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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Mexico City, Mexico: Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Production in Mexico City

  • Summary

    ** Info Sessions: February 6, 1-2 p.m. & February 13, 3-4 p.m. in the Multicultural Center **

    This course offers students the opportunity to critically engage with issues, topics, and enactments of gender and sexuality as they intersect with art and performance movements in Mexico City. A sprawling urban hub and home to nearly 9 million people, Mexico City has grown up, around, and over thriving indigenous cities, including Mexico-Tenochtitlán and Tlatelolco, creating a rich and dense palimpsest of cultural practices and traditions. This Mexico City-based course will focus on the following topics in relation to frameworks of gender and sexuality: discourses of indigeneity and mexicanidad, social and political constructions of art-making, race, and racialization, and transnational influences and contexts for cultural production.

    • Students will stay within walking distance from Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Coyoacán, one of Mexico’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods with a long history of being an important hub for creative and intellectual life in Mexico’s capital. 
    • Students will go on 2-3 excursions per week 
    • Visit sacred and archeological sites such as Teotihuacán, Templo Mayor, and more.
    • Visit museums like the Museo Frida Kahlo, Museo Anahuacalli, Museo Nacional de Antropología and more. 
    • Visit community-based and organizations to hear perspectives from local artists, academics, and cultural practitioners.
     
    Dates:  June 28 - August 1, 2020
    All dates are subject to change

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Courses:
    Ethnic Studies N180: Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Gender, Sexuality, and Cultural Production in Mexico City

    Housing:
    • Students will live in a hostel in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City.
    • Breakfast is provided daily by the hostel.
    • Students will be housed only with other program participants in shared rooms of  2 - 4 students. Please note that there are gender-inclusive rooming options available for this program. If you have clarifying questions, please feel free to reach out to the program staff.

    Eligibility:
    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    2.0 GPA or higher
    • There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.

    Application:
    • Application opens February 3, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of six UC Berkeley units.

    Course: ES N180
    Title: Selected Topics in Comparative Ethnic Studies - Study Abroad
    Instructor: Elisa Diana Huerta
    Units: 6 units

    This course offers students the opportunity to critically engage with issues, topics, and enactments of gender and sexuality as they intersect with art and performance movements in Mexico City. A sprawling urban hub and home to nearly 9 million people, Mexico City has grown up, around, and over thriving indigenous cities, including Mexico-Tenochtitlán and Tlatelolco, creating a rich and dense palimpsest of cultural practices and traditions. This Mexico City-based course will focus on the following topics in relation to frameworks of gender and sexuality: discourses of indigeneity and mexicanidad, social and political constructions of art-making, race, and racialization, and transnational influences and contexts for cultural production. 

    Students will stay in Coyoacán, one of Mexico’s oldest and most beautiful neighborhoods with a long history of being an important hub for creative and intellectual life in Mexico’s capital. This course is organized around a series of excursions (2-3 per week), daily group discussions, self-guided activities, critical readings, and self-reflection/journaling.  Excursions will include visits to museums, sacred and archeological sites, local artisans and art-makers, and performances.  Please be sure to bring your student ID in order to make good use of free museum days. 

    Learning Goals and Objectives:
    ·       Gain a deeper understanding of the socio-political and cultural landscape of Mexico City
    ·       Develop and foster critical thinking and analytic tools for engaging the multi-dimensional nature of culture-making, locally and globally
    ·       Hone academic and creative writing skills 

    You can fulfill the L&S International Studies breadth requirement by full participation in a Berkeley Summer Abroad program. All of the required courses must be completed with a C-/P or better.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    2020 Fees Pending

    Tuition and Program Fee

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $2,575 $2,575
    Total Cost $5,089 $5,875

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60.

     

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount
     
    International Airfare and Transportation $922
    Additional Meals $264
    Books $210
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $359
    Total $1755

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.

    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:

    • Student housing in the Coyoacan neighborhood of Mexico City for the duration of the program and daily breakfasts.
    • On-site orientation activities, excursions, etc.
    • Museum Admission fees.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals

  • Timeline
    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20. 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    First day of program June 28, 2020
    Last day of program† August 1, 2020

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    † Students are expected to check into program housing in Mexico City on June 21, 2020, and will be expected to check out of program housing on July 25, 2020. Students who arrive in-country early or depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their own accommodations outside of the program dates.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Elisa Diana Huerta
    Program Director
    Email: elisahuerta@berkeley.edu

    Elisa is a Brawley born and Tejas raised organizer, activist, artesanx and scholar. After earning a bachelor’s degrees in Mexican American Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Plan II from the University of Texas at Austin, Elisa moved to Santa Cruz, CA in order to pursue a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with parenthetical notations in Latin American & Latino Studies and Feminist Studies. Elisa spends a lot of time thinking and writing about expressive culture, performance, women of color praxis, and indigeneity, and has taught classes on these topics at the UT San Antonio and UC Santa Cruz.  They have also facilitated community-based writing workshops both on and off the UC Berkeley campus. Art-making, of all kinds, makes their heart happy. As the Director of the Multicultural Community Center at the University of California, Berkeley, Elisa works to create dynamic and engaging spaces where students, faculty, staff, and community members can learn, heal, create and vision.