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Time: Feb. 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Location: Maxwell Auditorium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Adela C. Licona (University of Arizona)

This Syracuse Symposium keynote address is a call to action. NO CAGES. JAULAS NO. This multimodal interventionist art project circulates as a coalitional gesture. It recognizes that forced separation is not a new practice but one with a long and brutal history connected to colonization, slavery, internment, and imprisonment. In collaboration, Licona contextualizes and connects these histories to specific cruelties presently being enacted on migrant and refugee children and their families at the US/Mexico border. This online and installation-ready project participates visually, textually, and sonically in a collective outcry against the caging of children and other migrants. 

A reception follows the program.

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Biography: Adela C. Licona, University of Arizona, Associate Professor of English and Vice Chair of the Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory graduate minor, is affiliated in Gender and Women’s Studies, Institute of the Environment, and Mexican American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include space and visual rhetorics, cultural, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies, race, borderlands studies, environmental justice, feminist pedagogy, community literacies, action-oriented research and arts-based inquiry.

Licona’s photography has appeared in Versal; Edible Baja Magazine; TRIVIA; Proximities; Terrain; Kairos; Community Literacy; and The Rasp and the Wine. It has been exhibited across the US. She was awarded a 2018 PLAYA Residency. Her series, “Shedding Skin”, with artist-scholar Cara Hagan was awarded Honorable Mention for the “Women Seeing Women” category of the 12th Julia Cameron International Award.

Licona is co-editor of Feminist Pedagogy: Looking Back to Move Forward (JHUP, 2009), author of Zines in Third Space: Radical Cooperation and Borderlands Rhetoric (SUNY Press, 2012), and co-editor of Precarious Rhetorics (OSUP, 2018).

Licona co-directed the Crossroads Collaborative, a Ford Foundation-funded think-and-act research, writing, and teaching collective designed for action-oriented research on youth, sexuality, health, rights, and justice. With graduate students, she co-founded Feminist Action Research in Rhetoric, FARR, a group of progressive feminist scholars committed to public scholarship and community dialogue. She is a member of the Colectivo Fronteristas art collective.

Licona served as Co-Chair of two National Women’s Studies Association Conferences (2015-16), is Editor Emeritus of Feminist Formations, and serves on advisory/editorial boards for QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, Feminist Formations, the Primavera Foundation, and the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, a project of Spoken Futures.

Additional supporters:

  • Art and Music Histories
  • Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
  • Women's and Gender Studies
  • Latino-Latin American Studies
  • Communication and Rhetorical Studies
  • Cultural Foundations of Education
  • Lender Center for Social Justice
  • Syracuse University Humanities Center