Space, Power & Historical Meaning Making

When and Where

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Online, Zoom


Mónica Espaillat Lizardo


Join us for a workshop for undergraduate students that will explore the relationship between physical space (historical monuments, geographic markers, material remnants of the past) and power, presented by the Latin American Studies Fellowship program.

About the Workshop
Physical spaces are marked by the stories repeated about them. Physical spaces also mark persons welcomed into or prohibited from them. But who has the power to tell these stories in the first place, and who has the power to alter and rewrite them?
          By using the work of anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot and queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, we will query the historical meanings and narratives given to particular spaces and the various contestations these meanings have faced and continue to face.

About the Presenter
Mónica Espaillat Lizardo is a Latin American Studies Fellow for 2021-22, and a Vanier Scholar currently completing a PhD in History and the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. Her research interests and current focus lies in the Spanish Caribbean. Her dissertation examines the rendering of legal citizenship and social articulations of belonging in the Dominican Republic from 1930 onward. It also includes analysis of the efforts of Dominicans of Haitian descent, Black Dominicans, and Queer Dominicans to counter a national state project that deemed them “impossible citizens”.

Contact Information


Department of Spanish & Portuguese, Latin American Studies program