Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Idelber Avelar

Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info
iavelar@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., University of Minas Gerais, Brazilian/Anglo-American Literatures, 1990
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Luso-Brazilian Literature, 1992
  • Ph.D., Duke University, Spanish and Latin American Studies, 1996

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2005-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1999-2005
  • Visiting Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1999
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, 1996-1999

Research & Teaching Specializations: Postdictatorial Literature and Culture; Southern Cone and Brazilian Fiction; Literary Theory; Latin American Intellectual History; Brazilian Popular Music

Related Experience

  • Referee of candidacy to full professorships and of tenure cases for Georgia State University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Texas at Austin, Amherst College, University of Texas A & M, and University of New Mexico, 2004-2008
  • Appointed Member of Modern Language Association Task Force on Promotion and Tenure, 2004-
  • Appointed Member of Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Publishing, 2000-2003
  • Advisory Board of Profession, Modern Language Association, 2000-2002
  • Referee of manuscripts for Duke University Press, Luso-Brazilian Review, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos

Distinctions

  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Book project on masculinity, 2010-2011
  • Brazilian Foreign Ministry International Award for best essay on Machado de Assis, 2006
  • Chilean Ministry of Education Grant for Visiting Faculty at The University of Chile, 2005
  • Rockefeller Resident Fellowship at The University of Chile, 2002
  • Brazilian Ministry of Education Fellowship for Visiting Faculty at The University of Chile, 2002
  • MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for outstanding book in the fields of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures, 2000
  • Joseph and Virginia Ellis Love Fellowship in Brazilian Studies, 1998
  • Andrew Mellon Research Grant, 1990-1992

Languages: Portuguese; Spanish; French; German; Italian

Selected Publications

  • 2014. "Contemporary Intersections of Ecology and Culture: On Amerindian Perspectivism and the Critique of Anthropocentrism." Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48(1): 105-121.
  • 2013. "Amerindian Perspectivism and Non-Human Rights." Alter/Nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal 1: 1-21.
  • 2011. Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship. Co-edited with Christopher Dunn. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2011. Figuras da Violência: Ensaios sobre Narrative, Ética e Música Popular. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG.
  • 2009. "Unpacking the ‘human’ in human rights: Bare life in the age of endless war." Human Rights in Latin American and Iberian Cultures. Ana Forcinito, Raúl Marrero-Fente, and Kelly McDonough, eds. Hispanic Issues Online. 5.1: 25-36.
    2009. "History, Neurosis, and Subjetivity: Gustavo Ferreyra's Rewriting of Neoliberal Ruins." In Telling Ruins in Latin America. Vicky Unruh and Michael Lazzara, eds. New York: Palgrave. 183-93.
  • 2008. “A mídia brasileira na encruzilhada entre o golpismo e a democratização.” Revista UFG – Universidade Federal de Goiás. 10 (5): 32-36.
  • 2007. “A Poetics of Discomfort: Teaching Puig with Babenco.” In Approaches to Teaching Puig’s The Kiss of the Spider Woman. Francine Masiello and Daniel Balderston, eds. New York: Modern Language Association of America. 141-149.
  • 2006. "Machado de Assis on Popular Music: A Case for Cultural Studies in 19th-century Latin America." Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies. 13/14: 161-176.
  • 2004. The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 1999. The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning. Durham: Duke University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Cultural Studies; Brazilian Cultural Studies; Literature of the Southern Cone; Brazilian Popular Music; Latin American Avant-Gardes; Violence in Latin American Literature and Film

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 10

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project

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The Guantánamo Public Memory Project seeks to build public awareness of the long history of the US naval station at Guantánamo, Bay, Cuba, and foster dialogue on the future of this place and the policies it shapes.

Steered from Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Project is being developed by a growing collaboration of universities, organizations, and individuals. It was first launched in 2009 from the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. Support for the Project has come from National Dialogue and Traveling exhibit partners, the Libra Foundation, the New York Council on the Humanities, and the Open Society Foundations.

National Dialogue & Traveling Exhibit
The Project's first traveling exhibit opened in New York City at NYU's Kimmel Center for University Life Windows Gallery on December 13, 2012 and is traveling to 17 sites across the country and internationally through at least 2015. The exhibit explores GTMO's history from US occupation in 1898 to today's debates and visions for its future. It was created through a unique collaboration among a growing number of universities from around the country by student curators, communities, and people with first-hand experience at GTMO, who raised difficult questions and addressed them from diverse perspectives. The exhibit is accompanied by public dialogues in each host community. Join the National Dialogue.

The Guantánamo Public Memory Project in New Orleans
SEPTEMBER 2 – NOVEMBER 26, 2014

Exhibit in New Orleans at Tulane University with special events on campus and at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

September 2 – October 30, 2014

Exhibit is free and open to the public from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

TULANE UNIVERSITY
6801 Freret Avenue
Jones Hall 204

Special Events:

  • September 18
    6:00 PM
    Guantánamo Post-9/11: Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Modern America
  • October 16
    6:00 PM
    Angola and Guantánamo: Art and Incarceration
  • October 30
    6:00 PM
    Guantánamo: Cuban and Haitian Refugee Stories

November 5 – November 26, 2014

ASHE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
(Please see website for detailed event information: www.ashecac.org)

Special Events:

  • November 7
    Performance Excerpts by Kesha McKey
  • November 8
    Evening Performance with ArtSpot Productions & The Graduates
  • November 14
    The Farm: Life Inside Angola Film Screening
  • November 15
    Central City Fest

Sponsored by Tulane University’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, African and African Diaspora Studies, The Murphy Institute, the Altman Program, New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Center for Public Service, Center for Engaged Learning & Teaching, Newcomb College Institute, Honors Program, Department of History, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The University of New Orleans’ Latin American Studies Department, CubaNOLA Arts Collective, and the Jefferson Muslim Association.

For more information about the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, please visit gitmomemory.org. For more information about the main exhibit at Tulane University, please contact jlipman@tulane.edu.

For resources for K-12 teachers, click here.

"Citizens" Art Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the satellite program P.3+ of the biennial Prospect New Orleans to present an exhibition by Mexican Artist Tony Makhlouf entitled "Citizens." The exhibit will run from from November 6th to November 30th, 2014 at the Art Gallery of the Consulate- 901 Convention Center Blvd. Suite 118, New Orleans, LA 70130.

An opening reception will be held November 6th, 2014 at 6:00pm.

Tony Makhlouf is a Mexican artist with a long, and ongoing, artistic history, full of achievements and great national and international recognition. Tony also teaches production of printmaking workshops and Fine Arts at various universities in Morelos. He currently lives, teaches and works in Morelos, Mexico. "Citizens" is a compilation of Tony Makhlouf's artwork through several years.

For more information visit the Culture Blog of the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans

The Barking Mouse: A Cuban Folktale on Learning Languages

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The Pebbles Center at the Algiers Regional Public Library, and the Latin American Resource Center- at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies present “The Barking Mouse: Lessons from a Mouse Family in Speaking Other Languages; Hands-on story time with author, Antonio Sacre.” The event is for children ages 6-12, their families, and teachers.

Antonio Sacre will present his story, The Barking Mouse, which encourages bilingual education and tolerance of other peoples and cultures. In addition to the storytelling, puppet making, food, and other activities will also take place!

Antonio Sacre is the author of My Name is Cool, A Mango in the Hand, La Noche Buena: A Christmas Story, and The Barking Mouse. Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, is an internationally touring bilingual storyteller, author, and solo performance artist, based in Los Angeles. Called "a charismatic, empathetic presence" by Chicago Tribune, his stories have appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and on National Public Radio. His first picture book, The Barking Mouse, published by Albert Whitman and Company in 2003, was a winner of the 2004 International Reading Association Notable Books for a Global Society. His next two picture books, La Noche Buena, a Christmas Story, and A Mango in the Hand, a Story of Proverbs were published by Abrams Books for Young Readers. Both were chosen for inclusion in the prestigious California Readers Book Collections for School Libraries in 2011 and 2012.

Event will include food, storytelling, puppet making and more!

Free and open to the public.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT DWOLTERI@TULANE.EDU OR CALL 504-862-3143.

"Where the River Bends" Photographic Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is pleased to partner with the PhotoNOLA Festival 2014 presenting the photographic exhibition by artist Scott Dalton "Where The River Bends" from December 3rd to December 30th, 2014

Opening reception December 3rd, 2014 at 6:00pm

Scott Dalton is an editorial and corporate photographer living in Houston, Texas. He was based for 14 years throughout Latin America, mainly in Bogotá, Colombia, where he photographed the civil conflict and drug war before returning to his home state of Texas. He now photographs both editorial and corporate assignments while spending his free time working on long-term personal projects. Currently he is working along the troubled border region near Ciudad Juárez, Mexico as well as projects throughout the American South. His photography has appeared in the New York Times, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Harper’s, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post Magazine, Condé Nast Portfolio, Business Week, and The New Yorker, among other outlets. His documentary film, LA SIERRA, won numerous awards and has been broadcast by PBS, BBC, HBO Latino, and many other international broadcasters.

Congreso internacional de literatura y cultura centroamericanas (CILCA XXIII)

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Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, y Purdue University Calumet tienen el gusto de invitar al CONGRESO DE LITERATURA y CULTURA CENTROAMERICANAS (CILCA XXIII) que se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de New Orleans, Louisiana, del 11 al 13 de marzo del 2015 en el campus de Tulane University y Loyola University New Orleans.

Desde el primer congreso realizado en Nicaragua 1993, CILCA se ha caracterizado por ser un espacio de intercambio intelectual y de amistad para académicas/os, escritoras/es y lectoras/es. El congreso se ha efectuado en todos los países centroamericanos y por primera vez en su historia, CILCA se realizará en los Estados Unidos. La ciudad escogida es Nueva Orleáns, puerta de entrada hacia el Caribe y los países de América Central. El intercambio cultural entre Nueva Orleáns y América Central ha sido intenso por muchísimos años, y la ciudad alberga una de las comunidades de origen hondureño más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Tulane University tiene estrechos lazos con la región a través del Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, y the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola University New Orleans se ha distinguido por el trabajo con las comunidades hispanas que realizan varias de sus unidades académicas, incluyendo the Law School y el Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

La organización de CILCA XXIII la realizan la Dra. Maureen Shea y el Dr. Uriel Quesada, expertos en literatura y cultura centroamericanas, con el apoyo del Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creador y promotor de CILCA.

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Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Purdue University Calumet invite you to the Congress on Literature and Culture of Central America (CILCA XXIII) which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-13 2015 on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola New Orleans.

From the first conference, held in Nicaragua in 1993, CILCA has been a space for intellectual exchange and friendship for academics and writers. The conference has been held in all of the Central American countries and for the first time in its history will be held in the United States. New Orleans, the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America, has been chosen as the location. New Orleans and Central America have a longstanding cultural exchange and New Orleans has one of the largest Honduran communities in the United States. Tulane has long connections with the region through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, and the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola New Orleans works closely with hispanic communities particularly through the Law school and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

CILCA XXIII is organized by Drs. Maureen Shea and Uriel Quesada, experts on the literature and culture of Central America, with the support of Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creator of CILCA.

The Call for Papers is available here

Registration prices are listed below:

Early Registration (BEFORE January 15, 2015):

  • $150.00 U.S. academics
  • $125.00 U.S. Latin American academics traveling from Latin America; graduate students in the U.S.
  • $100.00 Latin American graduate students traveling from Latin America

Late registration (AFTER January 15, 2015):

  • $165.00 U.S. academics
  • $140.00 Latin American academics traveling from Latin America; graduate students in the U.S.
  • $115.00 Latin American graduate students traveling from Latin America

2015 Maya Symposium Teacher Workshop

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with the Middle American Research Institute will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, “Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya.”

The workshop, for K-12 educators, will include basic information on the ancient Maya, discussions of how to integrate information about the Maya into the classroom, and information on ancient Maya funerary practices, the theme of the workshop.

More details on the workshop schedule will follow shortly.

To register for the workshop, please visit the symposium page