Maricela Becerra

E-mail: mabecerra@ucla.edu Office: Rolfe Hall 4317

Education

  • Candidate in Philosophy. Hispanic Languages and Literature, University of California, Los Angeles (2017)
  • Graduate Certificate. Urban Humanities Initiative: Mexico City. University of California, Los Angeles (2016)
  • A. Spanish, California State University, Long Beach (2014)
  • A. Spanish Literature, Chicano & Latino Studies. Minor: Political Science, California State University, Long Beach (2010)

Research

Broadly speaking, I am interested in memory, violence and trauma in contemporary Mexico.

Specifically, my research interest is the literary and cultural manifestations of the student massacre that took place in Tatelolco, Mexico on October 2nd of 1968. Presently my research focuses on the representations and memory of the massacre in the 21st century. My research questions try to explore who is remembering, what is being remembered and how these memories are being (re)presented. I also explore the role of fiction in memory making and its role in contemporary social justice movements.

Currently, I am working on the post-memories of the Tlatelolco massacre in contemporary Mexican authors, and researching the exchanges between the Chicano student movement in L.A. and the Mexican student activists in 1968.

Articles

  • Becerra, Maricela , Lucy Seena, and Gus Wendel. “The 43: Remembering Ayotzinapa.” Boom: A Journal of California 6.3 (2016): 33–41.
  • Becerra, Maricela et al. “Seeking Literary Justice: La Caja Mágica in Boyle Heights .” Boom: A Journal of California 6.3 (2016): 95–100.

Fellowships

  • Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship (2014-2018)
  • Graduate Research Mentorship (2016): Director: Dr. Maarten van Delden
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2016): Director: Dr. Maarten van Delden
  • “Juntos Podemos/Together We Can” scholarship. Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (2015): Director: Dr. Maarten van Delden

Presentations

  • “The zombification of memory: “La otra noche de Tlatelolco” by Bernardo Esquinca”. I Heart Pop: An Interdisciplinary Conference. Department of Comparative Literature. The Graduate Center, CUNY; New York. November 10-11th, 2016.
  • “Ni virgen ni puta: Un nuevo ideal femenino a través de Sandra Cisneros, John Rechy y Alma López”. 10th International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. June 1st, 2016.
  • “Ni la muerte le pone punto final a la historia: La (pos)memoria de Tlatelolco 68 en María Amparo Escandón”. XXII Congreso annual de mexicanistas Juan Bruce-Novoa. University of California, Irvine. May 7th, 2016.
  • “Yo y el indio que llora: El llanto indígena y su función calificadora en Naufragios de Cabeza de Vaca”. AATSP Roger Anton Conference. California Baptist University, Riverside. March 1st, 2014.
  • “Amas de casa revolucionarias: La domesticidad como arma de resistencia en En El Tiempo De Las Mariposas”. 2nd Annual Spanish Graduate Student Association Symposium, War and Revolution in Hispanic Literature and Film. California State University, Long Beach. April 19th, 2013.
  • “¿Hasta que la muerte nos separe? El matrimonio a prueba en dos obras de Carmen de Burgos”. 38th International Symposium of Hispanic Literature, Homage to Elena Poniatowska. California State University, Dominguez Hills. March 6th, 2013.