Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Democracy in Latin America in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1848

February 10th, 2012 - February 11th, 2012
FRIDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:00PM; SATURDAY: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Tulane University
Jones Hall 100a, Greenleaf Conference Room

A two-day international conference hosted by the Department of History and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University. Occasioned by innovative research of the Haitian Revolution, the Peninsular War, the U.S. and Latin American independence movements, and the Revolutions of 1848, we have seen a flourishing scholarship on the nature of politics in late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century Latin America. These have been further nourished by historiographies of the Atlantic World, subaltern studies, and the African Diaspora. This conference brings together scholars working on these issues in an effort bridge between the the late-colonial and early-national periods and across the varied geography of Latin America.

The entire conference will be held in the Greenleaf Conference Room of Jones Hall (room 100A) and is free and open to the public. A campus map showing Jones Hall is available here. For more information, contact Justin Wolfe at

Conference Program

Friday, February 10, 2012

9:00am-9:30am Welcome and Coffee Service

9:30am-11:30am Panel 1 (Ideas)

Alvaro Caso Bello (Universidad Montevideo, Uruguay), “Uses, Disuses, and Shifts of the Term ‘Democracy’ during ‘Revolution’ in the River Plate Regino: The Case of Uruguay, 1808-1848”

Karen Racine (University of Guelph, Canada), “Aristocratic Democracy: British Historical and Political References in Spanish American Independence Movements”

Jordana Dym (Skidmore College), “The Idea of Democracy in Independence-Era Central America, 1759-1848”

1:30pm-2:00pm Coffee Service

2:00pm-4:00pm Panel 2 (Institutions)

Emily Engel (Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University) “Represented Legitimacy in the Cabildo and Real Consulado de Lima”

Hélène Rompré (Université de Montréal, Canada), “Overcoming Ignorance and Backwardness: The Discourse of Public Education in Colonial Quito and Republican Ecuador (1776-1845)”

Jose Antonio Serrano Ortega (Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico), “Guerra y política: negociaciones militares y derechos políticos en Guanajuato, Mexico, 1790-1820”

Saturday, February 11, 2012

9:00am-9:30am Coffee Service

9:30am-12:00pm Panel 3 (Practices)

S. Elizabeth Penry (Fordham University), “Popular Politics in Late Colonial Viceroyalty of Peru”

Luis Alberto Arrioja (Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico), ““Pueblos dividos y nobles empobrecidos en una región indígena de México, 1742-1825”

David Sartorius (University of Maryland) , “Race and the Ever-Faithful Isle: Civil Society and Popular Loyalty in Nineteenth-Century Cuba”

James Sanders (Utah State University), “Europe is the Past. America the Future: Changing Visions of Modernity and Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America”

2:00pm-2:30pm Coffee Service

2:30pm-4:30pm Panel 4 (Debates and Critique)

Fernando Lopez-Alves (UC Santa Barbara)

Anthony Pereira (King’s College London)

Hilda Sabato (Universidad de Buenos Aires)




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Upcoming Events

Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture

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Join Dr. Emily Greenwood as she will be speaking about Greek language/literature, slavery, and the “politics of the human” when she delivers the Dennis A. Georges Lecture in Hellenic Culture.

Emily Greenwood is Professor and Chair of the Classics Department at Yale University where she also holds a joint appointment in African American Studies. She is one of the pre-eminent thinkers on Greek historiography of her generation as well as the leading figure in re-evaluating the legacy of Graeco-Roman culture in colonial and post-colonial contexts. In addition to her book Afro-Greeks: Dialogues Between Anglophone Caribbean Literature and Classics in the Twentieth Century (Oxford 2010) [Joint winner of the Runciman Prize], she has published over a dozen articles and book chapters that investigate the rich and nuanced reception of ancient Greek literature in the African Diaspora, especially in Caribbean literature.

Africana Studies Brown Bag Lecture with Prof. Dan Sharp

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“Naná Vasconcelos: Afro-Brazilian Percussion in Paris and New York City”

Dan Sharp is currently research for a book that revolves around the 1980 album Saudades by Afro-Brazilian Naná Vasconcelos. The book will situate Naná‘s reimagining of percussion and voice in the context of his itinerant life in New York, Europe and Brazil in the 1970s and 1980s. Snacks provided!

Why Marronage Still Matters: Lecture with Dr. Neil Roberts

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What is the opposite of freedom? Dr. Neil Roberts answers this question with definitive force: slavery, and from there he unveils powerful new insights on the human condition as it has been understood between these poles. Crucial to his investigation is the concept ofmarronage—a form of slave escape that was an important aspect of Caribbean and Latin American slave systems. Roberts examines the liminal and transitional space of slave escape to develop a theory of freedom as marronage, which contends that freedom is fundamentally located within this space.In this lecture, Roberts will explore how what he calls the “post-Western” concept and practice of marronage—of flight—bears on our world today.

This event is sponsored by the Kathryn B. Gore Chair in French Studies, Department of French and Italian.
For more information contact Ryan Joyce at or Fayçal Falaky at

Newcomb Art Museum to host María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for Gallery Talk

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Join us at the Newcomb Art Museum in welcoming Mexican artists María José de la Macorra and Eric Peréz for a noontime gallery talk as they discuss the current exhibition Clay in Transit: Contemporary Mexican Ceramics (which features works by María José de la Macorra) and the focus and process of their work. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Newcomb Art Museum is featuring two ceramic exhibitions entitled Clay in Transit featuring contemporary Mexican ceramics and Clay in Place featuring Newcomb pottery and guild plus other never-before-exhibited pieces from the permanent collection.The exhibit presents the work of seven Mexican-born sculptors who bridge the past and present by creating contemporary pieces using an ancient medium. The exhibit will feature works by Ana Gómez, Saúl Kaminer, Perla Krauze, María José Lavín, María José de la Macorra, Gustavo Pérez, Paloma Torres.

Exhibition curator and artist Paloma Torres explains, “In this contemporary moment, clay is a borderline. It is a material that has played a critical role in the development of civilization: early man used clay not only to represent spiritual concerns but also to hold food and construct homes.” While made of a primeval material, the exhibited works nonetheless reflect the artists’ twenty-first-century aesthetics and concerns as well as their fluency in diverse media—from painting and drawing to video, graphic design, and architecture.

The exhibit will run from January 18, 2018, through March 24, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and the artists, please visit the Newcomb Art Museum’s website.

Clay in Transit is presented in collaboration with the Consulate of Mexico.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Jennifer Wooster (NC ’91), Lora & Don Peters (A&S ’81), Newcomb College Institute of Tulane University, Andrew and Eva Martinez, and the Newcomb Art Museum advisory board

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: kibe

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Bate Papo! Try a bit of Brazil’s Middle Eastern flavor with these kibe treats. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at

Bate Papo! Practice your Portuguese and enjoy some Brazilian treats: bolo de aipim

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Bate Papo! Drop by the LBC mezzanine floor for a slice of manioc sponge cake. We will be spread out across the green couches so come by to take a load off and chat for a bit. This event is sponsored by TULASO and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Admission is free. All levels welcome. For more information, please contact Megwen at