affirms abundance in ways that resonate with the values of abolition feminism and in critical coalition with Indigenous land restoration as accountability for colonial violence, making a case for #LandBack instead of wilderness.
6:30pm Meeting Opens for Tech Check and Camera Roll
7:00pm Chapter Announcements
Approximately 7:20 Speaker Presentation
Approximately 8:30 - 8:45 Meeting Ends
About Dr Ybarra:
Dr. Priscilla Solis Ybarra, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of North Texas. Dr. Ybarra's research is on Chicana/o contributions to environmental thought, and her publications include "Erasure by U.S. Legislation: Ruiz de Burton's Nineteenth-Century Novels and the Lost Archive of Mexican American Environmental Knowledge," Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century_ (2010); "Borderlands as Bioregion: Jovita González, Gloria Anzaldúa, and the Twentieth Century Ecological Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley" MELUS_(2009); and a book chapter "Lo Que Quiero es Tierra: Longing and Belonging in Cherríe Moraga's Ecological Vision" New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (2004). Dr. Ybarra has lectured on Chicana/o environmental approaches at many U.S. and international universities and currently teaches courses on Latina/