Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stone Center for Latin American Studies Summer Research Symposium

November 3rd, 2012
8-4 pm

Greenleaf Conference Room, Stone Center for Latin American Studies

The Stone Center presents a Summer Research Symposium at which Stone Center graduate students will present the results of research carried out this past summer supported by Stone Center Tinker Research Grants.


8:00-8:30am – Continental Breakfast

8:30am-10:05am Panel 1 – Politics, Policy, and Culture in Contemporary Society

James Whitaker – “The Contemporary Landscape of the Makushi Society in Guyana”

Matthew Olson – “The Alternative Politics of Local Development and Accountable International Aid in Post-Earthquake Haiti”

Diana Soto – “Politics of Contention in 2012 Mexican Elections”

Scarlett Andrews – “Local Understandings of Foodways and Urban Space in the Peruvian Amazon”

Mary Ellen Stitt – “Restorative Justice (Mediation) Policing Project in Belo Horizonte, Brazil”

9:45am-10:05am Discussion

10:15am-12:05pm Panel 2 – Contemporary Performance, Art, & Language

Patricia Anderson – “A Linguistic Survey of Maya Multilingualism in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala”

Dan Castilow – “Interrogating Dougla Performance in Trinidad’s Carnival”

Bianka Ballina Calderon – “Unifying Divergences: An Analysis of Audiovisual Production in Post-Special Period Cuba”

Whitney Raynor – “Visual Art and Narratives of Disaster on the Streets of Port-au-Prince”

Corrie Boudreaux – “On Display: The Performance of Violence in Public Space in Ciudad Juarez”

11:45am-12:05pm Discussion

12:05pm-12:45pm Lunch Break

12:45pm-2:20pm Panel 3 – Re-examining the Past

Lucia Abramovich – “Exploring the Patronage, Production, and Craftsmanship of Silver Works in Colonial Bolivia”

Farren Yero – “Afro-Creole Society in the Silver City: Zacatecas, Mexico 1700-1750”

Stephanie Parham – “Gender, Labor, and the Working Class in Guatemala City, 1944-1986”

Carlos Cappelino-Fuentes – “Representations of Indigenous and Spaces in Photographers from Southern Peru in the Early Twentieth Century: Martin Chambi and Vargas Brothers”

Heidi Krajewski – “Urban Working-Class Politics in Nicaragua during the Somoza Dictatorship”

2:00pm-2:20pm Discussion

2:30pm-3:50pm Panel 4 Methods in Archaeology & Biology

Jenny Hazlehurst – “Effects of pollination network structure on the reproductive success of a hummingbird-pollinated plant”

Maggie MacPherson – “Testing hypotheses for the evolution of migration: a comparative approach contrasting migrant systems”

Ximena Chavez Balderas – “Funerary rituals and sacrificial practices: field osteoarchaeology at the Moche site, Peru”

Brittany Dement – “Excavation and Trauma Analysis at the New Temple, Pyramids of Moche Archaeological Site, Peru”

3:30pm-3:50pm – Discussion

For more information please contact, Jennifer Saracino,




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