Eddy Alvarez Presents Paper On Love in Colorado

On April 9, 2016, Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., Assistant Professor in Africana and Latino Studies, presented at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) in Denver, Colorado. His talk titled “Finding Sequins in the Rubble: De-Colonial Love as Research Method and Pedagogy, “ focused on the hermeneutic role of love as a feminist framework, and how it applies to his research and teaching. Following the lead of woman of color, de-colonial, feminist and queer Latina/o and Black scholars, Alvarez traced his own love journal as he discussed love as a central tenet in his interdisciplinary book project on queer Latinx Los Angeles. His presentation highlighted how despite scholarly dismissal of the topic, love functions as a viable theoretical framework and a healing pedagogy. In the classroom “pedagogies of love” are used to combat the traumas of violence, racism, homophobia, anti-immigrant sentiment, classism, and other intersectional forms of oppression. This paper was part of a panel titled “Queers on the Journey of Love: Forming a Feminist Muxerista Path” with Anita Revilla Tijerina, Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Degree Programs at UNLV and Nancy Rusty Barceló, President of Northern New Mexico College. Support was provided by the Africana and Latino Studies Department and the SUNY Oneonta faculty development funds.