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Spring 2012

Alternative ways to modernity in Latin America: Ecuador and Bolivia

José María Arregui Aramburu, University of the Basque Country in the
Department of Social Sciences, Bilbao, Spain.

Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012 Time: 3-4:30 PM Place: Deutz Room, in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

In this seminar I will analyze the cultural, social and political developments that have taken place mainly in Ecuador and Bolivia, which have been conducive to the approval of the new constitutions in both countries.  According to the intention of the new social actors, these new constitutions are the way to put in place a new and different model of society, culture and State as an alternative to the western civilization and to the western uni-national state.  I will examine the extent in which these projects have been successful, or are becoming a source for new problems.

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Limits to the Diffusion of Democratic Civil-Military Relations in Latin America

Harold Trinkunas is an AssociateProfessor and former Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Date:Tuesday, June 5, 2012 Time: 3-4:30 PM   Place: Deutz Room, in the Copley InternationalConference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Latin America would seem primed for the diffusion of institutions and norms of democratic civil-military relations.Economic, regulatory, and pension reforms have already successfully diffused across the region. Many of the indicators favorable to international policy diffusion point in the right direction: Latin American countries well know their own history of military intervention in politics; they are able to easily observe the payoffs of policy implementation in established democracies; and they benefit from fluid communication amongst themselves and with early adopters. Since the 1980s, U.S and European policy makers have also poured substantial resources into security and democracy assistance programs designed to promote civilian control of the military.

Yet, since the third wave of democratization began, many of the otherwise consolidated regimes in the region have made limited progress in institutionalizing democratic civil-military relations. Only Argentina and Chile exhibit evidence of a significant civilian role in defense policy making. In other major democracies in the region, such as Brazil and Mexico, there has been little progress towards institutionalizing control over the military, and in yet others, such as Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru, civil-military relations have been at times deinstitutionalized and even personalized by elected officials. This talk seeks to explore the limits to the diffusion and adoption of democratic models of civil-military relations in Latin America. It argues that while the mechanisms of international diffusion are indeed at work across the region, there is considerable variation in the degree to which defense policy is consequential for domestic actors, inhibiting the formulation of policy reforms.

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Metropolitan Bilbao's Urban Regeneration Process: Past, Present and Future Challenges

Álvaro Luna, University of the Basque Country in the Department of Sociology, Bilbao, Spain

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2012 Time: 3-4:30 pm Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The purpose of this seminar is to analyze and describe the key economic, political, social and cultural changing factors that have influenced the urban regeneration process of the Metropolitan Area of Bilbao (MAB) in the last 20 years, and the key factors that have driven the area into a new international role. After the industrial crisis of the 1980s the MAB has experienced major social changes that have not only transformed the image of the area, but also redirected its old industrial structure into a new development model that is now framed inside the competitive reasoning of the New Economy. These changes have had important positive and negative consequences in the socioeconomic structure and development of the actual MAB, and are strongly influencing its future growth by introducing in the urban regeneration process, new economic, political and social challenges.

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Degrowth and Buen Vivir: Debates on the Post-development in Europe and Latin America

Koldo Unceta, University of the Basque Country in the Department of Applied Economics, Bilbao, Spain

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012  Time: 3-4:30 pm  Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

This lecture will address a summary of some of the theoretical debates on the criticism of the development concept in Europe and in Latin America. In the European case it will analyze the concept of Degrowth (Decroissance), which arose in France a decade ago. Concerning the case of Latin America it will discuss the notion of Buen Vivir that emerged in the Andean countries, particularly in Bolivia and Ecuador. Both concepts have had an important diffusion and incidence in some academic and social sectors, and often they are introduced and confused, without enough evidence as similar.

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China’s Peaceful Development and Its Implications for Sino-Latin American Relations

Ping Wang, Director, Professor and doctoral supervisor of
the Center for Latin American Studies, Nankai University in P. R. China.

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012 Time: 3-4:30 pm Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The recent two decades has been seen as the rapid development of developing countries, such as BRICs, leading to “a shift in global wealth” and rebalancing of economic powers. Among them, China has been regarded as the most dynamic engine of growth in the world economy and the driver of the economic recovery. This new world situation has attracted the most attention due to its fast-paced economic growth and its impacts on the rest of the world, especially after the forecasts by IMF which indicate that China’s GDP, measuring in PPP terms, will exceed that of the United States in 2016. In this context, China-Latin American relations are more dynamic than the rest of the world. More news, articles, books and official documents related to this subject have been recently published. Some of them are positive, but some are negative. The focus of this lecture is to explore and analyze what the rising economic importance of China means for Latin America from the Chinese perspective.

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Winter 2012

Migration from Brazil to Japan-Living in Japan as Japanese-Brazilians and the Impact on their Ethnic Identity

Eunice Akemi Ishikawa, Associate Professor in the Department of
International Culture at the Shizuoka University of Art and Culture, Hamamatsu
city, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Time: 4-5 pm Place: Room 4 in the Gildred/CILAS Building, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

From 1908 until the beginning of the 70s, more than 240,000 Japanese emigrated toBrazil. The estimate of the Japanese descendant population living in Brazil now is 1.3 million. In Brazil, the Japanese-Brazilians have maintained the Japanese culture tenaciously, even through today. They maintain their “Japanese” identity, although they are living as members of Brazilian society. They are taught by their parents or grandparents about the “virtuous Japanese", and make it a positive symbol. On the other hand, the migration from Brazil to Japan grew from the end of the 1980s to the beginning of the 1990s due to the labor shortage in Japan. As a consequence of the partial reform of the Law of Entrance of Foreigners and Refugees in Japan, that allowed the entrance of Japanese descendants up to the third generation with special visas, the Brazilian population in Japan, which was approximately 2,500 in 1987, increased to over 300,000 in 2006, and decreased to 215,000 in 2011. When they move to Japan from Brazil as temporary unskilled workers, the symbolic “Japanese” identity isn’t recognized as advantageous. On the contrary, they are considered to be foreigners by law and also by Japanese society, because of the difference in citizenship, language, customs, culture, and ways of thinking. The only similarities are physical appearances and the fact that they have Japanese blood. Unfortunately, that isn’t enough for them to be accepted by Japanese society. Here, they lose their confidence in being “Japanese”, and the identity of their home country becomes stronger; they feel that they are more “Brazilian” than before.

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International Drug Strategy in Andean Countries: United States and European Union Crop Reduction Policies in Colombia

Ana Torres, Ph.D. candidate in Political Sciences at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012 Time:3-4:30 pm Place: Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The most important cocaine consumers, United States and European Union, have been financing and developing programs to reduce cocaine production for decades. With the belief that destroying production at the source will be a good option to solve the drug problem, crop eradication has been one of the most important policies in the “War on Drugs” in the last decades. This project details the international policies designed to reduce illegal crops and drug production in the main producer countries (Bolivia, Colombia and Peru), specifically focusing in Colombia.  In spite of the efforts to reduce consumption and production, drug trafficking is still strong. Therefore there are questions to be answered such as: Despite the efforts in producing control, why has the cocaine output total been fairly stable? Why are international and national agents still developing those policies?   Will those policies have any chance to be successful?

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Fall 2011

Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) as a Threat to Central American Democracies and Security of the USA

Lidija Kos-Stanišić, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Zagreb, Croatia

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2011  Time: 3-4:30 pm Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The states of Central America are historically a zone of extended American security consideration and American foreign policy considers the weak democracies in the region as an important threat to the USA and hemisphere security. In this lecture, Lidija will show how DTOs influence the functioning of democracies in Central America. First, there will be an introduction into the problems of democratization of Central America and US security. Second, the current type of democracy in the Central American states will be defined, and an analysis weather and how six Central American states, especially the Northern Triangle countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras)  are influenced by DTOs. Finally, it will be pointed out how DTOs are challenging the Northern Triangle Central American defective democracies and are threatening US security.

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“All Trails Lead North:Impacts of the Failed Drug War from Colombian to the United States”

Featuring Jani Silva- campesina leader for the Association of Holistic Sustainable Development (ADISPA) Putumayo, Colombia

Jani Silva, Community Organizer, La Perla Amazonica, Putumayo Colombia

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Time: 12:30-2:30 pm  Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
The War on Drugs. Since the year 2000 when the United States launched the largest military funding package in Latin American history through Plan Colombia, we have seen billions of US tax dollars invested in the so called “War on Drugs” Not any of the $7 billion of Plan Colombia nor the current 2 billion of drug war funding to Mexico and Central America include strategies or funds that address the demand side of the drug trade. The demand side being the Unites States of America. The home of the largest market for narcotics in the world. In the 10 years since Plan Colombia we have not only seen a rise in drug production but a massive human rights crisis emerge region wide. The US funding of Latin American militaries and police with poor human rights records has led to the displacement, torture and deaths of millions of people. Meanwhile in the US, drugs are sold at elementary schools, prisons are overflowing with drug offenders and there are constantly new and more potent drugs that enter the market every day. It is clear the US drug war model has failed and continues to fail communities in the US and communities in Latin America. Join us as we come together to discuss better solutions to the war on drugs.

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The State Masks and the Plurinational Disguise: An Intuitive Approach to State-building in Current Ecuador

Jorge Resina de la Fuente, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science Complutense
University of Madrid, Spain

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011  Time: 3-4:30 pm  Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Is a new state in Ecuador being built? The inclusion of plurinationality as an essential form of state in the 2008 Constitution recognizes a historical demand of the indigenous Ecuadorian movement. However, far from being an end point, this new scenario opens a period of state crossroads, between the transformation and reform, between the same and different. This paper intends to approach the construction of plurinationality in Ecuador and to reflect on the faces of the state in Latin America. My main hypothesis suggests that the plurinational has become a discourse that tries to legitimize a failed model of nation-state, under which there are hidden different political positions.

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Administering Identities-Virtualized Ethnicity in Perú

César A. Oré Rocca,  Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2011 Time: 3-4:30 pm Place: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The main objective of this research is to study the production of collective identities in the context of the extension of Information Technology into country life and of the processes that demand identity recognition in Peru. The aim is to understand the different definitions of ethnic identity that can be found in some developmental IT programs, such as indigenous websites, which are promoted by the government and NGOs. My hypothesis is that Information Technology plays a central role in the construction of imagined communities, which results in an important influence of the government or NGOs in the identity construction of indigenous people. To analyze this connection the concept of ethnicity is used as a tool, that reflects a field of symbolic construction of membership, adapted in virtual spaces.

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Spring 2011

Politics of Gay and Lesbian Rights in Latin America: Argentina, Chile, México, & Uruguay

Jordi Díez, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Guelph, Canada

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2011 Time: 3-5 pm Place: Weaver Room, Institute of the Americas, UCSD

An important element of the politics of Latin America over the last decade has been the unprecedented extension of rights in some jurisdictions to sexual minorities ranging from anti-discrimination legislation to the recognition of non-traditional forms of family arrangements. This phenomenon is significant given the historic discrimination and marginalization to which gay and lesbians were systematically subjected until very recently. Yet, despite its significance, political science scholarship devoted to the study of sexual-minority rights in Latin America is notoriously scant. The result is considerable lacunae in our knowledge of the political processes that have led to the expansion of rights to gay and lesbian citizens in some jurisdictions in Latin America. Particularly, no scholarship exists that explains why some countries have expanded rights while others have not. In this talk, which is based on a book to be published, Díez explains variance in the expansion of gay and lesbian rights across four countries: Argentina, Chile, México and Uruguay.

From the Amazon Region and the South American Pacific

Enrique Amayo-Zevallos, Professor of Latin American Economic History and
International Studies at the Department of Economics & Graduate Program of
Sociology, University of the State of Sao Paulo – UNESP

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011   Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.   Place: Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

This is a long range research project that is the core of the "Núcleo de Pesquisas sobre o Pacifico e a Amazônia – NPPA" (Research Group on the Pacific and Amazon) of the University of the State of São Paulo – UNESP, Brazil. Its main goal is to study the histories, societies, economies, relations and environment of the Amazon and South-American Pacific as regions and the links between them. Amazon is a South-American Region shared by eight countries. From ancient times, communities living in the Amazon played a major role in making this geographical region into a historical and social space; the latest global trends show the need for building direct links from the Amazon Basin (departing from Brazil) into the Pacific Rim (reaching Peruvian coastland). That is because South America also shares the Pacific Rim and since pre-Columbian times their peoples have played a major role in transforming the Pacific Rim from a mere geographical region into a historic, social and economic area. This process went on through the Colonial period and up to the first decades of the Independence in the 1850s. The research project starts in the past and encompasses the present for the growing relevance of the so called Economy of the Pacific in shaping the world's future.

Winter 2011

Venezuela's Foreign Policy: Its Effects on the Colombia–Venezuela Border

Ana Marleny Bustamante, Professor at the Center for Borders and Regional
Integration Studies,University of the Andes in Venezuela.

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011   Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.    Place: Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Venezuela's regional foreign policy of alignment with western values and the US began to change in 2000. At that time new meanings for democracy, regional integration and regional security developed in the country's vision of itself and its foreign relations. This change affected Venezuelan relations with neighboring countries, particularly with Colombia. The policy visions and the new group of friends around the world that drive this new foreign policy have impacted the Andean Community (CAN) and the Group of Three (G-3) negatively.  It has also impacted the traditional bilateral relationship between Colombia and Venezuela and in particular, the bilateral agreements and the Andean policies toward their common border areas. Thus, border policies aimed at giving to the border areas the autonomy and power to participate more actively in their development have been slowed or become inactive.

Ungoverned Spaces: Alternatives to State Authority in an Era of Softened Sovereignty

Harold Trinkunas, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011  Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Place: Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

There has been increased concern in policy circles and in academia over "ungoverned spaces." This has usually referred to failed states, but more recently has also come to mean areas lacking "effective sovereignty." For political actors, ungoverned spaces connote a novel and inherently dangerous threat to the security of states and to the international system. However, in the world of the early twenty-first century, state sovereignty has softened. States have been joined by a number of other actors, benign and malign, in providing governance and security through bottom-up and horizontal forms of organization. In some places and at some times, alternative authority and governance structures contest the power of the state. At other times, they may coexist with state authority and co-opt state institutions, taking on hybrid forms. This book analyzes the origins and consequences of alternative forms of authority in the twenty-first century. Instead of focusing on ungoverned spaces, we suggest that the threat posed by some non-state actors today can best be understood in light of the origins and nature of alternative structures in contested spaces. In certain configurations, ungoverned spaces can extend the reach of and magnify the harm caused by violent non-state actors, while in other instances, ungoverned spaces are simply the byproduct of a global trend towards weakened sovereignty and the retreat of the state.

Hunger in Hell's Kitchen: Real Wages and Deprivation in Spain's Early Industrialization. The Bilbao Estuary, 1914-1935.

Stefan Houpt, Associate Professor of Economic History and
Institutions and Researcher of the Figuerola Institute of Social Science and
History at Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011 Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m. Place: Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Did late industrialization in Europe's periphery improve life for the urban class? This paper examines living conditions in northern Spain during early industrialization in the interwar period. We concentrate on the Basque country, one of the emerging industrial areas from the 1870s on. Historiography holds that in the medium-term urban development and industrialization increased real wages and overall standards of living. We seek to contrast this empirically using high frequency data (monthly) from 1914 until 1936. Our conclusions are that real income did not improve and that demographic and social deprivation variables are highly responsive to short term economic shocks in the form of food and housing price increases. This response points to an urban population living close to subsistence levels; the urban penalty was by far not being compensated by the higher nominal wages received. This continued deprivation more than the political agitation may have been the urban origin of future civil war violence.

Borrowing a Constitution: The US Constition in Argentina and the Heyday of the Argentine Supreme Court (1852-1930)

Jonathan Miller, Professor at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011  Time: 2:00-4:00 p.m.   Place: Weaver Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Basing his analysis on the Argentine cases, Miller discusses the broader issue of the transplantation of laws and constitutions and its consequences. The talk, a summary of a book manuscript he recently completed, discusses the importation by Argentina of the American systelm of judicial review.


Spring 2010

The Politics of Booms and Crises-Evidence from Latin America

Daniela Campello, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 5 pm
Deutz Room, IOA Complex, UCSD

Daniela Campello is a Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is also a fellow at the Program on Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton. She specializes in international and comparative political economy of less developed countries. She received her B.A. from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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A Talk Sponsored By Anthropology, CILAS, and Science Studies

Carbon Science Fictions and Mexican Forests

Andrew S. Mathews, Department of Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 1 - 3pm
Social Science Building Room 107, UCSD

In recent years climate change models and satellite images have become entangled in projects of managing Mexican forests and factories, of transforming legal codes, and of making the Mexico an ideal place for carbon trading. Mexican policymakers and scientists seek to materialize ambitious projects of total visibility, where satellite images would demonstrate to international financial markets that forests are storing carbon. This speculative project links visual representations of hypothetical future forests with other kinds of models and futures, those of first world financial markets and international funding agencies.

Department of Ethnic Studies Spring Colloquium Series on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Class

"Queer Bonds, Otherwise" - Professor Juana Rodriguez, UC Berkeley

Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 3:00pm
Deutz Room at the Institute of the Americas Plaza, UCSD

This paper considers how current debates on the relationship between sociality and the sexual are transformed through a queer of color critique. It asks how theoretical considerations of recognition and desire are complicated by the ephemeral archives of queer racialized subjects. Drawing on both José Esteban Muñoz’s articulation of “utopian longings” and Judith Butler’s notion of the “critical promise of fantasy,” this paper explores the political contradictions lurking in our sexual imaginaries. In the process it asks us to face unruly sexual fantasies of violence, abjection and servitude that likewise trouble our psyche and sexual lives.

Juana Maria Rodriguez is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley where she also directs the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. She is the author of *Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces* (NYU 2003) and has published numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ studies. She is currently working on a new book manuscript about the uses of sex in queer politics.

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Winter 2010

Populism in Latin America from Perón to Chávez: Anything New?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010 from 3:30–5pm
Gildred Latin American Studies Building in Room 4, UCSD campus

Torcuato Di Tella, an Argentine scholar, is one of the founders of Latin American sociology. He is the author of 36 books, several of which have been translated into English and other languages. Most of his work has dealt with the political sociology of 20th Century Latin America, with a focus on Argentina and other Southern Cone countries. He has conducted extensive research on populist movements and regimes, especially on Peronism and is perhaps the foremost scholar on this subject. He has also done work on the Latin American social structure, political movements in 20th- Century Mexico, the Haitian Revolution, and the Mafia in Southern Italy, among other topics. He has been a professor at the University of Buenos Aires and the Di Tella University. He has also taught at the London School of Economics, Berkeley, and other European and American universities. Finally, he has been involved in the political life of Argentina, as the director of the Policy Planning Institute at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Secretary of Culture, and now as Ambassador-designate to Italy.

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Fall 2009

Cultural Conflict & Community Artifact: Ethnopolitical experimentation through information and communication technology

October 8, 2009 from 3:30-5pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, Institue of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Andrés Gómez Seguel is a CILAS Visiting Scholar and received his PhD in Sociology at the University of the Basque Country in Spain. He will discuss a field of study that focuses on the intersection of ethnic conflict, the loss of central symbols in the modern state, globaliztion and cultural reflexitity -- all contemporary aspects that constitute identity. Talk will be in Spanish.

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The Social Construction of Citizenship: Social Movements and Political Parties in the Spanish Transition to Democracy

Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 3:30-5pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, Institue of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Enrique Laraña is Professor of Sociology at the University Complutense of Madrid (UCM). He obtained his Ph.D. and M. A. in Sociology from the University of California Santa Barbara with a dissertation on the student movements of the sixties based on his research at Berkeley.

Laraña’s presentation will focus on the process of transition to democracy in Spain, which has been viewed as a model for non-democratic countries due to its pacific nature. From an action perspective grounded on his research of voluntary organizations, their framing activities and political opportunities, he analyzes a process of social change by which certain civic organizations have reached a strong definitional power in these controversies, promoted a new civic culture and have laid the grounds for an efficient fight against the Basque terrorist organization.

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Spring 2009

Inequality and Residential Segregation during the Expansionary Phase in Argentina (2002-2007)

April 23, 2009, 3:30 - 5 pm
CILAS Seminar Room 4, Gildred Latin American Studies Bldg, IOA Complex, UCSD Campus

Professor Fernando Groisman is a Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET) and at University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in Argentina. His research focuses on labor market dynamics, inequality, social exclusion and residential segregation. He has published numerous papers on these issues. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) and a Master's Degree in Labor Studies from University of Buenos Aires (UBA).

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Place for All or No Man's Land? The Experiential Approach in the Quality of Downtown Rio de Janeiro

April 30, 2009 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas, UCSD Campus

Denise de Alcantara is an Architect-Urbanist with Masters and PhD degrees in Architecture (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), born and raised in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil . She has been a lecturer at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and also at Bennett Institute. Alcantara has authored several architectural projects in various segments, from residential to institutional, including Favela-Bairro Projects. She has published various articles related to her research on quality of places and urban revitalization and her most recent works include a chapter co-authored with Vicente del Rio in the recently published Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: beyond Brasilia, and as a co-author in Observing the Quality of Place: Post Occupancy Evaluation procedures, in edition.

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Analysis of productive efficiency and technical change in Latin America: Incorporation of Environmental Factors

May 7, 2009 from 3:30 – 5 pm
CILAS Seminar Room 4, Gildred Latin American Studies Bldg., IOA Complex, UCSD Campus
Talk will be held in Spanish

Daniel Sotelsek Salem is the Director of Latin American Studies Institute and professor of Economic Analysis at the University of Alcala. He is the author of the recent publication, Valuing nature: From environmental impacts to natural capital Ecological Economics and Technical efficiency and second hand machinery and equipment: An empirical analysis using firm-level data in the South African manufacturing industry. He is also the current Director of the Master in Social Sciences Management at the University of Alcala.

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Book Presentation: La Democracia en América Latina

Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 3 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD campus

Professor Peter Smith is a Political Science Professor and the Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies. Smith specializes in comparative politics, Latin American politics, and U.S.-Latin American relations. His major publications include Politics and Beef in Argentina: Patterns of Conflict and Change (1969), Argentina and the Failure of Democracy: Conflict among Political Elites, 1904-1955 (1974), Labyrinths of Power: Political Recruitment in Twentieth-Century Mexico (1979), and Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of U.S.-Latin American Relations (1996; 2nd edition, 2000). He is co-author of Modern Latin America (1984), now in its sixth edition (2004) and a selection of the History Book Club. Smith has served as president of the Latin American Studies Association and has been a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and other institutions. At UCSD, Smith served as director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (1989-2001) and director of Latin American Studies (1994-2001). He is also the moderator of "HemiScope," a UCSD-TV news program about current events in Latin America that is broadcast via cable and satellite throughout the United States.

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The Diaspora Strikes Back: Cultural Challenges of Transnational Communities

May 14, 2009 at 3:30 pm
Dolores Huerta Room, Student Center

Dr. Juan Flores (Ph.D., German Studies, Yale University) is Professor of Latino Studies in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Dr. Flores’ teaching, research, and publications center on Puerto Rican Studies, social and cultural theory, popular music, theory of Diaspora and transnational communities, and Afro-Latino culture. His many publications include Divided Borders: Essays on Puerto Rican Identity (1993), Cortijo’s Wake (2004), and From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity (2000). His current projects include: Companion to Latino Studies (co-edited with Renato Rosaldo). He was recently awarded the Casa de las Americas Extraordinary Prize for studies on Latinos in the United States for his book Bugalu y otros guisos: ensayos sobre culturas latinas en Estados Unidos.

Winter 2009

The Complexities of Highway Paving in the Southwestern Amazon: Implications for Social-Ecological Resilience and the Politics of Rapid Change in Frontiers Experiencing Integration

Thursday, February 12, 2009, 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD campus

Professor Stephen G. Perz is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology with and affiliate faculty of the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Florida.

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Transnational Environmental Activism in Brazil 's Amazonia with Maria Guadalupe Moog Rodrigues

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 3:30 - 5pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center , The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD campus

As concerns with the fate of the Amazon forest return to the world’s agenda, it is important to re-visit the origins of environmental activism in the region. Among the most significant examples of such activism is the Rondonia network, a transnational advocacy network composed of individuals and organizations (professional associations, environmental and human rights non-governmental organizations, NGOs) in Brazil, the USA, Europe and beyond. The network was active from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, when it mobilized a variety of resources to mitigate environmental devastation caused by road construction and settlement projects in the western Amazonia state of Rondonia. Its efforts have become a paradigm of transnational environmental activism worldwide.

Maria Guadalupe Moog Rodrigues is Associate Professor of Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is the author of the book Global Environmentalism and Local Politics (SUNY Press, 2004), and of various articles on environmental and human rights issues in Amazonia. She was a consultant for several NGOs, among them the National Wildlife Federation and Oxfam America.

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Presentation and Happy Hour Series: Lawrence A. Herzog, Ph.D.

Friday, March 13, 2009 at 4 pm
Cantina Mayahuel, 2934 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116

Dr. Herzog is Professor of City Planning at the School of Public Affairs at SDSU. He is also a consultant and writer specializing in planning and urban design, both in the United States, and in Mexico and Latin America. The presentation is entitled: "Beyond Brasilia: Reflections on Brazilian Cities in a Globalizing Era." The event will be held at 4pm at Cantina Mayahuel and followed by happy hour at 5pm. If you are unable to come for the presentation due to work or a conflicting schedule, please join us later on when you are free. We look forward to seeing you at the presentation followed by food, drinks, and conversation! Please call 619-594-1103 with any questions.

The First Amazonian Rebellion in Peru by Rodrigo Montoya

Thursday, October 23, 2008 from 2:30 - 4 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD Campus
Talk will be in Spanish

Peru once seemed like an exception to the indigenous movements that have taken place in Ecuador and Bolivia until two months ago, when the Amazonian Indians decisively opposed the decrees of President Garcia to sell the lands of the native communities. They painted their faces as a signal of combat, occupied an oil company's installations, and threatened to cut off the flow of gas. The government was unprepared for such a response and lost. How do we explain these actions? What implications do they have?

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Mexican Oral Traditions and Cultural Identity

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 3:30 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD Campus

Beatriz Mariscal Hay, Literature, El Colegio de México and Visiting Fellow, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies. Joint seminar with the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.

El Norte Presented by Greg Nava

Monday, November 17, 2008 from 7 - 9:30 pm
Price Center Theater, UCSD Campus

Director Greg Nava presents "El Norte", the Academy Award Nominated film depicting the plight of Guatemalans working illegally in the United States . Greg Nava will introduce the film and take questions at the conclusion about the film and his other works.

Essentially Indigenous by Michelle McKinley

Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD Campus

The Amazon is a region of the world that is excessively talked about, very rarely are the people listened to. How are globally driven health, development, and environmental policies experienced by rural, indigenous women in Amazonian communities on the periphery of formal political power? As with other global development processes, reproductive health programs are actively resisted, modified, and accepted by the families being planned, and who are their intended targets. Through an inquiry of the interface between strategic indigeneity and the feminist discourse of empowerment and reproductive rights, the presentation will explore the impact of international development programs on local identity politics in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Dis-assembling Partnering: The Kayapo of the Brazilian Amazon and Conservation International by Janet Chernela

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD Campus.

This presentation considers the case of a partnership between the Kayapo, an Indigenous community of the Brazilian Amazon, with a long record of militant protection of their autonomy, and Conservation International, the world's largest environmental NGO. The presentation examines this unlikely alliance, considering the differing perspectives of the constituents, and the struggle by them to achieve common ground.

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Spring 2008

Teatro Chicana

Thursday, April 17, 2008 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Cross Cultural Center

The 1970s and 1980s saw the awakening of social awareness and political activism in Mexican-American communities. In San Diego, a group of Chicana women participated in a political theatre group whose plays addressed social, gender, and political issues of the working class and the Chicano Movement. In this collective memoir, seventeen women who were a part of Teatro de las Chicanas (later known as Teatro Laboral and Teatro Raíces) come together to share why they joined the theatre and how it transformed their lives. Teatro Chicana tells the story of this troupe through chapters featuring the history and present-day story of each of the main actors and writers, as well as excerpts from the group's materials and seven of their original short scripts.

This event is co-sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center.

Winter 2008

The Luz District in São Paulo: Anthropological Questions on the Phenomenon of Gentrification

Thursday, March 20, 2008 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley Conference center, Institute of the Americas

This workshop will explore the extent to which the concept of gentrification can be applied to current urban interventions in the district of Luz in São Paulo. How can one resolve the conflicting interests of the preservation of historical patrimony, the promotion of cultural consumption, and the historical use of the area’s public spaces by the working class?

Heitor Frúgoli received his Ph.D in Sociology from Universidade de São Paulo. He is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Universidade de São Paulo. The workshop is based on a paper that he wrote with Jessica Sklair.

State Violence and Gender Trouble in Salvador da Bahia

Thursday, March 13, 2008 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex

Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Anthropology at Brown University. Her scholarly interests include activist anthropology, African Diaspora studies, critical race and feminist theory, and urban politics. Perry is also currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Africana Research Center at Penn State University where she is completing a book manuscript on the emergence of black women’s leadership and participation in urban social movements in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.

Co-Sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Department and the Literature Department

Brazilian Cinema’s Global Dilemma

Thursday, February 21, 2008 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex

Randal Johnson is a professor in the Department of Spanish & Portugese at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests are Brazilian literature and culture, the sociology of literature and culture, Latin American cinema, and cultural policy. Johnson has recently completed a book on Portuguese film director Manoel de Oliveira. The Brazilian government decorated him with the Order of the Southern Cross in 1999. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin.

The End(s) of Brazil? An Analysis of Juridical (Racial) Reforms on the Edges of the Market Capitalist World

Thursday, February 7, 2008 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley Conference Center, Institute of the Americas

Denise Ferreira da Silva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her writings on social theory and critical legal studies identify the global configuration as the primary site for understanding of the local, national, and regional moments of racial subjugation. Silva received her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Fall 2007

"Let Me Tell You. Te Voy a Contar" with Teatro Yuyachkani

Thursday, November 8, 2007 from 7 - 8 pm (Panel discussion with Professor Jorge Huerta follow)
Dance Studio #3, Molli & Arthur Wagner Dance Bldg., UCSD Theatre District on campus

Let Me Tell You (Te Voy a Contar) is a humorous performance of dramatized stories, recovered from the oral tradition of the Andean villages and Amazonas region in Peru. With song, dance, masks, color and joy, it is for the whole family.

Yuyachkani is a Quechua word that means "I am thinking, I am remembering." Using this name, and working to honor its meaning, the Peruvian theatre collective Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani (Yuyachkani Cultural Group) has been creating theatre since 1971.

This event is co-sponsored by the Theatre and Dance Department, the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS), the Chancellor's Associates Endowed Chair III and the Literature and History Departments. If you need driving directions, please visit the Theatre and Dance Department.

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Varieties of the Left in Latin America

Thursday, October 18, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD campus

Carlos Waisman is Professor at the University of California, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1977. His area of specialization is Political Sociology, Development, and Theory.

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Saul Landau

Thursday, October 11, 2007 from 3:30 - 6 pm
Weaver Center, Institute of the Americas, UCSD Campus

The Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies invites you to meet IPS Fellow Saul Landau. He will be discussing his film titled: WE DON'T PLAY GOLF HERE-and other stories of globalization. Using Mexico as an example of what the Third World has experienced, filmmaker Saul Landau shows how foreign investments in export factories distort both the culture and environment. Its exquisite photography, elegant editing, and original music probe the essence of the new economic disorder.

Saul Landau is an internationally-known scholar, author, commentator, and filmmaker on foreign and domestic policy issues. Landau has produced over forty films on social, political and historical issues, and worldwide human rights, for which he won the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award, the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting, and the First Amendment Award.

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Spring 2007

Influencia del Boom en la Narrativa Española

Thursday, May 31, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas
The talk will be in Spanish (with as many excursions into English as necessary)

As in Latin America, narrative writers of the so-called “Boom” (Carpentier, Carlos Fuentes, Cortázar, Vargas Llosa, García Márquez, etc.) became overwhelmingly popular in Spain. However, the question remains why. For Spanish readers, the narrative’s “exoticism” is absolutely central. In the 1950’s and 60’s, Spanish narrative was predominately “realistic” and socio-politically oriented. The “magical realism” of the “boom” was received as a breath of fresh air in a society of readers repressed by the Franco dictatorship. This talk will discuss Latin American narrative as a symbol of “freedom” and its socio-political influence as perceived by Spanish readers.

Professor Carlos Blanco was born in Spain and exiled in Mexico as a child after the Spanish Civil War, in 1939. He received his PhD in 1953 from the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). Professor Carlos Blanco is Emeritus Professor at UCSD since 1964 and was one of the founders of Thurgood Marshall College.

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Spain at the Crossroads: Imperial Nostalgia or Modern Colonialism

May 24, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD Campus

Alda Blanco, Professor of Spanish studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, received her Ph.D. at UCSD in 1983. Blanco is currently writing a book entitled "Writing the Spanish Empire: Cultural Sites of Imperial Consciousness in XIXth-Century Spain". Her work on gender and Spanish women's literature has produced "Escritores virtuosas: narradoras de la domesticidad en la España isabelina" (2001). She has also devoted many years to the study of María Martínez Sierra, one of Spain's most forgotten writers and feminist thinkers.

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Modernizing Imperical Madrid in the Eighteenth Century

May 17, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD Campus

Professor David R. Ringrose will discuss the ways in which the relatively prosperous Bourbon monarchy of eighteenth century Madrid reconfigured its capital city. The talk will show how seventeenth century Madrid was shaped (or not shaped) by the Habsburgs and then illustrate the changes of the eighteenth century. Those changes involved greater royal ability to finance urban construction and also a changing sense of what sort of urban environment projected the royal will into the context of a "modernizing" eighteenth century urban elite. The talk will be illustrated with a series of prints, drawings, and paintings from the era.

Professor Ringrose is a Professor Emeritus of History at UCSD. He has written a number of books on Madrid and Spain, including Spain, Europe, and the "Spanish Miracle,” 1700-1900 and Expansion and Global Interaction: 1200-1700. His current writing project is a book entitled Europeans Abroad, 1400-1700: Strangers in Not-So-Strange Lands.

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History and Literature in Brazil: Interpreting Machado de Assis

Friday, May 11, 2007 from 11 am - 1 pm
Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas

Sidney Chalhoub, Pedro Meira Monteiro, Leonardo Pereira, Gabriela Sampaio

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Postcolonial Antagonisms in Spanish Immigration Film: From Cultural Conversion to Radical Cosmopolitanism

Thursday, May 10, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex

Professor Luis Martin-Cabrera will analyze how two Spanish films, La Vida Aqui (2003) and Princesas (2005) uniquely deal with the emergence of Latin American Immigrant communities and the transformation of Spain into a postcolonial society. Following Gilroy’s concept of cosmopolitanism, Cabrera argues that a deeper understanding of the Spanish colonial heritage in relation to the emergence of Latin American immigration provides a powerful framework for shaping an anti-racist agenda and to pave the way for the articulation of new forms of transnational solidarity.

Martin-Cabrera received his Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. He is currently working on a transatlantic study of detective fiction published during the post-dictatorship period in Spain and the Southern Cone. He is also co-author of a forthcoming textbook to teach Spanish through films.

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Populism in Latin America Today: Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua

Monday, April 16, 2007 from 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Weaver Conference Center, Institute of the Americas, UCSD campus

Professor Heinz R. Sonntag will discuss his views on the “new populism” in Latin America and what it means for regional economic development and security in the Americas.

Professor Sonntag is a retired Professor of Sociology at the Central University of Venezuela and former director of its Center for Development Studies - CENDES. He has authored over 20 books as well as several scholarly articles. He has taught and conducted research in practically all the countries within the Western Hemisphere and many others around the globe.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of the Americas CEPAS Program Speaker Series and San Diego State University's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). For more information call (858) 534-6050.

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En La Mira: El Chiste Político en México - Political Humor in Mexico: From Cortez to Calderón

Friday, April 13, 2007 from 12:30 - 2 pm
Weaver Conference Center, Institute of the Americas, UCSD Campus

Samuel Schmidt is currently a Professor of Social Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez and the Director of North American Studies at the Colegio de Chihuahua. He is also the Associate Director of the journal Araucaria and the Editor of the weekly El Reto . Schmidt was the Former Director for the Center for Interamerican and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of over twenty books exploring the relationship between Mexican society and the State. For more information, please call (858) 534-6050.

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Winter 2007

Meet the Director: Miguel Littín

Friday, March 16, 2007 from 12 - 1:30 pm
Weaver Conference Center, Institute of the Americas, UCSD Campus

Miguel Littín was born on August 9, 1942 in Palmilla, Colchagua Province, Chile. He was born to a Palestinian father and a Greek mother. Littín was exiled to Spain in 1973 after Augusto Pinochet rose to power in a violent military coup that ousted democratically elected president Salvador Allende. Littín became the subject of Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez’s book Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín. One of Latin America’s most respected film directors and screen writers, Chile’s Miguel Littín was twice Oscar nominated for Best Foreign Language Film with Letters from Marusia (1975) and Alsino and the Condor (1982). Miguel Littín has returned to Chile to continue making films. The 14th Annual San Diego Latino Film Festival will screen his latest film, La Ultima Luna, and his classic directorial debut, El Chacal de Nahueltoro.

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Spiritual Capital: Foreign Patronage of the Santeria Religion in Post-Soviet Cuba

Thursday, March 1, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, IOA Complex

Santeria is a Cuban religion based upon West African beliefs. This lecture examines the ways in which the Santeria religion allows some Cubans (particularly those unconnected with either the tourism industry or the Florida-dominated remittance market) to access the coveted Cuban foreign currency/peso convertible economy by entering into relationships with foreigners seeking religious knowledge, products, or status. This lecture examines how Cuban Santeros interact with foreigners through the religion itself by providing them with knowledge, divination, consecrated drums, rituals, and initiations into Cuban houses of worship. Imbued with an aura of authenticity and a deep connection to an African past and efficacious present, Santeria is increasingly commodified for foreign cultural, religious, and academic consumers. This lecture focuses on this Cuban conversion of spiritual and subcultural capital into financial capital, as well as the impact of this financial exchange upon the practice of Santeria itself.

Kevin M. Delgado received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where his dissertation focused on Afro-Cuban Iyesá music and culture. Delgado’s primary research focuses on issues of Santeria music, performance, and cultural representation. A bassist and percussionist, Delgado currently serves as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of World Music and Ethnomusicology at San Diego State University.

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Carlos A. Aguilera: A Conversation and Literary Reading

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 7 pm
Performance Space: UCSD Visual Arts Facility, Sixth College (on Russell Lane, next to Pepper Canyon Hall)

Poet, prose stylist, and cultural critic Carlos A. Aguilera (Havana, Cuba, 1970) will visit UCSD, engaging in conversation and offering a reading of his work, as sponsored by CILAS, Communication and Visual Arts.

The alternative magazine of culture and the arts that Carlos Alberto Aguilera co-edited in Havana from 1997 to 2002, Diáspora(s), was during its lifespan the premier space for critical debate and alternative culture until it was officially discontinued by the state cultural administrators. This led to Aguilera's departure from Cuba under the auspices of the international Pen Club. The writer lives his exile in Dresden, Germany, and has been denied re-entry into his native country. He has forged intensive dialogue and exchanges with writers from the former Soviet Bloc, particularly from the German Democratic Republic. Influenced by the works of philosopher Hannah Arendt, Aguilera's writings reflect on life under totalitarianism, not only in Cuba but in a re-created China (home to his maternal ancestors). Aguilera is also part of a growing intellectual public sphere outside of Cuba that has fashioned new critical forms of engagement and diasporic citizenship. Even as artists and writers envision a democratic process for the country, this generation of young Cuban intellectuals consider themselves to be on the left of the political spectrum, and they reject the totalitarian aims of any government, regardless of its ideology.

Carlos Alberto Aguilera Chang (Havana, Cuba, 1970) was the co-editor from 1997 to 2002 of the alternative magazine Diáspora(s), in Havana, Cuba. He has published several volumes of poetry, fiction, and essays, including Retrato de A. Hopper y su esposa (Cuba 1996), Das Kapital (Cuba 1997), and Teoría del alma china (Mexico 2006) –all of them translated into other languages such as German, French, English and Croatian. He is also the editor of several anthologies of Cuban poetry and prose. In addition, his texts and articles have appeared in Letras libres, Revista de Occidente, Diario de Poesía, Crítica, Manuskripte, Boundary 2, Tsé tsé, Mandorla, Encuentro de la Cultura Cubana, La Habana Elegante, Cubista, Babylon, Quorum, etc., and in newspapers such as Frankfurter Rundschau, El País, and Die Presse. He regularly writes reviews for The Miami Herald, in Florida. He currently has a writing fellowship from Kulturstiftung in the city of Dresden and Dresdner Bank, in Germany.

This event is co-sponsored by the UCSD Departments of Communication and Visual Arts.

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Latin American Political Contrasts: Argentina vs. Chile and Brazil

Thursday, February 8, 2007 from 3:30 - 5  pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD campus

Torcuato Di Tella is Emeritus Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and is one of the leading social scientists in Latin America. Most of his work has dealt with politics and social structure in Argentina and Argentine Social History, but he has also worked on similar subjects in Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Paraguay, Haiti, and the Latin American region in general.

He has published 10 books in Spanish, half of which have been translated into English: Latin American Politics: A Theoretical Approach; Sustainable Democracy; National Popular Politics in Early Independent Mexico, 1820-1847; Political Culture, Social Movements, and Democratic Transitions in South America in the Twentieth Century; and History of Political Parties in Twentieth-Century Latin America. He has also published dozens of articles in Latin American, American, and European journals.

Di Tella was also the secretary of culture of Argentina in 2003-2004, and a trustee of universities and research institutes, and a member of editorial boards of scholarly journals.

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Wildlife and People: Indigenous Management Experiences in Latin America

Dr. Wendy R. Townsend holds a Ph.D. in Forest Resources and Conservation from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Dept. of Wildlife, 1995. Over the past 15 years, Wendy has published extensively, roughly over 40 titles in several venues. She has worked with indigenous groups in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Colombia, facilitating their efforts to protect their lands and natural resources.

Lecture Schedule

Working with Indigenous Peoples & Environmental Conservation
Wednesday, January 17, 2007 from 12 - 1:30 pm
Anthropology Department, Social Science Building, Spiro Library (Rm. 269)
Please bring your lunch. This talk is especially designed for undergraduates.

Wildlife and People: Indigenous Management Experiences in Latin America
Thursday, January 18, 2007 from 3 - 4:30 pm (Please note the time change to the usual CILAS Lecture Series)
Deutz Room, IOA Complex

Seminar: Amazon River Turtle Population Recuperation Efforts in Ecuador

Friday, January 19, 2007 from 12 - 1:30 pm
Biology Department, Muir Biology Building Room 1103

Wendy R. Townsend’s Reception
Friday, January 19, 2007 from 2:30 - 5 pm
Gildred Building, IOA Complex, Room 4 (CILAS Seminar Room)

Cubans’ Memories of Political Life in the Revolution
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, IOA Complex

While Cuban leaders on both sides of the Florida Straits announce plans for the country’s future, the voices of those who matter most are rarely heard: Island Cubans who are ‘living the revolution.’ Frequently it is said that oral history presents the past, present and future in a single breath. Building on this insight, Dore’s paper analyzes Island Cubans’ memories of their engagement in and disengagement from political life. She explores experiences some people remember with a sense of accomplishment and others with disappointment. She argues that the notion of Island Cubans falling into two camps – revolutionary loyalists or traitors – is wide of the mark. Most Cubans remember the past and talk about the present with a mix of satisfaction and frustration. Cubans’ double vision needs to be at the heart of conversations about the country’s future.

Elizabeth Dore is Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Southampton, UK. From 2004 to 2006 she directed a large oral history project, “Memories of the Cuban Revolution,” that collected more than 100 life history interviews with men and women living on the island of different generations, walks of life, and racial identities. The presentation draws closely on those interviews. Elizabeth Dore’s most recent book is Myths of Modernity: Peonage and Patriarchy in Nicaragua (Duke University Press).

Fall 2006

Latin America and the Left: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives

Thursday, December 7, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

  • James Holston (Anthropology) - Uncertainties of citizenship and democratic change in Brazil
  • Nancy Postero (Anthropology) - Multiculturalism, political economy and indigenous rights in Bolivia
  • Christine Hunefeldt (History) - Andean history, women and indigenous populations
  • Carlos Waisman (Sociology) - Democratization, economic and politial institutions in Argentina
  • Misha Kokotovic (Literature) - Cultural theory, literatre and political economy in the Andes
  • Jaime Concha (Literature) - 19th century Latin American intellectual history and poetry
  • Cecilia Ubilla (OASIS) - Originally from Chile, she has been coordinating the OASIS Language Program at UCSD (tutoring program for undergraduate students) for nearly twenty years.

Oaxaca: The Revolution Continues?

Thursday, November 30, 2006, 3:30-5PM
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, The Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Distinguished Panel

  • Everard Meade, Department of History, UCSD: Professor Meade studies the history of modern Mexico with an emphasis on capital punishment, human rights, journalism, and the relationship between Mexico, Central America, and the United States
  • Felipe López, Zapotec Instructor, UCSD: Mr. López is a native of Oaxaca and teaches Zapotec at UCSD. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in Urban Studies at UCLA.
  • Max Parra, Department of Literature, UCSD: Professor Parra is currently writing a book on regional memory and history in post-Revolutionary Mexico based on personal narratives, ballads, and photographic archieves. He is also investigating the topic of social violence and the politics of space in recent urban literature from Mexico City and the San Diego-Tijuana region
  • Ramona L. Pérez, Associate Director of CLAS and Professor of Anthropology at SDSU: Professor Pérez is a California-born Chicana anthropologist whose work focuses on the power and politics of Mexican and Mexican-American communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and the United States.

Brazil and Mexico: Recent Elections & Future Developments

Thursday, November 9, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room at the Copley Center, IOA Complex, UCSD

Scott W. Desposato, Dept. of Political Science, UCSD
Professor Desposato is an expert on area comparative politics, especially political parties, legislatures, and elections.

René Zenteno, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, UCSD
Professor Zenteno will present on Mexican elections and their aftermath.

Moderator: Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow, Institute of the Americas

Spring 2006 - Interdisciplinary Dialogues on Latin America

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POLITICS IN CAPITAL LETTERS: A Roundtable discussion on recent electoral results and political trends in Latin America

Thursday, May 4, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, IOA Complex, UCSD Print this Flyer (PDF)

Distinguished Panel:

  • Bolivia - Nancy Postero, Anthropology, UCSD
  • Venezuela - Nelson Altamirano, National University
  • Chile - James Cooper, California Western School of Law
  • Perú - Rodrigo Montoya, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima (Visiting Professor, UCSD)
  • Argentina - Panel Chair: Carlos Waisman, UC San Diego

Latin American Art

Thursday, May 11, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, IOA Complex, UCSD

Arte culto, arte popular: Reciprocity in Modern Latin American Art

Janet Esser, Professor Emerita, Latin American Art History, San Diego State University: This talk will examine the interface between so-called fine art, folk art, and pre-European art in selected examples of Latin American art from the modern period. Motivation leading to artistic choices will also be discussed.

Arte Popular in Ancient Mexico: Understanding the Substrate of Indigenous Arts in Mexico Today

Elizabeth Newsome, Department of Visual Arts, UCSD: One of the particularly ambiguous areas of study concerns Mesoamerican arts of everyday life--the assemblages of objects made for popular consumption and domestic ritual that are most commonly objectified as archaeological artifacts and given slight attention by art historians, whose studies tend to privilege art produced under official patronage. This presentation examines this problem in Mesoamerican studies, and the intersection of "popular" and "elite" arts in the Precolumbian past.

Transcultural Theater and Solidarity

When: Thursday, May 25, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Where: Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, IOA Complex, UCSD
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Transculturating Teatro: The Confluences of Latin American and Chicano Theatre

Jorge Huerta, Department of Theater & Dance, UCSD: Prof. Huerta will discuss the Chicano Theatre Movement and the influences of Latin American theatre on the Chicana/os as well as the influences of the Chicano Teatros on Latin American companies and artists. Who influenced whom? He will focus on the 1974 "Festival de los Teatros Chicanos, Primer Encuentro Latinoamericano," that took place over two weeks in Mexico City and Xalapa, Veracruz.

Lazos de solidaridad: U.S. Latinos and Latin America in the 1960s

Jorge Mariscal, Department of History, UCSD: Prof. Mariscal will present an historical survey of Chicano and Mexican American internationalism with a focus on solidarity projects within the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Special attention will be given to Chicano/a solidarity with revolutionary Cuba and other Latin American movements.

Central America

When: Thursday, June 8, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Where: Deutz Room, Copley International Conference Center, IOA Complex, UCSD

Value, the Object of Migrant Remittances in Contemporary El Salvador

David Pedersen, Department of Anthropology, UCSD: This presentation examines the rise of migrant remittances as a dominant feature of everyday life in contemporary El Salvador. The talk draws on ethnographic and historical research conducted in the country as well as some recent debates regarding money, value and the action of signs.

Suicides, Mutilations, and Truncated Subjectivities: The Aesthetic of Cynicism in Contemporary Central American Literature

Beatriz Cortez, Central American Studies, California State University - Northridge: The cynicism that characterizes the contemporary period of the Central American postwar can be interpreted as positive because it allows us to face the norms that the Central American societies place on the individual with irreverence, and to empower ourselves and obtain access to the realm of desire. Nevertheless, cynicism has its limitations: while it allows us to laugh at our own imperfections, fears, and desires, in the end, this same cynical project leads the individuals to his or her self destruction. Suicide, as an extreme way of escaping social normativity, becomes the maximum act of cynicism, the culminant act of irreverence against society and against oneself.

Distinguished Panel

  • Isabel Carvalho,  The ecological self: The meanings and the trajectories of environmental educators in Brazil
  • Carlos Steil, Visiting Scholar with Dept. of Anthropology and CILAS, UC San Diego Brazil: The Most Catholic Country in the World?

Moderator: Christine Hunefeldt, Director of CILAS

Winter 2006 - Brazil Lecture Series

Thinking Brazil: Ó Maior do Mundo! (Panel Discussion)

April 13, 2006 from 3:00 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conf. Center, IOA Complex, UCSD Campus

Distinguished Panel

  • Claudia Ponte de Albuquerque, CILAS Visiting Scholar
  • Gabriela Dos Reis Sampaio, Visiting Professor, CILAS & Dept. of History
  • Paul Sneed, Assistant Professor of Portuguese & Director of Luso-Brazilian Studies, SDSU
  • Isabel Carvalho, Visiting Scholar in Ethnic Studies and CILAS, UCSD
  • Carlos Steil, Visiting Scholar in Anthropology and CILAS, UCSD
  • Moderator: Tom Csordas, Dept. of Anthropology, UCSD

Central Bank of Chile and Brazil: A Comparative Study 1973-2005

February 23, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Weaver Center, IOA Complex, UCSD

  • Speaker: Claudia Ponte de Albuquerque, CILAS Visiting Scholar
  • Moderator: James Holston, Dept. of Anthropology, UCSD

This lecture proposes a theory based on better access to international financial markets, to compare the Central Bank of Chile and Brazil during the period 1973 to 2005. The presenter will discuss three levels of analysis based on the consent of economic freedom by central banks. In particular the presenter will discuss these two banks´ processes of reform and liberalization of their countries´ financial markets.

Claudia Ponte De Albuquerque is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS). Albuquerque is a PhD candidate in Comparative Political Economy at the Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil. She has taught economics and national accounting at various universities in Brazil and also worked for the Central Bank of Brazil.

Contribuciones Latinoamericanas a las Teorias de Desarrollo

February 27, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
Deutz Room, Copley International Conf. Center, IOA Complex, UCSD
Presentation will be in Spanish

  • Speaker: Carmen Rico De Sotelo, University of Québec, Montreal
  • Moderator: Misha Kokotovic, Department of Literature, UCSD

Latin American thinkers, communications theorists, politicians, and policy makers have a longstanding history of thought on how to develop their countries. Almost nothing has remained untried, albeit with uneven success. During the second half of the 20th century, different schools of thought such as ECLA have become think-tank of development and the seat of highly developed theorizing on issues pertaining to social, economic, and political development. Social theories, communication practices and recommendations are continuously re-read in the light of changing realities and challenges. Latin American theories of development and communication for development – a response to North American theories of diffusion - are closely linked to names like Theotonio dos Santos, Fernando Enrique Cardoso, Raul Prebisch, Osvaldo Sunkel, Luis Ramiro Beltràn, Antonio Pasquali, Mario Kaplùn, Fernando Reyes Matta among many others. In her talk, Carmen Rico de Sotelo will provide us with a sense of the major theoretical tendencies that have been a decisive contribution of Latin American thinkers to our understanding the role of communication in developmental issues.

The Story of the Spiritual Black Healer Juca Rosa: Culture, Race and Society in 19th Century Brazil

March 2, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
CILAS Conference Room, Gildred Latin American Studies Building, IOA Complex

  • Speaker: Gabriela Dos Reis Sampaio, Visiting Professor, CILAS & Dept. of History
  • Moderator: Christine Hunefeldt, Department of History, UCSD

Juca Rosa was one of the most important folk healers (feiticeiros) in 19th century Brazil, when the country lived under an imperial political regime and slavery was the main economic force. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1834, Rosa was a free man of color, part of the city’s large population of African descent. He became very famous all over the country, especially among non-white workers who sought help with problems related to money, love and illness. In 1870, accused of sexual involvement with a number of white women, he went to jail and was prosecuted for charlatanism, which resulted in numerous police reports and newspaper articles that allowed the reconstruction of his story. Using the adventures of this very intriguing character, this presentation will discuss social and racial relations and the cultural dynamics of Brazilian society during the last decades of the 19th century, a period of very important political, social and economic transformation.

Gabriela dos Reis Sampaio is currently a professor at the History Dept. at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil, and a Visiting Professor at CILAS and the History Dept. at UCSD. She works with the social history of culture and medicines in Brazil, and cultural interchanges in the Atlantic World during the 19th century, focusing on the multiple cultural influences and new religious practices developed in the Americas.

Amigos dos Amigos: The ADA Criminal Faction in the Funk Music of a Brazilian Favela

March 9, 2006 from 3:30 - 5 pm
CILAS Conference Room, Gildred Latin American Studies Building, IOA Complex

  • Speaker: Paul Sneed, Assistant Professor of Portuguese & Director of Luso-Brazilian Studies, SDSU
  • Moderator: James Holston, Department of History, UCSD

In this talk I shall examine the cultural and rhetorical context of underground, illegal rap songs written as expressions of the power of the ADA criminal faction in Rocinha, one of largest favelas, or shantytowns, of Rio de Janeiro, drawing upon a cultural studies theoretical framework and arguments about the uses of proibidão funk, or prohibited rap, by Rio’s criminal factions as a means of promoting themselves as social bandits and the legitimate defenders of their favela communities. Recent events occurring in Rocinha have brought about a regime change in the dominant criminal faction and, subsequently, significant change in the funk music practices of that favela, affording a unique opportunity to scrutinize the ideological workings of the power of organized crime in the context of the crisis of social exclusion and violence that grips contemporary Brazil.

Paul Sneed, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Director of Luso-Brazilian Studies, San Diego State University, President of the Two Brothers Foundation He teaches Brazilian and Portuguese literature, Afro-Brazilian music and culture, and Portuguese language at San Diego State University. Mr. Sneed is also president of the Two Brothers Foundation, an NGO promoting community service, cultural exchange, and education in the favela of Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro.

Fall 2005

The role of 'think tanks' in the transnational production and dissemination of liberal ideas in Latin America (1980-2005) - Presentation by Daniel Mato

Thursday, October 27, 2005 at 3:30 pm
Deutz Conference at the Copley Center, IOA Complex, UCSD

Surviving the Dirty War - Presentation by Patricia Isasa

Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 3:30 pm
Deutz Conference at the Copley Center, IOA Complex, UCSD