Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Presents Saints Of Mobility: Holiness Within The Borderlands Feb. 21

Dr. William Calvo-Quirós

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Presents Saints Of Mobility: Holiness Within The Borderlands Feb. 21

Saints of Mobility: Holiness Within the Borderlands at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.

Free to SCAS Members – $10 general – $5 students.

Based on a variety of primary and secondary sources, including government juridical proceedings, newspapers, oral narratives, literature, popular music as well as extensive interviews, and ethnographic visits to border shrines over the last 10 years, this presentation investigates the U.S.-Mexico border not only as a physical frontier of socio-economic and political conflict, but also as an epistemic battleground over spiritual and imaginary geographies.

This research project traces the crossover immigration and evolution in the meaning of popular saints from Mexico into the United States.

Following a chronological approach, Dr. William Calvo-Quiros analyzes five vernacular saint figures (Jesús Malverde, Santa Olguita, Juan Soldado, Toribio Romo and La Santa Muerte) within broader discourses about the construction of masculinity and the state, the long history of violence against women in the region, women erasure from history, the major U.S. demographic religious shifts generated by the influx of new Catholic Latino immigrants, the discrimination of non-normative sexualities, as well as the U.S and Mexico’s formal and informal investment in the control of religiosity within the discourses of immigration in the United States.

This presentation unveils not only the politics and struggles of border popular religiosity but its sophisticated role in envisioning a future beyond oppression.

Born in Costa Rica, Dr. William Calvo-Quirós immigrated to the United States with his family in the late 1980’s. After completing his undergraduate in Industrial Design, he went on to complete two PhDs.
His first PhD in 2011, from the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University (ASU) for his ethnographic work on Lowriders Aesthetics, methodologies, and their use of color, and his second PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) in Spring 2014. His research titled “Monsters of Late Capitalism Along the U.S. — Mexico Border: Legends, Epistemologies and the Politics of Imagination” focuses on the epistemic values of folk tales, the imaginary and the uncanny, in particular, their relationships to the socio-political realities of economic exploitation and racial segregation experienced by U.S. – Mexico border communities.

Dr. Calvo-Quiros is a resident scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.