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Robert McKee Irwin


Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Chair, Graduate Group in Cultural Studies (2010-17)
603 Sproul
University of California, Davis
rmirwin@ucdavis.edu 

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Humanizando la Deportación 

Books


A community based digital storytelling project that puts a human face on the current deportation crisis by inviting those who wish to share their personal experiences regarding deportation to create testimonial video shorts based on their stories. Our online open access archive includes well over 200 digital stories. I direct this project in collaboration with colleagues from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Universidad de Guadalajara, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua.

 

 http://humanizandoladeportacion.ucdavis.edu/en/

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Comparative Border Studies

This initiative, sponsored by the Mellon Foundation, focuses on promoting interdisciplinary, comparative research on the making, unmaking, crossing, and fortification of borders – national, colonial, regional, and continental. Our central thematics include: human rights, citizenship, and racialized belonging; mobility, militarization, and containment; and protest cultures and transnational solidarities. Through this initiative, which I codirect, we organize a range of public events including lectures, conferences, performances, and exhibitions.

 http://borderstudies.ucdavis.edu/

 

 https://migrationportal.ucdavis.edu/

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Special Journal Issues 

Selected Articles & book chapters  

"La frontera México-EEUU: desplazamientos, contenciones, agencias, movilizaciones": dossier coeditado con Mónica Szurmuk en Revista Transas: http://www.revistatransas.com/dossier-la-frontera-mexico-ee-uu-desplazamientos-contenciones-agencias-movilizaciones/

2019: “Making Sensation and Sense of the Migrant Caravan of Fall 2018” in Latinx Talk, Part I: https://latinxtalk.org/2019/03/19/making-sensation-and-sense-of-the-migrant-caravan-of-fall-2018-part-i/; Part II: https://latinxtalk.org/2019/03/26/making-sensation-and-sense-of-the-migrant-caravan-of-fall-2018-part-ii/

2018: "Trayectorias fronterizas más allá del boom" in Revista Iberoamericana  http://revista-iberoamericana.pitt.edu/ojs/index.php/Iberoamericana/article/view/7668

2017: "The Gender and Sexuality Turn" (with Mónica Szurmuk) in New Approaches to Latin American Studies: Culture and Power, Juan Poblete, ed. (Routledge)

2017: "¡Ay, mi soledad! Mexican Solitude Beyond the Labyrinth" in Modern Mexican Culture: Critical Foundations, Stuart Day, ed. (U Arizona Press)

2017: "¿Qué han hecho los nuevos americanistas? The New American Studies, Ten Years Later" in The Routledge Companion to Interamerican Studies, Wilfried Raussert, ed. (Routledge)

2017: "Ethics, Collaboration and Knowledge Production: Digital Storytelling with Sexually Diverse Farmworkers in California" (with Tania Lizarazo, David Tenorio, Diana Pardo, Elisa Oceguera) in Lateral: Journal of the Cultural Studies Association  http://csalateral.org/issue/6-1/ethics-digital-storytelling-lizarazo-oceguera-tenorio-pedraza-irwin/

2016: "Almost Latino Literature" in The Latino Ninetheenth Century: Archival Encounters in American Literary History, Rodrigo Lazo and Jesse Alemán, eds. (New York University Press)

2016: "Popular Narratives: Telenovelas, Corridos, Historietas, and Other Literary Pursuits" (with Maricruz Castro Ricalde) in A History of Mexican Literature, Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Ana Nogar, and José Ramón Ruisánchez Serra, eds. (Cambridge)

2015: "La condición postmexicana ante la 'restauración'" in Roger Bartra ante la crítica, Mabel Moraña and Ignacio Sánchez Prado, eds. (Fondo de Cultura Económica)

2015: "John Rechy's (Los) Angeles: Some Queer Mexican Intertextualities" in The Textual Outlaw: John Rechy in the 21st Century, Manuel Martín Rodríguez and Beth Hernández Jason, eds.

2014: "Migración, comodificación, memoria: el caso insólito de Martín Ramírez" in A Contracorriente https://acontracorriente.chass.ncsu.edu/index.php/acontracorriente/article/view/1315

2012: "Allá en el trapiche (del Rancho Grande): el cine mexicano se impone en Colombia" in Revista de Estudios Colombianos

2011: "Deseo nocturno, turismo sexual, diferencia racial en Nostalgia de la muerte" in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, special issue: "Vanguardias mexicanas"

2010: "Homoerotismo y nación latinoamericana: unos patrones del México decimonónico" in Ana Peluffo and Ignacio Sánchez Prado, Eds., Entre hombres: masculinidades del siglo XIX en América Latina (Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana)

2010: "Mexican Golden Age Cinema in Tito's Yugoslavia" in The Global South https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/gso.2010.4.1.151#metadata_info_tab_contents

2010: "Lola Casanova: The Tropes of Mestizaje and the Frontiers of Race" in Border Culture, Ilán Stavans, ed.

2009: "Cultural Studies and the Field of 'Spanish' in the US Academy" (with Mónica Szurmuk) in A Contracorriente https://projects.ncsu.edu/project/acontracorriente/spring_09/docs/Irwin_and_Szurmuk.pdf

2009: "Memín Pinguín: Líos Gordos con los Gringos" in Redrawing the Nation: National Identity in Latin/o American Comics, Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste and Juan Poblete, eds. (Palgrave Macmillan)

2008: "The American Renaissance and the Mexican Renacimiento: The Long Critical Disconnect in the Americas" in Centennial Review" https://www.jstor.org/stable/41949588?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

2007: "El modelo de don Luis: el mexicanismo para los "mentes mojadas" del nuevo milenio" in Cien años de lealdad: en honor a Luis Leal, Sara Poot Herrera, Francisco Lomelí, María Herrera-Sobek, Eds., University of California, Santa Barbara/UC Mexicanistas/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México/Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey/Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana

2007: "Memín Pinguín, Rumba, and Racism: Afro Mexicans in Classic Comics and Film" in Heispheric American Studies, Caroline Levander and Robert Levine, eds. (Rutgers U Press)

2005: "The Legend of Lola Casanova: On the Borders of Border Studies" in Aztlán

2004: "¿Qué Hacen los Nuevos Americanistas? Collaborative Strategies for a Postnationalist American Studies" in Comparative American Studies https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1477570004046772

2004: "'Las Inseparables' y la prehistoria del lesbianismo mexicano" in Debate Feminista https://www.jstor.org/stable/42624804?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents

2003: "Ramona and Postnationalist American Studies: On 'Our America' and the Mexican Borderlands" in American Quarterly   

2002: "El centenario de los 41" in Revista de Crítica Cultural

2001: "Toward a Border Gnosis of the Borderlands: Joaquín Murrieta and Nineteenth-Century US-Mexico Border Culture" in Nepantla https://muse.jhu.edu/article/23934/pdf

2000: "The Famous 41: The Scandalous Birth of Modern Mexican Homosexuality" in GLQ, A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies https://muse.jhu.edu/article/12144/summary

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Current Projects

Publications

Media 

Diálogos de la frontera: interview on "Humanizing Deportation"
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Portraits by Leopoldo Peña (http://www.leopoldopena.com/) of community storytellers
 

Guadalupe Mendívil (#37), Tania Mendoza (#115), Juan Carrillo (#153) on our webpage: 

http://humanizandoladeportacion.ucdavis.edu

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