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

The Latin American Library's Annual Open House

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The Latin American Library will be hosting its annual open house event on Friday, September 21. This annual event will welcome back faculty, students, staff, and friends from the New Orleans community. The event will include a talk by Colombian visual artist Erika Diettes, an exhibit of recent acquisitions, a book sale, and as always much more!

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Madeline White via email ( or by phone at (504) 865-5681.

MARI Brown Bag Series to host PhD candidate Evan Parker for talk on jade offerings in Maya plaza

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The Middle American Research Institute is happy to announce the first talk of the 2018-2019 Brown Bag talk series. Evan Parker, Ph.D Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, will present his research in a talk titled The Tzimin Jades of Paso del Macho: Description and Analysis of a Middle Preclassic Maya Plaza Offering.

MARI’s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. If you are interested in presenting, please email Jessica Melancon ( for more information.

For the current speaker list of this talk series, visit the MARI Brown Bag website.

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

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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.

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

For further reading visit:

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.