Oct 09 2013
Carwil R. Bjork-James (Anthropology) is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on strategies of grassroots autonomy and disruptive protest in Latin America. His primary research project studies the takeover and use of urban space by grassroots social movements in Bolivia, particularly in the city of Cochabamba. Using both anthropological and historical methods, he explores how pivotal public events generate political legitimacy, contribute to major—sometimes revolutionary—transformations in the balance of power, and provide models for future political action. The ethnographic evidence collected about these events—of social life as experienced through the human body, the meanings attached to places, and social movement practices—explains how grassroots movements exert leverage upon the state through protest. Bjork-James received his Ph.D. from the City University of New York in 2013.
Marzia Milazzo (English) received her Ph.D. in comparative literature, with a doctoral emphasis in global and international studies, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A. in English and Spanish, along with a secondary education teaching degree, from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Her research is broadly concerned with the relation between the poetics and politics of racial disavowal and antiracism across national borders and literary traditions. Her teaching and study areas include twentieth and twenty-first century African American, Afro-Latin American, Chicana/o, Latina/o, inter-American, and South African literatures; black radical thought, critical race theory, postcolonial theory, sociology of race and ethnic relations, and white supremacy; antiracist, feminist, and indigenous epistemologies.