Emilio del Valle Escalante (Emil Keme, K’iche’ Maya, Iximulew) is Associate Professor in the department of Romance Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His teaching and research interest focus on contemporary Latin American literatures and cultural studies with particular emphasis on indigenous literatures and social movements, Central American literatures and cultures, and post-colonial and subaltern studies theory in the Latin American context. He has been concerned with contemporary indigenous textual production and how indigenous intellectuals challenge hegemonic traditional constructions of the indigenous world, history, the nation-state and modernity in order to not only redefine the discursive and political nature of these hegemonic narratives from Native perspectives, but also interethnic or intercultural relations. His broader cultural and theoretical interests cluster around areas involving themes of colonialism as these relate to issues of nationhood, national identity, race/ethnicity and gender. He is the author / editor of Maya Nationalisms and Postcolonial Challenges in Guatemala: Coloniality, Modernity and Identity Politics (School for Advanced Research Press, 2009; Spanish version by FLACSO, 2008), Teorizando las literaturas indígenas (A Contracorriente, 2015), U’k’ux kaj, u’k’ux ulew: Antologia de poesia Maya guatemalteca contemporanea (IILI, 2010), “Untying Tongues: Minority Literatures in Spain and Latin America” (with Alfredo Sosa Velasco, a special issue of Romance Notes 2010), and “Indigenous Literatures and Social Movements in Latin America” (a special issue of Latin American Indian Literatures Journal [Spring 2008]). Del Valle Escalante has also published numerous book chapters and articles that may be found in such venues as Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Mesoamerica, Studies in American Indian Literature, Revista Iberoamericana, Latin American Caribbean and Ethnic Studies, Procesos: Revista Ecuatoriana de Historia, and Revista de Estudios Interétnicos. He is currently completing a monograph titled: “Before and After Genocide in Guatemala: Re-Building the Maya World Through Literature”
I am very honored to stand for election to the NAISA council. Since my first participation at NAISA 2010 in Tucson, AZ, I have learned so much, and I have been enriched and stimulated intellectually from the vitality of the organization. Along with other colleagues, I participated in the creation of NAISA’s Abia Yala Working Group which aims to increase the participation of Indigenous activists and scholars from the south of Abia Yala (or the Americas) at NAISA’s annual conferences. The Working Group also envisions having a future NAISA conference in the Indigenous South. If given the opportunity to become a council member, I would continue working toward concrete steps in materializing these efforts.