Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

UNO Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference

October 16th, 2009 - October 17th, 2009

Location
University of New Orleans

The 2009 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference explores the past and present of consumer-based activism within the Americas. Since at least the 1940s, activists have developed strategies that attempt to engage with global markets in order to address a range of social justice issues. This political move by activists to privilege the market – and partially bypass the state – as an arena for generating change has become particularly salient under neoliberalism and warrants ongoing investigation and reflection. In different ways, the fair trade movement, as well as campaigns targeting particular products, corporations, or industries, have attempted to engage consumers in campaigns to reduce poverty and inequality, challenge labor and human rights abuses, improve environmental practices, support worker organizing, and stimulate popular organizations in Latin America, as well as educate northern consumers and challenge the global system of ‘€œfree‘€ trade. Can an inherently exploitative/unequal process – the northern consumption of southern commodities – also be a meaningful arena for international solidarity? How has the decision (or threat) to consume or not consume particular products in the United States been utilized as a form of solidarity with working people in Latin America? How have campaigns been used to pressure companies or industries to respect human and worker rights? What are the limitations, contradictions, successes/failures, and futures of consumption as an arena for solidarity between the North and South?

Open to the Public. Papers will be distributed prior to the conference. For more information, please contact Steve Striffler.

Invited Participants
  • Sandy Brown, doctoral candidate in Geography, University of California-Berkeley, is currently conducting research on Ecuador‘€™s Fair Trade banana industry.
  • Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies, Salem State College, and author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class.
  • Dana Frank, Professor of History and Director of the Center for Labor Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America.
  • Henry Frundt, Professor of Sociology, Ramapo College, and author of Fair Bananas!: Farmers, Workers, and Consumers Strive to Change an Industry.
  • Lesley Gill, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, and author of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas.
  • Daniel Jaffee, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Washington State University, and author of Brewing Justice: Fair Trade Coffee, Sustainability and Survival.
  • Gay Seidman, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of Beyond the Boycott: Labor Rights, Human Rights and Transnational Activism.
  • Walter Stern, graduate student in history, Tulane University, is conducting research on the United Fruit Company.
  • Steve Striffler, Professor of Latin American Studies and Anthropology, The University of New Orleans, and author of Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America‘€™s Favorite Food.

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Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Latin American Writers Series: Martín Fernández (Casa Editorial HUM/Estuario Editora)

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Martín Fernández, editorial director of Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay, presents the houses’ histories, missions, and ongoing projects. His presentation sheds light on the changing landscape of literature in the Americas today. It will be followed by an informal reception. Note: This event will be held in Spanish.

About the Latin American Writers Series

This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

Este serie reúne a los autores más representativos de la escritura continental y los editores que los publican. A través de entrevistas con la reconocida escritora ecuatoriana Gabriela Alemán y presentaciones de proyectos editoriales, los invitados explorarán los vínculos entre el mundo literario y la realidad continental. Sus conversaciones se convertirán después en el eje de un archivo digital que busca llevar estas ideas a un público global.

About the Speaker

Martin Fernández is the Editorial director of the publishing houses Casa Editorial HUM and Estuario Editora in Montevideo, Uruguay. He founded HUM in 2007 after leaving his previous project, the underground publishing house ArteFato, which he co-directed between 2004 and 2007. HUM and Estuario publish contemporary Uruguayan literature in high-quality, aesthetically distinct editions. They have collectively released more than 400 titles.

Bate papo!: Portuguese Conversation Hour

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome!

The theme for this semester will be Passion Fruit. So bring your sweet tooth to try this week’s homemade delicacy: Arroz doce de maracujá.

CIPR Fall Speaker Series

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Please join us Mondays at noon for our Fall speaker Series
Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America
October 14, October 21, November 11, and November 18.

In the 2019 fall series, Markets, the State, and Democracy in Latin America, speakers will discuss emerging issues that have surfaced as the result of the opportunities and challenges to democratic governance that markets have brought to the region. Latin America experienced a major influx of investment, particularly in the resource sector, over the past several decades. While this foreign investment helped hasten economic development, it also brought a backlash of resource nationalism and increased calls for redistribution. Moreover, Latin America is now a model in its own right, with other countries in the Global South adopting its state-sponsored development strategies in the resource sector. These presentations will also explore how Latin America is navigating a sea change in geopolitics, with China emerging as a challenger to the United States as the region’s main trade partner and ally.

For more information, check out our Fall Series Poster

Refugee Crises Now: A closer look at the Americas, Syria, and the Rohingya

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The Tulane History department, Jewish Studies program, CELT, and the Altman Program are sponsoring a talk by Jana Mason from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mason will be addressing the refugee crises from various parts of the globe, including Venezuela and Central America.

Graduate Student Writing Group

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Weekly structured writing sessions for Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.