Jillian M. Báez: “Representations of Mixtec and Zaptotec Migrants in U.S. Media"

DEC 16, 2021 | 4:00 PM TO 5:30 PM





December 16, 2021: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM




Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)



“Latinx Indigenous Imaginaries: Representations of Mixtec and Zaptotec Migrants in U.S. Media"

This talk will trace the contours of U.S. media representations of indigenous migrants from Central Mexico. I will present a comparative analysis of Latinx indigenous representation in both mainstream English-language and Spanish-language media. In particular, I am largely concerned with the following research question: how is indigeneity imagined from both within and outside of Latina/o cultures? Via a cross-media analysis of print and television news in both English- and Spanish-language outlets I discuss several ways indigeneity is imagined: as nonexistent, as Other and beyond categorization, and as subsumed through Latinidad and hispanidad. I will end by touching on my research in progress that explores indigenous language media outlets and how they provide an alternative space for re-imagining Latinx indigeneities.

Jillian Báez is an associate professor in the Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies Department at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute and on the doctoral faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research expertise lies in Latina/o/x media and popular culture, transnational feminisms, and issues of belonging and citizenship. She is the author of In Search of Belonging: Latinas, Media and Citizenship (University of Illinois Press, 2018), recipient of the 2019 Bonnie Ritter Award for Outstanding Feminist Book at the National Communication Association. Dr. Báez’s research has also been in published in numerous peer-reviewed journals including Critical Studies in Media Communication; Communication, Culture & Critique; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Latino Studies; Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and Chicana/Latina Studies.