Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Painting Bohemian Lives: Absinthe, Ideology, and the Politics of Urban Life

Fordham’s first digital humanities history course! Based on nearly two years of research and preparation, this cultural history  course has students study bohemianism starting in the 19th century using social network theory, queer theory, urban space theory, and critical theory, while collecting oral histories, creating digital content, and maintaining a website made...
Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books

Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books

      I will be presenting at the Council for European Studies in Washington D.C. on the 15th of May! Making a Scene: Reviving the Public Sphere through Sex, Drugs, and Comic Books Saturday, March 15, 2014 Committee (Omni Shoreham) Louie Dean Valencia-García , History, Fordham University In the aftermath of...
The Gallows are Busy book release!

The Gallows are Busy book release!

Venue: Macie Gransion (87 Rivington St. New York, NY 10002) 6:30 PM on 18 January 2013 Click here for more details. Join me at the book release party for The Gallows are Busy, a collaborative effort of different artists, writers, and thinkers exploring suspension and disassociation from various perspectives.  My contributions include a short piece...
I want to write a social history about the Movida and everyday people...

I want to write a social history about the Movida and everyday people…

Just thought I would share this article that was written about my research in a local newspaper in Madrid, SomosMalasaña: “Quiero escribir una historia de La Movida social y de la gente corriente” Escribir el primer libro en inglés sobre La Movida Madrileña. Ese es el propósito de Louie Dean Valencia, un...
Feísmo ilustrado, or Illustrated Ugliness—beauty in Madrid

Feísmo ilustrado, or Illustrated Ugliness—beauty in Madrid

Wandering around the city centre in Madrid the semi-attentive observer will start to see a very curious theme appear—feísmo ilustrado—, or “illustrated ugliness”.  However, not only does this street art have a wonderful theme and impressive body of work (ALL OVER THE CITY CENTRE), but the artist(s) broadly succeed at...
vinyl makes us hipsters feel better about ourselves, or, why I love vinyl

vinyl makes us hipsters feel better about ourselves, or, why I love vinyl

  Hipsters everywhere love vinyl.  The sound is “warmer”, they say. What is warm sound?  Far from a music theorist, I will try to describe what it is about vinyl that turns the hipster into an addict of vinyl.  I currently have thousands of songs in my iTunes; I also have...
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hurrication 2012: behind the storm

hurrication 2012: behind the storm

As I gear up to re-visit this web project, I’ve decided to make it much more personalised.  Thus, It will reflect some of my everyday meanderings, ponderings, and will also reflect some of the work that I am doing.  I’m a frequent poster on Tumblr, which also will be featured on the site. Taking advantage...
From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship

From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship

Excited to present at Cornell University’s conference From Meydan Tahrir to Wisconsin: Rethinking Revolution, Democracy and Citizenship  this weekend!  I’ll be presenting my paper “Spanish Revolution: Youth, Dissent & “Occupying” Space in Madrid” on a panel titled  Space, Time, & Occupation, which will consider the tactics and strategies used by young people in the summer of...
Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain

Truth, Justice, and the American Way in Franco’s Spain

I’m “super” excited to announce the publication of the new book of which I am apart, The Ages of Superman: Essays on the Man of Steel in Changing Times,  edited by Joseph J. Darowski. Darowski writes: Louie Dean Valencia García provides a different view of this American icon, by analyzing Superman’s influence in Spain during the 1950s...
Occupy_______: So what is this Global Youth Movement? (pass it on)

Occupy_______: So what is this Global Youth Movement? (pass it on)

Fair disclosure:  This is only my opinion based upon my experiences in Madrid and New York. This movement is about a lot of things for a lot of people.  The problems are complex.  We are currently learning how to articulate these problems.  Only then can we be ready to solve them in a way that is...
Puerto Rican Voice at Occupy Wall Street

Puerto Rican Voice at Occupy Wall Street

  Video I shot from Sunday, 10 October, 2011 at Occupy Wall Street.  For more on the Sounds of Occupy Wall Street, see Meena’s podcast:  The Sounds of Occupy Wallstreet
The Sounds of Occupy Wallstreet

The Sounds of Occupy Wallstreet

      Music on Wallstreet A sound piece I mixed from Occupy Wallstreet!  More to come–enjoy!
#occupywallstreet takes to the Brooklyn Bridge

#occupywallstreet takes to the Brooklyn Bridge

Police confront #occupywallstreet at Brooklyn Bridge Video we took today the #occupywallstreet.
A Growing Indignant Global Youth Movement

A Growing Indignant Global Youth Movement

Tahrir Square in Cairo, the Puerta de Sol in Madrid, Syntagma Square in Athens, Bloombergville in New York City, and the current “street riots” in London have been only some of the sites of dissent in which young people have attempted to counter perceived injustice embodied by dictators, self-interested politicians and insatiable corporate and financial...
Stuck

Stuck

My glasses fog up every time that door opens. Yesterday, it was a record high of 107 degrees with no sign of letting down. The local radio station cooked an egg on the sidewalk just to test how hot it was. Everyone showed up, even the local news channel. Unfortunately, with all the excitement about...
The New Individuality: A Discussion of the Rise of the Franchise in America and Abroad

The New Individuality: A Discussion of the Rise of the Franchise in America and Abroad

It’s 3:15 on a Saturday afternoon and I’m sitting at a Starbucks sipping on a chai tea latte.  I think to myself about the franchise.  Not the franchise of Starbucks—that’s an article all on its own, but all franchises—the whole idea of the franchise. I don’t know about you, but when I think franchise, my...
Élite modes of transport:  subways into democratisation

Élite modes of transport: subways into democratisation

Living in the Bronx was never something that I imagined myself doing.  The first images that often come to mind when many people think of the Bronx is the image of the “the Bronx is burning”, poverty, and gang violence.  Yes, there is poverty. A lot of it. However, it is entirely possible to live...

A call for dialogue

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