Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

LAGO 2013 Graduate Student Conference "Decolonizing the Americas"

January 17th, 2013 - January 18th, 2013

Stone Center for Latin American Studies and LAGO (Latin American Studies Graduate Organization) at Tulane University are proud to announce our annual Latin American studies graduate student conference.

“Decolonizing the Americas”

Tulane University
Stone Center for Latin American Studies
LAGO Graduate Student Conference

  • Paper Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2012

Program

Description
The Americas have long been a site of colonial and neocolonial encounters in political, cultural, economic, and intellectual realms. These encounters have
produced inequalities and oppressions, but they have also spurred rich histories of intellectual and political resistance in response to unequal power relations
within and between the countries of the Americas. This conference invites scholars from all disciplines to examine the actors, trends, complexities, and
contentions in the ongoing decolonization of the Americas. We encourage submissions from the liberal arts, social sciences, and professional fields
spanning historical and contemporary time periods to address the process of transcending and dismantling colonialism and neocolonialism. We encourage
participants to utilize various methodologies and lenses to analyze this process.

Final copies of completed papers may be sent by Friday, December 7, 2012 to lago.tulane@gmail.com

There are no specific guidelines as to the format of your paper. However, please keep in mind that presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

Keynote Address

“Decolonization in Theory: The Challenge of Southern Epistemologies”

January 17th: 6:30 PM Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Followed by a reception in Dixon Hall

Decolonization has typically being conceived as eminently cultural and political, but there have also been a number of efforts aiming to articulate it as a form of theory and as an epistemology. Understood in that way, decolonization resists becoming a topic for 20th century area studies, political sciences, literature, or anthropology, and rather becomes a theoretical ground from which those different fields could be rethought. Questions to be considered in this reflection include: What is to be considered as knowledge and how is this knowledge produced when decolonization is understood as theory? What are the main elements of this theory, if there is such, and what are their implications for our usual ways of understanding what we take to be knowledge and science? Are we to conceive regions such as the Americas, or areas, such as Latin America, in the same way as before? These and related questions open up a decolonial field of enquiry that we are still barely beginning in the 21st century.

Keynote Speaker Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies with a joint appointment in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is also President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and board member of the Frantz Fanon Foundation. He is the author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), La descolonización y el giro descolonial (Chiapas, Mexico: Editorial de la Universidad de la Tierra, 2011), and he is working on a manuscript entitled Fanonian Meditations. He is also guest editor of special issues in the web journals Worlds and Knowledges, Otherwise, and Transmodernity, and has published essays in the C.L.R. James Journal, Cultural Studies, and the Radical Philosophy Review, among other journals.

Pachanga on the Patio
January 18th: 5-7 PM
Jones Patio

Please join the Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO), the
Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO), and
the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the last Pachanga on
the Patio of the 2012-2013 academic year. The pachanga will feature
refreshments and live music by Chegadão, New Orleans’ only samba-funk
and forró Brazilian/American conglomeration.This event is free and
open to the public. Please contact David McCoy for more information,
dmccoy1@tulane.edu.

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Film Screening: El Súper with filmmaker Iván Acosta

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The 1979 film version of Cuban filmmaker Ivan Acosta’s award-winning play El Súper, which gained critical and international success for its depiction of exiled Cubans in New York City, will be screened. Mr. Acosta will be in attendance and a discussion in English will follow. Iván Acosta is a playwright, filmmaker, and creative director originally from Santiago de Cuba, now in New York City. His creative endeavors include documentaries, plays, films, and books, and he’s served as writer, director, and producer, among other roles.

A small reception will follow the screening. Seating may be limited. Admission is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/04/29/archives/the-screen-el-super-a-cubanamerican-tale-the-cast.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

Equity speaker series to host panel on navigating immigrant relations in the current political climate

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The Center for Academic Equity at Tulane University is proud to present Border Li(n)es: Excluding, Extracting, and Expelling Immigrants in the Southern U.S. on September 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM as part of the Equity Speaker Series.

Following a summer of turbulent immigration relations in the United States, the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Panel will focus on immigration on our Southern border and will feature specialists whose experiences vary from grassroots to professorial work. Panelists will include Josiah Heyman, Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, Ronald Martinez, New Orleans immigrant activist and spokesperson for the Congress of Day Laborers, Hiroko Kusuda, Clinical Professor and Director of Immigration Law at the Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice at Loyola, and Laila Hlass, Clinical Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

These four distinguished speakers will share the stage of Freeman Auditorium to discuss the drastic variation in immigrant relations across the national, regional, and local spaces and ways that members of American society may become engaged in or change the now toxic and polarized political climate. This inaugural discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

See also Tulane New Wave for more information and a description of the event.




Cover photo from CNN story What the US-Mexico border looks like before Trump’s wall.

Mexican Cultural Institute's new exhibition features Hispanic women artists' empowerment and identity

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The Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans in collaboration with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the groundbreaking exhibition Hispanic Women Making Art: Creative Empowerment and Identity. The exhibition will feature artists Verónica Bapé, Belinda Flores-Shinshillas, Ana Hernandez, Josephine Sacabo, Laura Velez and Luba Zygarewicz and is curated by Marcela Correa, MFA.

The opening reception will be held on September 26 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The exhibition will be open beginning September 26 and continue through November 24, 2018. For more information, please visit the Mexican Cultural Institute website.

Cover photo is a work by Verónica Bapé from the series ABUNDANTE COSA 1 MES 1 ARTISTA.

In 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico established the Mexican Cultural Institute in New Orleans. The primary objective of the Mexican Cultural Institute is to promote the image of Mexico by supporting cultural expressions in its broadest and fullest sense, including multidisciplinary forms like visual arts, music, performing arts, film, literature and gastronomy. The mission of the Cultural Institutes is to be protagonists of the cultural scene in their different host cities.


Louisiana Archaeological Society to host talk by Francisco Estrada-Belli on the use of LiDAR in Maya archaelology

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The Louisiana Archaeological Society/Delta Chapter guest speaker series will be hosting Francisco Estrada-Belli, Research Assistant Professor in the Tulane University Department of Anthropology and the Middle American Research Institute for a talk titled The Scaling Factor: How Lidar Technology is Changing our views on Maya Agriculture and Settlement.

A new quantitative analysis of LiDAR data on agricultural features and settlement carried out since 2016 by a consortium of scholars working in Guatemala has generated a series of baseline facts on how much land was available for cultivation and how much land was developed by diverting water, terracing and other geoengineering methods. These data are coupled to more accurate population estimates on a scale that had never been attained before. The results of the study, co-led by Marcello Canuto, Thomas Garrison, and myself are now being published in “Science*:https://www.sciencemag.org/. Francisco Estrada-Belli will present an overview of the results with particular attention to his area of study, the Holmul region, where we made many unexpected finds.

Parking can be found along St. Charles Avenue, Walnut Street, Calhoun Street, and Loyola Avenue.

For additional questions, please visit the Louisiana Archaeological Society’s Delta Chapter event page.

Iván Acosta book presentation: With A Cuban Song in the Heart / Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón

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Iván Acosta will present his memoir, With a Cuban Song in the Heart/ Con Una Canción Cubana en el Corazón, published by Un-Gyve Press, 2017. At this event, Mr. Acosta will incorporate his favorite Cuban songs in a musical and historical journey. His book features artwork from 280 album covers in his private collection and weaves a rich narrative combining real life experiences from his childhood in Santiago, Cuba along with tidbits of local lore and historical references. His favorite songs will be performed by local performers during the presentation.
This fascinating presentation, starting at 6:00PM, will be held at Tulane University in the Freeman Auditorium of the Newcomb Art Building (in Newcomb Circle) New Orleans, LA, 70118. A book signing and reception will follow on Woodward Way, right outside the Freeman Auditorium and in the Newcomb Art Museum. The book will be available for purchase for $60.00.

This event is free and open to the public. For questions email ccsi@tulane.edu.

For further reading visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/16/nyregion/public-lives-cuba-on-his-mind-the-dual-life-of-an-artist-exile.html


Collaborators of these events with the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Tulane’s Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute include Beatriz Ball, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Newcomb Art Museum, Park View Historic Hotel, and St. Mary’s Dominican High School.

K-12 Educator Workshop Celebrating 25 Years of the Américas Award with 2018 winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh

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This year marks the 25th year that the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs and CLASP will honor the work of the many authors, illustrators, publishers, educators, and readers of the award with 2018 award winners Ibi Zoboi and Duncan Tonatiuh.

Zoboi’s book, American Street is a complex and multi-layered story anchored around relationships and questions of loyalty. She will share her experiences writing this book and provide context for teaching this book in a high school classroom.

The second 2018 award winner by Duncan Tonatiuh, Danza is a magnificent celebration of Amalia Hernández, the dancer and choreographer who founded the famed Mexican dance company, el Ballet Folklórico de México. Tonatiuh will share with educators his unique illustrative style and engage participants in an exploration of Amalia Hernández and her impact in the world of dance. This picture book is the perfect book for every library.

The workshop will explore this year’s winners, providing guidance and resources that span the 25 years of the award. This special 25th anniversary workshop will focus on diversity and the role of community.

Co-sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP), Howard University, and Teaching for Change. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.