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Latin America and the Caribbean: Disputed Visions

This interdisciplinary seminar allows UT faculty developing research projects related to Latin America & the Caribbean to show early stages of their work with others on campus who share a scholarly interest in the region. The seminar also organizes relevant lectures and public presentations by visitors who are expert in Latin America & the Caribbean. Several lines of inquiry, accessible both to scholars of Latin America & the Caribbean, as well as to those with indirect interests in the region, will inform the seminar's conversations, including the region's complex historical trajectory, its dynamic and equally complex societal formations, and its abundant cultural production.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings will begin at  4:00 P.M., in the Humanities Center, E102 Melrose Hall.  Please allow at least one hour per meeting.

Fall 2017

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Haley Osborn
    Title: “Breaking the Cycle: Generations, Procreation, and Tourism in Laurent Cantet's Vers le sud
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor)
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Dawn Duke
    Title: Themes of Migration in Afro-Cuban Women’s Film and Literature
     UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor)
  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Liliana González
    Title: “Narco-Criminality and Sexual Publicity in the Americas”
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E102 Melrose Hall                

Spring 2018

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Kristen Block
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor)
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Tore Olsson
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E102  Melrose Hall
  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Jacky Avila
    Title: “Urban Soundtracks: Music, Silence, and Nostalgia in Alonso Ruizpalacios’s eros (2014).”
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor)
  • Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Rudyard Alcocer
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor)
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Special Lecture, Presenter:  Petra Rivera-Rideau
    Professor of American Studies, Wellesley College
    Title: “The Colors and Flavors of Puerto Rico: Race, Reggaetón, and Puerto Rican Identities in ‘Despacito’”
    5:00 pm
    Lindsay Young Auditorium - Hodges Library

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Chad Black                              
    Title: “Otto Praeger’s Mexican Sojourn: Bicycles and Imagination in the Porfiriato”
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E308 Melrose Hall (3rd Floor)
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018
    Meeting to discuss 2017-18 plans
    UT Humanities Center Seminar Rm E102 Melrose Hall


Spring 2017

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017                                   
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Haley Osborn
    Title: “A Hip-Hop History Lesson: Hamilton from Biography to Musical”
  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017                                                 
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Jacky Avila
    Title: "The Strains of the Revolution: the soldadera, the corrido, and the Revolutionary Melodrama"
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Solange Muñoz
    Title: "Urban Precarity as Routine Forced Mobility: Keeping Poor Urban Migrants on the Move"
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017                                      
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Dawn Duke
    Title: “Catalina Loango: A Palenquera Legacy of History and Mysticism”
  • Monday April 17, 2017
    Location: Hodges Library Room 213
    Presenter: Rachel O’Toole, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Irvine
    Title: “Race in Colonial Peru and Beyond through Docudrama” 
  • Wednesday, May 3, 2017                                                                            
    Meeting to discuss 2016-17 plans

Fall 2016

  • Wednesday, September 7, 2016                                                                              
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: De Ann Pendry
    Title: “Immigrant Rights in Tennessee: Building on Legacies of Latin American and Civil
    Rights Movement Activism”
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Tore Olsson
    Title: “Agrarian Crossings: Remaking the U.S. and Mexican Countryside in the Twentieth Century”
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016                                                                  
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Rudyard Alcocer
    Title: "The Source of La Source: Jacques Roumain’s Gouverneurs de la Rosée and the Quest for Water in Haiti"
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2016               
    Seminar meeting
    Presenter: Michael Handelsman
    Title: “Antonio Preciado y su poética de ida y vuelta”
  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016                                                             
    Public Presentation: Enrique Chacón, Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Literature & Culture
    Title: “In Praise of Violence: The Joy of Crime in the Music of El Movimiento Alterado” 

Spring 2016

  • Wednesday,  January 20, 2016                                                  
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Jacky Avila
    "Gamboa's Soundscapes"
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2016
    E102 Melrose Hall                                      
    Public Presentation: Danielle de Luna e Silva
    "Representations of Black Motherhood in Neo-slave Narratives by Toni Morrison and Ana Maria Gonçalves
  • Wednesday, February 24, 2016
    F203 Melrose Hall                                    
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Michael Handelsman
    "Afrodescendants and Blackness in Tension in the Andean Region"
  • Wednesday, March 9, 2016                               
    Celluloid Chains visitor
  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016                                                     
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Dawn Duke
    "The Caribbean of Latin America"
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016
    5pm, UT Hodges Library, Room 213
    Public presentation by Dr. Gerard Aching, Professor of Africana and Romance Studies, and Director of the Africana Studies & Research Center, Cornell University
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2016                          
    Graduate Student presentations
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016
    Meeting to discuss 2016-17 plans

Fall 2015

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015                                                  
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Rudyard Alcocer
    "The Broken Mirror of Memory: Reflections on the Power of Slavery Films"
  • Monday, September 21, 2015  
    6pm-8pm, HSS 71              
    Public presentation by Tomás Fernández Robaina (expert on Cuban race relations)
    "History and Present-Day Situation of Men and Women Before and After the Revolution"
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2015                                                       
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Tore Olsson
    "Southern Valleys: The U.S.-Mexican Dialogue on Hydroelectric Rural Development, 1945-1960."
  • Monday, October 5, 2015  
    6pm-8pm, McClung Museum                   
    Public presentation by Dr. Carolyn Cooper, the University of the West Indies
    'The Unity Is Submarine:' Submerged Narratives in Caribbean Literature and Popular Culture"
  • Tuesday, October 6, 2015  
    Dr. Cooper meeting w seminar
    "Beyond Territoriality:  Contesting Disciplinary Boundaries in Caribbean Studies"
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2015                                                        
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Enrique Chacón
    "The Effects of State Violence in the City and in the Country, the Example of Two Novels: Juan García Ponce's Crónica de la Intervención and Carlos Montemayor's Guerra en el paraíso."
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015  
    F203 Melrose Hall                       
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: De Ann Pendry
    "Tennessee Immigrant Rights Campaigns: Struggles to Stop 287(g) and Deportations
    and to Obtain Tuition Equality and Immigration Reform,"
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2015  
    F203 Melrose Hall                                 
    Seminar meeting. Presenter: Kristen Block
    "On Film, Historiography, and Teaching the 'Experience' of Slavery"



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