LAP at LASA 2018

We look forward to seeing many of our editors and friends in Barcelona  at LASA.
LAP Booth – We will be at booth B-42 in the exhibit area. We will have brochures, flyers, and calls for papers.  It would be great if you want to distribute these in your sessions. Just stop by and pick up what you need.  We will also have sample copies of books from our series with Rowman and Littlefield. The exhibit hours will be: Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, from 9:30 am to 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 26, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. We would appreciate anyone who can help us staff the table for an hour or two.
Roman and Littlefield booth – B-40
Meeting of Editors and Friends of Latin American PerspectivesThursday, May 24, 9:00 – 10:30 am AC Hotel Barcelona Forum – Sala VallvidreraWe look forward to seeing you at our annual get-together to discuss LAP’s work during the past year and future plans. In the printed program, the session is listed in the Highlights section on p. xxi as an “outside activity” rather than as a session in the listings by day and time but it has been added to the day and time section of the app. We don’t think that it will be possible to provide refreshments, so we suggest having breakfast before the meeting or bringing it with you.
Featured Sessionon Publishing in Academic Journals with editors from LAS journals 002//Pre-Conference Workshop– Disseminating Your Research 1: Publishing in Academic JournalsTuesday, May 22, 2-4 pm Hotel Barcelona Princess, Sala Mediterráneo-P2 Presenter: Ron Chilcote
Book Presentations with Authors from the LAP book series:Short presentations and question/discussion session with book authors:Twentieth-Century Latin American Revolutions – Marc BeckerRethinking Latin American Social Movements – Marc Becker, Richard Stahler-Sholk and HarryVanden (eds.)Saturday, May 26,  3:45-4:15 pm   Along the exhibit area wall opposite Booth B-07
List of Sessions with LAP Editors and Book Authors

Tuesday, May 22
Workshop –Disseminating Your Research 1: Publishing in Academic Journals2-4 pm Hotel Barcelona Princess, Sala Mediterráneo-P2 Presenter: Ron Chilcote
Workshop – Publishing for Impact: How (and Where) to Write for Popular Readerships3:30-5:30     Sponsored by NACLA Hotel Barcelona Princess, 2nd Floor Forum
Wednesday, May 23
010 // Building Social Protection for Vulnerable Women and Girls9-10:30 am,  Panel Sala CCIB M215 M2Discussant: Cecilia MacDowell Santos
045 // Navigating the Terrain of Resource Extraction9-10:30 am,  Panel  Sala CCIB 116  P1Sponsor: Latin American Perspectives Organizer: Nicole W FabricantChair and Discussant: Linda C Farthing
097 // Media and Democratization in Latin America10:45am – 12:15pm,  Panel  Sala PRIN Mediterráneo P2Sponsor: Latin American PerspectivesOrganizer: Tomás F Crowder Taraborrelli
108 // Racionalidades Técnicas e Retóricas de Modernização: Faces e Contrafaces de Modelos Internacionais nas Dinâmicas de Ensino, Pesquisa e Trabalho 210:45am – 12:15 pm, Panel  Sala CCIB 131 P1Discussant: Clifford A Welch
173 // Mundos do Trabalho no Brasil Contemporâneo experiências, direitos e lutas12:30 – 2:00 pm, Panel Sala CCIB M217 M2.Chair: Clifford A Welch
260 // Brazilian Foreign Policy in Hard Times: Adjusting to Political and Economic Crisis4:00 – 5:30 pm,  LASA Section Presentation Sala CCIB 116 P1Discussant: Anthony W Pereira
378 // The Americas, the election of Donald Trump, and the return of the Right5:45 – 7:15pm, Roundtable Sala SB Sur América P1Presenter: Miguel R Tinker Salas
Thursday, May 24
Meeting of Editors and Friends of Latin American Perspectives9:00 – 10:30 am AC Hotel Barcelona Forum – Sala Vallvidrera
416 // Las relaciones entre Cuba y la Unión Europea en la era de Trump9:00 – 10:30 am, Workshop Sala CCIB 115 P1Presenter: Francisco Lopez Segrera
419 // Latin American Gentrifications. Part I: New approaches and lines of thought9:00 – 10:30am, Panel Sala CCIB M221 M2Organizar and Pressenter: Clara E Irazabal
483 // Latin American Gentrifications. Part II: New cases and impacts10:45am – 2:15pm, Panel Sala CCIB M221 M2Organizer: Clara E Irazabal
682 // Mujeres en Cuba. Agencias, debates y necesidades para una agenda feminista4:00 – 5:30 pm, Panel Sala HLT MR 5 P1.Discussant: Elizabeth Dore
698 // Varieties of Populism4:00 – 5:30pm, Panel Sala CCIB M220 M2Presenter: Francisco Lopez Segrera
Friday, May 25
863 // Los niveles de organización de los trabajadores rurales en América Latina en un mundo globalizado: problemas y perspectivas9:00 – 10:30am, LASA Section Presentation Sala CCIB 133 P1Presenter: Clifford A Welch
891 // The Rise of Panamanian Cinema9:00 -0:30am, LASA Section Presentation Sala CCIB 128 P1Presenter: Richard Potter
894 //  Understanding Brazil’s Political Crisis: A Multidimensional Approach9:00 – 10:30am, LASA Section Presentation Sala CCIB 116 P1Discussant: Anthony W Pereira
924 // Kalman Silvert Award: Gender, Land and Wealth: Looking Backwards, Moving Forward10:45 am – 12:15pm, Sala CCIB 111 P1Silvert Award Lecture: Carmen Diana Deere
997 // Más allá del barrio: relaciones y procesos de proximidad en la producción de lo urbano12:30-2:00pm, Roundtable Sala CCIB M2 12 M2Presenter: Clara E Irazabal
1038 // Cómo investigar en Cuba 2:15 -3:45pm, Workshop Sala CCIB 115 P1Presenter: Sheryl L Lutjens
1124 // Las brechas de género en el contexto laboral cubano.  Un análisis desde la política y las trayectorias laborales4:00 – 5:30 pm, Panel Sala AC Born P3.Chair: Sheryl L Lutjens
1137 // Reframing, Rethinking and Rewriting Central American Immigrant Lives in the U.S.: Multidisciplinary perspectives4:00 – 5:30 pm, PanelSala PRIN Princess 1 P2Discussant: Susanne L Jonas
1153 // Vidas Descartables: la Violencia contra las Mujeres Como Necropolítica de Género en América Latina4:00 – 5:30pm, Panel Sala PRIN Estrella de Mar P2Presenter: Cecilia MacDowell Santos
1178 // Economía política, sociedad y democracia ciudadana en Cuba y España5:45 – 7:15pm, Panel Sala CCIB 115 P1Presenter: Rafael Meinardo Hernández Rodríguez
1248 // Knowledge and Power in International Relations:  U.S. – Cuba Academic Relations in Their Historical and Political Context-7:30pm – 9:00pm, Workshop Sala SB Sur América P1Organizer: Sheryl L LutjensPresenter: Rafael Meinardo Hernández Rodríguez
Saturday, May 26
1313 // Imaginarios juveniles latinoamericanos y caribeños a cerca de la violencia contra las mujeres9:00 – 10:30 am, Panel Sala SB Europa P1Session Organizer: Sheryl L Lutjens
1334 // Procesos socioculturales y participación. Impactos de las desigualdades en la sociedad cubana actual 9:00 – 10:30am, Panel Sala PRIN Mediterráneo P2Presenter: Elizabeth Dore
1353 // Transnational Humans and Transnationalism in the Humanities: Crossing Boundaries in the Americas9:00 – 10:30am, Workshop Sala SB Norte América P1Presenter: Barry Carr
1357 //  The FBI in Latin America  (Duke University Press)10:30 – 1:00 am, Authors and Book Presentation CCIB Banquet Hall P2 Presenters: Marc Becker, Miguel R Tinker Salas, Barry Carr
1387 // La hora de los hornos (F. Solanas y O. Getino, 1968), cincuenta años después. Parte II10:45am – 2:15 pm, Panel Sala HLT MR 12 P2: Presenter: Kristi M Wilson
1454 // Latinos and the US Urban Crises. Part II 12:30 – 2:00pm, Panel Sala CCIB 134 P1Presenter: Susanne L Jonas
1527 // Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in Latin America2:15 -:45pm, Panel  Sala CCIB 122 P1Sponsor: Latin American PerspectivesChair: Daniela Issa
1540 // The Crisis of the Magical State in Venezuela2:15 – 3:45pm, Panel Sala CCIB 114 P1Chair and Presenter: Daniel C Hellinger
1546 // Transnational Politics, Family, Networks, Race and Gender in an Era of Globalization2:15 – 3:45pm, Panel  Sala SB Asia P1Presenter: Susan Eckstein
1553 // Century Latin American Revolutions /  Rethinking Latin American Social Movements: Radical Action From Below3:45 – 4:15pm, Authors and Book Presentation CCIB Banquet Hall P2Latin American Perspectives in the Classroom Series by Rowman & LittlefieldPresenters: Marc Becker, Richard Stahler-Sholk, Harry Vanden
1583 // Modern Slavery and Trafficking in Latin America: Issues, Challenges and the Need for Research-4:00 – 5:30 pm, Roundtable Sala CCIB 120 P1Sponsor: Latin American Perspectives Session Organizer: Daniela Issa
1591 // Nuevas Fronteras en el Estudio de la Emigración Cubana y las Comunidades Cubanoamericanas-4:00 – 5:30pm, Workshop Sala CCIB 134 P1Presenter: Susan Eckstein
1619 // Contribución del sector agropecuario al desarrollo. Posibilidades para Cuba a partir del potencial de comercio 5:45  – 7:15pm, Panel Sala CCIB M213 M2Discussant: Carmen Diana Deere
1631 // Gender, Sexuality, Film and Media in Latin America: Challenging Representation and Global Structures5:45 – 7:15pm,  Workshop Sala PRIN Princess 2 P2Sponsor: Latin American Perspectives Organizer: Kristi M WilsonPresenters: Tomás F Crowder Taraborrelli
1670 // Trump y sus efectos para América Latina: Apuntes para el debate5:45 – 7:15pm,  Panel Sala SB Sur América P1Sponsor: Latin American Perspectives Presenter: Luis Armando Suárez Salazar
1684 //Elite and Popular Responses to the Left: transformation or return to neoliberal globalization? Part II7:30-9 pm, Pane Sala CCIB 131-P1Discussant: Harry VandenPresenter: Marc Becker
Other Events
LAP-related Books at the CLACSO Exhibit
We expect that the first volume of  Latin American Perspectives en Español y Portuguéswill be available at the CLACSO booth. It is titled Buscando alternativas políticas y económicas and includes 14 articles in three sections: Economía Política: Panorama Continental; Poder, El Estado, y Luchas Populares; and Medio Ambiente. The chapters are the original Spanish or Portuguese versions of articles published in LAP in 2015 and 2016, except for two which were translated from English to Spanish. It is also available on-line on the CLACSO web site.  We are currently working on Volume 2.

Wednesday, May 23
CLACSO-Oxfam Colloquium
Elites y captura de la democracia en America Latina, el Caribe, y Europa9 am – 3pm  Centro de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona (CCCB), Carrer de Montalagre, 5, Barcelona – Sala Mirador  Mesa de aperturaPonencia magistralElites, democracia y desigualdadConceptos clave, metodología y casos de aplicaciónMesa de clausura y Palabras de cierreDownload full program:
CLACSO-sponsored Demonstration: To free Lula, for Brazilian democracy and in memory of Marielle Franco
Starting at 4 pm    Centro Internacional de Convenciones (CCIB) – entrada de las salas 111-112
Thursday, May 24
NACLA 50th Anniversary Events
Documentary Showcase: Treguain partnership with Pablo Navarette and Alborada FilmsScreenings 7:00 – 8:00 pm and 8:00 – 10:00 pm (second screening with Q&A)Nook Art Space, Nou de la Rambla 143, 08004, Poble Sec
Tregua explores the Colombian peace negotiations through the stories of women FARC guerrillas. These women have laid down their arms, left the Colombian jungle and are now  in Havana, Cuba negotiating a peace deal with the Colombian government, which they hope will not only bring an end to the world’s longest armed conflict, but will also guarantee women’s rights and social justice in Colombia. While the drama unfolds, Tregua also turns its lens on the journalists reporting on the peace talks, and on Havana’s inhabitants as they go about their everyday lives.
NACLA 50th Anniversary Reception   9:30-11:00 pm; Toast at 9:50 pmCenter Conventions Internacional Barcelona, First Floor Terrace, Room 127, Willy Brandt Square 11-14, 08019
Reception and toast celebrating 50 years in print featuring remarks by NACLA executive editor‚ Alejandro Velasco‚ as well as light snacks and refreshments. Arrive by 9:50PM for the toast!

8º Conferencia Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Ciencias Sociales

November 19- 23, 2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Medios, democratización y representaciones audiovisuales en América Latina: dos números especiales de la revistaLatin American Perspectives

Javier Campo, “Los medios y el poder político”

Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli, “Ciudadanía y medios de comunicación”

Kristi Wilson, “Género, sexualidad y medios en América Latina: representaciones y estructuras desafiantes”

Este panel describe los resultados de una publicación muy reciente de la revista Latin American Perspectives sobreMedios y democratización (Mayo, 2018) y un número sobre Género, sexualidad y medios (por publicar, 2019). Este panel se centrará en las intersecciones críticas de los medios, la democratización y las luchas sociales en la experiencia política latinoamericana reciente y buscará analizar a los medios como instituciones político-económicas claves dentro de los cuales se libran las luchas políticas y sociales. Después de una breve descripción de las conclusiones más importante de los artículos que conforman la colección sobre Medios y democratización, Crowder-Taraborrelli analizará la complicada relación entre ciudadanía y medios en la segunda década del siglo XXI. Por su parte, Campo considerará el papel que juegan los diferentes tipos de medios (corporativos, estatales/públicos, de partido políticos, comunitarios, sociales, etc.) en las luchas actuales y cómo la reestructuración de medios modifican las relaciones de poder en todos los niveles.

Latinoamérica es una región de contradicciones en términos de género y sexualidad. A pesar que se ha legislado en favor de muchos derechos para las comunidades LGBTQ en toda la región, Latinoamérica es una de las regiones con más discriminación. El aborto sigue siendo ilegal en 7 países y los feminicidios no son solo constantes, sino también cada vez más visibles. A pesar de la desigualdad persistente, las mujeres y las comunidades LGBTQ han desempeñado un papel crucial y constante en el activismo latinoamericano y los movimientos de resistencia. El aumento de 1990 a 2014 de gobiernos liderados por mujeres es paralelo a un aumento en la representación de los medios de temas relacionados con el género y la sexualidad, y un aumento en la participación femenina en el cine y la producción de videos. Wilson, co-editora junto a Clara Garavelli de un número especial de LAP, explorará algunos de las preguntas centrales sobre el impacto de las transformaciones sociales y culturales de género y sexualidad en los medios, y en particular, en el cine. WIlson explorará temas relacionados con la representación, la economía política y el activismo social, incluyendo y considerando temas relacionados pero no limitados a: los gobiernos neoliberales de derecha en América Latina (con sus agendas heteronormativas hegemónicas) y su impacto en la representación de las mujeres, los homosexuales y las personas transgénero; las formas en que los gobiernos progresistas cambiaron las condiciones para la producción y distribución de medios para las mujeres y / o ampliaron el rango de representación de género

The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America: Making the Personal Political

Of the series “Cuerpo a cuerpo/El incendio y las vísperas”, Graciela Sacco – courtesy of the artist
Workshop (April 2018, date TBC) & Symposium (18th May 2018)

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the Spanish & Latin American Studies section to the University of Leicester’s School of Modern Languages (now part of the School of Arts), and half a century since the events of May 1968 shook up the world, generating the establishment of interesting, if short-lived, synergies between different groups (industrial workers, students, academics, feminists). Underlying these partnerships was a shared understanding of the personal as political; a recognition that imagination and lived experience should play a role in shaping the political agenda, and that politics, in turn, had a direct and tangible impact on individuals’ everyday lives.

Exploring these socio-political shifts, as well as key cultural responses to them, these events will examine manifestations of the personal as political in various artistic productions from Latin America over the past 50 years. Papers will be presented by colleagues working on Latin American Studies in the Midlands and beyond, on a range of topics to include, though not limited to:

The cultural legacy of the 1968 events in Latin America
Gender, the body, and its interplay with political discourses
The personal versus the collective
First person accounts/autobiographies and their connections to socio-political contexts
Narratives exploring the somatic effects of political change
The embodied dimension of memory and memory politics


A key aim of this event is to facilitate articulations of the ways in which academia, and the critical thinking that resides at its heart, touch base with the subjective and the personal. Therefore, a workshop for undergraduate and postgraduate students will facilitate discussion of their own lived experiences of the personal as political, with a focus on the role of gender in contemporary daily life, and, crucially, on how their engagement with the field of Latin American Studies as academic discipline enables socially valuable understanding about our own and others’ lives. The workshop activities will involve the collaborative creation of artistic artifacts in text and image formats, drawing upon the actions of the student movements of the time. Invited speakers (TBC) will participate alongside the student attendees, providing an extremely valuable point of exchange between research and pedagogy.

The planned workshop – free for the students of the existing ‘Midlands Three Cities’ partnership between the universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham – is intended to enable us to make sure that this event also promotes Latin American studies to future generations of scholars, providing both undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to engage their own understanding of the connection between the political and the personal – so important in the current global climate –, by applying their disciplinary knowledge and critical skills, but also bringing their personal experiences to bear in a vibrant collective activity


Confirmed speakers: Prof. Michael Chanan (Roehampton University), Dr James Scorer (University of Manchester), Dr Enea Zaramella (University of Birmingham), Dr Philippa Page (Newcastle University), Dr Cecilia Sosa (Conicet-Argentina/Nottingham University), Dr Dunja Fehimovic (Newcastle University), Dr Mariano Paz (University of Limerick), Prof. Sarah Barrow (University of East Anglia)

A CFP is now open until 22nd December 2017. Please send abstracts (max. 250 words) and queries to:

Dr Clara Garavelli –

Dr Emma Staniland –

This event is sponsored by:

VISIBLE EVIDENCE, XXVBloomington, IndianaAugust 8th-11th, 2018

Panel Proposal

Chair: Javier Campo
Respondent: Fernao Ramos 
Javier Campo
CONICET, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires

Realizar un film en tres partes que dure más de cuatro horas, es arriesgado. Hecho de manera clandestina, resulta peligroso. Proyectado como un palimsesto que articule lenguajes diversos, es una locura. Pero el experimento resultó exitoso. El 68’ latinoamericano está signado por el estreno de un “film-faro”, La hora de los hornos (Octavio Getino y Fernando Solanas, 1968). Podemos entender a La hora de los hornos como ubicada en un primer tramo del sendero que partió de la izquierda marxista (con simpatías foquistas), para la que Frantz Fanon y Ernesto Guevara fueron estandartes, y llegó hasta el amplio Movimiento Peronista en el que los realizadores convivieron con otros militantes que no habían partido de las mismas bases. La monumentalidad de esta obra será revalidada en otros films argentinos del período y posteriores que se demostrarán inspirados estética y temáticamente, siguiendo algunos de sus procedimientos formales, repitiendo algunas de sus consignas o tomando planos de la misma como material de archivo. En esta ponencia se presentarán algunas notas, de un trabajo más extenso, relativas a un análisis formal del film de Octavio Getino y Fernando Solanas. El objetivo ha sido tratar de encarar lo que pocas veces se ha intentado saber: ¿Cómo está elaborado este film documental político imprescindible? ¿De qué maneras presenta sus discursos políticos y qué dicen los mismos? Algo tan simple, y al mismo tiempo tan complejo, como proceder a un análisis estético-político de La hora de los hornos.

Kristi M Wilson and Laura Ruberto
Soka University of America
Berkeley City College

The Hour of the Furnaces’, May 1968, and the Pesaro International Film Festival

The 17 May 1968 issue of the Italian daily newspaper, L’Unita’ ran a brief story on the Pesaro Film Festival, with the simple headline: ‘Questi i primi film selezionati per Pesaro’ (These, the first films selected for Pesaro) (1968: 9). The piece goes on to list, without much fanfare, some of the chosen films, noting that over 100 had been submitted for potential inclusion in the festival and that there would be a special ‘tavola rotonda sul cinema latino-americano’ (roundtable on Latin American film) and listing among the films from Latin America, ‘La hora de los hornos (L’ora dei forni) di Fernando Solanas (Argentina)’ (1968: 9). Written between the lines is the story that the paper did not run, the story that it could not have thought to run but which, today, some fifty years later, we can report with hindsight. That is the story of this paper. Why the Pesaro Film Festival and why this particular film? What was the greater cinematic community in which the film screened?

Bibliographical References

Buchsbaum, J., ‘A Closer Look at Third Cinema’, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 21:2 (2001), pp. 153-166.
Campo, J., ‘Filmando teorías políticas: dependencia y liberación en La hora de los hornos’, Política y cultura, 41 (2014), pp. 65-88.
Getino, Octavio, ‘Tra il Vecchio e il Nuovo Cinema Politico in Argentino’, in Pedro Armocida, Daniele Dottorini e Giovanni Spagnoletti (eds), Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema: Il Cinema Argentino Contemporaneo e L’opera di Leonardo Favio, (Milano: Marsilio Editore, 2006), pp. 106-119.

Francese, J., ‘The Influence of Cesare Zavattini on Latin American Cinema: Thoughts on El joven Rebelde and Juan Quin Quin’. Quarterly Review of Film and Video, 24: 5 (2007), pp. 431-444.

Ruberto, L.E. and Wilson, K.M. (eds), Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema, Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 2007.
Laura E. Ruberto is a Humanities professor at Berkeley City College, where she teaches courses in film studies and cultural studies. She has been a Fulbright Faculty Scholar to Italy and her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is co-editor of the Fordham University Press series Critical Studies in Italian America and is the Film and Digital Media Review editor for the Italian American Review. Her published work includes Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007/2010), the co-edited volumes Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2007) and Bakhtin and the Nation (Bucknell University Press, 1999), and the translations, Such Is Life, Ma la vita e’ fatta cosi: A Memoir (Bordighera, 2010) and Threshold (with Irena Stanic-Rasin, Italica Press, 2016).

Kristi M. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities at Soka University of America. Her research and teaching interests include classics, film studies, gender studies, cultural studies, and rhetoric. Dr. Wilson is the co-editor of Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema (2007), Film and Genocide (2011), and Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America (2014), and author of numerous publications in such journals as Screen, Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature, Signs, and Literature/Film Quarterly. She also serves on the editorial board and is a film review editor at Latin American Perspectives (SAGE Publications).

Tomás Crowder-TaraborrelliSoka University of America Popular Music and Political Militancy in The Hour of the Furnaces
In this presentation, I will analyze the presence of popular music in the film’s soundtrack and its counterpunctual relationship the image. The filming of The Hour of the Furnaces began some months before General Juan Carlos Onganía’s coup d’état in 1966. In Argentina, middle and lower class youths, like a large portion of North American and European youths, were enjoying rock music and adding momentum to the hippie movement. ). I will build upon their research in order to reflect on the dialectic movement of the film’s revolutionary message, which is actualized in large part by the counterpoint relationship between music and image. The revolutionary message in Solanas and Getino’s documentary, as Mariano Mestman explains in detail, had an “agitational” function (2007, p.7) and aspired to transcend the screen, to move the spectator and give a voice to the people (2013, p.307). Similarly, rock musicians wanted to surpass the limits of the stage in order to mobilize the audience and transform them into consumers of their albums and sympathizers of their vital rebelliousness. This essay attempts to determine Grupo Cine Liberación’s perspective on rock music’s potential as a movement of political and social transformation.

Bibliographical References

Burton, J., 1978. The Camera as “Gun”: Two Decades of Culture and Resistance in Latin America. Latin American Perspectives, 1(16). pp.49-76.

Campo, J., 2014. Filmando Teorías Políticas: Dependencia y Liberación en La Hora de los Hornos. Política y Cultura, Spring Issue. pp.65-88.

Favoretto, M. & Wilson T. 2010. ‘Entertaining’ the Notion of Change: The Transformative Power of Performance in Argentine Pop. Popular Entertainment Studies, Vol.1, Issue 2, pp. 44-60.

Getino, O., 2011. The Cinema as Political Fact. Third Text, 25(1), pp.41-53.

Manzano, V., 2014. “Rock Nacional” and Revolutionary Politics: The Making of a Youth Culture of Contestation in argentina, 1966-1976. The Americas, 70(3), pp.393-427.

Podalsky, L., 2011b. Of Passion, Aesthetics, and Politics: rethinking the New Latin American Cinema. In: L. Podalsky, ed. 2011. The Politics of Affect and Emotion in Contemporary Latin America Cinema: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, and Mexico. pp.25-57.

Tomás Crowder -Taraborrelli received his doctorate in Spanish and Portuguese at the
University of Irvine, California. He is an associate producer for ITVS and POV, from
the Public Broadcasting Service in the United States. He is on the editorial board of
the journal Latin American Perspectives, of which he is co-editor of the film section. He is co-editor of Film and Genocide ( University of Wisconsin Press, 2012) and El documental político en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay (LOM Ediciones, 2015). Currently, he is a visiting professor of Latin American Studies at Soka University of America, California.


Thursday, September 14, 2017 – Monday, January 8, 2018

Pablo Salvadó and Sebastián Chillemi present some of their most recent artistic reflections on natural landscapes and countrysides in Latin America. This show reconceptualizes European impressionism and its influence in Latin America.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14, 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Campus Location Founders Hall Art Gallery
Address Soka University
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656

Event Type Art Gallery
Keywords Soka University, Latin American Art, Pablo Salvadó, Sebastián Chillemi, impressionism, Art Gallery, Latin American artists, acrylic painting, paint on canvas, ink on canvas, turn of the 19th century art


Buenos Aires

Visible Evidence, the international conference on documentary film and media, will convene for its 24th year in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2-6, 2017. VE2017 is hosted in collaboration with the Argentine Association of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (AsAECA), the Audiovisual Research and Experimentation Laboratory (Master in Documentary Journalism -LAIE-, National University of Tres de Febrero -UNTREF-) and Revista Cine Documental . The conference will take place at the Centro Cultural Borges (Borges Cultural Center) above the traditional Galerías Pacífico, at the Margarita Xirgu-UNTREF theater in the historical neighborhood of San Telmo, at Alianza Francesa (central site) and at the Haroldo Conti’s Cultural Memory Centre.

Photo by Telam
Visible Evidence Buenos Aires (2017) coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and marks fifty years since Che Guevara’s assassination in Bolivia. These two transcendental events compel us to contemplate anew the relationship between documentary film and revolutionary movements. In the 1960s, Argentina and other Latin American nations were at the center of a transnational debate about the role of film as a tool for social change in a regional movement called “New Latin American Cinema”. In the next decade, many influential filmmakers lost their lives and many others were forced into exile. From abroad, or clandestinely in their own countries, filmmakers thought deeply about the ethical, moral, aesthetical and political dimensions of their practices, in particular about how to represent individuals as political agents. An important aspect of their work was to foster political alliances with their colleagues, producers and film distributors in other developing countries. In spite of the brutal political persecution, their activist approach to filmmaking had an enormous influence on younger generations, particularly after the economic crisis at the turn of the twenty-first century and the popular insurrections that disrupted the neoliberal takeover of the economy, society, and culture in many Latin American countries. The Latin American documentary film tradition followed these popular revolts closely, gradually incorporating many of the organizing structures of progressive social movements. Thus, while notions of Third Cinema or Political Cinema may seem less prominent in recent years, it is productive to think about the elements of the traditions that live on in contemporary Latin American film. At the beginning of the new millennium, one sees a fruitful and combative debate about the efficacy of documentation, understood within the historiography of human rights abuses, indigenous rights, and genocide. There has also been an increase in interest in documentary film in the last two decades in Argentina. Progressive governments throughout the continent have increased funding for non-fiction films, strengthening ongoing discussions in academic circles about the role of the state as a patron of the arts. We believe that the time is ripe to rethink the relations between documentary film and national cinemas, at a time in which state-funded progressive films are not always in agreement with transnational trends in contemporary cinema.

Visible Evidence 2017 encourages participants to engage with the following themes:
Documenting social movements
Revolutionary filmographies
Documenting Latin America, documenting “the South”
First person documentary film
Frictions between performativity, fiction, and documentary
Media and technology
Documentary between national/regional tradition and transnational trends
Scopes and limits of contemporary documentary theory to fully understand current Latin America documentary trends
Transmedia and Interactive Documentary. New Problems
Documenting human rights abuses

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Organizing Committee:

Javier Campo
Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli
Clara Garavelli
Pablo Piedras
Kristi Wilson

Scientific Committee:

†Ana Amado
Josetxo Cerdán
Michael Chanan
Andrés Di Tella
Clara Kriger
Amir Labaki
Ana Laura Lusnich
Mariano Mestman
María Luisa Ortega
Manuela Penafria
Fernao Ramos
Michael Renov
Brian Winston

Production Coordinator:

Violeta Uman

Production Assistant:

Cecilia Pisano



May 23rd to May 26th


Latin American studies today is experiencing a surprising and welcome dynamism. The expansion of this field defies the pessimistic projections of the 1990s about the fate of area studies in general and offers new opportunities for collaboration among scholars, practitioners, artists, and activists around the world. This can be seen in the expansion of LASA itself, which since the beginning of this century has grown from 5,000 members living primarily in the United States to nearly 12,000 members in 2016, 45 percent of whom reside outside of the United States (36 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean). And while the majority of us reside in the Americas, there are also an increasing number of Latin American studies associations and programs in Europe and Asia, most of which have their own publications and annual seminars and congresses. Several factors explain this dynamism. Perhaps the most important is the very maturity of our field. Various generations of Latin Americanists have produced an enormous, diverse, and sophisticated body of research, with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity and to teaching about this important part of the world. Latin American studies have produced concepts and comparative knowledge that have helped people around the world to understand processes and problematics that go well beyond this region. For example, Latin Americanists have been at the forefront of debates about the difficult relationship between democracy, development, and dependence on natural resource exports—challenges faced around the globe. Migration, immigration, and the displacement of people due to political violence, war, and economic need are also deeply rooted phenomena in our region, and pioneering work from Latin America can shed light on comparable experiences in other regions today. Needless to say, Latin American studies also has much to contribute to discussions about populism and authoritarianism in their various forms in Europe and even the United States today. With these contributions in mind, we propose that the overarching theme of the Barcelona LASA Congress be “Latin American Studies in a Globalized World”, and that we examine both how people in other regions study and perceive Latin America and how Latin American studies contribute to the understanding of comparable processes and issues around the globe.

Program Track: Mass Media and Popular Culture

Media and Democratization in Latin America (Numero especial de LAP)

Javier Campo (CONICET) y Tomas Crowder-Taraborrelli (SUA)

In the last decades, the governments of Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, and Argentina have sought, through media reform, more participation in the production and distribution of media in principle to assure a plurality of voices. This political undertaking, which supporters of these elected governments see as an instrumental part of the process of re-democratization, is at the center of a controversial endeavor to overcome inequality in Latin America. Our focus is on analyzing how different types of media (corporate, state/public, party, community, social, etc.) play a role in current struggles and on how particular types of media restructuring reshape power relations at all levels. This panel will focus on the critical intersections of media, democratization, and social struggles in recent Latin American political experience. It seeks to analyze the media as key political-economic institutions, as the public sphere or contested political-cultural arenas within which political and social struggles are waged. We are particularly interested in the theoretical and empirical questions about media raised by attempts to theorize and construct new political, economic, social and cultural systems that are more participatory and egalitarian and by the centrality of the need to communicate for the development of movements for social change. In other parts of Latin America governed by center and right wing governments, such sweeping media democratization projects are not underway, however, the wide range of social struggles in progress have generated innovative media forms and communication strategies, such as those linking the Zapatistas to international solidarity networks.

Kathryn Lehman
Beyond Pluralism and Media Rights: Indigenous Communication for Transformation in Latin America and Abya Yala. 

In resisting genocidal projects of modernity since the Conquest and the most recent phase, neoliberalism, indigenous peoples have provided leadership in maintaining pluralist societies and protecting the rights of all living beings. This role is little known, including by many on the left, because of the history of the nation-state and current communications and research practices (Paillán, Smith, Schiwy). This article provides examples of the role of indigenous media in twenty-first century Latin American participatory democracy and plurinational socialism, focusing on their defence of autonomy of thought, and of communication as a basic human right. Drawing on community-based autonomous alternatives to neoliberalism, these media evoke a long history of indigenous placed-based narratives whose values are encoded in language, and their epistemologies are strengthened by transnational indigenous communication networks and practices. Moving beyond pluralism and media rights, indigenous communication transforms media practices in order to decolonize relations among humans, living beings, and the environment that sustains life.

Keywords: Indigenous media, participatory democracy, plurinationalism, UNDRIP, NWICO, CLACPI, decolonization, Mapuche

João Feres Júnior
A lua de mel que não houve: o terceiro turno de Dilma Rousseff

In this paper, we test the hypothesis of the occurrence of a Honeymoon period after Dilma Rousseff’s victory in the 2014 elections, first in the realm of politics and then in the news media. The hypothesis is doubly rejected. The main opposition party, PSDB, assumed an aggressive stance in favor of Dilma’s deposition even before her term has started. Meanwhile, the proportion of negative articles about Dilma rose abruptly right after the second round of the elections, November 2014, and continued to rise to unprecedented levels until her impeachment. We conclude the article reflecting on the importance of these events for the future of democracy in Brazil.

Keywords: democracy, media, Brazil, Dilma, Honeymoon

Maria Concepcion Castillo Gonzalez
Nos faltan 43. Storytelling digital y la disputa por la representación del caso de Ayotzinapa

El artículo busca comprender las dinámicas de poder articuladas a través del storytelling como práctica social sobre el caso de la desaparición de los 43 estudiantes en Ayotzinapa, México. Se analizaron las narrativas de la sociedad civil y del gobierno federal en YouTube y Twitter durante tres meses para someterlas a una comparación, lo que permitió identificar los códigos de representación en disputa sobre el emblemático caso de violación a derechos fundamentales. Constatamos que el storytelling digital que se propaga de forma viral y transmedia ofrece posibilidades para organizar la protesta en el mundo offline. Sus atributos reflexivos favorecen la visibilización de la injusticia, la permanencia en la agenda local y global y en algunos casos ejercen presión ante los diversos actores sociales y las autoridades para establecer mecanismos de solución a los conflictos.
Keywords: Transmedia Storytelling, Ayotzinapa, YouTube, Twitter, Representations

Naomi Schiller
Changing the Channel: Class Conflict, Everyday State Formation, and Television in Venezuela

The formation of new state television outlets in Venezuela over the past decade has been a process of dismantling and remaking hierarchies among social classes and between the fields of state and community media production. I analyze the involvement of community media producers in creating a new state television outlet in Caracas and the ongoing collaboration between community and state producers. Drawing on ethnographic data, I argue that a view of the state as a multifaceted and contested process permits us to analyze the intertwined practices of state formation and popular organizing, the role of international activists in this process, and the class tensions that underlie everyday state craft.
Keywords: State television, Community television, The state, Social class, Venezuela