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


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

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,




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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 conducting 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

Loyola to host talk by Ward Churchill on Indigenism in North America

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Loyola University is excited to welcome acclaimed activist-intellectual Ward Churchill, author of the new book Wielding Words like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995–2005 and 30 Year Anniversary edition of Pacifism as Pathology: Reflections on the Role of Armed Struggle in North America.

Ward will give an explanation of indigenism, moving from there to the concepts of the Fourth World and the three-legged stool of classic, internal, and settler-state colonialism. He will discuss historical and ongoing genocide of North America’s native peoples and the systematic distortion of the political and legal history of U.S.-Indian relations.

A prolific American Indian scholar/activist, Ward Churchill is a founding member of the Rainbow Council of Elders, and longtime member of the leadership council of the American Indian Movement of Colorado. In addition to his numerous works on indigenous history, he has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy and the repression of political dissent, including the FBI’s COINTELPRO operations against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Five of his more than 20 books have received human rights awards.

Please contact Nathan Henne ( for additional information.

Sponsored by
The Loyola Latin American Studies Program
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Loyola
The Department of Language and Cultures
The Department of English