Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Arts, Media, Culture & Politics in Latin America at Tulane University


Graduate Studies in Arts, Media, Culture, and Politics in Latin America at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies

At Tulane University, you have a unique opportunity to specialize in the arts, humanities, and cultural studies with an area focus on Latin America. Tulane is a Research 1 University with a high concentration of Latin American specialists. The possibility of combining academic strength and engaged learning gives our program a special flavor. The Stone Center offers highly competitive tuition-waivers and stipend support for highly qualified students pursuing M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Latin American Studies. Students engaged in research on the arts, media, and politics are active participants in the intellectual life of the Stone Center and Latin Americanist researchers As a graduate student you will have many opportunities to participate actively in weekly seminars, research projects, and fieldwork activities, as you immerse yourself in an intense academic life led by a community of scholars who are doing cutting-edge research on Latin America.

Our areas of concentration are broad and diverse, but a significant core of Tulane’s Latin Americanist faculty in anthropology, art history, communication, ethnomusicology, film studies, history, literature, and cultural studies share an interest in the examination of the close interconnections among the arts, media, and politics. In fact, over half of the tenured and tenure-track faculty in these departments and fields work on Latin America, where they share a common commitment to rigorous research that advances cross-disciplinary dialogue and generates novel perspectives on wide-ranging cultural and political phenomena.

As a graduate student, you will have the opportunity to work with scholars who are studying topics that include narratives of dislocation, the phenomenology of collectivity, the spatialization of social inequality, entanglements of traditional and experimental creative expressions, and transcontinental movements and connections. Faculty have explored the production and circulation of printed books in the culture, commerce, and administration of the Hispanic monarchy, popular music and political protest, intercultural performance in the context of global exchanges, the reception and impact of television news and telenovelas interpretations of political issues, how festivals, museums, television, and tourism steep musicians’ performances in national-cultural nostalgia, how artworks construct cultural identity as well as notions of time and history, how radiophonic practices impacted the narrative practices of early sound cinema, feminist rereading of autobiographical writings by left-wing militants and revolutionaries, and the political economies of communications industries and infrastructures, among many others.



Faculty in Arts, Media, Culture and Politics

Adrian Anagnost. Ph.D., Chicago. Assistant Professor of Art History. Art, Urbanism, Brazil.

Rebecca Atencio. Ph.D., Wisconsin. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Culture, Political Violence and Memory, Gender and Sexuality.

Idelber Avelar. Ph.D., Duke. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Postdictatorial Culture, Southern Cone and Brazilian Literature and Culture, Identity and Latinamericanism.

Mia Bagneris. Ph.D., Harvard. Associate Professor of Art History. African and African American Studies, History of Art and Visual Culture.

Carolina Caballero. Ph.D., North Carolina. Zemurray-Stone Senior Professor of Practice in Latin American Studies. Contemporary Latin American Literature, Cultural Studies, Cuba.

Hortensia Calvo. Ph.D., Yale. Doris Stone Librarian and Director. Spanish and Spanish American Literary Baroque, Social History of Print.

John Charles. Ph.D., Yale. Associate Professor. Latin American Literature. (?)

Christopher Dunn. Ph.D., Brown. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Brazil, Cultural Studies, Brazilian Culture, African Diaspora Studies, Popular Music.

Felipe Fernandes Cruz. Ph.D., Texas. Assistant Professor of History. Modern Brazil, History of Technology.

Annie Gibson. Ph.D., Tulane. Administrative Assistant Professor. Director of Study Abroad. Brazil, Cuba, Cultural Studies.

Antonio Daniel Gómez. Ph.D., Pittsburgh. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Argentina, Cuba, Literature of Exile.

Benjamin M. Han. Ph.D., NYU. Assistant Professor of Communication. Cinema and Film Studies. Cross-Cultural Communication, Asia and Latin America.

Yuri Herrera-Gutiérrez. Ph.D., UC Berkeley. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Mexican Cultural Studies and Border Studies.

Laura-Zoe Humphreys. Ph.D., Chicago. Assistant Professor of Communication. Cuban and Latin American Cinema, Critical Social Theory.

Ana López. Ph.D., Iowa. Professor of Communication. Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Director, Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute. Mass Communication, Film, Cultural Studies, Popular Culture.

Megwen Loveless. Ph.D., Harvard. Senior Professor of Practice/Director, Basic Language Program in Portuguese. Brazil, Portuguese Language, Ethnography of Brazilian Music.

Vicki Mayer. Ph.D., UC San Diego. Professor of Communication. Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives and Curriculum. Mexican Americans, Mass Media and Cultural Citizenship.

Sabia McCoy-Torres. Ph.D., Cornell. Assistant Professor. Afro-Diasporic Circum-Caribbean. Race, Gender/Sexuality, Popular Performance.

Marilyn Miller. Ph.D., Oregon. Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Colonial literatures of Latin America, Postcolonial Theory, Caribbean and Trans-American studies.

Tatjana Pavlovic. Ph.D., Washington. Professor of Spanish and Portuguese. Film Studies, Feminism, Critical Theory.

Stephanie C. Porras. Ph.D. Courtauld Institute of Art. Assistant Professor. Flemish Artists and the Americas, Mexico and Brazil.

Mauro Pereira Porto. Ph.D., UC San Diego. Associate Professor of Communication. Brazil, Media and Politics.

Carol McMichael Reese. Ph.D., Texas. Professor of Architectural History. Argentina, Mexico, Urban Studies, Architecture and Urbanism in the Americas, 19th and 20th Centuries.

Thomas F. Reese. Ph.D., Yale. Professor of Art History. Executive Director, Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Thomas F. Reese and Carol M. Reese Distinguished Chair in Latin American Studies. Argentina, Mexico, Art/Art History, Area Studies, Latin American and Iberian Art, Architecture and Urbanism.

Ana Sánchez-Rojo. Ph.D., Chicago. Assistant Professor of Music. Historical Musicology, Spanish Colonial Music History, Hispanic Identity.

Daniel Sharp. Ph.D., Texas. Associate Professor of Music. Ethnomusicology, Brazil.

Rachel Stein. Ph.D., Columbia.‘€¯Research & Instruction Librarian. Latin American & Iberian Press and Print Cultures.

Selamawit D. Terrefe. Ph.D., California. Assistant Professor of English. African Diasporic Literature and Visual Culture, Critical Theory.

Edith Wolfe. Ph.D., Texas. Administrative Faculty of Latin American Studies. Assistant Director/Undergraduate Programs. Latin American Art, Modernism in Latin America.

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This Bridge Called our Backs: Judith F. Baca, Muralism, and Community Engagement

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A Lecture by Dr. Anna Indych-Lopez
The City University of New York

Monday, February 3, 2020
6:00 PM

Woldenberg Art Center
Room 210

FLAS Summer Fellowship Application Deadline: February 14th, 2020

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies receives funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. FLAS fellowships administered by the Stone Center are available to undergraduate and graduate students for the intensive study over the summer of Kaqchikel Maya, Portuguese, or another less-commonly taught Latin American language. Graduate students wishing to engage in intensive study of such a language are encouraged to apply for one of these fellowships. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply; and only intensive summer language programs that meet the FLAS guidelines will be considered. A listing of some of the approved programs is prepared by CLASP and available on-line. Program information and application packets for Tulane sponsored summer language programs can be found here.

The following FAQs offer further information on the application process and program guidelines for undergraduates and graduates respectively:

Summer FLAS FAQ for Undergraduates
Summer FLAS FAQ for Graduate Students

The Stone Center staff held an on-line information session on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. You can access the video and PowerPoint presentation here: FLAS SUMMER APPLICATION MATERIALS for 2020 All materials are PDF files, forms are in fillable PDF format.

All application materials, including the faculty recommendation form, proposal narrative, and financial need statement or FAFSA EFC, should be submitted electronically by email according to the application guidelines. Please review these guidelines carefully.

For questions regarding the FLAS Fellowship, please contact Dr. Jimmy Huck by email at jhuck@tulane.edu OR Valerie McGinley at vmcgmar@tulane.edu.

Bate Papo! Primavera 2020

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A weekly hour of Portuguese conversation and tasty treats hosted by Prof. Megwen Loveless. All levels are welcome! Meetings take place on Fridays at different hours and locations. See the full schedule below:

January 17th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de maracuja

January 24th, 3 PM, Boot
Treat: Suco de caju

January 31st, 4PM, Cafe Carmo (527 Julia St.)
Treat: Suco de caja

February 7th, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Agua de coco

February 14th, 11 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Guarana

February 21st, 12PM, PJs Willow
Treat: Cha de maracuja

February 28th, 2PM, Sharp Residence Hall
Treat: Cafe brasiliero

March 6th, 10 AM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Cha matte

March 13th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de goiaba

March 20th, 3 PM, Greenbaum House
Treat: Limonada a brasiliera

March 27th, 12 PM, LBC Mezzanine
Treat: Batido de abacate

April 3rd, 11 AM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Suco de acai

April 17th, 1 PM, LBC Pocket Park
Treat: Caldo de cana

April 24th, 2 PM, Boot
Treat: Groselha

Graduate Student Writing Group

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The Graduate Student Writing Group convenes on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:30 PM. These structured writing sessions are open to Latin Americanist graduate students in all departments. Students, who arrive with a project and a goal, work in communal silence during two 45 minute blocks separated by a 10-minute coffee break. All meetings will be held in the Latin American Library Seminar Room. Co-sponsored by the Stone Center and the Latin American Library.

Ancient Civilizations K-16 Series for Social Studies Educators

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Ancient Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
Spring 2020

For educators of grade levels: K-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Ancient civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
  • To design culturally appropriate primary and secondary research projects;
  • To teach about Pre-Columbian and ancient civilizations, language, geography and foods;
  • To encourage student self-determination through meaningful and relevant cultural projects.

Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Tunica of the Lower Mississippi River Valley
Middle American Research Institute – Seminar Room
6823 St. Charles Avenue
This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

Friday, March 6, 2020
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Understanding Maya Fare: Beyond Tamales and Cacao
AfterCLASS – Taylor Education Center
612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. #4003
In collaboration with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium, this workshop focuses on foods of the Maya. Participants will explore the foods of the Maya focusing on the role of food over time. Join us as we hear from chocolate specialists and our Kaqchikel language scholar will discuss the importance of corn. REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, May 2020
Aztec Mexican Art and Culture
Participants in this workshop will explore the art and culture of the Aztec community. Date TBD

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-16 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020
Cost: $3580

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school) Please email your recommenders the PDF above. They submit via email the complete recommendation letter.
  • Copy of Passport
  • $200 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.

Preview the Itinerary here