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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Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books

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Américas Award K-12 Workshop

In celebration of the 2014 Américas Award, CLASP and Teaching for Change are hosting a K-12 teacher workshop “Exploring Immigration and Identity in the K-12 Classroom with Américas Award Books.”

This hands-on workshop will explore issues of immigration and identity using children's literature. The workshop will feature the work of this year's Honorable Mention book, Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh and Commended Title Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your Ass by Meg Medina. Both authors will be in attendance to work with teachers on activities and strategies to best engage young readers with the complexity of immigration as it relates to family, education, and identity. Teaching for Change will highlight additional resources to incorporate teaching Social Justice and Human Rights.

All participants will receive breakfast, teaching resources, and a book (a choice of one of the two featured titles, please indicate whether you’d prefer the picture book Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote or the Young Adult title, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass). Participants are also invited to attend the Américas Award Ceremony to be held at the Library of Congress from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Also, a month-long exhibit of the original artwork from Parrots Over Puerto Rico will be on display at the Young Readers Center in The Library of Congress.

For a workshop schedule and to access resources from the workshop, please visit the workshop website or download the agenda here

The Américas Award is sponsored by CLASP and coordinated by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Additional funding is provided by Florida International University, Stanford University, The Ohio State University, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Vanderbilt University.

For more information contact Denise Woltering (dwolteri@tulane.edu) (504.865.5164)

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Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy

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The Tulane Anthropology Student Association (TASA) presents a talk by Dr. William Balée, Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University. The talk is entitled: “Geometry, gigantism, and lacquerware, or, the origins of social hierarchy.”

A reception will follow.

For more information contact TASA (tulaneasa@gmail.com)

MARI Brown Bag: Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown "Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize"

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Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, a visiting scholar at MARI, will present new information about her research at the site of Alabama in southern Belize in a talk entitled “Maya Boomtown Archaeology? Recent and Future Investigations at Alabama, Belize”

M.A.R.I.‘s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Marcello Canuto (mcanuto@tulane.edu) for more information. For the current speaker list of this talk series, please click here.

Please remember to bring your lunch!

Day of the Dead and the Arts: A Workshop for K-12 Art Educators

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art are sponsoring a K-12 teacher workshop to celebrate Day of the Dead!

The workshop will focus on how to provide students with information about Day of the Dead, Day of the Dead traditions, and celebrating Day of the Dead in the classroom. The workshop will involve hands-on activities, including activities which will translate into the classroom!

All participants will receive light refreshments and teaching materials. One teacher will have the opportunity to use a Day of the Dead altar kit, provided by the Latin American Resource Center. The kit has everything you need to celebrate Day of the Dead in your classroom!

For a complete schedule and more information on the presentations visit the workshop website or download a PDF version. The website also contains a link to the pre-workshop survey which should be filled out prior to arriving at the workshop.

Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America

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In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month the 2nd Thursday Lecture Series at the Louisiana State Museum will present a talk entitled “Chep Morrison: Reconnecting New Orleans and Latin America” by Robert Gray Freeland

Four times mayor of New Orleans, Morrison was probably the best-known US citizen in Latin America in his day. As a Mayor interested in expanding international trade, he created a distinct Latin flavor in his efforts. As Ambassador of the Organization of American States (OAS), Morrison played an important part in the Kennedy Administration implementation of a Good Neighbor policy and the Alliance for Progress.

Celebración Latina

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Join us for our annual family festival as we celebrate 10 years of the festival! Please join us at the zoo to explore and celebrate the rich diversity of Latin America. Celebración Latina at the Zoo's Capital One Stage and Field will offer a true taste of the Latin American culture with live music, children’s activities and authentic Latin cuisine prepared and sold by local restaurants. Local artisans will sell hand made crafts, and local social service, health and education organizations will offer wellness, education and social service information.

Check out pictures from the 2012 and 2013 festivals!

Celebración Latina is presented by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Contributing sponsors include Pan-American Life Insurance Group and Jefferson Financial Credit Union.

Celebración Latina is free with Zoo admission. No outside food or beverages please!

For more information please visit the Audubon website.