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UW-Madison alum López López to receive Recognition Award from AERA division

March 08, 2017

UW-Madison alumna Ligia (Licho) López López will be receiving a Recognition Award for her dissertation work from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

López López earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and her adviser was Professor Thomas Popkewitz. Her dissertation is titled, “Indígena: A history of curriculum, teacher education, and the making of human kinds.”

According to the paper’s abstract: “In an era when markers of ‘diversity’ (race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, language, etc.) are generally common sense, societies ignore the histories of how these markers became possible and the crucial implications these histories have in the present of educational aspirations and people’s lives. This dissertation addresses the common sense of ‘diversity’ by examining the making of ‘what is indigenous,’ and ‘what is indigenous’ in the making of teacher preparation curricula to correct historical injustices in Guatemala.”

The abstract continues: “ ‘Indigenous/indígena’ refer to people, knowledges, modes of identification, objects, discourses, and performativities. Drawing from a wide range of archives including journals, newspaper clippings, photographs, speeches, and syllabi, as well as interviews, observations of current teacher preparation programs, and ethnographic accounts from protests, exhibits, and schools serving ‘indigenous populations,’ this dissertation maps the making-up of ‘lo indígena.’ Through various moments of intensity—from the 1920s when teacher preparation is more noticeable as a schooling practice, to the present (2012) when the largest teacher education reform is protested and debated in Guatemala—this dissertation traces how what is indigenous has been made up and became an object/subject of scientific inquiry by experts, with expert knowledges, in institutions that contribute to the current foundations of diverse education.”

López López will be recognized at the Division B Business Meeting scheduled for Friday, April 28, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The 2017 AERA Annual Meeting is being held in San Antonio April 27 to May 1.

To learn much  more López López’s dissertation, access the complete dissertation via this web page.