BA CANDIDATE - POLITICS OF DISPLACEMENT, EXILE, AND HISTORICAL MEMORY; Minor in Religious Studies
Ximena’s concentration is centered on the study of political, psychological and/or geographical displacement, with a focus on identity and exile. Through the lens of political theory, theology, literature, film, and decolonization studies, she considers how historical and geographic inheritance of religion, race, and gender influence constructed narratives, and how these narratives can benefit those in authority--validated by the creation of the unknowable Other. She is pursuing a minor in religious studies, with a heavy interest in the role of women, martyrs, and the displaced.
Ximena was born in Mexico City and her family settled in Los Angeles during her early teenage years, often moving from one country to another. This experience has influenced her desire to study the concept of creating and losing homes, as well as the authorities and institutions that influence and control the formation of communities.
Gallatin has provided her with the opportunity to working on the Literacy Review as an editor and she has had the experience of reading her own writing at NYU’s Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House. Rosanne Kennedy’s “Democracy and Difference,” Nina Hein’s “Re-orienting the Western Visual Cult,” and George Shulman’s “Political Theology” have been essential to the development of her concentration.
In 2017, she worked with Nancy Agabian on an oral history centered account the trauma surrounding the Tlatelolco Massacre of 1968. The focus is on the personal accounts and historical events preceding and resulting from this tragic event.