Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

John Charles

Associate Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info
jcharles@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • A.B., Brown University, Comparative Literature and Hispanic Studies, 1992
  • M.A., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 1998
  • M.Phil, Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 2000
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Hispanic Literatures, 2003

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2005-2012
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2003-2005
  • Part-Time Acting Instructor, Yale University, 1999-2001
  • Research Assistant, Yale University, 1998-2000
  • Instructor, Colegio San Francisco de Asis, El Salvador, 1995-1996

Research & Teaching Specializations: Colonial Spanish American Literature

Related Experience

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2012-
  • Undergraduate Honor Board, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Latin American Library Faculty Committee, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 2007-
  • Richard E. Greenleaf Library Fellowships Committee, Latin American Library, Tulane University, 2008-

Distinctions

  • Best First Book Short-List Finalist in the History of Religions, for Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671, awarded by the
    American Academy of Religion (AAR), 2011
  • Andrew W. Mellon Young Professorship in the Humanities, School of Liberal Arts, Tulane University, 2010
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 2010
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2005
  • New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Ph.D. Dissertation Prize, 2004
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2001-2002

Languages: Spanish

Selected Publications

  • Forthcoming. "El Tercer Concilio de Lima en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso." In Discurso e historia en los Comentarios reales del Inca Garcilaso. Ed. José Antonio Rodríguez Garrido, Pedro Guibovich Pérez, and Carmela Zanelli. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
  • 2014. "Trained by Jesuits: Indigenous Letrados in Seventeenth-Century Peru." In Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in New Spain and the Andes. Ed. Gabriela Ramos and Yanna Yannakakis. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2013. "El poder de los quipus confesionales en las doctrinas de indios." In El quipu colonial: Estudios y materiales, edited by Marco Curatola Petrocchi and José Carlos de la Puente Luna. Lima: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: 167-190.
  • 2011. "Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala en los foros de la justicia eclesiástica." In Justicia y población indígena en la América virreinal. Ed. Ana de Zaballa Beascoechea, pp. 203-22. Madrid and Frankfurt: Iberoamericana, Vervuert.
  • 2010. Allies at Odds: The Andean Church and its Indigenous Agents, 1583-1671. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
  • 2007. "More Ladino than Necessary: Indigenous Litigants and the Language Policy Debate in Mid-Colonial Peru.” Colonial Latin American Review. 16 (1): 23-47.
  • 2007. "Unreliable Confessions: Khipus in the Colonial Parish." The Americas. 64 (1): 11-33.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Early Readings in Spanish; Ethnographic Discourse in the Chronicles of the Indies; Introduction to Literary Analysis; Historical Novel in Latin America; Chronicles and Epics of Spanish Conquest; Introduction to Latin American Culture

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7

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"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.

  • CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 15, 2015. Call for papers is available here
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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, and the Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans, will present a teacher workshop in conjunction with the 12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya.

This year the workshop will be held at the Consulate of Mexico, in conjunction with an exhibit of the works of Jay A. Frogel entitled “Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project.” Frogel mixes Frederick Catherwood drawings of ancient Maya sites with contemporary photographs to show the passage of time in these sites. The workshop will discuss basic information about the Maya, early explorers of the Maya area, and tips for teaching about the Maya in a global classroom.

The workshop will be held on Friday, March 20th, with a reception and viewing of the exhibit “Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time: The Stephens and Catherwood Project” on Thursday evening.

More details on the workshop schedule will follow shortly.

To register for the workshop, please visit the symposium page

12th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium: Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya

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The Middle American Research Institute and Far Horizons are proud to present the Twelfth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year's symposium, titled "Royal Chambers Unsealed: Tombs of the Classic Maya", will explore the significance the ancient Classic Maya placed on the death of their divine rulers, as well as the meaning they invested in their funerary architecture, building decoration, grave goods, burial texts, and mortuary rituals.

This year’s Keynote, hosted at the New Orleans Museum of Art, will be given by Dr. William Fash of Harvard University who will guide us through the rich and impenetrable funerary world of the Classic Maya. The talks, to be held on Saturday March 21st, will discuss tombs and funerary texts from across the Maya area, including examples from Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico. The speakers are an equally diverse group, with speakers from Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.

To learn more about the program, visit the symposim website.

To register please visit the registration page.

For more information, contact MARI