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Visiting Scholars Present on Mexico

Presenters:Iman Al-Ayouty, Fulbright Scholar from Egypt and Kanae Omura, Ph.D. in Anthropology from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Bunche Hall 10367
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Iman Al-Ayouty's  dissertation work focuses on the prospects of achieving industrial upgrading through the participation of firms in developing countries in "global commodity chains" with special emphasis on textile and apparel manufacturing firms in Egypt.

 Egypt has been party to a Cooperation Agreement with the European Community since 1977 and a Partnership Agreement with the European Union as of 2004. Her work evaluates the extent to which that long-standing relationship with the EU may have fostered the enhancement of efficiency and the achievement of industrial upgrading from a global commodity chains perspective.

She aims to draw lessons of experience from the upgrading achieved by textile and apparel manufacturing firms in Mexico post-NAFTA with an eye on not only on possible development of the Egyptian-EU Partnership Agreement but also on potential benefits that Egypt may derive from the prospective free trade agreement with the U.S.


Kanae Omura's  presentation will explore how the concept of “nation” was created in Revolutionary Mexico through the analysis of the interaction between two anthropologists: Manuel Gamio, one of the founders of modern Mexican anthropology and the indigenista movement, and Franz Boas, a pioneer of modern Anthropology and a father of American Anthropology.  Using materials such as the personal correspondence of Gamio and Boas, and the resources found in the Manuel Gamio Archive at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico, it focuses on the reciprocal, complementary relationship between the two anthropologists who played a crucial role in the institutionalizing of anthropology in Revolutionary Mexico. Her research shows how Gamio interpreted Boas’s concept of ‘Culture’ and ‘Race’, and adapted them into his project of creating his vision of the “Mexican Nation”.

Cost : Free and open to the public

(310) 825-4571

Sponsor(s): Latin American Institute

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