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Winter 2013 Courses for Latin American Studies Minor

Winter 2013 Courses


Wed., January 23 

Noon, 273 SSH

Book presentation by Prof. Emilio Bejel

José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning

José Martí: Images of Memory and Mourning is a critical study of visual representations of José Martí—The National Hero of Cuba—and the discourses of power that make it possible for Martí's images to be perceived as icons today. Bejel argues that an observer of Martí's icons who is immersed in the Cuban national narrative experiences a retrospective reconstruction of those images by means of ideologically formed national discourses of power. Also, the obsessive reproduction of Martí's icons signals a melancholia for the loss of the martyr- hero. But instead of attempting to "forget Martí," the book concludes that the utopian impulse of his memory should serve to resist melancholia and to visualize new forms of creative re-significations of Martí and, by extension, the nation.

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Thursday, January 24

Wellman 6, 6:10 pm

"Chico and Rita" (Spain 2010)

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Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey - in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero - brings heartache and torment.

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Friday, January 25 

Noon, 1271 SSH

Textiles in Oaxaca: The Politics of Production

Kara Fleshman

Kara Fleshman spent last summer studying indigenous textile production and marketing in Oaxaca with a small grant from HIA.  She is a senior in Sustainable Agriculture at UC Davis and cultivates her own plot of naturally colored cotton, experimenting with all sorts of natural dyes and seed varieties.  She is also interested in technology transfer of spinning and weaving techniques and the politics of how these are transversed by government and NGO programs that haltingly promote and stymy self-reliant indigenous artisans.  Kara will talk about her observations, work and varied experiences with artisans in Oaxaca.

Tuesday, January 29

Film: By the River (Colombia 2012)

Art 217, 5:10 pm


 por el rio

Meet the Filmmaker, Manuela Vargas Fernandez

An experimental-movie by Manuela Vargas Fernandez based on the experience of an "inner-journey" through the rivers and rainforest of the Colombo-Brazilian Amazon region. An aesthetic and dense affective exploration with sensitive beings that inhabit the forest. 

Thursday, January 31

Wellman 6, 6:10 pm


"Nostalgia de La Luz" (France/Chile 2010)


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In his documentary Nostalgia de la Luz (or Nostalgia for the Light), Patricio Guzmán draws out the connections between astronomers and those searching for bones in Chile's Atacama Desert. Guzmán is obsessed with history and talented at drawing strange parallels in this compelling film. Guzmán focuses on the similarities between astronomers researching humanity’s past, in an astronomical sense, and the struggle of many Chilean women who still search, after decades, for the remnants of their relatives executed during the dictatorship.  (Documentary, 90 minutes).

Monday, February 4

12:10 - 1:30 pm

SSH 2203 (Andrews Conference Room)

Beyond Slavery: Africanizing Atlantic History

James Sweet (University of Wisconsin-Madison) 


James Sweet (author of Recreating Africa: Culture, Kinship, and Religion in the African-Portuguese World, 1441-1770 and Domingos Alvares, African Healing, and the Intellectual History of the Atlantic World) will present from his forthcoming work on creolization in the early modern Atlantic world.  Drawing on examples from Brazil, the Caribbean, and West Africa, Professor Sweet will talk about the ways in which European colonizers Africanized during the early modern Atlantic world.


Friday, February 8 


Justice for Chiapas! Autonomy and Human Rights in the Indigenous Communities of southern Mexico

Pablo Obanda (Human rights activist, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center)

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Wednesday, February 13

Shaky Identity: Chile in 1960

Barbara Silva (Lecturer, Catholic University of Chile and doctoral student in History)

12 - 1:30 pm,  SSH 1271

shaky identity


This talk is a proposal to examine the links between catastrophes and the construction of national identities. Chile in 1960, the year in which a massive earthquake hit Valdivia (a city in southern Chile) just months before the sesquicentennial commemoration, lends itself to the study of these links. This concurrence of events unearthed varied reflections and debates regarding the nation, and thereby influenced the refashioning of the sense of national identities.

The Cultural Studies in the Americas Research Cluster presents the following two events with help from the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Davis Humanities Institute, Graduate Group in Cultural Studies:


Wednesday, February 20


Sproul 912

"The Cultural Studies in Mexicali"


Luis Ongay, Director, Instituto de Investigaciones Culturales-Museo

(área de investigación: identidad cultural cosmopolita y ciudadanía cultural; estilos juveniles)

Raúl Balbuena, Profesor, Programa de Doctorado en Estudios Socioculturales

(área de investigación: homosexualidades y masculinidades con perspectiva de género)

Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, Mexicali

Refreshments provided.


Thursday, February 21


Olson 53A

"The Investigation of Cultural Studies in Ciudad Juárez"


Flor Urbina Barrera, Profesora, Program de Doctorado en Ciencias Sociales, Terminal en Estudios Culturales
Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez

Presentaciones breves sobre proyectos de investigación de tesis de doctorado:

  • Luis Aguirre: "Inmigrantes veracruzanos en Riberas del Bravo: espacios, interacciones y (re)construcción de identidades"
  • Hilda Granados: "Ciudad Juárez: territorio maquilador: antecedentes, desarrollo y desafíos"
  • Luis Lara: "La influenza AH1N1 como acontecimiento, de subjetividades sititadas y situadas en la incertidumbre informacional: una visualización de la cultura científica"
  • Yunuen Mandujano: "Nacionalismo cultural en el Japón contemporáneo: ídolos y representantes nacionales en las industrias culturales"
  • Félix Pérez: "Testimonios de una lucha por la sobrevivencia urbana: la construcción cultural del sujeto"


Reception following program at Ket Mo Ree, 3rd and G Streets.




Thursday, February 21

Material Deprivation, Respectability, and Judicial Practices in Peru during the Early Republic

Pablo Whipple (Professor of History, Catholic University of Chile)

12- 1:30 pm, SSH 1271



HIA is pleased to announce the




for graduate student research in Latin America

For details on the application process

Click on "Guidelines" below.

Deadline for applications is 5 pm, February 22, 2013


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Monday, February 25

2012-2013 John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures

"Indigenous Cosmopolitics: Dialogues About the Reconstitution of Worlds"

 “Opening Up Relations”

Speaker: Marilyn Strathern, Cambridge University

Interlocutor: Donna Haraway, UC Santa Cruz

4-7pm in the Student Community Center Multipurpose Room (Map)

For the complete schedule, the seminar proposal, and information about the participants, please visit our website:

This year long seminar convenes an interdisciplinary and international group of renowned scholars to discuss comparatively the innovative world-making possibilities that might emerge from the conceptual and political interrogation of the division between nature and culture that organizes modern life. Our guests—sociologists, philosophers, anthropologists, literary critics—work on science and technology studies, environmental studies, indigeneity, critical design studies, and feminism.

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Thursday, February 28

HIA Movie Night

Wellman 6, 6:10 p.m.


Carancho (Argentina, 2010)



In Argentina over 8,000 people die in traffic accidents every year. Behind each of these tragedies is a flourishing industry
founded on insurance payouts and legal loopholes. Sosa is a lawyer who tours the emergency departments of the public
hospitals and the police stations in search of potential clients. Luján is a young doctor recently arrived from the provinces.
Their love story kicks off one night when Luján and Sosa meet in the street. She's trying to save a man's life; he wants him on
his client portfolio.

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