Die Amerikas: Forschungskolloquium zu den Amerikas aus kulturwissenschaftlicher Sicht
Gigi Peterson, Associate Professor of History, State University of New York at Cortland
“Transnational Currents in Art and Activism: Recovering the Seattle Ship Scalers Mural and its History”
In 1945 one of the now-forgotten figures of the Mexican muralist movement, US-born Pablo O’Higgins, painted a fresco, “The Struggle Against Racial Discrimination” for the union hall of the Seattle Ship Scalers Union. Both O’Higgins and the Ship Scalers—an interracial maritime union—participated in cross-border flows of art, labor activism, and politics linking Mexico, the US West Coast, and the Pacific Rim. The leftwing content and origins of the mural likely led to its “disappearance” for almost a generation, after the union moved and donated the fresco—cut into pieces—to the University of Washington. In the 1970s, student activism led to the recovery of the mural, as part of new “struggles against discrimination.” The journey of the mural illustrates the dynamics between Mexico and Seattle, local history and transnational currents, and activism in two distinct periods. It is also a tale of reconstructions and interpretations of history.
Gigi Peterson is an Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Cortland, USA. Her teaching and research interests revolve around labor and civil rights activism, imperialism and anti-imperialism, and the transnational dimensions of these topics. Her publications on related topics include an article upon which this presentation is based, “Recobrando the Struggle Against Racial Discrimination,” in Labor (Winter 2011) and “A Dangerous Demagogue: Containing the Influence of the Mexican Labor-Left and its U.S. Allies” in the anthology American Labor and the Cold War (Rutgers, 2004). She is currently working on projects involving Filipino-descent activists and their allies in Seattle Washington.
Wann: Donnerstag, 10.01.2014, 18:00-20:00 Uhr
Wo: Oettingenstr. 67, Raum L155
Veranstalter: Institut für Ethnologie Lageplan
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