Friday, September 14, 2012, 4 - 6 pm
Duke University • East Campus • Carr Building
Ariana E. Vigil (UNC-Chapel Hill)
From Mexican-Americans proportionally earning more Medals of Honor than any other ethnic group to the high casualty rates of Latina/os in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Latina/os have a rich and complex relationship with U.S. militarism. This paper introduces the term “g(l)ocal war narrative” to capture the complexity of said relationship, looking at how Latina/os have responded to their engagements with U.S. militarism in the 20th and 21st centuries. Applying this new theoretical perspective to the memoir Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Sergeant Camilo Mejia, the paper illustrates how Nicaraguan-American veteran and activist Camilo Mejía locates violence within traditionally patriarchal and oppressive institutions – including the family, the military, and the state – as well as within “everyday” acts and practices.
Ariana E. Vigil is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her talk is part of a book-length project entitled Ni Aquí Ni Allá: Military Intervention, Domestic Violence and Latina/o Literature (1979 – 2005).
The seminar starts at 4:15 pm. Refreshments will be served before the seminar.
Co-sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies