Mahindra Humanities: Mellon Seminar on Violence/Non-Violence: Mónica Salas-Landa


Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Room 133, Barker Center

Harvard Graduate Students:

Please join us for the presentation of work in progress by Mónica Salas-Landa, a Mahindra Center postdoctoral fellow, as part of our Mellon seminar on violence/non-violence.  The seminar will meet from 3 to 5 pm on Monday, November 9th, in Barker 133.

 Dr. Salas-Landa received a PhD in Anthropology from Cornell University in 2015. Her project "Living among a Field of Ruins: (In)Visible Residues of Violence and Revolution" combines an archival approach with ethnographic research and examines the afterlife of the material traces left by post-revolutionary state interventions in the northern lowlands of Veracruz, Mexico. Through an engagement with the agentive and affective qualities of decaying oil infrastructure, ethnological photographs, agrarian documents, and the debris left by the development of an archaeological site, her project demonstrates how these scattered objects — disregarded, negated, cherished, or reified — continue to shape the political sensibilities of those who live amid what she conceives to be the concrete residues of violence and dislocation. Her paper for the seminar is part of this larger project.

 At the seminar on the 9th, Dr. Salas-Landa will be discussing a chapter she is working on titled “Modernist Ruins, Fragmented Debris: The Making and Unmaking of Monumentality in Post-revolutionary Mexico.”

 If you can attend, please RSVP to Andrea Volpe,, and we will provide a password to give you access to Dr. Salas-Landas’ draft chapter to read in advance of the seminar.