Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

61st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS)

March 27th, 2014 - March 29th, 2014

Hyatt French Quarter


Late Registration: After Feb. 27, 2014

  • Faculty: $150
  • Student / International Scholars: $115

Each registration includes one ticket to the Opening Reception on Thursday evening and one ticket to the Friday evening Awards Banquet. If you are bringing a guest, you may purchase one extra ticket to the Opening Reception and/or Awards Banquet. An extra banquet ticket is $60 and an extra reception ticket is $35 ($95 for both).

SECOLAS Membership
You MUST be an active SECOLAS member in order to attend and participate in the conference. Information about membership dues can be found at the SECOLAS website. Please see for more information or to make a payment. Please also note that membership dues are handled and processed separately from conference registration fees.

A Note on Audiovisual Equipment
The availability of audiovisual projection technology and equipment is very limited. All panelists are encouraged to make their presentations without the use of audiovisual projection technology. If having such equipment is absolutely essential to your presentation, please let us know by emailing James D. Huck, Jr., at .

Conference Hotel Information:
All panels and conference events will take place at the Hyatt French Quarter. SECOLAS has arranged a group block and discounted rate at the hotel for nightly lodging. You can make a reservation online or by phone. The number to make a phone reservation is (888) 421-1442. When making a phone reservation, please mention that you are with the SECOLAS 2014 Annual Conference and please have the conference dates (Mar. 27-29, 2014) handy as a reference if needed.

Or, you can click here to access the group block reservations online.

In order to secure your discounted rate and room reservation, please book your stay by Thursday, March 6, 2014, which is the official block room cut-off date. After this date, all unreserved block rooms will be released for sale to the general public and the discounted group room rate will no longer be guaranteed.

Group hotel rates (nightly):

  • March 27-28: $189.00 single/double (plus relevant taxes/surcharges)
  • A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the discounted group rate for Wednesday, March 26, and Saturday, March 28.
  • For the hotel address and other information, please visit the Hyatt French Quarter’s website:

New Orleans City Guide
We’ve put together a brief guide to the city for quick reference. You can view or print it by clicking here. There are many online options as well, such as

Conference Program & Paper/Author Abstracts
Please click here to view or download the Conference Program as of March 25, 2014, in .pdf file format. The document will be re-uploaded as panel room assignments are confirmed and as any other changes to the program need to be made, so please check back regularly for any updates.

You can also view the abstracts of all papers submitted for the upcoming conference in .pdf file format by clicking here. NOTE: Please be advised that the information in these abstracts is accurate as of March 21, 2014. Last minute cancellations or changes to the program may affect the information contained in the abstracts. Please refer to the latest program for the most up-to-date information on panel assignments and panelists.




All Events

Upcoming Events

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!

New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities

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“New Worlds, Indigenous Technologies and European Cabinets of Curiosities”
Lecture by Dr. Surekha Davies

In the early modern period, European perceptions of distant peoples shifted from curiosity and admiration to a growing conviction that Europe resided at the top of a cultural, technological, and racial hierarchy. Making knowledge about both humans and the natural world became increasingly visual pursuits. This paper explores descriptive methods and classificatory schemes for overseas artifacts through the close reading of inventories and catalogs of early modern curiosity cabinets. It argues that these texts were material and discursive objects that helped to constitute cultural hierarchy through typologies of objects. The processes of inventorying human variety also shaped European identities in relation to both classical antiquity and to the material antiquities of new worlds.

Dr. Surekha Davies is Assistant Professor of History at Western Connecticut State University. She writes on cultural encounters, visual and material culture, cartography, monster theory, collecting, and the history of mentalities. Her first book, Renaissance Ethnography and the Invention of the Human: New Worlds, Maps and Monsters (Cambridge University Press, 2016), won the 2016 Roland H. Bainton Prize in History from the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference, and the 2016 Morris D. Forkosch Prize from the Journal for the History of Ideas. Dr. Davies is currently working on a new book project, Collecting Artifacts in the Age of Empire, and is a Mellon longterm fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library for 2017-18.

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 University 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