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Anti -Racist Horizons: Zapatista Kuxlejal Politics and Indigenous Autonomy, by Mariana Mora

November 7, 2018 | 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Humanities Gateway 1341

Anthropologist Mariana Mora is associate professor and researcher of Center for Higher Studies and Research in Social Anthropology (CIESAS) in Mexico City. Over the past two decades, Zapatista indigenous community members in Mexico have asserted their autonomy and self-determination by using everyday practices as part of their struggle for lekil kuxlejal, a dignified collective life connected to a specific territory. Her book provides an in-depth ethnography that summarizes Mora’s more than ten years of extended research and solidarity work in Chiapas, with Tseltal and Tojolabal community members helping to design and evaluate her fieldwork. The result of that collaboration–a work of activist anthropology–reveals how Zapatista kuxlejal (or life) politics unsettle key racialized effects of the Mexican neoliberal state.

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