Re-Membering Anzaldúa: Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldua in Self and Global Transformations

Proceedings of the Third Annual Social Theory Forum—April 5-6, 2006, UMass Boston

Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Volume IV • Special Issue • Summer 2006

  • Conference Call for Papers: CFP
  • Conference Program: Program
  • Conference Poster 1: Poster1
  • Conference Poster 2: Poster2

Journal Editor:
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, UMass Boston


This Summer 2006 (IV, Special) issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge includes the proceedings of the Third Annual Meeting of the Social Theory Forum (STF), held on April 5-6, 2006, at UMass Boston on: “Human Rights, Borderlands, and the Poetics of Applied Social Theory: Engaging with Gloria Anzaldúa in Self and Global Transformations.” Walking along and crossing the borderlands of academic disciplines, contributors engaged with Anzaldúa’s gripping and creative talent in bridging the boundaries of academia and everyday life, self and global/world-historical reflexivity, sociology and psychology, social science and the arts and the humanities, spirituality and secularism, private and public, consciousness and the subconscious, theory and practice, knowledge, feeling, and the sensual in favor of humanizing self and global outcomes. Central in this dialogue was the exploration of human rights in personal and institutional terrains and their intersections with human borderlands, seeking creative and applied theoretical and curricular innovations to advance human rights pedagogy and practice. Keynote contributions by: Winston Langley, AnaLouise Keating, Gloria González-Lopéz, Lilia I. Bartolomé, and Cynthia Enloe. Contributors include: Sarah Taylor Crockett, Amanda Bock, Caroline Hardy-Fanta, Amanda Witbeck, Tereza Kynclová, Paola Zaccaria, Panayota Gounari, Glenn Jacobs, Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Haroldo Fontaine, Ruth Nicole Brown, Estelle Disch, Pamela Irving Jackson, Roderick Parkes, Kavitha Koshy, Steve Martinot, Linda Dittmar, Miguel Malagreca, Kevin Allred, Gabriela Sandoval, Sharon Kim, Michelle Corbin, Karen M. Gagne, Rajini Srikanth, Elora Halim Chowdhury, C. Heike Schotten, Daniella Boucher, Chris Bobel, Tim Sieber, Karen L. Suyemoto, Shirley Tang, Anna Torke, Joaquin Alejandro Newman, and Mohammad H. Tamdgidi (also as journal editor-in-chief). Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is a publication of OKCIR: The Omar Khayyam Center for Integrative Research in Utopia, Mysticism, and Science (Utopystics). For more information about OKCIR and other issues in its journal’s Edited Collection as well as Monograph and Translation series visit OKCIR’s homepage.

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ix— Editor’s Note: “Re-Membering Anzaldua

Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston


1— The Unbordered Borders
Winston Langley, University of Massachusetts Boston

5— From Borderlands and New Mestizas to Nepantla and Nepantleras: Anzalduan Theories for Social Change
AnaLouise Keating, Texas Woman’s University

17— Epistemologies of the Wound: Anzalduan Theories and Sociological Research on Incest in Mexican Society
Gloria González-Lopéz, University of Texas at Austin

25— The Struggle for Language Rights: Naming and Interrogating the Colonial Legacy of “English Only”
Lilia I. Bartolomé, University of Massachusetts Boston

33— Cynthia Enloe Student Roundtable: “What International Feminist Activists Have Contributed to Anti-Militarist Social Theorizing”
Sarah Taylor Crockett, Amanda Bock, Caroline Hardy-Fanta, Amanda Witbeck
University of Massachusetts Boston


43— Constructing Mestiza Consciousness: Gloria Anzaldua’s Literary Techniques in Borderlands/La Frontera—The New Mestiza
Tereza Kynclová, Charles University, Czech Republic

57— Translating Borders, Performing Trans-nationalism
Paola Zaccaria, University of Bari, Italy

71— How to Tame a Wild Tongue: Language Rights in the United States
Panayota Gounari, Universiity of Massachusetts Boston

79— Finding the Center: Constructing the Subaltern Master Narrative
Glenn Jacobs, Universiity of Massachusetts Boston

87— Exploring Gloria Anzaldua’s Methodology in Borderlands/La Frontera—The New Mestiza
Jorge Capetillo-Ponce, Universiity of Massachusetts Boston


95— …y no se lo tragó la tierra:
A Bilingual Analysis in Terms of Mikhail Bakhtin’s “Discourse of the Novel”

Haroldo Fontaine, Florida State University

105— Mentoring on the Borderlands:
Creating Empowering Connections Between Adolescent Girls and Young Women Volunteers

Ruth Nicole Brown, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

123— Nurturing the Nepantlera Within: Working in the Borderlands of Our Prejudices
Estelle Disch, University of Massachusetts Boston


131— Glorbalization and the Securitization of Immigration Policy: Competing Influences on Immigrant Policy in Germany, France, Britain and the United States
Pamela Irving Jackson and Roderick Parkes, Rhode Island College and Center for European Integration (ZEI), Germany

147— Nepantlera-Activism in the Transnational Moment: In Dialogue with Gloria Anzaldua’s Theorizing of Nepantla
Kavitha Koshy, Texas Woman’s University

16—3 Social Justice Movements as Border Thinking: An Anzaldúan Meditation
Steve Martinot, San Francisco State University

177— Reaching Across No-Man’s-Land: The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in Yuli Cohen-Gerstel’s Film, “My Terrorist”
Linda Dittmar, University of Massachusetts Boston


187— Writing Queer Across the Borders of Geography, Desire, and Power
Miguel Malagreca, University of Buenes Aires, Facultad de Psicologia, Catedra de Etica y Derechos Humanos

205— Resisting Legibility on the Borders: Opposition to the Violent Intersections of Race, Nationality, and Sexuality
Kevin Allred, University of Massachusetts Boston

217— On Skin as Borderlands: Using Gloria Anzaldua’s New Mestiza to Understand Self-Injury Among Latinas
Gabriela Sandoval, University of California at Santa Cruz


225— The Development of Second Generation Korean American Spirituality
Sharon Kim, California State University at Fullerton

239—Facing Our Dragons: Spiritual Activism, Psychedelic Mysticism and the Pursuit of Opposition
Michelle Corbin, University of Maryland, College Park

249—Fighting Amnesia as a Guerillla Activity: Poetics for a New Mode of Being Human
Karen M. Gagne, Binghamton University

265— Anzaldua’s Sociological Imagination: Comparative Applied Insights into Utopystic and Quantal Sociology
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston

287— Moderator Commentary: Not Just Surviving but Fully Relishing the Borderlands, Defiantly and Triumphantly
Rajini Srikanth, University of Massachusetts Boston


291— Global Feminism: Feminist Theory’s Cul-de-sac
Elora Halim Chowdhury, University of Massachusetts Boston

303— Revolutionary Futures: Nietzsche, Anzaldua, and Playful “World”-Travel
C. Heike Schotten, University of Massachusetts Boston

321— Small Victories, Lasting Change: Harriet Martineau, Slavery, and Women’s Rights
Daniella Boucher, University of Massachusetts Boston 


This Bridge We Are Building

333— Introduction: This Bridge We Are Building: “Inner Work, Public Acts”
Chris Bobel, Tim Sieber, Karen L. Suyemoto, Shirley Tang, and Anna Torke, University of Massachusetts Boston

339— Processes of Emergence and Connection: Interrelations of Past, Present, and Future in Journeying for Conocimiento
Karen L. Suyemoto, University of Massachusetts Boston

347— Inner Work, Public Acts: The Conocimiento of Art
Anna Torke, University of Massachusetts Boston

355— Knowledge, Learning, and Teaching: Striving for Conocimiento
Tim Sieber, University of Massachusetts Boston

359— “Take This Course If You Like to Be Brainwashed”: Walking the Knife’s Edge Between Education and Indoctrination
Chris Bobel, University of Massachusetts Boston

365— Keeping the Path of Conocimiento Real and Grounded
Shirley Tang, University of Massachusetts Boston

371— Concluding Reflections—A Dialogue: This Bridge We Are Building: “Inner Work, Public Acts”
Chris Bobel, Tim Sieber, Karen L. Suyemoto, Shirley Tang, and Anna Torke, University of Massachusetts Boston 

377— Cover Art: Introducing Joaquin Alejandro Newman and the Forrealism Movement

379 About the Social Theory Forum (STF)