Pavel Shlossberg discusses his community-based ethnographic and oral-historical research related to Indian Arts and the Politics of Race and Culture in Central Mexico, on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Zimmerman Library's Waters Room. A catered lunch will be served.

Shlossberg's work documents contemporary danzas, such as the pastorelas, and related masking customs in central Michoacán. His work also examines how knowledge about masks and masking is often falsified in popular and scholarly work through the repetition of colorful myths that envelop the craft and the disavowal of items produced for the tourist and curio markets as inauthentic and low-grade. The debates over the authenticity/inauthenticity of tourist and curio arts shed light on how relations of class, status and inequality are constructed and contested in community rituals, Mexican national/regional culture and cross-border markets for Indian arts.

This presentation expands upon topics discussed in Fall 2011 when mascarero Felipe Horta visited UNM to present "Máscaras de Michoacán."

Shlossberg completed his Ph.D. in Communications at Columbia University and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UNM Department of Communication and Journalism. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Latin American and Iberian Institute.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu