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Seminars 2018-2019

Spring 2019 

Lithium: Challenges and Opportunities on the Road to Cleaner Energy

May 21, 2019
Location: Village West Bldg. 2, Room 2-C

An important element in efforts to reduce global warming is the use of non-fossil fuels for the generation of electricity, solar and wind being major examples. A major barrier to the introduction of renewable energy generation is the lack of energy storage, which limits most renewable technologies to times when the energy resource is available. Batteries are one of several options to provide that energy storage, both for stationary and mobile applications. The most common type of battery utilized today is the lithium-ion battery, which utilizes the element lithium as a major component.

Indigenous and other local communities are concerned about the environmental effects of extracting groundwater for lithium mining, including damage to delicate and unique ecosystems and disruption of traditional cosmologies and ways of life. In areas where lithium is mined, indigenous peoples are impacted to varying degrees, but have little or no say as to how the mining operations are conducted. The extent and urgency of these environment impacts are increasing as the market for lithium expands and technological innovations in energy storage develop.

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Rhythm is the Key: The Transnational Teachings of Afro-Peruvian Arts Matriarch Victoria Santa Cruz

Thursday, May 9, 2019
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Victoria Santa Cruz (1922–2014) is legendary in Peru for her leadership of the first social movement to combat black invisibility—the mid-20th-century Afro-Peruvian arts revival. She went on to work with diverse populations throughout Latin America, the U.S., Israel, and Europe, developing and applying her distinctive approach to rhythmic education. As a black Peruvian woman, she overcame significant gender, racial, and ethnic barriers to attain prominent positions in the arts and government in Peru and as a tenured professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Yet, the details of her practice of rhythm and her international legacy in theater, dance, music, folklore, and health remain widely unknown after her death.

This presentation will address how Santa Cruz’s philosophy of rhythm, combined with her charismatic presence as an organic intellectual, opened doors that provided her with social and geographical mobility and access to diverse populations, disciplines, and organizations. Santa Cruz’s international career reveals the synergy that made her rhythmic education technique valuable in specific historical, social, political, and artistic contexts, illustrating a 20th-century turn to intercultural performance. This research builds upon Feldman’s prior work to illuminate the lives and strategic repertoires of Afro-Peruvian cultural leaders of the under-researched African diasporic region she describes as the Black Pacific.

Heidi Feldman earned a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UC Los Angeles and is a Visiting Scholar in UC San Diego’s Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies. Her publications include Black Rhythms of Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific (IASPM-U.S. Woody Guthrie Book Prize) and articles in Ethnomusicology, Journal of Popular Music Studies, e-misferica and Theatre Survey (forthcoming). Her research about Victoria Santa Cruz is supported by fellowships from AAUW, Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, American Philosophical Society, and BIO.


The Process of Health/Illness/Attention Regarding Depression in Migrant Women from Puebla Living in New York City

Thursday, April 18, 2019
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
In this seminar, Dr. Santillanes will explore the correlation between socioeconomic processes, such as migration, and their possible impact on mental health. For that purpose, she will share the results of ethnographic fieldwork conducted with undocumented Mexican women in New York City who developed a series of conditions that were later diagnosed as depression. This seminar will explore how the difficulties experienced by migrant women -leaving for economic reasons, transiting and arriving to the United States- were related to the discomforts and afflictions that would later lead them to experience depressive episodes. She will discuss some of her findings on the risk factors related to depression, such as emotional and sexual violence, perpetrated mainly by members of the same family group.

Nadia Santillanes is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Global Health Program, and Visitior at CILAS, UC San Diego. She is a social anthropologist with expertise on mental health and migration. Her main area of interest is the linkage between violence and mental health problems in vulnerable groups under migrational contexts. She also conducts research on the evaluation of public health policies addressing the specific needs of migrant groups.



Winter 2019


A game without rules: The role of big donors and the impact of industrial lobbying in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies

Thursday, February 28, 2019                                                                                                                                          3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

 Since redemocratization in the early 1990s, lobbying has become the focus of much academic study in Brazil.        Yet despite pending legislation in the Brazilian National Congress aimed at the regulation of lobbying activities, these groups remain unregulated. Thus, the aim of this research project is to assess how interest groups tied to the business community act in the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies. Their activity had been made easier by the fact that the Brazilian electoral law allowed electoral campaign donations from companies. However, this practice was prohibited in September 2015, and big donors were no longer allowed to donate to campaigns. On the other hand, the need of the business community as an interest group to ensure voting and access to members of congress remains unchanged. A similar dynamic exists in regard to the role of money in political campaigns, leading members of Congress to act as rent extractors.

Marcela Machado is a Ph.D. student at the Political Science Institute, University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil. She is a researcher affiliated with the Laboratório de Pesquisa em Comportamento Político, Instituições e Políticas Públicas (LAPCIPP/UnB). She holds a M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Brasilia, Brazil. Her publications and research focus on campaign finance, parliamentary behavior, and lobbying. Marcela is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at the University of California, San Diego.


Politics and road infrastructure provision:
The case of Colombia, 2006-2014

Thursday, February 7, 2019
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Under-provision of public works is widespread in the developing world. Studies of economic development suggest that sufficient and effective transport infrastructure is fundamental for economies of scale and long-term economic development. In Colombia, as in other Latin American countries, roads constitute the most important component of a transport infrastructure network, and thus the enduring insufficient provision of road infrastructure presents an important piece in their development puzzle. As a public good, road infrastructure cannot be fully provided by the market. Therefore, public investment plays a crucial role in its provision, especially in Colombia. This research adopts a supply-side perspective and tries to explore potential determinants of road infrastructure provision in Colombia during 2006-2014 by examining the data of budgetary allocation at a municipal level. During these 8 years, the priority in budget spending did not correspond with the plan approved in the Colombian National Development Plans. Economic rationality fails to explain the budgetary allocations, and so the local political connection provides new insights for understanding the de-facto resources allocation and the consequential under-provision of road infrastructure in Colombia.

Shiao Wang is a PhD student in Public Administration at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is currently a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS.

Fall 2018


Repackaging the Revolution. Digital Media and

the Culture of Debate in Cuba


Thursday, December 6, 2018

3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building,

Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego


Over the last decade, independent digital media projects in Cuba have been slowly eroding the state hegemony over information and communication channels. Although change has come more slowly to nations where governments hold a closer grip over the media, journalists often find ways to circumvent these oppressive structures. In the case of Cuba, journalists have become able –although not officially entitled– to collaborate with independent for-profit media outlets, or to create their own. Digital platforms have facilitated the coverage of new social phenomena and have improved journalists’ sense of agency, giving visibility to non-institutional discourses. However, to which degree are journalists, especially those working in digital spaces, committed to systemic institutional change and involved to some extent in pushing towards structural changes?

The goal of this presentation is to examine the context in which some journalists became disengaged from the Cuban institutional media system and decided to create online independent spaces for debate. This is done from a historical examination of the Cuban media ecosystem, analyzing sources of change and resistance both within official and independent digital media projects. My research complicates the commonly believed notion that these alternative digital platforms naturally catalyze an oppositional debate. The findings suggest that the enabling functionalities of the Internet for deliberation and democratization are constrained by the culturally defined limits of debate, criticism, deliberation, and professional journalistic standards. This presentation draws on a discourse theoretical analysis  of online publications, in-depth interviews with Cuban journalists and ethnographic research conducted at the University of Havana.  

Sara Garcia is a teaching assistant at the University of Sheffield and a research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD in Journalism Studies from the University of Sheffield, UK. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS.


Understanding the Venezuelan Displacement Crisis

Monday, October 29, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The Venezuelan exodus that began in 2014 is the fastest-escalating displacement of people across borders in Latin American history. Policy reactions to the displacement of Venezuelans across the region pose an intriguing research puzzle to scholars of migration and refugee studies. Countries governed conservatively were much more welcoming in their approach to managing Venezuelan immigration than their left of center counterparts. This puzzle becomes even more salient when considering that leftist governments across Latin American initiated the liberalization of immigration and refugee laws and policies in the early 2000s. This talk will critically discuss the development and political and social reactions to the Venezuelan displacement crisis in South America. I argue that foreign policies considerations originally trumped domestic concerns in immigration policies towards the Venezuelan displacement, and analyze the breaking point at which the increasing numbers of Venezuelan migrants let domestic concerns take over foreign policy considerations.

Feline Freier De Ferrari is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru. She holds a Ph.D. in Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and an M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research focuses on immigration and refugee policies in Latin America, South-South immigration from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, and, more recently, the Venezuelan displacement crisis. Feline’s work has been published widely, and she has received funding from the Fulbright Foundation, the Naumann Foundation for Liberty and the DAAD, among others. She has worked as a consultant for various international institutions and organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Union (EU).

Seminars 2017-2018

Spring 2018

“Models of Cultural Policies: A Comparative Study between Brazil and the United States”

Thursday, May 10, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Studies about cultural policies present different discussions and questions regarding the role of the state in the field of culture and arts. Some arguments even propose that the state should not act in these areas. Regardless of the point of view put forth, it must be recognized that countries adopt distinct ways of public intervention in the culture. Those methods can be tied to a series of variables, such as the ideologies of the governments, economic situations, social demands, etc. The first decades of the 20th century are considered important in the process of cultural institutionalization of governments. From the 1930’s and on, a growing intervention of governments can be noted, by creating institutions, rules, regulations, and formulating cultural policies. My work proposes a comparative study of the public system of culture in Brazil and United States, by analyzing and focusing on their public institutional structure, their financial mechanisms and principal investments.

Paula Félix dos Reis is professor at the Center of Culture, Language and Applied Technologies at the Federal University of Recôncavo of Bahia. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Culture and Society from the Federal University of Bahia. Professor Reis has professional and academic experience in cultural policies and arts management, which includes working for institutions such as the Ministry of Culture of Brazil and the Department of Culture of the State of Bahia. Her publications and research interests include cultural policies, arts management and creative economy.  Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UC San Diego.                                                                                      


“Energy Cooperation between China and Latin America”

Thursday, May 3,  2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

China has only become a net oil importer since 1993, but is now the world’s largest importer since 2014. With its increasing demand of energy, energy security remains a priority for the Chinese government. Even though Latin America does not account for a large share of China’s oil and gas imports, it is featured in China’s energy security strategy, outbound energy investment and energy-based lending. China’s engagement in Latin American energy sectors is shaped by several factors: geopolitics, domestic energy mix and individual decisions of energy companies.  Even though the cost and quality of Latin America oil is unfavorable compared to that of the Middle East, Latin America is key to China’s oil diversity strategy. Besides, Chinese companies have invested in equity production and are looking beyond oil sectors which badly needs investment in Latin America, such as hydropower and solar energy.

Dr. Xiaoyuan Zuo is director of the Center for Latin American Studies in the China Foreign Affairs University and associate professor of the Department of English and International Studies. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS.

"Populism in Contemporary Latin America"

Thursday, April 26, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Populism is a means of building and/or maintaining political power based on the mass mobilization of supporters using antiestablishment appeals and plebiscitarian linkages. The political situation in a number of Latin American countries during the last two decades represented a classic example of populism. Now, however, populism is fading away from the central political arena. My research explains why populist leaders became unpopular and how populism has died in this region. I will use an index that I developed which captures changes to the party system, corruption levels, social evolution and economic integration. Argentina under Nestor Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner are offered as a case study.

Mengqi Yuan is a PhD student in International Relations at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She is currently a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS.

Winter 2018

Sovereign Forces: The Political Energy of Natural  Resources in Latin America

Thursday, March 8, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Modern Latin American history and development can to large degree be explained through claims and counter-claims for the control of territory and natural resources. The competition for the control of these resources also remains tightly bound with contrasting expressions of sovereignty. Aimed at analysis of heightening levels of socio-environmental conflict in the region resulting from the recent (albeit now slowing) boom in the extractive industries, this paper argues that closer attention should be given to the political and material forces behind claims for sovereignty. Drawing on recent research on indigenous and peasant activism in extractive sites in Bolivia and Colombia the article demonstrates the tensions that persist between state, corporate and popular forms of sovereignty. Drawing on the idea of resource sovereignty- a bracketing together of material and social claims- the paper aims to provide new and necessary insight into the causes and dynamics of extractive violence as well as to sketch a route towards more grounded environmental governance.

John-Andrew McNeish holds a Masters in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, a Masters in Latin American Studies from the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Although originally from Scotland, UK McNeish has lived and worked as an academic in Norway for 17 years. During this time he has worked at the Norwegian Work Research Institute, Chr.Michelsens Institute (CMI), the University of Bergen and for the last six years at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). He is author of a series of international peer-reviewed articles focused on indigenous politics, international development, energy and natural resource politics (e.g. TWQ 2016 38:5, p1128-1145). He is co-author of Flammable Societies: Studies in the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas (Pluto Press 2012) and Contested Powers: The Politics of Energy and Development in Latin America (Zed Books 2015). As a CILAS Visiting Scholar he is completing a monograph to be published by Berghahn Books under the same title of this presentation.                                           


The coattails effect in Brazil: Executive and Legislative elections in coalitional presidentialism

Thursday, February 15, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The Brazilian institutional arrangement is well known as an Executive-centric system. According to literature concerning coattails effects, in a scenario marked by the proximity between the Executive and Legislative elections with a reduced number of presidential candidates, we should expect that political parties would build alliances with the Executive candidates. In this sense, we would notice a decreasing fragmentation of the party system. This effect would occur due to the political parties and voters’ strategic behavior, since they would take the presidential dispute as a shortcut to organize the campaigns, media space, etc. However, recent literature has noticed that in multiparty systems, the coattails effect may not work so well. In those countries, the multiple strategies adopted by political parties, combined with the federative structure that enables the existence of powerful state leaders, make the maintenance of a large number of parties possible. Brazil is a prime example, since the number of federal deputies affiliated with small parties has been increasing consistently through recent elections. My work contributes to understand the mechanisms by which the coattails effect operates both at the political parties and individual levels by analyzing the extent in which the presidential race works as a tool to shape political competition in Brazil.  In addition, I develop a research design to clarify how the coattails effect operates at the individual level, i.e., how the endorsement of a presidential/gubernatorial candidate helps a candidate who runs for the Chamber of Deputies.

Vinícius Silva Alves is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Brasilia. He is a researcher affiliated with LAPCIPP, a research group at the Institute of Political Science-University of Brasilia. His research interests are political behavior, comparative politics, international relations, human rights, political parties and party systems, quantitative and experimental methods. Vinícius is currently a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS.

Authoritarianism, Peronism, and Democratization: Social Change in Argentina since the Great Depression

Thursday, February 8, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

 Argentina was one of the most successful countries in the world from the 1880s to the 1920s, but it has declined to an underdeveloped nation since the Great Depression in the 1930s. I argue that at least three forces negatively influenced social change and thus development, in Argentina. First, the military coup of 1930 opened a Pandora’s box of military dictatorships, thus authoritarianism became the important force that affected social transformation in Argentina from then on. Second, Peronism used populist policies to divide Argentine society into two opposite sections: Peronists and Anti-Peronists. Third, the democratization process after the Malvinas/Falklands War in 1982 gradually resumed and consolidated democratic politics in Argentina, along these populist divisions, further damaging Argentina’s social structure and social transformation.

 Guohui Dong is professor at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), in Nankai University. He also serves as the Vice President and Secretary-General of the Latin American History Research Association of China (LAHRAC). Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.


Political career choices in multilevel systems: A case study of career movements in Brazil

Thursday, January 18, 2018
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

 Brazil’s institutional arrangement as well as its executive-legislative relations dynamics affect the structure of political opportunities, and consequently the career choices of politicians in the country. Some literature points to the ambition of Brazilian politicians to occupy executive elective posts, which implies little interest in legislative careerism. On the other hand, recent studies point to the lack of specific direction of career movements in the country and the discontinuity of career trajectories. Although divergent on conclusions, most studies on political careers and political ambition face the same methodological limitation: they are static studies that categorize ambition by analyzing single elections instead of a longitudinal approach. My research analyzes political careers over the long-term by mapping and identifying the main characteristics of political circulation in Brazil over through a 20 year longitudinal analysis of federal deputies elected in the 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2010 elections. Among my preliminary conclusions, I find that political careers in Brazil, although discontinuous, usually are legislative-oriented.

Iana Alves de Lima received her BA and MA in Political Science from the University of Brasilia in Brazil. She is a researcher affiliated with the research group LAPCIPP at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Brasilia. Her research interests are political ambition, executive-legislative relations, and political control over bureaucracy.  Iana is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS.                       

Fall 2017

Technological Transfer to the Brazilian Aircraft Industry: Explaining Embraer’s Success

Thursday, December 7, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego


The Brazilian aircraft industry is one of the few innovative manufacturing sectors in Brazil, and the leading firm in this industry is Embraer since 1970. Embraer became the third world largest aircraft manufacturer by the end of the 1980s, was privatized in 1994, and today, after twenty years of privatization, it is still in the top three in the world. I will present a network system model of technological transfer to explain Embraer’s success in two long periods. The first period is dominated by turbo propeller acquisitions with a clear transfer technology from military to civilian aircraft technology, it lasts 24 years and ends with the privatization of Embraer. The second period is one of indirect military to civilian technology transfer because it was based on technologies learned in the first cycle and applied to civilian jet aircraft production, and more significantly, it is a period of civilian technology transferred to military aircraft. During this period, Embraer entered into production processes with strategic and risk partners to compensate for the lack of state technological military flows. I will argue that we may be close to the end of the second period and discuss the challenges ahead for Embraer.

Nelson Altamirano, Ph.D., is a professor of Economics and Director of the Bachelor of Business Administration Program at National University and is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS.


Sino-Latin American Relations: A Cultural Perspective

Thursday, November 16, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

In the past decade, China and Latin America witnessed an unprecedented development of bilateral relations economically and politically. To understand the relations, it is necessary to analyze the potential role of cultural factors.  The growing presence of China in this region has caused criticism and even opposition from deeply rooted stereotypes and misunderstandings.  At the general level, I will try to explain the perception gap between China and Latin America by using surveys and data from related research institutes and universities. At the micro level, my analysis will focus on Chinese enterprises confronting challenges from their business operations in the region based on some case studies. I  argue that   the differences in values, management methods and ways of communication cause  Chinese companies to face  some conflicts with local labor and local communities, as well as communication barriers,  but they have the ability to learn and adapt to make progress.

Han Li holds a PhD in International Politics and is an assistant research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing.  She is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS.


Exchange rate policies in Latin America

Thursday, November 9, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

This presentation will examine the theme of exchange rate policies in Latin America. It aims to respond to several questions. What were the successes and errors of exchange rate policies in Latin America in the last years? How did the region cope with past episodes of external shocks? To what extent do political arguments matter in the choice and level of exchange rates? What is the relevance of exchange rates in the dynamics of economic and political cycles? What main lessons can we draw into the future?  Economic as well as political economy arguments of exchange rate policies will be discussed. I argue that exchange rate policies can be understood in terms of the distributional and electoral motivations that determine the regional policymaking. This approach stresses the need for considering the role of institutions in the analysis of the topic.

Susana Nudelsman holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She has also studied International Studies, specializing in International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS. She has been a Full Time Lecturer at the University of Buenos Aires and a visiting scholar and professor in a number of universities of the United States. She has been awarded scholarships by the National Research Council of Argentina, Fulbright Commission, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She has published articles focused on Latin American issues, served as a reviewer for Economics journals; and has been member of the Argentine Council for International Relations.

Life trajectories and Experience. The process of Health/Illness/Treatment for substance consumption among Mexican migrants in California and Baja California

Thursday, October 12, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

This presentation will analyze the life trajectories centered in the process of health/illness/treatment (h/i/t) for substance consumption of people of Mexican descent with migratory experience in the border region between Mexico and US. This paper analyzes the substance consumption and illness experience during the migrant trajectory in order to comprehend the care characteristics and patterns of consumption since departure from place of origin until arrival to the border region. I also analyze the similarities and differences in the process of h/i/t for substance abuse between migrants who live in the Mexican side of the border and those who live in the US side.   This structure to my analysis facilitates understanding the ways in which the sociocultural dimension of the border affects the subjective experience of suffering and care of substance abuse problems among migrants, as well as identification of the formal and informal bi-national relations concerned with this problem through civil, governmental, and religious associations that have provided care to the subjects of this study during their migratory trajectory.

Olga L. Olivas Hernández is an Assistant Project Scientist Professor and Lecturer in Anthropology at UC San Diego.  She has PhD in Social Sciences with emphasis in Social Anthropology from El Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico.    

Seminars 2016-2017

Spring 2017

A perspective of Brazilian political cleavage, taking in account the new media environment and the escalade of hate speech during the 2014 presidential election

Thursday, June 1, 2017
3:45-5 PM, CCIS Conference Room 115
First Floor of the Eleanor Roosevelt College Administration Building, UC San Diego

The context behind the study features the marked political cleavage in Brazilian politics, which can be defined by the division between supporters and opponents of the Workers’ Party (PT) government. This situation has taken on a new dimension while media reports of corruption during PT's administration have become major political scandals, as well as the social and mediatic environment, since they have been conducive to hostile feelings and hate speech. The paper puts in perspective the televised speeches of two main candidates, Aécio Neves and Dilma Rousseff, during the election including the behavior of their followers on Facebook. The author starts from a conceptual framework taking in account hate speech, language agency and political cleavages, to develop a method which enables the verification of the offensive potential of political discourses. Through this tool, the author managed to compare the offensiveness of candidates' discourses, and the statistical and proportional type of engagement of their followers in social network.

Angelo Carnieletto Muller is a PhD candidate in Communication at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul - Brasil in Brazil.  Currently, he is a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS, UC San Diego.


Histories of the old Empire: The American colonial world in the historical thought of Spain and Great Britain (1860-2012)

Thursday, May 11, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

This research is about the representations of the American colonial world in the historical thought of Spain and Great Britain. I focus my comparative and long-term analysis on the imperial and national discourses produced by British and Spanish historians during the decades between the “age of imperialism” and the twenty first century (1870-2012). I provide an overview of this discursive and symbolic production process in which different generations of intellectuals established a dialogue with the testimonies of the European imperial past in America in order to produce a wide range of concepts, theories, and narratives that are intimately related with competing colonial and national political projects. The historical imaginaries they helped create have had an important influence in the relations of these two former metropoles with the American Republics. My main sources are the history books, articles and oral discourses produced by a selected canon of authors that represent the main paradigms that influenced the historiographies of both metropoles since the nineteenth century.

Rodrigo Escribano Roca is a PhD Student at the Research University Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Alcalá, Spain (IELAT-UAH). He is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD where he is conducting research for his dissertation.


Doomed by the Body: Against Discrimination in the 21st Century along the San Diego-Tijuana Border 

Thursday, May 4, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Influenced by Post-Structuralist Anthropology of the body (G. Deleuze, F. Guattari, J. Lacan, M. Foucault) I want to contribute to an alternative Ontology, a different way of understanding who or what we are as Being.  More precisely, through the use of a transdisciplinary methodology and ethnographic techniques I want to construct an ontological and epistemic model which includes empirical data about the existence of subversive people who, unconsciously or intentionally, are enacting an alternative “weak ontology” against a rusty but dominant one. From there, I will talk about why and how these subversives are constructing diverse possibilities of a Post-Human Being in addition to how they as, avant-gardes, are pushing the limits of current power oppositions such as female-male; homo-hetero sexual; black-brown-red-yellow-white race; aboriginal-immigrant, rational-crazy, and able-disabled. I will conclude with an examination of how these revolutionary acts are shaping emerging landscapes and social and objective networks that are produced in and through certain institutional devices (M. Foucault).

Gustavo A. Cerecer holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México (2003).  He has authored articles in Spain, Brazil and México. His work has focused on symbolic anthropology and archeology;  Mayan ethnics, sexuality and gender theories; anthropology of the body; mental health; culture and nature; and territory. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.


Evangelical Churches and Voting Influence in Brazil

Thursday, April 13, 2017
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Despite the growing influence of religion on politics in most contemporary democracies, there are still few studies about the impact of religious organizations in mobilizing voters. Brazil has experienced severe changes in its religious context over the last decades as a consequence of a rapid expansion of Pentecostalism. Pentecostals are not only growing in terms of demographics: they are also increasing in number of religious candidates running and winning elections. I argue that the Pentecostal churches do play a key role in voting influence, assuming that (i) the churches are political communities, (ii) where the members interact, affecting their behavior and political preferences. Moreover, (iii) churches define candidates strategically and support them, (iv) so it would be necessary for the leaders to act as brokers. This research aims to identify whether churches can play a coordination role.

Claudia Cerqueira do Nascimento is a PhD student in Public Administration and Government at the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil.  Currently, she is a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS, UC San Diego.

Neuropolitics, antidepressants and the rise of neuro-narratives in Catalonia (Spain)

Thursday, April 6, 2017
12 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The dramatic increase in the consumption of antidepressants in many countries can be taken as one example of the contemporary cerebralization of human affliction. This process has been led by expert systems and has already leaked into popular culture, creating new biosocialities or neurosocialities, and new ontologies of self as well: the neural self. I define the neural self as an interiorized, cerebralized, centripetal, inwardly-oriented process from which is derived a cerebral idea of personhood. The result is the emergence of neuro-narratives. This paper, based on fieldwork among consumers of antidepressants in Catalonia, analyzes how neuro-narratives show their fetishistic power, since while they de-socialize the human affliction, they also naturalize the conventions of a world of created needs.  

Angel Martínez-Hernáez is professor and chair of the Medical Anthropology Research Center at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain). His main research projects have focused on biomedical cultures, biopolitics, health policies in Europe and Latin America, and Amazonian cultures. He is a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Cultural Contexts of Health and Well-being of the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Currently, he is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at CILAS and Global Health, UC San Diego.

Winter 2017

Facing political backlash: lessons learned from an intervention project and the social response to AIDS in Brazil

Thursday, February 23, 2017
3 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Brazil has been internationally recognized for its successful response to HIV/AIDS. Its human rights based approach included a broad prevention program focused on condom use, universal access to testing, and subsequent care and treatment to all Brazilians since early 1990s. Unexpectedly, Brazil has now an emblematic case of backlash. The current challenges in the national and international political context evoke a broader reflection about how to develop and sustain responses to HIV driven by community needs and guaranteed through state responsibility. This presentation will describe key elements of the historical response to HIV/AIDS, and the more recent sociopolitical shifts in, for example, promoting sexuality education in schools. I will present results of an intervention-study in six cities that tested the acceptability and effects of a Multicultural Human Rights approach. The study showed that high school students initiate sexual activity at about 15 years old, 17% reported a homosexual experience, independent of their reported religiosity. Sexual violence is significant and prevention knowledge is insufficient. The acceptability of this project showed that at the local level, communities (students, parents and teachers) may not reflect national political leadership that defends the prohibition of gender and sexuality education in schools.

Vera Paiva is a Professor of the University of São Paulo (Social Psychology and Preventive Medicine departments). She has co-coordinated the Interdisciplinary Group for AIDS Prevention at USP since 1991, and has been a consultant to different United Nations bodies on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health promotion. She served as a representative of civil society at the National Human Rights Commission of Brazil.
( Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at CILAS, UC San Diego.


The Reverse Coattail Effect Revisited: Intra-Party Linkages and Electoral Performance in Brazil, 1996-2010.

Thursday, February 2, 2017
3 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

This research analyzes on the ability of local party organizations to transfer votes to upper levels party candidates in Brazil. It focuses on the causal electoral effect of electing a mayor over subsequent statewide proportional elections. To identify the effect of electing a mayor, it employs a regression discontinuity design (RDD) focusing on observations in which the electoral difference between the elected mayor and the runner-up is very tight. The use of a large dataset, covering elections between 1996 and 2010, allows exploring parties’ heterogeneity in both cross-section and temporal analyses. Preliminary results show that the positive effect of electing a mayor on party performance in subsequent proportional election holds for the entire period, though the impact of electing a mayor varies along both years and parties.

George Avelino holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (2000). He has been an Associate Professor at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) since 1992, and has also worked as a short term Consultant for the World Bank and the UNDP. His work has focused on democratic political institutions, such as elections and political parties, and subnational governments. He is the current coordinator of the FGV-CEPESP (

Fall 2016

Thursday, November 10, 2016
2 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego
The seminar will be in Spanish.

Why is the press the way it is? This has been a recurring question in academic research about pioneer media. Hallin and Mancini (2004) analyze the relationship between the national political system and a country’s media system. My study of the press in the state of Mexico is an empirical extrapolation of the conceptual framework of the authors on a smaller scale, within a country. Mexico state is the federal entity that is home to the political class that is best positioned nationally, the Atlacomulco Group, which has governed the state for the past 85 years. This group regained political power for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) in the Mexican presidency in the 2012 national elections.  The seminar will explore the following questions: How does the press function in a political environment that lacks alternation in the Executive branch of government? How is the government-press relationship expressed? What is the impact of the press on the notions and perceptions of journalism?

Patricia Maldonado Perez has been a journalist working in various regions of Mexico over the past 22 years. She has taught and worked in journalism for 14 years at the Tec de Monterrey Campus in Toluca and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEMEX). She graduated from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) and received an MA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC). She is a PhD student in Communication at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico. Currently, she is a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS, UC San Diego.

Seminars 2015-2016

Spring 2016

Rethinking the Informal Economy: An analysis of the Tianguis in Mexico City

Thursday, June 2, 2016
2-3:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The concept of “informal economy” was created in the 1970’s, and since then debates about its definition, measurement, origin, causes and solutions has never ceased. This phenomenon of “informality” has become a normal reality all around the world. In Mexico the Tianguis, an open-air market that can be traced back to pre-Columbia times, is one of the most important economic and sociocultural activities of the informal sector. A Tianguis in Mexico City usually has a self-organized system that, distinct from our stereotypes of the informal economy, creates order out of chaos. Whether that self-organization is forced by circumstances or develops on its own initiative, how people engage and conduct their daily life to make a living in this Tianguis reflects the reality of Mexican society and provides us with insights on how to approach the nature of the informal economy.

Yin Li is a PhD student in Anthropology at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is also a member of the Developing Countries Studies Program at Tsinghua University. She has been affiliated with the Centro de Estudios China-México at UNAM as a Visiting Scholar from March to June 2015 and currently is a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD


Barrio Redevelopment from an Asian Perspective:The Case of Barrio Logan

Thursday, May 19, 2016
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Numerous ethnic enclaves have thrived for a long time in the United States. However, in recent decades many of them have suffered an inexorable decline and have become neighborhoods of nostalgia, losing their original identity as the consequence of modern gentrification and the creation of middle-class enclaves. Barrio Logan, located southeast of San Diego, is one of the largest Mexican-American communities in the West Coast since 1940. The local Chicano community in Barrio Logan has struggled to maintain a vibrant ethnic neighborhood for almost a hundred years. But the ongoing redevelopment and expansion of downtown San Diego has brought many changes to the barrio, and the community is now rising against the gentrification. This talk seeks to explore how the Mexican-American community in Barrio Logan preserves the barrio identity and survives the impacts of contemporary urban progress.

Yuening Hu received her MA in Spanish from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain. She is an interpreter and researcher at the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party in China. She has interpreted for Chinese leaders in several meetings with Latin American presidents. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.


A Tale of Secrecy and Democracy: Civilians and the Management of Military Documents in Brazil

Thursday, May 5, 2016
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

What are the thresholds of transparency in defense in Brazil? It is always challenging to analyze defense transparency and security matters since in many cases secrecy is needed to undertake some policies. However, this is exactly the reason why we should deeper analyze this topic: the need for secrecy can be easily used to hide inefficiency and illegal behaviors. The challenges of achieving an appropriate level of transparency in these matters are especially daunting in Latin America. The general interest of politicians in defense has historically been low, either because of the legacy of dictatorships, or because of the region’s perceived lack of external threats. In addition, polls like the Latinobarómetro demonstrate that society maintains a high lack of confidence regarding political parties and the political system in general but high regard for the armed forces- which could explain this disconnection between politicians and the armed forces. Who then will watch the armed forces? This seminar analyzes the de jure possibilities of civilian access to military records in Brazil in contrast with some de facto practices, and illustrates how the illusions of transparency take place in this labyrinth of regulations.

Karina Rodrigues is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Administration of the Brazilian School of Business and Public Administration, at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro and sponsored by a research fellowship from the Brazilian Ministry of Education. She received her BA in Business from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, and her MA in Public Administration from the Getulio Vargas Foundation. She worked for two years in the Transparency Audit Project, an initiative sponsored by the Open Society Justice Initiative, responsible for one of the biggest evaluations of Brazilian freedom of information law. She also worked as a consultant for the National Security Archive. She is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD where she is conducting research of her dissertation.


Regional powers and peace operations: The Brazilian case in comparative perspective

Thursday, April 28, 2016
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

In the post-Cold War international system regional hegemons have attained significant power and decisively influence the stability and security of neighboring states. This talk focuses on the behavior of regional powers with regards to their involvement in United Nations Peace Operations. Special focus is given to Brazil, which I compare to traditional regional powers of South Africa and India. The literature argues that peace operations are an integral component of defense policy for regional powers. Regional powers seek to elevate their international status, attain regional stability and satisfy military interests. I argue that Brazil’s participation in peacekeeping efforts is motivated not by external security concerns, but rather can be explained by the involvement of the Brazilian military in internal security operations. This exploratory research uses data on United Nations peacekeeping operations and countries’ declaratory defense policies.

Igor Daniel Palhares Acácio is a PhD Student at the Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ). He is currently a Fulbright Visiting Research Student in CILAS, UCSD where he is conducting research for his dissertation.


Voting under Franco’s and Salazar’s regimes after 1945

Thursday, April 14, 2016
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Are elections enough to consider a regime to be democratic? Since 1945 the number of states which hold elections increased precipitously. Yet, not all elections reflect the competitive and plural nature of elections in Western democracies. Since the fall of the Berlin wall, political science has recognized the regimes in Eastern Europe and Asia after the “Third wave” of democratization as ideal cases to test theories of democratic elections, but neglected Western Europe.  Is Western Europe an exception? Do Western European countries display similar electoral trends?

After the allied victory in 1945, a significant number of European states remained or became dictatorships.  Nevertheless, during these years they held regular elections.  While these European non-democracies shared a common electoral model, a comprehensive analysis which takes into account their intricacies using primary sources would be a career project.   For this reason, I focus on the Iberian dictatorships. In my research I evaluate the historical significance of elections held in Franco’s Spain and Salazar and Caetano’s Portugal.  I also identify their purpose and assess their consequences.  

Carlos Domper received a BA in History at the Zaragoza University (Spain) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Political History at the Libera Università Internazionali degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli in Rome. He has previously held research positions at Universitè de Bourgogne (Dijon-France), Central European University (Budapest-Hungary) and Universdad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). He is author of two books and several peer reviewed papers. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.

The Construction of the Feminist Subject: The Case of the Autonomous Feminist Movement in the Basque Country (1975-1994)

Thursday, April 7, 2016
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

An important autonomous feminist movement flourished in the Basque Country in the second half of the 1970s. Then the feminist emerged with a solid identity as a new political actor. During the transition to democracy,  the feminist movement discourses were first about woman identity, which gave a new meaning to a subversive re-reading of the Francoist gender ideal. However, throughout the 80s, the feminist struggles were diversifying and feminist identity was gradually losing homogeneity. As a result of this process, the political subject became fractured in the 90s, however, the success of the feminist movement was evident as it recognized the diversity and differences between women.

Maialen Aranguren is a PhD student in Contemporary History at the Universidad del País Vasco in Spain. She is also a member of a research group “La experiencia de la sociedad moderna en España (1870-1990)" and co-authored La Guerra Civil y el Franquismo en Zumarraga. Currently, she is a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD.

Mexican Federal-state Intergovernmental Relationship: Its Development and Causal Mechanism

Thursday, March 31, 2016
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Research on the relationship between Mexican federal and local governments permits us to observe the political development of the country. Using an analysis of the vertical division of political power, we can investigate variations in the federal-local government relationship from the enacting of the constitution in 1917 to the PRI’s return to power in 2012. The occurrence of crises and partisan structures are two key factors that determine the power division in federal and state governments. Crises may accelerate weaknesses of the partisan structure, leading to an adjustment of the partisan structure to maintain or consolidate its political power. In the process of constant self-regulation, the partisan structure is continually enhancing its resiliency towards various crises. As a result, this interaction among crises and partisan structures determines that the central-local government relationship displays a less dramatic trend, taking on the features of “the pendulum effect,” with a decreasing tendency with respect to the amplitude of its fluctuation.

Qing Zhang received his PhD in Latin American Politics at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing. He is an Associate Professor at the School of International Relations at Sichuan International Studies University (SISU). He also serves as the Deputy Secretary-General at the Center for Mexican Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.

Fall 2015

Rainforest Cowboys: Ranching, Deforestation and Cattle Culture in the Brazilian Amazon

Thursday, December 10, 2015
3 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The opening of the Brazilian Amazon to colonization in the 1970s brought cattle, land conflict, and widespread deforestation. In the remote state of Acre, Brazil, rubber tappers fought against migrant ranchers to preserve the forest they relied on, and in the process, these forest guardians showed the world that it was possible to unite forest livelihoods and environmental preservation. Nowadays, many rubber tappers and their children are turning away from the forest-based lifestyle they once sought to protect and are becoming caubois (cowboys). As the leading driver of Amazonian deforestation, cattle raising has received significant academic and popular attention, with most analyses focusing on economic and institutional drivers. In this presentation, I draw on a legacy of anthropological research on cattle as cultural objects to argue for an expanded view of Amazonian cattle raising that includes "cattle culture." I discuss three interlinked features of cattle culture: human-cattle relationships, perceptions of forest and pasture, and the cultural meanings of beef.

Jeffrey Andrew Hoelle is Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Florida.


“Climate Change and U.S. Energy Consumption”

Tuesday, October 20, 2015
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The lecture will be in Spanish.

Climate change is a phenomenon that has acquired great relevance in recent decades, mainly due to its negative impact on the entire international community. This phenomenon has intensified as a result of significant emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG), primarily from the excessive use of fossil fuels that are necessary for contemporary development and progress. It is a problem that demands a prompt and comprehensive response from all political, economic and social sectors globally, especially by the United States, the current hegemon. The U.S. has to carry out efficient international actions to mitigate this problem, because this country is one of the two main consumers of fossil fuels and polluters worldwide. The U.S. still has an energy policy that relies heavily on hydrocarbons. There are also governmental and non-governmental actors involved in the formulation of the U.S. climate change policy that have interests which have influenced the U.S. to not ratify international agreements seeking to mitigate this global problem. It is also important to examine the 2014 U.S. bilateral agreement with China that seeks to mitigate climate change, and its meaning for the COP21 agreement to be determined this December in Paris, France.

Carlos Alvarado Mijangos is an MA Student in International Relations at the Metropolitan Autonomous University in Mexico City. He is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD where he is conducting research for his thesis. In the future he would like to focus and conduct research in Climate Change, Geopolitics, and U.S. Energy Policy.

Seminars 2014-2015

Spring 2015

Bolivian Post-neoliberalism: An Alternative Development Model?

Thursday, May 14, 2015
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The Bolivian government represents a success story of a transformation from a social movement into a political party that captures the government. The government’s key agenda is defined as social justice and anti-neoliberalism, with communitarian socialism as the ultimate goal for Bolivian society. The New Economic, Social, Communitarian and Productive Model, behind Evo Morales’ government is the product of conflicting interests among the social groups supporting the government forces and the predominance of populists in power. I determine that Bolivia is at a stage of Andean-Amazonian capitalism. The result of the new development model, unfortunately, is the deepening of neo-extractivism, which is incapable of altering the existing economic structure inherited from the neoliberal era. The only significant difference in the new model is the stronger role of the state, and the lesson we draw from Bolivia’s experience is that extraction-based growth has a limited multiplier effect. Though the macroeconomic strength of the country is unprecedented, its economic path dependency is hindering further structural change in Bolivia.

Dr. Nam Kwon Mun is a visiting scholar at CILAS from South Korea. He majored in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) in South Korea; he received his Ph.D. from Mexican Autonomous National University (UNAM) in Mexico. He currently works as a professor of Latin American Studies at HUFS. His main research field is economic development of Latin America with a focus on countries in the Andean region such as Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador.


Book Discussion
"Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights” (Third Edition)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
9 AM-10:30 AM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The concept of ‘Human Rights’ has broad acceptance across the globe today. Yet there is no universal acceptance of what constitute human rights. Two difficulties stand out. First, there is historical and cultural diversity in identifying human rights. Second, some of these rights compete with each other and the priority assigned to one over another also varies. “The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights” is a book that invites the reader to reflect on what daily life presents him, and therefore helps one be more sensitive to the problems of the world and human rights. The book was conceptualized as a tool for teaching and reflection, inviting active reader participation and draws upon the author’s experience in promoting justice, human rights and development in the public and private spheres, as well as his participation in national government, multilateral institutions, NGOs and academia.

Luis Felipe Polo G., Peru. Expert on Human Rights and Social Conflict Resolution. Doctor Honoris Causa by the UCCI. Degree of "Knight of the Order of Academic Palms" by the Government of France. Recognition as Defender of Human Rights Agreement Congress of Ecuador. University professor, author of books, essays and international speaker. He studied law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and has specialized studies in international law and business administration at the universities of Columbia, Michigan and Harvard in the United States and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); United Nations; Government of Guatemala where he was responsible for negotiating tables and was Executive Secretary of the "National Agreement for the Implementation of Social Expenditure for Poverty Reduction"; and the Jesuit University Rafael Landivar. He has consulted for the OAS, UNICEF, IIHR, GTZ, IDEA INTERNATIONAL, Human Rights Watch and Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.


Book Discussion
The Revolution is for the Children: The Politics of Childhood in Havana and Miami, 1959-1962

Friday, April 17, 2015
2-3:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The Revolution is for the Children examines how morally and emotionally charged understandings, practices and representations of childhood propelled the radicalization of the 1959 Cuban Revolution and the subsequent formation of the south Florida exile community. In it, Casavantes Bradford draws upon archival research conducted in both Havana and Miami to argue that Fidel Castro and senior revolutionary officials made deliberate use of children and images of childhood to steer an originally nationalist and reformist Revolution towards socialism and the USSR. At the same time, she argues that government interventions in the lives of children threatened Cuban middle class values and traditions, provoking deeply felt resistance to the new regime and sparking a massive exodus of former revolutionary supporters to southern Florida by 1961. By the conclusion of the 1962 October Missile Crisis, struggles to define, control and make symbolic use of Cuban childhood had become inextricably intertwined with the collective structures of feeling of the island and exilic Cuban communities. The Revolution is for the Children reveals for the first time the centrality of children to Cuban politics and national identities and to relations between Cuba and the United States since the island nation’s independence.

Anita Casavantes Bradford is Assistant Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at University of California Irvine. She received her Ph.D. in U.S. and Latina/o-Latin American History from the University of California San Diego in 2011. In addition to 2014 book, published by the University of North Carolina Press, she has authored articles on Cuban and Cuban-American history and collective memory for Diplomatic History, Cuban Studies, and Camino Real.   

Sponsored by CILAS and the History Department


Valuing Dance: The Politics of Patronage in the Cuban Republic

Thursday, April 16, 2015
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

In spite of longstanding economic straits, Cuba boasts a world renowned dance establishment that has played an important role within Cuban society and in Cuban international relations. This study explains why. It examines the development of Cuban dance from 1930 to 1990, particularly the connection between dance and politics over the decades and how this relationship changed over time. The seminar will begin with an overview of this larger project and then focus in on materials regarding the politics of dance patronage in the Cuban Republic. Starting in the 1930s and continuing through the 1950s, dancers, supporters, and government officials debated the social and cultural value of dance and the ideal scheme to financially support its growth. As the 1950s drew to a close, questions remained regarding these issues and uncertainties informed the improvised and contradictory approach to dance funding after 1959.

Elizabeth Schwall is a PhD candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History at Columbia University, working on a dissertation on dance and politics in Cuba, 1930 - 1990. She received her A.B. in History with certificates in Latin American Studies and Dance from Princeton University in 2009 and her M.A. from Columbia University in 2012, with a thesis on dance in Mexico, 1930s – 1960s. A Graduate Research Fellowship from the Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami and a Mellon Traveling Fellowship from Columbia University supported her dissertation research.  She has contributed book reviews to Dance Research Journal and the New West Indian Guide/ Nieuwe West-Indische Gids, and entries to the forthcoming Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography. She has also published on recent Cuban dance developments in the on-line publication Cuban Art News. Her broader interests include performance in the Caribbean and Latin America, cultural diplomacy during the Cold War, the relationship between anthropology and cultural production, and the histories of migration and community building through art.


Civility, Victimhood and Citizenship in Post-dictatorship Chile

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
12-2 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

In the paper I explore civility in relation to victimhood and citizenship in post-dictatorial Chile. The analysis comes about as a dialogue between different sets of ethnographic material generated over the past 10 years, focusing on civil insecurity and crime protection among Santiago's lower and middle classes, and more recently on political action in intergenerational perspective. Juxtaposing these ethnographies I argue that since the return of democracy the hegemonic framework for civil society has been that of victimhood, and that a citizen-as-victim figure has been enforced in liaison with (global) discourses on post-conflict reconciliation combined with omnipresent attention to crime and civil security. The citizen-as-victim figure is performed in extraordinary settings and everyday relations as an expression of decent and civilized behavior opposed to political radicalism and violence belonging to past and the criminal figure of the present time. I sustain that these languages of civility and victimhood do not only structure understandings of democratic citizenship but also mold intersubjectivity and even intimate relations. Finally, I argue that while these performances of civility might have made post-dictatorship coexistence among a fraught society tolerable for the past 20 years, they have also doomed alternative citizen figures and political projects as dangerously uncivil and hence unviable.

Helene Risor received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. She is an Assistant Professor and Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Indigenous and Intercultural Studies (ICIIS) at the Anthropology Program at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Post Doc Fellow at the Department of Anthropology at Copenhagen University. Her research focuses on political subjectivity and urban anthropology, in particular issues of civil in/security, violence and post conflict, citizenship, generational politics and migration. Her regional specialization is on Latin America, and she has done extensive fieldwork in Bolivia and Chile.


The Portuguese language and sociolinguistic aspects of the Brazilian Amazon

Friday, April 10, 2015
10 AM-11:30 PM, Hojel Auditorium, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The presentation will be in Portuguese.
The Brazilian Portuguese language was influenced by the European Portuguese, African languages and indigenous languages. More than 170 languages are spoken by the indigenous people living in the vast and exotic Amazon rainforest. Knowledge of the sociolinguistics aspects of the Brazilian Portuguese Language will help the learner better understand the historical aspects of the Portuguese language spoken in Brazil.

Alvaro Fernando Rodrigues da Cunha received a Master’s degree and a Doctorate degree from the University of São Paulo followed by post-doctoral training at the State University of Campinas. He is an ethno-anthropologist linguistics researcher whose focus is on the analysis of the Theory of Crossover in Orality and Literacy, a theory he developed. Dr. Cunha described, analyzed and documented the language of the Tenehara indigenous people (from the western Amazon region), the language of the Kalo gypsy group (from the basket making clan in the states of Sao Paulo and Minas Gerais), and the Moroccan-Jews who live in the Amazon rainforest (in the areas of Santarem, Manaus, Belem and Caracas).  He lived in the Amazon rainforest for 2 years studying the indigenous groups of Wayway, Puyanawa,  Suyá, Kapon, Kanoê e Guajajára.


"Compañeras: Zapatista Women’s Stories"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
3:30-5 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

"Compañeras" is the untold story of women’s involvement in the Zapatista movement, the indigenous rebellion that has inspired grassroots activists around the world for over two decades. Gathered here are the stories of grandmothers, mothers and daughters who became guerrilla insurgents and political leaders, educators and healers—who worked collectively to construct a new society of dignity and justice.

The book shows us how, after centuries of oppression, a few voices of dissent became a force of thousands, how a woman once confined to her kitchen rose to conduct peace negotiations with the Mexican government, and how hundreds of women overcame ingrained hardships to strengthen their communities from within.

Books will be available for sale after the talk.  

Hilary Klein spent six years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with women’s projects in Zapatista communities. After she compiled a book of Zapatista women’s testimony to be circulated in their own villages, women in the Zapatista leadership suggested that Klein compile a similar book for an outside audience. Klein has been engaged in social justice and community organizing for twenty years. She currently works at Make the Road New York, a membership organization that builds the power of immigrant and working-class communities. She is originally from Washington, DC, and received her B.A. in political science from UC Berkeley.

Co-sponsored by UC San Diego’s Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, U.S.-Mexican Studies, Eleanor Roosevelt College Human Rights Program and UC San Diego's Center for Iberian Latin American Studies.


Visioning a Transit City: Transit Planning and Citizen Participation in Quito, Ecuador

Thursday, April 2, 2015
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Latin America is currently the most urbanized continent in the world after North America, with 80% of the population living in urban areas (UN 2014). As a result, Latin American cities are in pursuit of transformation on the one hand, through innovative transit solutions like, bus rapid transit, cable cars, and bicycles, and, on the other, urbanization marked by car-dependency. This seminar will begin by looking at two recent ideas that constitute these deep and contradictory changes to the urban landscape: deliberative democracy and sustainability in the context of Quito, Ecuador. Then, it will go on to discuss ongoing transit interventions in Quito, and in doing so, simultaneously question their current implications on public transport. This discussion will rely on accounts from public transit users in Quito to suggest an alternative approach to transit development amidst planning for a justice-oriented city.

Julie Gamble is a PhD Candidate in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley and focuses on public transportation in Quito, Ecuador. Her research focuses on the intersections of citizenship and expertise in transit planning. She holds a BA in History and Gender Studies from Northwestern University and a Masters in City Planning focusing on community and international development also from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current academic work adopts an ethnographic approach to study how urban citizens engage, use, and experience public transit based on their mobility practices. She is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in Anthropology and CILAS, UCSD.


Winter 2015

Cultural Memory as Official Memory: Historical Narratives among Xavante Indians, Pioneers and Gauchos in
Nova Xavantina, Brazil.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego                                                                                 

In this seminar, I will analyze the symbolic struggles due to politics of migration in the town of Nova Xavantina, Brazil, in order to study the construction of cultural memory as official memory in the context of the occupation of the Brazilian Legal Amazon region.  This town was created by the official colonization of politics and inhabited by indigenous populations before the expansion of the agricultural frontier in Brazil. The actors affected in this process are the Xavante Indians, known as angry warriors; the Pioneers, who came from northeastern Brazil through the March to the West political project; and lastly the Gauchos, who moved from southern Brazil during the Brazilian military dictatorship.

Natalia Araujo de Oliveira received her BA in Tourism at the State University of Mato Grosso, and an MA in Social Sciences at the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos. She is a PhD student in Sociology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.  She is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD.


Oil and Regime Type in Venezuela: Reversing the Causal Arrow

Thursday, February 26, 2015
3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego                                                                                 

In the 2000s, researchers became interested in the connection between oil and politics.  Most of the propositions in the literature posit that oil dependence influences both the state and regime type.  This talk proposes the reverse view.  Venezuela under Chavismo (1999 to the present) shows how regime type affects the oil industry.  That is, Venezuela's semi-authoritarian, populist regime has affected the type of petro-state that Venezuela has become and consequently the type of governance crisis that Venezuela is now confronting.

Javier Corrales is Dwight W. Morrow 1895 Professor and Chair of Political Science at Amherst College in Massachusetts.


Spirituality that is good: Research, public policy, and clinical practice for the promotion of spirituality as a dimension of human health.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
11 AM-12:30 PM, Cramb Library, Gildred/LAS Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego       

The presentation will be in Spanish.                                                                                                          

In this seminar I will analyze the production of spirituality as a dimension of human health within the medical sciences, public health policies, and clinical practice. I will discuss the interest of medical science in spirituality, or in some of the ways in which spirituality has been recognized by researchers and practitioners who respond to an agenda of research and concern with maintaining human health. For this, I will show the intensified use of the concept of spirituality in medical sciences since the 1970s. Subsequently, I will explore how the terms spirituality and holism have been used as principles of justification for a National Policy on Integrative and Complementary Practices, which provides the incorporation of alternative therapies into Brazil’s public health system.

Rodrigo Toniol received his BA in Social Sciences and an MA in Social Anthropology at the Universidad Federal de Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He is now a PhD candidate at UFRGS and is currently a Visiting Graduate Student in Anthropology and CILAS, UCSD.


Thursday, January 29, 2015
12:30-2 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego                                                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                            Indigenous peoples’ organizations have surged as international actors ever since the 1990s, establishing ties with a broad network of actors on the local, national, and transnational levels. Their efforts to influence policies on those distinct levels have been manifold and targeted on different policy subareas with the idea to create policies sensitive to their demands. While some advocacy efforts have been particular fruitful resulting in the adoption of international legal norms and the recognition of ethnic diversity, studies point towards an implementation gap of those rights on the local and national levels. Differences among indigenous and peasant organizations have also become more pronounced showing varying levels of influence. The seminar will explore how some of these organizations are more successful than others to introduce their demands with regard to land and natural resource projects in Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Possible explanations will be discussed as well as the shortcomings of dominant theoretical approaches.

Sara Eichert received her BA in Political Science at the Freie Universität Berlin and an MS in Latin American Studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).  She is now a PhD candidate at UCM and is currently a UC EAP Visiting Research Student in Sociology and CILAS, UCSD.


Symposium: The Southern Cone in the Periphery

Saturday, January 17, 2015
10 AM-5 PM, Library in the Gildred Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Throughout the colonial era, Latin America's Southern Cone was fixed as a peripheral space, lacking the attention and resources allotted to places like Mexico City, Cuzco, and Potosi. By the late eighteenth century, the region began to develop around a few large metropolitan cores. The existing historiography of the region remains primarily focused on the modernization processes of a few major centers, like Buenos Aires and Santiago. This symposium explores peripheral spaces in the Southern Cone during the national period, 1810-present. Peripheral spaces lie outside the core centers of power which are often strengthened by transnational ties. We specifically explore the relationships between the state and peripheral populations, and the place of this relationship in an international context.

Amie Campos, UCSD History Department, “Drawing the German Colony: Migration and Scientific Expansion in the Southern Cone 1850-1899”

Troy Andreas Kokinis, UCSD History Department, “To Govern is to Depopulate the Pyrenees: Basque Identity and Hispanidad in Argentina, 1870-1939”

James Shrader, UCSD History Department, “The Second Conquest of the Desert: Race, the Argentine Military, and Nation-Building in Cold War-Era Argentina"

Megan Strom, UCSD History Department, "Southern Cone Solidarities: Uruguayan University Students and Regional Alliances during the Early Cold War"

Andres Tortola, University of Buenos Aires, Las Minas del Rey Salamone [Film]

Jael Vizcarra, UCSD Ethnic Studies Department, “Humanitarian Disappointments: The Case of Southeast Asian Refugees in Dirty War Argentina”

Professors Michael Monteon (UC San Diego) and Aldo Marchesi (University of the Republic, Uruguay) will provide comments on the papers.

●10-11:30 AM  
Troy Andreas Kokinis, UCSD History Department
Amie Campos, UCSD History Department

●11:30 AM-1 PM

Jael Vizcarra, UCSD Ethnic Studies Department
Megan Strom, UCSD History Department

●3-5 PM
Film Las Minas del Rey Salamone


Fall 2014

Chinese Investment and Political Risks in Latin American Natural Resources

Thursday, November 20, 2014
3-5 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

In the past decade China’s economic ties with Latin America have boomed, mainly based on rapidly expanding trade and more recently on increased Chinese investment. As Chinese outward foreign direct investment has increased substantially in recent years, Chinese and international analysts focus more on the risks faced by China’s state owned enterprises (SOEs) engaging in the region. In this talk, I will explore the motives, strategies and interactions through examining the SOEs behaviors and their relations with the state. I also demonstrate the complicated relations between Chinese SOEs with the host countries and local community and how the environmental, labor, and indigenous movements in the region influence and change Chinese investors’ behaviors and discuss the implications for China’s government and companies.

Cuiwen Wang received her Ph.D. in History at Nankai University. She is an Associate Professor at the International Relations Department at Nankai University. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.


The New Push for Regional Organizations in Latin America

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
3-5 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Latin America has historically been interested in promoting international relations through international institutions and organizations. In the contemporary period there is a new push in the region for organizations whose origins and focus give primacy to the needs of Latin America as defined by Latin Americans. Ambassador Carrión has been both a participant and an observer of this process of regional creation. Please join us for a stimulating conversation. Amb. Carrión is also interested in developing collaboration between FLACSO-Ecuador and UCSD, so please bring your ideas as well.

Amb. Francisco Carrión Mena is the Coordinator of International Affairs for FLACSO-Ecuador. He is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs (2005-2007), Ambassador to Spain (2000-2007) and Ecuadorian Representative to the United Nations (2009-2011). Amb. Carrión has a PhD from the Universidad Central del Ecuador and has published widely on international law, migration and Ecuador’s foreign policy.


China-Venezuela Relations

Thursday, November 13, 2014
3-5 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

The Chinese government had extremely close relations with Venezuela during Hugo Chávez’ presidency. It was a mutually beneficial relationship, with Chávez receiving billions of dollars in loans with few strings attached and China oil. Chávez was able to keep getting more Chinese loans and investments despite a weakening economy. The death of charismatic Hugo Chávez, the country’s slip into economic crisis and falling oil prices have challenged the China-Venezuela relationship. President Maduro was initially rebuffed in his request for more loans, but China has found a way to remain engaged and supportive of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. In this talk I will enumerate the challenges for China, review how it has responded and highlight the advantages and disadvantages for China in continuing to support the Maduro administration

Xufei Fang received her Ph.D. in Latin American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Latin American Studies (CASS) in Beijing, China.  Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.


San Diego 1915. Balboa Park and the Construction of a Cultural Identity

The presentation will be in Spanish.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
12:30-2 PM, Cramb Library in the Gildred/LAS Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Miguel Ángel Sorroche Cuerva has been teaching for the History of Art Department at the University of Granada since 1999. In 1997, he received his PhD in Geography and History from the University of Granada, Spain. His research focuses on Cultural Heritage, Pre-Hispanic Art and Missions in New Spain with an emphasis on the process of cultural exchange.


The Guatemalan Genocide Case: Erasing the Tension between International and National Justice

Monday, October 20, 2014
12-2 PM, Deutz Room, Copley Building
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Under a military dictatorship from the 1950s through the 1980s, 200,000 people lost their lives in Guatemala, a majority of them indigenous Maya.  After the end of the dictatorship, a United Nations Truth Commission report declared that the Guatemalan government had carried out a genocide against the indigenous Maya population.  Because the report did not hold the responsible parties accountable, the survivors of this genocide organized to demand justice for the victims.  They started investigations and litigation both nationally and internationally in Spain in an effort to seek justice and end impunity.  Almudena Bernabeu, the lead lawyer in these cases, will discuss the nearly two decades long effort that combined international and national legal work and ultimately led to the prosecution for genocide of former dictator General Efraín Ríos Montt in a Guatemalan court in 2013.

Speaker: Almudena Bernabeu is an International Attorney and the Director of the Transitional Justice Program at San Francisco’s Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA). She is the vice-president of the Spanish Association for Human Rights and an adviser to the Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University. Ms. Bernabeu has worked in international law and human rights for over 16 years, has published articles, received many awards for her human rights work and was included as one of Time Magazine’s 200 most influential people in 2012. She has led the prosecutions of several of the worst perpetrators of crimes against humanity and her work on the Guatemala Genocide Case was featured in the documentary Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Ms. Bernabeu led the CJA’s work in Spain in the recent genocide trial against the former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Ríos Montt.

Moderator: William J. Aceves is a Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the California Western School of Law.  He works with several human rights organizations, including the Center for Justice & Accountability, on projects involving human rights and international law.   

Respondent: Marta Casaús Arzú is a Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid renowned for her research on race and racism in Guatemala.

Sponsors: CILAS, Human Rights Program, UCSD/Blum Cross-Border Initiative, UCSD Center On Global Justice

Seminars 2013-2014

Spring 2014

Tax reforms and political interests in the early
19th and 21st centuries. A comparative study of the cases of Colombia, Chile and Mexico.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Cramb Library Room in the Gildred/LAS Building, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The seminar will be in Spanish.

Tax reform is one of the outstanding issues in contemporary Latin America. Tax rates are often very low and collection is problematic. The development and reforms of the tax systems in the early 19th and 21st centuries are part of the context within which todays efforts to develop modern and efficient tax systems play out. Understanding these past experiences sheds light on the present and future challenges of tax reform. History matters.

Pedro Pérez-Herrero is the Director of the Latin American Studies Institute and full time professor at the University of Alcalá in Spain. He is also the Academic Director of the Latin America and European Union PhD and MA Program. Pedro received his first BA in Latin American History and a second BA in Anthropology from the Complutense University of Madrid, and his PhD in History from El Colegio de México. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of History. Pedro is currently a Visiting Scholar in CILAS and Visiting Professor in the History Department, UCSD.


The role of Remittances of Mexican Migrants in Mexico’s Economy:  Support and factor of development.

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The seminar will be in Spanish.

Remittances have been an important factor in Mexico’s economy since the early 20th century. Mexico was the fourth largest recipient of remittances in the world in 2013. With the growth of the Mexico-US migration flow, the remittances sent by migrants became a valuable resource for Mexico. In 2007 Mexico achieved a historic level of 26 billion dollars in remittances, which accounted for 2.6% of the gross domestic product and in the decade of 2001-2010, remittances grew at an average growth of 14%.  Remittances have provided important support for Mexican families in rural and urban areas that are not reached by government development programs. My objective is to analyze the economic contributions of remittances in Mexico, and their importance as an economic factor and strategic resource in the development of rural families.

Andrés Guzman Sala is a research professor at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco (UJAT). He received his BA in Administration from UJAT, an MBA in International Trade from Laval University in Canada, and his PhD in Economics from the University of Perpignan in France. He has written 5 books and some articles on trade and tourism economy. Guzman Sala began his research on Mexican exports under NAFTA and in the last decade has worked on the tourism economy in Mexico, particularly in Tabasco.


“Human Rights and Racism in Latin America, Revisited: Guatemala”

 Dr. Marta Casaús Arzú, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

 Tuesday, May 13, 2014 

3:00-4:30 P.M.

Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the

Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Sponsored by the UCSD History Department and CILAS


Energy Investment Governance in Argentina and Peru

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Government control of energy investment in most Latin America countries was usually strict in the past half century; the concept of “energy nationalism” was used to explain the high governance of the energy sector in some Latin America countries. But present conditions of energy investment governance now vary across countries. My research examines the similarities and differences of energy investment governance in Argentina and Peru to analyze their effect on investment in the energy sector.

Jia Tian obtained her BA in Journalism and Economics from Tianjin University of Finance and Economics in 2009 and her MA in Journalism and Communication from Tsinghua University in 2012. She is a PhD student in the Political Science department at Tsinghua University in China. Jia was awarded a scholarship by the China Scholarship Council to be a Visiting Graduate Student at CILAS during the 2013-2014 academic year. Jia will be a visiting PhD student in the fall of 2014 at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Argentina.


Media and Social Movements:Analysis of "#Yo Soy 132" in Mexico

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the
Americas Complex, UCSD

The seminar will be in Spanish.

The student movement called "#Yo Soy 132" stormed the Mexican public sphere during the
2012 presidential election. It began in a private university and then extended to a social
movement which protested against the performance of the national media, especially television.
The media was considered unfair and manipulative since it favored one of the four candidates
and a political party, Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI). Students shared their reactions
principally through social networks. You Tube, Twitter and Facebook played an important role
triggering a massive mobilization and putting the movement on the public agenda through a
platform that allowed the building of a structured organization of participants. The main
objective of this research is to identify the importance of media, particularly social networking
sites, and the organization and consolidation of one social movement among young people, the
analysis of the case "#Yo Soy 132" in Mexico.

Verónica García Martínez is a research professor at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de
Tabasco (UJAT). Her areas of expertise are technology and society, media, elearning,
and educational innovations. Her technology and society research
project has been funded by the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
(CONACYT). She is a member of the National Registry of Appraisers accredited
by CONACYT in the area of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences, the Padrón
Nacional de Expertos en Educación a Distancia, and the National System of
Researchers, Level I. She received a Scientific Merit Recognition in the area of
Humanities and Behavioral Sciences by UJAT. Verónica is currently a Visiting Scholar in


Winter 2014

Commemoration Event-Mario Ojeda Gómez: Scholar, Mentor, Statesman and Institution Builder. 

Friday, March 14, 2014, 11 AM-1 PM
Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Administration Building Room, #116 (bottom floor), UCSD

Panel Presentation:

 “Mario Ojeda and the Study of Mexican Foreign Policy” David R. Mares, University of California, San Diego

"Límites: Mario Ojeda and the challenges of Mexican relations with the United States in the 1970s" Manuel García y Griego, University of New Mexico

“Mario Ojeda, the Constructor of Institutions” Jorge Bustamante, University of Notre Dame

Professor Ojeda was a graduate of UNAM, with graduate studies at Harvard. At El Colegio de México he was a founding member of the Centro de Estudios Internacionales, and later served as Secretary General and President (1985-1995) of El Colegio. He received grants from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education, was a member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores del Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología de México (CONACYT), and Visiting Professor at the Brookings Institution, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the Instituto Ortega y Gasset. He served as Mexican Ambassador to UNESCO from 1995 to 1998.


Do different candidates campaign all alike? A study on
campaign spending of candidates at the Chamber of Deputies
in Brazil

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The title of this seminar provokes the audience to think about a new approach to the study of campaign spending effects in Brazil. Many studies have treated campaign spending as an explanatory variable of candidates’ electoral success. However, when dealing with campaign spending simply as a sum of money, these studies allow only for differences in the amount of spending to explaining the variation of the election results. It is as if all the candidates had the same strategy but with different levels of spending, despite all the differences among them. This is a strong assumption for the Brazilian case because the characteristics of the electoral and
the party systems allow candidates with very different profiles to be elected. The study of the allocation of campaign resources by the candidates carried out by this project aims to reveal different strategies of campaigning and their impact on candidates’ votes.

Cintia P.R. de Souza is a Fulbright Visiting Researcher at UCSD/CILAS. For her Visiting
Research period at UCSD, she was awarded a grant by the Brazilian Government (Capes) and
Fulbright Commission. She is currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Institute of
Social and Political Studies (IESP) of Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) and a grantee of
the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). Her main
interests are elections, campaign finance and strategy. In the past, she received her BA in
International Relations at São Paulo State University (UNESP) and her Master’s in Political
Science at the University Research Institute of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ).


Dancing, the Identity. The Aztec Dance Tradition in the border region between Mexico and the US.

Thursday, February 27, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The seminar will be in Spanish.

Understood as a system of practices and beliefs, the Aztec Dance Tradition has been relocated from the center of Mexico to the border region between the US and Mexico since the sixties. The comparative analysis of three Aztec Dance groups, which are located in California and Baja California, allows us to understand the particular ways in which the tradition has been recreated and embodied by the members of these groups in the national, political and religious dimensions, in order to construct their ethno-cultural identity as people of Mexican descent in Mexico and the US.

Olga Olivas received her BA in Psychology and MA in Sociocultural Studies at the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. She is Ph.D. candidate in Social Sciences from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social (CIESAS) in Guadalajara, Mexico. Currently, Olga is a Visiting Graduate Student in Anthropology and CILAS, UCSD. 


Fall 2013

Aviation Technology Transfer: An Analysis of Brazilian Embraer

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The analysis of the process of transfer technology since 1970 to 2013 for Embraer shows three cycles, each one with different main drivers and each one relatively successful. The first cycle, turbo propeller acquisition, is the clearest to show military-civil connections and ended when domestic and external economic-political and military conditions radically changed by the end of the 1980s. The second cycle is one of benefiting from technologies learned in the first cycle and applied to jet aircraft production, privatizing the firm and finding a niche in an industry that became very concentrated worldwide and less military dependent during the 1990s. The third cycle is characterized by production processes with strategic and risk partners, foreign and domestic, and less clear, more diversified technological transfer links. There is a reactivation of the military link and the technological transfer seems to be from the civilian to the military side. However, Embraer’s military aircrafts are not at the technological frontier that rich developing countries and developed countries are looking for today, and Embraer’s civilian aircrafts have fierce competition from not only the traditional rival, Canadian Bombardier, but new regional jet producers from Japan, South Korea, China and Singapore.  

Nelson Altamirano received his BA in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, an MA in International Relations and an MS in Economics from UCSD, as well as a Ph.D. in International Economic Policies and Management in the year 2000. He is currently an Associate Professor of economics at the School of Business and Management at the National University, is the online coordinator for the School and the lead faculty for the Sustainability Management program. His research interests focuses on mining and oil, natural resources, management of national companies, sustainable development and teaching technological innovations in economics. Nelson has taught in the universities of Japan (Tsukuba University), Colombia (CEIPA) and Peru (PUCP).  The current research is part of the Minerva Project at CILAS.


Mining, Electric Power and Social Inclusion
Opportunities and Challenges in Chile and Peru

Thursday, November 14, 2013 1-2:30 PM

Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD                  

Both Chile and Peru have enjoyed strong economic growth in the last several
years, in part fueled by the booming mining sector. Yet economic success has
brought with it a commensurate rise in energy demand, a challenge both
countries have struggled to meet. In Chile, environmental opposition to largescale
projects has become an issue of national political importance, and is
likely to remain so as the country holds presidential elections November 17.
Peru is in a similarly precarious position as it seeks to promote sustainable
growth with social inclusion, much of which is driven by mining.

Panel discussions with David Mares, Director of CILAS & Professor of Political
Science at UCSD and Jeremy Martin, Energy Program Director at the Institute of the Americas

Co-sponsored by CILAS and the Institute of the Americas


Ethnicity in Latin America

Please join us for a discussion with Dr. Leon Zamosc (Sociology), Dr. Nancy Postero (Anthropology) and Dr. Christine Hunefeldt (History) on "Ethnicity in Latin America" is based on the recently edited two books by Mark Becker, the recently published monographic volume of LACES (by Nancy Postero), general editor being Leon Zamosc.”
Wednesday: November 13, 2013
H&SS Galbraith Room, UCSD
Event Co-sponsored by: UCSD History Department & CILAS


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Written Messages for the Hispanic Minority in the Media during the US 2012 Election: The Case of Four Spanish-language Newspapers from the US and Spain

Thursday, October 31, 2013 3-4:30 PM

Deutz Room, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The seminar will be in Spanish.

In the US elections the Hispanic vote is crucial for political parties and their candidates.  Consequently, candidates who run for the White House must clearly obtain the Hispanic vote. The media are not indifferent to this situation and opt for one party or another.  Their intention is to influence the Hispanic vote. I will analyze Spanish-language opinion articles targeting Hispanics during the 2012 election, two newspapers from Spain and two newspapers from the US. I will present current research conducted in CILAS that shows the differences between two types of journalism written in the same language. The key is the use of language in the media, sometimes it is very clear but at times it is disguised in the text.

Olga Pérez Arroyo received her PhD (cum laude) from the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). Her dissertation examined bullfighting journalism, the first of its kind in 1998. Olga has written various books about this topic.  She wrote Cómo Escribir Crónicas Taurinas, a manual on how to write bullfight chronicles; it was edited by Universidad Camilo José Cela. In addition, she wrote Palco Real, a successful biography of Doña María de las Mercedes (mother of King Juan Carlos I of Spain) that focuses on the monarchy and bullfighting. Currently she is a professor of journalism in the School of Information Sciences at Universidad Complutense of Madrid.  Furthermore, she is the Vice-President of Fundación Apoyo el Arte in Madrid Spain, a foundation that promotes the work of artists from around the world.  


Seminars 2012-2013

Spring 2013

Thursday, June 6, 2013 CILAS Library 3-4:30 PM
CILAS Library in the Gildred Building, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
This talk presents preliminary results on the political impact of intra-party linkages in Brazilian elections and their implications for party politics in other Latin American democracies.
Leonardo S. Barone received his BA in Business Management at the Fundação Getulio Vargas, and another BA in Social Sciences at the University of São Paulo. He received a Master in Public Administration and Government at Fundação Getulio Vargas where he is currently a PhD student.  He is also a researcher in Brazil at the Centro de Economia e Política do Setor Público (CEPESP-FGV) and Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento (CEBRAP).  Furthermore, he received a research grant from the Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas Aplicadas (IPEA). His main interests are political parties, elections, policy evaluation, quantitative research and statistics.

Thursday, May 30, 2013 CILAS Library 3-4:30 PM
CILAS Library in the Gildred Building, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
The urbanization level of Latin America might be the highest in the developing world. At the same time, the inequalities (economic, social, and political) are serious issues for the region. Scholars from around the world agree that these inequalities have constituted bottle necks for the further development of Latin America. Some scholars, especially in China, identify the phenomenon of Latin American inequalities as the “Latin American Trap” of development. Urbanization is an irreversible process in China. From the 1980’s to the present, the urbanization rate (the weight of the urban population in total) has doubled, from less than 25% to more than 50%. At the same time, income inequality in China is becoming more and more serious. The GINI index was only just over 0.20 at the beginning of 1980’s, but currently it is about 0.50.  China is trying to avoid the “Latin American Trap” while promoting urbanization as a strategic engine for further development. In this presentation, Xie Wenze will examine what urbanization and inequalities mean for China’s new dream and what can China learn from Latin America.
Xie Wenze received his BA in history from Qufu Normal University in Shandong Province, an MA in history from Nankai University in Tianjin City, and his Ph.D. in World Economy from the Graduate School of China Academy of Social Science in Beijing. He is a Chinese economist who began his formal research on Latin American economy in 1995. His research has included the study of industrial structure, industrialization, cities and national development, urban development, rural development, income distribution, and public policies for sustainable development. In March of 2004 through March of 2005, he studied in the Institute of Economic Studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as a Visiting Scholar. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at CILAS, UCSD.

U.S. Cold War policy toward Latin America, 1945-1969

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 3-4:30 PM, Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

During the Cold War Era, the United States and Soviet Union took comprehensive measures to strive for world hegemony. Both attempted to export their ideology, social system and values to the world, especially to developing countries and areas for the sake of maximizing their own national interest. As an important part of the traditional sphere of influence of the Third World and United States, Latin America inevitably became the target which the U.S. and Soviet Union struggled to obtain. The nationalist developmental requirements of Latin American countries were trapped in the paradox of North-South tensions and East-West antagonism. This not only made it more difficult for them to reach independent development, but also complemented multi-level Cold War features.                                                                                      

This paper shows the origins and adjustment of the U.S. Cold War policy toward Latin America from 1945 to 1969, and the relation game between defense security and economic development as the common thread. The principal purpose is to reveal the essence of U.S.-Latin American policy, the regular patterns of their relations, and how the Cold War changed the Third World situation.

Juan Du received her BA in History from Northeast Normal University in Jilin Province. She received an MA and PhD in World History from Nankai University in Tianjin City. She is a Chinese historian whose research focuses on the relation between the United States' interest and regional development of Latin America, and the history of international relations during the Cold War period. She is a Research Associate at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. Furthermore,  she has published some articles in different Chinese academic journals.

US Official and Public Reactions to Mexico's Oil Nationalization: New Insights

 Thursday, February 7, 2013, 3-4:30 PM

Deutz Room Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Oil has been an important factor in world history and politics since the early 20th century. The Soviet Union was the first country to nationalize private oil companies (1918), Bolivia second in 1937 and Mexico third in 1938. The oil controversy in US-Mexican relations in the first half of the 20th century generated a great deal of interest in the Soviet Union and continues to attract attention in Russia.  The experience that the US and Mexico shared during and after expropriation of American oil companies in Mexico were unique because they were neighboring states, with many ties. Russian archives provided me with one angle on the action-reaction dynamic and access to resources in the US provides another. My goal is to synthesize these resources to generate new insights into the nationalization process and discuss their relevance to oil and politics today.

Olga Kornilova is a Fulbright fellow from Russia. She had the honor to obtain a Fulbright grant and in October 2012 came to UCSD as a Fulbright Visiting Researcher to gather material for her dissertation. Olga graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) as a specialist in History and Political Science in 2010. She majored in Political Science and American Studies at the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of European and American Countries. In her last year, she worked at the State Duma as a Deputy Assistant Volunteer. During that experience, she realized the significance of working as a scholar and researcher, and moved into a PhD program.  After completing her dissertation, she would like to develop special courses, such as US-Mexico Relations and Oil Issues, and How America Deals with Global Oil Issues, for students majoring in American Studies at Lomonosov MSU.

Invisible entrepreneurs: women in business during the 1870s-1900s in Chile

Thursday, January 31, 2013,  3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The relationship between the level of economic development and female involvement in economic activity during and after the industrial revolution has been theorized and empirically studied in several countries. Earlier research suggested that the participation of women in the labor force followed a U-shaped pattern, and several explanations of this phenomenon had been proposed. This pattern however has been challenged recently for industrialized countries by works relying on alternative, non-census data sources, indicating that female participation in economic activity in the past was systematically underestimated by census data.

This work studies the relative validity of the U-shape hypothesis regarding the involvement of women in economic activity in a developing early industrial economy, Chile between the 1870s and the 1900s, by examining alternative non-census official sources: the national trademark registration system and Santiago´s business license registry. The study follows a recent trend in research that provides a contradictory portrayal regarding the evolution of female economic activity compared to the popular U-shape hypothesis of female participation rates throughout different stages of economic and industrial development, according to census data. The analysis reveals a 19th century economy in Chile where women engaged dynamically and increasingly in business activity in many mainstream economic sectors as well as in elite niches. The data analyzed suggests a degree of invisibility of female's economic activity in Census data during this period.

Bernardita Escobar Andrae received her BA in Economics at the University of Chile, and her PhD and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. She is currently an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University Diego Portales. Her research draws on the history and implications of the Industrial property system in Chile, gender economics, and business history. She has received research grants and awards from the Ford Foundation, King's College Cambridge, Cambridge Overseas Trust, and other bodies. In her professional career, she has been an advisor to the Chilean Minister of Economic Affairs for delegations negotiating several international Treaties on Intellectual Property Rights and Trade. She was also the Head of the Chilean Industrial Property Office between 2006-2008.  She is currently a Visiting Scholar in CILAS, UCSD.

The expansion of education and the evolution of Intergenerational Economic Mobility in Chile

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 3-4:30 pm
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Expanding education is widely believed to be the main means of enhancing social mobility and promoting equality of opportunity in the long term. As the argument goes, policies like compulsory secondary education and expanding tertiary education would open access to the privileged positions in the social ladder, and make people´s socioeconomic status fundamentally determined by individual effort and merit. However, there is limited knowledge about whether such education reforms and expanding education more generally trigger improvements in intergenerational social mobility. This paper examines these issues by analyzing the evolution of intergenerational educational and economic mobility in recent decades in Chile, a country that has experienced substantial education reforms paired with sustained economic growth since the 1980s, and where average years of schooling and access to tertiary education has increased rapidly.

This paper finds that the expansion of education in recent decades is associated with increased intergenerational educational mobility. However, this has failed to transform itself into more intergenerational economic mobility. We argue that other sources of intergenerational socioeconomic persistence such as class-segregation in the Chilean education system, class-discrimination in the labor market and household-level intergenerational effects may have limited the transformation of increased educational mobility into economic mobility. Hence, Chilean society remains highly rigid in comparative perspective in spite of the remarkable expansion of education of recent decades.

Javier Núñez received his BA in Economics from the University of Chile, and his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. He is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Economics at the University of Chile. His research interests include applied Game Theory, the economics of labor-market discrimination, inequality of opportunity and intergenerational social mobility in Chile. He has received research grants and awards from Conicyt-Chile, the Ford Foundation, the British Council and University of Chile. Núñez was a visiting scholar at the Centre of Latin American Studies in the University of Cambridge in 2009, and was the Director of the School of Economics and Business of Universidad de Chile in 2010-2011.

China's relations with Venezuela: political and economic opportunities and challenges for China 

Thursday, January  17, 2013, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

 Motivated by rapid economic growth, China has emerged to be a global player in the past three decades and seeks to expand its presence in remote regions including Latin America. It is noteworthy that Venezuela, a country geographically far from East Asia and without conventional ties with China, is seeking to enhance political and economic partnership with it. In fact, the bilateral relations have undergone a rapid development since the late 1990s because of President Hugo Chavez's pursuit of close partnership with major powers in the world which facilitates his radical domestic reform.  However, the rapid development is also a result of China's increasing involvement in Latin America that allows it to gain weight over regional affairs. This talk seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges for China from the unconventional bilateral relationship and tries to analyze the prospects for China to project its power into new frontiers like Latin America.

Peng Wang received his BA in English Literature and MA in History from Shanxi University and his Ph.D. from the Graduate School at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). He is a Chinese political scientist who works in the Department of Latin American Political Studies of the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS), CASS. He began his formal research on Latin American politics and especially Venezuelan politics in 2004 when Hugo Chavez and other leftist rulers in the region began to attract increasing attention in China. His research includes Hugo Chavez's socialist idea, political development in Venezuela, and Chinese-Venezuelan relations. He has received a research grant from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences for 2012-2013 which has given him the opportunity to be a Visiting Scholar at CILAS.

Fall 2012

The identity of Latin American journalists inside professional networks: regional and global integration through cultural speeches

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

The main purpose of this seminar is to understand the contemporary identities of journalists and how they are formed through regional and global influences; and also the organizations models in fellowships, as environments that produce a continental and multicultural network. The main case study is the professional network Programa Balboa para Jóvenes Periodistas Iberoamericanos, an organization that includes over 240 journalists in Latin America.  I will compare it with some US fellowship centers for journalists, such as the ones in Harvard, MIT, Columbia, CUNY and Stanford. I will show the stages and themes of my research, such as myths in Latin America, concepts of Identity, economic and political context of Latin America, and professional networks and their systems of organization.

Edson Capoano is a journalist and has an MA in Communication and Semiotics. He has two specializations, environmental and Ibero-American journalism. Currently, he is a communication professor and researcher at the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie. He is writing his Ph.D. dissertation at  the University of Sao Paulo (USP), in the Programa de Ciências da Integração da América Latina (PROLAM). At this time, he is a Visiting Graduate Student in CILAS, UCSD.

Mexico: Through your eyes and ours
News Framing of Mexico's Image through Comparison of US and Chinese Media Coverage

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 3-4:30 PM

Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

How do you see Mexico? Is it a close neighboring country where people don't speak English and prefer tacos rather than hamburgers? Is it a horrible and dangerous place beset by violence, drug war, crime and poverty? Or is it a swelling middle-class society which remains among the top 10 most-visited tourist destinations in the world? What is the true image of Mexico? In this seminar, I will compare the ways in which Chinese mass media, represented by the People's Daily, and US media, represented by the New York Times, have portrayed the image of Mexico during the last 2 years. Using news framing analysis, this study is aimed to find the factors that take part in shaping Mexico's different image in the US and Chinese media, and the impact of image on the public perception of Mexico.

Yuanpei Zhang received his BA in Spanish Literature from the Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is a Chinese journalist who has been working for almost eight years in Xinhua News Agency, one of China's most important official media. He reported China's domestic news in Spanish when he was abroad and conducted interviews of events that related to Spain and Latin American countries. He served between 2007 and 2010 as a correspondent of Xinhua in Argentina, Mexico and Costa Rica in which he reported local news for the Chinese audience. His research interests include economic development and foreign trade, international relations, communication and foreign policies.

Past Seminars

Other Events 2018-2019

Spring 2019

Challenges and Opportunities on the Road to Cleaner Energy
University of California, San Diego
May 21, 2019
Location: Village West Bldg. 2, Room 2-C

An important element in efforts to reduce global warming is the use of non-fossil fuels for the generation of electricity, solar and wind being major examples. A major barrier to the introduction of renewable energy generation is the lack of energy storage, which limits most renewable technologies to times when the energy resource is available. Batteries are one of several options to provide that energy storage, both for stationary and mobile applications. The most common type of battery utilized today is the lithium-ion battery, which utilizes the element lithium as a major component.

As the global economy depends more and more on electricity as an energy commodity, the demand for lithium has increased dramatically. In 2017, global demand for lithium was 43,000 tones, with Australia and Chile being the top two producers. Projected demand estimates vary widely, but demand from battery makers are projected to double by 2027. The market for lithium is difficult to predict because there are many sources of lithium that would become commercial at certain price thresholds, lithium itself is recyclable, and there is a great deal of engineering research pursuing non-lithium storage possibilities.

Most lithium is obtained by extracting natural lithium-rich brines and concentrating the minerals further by solar evaporation. The world’s top 3 lithium-producing countries are Australia, Chile and Argentina. In fact, the intersection of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina make up the region known as the Lithium Triangle. The Lithium Triangle is known for its high quality salt flats including Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni, Chile's Salar de Atacama, and Argentina's Salar de Olaroz. The Lithium Triangle is believed to contain over 75% of existing known lithium reserves. Chile is the leading producer, followed by Argentina. Both countries recover lithium from brine pools. Brine deposits are found in South America throughout the Andes mountain chain due to the confluence of lithium-containing rocks, closed basins that capture water and extreme aridity that concentrates dissolved lithium and other minerals.

Indigenous and other local communities are concerned about the environmental effects of extracting groundwater for lithium mining, including damage to delicate and unique ecosystems and disruption of traditional cosmologies and ways of life. In areas where lithium is mined, indigenous peoples are impacted to varying degrees, but have little or no say as to how the mining operations are conducted. The extent and urgency of these environment impacts are increasing as the market for lithium expands and technological innovations in energy storage develop.

●9 -9:30 Continental Breakfast and Registration
●9:30-10 Introductions: David Mares, CILAS Director; Alan Sweedler, CILAS Sr. Fellow
●10:00-12:00 Science and Technology of Lithium Batteries Moderator: David Mares
Panelist: geology and market Emily Hirsh, Lithium market analyst, Argentina
Panelist: Science and Technology of Lithium Batteries Mike Ferry, Center for Energy Research, UCSD
Panelist: Climate Change, Health & Environment Scrips Institute of Oceanography (Tarik Benmarhnia or Corey Gabriel)
●12:00-1:00 Lunch
●1:00-3:00 Afternoon Panel & Discussion Moderator: Luis Martin-Cabrera, Department of Literature, UCSD
Panelist: Governance and Sustainable Development Gordon McCord, School of Global Policy and Strategy, UCSD Panelist: Bolivian policymaking Juan Carlos Zuleta, Economist and Lithium Analyst
Panelist: Social License to Operate John McNeese, lawyer & Sr. Fellow, Center for US-Mexico Studies, UCSD
●3:00-3:15 Coffee Break
●3:15 – 4:00 Wrap up and Discussion led by Alan Sweedler and David Mares


CILAS Graduate Symposium

Presentations given by recipients of the Tinker Field Research Grant

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10 AM -3:30 PM
Deutz Room, Copley Building,Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

●Panel 1 Moderator Matthew Vitz, Professor, History 10 AM - 11:30 AM
Cavole, Leticia-SIO
“The Influence of Temperature, Oxygen and Fisheries Pressure on Fish Growth”

Meira, Raduan-LAS
Awakening the Giant: Understanding Brazilian New Polarization”

Ng, Jessica-SIO
“Paleo-Water Table Depth Reconstruction in the Atacama Desert: Preliminary Field Survey”

Santillian, Julianna-Anthropology
“Embodied Transnational Connections in the Middle Horizon (A.D. 500-1100) Tiwanaku State”

●Panel 2 Moderator Heidi Feldman, Visiting Scholar, CILAS 12 PM - 1:30 PM
LeNeave, Kimiko-History
“Rhythms of the Revolution: Sociopolitical Intersections of Music in the Cuban Cold War”

Ribeiro, Germano-Sociology
“When Elites Cannot Resist Taxation: The Case of Soybean Export Taxes in Argentina in the 21st Century”

Zuniga, Paolo-Visual Arts
“Lacustrine Vessel”

●Panel 3 Moderator Amy Cimini, Assistant Professor, Music 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Arvey, Savitri-GPS
Mexico's Policy Towards the Migrants deported From the US 2008-2018

Blair, Addison-LAS
“In the shadow of the cross: Emergent Protestantism meets Catholicism in Brazil, 1930-1945”

Gluckman, Maxie -Ed. Studies
“Ego Network Analysis of Teachers in under-resourced, geographically dispersed schools in Honduras”

Rubio, Juan David Music
“Finding the popular subject in the voice of Julio Jaramillo”

Winter 2019

CILAS Graduate Symposium

Presentations given by recipients of the Tinker Field Research Grant

Thursday, February 21, 2019
10 AM -1:30 PM
Deutz Room, Copley Building,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Panel 1
10 AM - 11:30 AM, Moderator Ricardo Dominguez, Associate Professor, Visual Arts

“Indigenous health, access to care, and migration in the Guatemalan western rural highlands border region”
Speaker-Haley Ciborowski, Family Medicine and Public Health

“Post-dictatorship Youth: Understanding & Enacting Social Change in Chile”
Speaker-Madelyn Boots, Anthropology

“The Broken Ear: Visual conditions for colonial and military architectures in Puerto Rico”
Speaker-Francisco J. Fresneda, Visual Arts

Panel 2
12 PM - 1:30 PM, Moderator Alison G. Wishard Guerra, Associate Professor, Education Studies

“Selecting Good Politicians in the Presence of Cyclical Exogenous Shocks and Endogenous Candidate Entry: Evidence from Brazil”
Kathryn Baragwanath Vogel, Political Science

“The Magnetic Frontier: Urbanization and the Making of the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1920-1997”
Kevan Malone, History

“Access and success in higher education for Indigenous youth: A case study in Argentina”
Zaynab Gates, Education Studies


"The Brazilian election: A turning point in Brazil and Latin America?"

Thursday, October 25, 2018
12-1:30 PM
Cramb Room/Library, Gildred/LAS Building,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

Germano Ribeiro
UC San Diego PhD Student, Sociology

Marcela Machado
CILAS Visiting Graduate Student, University of Brasilia, Brazil

Vitor Vazquez
Political Science Visiting Graduate Student, University of Campinas, Brazil

Other Events 2017-2018

CILAS Graduate Symposium

Presentations given Recipients of the CILAS Dissertation/Thesis Travel Funds


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD


PANEL 1   Moderator K. Wayne Yang, Associate Professor                                                         

Time: 10-11:30 AM • Location: Cramb Room in the Gildred/LAS Building


Los Promiscuos, Pirujas & Cabronas: Theorizing the Bra-Throwing Ritual of Jenni Rivera's Performance Phenomenon

Speaker: Yessica Garcia-Hernández, Ethnic Studies


Mexico City and Sonora Market: Art, Commodity, Cacophony, and Witchcraft (Travelers’ Tales, Research and Colonial Discomfort)

Speaker: Catherine Czacki, Visual Arts         


Political Medicine and the Body Politic: The Sciences of Power, Prosperity, and Population in the Portuguese Atlantic (1720-1808)  

Speaker: Patricia Martins Marcos, History    


PANEL 2    Moderator: Francisco Garfias, Assistant Professor                                                         

Time: 10-11:30 AM • Location: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center


Economic Elites and Tax Reforms in Mexico (1990-2014).

Speaker: Germano Ribeiro Fernandes da Silva, Sociology         


Hidden Water: Groundwater Dynamics of a Tropical Mountain Range in Puerto Rico

Speaker: Emma Jayne Harrison-SIO


Over the threshold: the effect of initial disturbance severity and stingray foraging on the resilience of Thalassia testudinum communities

Speaker: Abigail Cannon, SIO  


Press Freedom and Media Power: Comparative Analysis of Media and Politics in Latin America, the Case of Ecuador Speaker: Manel Palos Pons-Communication


PANEL 3    Moderator: John-Andrew McNeish, Professor                                                         

Time: 12-1:30 PM • Location: Cramb Room in the Gildred/LAS Building


Developing Women’s Rights: The Importance of “Middle Figures” for Reproductive Justice in Rural Guatemala. Speaker: Marianinna Villavicencio, Anthropology    


Sustainable Economics: Ecovillages and projects of socioeconomic inclusion in Brazil

Speaker: Taciana Pontes Durrant-Anthropology     


The emergence of settled village life in the mangrove estuary of the Soconusco and the coevolution of humans and their environment

Speaker: James Talmadge Daniels, Anthropology  


PANEL 4    Moderator: Jessica L. Graham, Assistant Professor                                              

Time: 12-1:30 PM • Location: Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center


From Quitu to Quito: 16th & 20th Centuries Making and (Re) Making of the City

Speaker: Maria Celleri, Ethnic Studies


Indigenous health, access to care, and migration in the Guatemalan western rural highlands border region

Speaker: Haley Ciborowski, Family Medicine/Public Health      


Public Health, Social Expenditure, and the Colombian State 1802 – 1930                                               

Speaker: Edwin Lopez Rivera, History


Race and Legislative Behavior.

Speaker: Andrew Janusz, Political Science   

Other Events 2016-2017

Winter 2017


March 2-4, 2017




9:00-9:30        MALAMUD ROOM

Inauguración: Brian E. C. Schottlaender (The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego) y Melissa Floca (Directora Interina del Centro de Estudios EEUU-México, University of California, San Diego)

9:30-10:30      MALAMUD ROOM

Conferencia Magistral, Mary Kay Vaughan, Emeritus, University of Maryland

10:45-12:15    Mesa 1  MALAMUD ROOM

Mujeres como activistas y feministas

Comentarista: Gabriela Cano, Colegio de México

  1. Josefina Manjarrez Rosas, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, “La participación política de las mujeres poblanas: el análisis de las gestiones de las primeras mujeres que ocuparon un puesto de representación popular, 1957-1961”
  1. Claudia Tania Rivera Mendoza, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Las oficinas de El Hogar, un cuartel feminista”
  2. Flor de María Salazar Mendoza, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, “Asunción Izquierdo A: una escritora provinciana y sus ideas feministas en 1938” [Participación/Presentación Virtual]

12:15-1:30      Comida  (Para Ponientes) MALAMUD ROOM

1:30-3:00        Mesa 2  MALAMUD ROOM

Mujeres como artistas, intelectuales, y profesionales en un contexto transfronterizo

Comentarista: María Teresa Fernández, CIESAS Occidental, Guadalajara

  1. Luz Elena Galván, Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social. Ciudad de México, y Lucía Martínez Moctezuma, UAE Morelos, “Contacto cultural entre México y Estados Unidos: Rosaura Zapata y su proyecto de educación de párvulos”
  2. Rosario Margarita Vásquez Montaño, El Colegio de México, “Ethel Duffy Turner, una trayectoria desde la frontera. Apuntes para una biografía política e intelectual”
  3. Dulze María Pérez Aguirre, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, “Ampliando las fronteras del muralismo mexicano: la obra mural de Grace Greenwood en la Ciudad de México y en Lexington, KY (1935 y 1939)”

3:15-4:45        Mesa 3 MALAMUD ROOM

Migración y la transformación de papeles de género

Comentarista: Abigail Andrews, University of California San Diego

  1. Alina Méndez, University of California, San Diego, “Migración familiar dentro del programa bracero: Vida y trabajo en la frontera Mexicali-Valle Imperial”
  1. Beatriz Martínez Corona, Colegio de Postgraduados, Campus Puebla, “Migración y retorno de mujeres adultas de una comunidad indígena nahua. Transformaciónes identitarias y cambio social, Ozolco, Calpan, Puebla”
  2. Abigail C. Wheatley, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, “La Jefatura materna: la lidereza de la mujer y la regeneración de prácticas comunitarias en Agua Fria Juxtlahuaca”



9:00-10:30       Mesas 4 y 5 (sesiones simultáneas)



Mujeres trabajadoras

Comentarista: Dana Velasco Murillo, University of California San Diego

  1. Marie Francois, California State University, Channel Islands, “La integración de negocios comerciales y domésticos en la Ciudad de México”
  1. Lilia Esthela Bayardo Rodriguez, El Colegio de Jalisco, “El costo social de la moda: el nivel de vida entre las familias de costureras en la ciudad de México en 1914 y 1921”


Mújeres en la página

Sin Comentarista: Presentación Virtual

Claudia Adriana López Ramírez y Alicia Ramírez Olivares, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, “La poesía de Rita Cetina Gutiérrez como punto de partida para los estudios de las relaciones erótico afectivas en la literatura de mujeres” [Participación/Presentación Virtual]

10:45-12:15    Mesa 6 MALAMUD ROOM

Construcciones de género: La interdependencia entre feminidad y masculinidad

Comentarista: Anne Rubenstein, York University

  1. Susie Porter, University of Utah, “De obreras, señoritas, obreros y empleados: masculinidades y feminidades entre los y las telefonistas, ciudad de México, 1920s”
  2. Nichole Sanders, Lynchburg College, “Genero, catolicismo, y consumo: visiones alternativas del milagro mexicano”
  3. María Concepción Marquez Sandoval, University of Arizona, "Transvestismo y androginia en las danzas de conquista en la región mexicana del Bajío"

1:30-3:00         Mesas 7 y 8 (sesiones simultáneas)


No me quedó de otra: Conversando con mujeres empresarias

Comentarista: Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Universidad de California San Diego

  1. Gizelle Guadalupe Macías González, Centro Universitario de los Altos, Universidad de Guadalajara, and Andrea Victoria García Arriaga, “Estrategias de gestión financiera de propietarias de micro, pequeñas y medianas empresas en Los Altos de Jalisco, México”
  2. Ericka Cecilia Montoya Zavala, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, y Maria Luz Cruz Torres, Arizona State University, “Resiliencia y emprendedurismo entre mujeres en Sinaloa, México”
  3. Magdalena Barros Nock, Centro de Investigación en Antropología Social, Tlalpan, “Mujeres migrantes empresarias en zonas rurales de California”


Género, movilidad, y sexualidad: Mujeres indígenas en Monterrey

Comentarista: Nancy Postero, University of California San Diego

  1. Esther Cruz Cruz, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, “Autonomía y ejercicio de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos para las mujeres indígenas migrantes en el estado de Nuevo León”
  2. Julieta Martínez Martínez, Centro de Estudios Interculturales del Noreste, Universidad Regiomontana, “Nuevas configuraciones en los papeles de género a partir de la emigración de universitarias indígenas a Monterrey”
  3. Raquel Pacheco, University of California, San Diego, “Silenciosas y pasivas? Percepciones de alteridad racial, étnica, y de género en el area metropolitana de Monterrey”

3:15-4:45         Paneles 9 y 10 (sesiones simultáneas)


Mujeres y catolicismo en la frontera (1921-1980s)

Comentarista: Christine Hunefeldt

  1. Pahola Sánchez Vega, Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, “Organizaciónes de mujeres católicas en Tijuana, BC y San Ysidro, CA, 1921-1935”
  2. Alexandra Puerto, Occidental College, “Monjas refugiadas: la diáspora cristera y el hospital Santa Teresita en Los Angeles, 1927-1955”
  3. Elizabeth Cejudo, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, “Acción colectiva y género: mujeres contra la campaña desfanatizadora en Sonora (1932-1936)”


Negociando lo personal, profesional, y lo político: Mujeres Activistas II

Comentarista: Alexandra Puerto, Occidental College

  1. Hiram Félix Rosas, Universidad de Sonora, and Heidy Anhely Zúniga, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, “La educación religiosa y la formación de la mujer fronteriza. Mexicali, Baja California durante el siglo XX”
  2. Saúl Espino Armendáriz, El Colegio de México, “Las redes trasnacionales de las católicas liberacionistas: colaboración entre grupos mexicanos y estadounidenses de las décadas de los sesenta, setenta y ochenta”
  3. Yin-Zu Chen, University of California San Diego Visiting Scholar, “Entre lo personal y lo político: Las prácticas de intimidad de las jóvenes feministas”



9:00-10:30       Mesa 11 MALAMUD ROOM

Construcciónes de género durante y después de la revolución mexicana

Comentarista: Heather Fowler Salamini, Bradley University

  1. María Teresa Fernández Aceves, El Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, “Diarios personales durante la revolución mexicana, 1910-1917” [Participación/Presentación Virtual]
  2. Cristina Alvizo Carranza, El Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, “Del obrero combativo al domesticado. Construcciones masculinas durante y después de la Revolución Mexicana. El caso de los tranviarios de Guadalajara (1914-1934)”
  3. Saúl Iván Hernández Juárez, El Colegio de México, “Chineras o nuevas malinches: condiciones de las sonorenses casadas con chinos, 1923-1933”

10:45-12:15     Mesa 12 MALAMUD ROOM

Masculinidad y homosexualidad en el México moderno

Comentarista: Nichole Sanders, Lynchburg College

  1. Rob Franco, Duke University, “Las sombras de los cuarenta y uno”
  2. Kevin Chrisman, York University, “La catedral de la homosexualidad en México: cuerpos masculinos y espacios de género en Sanborns, 1960s-presente”
  3. Ageeth Sluis, Butler University, “Brujos fronterizos en movimiento: aventuras de nueva era en el México mágico de los hongos”



1:15-2:45         Mesa 13 SEUSS ROOM

Recursos y educación digitales

Comentarista: Sarah Buck Kachaluba, University of California San Diego

  1. Camelia Romero Millán, Biblioteca Daniel Cosío Villegas de El Colegio de México, “Colección digital de fuentes de información de historia de las mujeres y género en México”
  2. Juliette Levy, University of California, Riverside “Revolución en los archivos”
  3. Eva Cabrejas, University College Cork, Ireland, “Encuentros creativos: mujeres indígenas zapatistas y su interacción con la cultura cibernética” [Participación/Presentación Virtual]

3:00-3:45         Discusión final SEUSS ROOM

Identities are Changeable: A Conversation with Miguel Zenón
Wednesday, February 22, 2-3:30 pm.
UCSD Warren Lecture Hall 2154/Studio B (South entrance, Matthews Lane)

Sponsored by UCSD Departments of Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, and Music;
Studio for Ethnographic Design; Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies

In his mixed-media project "Identities are Changeable" (Miel Music, 2014), jazz saxophonist Miguel Zenón explored Puerto Rican identity in New York through interviews and music. Here he will present this work and discuss tradition and innovation in identity, language, and music with Ana Celia Zentella (Ethnic Studies, UCSD), Kamau Kenyatta (Music, UCSD), and Sandro Duranti (Anthropology, UCLA).

About the Speaker: Grammy nominee, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellow, member of the SF Jazz Collective, Miguel Zenón was born and raised in Puerto Rico. The Miguel Zenón Quartet will perform in concert at The Loft on Feb. 22 at 8 pm.

This workshop is free and open to the public. For further information, contact


Spring 2017

CILAS Graduate Symposium
Presentations given by Tinker Field Research Grant Recipients

Thursday, February 9, 2017
10 AM-2:30 PM, Deutz Room in the Copley International
Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

●PANEL 1 MODERATOR DAVID E. PEDERSEN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR                                                                    

TIME 10-11:30 AM

“A New Framework for Understanding Political Engagement Among the Post-Dictatorship Generation in Chile”
Boots, Madelyn-Anthropology PhD Student

“Nuka Sumak Chagra, 'My Beautiful Garden': The Ontological Foundations of Agrarian Politics among Kichwa-speaking Peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon”
Ramirez, Belinda-Anthropology PhD Student


TIME: 1 TO 2:30PM

“Distribution of Rents from Copper in Chile and its Effects on Accountability”
Baragwanath-Vogel, Kathryn-Political Science PhD Student

“The Racial Dimension of Brazilian Elections”
Janusz, Andrew-Political Science PhD Student

“Shaping Good Women and Productive Citizens: Anti-Trafficking Care Work and Social Reproductive Labor in Baja California, Mexico”
Lodermeier, Vanessa –Anthropology PhD Student


CILAS Graduate Symposium

Presentations given by Tinker Field Research Grant Recipients

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

PANEL 1   Moderator Mark Hanna, Associate Professor                       Time 10-11:30 AM  
“Historical Determinants of Current Resistance to Neoliberalism in Chile by Former Integrants of the MAPU-Lautaro and Movimiento Juvenil Lautaro” Speaker: Christopher Brennan-LAS MA Student                                                                                                                                 

“An Analysis of the Last Will and Testaments of Common Nahua Women: Early Colonial Coyoacán 1560-1631”  Speaker: Remington Kruger-LAS MA Student             

“Sea Changes Upon the Land: Pacific Merchants, Franciscan Missionaries, and Californio Rancheros, 1815-1846” Speaker: Graeme Mack-History PhD Student    

PANEL 2    Moderator: Christine Hunefeldt, Professor               Time: 12:00 TO 1:30 PM
“Biennial Places. inSITE and the production of local authenticity for global audiences in the U.S./Mexico border” Speaker: Paloma Checa-Gismero-Visual Arts PhD Student                                                                                                                                                                                              

“Indigenous health and access to care on the rural Honduran Miskito Coast” Speaker: Haley Ciborowski-Family Medicine & Public Health PhD Student

“Luchadoras: Central American Migrant Women Navigating through Externalization of Borders, Human Rights Violations and Abuse with Resiliency, Agency and Courage.” Speaker: Yesenia Sanchez Garcia, -LAS MA Student             
PANEL 3    Moderator: Mariana Wardwell, Associate Professor         Time: 2:30 TO 4 PM
“Quito’s Growth in the 1970s: Exploring the Role of Mass Media” Speaker: Maria Celleri-Ethnic Studies PhD Student                                                                                                                                                                                              

“Social Reproduction and Household Workers’ Unions in early 1970s Chile” Speaker: Camila Gavin-Ethnic Studies PhD Student                                                                                                                                                                                              

“The Militarization of Everyday Urban Life: An Urban Ethnographic Study in Southern Mexico” Speaker: Krys Ramirez Mendez-Ethnic Studies PhD Student                                                                                                                                                                                              

“The origin of an Implicit Body: Dance and Embodied Spirits in Contemporary Venezuela” Speaker:  Veronica Santiago Moniello, -Theater Dance MFA Student 


Other Events 2015-2016

CILAS Graduate Symposium
Presentations given by Tinker Field Research Grant Recipients with the
generous support of the Graduate Division

Thursday, May 12, 2016
10 AM-3:30 PM, Deutz Room and CILAS Library, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
Lunch 11:30 AM to 12 PM

●Panel 1 Moderator: Curtis Marez, Associate Professor/Chair Deutz Room Time 10-11:30 AM
Christina Green, Ethnic Studies, Journey to Banana Land: Race and Gender in Afro-Caribbean Labor Migration to Honduras and the United States
Emily Little, Psychology, Examining maternal responsiveness to infant cues during breastfeeding in Guatemala
Natalie Novick, Sociology, Startup Chile Five Years On: International Entrepreneurs and the Attraction of Chilecon Valley

●Panel 2 Moderator: Christine Hunefeldt, Professor CILAS Library Time 12-1:30 PM
Gabriela López, LAS, Popular Education, Gender and Solidarity: From housekeepers to educators
The experience of empowerment through the teaching of ten Ecuadorean indigenous women
Sofía Lana, LAS, Women surviving in and out prison in Quito: Weaving alternative lives through the sale of drugs
Weijun Yuan, LAS, State Responses and Protest Tactics: The Case of the Chilean Student Movements (2011–2015)

●Panel 3 Moderator: Margaret Schoeninger, Professor Deutz Room Time 12-1:30 PM
Christopher Méndez Ramírez, Ethnic Studies, The New Military Urbanism in Chiapas:
Urban Security Regimes, Migrant Detentions, and the Militarization of the Southern Mexican Border
Giacomo Gaggio, Anthropology, Food and Identity in the Tiwanaku State: a view from the lowland site of Rio Muerto, Moquegua, Peru
Susana Aguilera, LAS, "Alternative Security: Autonomous Indigenous Policing in Cherán, Michoacán"

●Panel 4 Moderator: Nancy Postero, Associate Professor Deutz Room Time 2-3:30 PM
Amy Kennemore, Anthropology, “Interrogating ‘lo comunitario:’ Activist and Collaborative Research in the Rural Highlands of Bolivia
Alexia Arani, Anthropology, “We’re All the Same”: Affect, Unity, and the Politics of Empathy in a Study Abroad Semester
Marianinna Villavicencio, Anthropology, The Road towards Superación: the Role of Development in Constructing and Mediating an Indigenous Subjectivities in Guatemala
Nicole Letourneau, Anthropology, My Country Needs a Ronald Reagan”: Inequality and Invisibility in Santiago, Chile.

●Panel 5 Moderator: Luis Alvarez, Associate Professor CILAS Library Time 2-3:30 PM
Johnathan Abreu, History, Frontiers beyond Abolition: Fugitive Slave Communities in Pará amd Maranhão Brazil
Jorge Ramirez, History, Coffee and Violence: Oaxaca’s Triqui Community in Post-Revolutionary Mexico
Nikola Bulajic, LAS, Céu do Mapiá - Social Organization and the Role of Ayahuasca in the Amazonian Santo Daime Community
Troy Kokinis, History, The Comisión de Solidaridad and Biblioteca Popular Jose Ingenieros: A Story of an Anarchist Archive/“Safe House” during Dirty War-era Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1973-85

CILAS Graduate Symposium
Presentations given by Tinker Field Research Grant Recipients

Thursday, February 18, 2016
10 AM-1:30 PM, Deutz Room in the Copley International
Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Panel 1 Moderator: Matthew Vitz, Assistant Professor Time 10-11:30 AM
Amie Campos, History, Field Research conducted in Chile
“Cartographic Processes in the Araucania Region (1883-1889)”
James Deavenport, History, Field Research conducted in Colombia
“Encountering the State: Local, Regional, and Global Networks from the End of the Colonial Period to the Rise of the Nation State (1780-1830)”
Kevan Antonio Aguilar, History, Field Research conducted in Mexico
“Revolutionary Encounters: Mexican Radicals and Spanish Exiles in Post-Revolutionary Mexico, 1917-1975”
Paloma Checa Gismero, Visual Arts, Field Research conducted in Cuba
“Two socially engaged art projects in the 12th Biennial de La Habana: bridging the global art biennial with local civil society”

Panel 2 Moderator: Shelley Streeby, Professor Time 12-1:30 PM
Andrew Janusz, Political Science, Field Research conducted in Brazil
“Racial Representation and Policy Outcomes in Brazil”
Maria Celleri, Ethnic Studies, Field Research conducted in Ecuador
“Urban Re-structuring in the Era of Neoliberalism: A Historical Analysis of the Formation of Quito at the End of the 20th Century”

Brazil Fair

Thursday, January 28, 2016

11 AM- 5 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Malamud Conference Room, Weaver Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
●11AM-11:30 AM Is Brazil Falling?
Igor Acácio, Fulbright Visiting Research Student Institute of Social and Political Studies of the State University of Rio de Janeiro (IESP-UERJ)

Karina Rodrigues, Visiting Graduate Student Brazilian School of Public and Business Administration (EBAPE)-Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV)

Elections                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Andrew Janusz, Graduate Student Researcher, UCSD                                                                                                                                                                     

●11:30 AM-12 PM Speak Portuguese
Denise Paladini, Lecturer, UCSD

●12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

●1:45 PM-3 PM Music: Bossa Nova Trio
Samba Dance with Alexandra Tracy

●3:30 PM-5 PM Film: Trash

Other Events 2014-2015

Summer 2015

Upward Bound Summer Residential Program

Film Presentation "La Jaula de Oro"

Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 7 PM in York Hall 2622, UCSD


Spring 2015

Film Presentation ¨l’Endemਠ(The Day After)-subtitles in English

Monday, June 8, 2015,12 PM, Hojel Auditorium in the Copley International Conference Center,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Catalonia is experiencing a period of great upheaval where the
decisions made in the coming months will effect generations to come.
Although the majority of Catalans want independence, many remain understandably cautious about the implications of separating from Spain.

Through the eyes of a myriad of interviewees, The Day After examines
the advantages and pitfalls of a Catalan state: the fiscal deficit,
infrastructures, pensions, dual nationality, the EU angle, and the
boycott on Catalan goods.


Teacher Institute                                                                                                                                                                    

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9AM - 12PM                                                                                                                                                  Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) Administration Building, Room #115


CILAS Graduate Symposium
Presentations given by Tinker Field Research Grant Recipients

Thursday, May 21, 2015
Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Panel 1 Moderator: Olga Vasquez Time 10-11:30 AM
Amy Kennemore-Anthropology "Extraction, Revolution, and Plurinationalism: Rethinking Resource Extraction Narratives from Bolivia"
Jason Kjosling-Anthropology “Marine Resources at an Inland Tiwanaku Colony: Ritual-Economy in an Early Andean State”
Paloma Checa-Gismero-Visual Arts "Robarte el arte, an experimental documentary about an art biennial"
Priscilla Garcia-Anthropology “Looking for God and politics in Brazil”

Lunch 11:30AM-12PM in the Deutz room

Panel 2 Moderator: Elana Zilberg Time 12-1:30 PM
Areli Palomo-LAS “The dynamics of violence behind migration in El Salvador”
Claudia Vizcarra, LAS “Epistemic Violence and the Decolonization of the University: Comparative
Philosophies between UCSD and UNAM”
Megan Horton, LAS “Burning Memory: Amnesty against Justice? Historical Memory and Continued Polarization in Postwar El Salvador”

Panel 3 Moderator:John Blanco Time 2-3:30 PM
Amrah Salomon-Ethnic Studies “Sembrando Sueños: Decolonial Pedagogy, Indigenous Autonomy, and the Cultural Work of the Partido Liberal México”
Jorge Ramirez-Literature “Poéticas de emergencia en CADA desde la perspectiva de Diamela Eltit CADA’s Emergency poetics from the perspective of Diamela Eltit ”
Ryan Guillemette-SIO “Organic Matter Characterization and Microbial Response During A Coral Mass Spawning Event”
Troy Kokinis-History “Anarchism and Armed Struggle in Mid-Twentieth Century Rio de la Plata”

Winter 2015

CILAS Graduate Symposium
Presentations given by Tinker Field Research Grant Recipients
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Panel 1     Moderator: Tom Csordas                        Time 10-11:30AM  
Location: Cramb Library in the Gildred/LAS building at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Ellen Kozelka-Anthropology Who is the Interno?: Identity and the “Drug Addict” along the Southern California-Baja California Border
Giacomo Gaggio-Anthropology Plants of the Tiwanaku Gods: results of a PaleoEthnoBotanical analysis from the site of Omo M10A, Moquegua, Peru.
Matthew Sitek-Anthropology Community Life on the Tiwanaku Frontier: Household Archaeological Investigations in the Locumba Valley, Peru

Panel 2      Moderator: Christine Hunefeldt               Time 10-11:30AM  
Location: Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Johnathan Abreu-History Frontiers Beyond Abolition: The Legacy of Quilombos in Northern Brazil
Manuel Morales Fontanilla-History Playing Borders: Sports and Social Mobilization during the Leticia Incident (Colombia and Peru)
Sara Bivin-LAS Indigenous Territorial Rights in Panama: The Ngabe-Bugle and their Struggle for Autonomy and Control of their Comarca.
Young-Hyun Kim-History A Boy Who “Leaps through Time:” An Archival Life in Cochabamba, Bolivia

Panel 3     Moderator: Steffanie Strathdee                   Time 12-1:30 PM   
Location: Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Abigail Libbin Cannon-SIO Survey of Crustaceans, Salinity, and Benthic Cover in Shipstern Lagoon and Corozal Bay, Belize                                                                                                                                               Emily Little-Psychology Infant-caregiver Interaction and Early Social Learning in Rural Bolivia
Claudia Rafful-Global Health The Role of Public Health in Drug Policy in Uruguay and Mexico


BRASA National Conference

The Brazilian Student Association National Conference – BNC – aims to promote dynamic interactions between young talented Brazilians and leaders of key sectors of Brazil's economy such as business & public administration, technology and education. BNC will serve as a platform for prominent speakers and bright young minds to work together to come up with real-world projects and solutions that will make our beloved country a better place. Together with BRASATech, BrazUSC, and BRASA Politics, BNC is one of the four nation-wide Brazilian conferences for undergraduate and graduate students in the United States interested in Brazil. The conferences are made possible by the efforts of the national Brazilian Student Association - BRASA, which is the result of collective action from BRASA chapters from the top American Universities.

To register

Cosponsored by: Ambev, BTGPactual, CILAS, Fundação Estudar, Heinz, McKinsey&Company


Fall 2014

When: Wednesday, December 3rd from 2PM-4PM
Where: Wagner Theater, UCSD
First Floor of Galbraith Hall (GH 157)
Cost: FREE to Public

Performance will be conducted in Spanish

For more Information, Contact:
Professor Chacón:
Annette Pelayo:

This event is possible thanks to the following sponsors:
Literature Department, Cross Cultural Center, Division of Arts and Humanities, Program for Human Rights, Writing Program, Muir College, Women’s Center, CILAS, CLAH, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Ethnic Studies, Critical Gender Studies, Department of Theater and Dance


San Diego 1915.  Balboa Park and the Construction of a Cultural and Universal Individual Identity

12:30-2 PM  The Cramb Libray, in the Gildred/LAS Building,Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Miguel Ángel Sorroche Cuerva is a Professor of Art History in the University of Granada. He teaches Pre-Hispanic Arts and History of Decorative Arts (from Antiquity to Renaissance) in the Art History Bachelor's degree program.       


Fall Reception sponsored by CCIS, CILAS, LAS, and USMEX

Thursday, October 23, 2014, 3-5 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,
at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD


Summer 2014

Latin American Studies Teacher Institute

The kick-off date for the institute is Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM - 4 PM in the Deutz Room in the Institute of the Americas.


Upward Bound Summer Residential Program

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Contemporary Visions of Spain: Breaking Stereotypes about Spanish Culture, Customs and Traditions
Date: July 9, 2014
Presenter: Matilde Cordoba Azcarate (Lecturer, Communications) and Paloma Checa Gismero (PhD student, Visual Arts)

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: La Ruta Maya
Date: July 8, 2014
Presenter: Veronica Garcia Martinez (CILAS Visiting Scholar)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Screening and Discussion of his film “Mexican Dream”
Date: July 2, 2014
Presenter: Alex Ruiz Euler (Recent PhD graduate in Political Science)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Other Events 2013-2014

Spring 2014

Upward Bound Summer Residential Program

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Heritage Spanish
Date: June 30, 2014
Presenter: John Moore (Muir College Provost, Linguistics)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Presentation to Upward Bound Students: Present Problems in Spain from the Historical Perspective: Legacies from the Past and Challenges for the Future
Date: June 25, 2014
Presenter: Pedro Perez Herrero (CILAS Visiting Scholar)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD

Presentation to Upward Bound Students:  The Popul Vuh and Its Significance in Mayan Communities
Date: June 24, 2014
Presenter: Gloria Chacon (Professor, Literature)
Location: Warren Lecture Hall 2208, UCSD


CILAS Graduate Symposium

Presentations given by CILAS Travel 2013 Grant Recipients

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Panel 1 Moderator: Pamela Radcliff Time 10-11:30AM

Location: Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

1. Pablo Ahumada Pérez , Sociology

Class Consciousness in Neoliberal Society. The case of the Manual and Nonmanual Working Class in Chile.

2.James Stout, History

Breakaway nations: sport and physical culture in the creation of a popular Catalan identity during the second republic.

3.Ulices Piña, History

Unconventional Protest: Political Violence, Socialist Education, and State Formation in Rural Jalisco.

4.Christopher Stroot, History

The CEDA: The Catholic Right and the Rise and Fall of Interwar Spanish Democracy, 1931-36.

Panel 2 Moderator:Christine Hunefeldt Time 12-1:30 PM

Location: Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

1.James Shrader, History

Another Argentina: Race, the Cuban Revolution, and Visions of Redemption.

2.Manuel Morales Fontanilla, History

Rubi Gutierrez’s Mis Ideas Sobre Sport: Modern Sport and Female Emancipation in Colombia. 1910-1938

3.James Deavenport, History

The Messiahs in the Selva: Jesuit Missions, the History of Ideas, and the Continuing Struggles toward Human and Ecological Rights

In Upper Amazonia.

Panel 3 Moderator: Max Parra Time 2-3:30 PM

Location: Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

1.Kevan Aguilar, Latin American Studies

Rebelling Against the Revolution: Anarchist Formations in the Huasteca Region, 1900-1940.

2.Nora Lang, Latin American Studies

“¿Nuestro guaraní?”: Social identity, sense of belonging and Guaraní instruction in Asunción, Paraguay.

3.William C. Dawley, Anthropology

Wrestling with God: men's groups and the struggle for masculinity among the evangelical and support group movements in Costa Rica

Panel 4 Moderator: Paul S. Goldstein Time 12-1:30 PM

Location: Cramb room/library in the Gildred/LAS building at the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

1.Matthew Sitek, Anthropology

Building on Ancient Ground: excavations at a Formative Period mound and sunken court complex in the northern Titicaca Basin

2.Kyle Haines, Political Science

‘Putting the House in Order: The Politics of Ecological Crisis’

3.Meredith Meacham, Division of Global and Public Health

The Politics of Public Health in Brazil: HIV Treatment as Prevention, a Crack Use Epidemic, and Mega-Event Planning


Winter 2014

Memory and Heritage in California: The Roots and Legacy of New Spain

Presentation will be in Spanish

Professor Miguel Ángel Sorroche Cuerva
Moderator: Professor Christine Hunefeldt, UCSD History Department
James Deavenport, UCSD Ph.D. Student, History Department
Cynthia Vázquez, UCSD MA Student, LAS Program

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 3-4:30 PM
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Missions in Alta and Baja California contributed to the changes in indigenous cultural identity and the environment from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century. This talk will analyze the process of missionization from a cultural, historical, architectural, and social perspective to contemporary issues. Questions we will be exploring include: What were the effects of missionization on California and Latin America’s indigenous peoples and how did borders play a role? What are the long term effects of colonization initiatives?

Miguel Ángel Sorroche Cuerva is a Professor of Art History at the
University of Granada, and teaches Pre-Hispanic Arts and History of
decorative arts (from Antiquity to Renaissance) in the Art history
bachelor's degree program. He has been the main researcher of the
University of Granada project, "Misiones, oasis y sistemas hidráulicos:
estudio interdisciplinar del patrimonio artísitico, sociocultural y
ambiental de Baja California Sur (México)" and now he is also involved
in a project with the Ministry of Science and Innovation "Las Misiones
de Baja California (México) entre los siglos XVII y XIX. Paisaje
cultural y puesta en valor”. His publications include the following: 1)
Poblamiento y arquitectura tradicional en Granada. Patrimonio de las
Comarcas de Guadix, Baza y Tierras de Huéscar. (Granada: Universidad,
2004). Historia del Arte en Iberoamérica y Filipinas. Materiales
Didácticos I: Las culturas prehispánicas. (Universidad de Granada:


CILAS Graduate Symposium Presentations given by CILAS Travel 2013 Grant Recipients
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Panel A Moderator: Matilde Córdoba Azcarate. Time 3:30-5:00 PM
Location: CILAS Library in the Gildred/LAS Building in the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
1. Cortes, Diego- Communication.
Field Research conducted in Colombia.
“Indigenous Media and the State in Colombia; the Cases of the Misak Communication Program and the
Communication Quilt of the ACIN”
2. Dunai, Suzanne- History.
Field Research conducted in Spain.
“Cooking Politics in Postwar Spain: Food During the Times of Hunger, 1939-1952”
3. Gutierrez, Laura- History.
Field Research conducted in Mexico.
“Return or Removal?: Deportation, Return Migration and Development in Northern Mexico, 1920-1965”
4. Miller, Elizabeth- Visual Arts.
Field Research conducted in Mexico.
“The Waste Land: Robert Smithson and the Indigenous Landscape”

Panel B Moderator: Nancy Postero. Time 3:45-5:15 PM
Location: Deutz Room in the Copley Conference Center in the Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD
1. Beaulieu, Devin- Anthropology.
Field Research conducted in Bolivia.
“Precarity’s Lot: Enacting Human Rights and Indigenous Personhood in the Bolivian Amazon”
2. Fauvelle, Mikael- Anthropology.
Field Research conducted in Mexico.
“Archaeological Reconnaissance in the Vicinity of Tonalá, Chiapas”
3. Hagerman, Kiri- Anthropology.
Field Research conducted in Mexico.
“Chicoloapan Viejo 2013: Excavations at a Small Epiclassic Site in the Basin of Mexico”
4. Kennemore, Amy- Anthropology.
Field Research conducted in Bolivia.
“Storytelling Coloniality:Indigeneity, Decolonization, and the Politics of Radical Difference in the Andes”


Fall 2013

Film Presentation: We Women Warriors (79 minutes in Spanish
with English subtitles). The discussion after the film will be led by
Esteban Ferrero,MA Latin American Studies.

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 3-5 PM, Hojel Auditorium, IOA, UCSD                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

WE WOMEN WARRIORS follows three native women caught in
the crossfire of Colombia’s warfare who use nonviolent resistance to
defend their peoples’ survival. Colombia has 102 aboriginal groups,
one-third of which face extinction because of the internal conflict.
Despite being trapped in a protracted predicament financed by
the drug trade, indigenous women are resourcefully leading and
creating transformation imbued with hope. In WE WOMEN WARRIORS,
first time filmmaker and journalist Nicole Karsin bears witness to
neglected human rights catastrophes and interweaves character-driven
stories about female empowerment, unshakable courage, and
faith in the endurance of indigenous culture.

Film maker's statement:As a woman, I was drawn to telling this story through the point of view of several female leaders I had the good fortune of meeting. When I met the film’s protagonists Doris, Ludis and Flor in 2006, they were each facing complicated choices, representative of the many life-and-death situations in Colombia that remain unbeknownst to many. The objective in making We Women Warriors was to shine a light on these remarkable female leaders who were using peaceful methods to transform their lives and transcend oppression. Like feminism, this documentary is both personal and political.

Using my hard-earned access as a journalist, I traveled between several villages during three years to chronicle a few exceptional native women using the wisdom of words and the tribal tradition of collective actions to defend themselves amid ongoing combat. Fluent in Spanish, and savvy about traveling in Colombia’s conflict zones, I sometimes became a one-person production team, shooting alone in the Colombian countryside. At other times, I traveled and worked with a small, committed Colombian crew.

I lived in Colombia for seven years and shot this film mostly during 2006-2009. It’s a great privilege that these incredible women and communities entrusted me with their stories despite the risks involved.

●For more information about the film, please follow the link


                                                                                                                                                                                    Book Presentation

Translator: John C Moore, Professor, Department of Linguistics; Provost, John Muir College Title: A Thousand and One Stories of Pericón de Cádiz (José Luis Ortiz Nuevo) Inverted-A Press, 2012

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 3-4:30 pm
Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center,
Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

This book is Moore’s annotated translation of one of José Luis Ortiz Nuevo’s classic collections of oral history by the famed flamenco singer and story-teller, Pericón de Cádiz.  Out of print since the1970s, the Spanish version was reprinted in 2008, when it won’s award for best book on flamenco.  This collection of witty stories takes the reader to the streets of Cádiz during the early 20th century, where it chronicles the gracia, fiestas, hunger, and terror of a period that spanned the end of Alfonso XIII's reign, the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War, and the Franco dictatorship - all through the eyes of a street-wise, but virtually illiterate, flamenco singer.  The stories were collected and arranged by José Luis Ortiz Nuevo – then a young political science student in Madrid, now a well-known author of numerous works on flamenco.  

The work can be read on several levels.  The wit and grace of the stories stand on their own, although some of the humor will be foreign and a bit coarse for American audiences and many of the stories are fanciful and metaphorical – thus, this is a prime example of gracia gaditana (‘the humor of Cádiz).  There is a good deal of flamenco history; many stories chronicle the transformation of flamenco from an art sponsored and exploited by a class of rich gentleman to a more stable club-based profession, fueled by foreign tourism.  There is an excellent description of the climate and cultural practices in early 20th century Cádiz, including Carnival and other festivals.  There is also some description of the terror of the onset of the Spanish Civil War, from the point of view of an apolitical member of the underclass.  A unifying theme is a desperate hunger (canina) and the use of humor in the face of adversity – again, the essence of the gracia gaditana.

As a linguist, John Moore has specialized in syntactic theory, particularly as it pertains to Spanish.  He has also played flamenco guitar professionally for over 40 years.  For the past six years, he has participated in UCSD’s Global Seminar Program, taking students to Cádiz for courses on Spanish dialectology and the culture and history of flamenco.


“Beyond Reasonable Politics”

Colloquium Talk by Mario Blaser Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3 PM, SSB Room 107
Reception to follow in the Spiro Library, SSB Room 269

(Author of Storytelling Globalization, From the Chaco and Beyond, and editor of Indigenous Peoples and Autonomy)

Some so-called environmental conflicts involve questions about the ‘things’ at stake in them, and thus constitute ontological conflicts. In such cases, the conflicts pose a politico-conceptual problem: On the one hand they unsettle what is commonly construed as reasonable politics, that is, a politics where the parties agree about what is at stake in their disagreement; and on the other hand, they make evident the limitations of the notion of culture, the conceptual tool with which the social sciences try to apprehend what lies beyond reasonable politics. Using a number of examples from South America as a springboard, Blaser will first characterize what he calls “reasonable politics” and the politico-conceptual problem it implies. Then, through the example of a research project in Labrador, he will contend that a number of resources from material-semiotic versions of Science and Technology Studies (STS) - particularly the notions of ontological multiplicity, partial connections and ‘matters of concern’- allow for a more open conception of politics and avoid the politicoconceptual problem that ontological conflicts imply. Finally, he will highlight that some important issues still linger from this turn to ontology. These issues underscore the co-presence of complexly overlapped and stratified ways of “worlding” and the urgency to re-center the problematic they entail for how we stage ontological politics.

For information, contact Nancy Postero, Anthropology,

Sponsored by the UCSD Anthropology Department and CILAS


Co-sponsored Event: Obsesión, Addressing Special Issues in Cuba through Hip-hop

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5 PM  IR/PS Robinson Auditorium

Obsesión duo Magia López and Alexey Rodríguez ("el tipo este") are traveling all the way from Cuba to give a short performance and to talk about race in Cuba and the content of their music. López and Rodríguez are at the forefront of a cultural revolution in Cuba – a renaissance that is using hip-hop to challenge age-old misconceptions about power, race, identity, and gender.


Other Events 2012-2013

Spring 2013

Co-sponsored Event: Brazilian Music

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:30-5:30 pm

Weaver Room, Institute of the Americas

Co-sponsored Event: Madrid Cosmpolis

Presented by Francisco Cruces

A collective project on emerging urban practices in Spain

Thursday, May 2, 2013 3-5pm

Deutz Room, Plaza de las Americas

This presentation focuses on the links between city and novelty. Nine multi-sited ethnographies from the city of Madrid and its hinterland aim at grasping a variety of forms of relationship between emerging cultural practices, on one hand, and underlying metropolitan transformations on the other. These latter are embraced under the image of Cosmopolis, a trope designed to bring together multiple processes which today affect the overall urban context. Emerging practices are explored in several loci: (1) new forms of center-periphery spatial patterns, (2) cultural innovation in corporate life, (3) narratives and the poetics of the intimate sphere, (4) new forms of mediation and experience in popular music, (5) the management and logistics of flows of food, (6) net-city and net-actors, (7) interculturality in multi-ethnic Madrid, (8) hacktivism, free sofware and digital policies, (9) the art circuit in times of economic crisis.

Co-sponsored Event: Fidelity to Disagreement: Jacques Rancière and Politics without Ontology

Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 3:00 pm

Deutz Room, Institute of the America, UCSD

Join us for a Talk by Political Theorist Benjamin Arditi.

Benjamin Arditi is Professor of Politics at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). His latest book is Politics on the Edges of Liberalism, Difference, Populism, Revolution, Agitation (Edinburgh, 2007). He is editor of “Taking on the Political”, a book series on Continental political thought published by Edinburgh University Press. His recent work focuses on Occupy Wall Street, the Spanish indignados, the Mexican #YoSoy132 and other forms of viral politics and connectivity. This is part of his research on post-hegemony and post-liberal politics.

Sponsored by: Anthropology Department’s New Directions in Culture, History, and Power Reading Group; CILAS; Center for US-Mexico Studies; and IICAS.

Co-sponsored Event: The Other Face of Development in Colombia: Living as Minorities amidst Civil War, Hydrocarbon and Mining Exploitation, and Generalized Human Rights Violations

1 - 6:30 PM Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hojel and Weaver in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

Colombia is currently engaged in a peace negotiation that may end Latin America's longest civil war after five decades. The country has already adopted a new more democratic constitution and made some progress in demobilizing right wing paramilitary groups, though a number of criminal gangs have risen in their place. Like other Latin American countries, Colombia has also pushed forward a national development project focused on public and private international oil and mining projects aimed at stimulating economic growth and promoting energy security. Progress on these fronts, nevertheless, has its ugly side. Indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians and women have expressed their concern that the manner in which the government pursues these goals undermines the security, safety and health of the most vulnerable in Colombia. This event presents their experiences and provides an opportunity for students to gain insights into the challenges raised by efforts to promote peace and development that will benefit people in their local communities and not just national statistics. UCSD Faculty Discussants will provide a comparative perspective on the Colombian experience. Join us for an award-winning documentary, panel discussion and reception.


Film: We Women Warriors (79 minutes in Spanish with English subtitles) 1-2:30 PM in the Hojel Auditorium

Panel & Discussion 2:45-5 PM in the Weaver Room

  • Yasmin Romero: Wayuu people indigenous leader, La Guajira, Columbia
  • Aviva Chomsky: Professor, Dept. of History, Salem State University
  • Diego Grueso: Attorney and Judicial Representative of AFRODES (Association of Afro-descendants) in Colombia, and enrolled in the UCLA School of Law


  • Nancy Postero: Assoc. Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, UCSD
  • Simeon Nichter:

Moderator: Assist. Professor, Dept. of Political Science, UCSD

  • Esteban Ferrero-Botero: MA Candidate, CILAS, UC San Diego

Reception 5 PM in the Weaver Room

Sponsored by: CILAS, Critical Gender Studies, Cross Cultural Center, Dean of Social Sciences, Eleanor Roosevelt College, Global Justice, Graduate Student Association, IICAS, LAS, LASO, Literature, Pomona College, Third World Studies Program, Student Sustainability Collective, Women's Center.

Winter 2013

"The Anthropology of Austerity in the EU" Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 7, 2013, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Deutz Conference Room, Institute of the Americas (IOA)

Panel: Thomas Gallant (History) on Greece, Nigel Boyle (Pitzer) on Ireland, Luis Martin-Cabrera (Literature) on Spain, Peter Gourevitch (UCSD Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus, IR/PS) as Discussant, Ellen Comisso (Political Science) as Chair/Moderator

Sponsored by IICAS European Studies Speaker Series and co-sponsored by CILAS. Register, receive updates for this event at

Co-sponsored Event: The Spanish Craze The Discovery of the Arts and Cultures of the Hispanic World in the United States, ca. 1880 - ca. 1930

3:30 PM - 5 PM Thursday, February 28, 2013

Social Sciences Building Room 107

Among the many vogues associated with the history of taste in the United States, few were as long-lasting or widespread as the “Spanish Craze.” Beginning in the 1880s, this craze, starting almost simultaneously in New York, Florida, and Southern California, initially manifested itself in the realm of architecture, but soon spread quickly into the realms of art, cinema, fashion, literature, and motion pictures. This illustrated lecture offers an overview of this craze together with an examination of the many factors that sparked the country’s “discovery” of the arts and cultures of the broader Hispanic world.

Cosponsored Event: Poetry and Memory with Jorge Miguel Cocom Pech

Presented by the Literature Department, The Dean's Office Division of Humanities and Arts, Dean of Arts and Humanities, Third World Studies, CLAH, Writing Program, CILAS, and Ethnic Studies

3-5 PM, Tuesday February 19, 2013

Literature Building Room 155

Jorge Cocom Pech will share passages from his memoir and poetry in Maya and Spanish.

Fall 2012

Roundtable Discussions ''La Pepa'' at 200: Reflections on the Origin of Constitutional Cultures in Spain and Latin America

3-5 PM, Thursday, December 6, 2012
Deutz Room & Foyer in the Copley International
Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UC San Diego

This year marks the two hundredth anniversary of the Spanish Constitution of 1812, affectionately known as "La Pepa." The first constitutional charter to govern peninsular Spain and imperial domains in Spanish America and the Philippines, "La Pepa" continues to influence the work of scholars examining political culture throughout the Hispanic world. Join us as we mark the bicentenary with reflections on the historical and continuing significance of "La Pepa" in Spain and Latin America.

Roundtable Discussion 1: Constitutionalism and Independence in Spain and Latin America

Moderator: Olga Gonzalez-Silen, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of History, Harvard University

Christine Hunefeldt, Professor, Dept. of History, UC San Diego

Jaime E. Rodríguez O., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of History, UC Irvine

Eric Van Young, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of History, UC San Diego

Roundtable Discussion 2: The Hispanic World Since 1812
Moderator: Charles N. Saenz, Ph.D Candidate, Dept. of History, UC San Diego

Pamela B. Radcliff, Professor and Chair, Dept. of History, UC San Diego

Ana Celia Zentella, Professor Emerita, Dept. of Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego

A reception to follow will feature an exhibit of items related to "La Pepa" from the holdings of the Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Panel Discussion: The leadership Transition in China and its Domestic and International Implications

Thursday, November 29, 2012
3-5 PM, Deutz Room in the Copley International
Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

CILAS is pleased to announce a panel discussion on the leadership transition in China and its international implications, particularly in relation to the relations of China with the US and with Latin America. The five panelists, Chinese academics and journalists who are visiting scholars at CILAS will address the likely economic and political consequences of the emergence of a new administration in China.  The discussion will be led by Carlos Waisman, Professor of Sociology.

Juan Du, Institute of World History Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Peng Wang, Institute of World History Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Xie Wenze, Institute of World History Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Yan Yang, Aichi and Nankai University

Yuanpei Zhang, Xinhua News Agency

Co-sponsored event: IICAS European Studies Panel on Catalonia and Scotland

Breaking Up of European States: How Far Will Catalonia and Scotland Go?

Joan Pujolar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UCSD Dept. of Anthropology Visiting Scholar) on Catalonia
Thomas Baranga (IR/PS) on Scotland

Philip Roeder (Political Science)

Thursday, November 1, 2012
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Deutz Conference Room, IOA
UC San Diego

Register to attend at: iicas

On September 11, 2012, an estimated crowd of 600,000 to 1.5 million people took to the streets of Barcelona calling for Catalonia's independence from Spain. Speaking at the independence rally in Edinburgh, on September 22, Scottish National Party leader and First Minister Alex Salmond announced that the SNP has already gathered over 100,000 signatures for the Yes Declaration, which was published when the Yes Scotland campaign launched in May. With Catalonia's population just over 7.5 million and Scotland's just over 5.25 million, Catalonia's population is larger than 12 of the 27 EU member states and Scotland's would be larger than 8 of them and about the same size as 3 others.

What are the causes and consequences of nationalist regional secession movements? What is the rationale for and against separation from existing states? What are the chances for success or failure of such movements? Is the future of the EU tied to greater federal union and breaking up of the nation-state into smaller regional units?

More Info: Speaker Series

Co-sponsored by CILAS, the Center for Iberian and Latin America Studies.  The European Studies Speaker Series at UC San Diego is sponsored by IICAS, the Institute of International, Comparative and Area Studies.

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The Drug War Webinar Series

First of four webinars on U.S. War on Drugs in Latin America

COLOMBIA: History of Supply-Based Eradication and the Impacts of Twelve Years of Plan Colombia

Date: Tuesday October 9th 3:30-5:30 PM

Location: Deutz Conference Room, Institute of the Americas Complex

Speaker: Ricardo Vargas (Acción Andina Colombia)

Followed by Q&A

Next Webinar: October 16th

The Webinars on October 23rd, and 30th have been cancelled.

Webinars run by Witness for Peace

Film and Discussion: El Perro del Hortelano

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3-5 pm, Deutz Room in the Copley International Conference Center, Institute of the Americas Complex, UCSD

El Perro del Hortelano is a feature comedy about Brus, an indigenous artist, and his efforts to organize his community against an American oil company, Kenny Oil.  Searching for answers, Brus joins a local NGO, finding himself entangled in the subversive work of an American researcher, Angie.  As Brus explores the surreal world of volunteers and development experts, he ultimately discovers his own way of bringing strength to his community.

El Perro del Hortelano is an international award winning example of producing innovative socially conscious films. Set in the far reaches of the Peruvian Amazon, a group of 15 international volunteers joined forced with local indigenous youth to make a film about the most pressing social and environmental conflicts in the region.

Runtime 90 minutes, Languages: Spanish & English with subtitles
Director: Renzo Zanelli, Selva Rica Project

Discussants: Renzo Zanelli is the director of "El Perro del Hortelano" and founder of the Selva Rica Arts Cooperative, Annika Beaulieu is the film's co-star and the producer of numerous other documentaries, Devin Beaulieu is a PhD student in Anthropology at UCSD. He played a featured role in the film and is the author of a chapter about the film included in the forthcoming edited volume "Environment and Law in Amazonia"(Sussex Press 2012).

USMEX, CILAS & LAS Fall 2012 Welcome Reception

Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 3:30 P.M. - 5 P.M.
Deutz room, Copley International Conference Center Building, at the Institute of the Americas.

Past Film Series 2009-2012


Brazil as an Emerging Power: Cycles of Success and Failure

January 29, 2016
9 AM to 5 PM
Malamud Conference Room at the Weaver Center
Institute of the Americas, UCSD

9 AM-10 AM – National Identity and Great Power
Panelist: Anne L. Clunan, Naval Postgraduate School Aspirations
10 AM-11 AM – The Brazilian Way to Emerge: Why it is so Challenging
David Mares, UCSD

Harold Trinkunas, The Brookings Institution
11 AM-12 PM – The role of Congress and Legislative Parties in Foreign Policy Formation
Scott Desposato, UCSD

12:15 PM-1:30 PM Lunch – Great Hall, International House, UCSD                                                                          

Keynote Speaker: Jamal Khokhar, President and CEO, Institute of the Americas, Former Canadian Ambassador to Brazil
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2 PM-3 PM– Innovation and Competitiveness in Avionics
Nelson Altamirano, National University

3 PM-4 PM– Nuclear technologies for an Emerging Power
Eugenio Diniz, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Brazil

4 PM-5 PM – The Military’s Perceptions of Threat and Security Challenges
Frank McCann, University of New Hampshire

Past Programs