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Program Description: In this one-credit course, we will study the history and culture of Oaxaca City, Mexico and surrounding communities. The course will weave together a close examination of the complex and contested history of Oaxaca City, the city’s colonial past, and contemporary strategies practiced by indigenous communities to resist colonial influences. Through this approach, we will study transnationalism as a continually evolving cultural process. To do this, we will travel to and spend time in different Zapotec communities. While Oaxaca City is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, the state of Oaxaca is also the most diverse in Mexico with 17 different ethnolinguistic groups. Of these groups, the Zapotecs, an indigenous pre-Columbian civilization that flourished in the Valley of Oaxaca of southern Mesoamerica, are well-known for their traditional system of governance “usos y costumbres” as well as strong transnational ties. By the end of this course, you will have demonstrated that you are able to: understand Oaxaca’s complex and contested history, including the ways in which indigenous communities continue to resist colonial influence; historicize transnational migration and multi-ethnic migration from Southern Mexico; to compare and contrast local efforts aimed at maintaining autonomy in relation to three distinct Zapotec communities; and understand the inter-connectedness of global politics and local cultural, social, and political processes.

Dates: May 11 – May 19, 2020

Courses: HON394: Transnationalism in Practice: Autonomy, Indigeneity, and Community in Oaxaca, Mexico

Credits: 1

Program Fee: TBD

Application Deadline: November 15

The Oaxaca program information and application can be found online.

For further information, please contact: Abby Wheatley at awheatley@asu.edu