Event—Scholarly Seminars

Nathan Ellstrand, Loyola University Chicago, and Daniel Runnels, Indiana University


Crisis and the Growing Importance of Women in the Partido Liberal Mexicano, 1915-1922, Nathan Ellstrand

María Talavera and Lucía Norman of the Partido Liberal Mexicano in early twentieth century Los Angeles struggled to keep the anarchist movement functioning and acquired greater roles as leaders, increasing their influence as women. Nonetheless, the party’s male leadership placed the women within a gendered hierarchy, despite its supposedly progressive ideology. The two women actively participated in sustaining the party’s mouthpiece on Mexico and anarchism, Regeneración. They also supported the men in court and faced indictments themselves. Talavera and Norman’s actions forced the party to truly demonstrate its anarchistic ideals of freedom for all – women and men alike.

Manifestos of the Partido Liberal Mexicano: The Written Sign, Abandoned (from the Other Side of the Border), Daniel Runnels

The present paper analyzes the manifestos of the Partido Liberal Mexicano prior to and during the Mexican Revolution. I am interested in forms of writing that purport to alter material practices in the world; the manifesto genre is uniquely interesting on this account, because manifestos stand precisely at the meeting point between writing and doing. Indeed, manifestos are model examples of the attempt make writing be a kind of doing. I suggest absence as a trope that can help us to read these manifestos in their fullest context and, by extension, to assess the PLM legacy more fully.

Respondent: Emilio Kourí, University of Chicago