“Reading Locality: Urban Spaces, Regions, Margins.” South by Midwest International Conference

  • Friday, October 21, 2016 • 9:00 am
  • McMillan Cafe, McMillan Hall

“Reading Locality: Urban Spaces, Regions, Margins”  constitutes an attempt to explore meanings of locality from interdisciplinary perspectives. Conversations will draw on economic, political, historical, and geo-cultural analysis to engage issues such as social inequality, political violence, and racial discrimination in Latin America. While many of the problems that characterize Latin American social fragmentation today originated during the times of colonial domination, processes of nation formation, modernization, and globalization have incorporated new forms of economic, political, and social victimization as well as new strategies of resistance and creative responses. The conference will focus on connections between locality and globalization as well as on regional perspectives, local histories, cosmopolitanism, and migration.

 South by Midwest Conference 2016 Program PDF

V South by Midwest International Conference on Latin American Cultural Studies

Mabel Moraña & William Acree, coordinators


McMillan Café, October 21, 2016

9:00am Opening Remarks

9:15-10:30 Session 1: Experiments in Citizenship, Modernization, and Memory (Mexico & Colombia)

James Sanders (Utah State University, History)
“Forgetting Democracy: Conrad’s Nostromo and the Erasure of Democratic History in Late Nineteenth- Century Mexico and Colombia”

Carlos Jáuregui (University of Notre Dame, Romance Languages & Literatures)
“Ejercicios de desmemoria colonial III: Gonzalo Guerrero y la invención de la Riviera Maya.”

Rebecca Biron (Dartmouth College, Spanish and Comparative Literature)
“Aiming High: Developing Dependencies at Mexico City’s New International Airport”

Moderated by Stephanie Kirk (Washington University, Romance Languages & Literatures)

10:45-12:00 Session 2: Portraits of Urban Inequality, Race, and Power (Brazil)

Beatriz González-Stephan (Rice University, Hispanic Studies)
“Cuerpos transfigurados: violencias coloniales y el dispositivo fotográfico (s. XIX)”

Brodwyn Fischer (University of Chicago, History)
“Navigating Inequality in the Relational City”

Christopher Dunn (Tulane University, Spanish & Portuguese) “Spaces of the Carioca Counterculture, 1970s”

Moderated by Diana Montaño (Washington University, History)

12:15-1:30 Lunch, Knight Center Dining Room

1:45-2:45 Plenary Session

3:00-4:15 Session 3: Urban Imagery, Political Violence, and the Distant Local (Argentina & Ecuador)
Javier Auyero (University of Texas, Austin, Sociology)
“Violence(s) at the Urban Margins: A Political/Relational Ethnography”

Amanda Holmes (McGill University, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures) “Dangerously Secure: Inside the Gated Communities of Argentina”

Ernesto Capello (Macalester College, History)
“Parisian Obelisks in Quito: The Consumption and Re-Imagination of French Commemorative Architecture and Geodesic Science in the Ecuadorian Andes”

Moderated by Catalina Freixas (Washington University, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts)

4:30-5:30 Session 4: “Latinos in the U.S., Structures of Invisibility, and Discrimination”

Ariela Schachter (Washington University, Sociology)
“From ‘Different’ to ‘Similar’: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Assimilation”

Debra Castillo (Cornell University, Comparative Literature)
“Mexicans in Manhatitlan”

Moderated by Ignacio Sánchez Prado (Washington University, Romance Languages & Literatures / Latin American Studies Program)

5:45-6:45 Keynote Speaker

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics; Professor of African and African American Studies; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research). Supported in part through funding from the Office of the Provost: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

“The New Field of Afro-Latin American Studies”

7:00-9:30 Reception, Women’s Building Formal Lounge

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