ROCK HILL, S.C. - Gregory Crider, chair/professor of history, helped commemorate two important Mexican anniversaries with the publication of an anthology.
Crider and Jürgen Burchenau, chair/professor of history at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, have published "México: 1810-1910-2010," an anthology recognizing the anniversary of Mexico’s independence and revolution with 10 English- and Spanish-language scholarly articles in a diverse range of disciplines. The pieces address the Wars of Independence, the Mexican Revolution and the legacies of both in Mexico 2010. The volume appeared as a special issue of "The Latin Americanist" and has been published electronically and in hard copy.
Anniversaries are particularly important in Mexico because they signal a time to reinvent the original event, said Crider. He explained that the anthology "explores those reinventions of memory."
Crider and Burchenau spent a year recruiting articles, sending pieces out for peer review, working with article authors from U.S. and Mexican institutions and shaping the book into a collection. The pair also collaborated to write a brief introduction.
Crider has spent much of his academic career studying Latin American and Mexican history, as well as the labor and cultural history of Mexico. He has served as co-editor of the Annals issue of "The Latin Americanist" since 2006, and he has written numerous articles on Mexican labor and cultural history. Crider, who came to Winthrop in 2008, has made dozens of research trips to Mexico. He also has taken his students to Cuernavaca and Mexico City. Mexico captivates him more with each visit, according to Crider.
"Mexico is a fascinating political and cultural terrain," he said.