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Each spring, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University Consortium in Latin American Studies sponsors an academic conference inviting Duke and UNC graduate students, faculty, and national and international visiting scholars to participate.


2015 Consortium Conference. February 12-14, 2015

This year the conference will celebrate two and a half decades of collaborative work in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, as exemplified by the research, scholarship, and practice of former and current scholars working at the UNC and Duke Consortium.  We encourage proposals that demonstrate multidisciplinary approaches to Latin American and Caribbean research.  Attention will be given principally to panels focusing on issues related to theory and praxis of Latin American studies from the social sciences, humanities, arts, and health and environmental sciences. Special presentations will be organized with alumni from the Consortium as well as a special event celebrating 25 years of the consortium, its history, and impact.


Reflecting on Latin American Studies: Perspectives from 25 Years of Scholarship and Practice

A UNC-CH – Duke Consortium 25th Anniversary Event



(Pre-registration is required for presenters, chairs, moderators, and audience members for identification and catering purposes)

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11th Annual Consortium Conference Program | 2015


Thursday. February 12, 2015. FHI Garage | Smith Warehouse Bay 4. Duke University | 5.00pm

WOLA-Duke Book Award, featuring Oscar Martínez, Author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail.

Friday. February 13, 2015. John Hope Franklin Center. Duke University.

REGISTRATION | Room 240 | 12.30pm – 1.00pm

Room 240 | 1.00pm

Welcome by Dennis Clements, Consortium Co-Director, Duke

Room 240 | 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Modern Latin America: Strategies of Resistance? Part I

Chair: John French. History, Duke

Caribbean Migration: Latino Perspectives. Eladio Bobadilla. History, Duke

Echoes of Paulo Freire: US Appropriations. Aaron Colston. History, Duke

The Menchú Controversy Reconsidered. Elsa Costa. History, Duke

In the Shadows of Sugar: The Zona da Mata Pernambucana. Gray Kidd. History, Duke

Room 130/32 | 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Knowledge in the Service of Society: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning through Community

Chair: Joan Clifford. Spanish Language Program, Duke

Experiences: Two-Way Bridges Course, Service-learning Courses, Duke in Costa Rica, Pura Vida Club. Bethzaida Fernández. Spanish Language Program, Duke

Experiences: Enlaces Program. Channa Pickett. Duke & Durham Regional Affairs, Duke

Experiences: Global Health Work in Honduras, Medical Spanish and Cultural Competence Courses for Nurses. Rosa Solórzano. Nursing School, Duke

Room 028 | 1.15pm – 2.45pm

Making Things Visible: The Consequences of Oil Operations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Panel organized by the Social Cartographies in the Americas Working Group

Chair: Florence E. Babb. Anthropology, UNC-CH

La ley del crudo y violencia machista en la Ciudad del Milenio.* Nancy Carrión. FLACSO, Ecuador

The Millennium Cities Program: Planned Spaces and Transforming Gender Relations on Ecuador’s Oil Frontier. Angus Lyall. Geography, UNC-CH

Whose Contamination? Environmental Education and Oil Production in the Amazon.

Amelia Fiske. Anthropology, UNC-CH

Room 240 | 2.45pm– 4.15pm

Special Conversation with Oscar Martínez, Winner of the 2014 WOLA-Duke Award.

Moderated by: Yuridia Ramírez. History, Duke.

El Faro: Periodismo investigativo en Centro América. Sobre como escribí Los migrantes que no

importan (The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail)*

Room 130/132 | 2.45pm – 4.15pm

Modern Latin America: Strategies of Resistance? Part II

Chair: David Sartorius. History, University of Maryland

The Sandinista Revolution: Memory Struggles in Contemporary Nicaragua. 

Shannon James. History, UNC-CH

“El Derecho de Vivir en la Patria”: Cold War Exile, Human Rights, and the Chilean Left. 

Alyssa Bowen. History, UNC-CH

Take a Seat: Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Latin American Gender Quotas.  Robert Franco. History, Duke

Room 028 | 2.45pm – 4.15pm

Colombia: A Critical Inquiry on the “Transition towards Peace” Part I. 

Panel organized by the Social Cartographies in the Americas Working Group

Chair: Iván Vargas. Romance Studies, Duke

War and Peace in Border Areas: A Geo-strategic approach of the Colombian War 1998-2014.

Irene Cabrera. Institute for the Study of the Americas, UNC-CH

The Power to Refuse Participation in the War: Peace According to the Peace Community.

Christopher Courtheyn. Geography, UNC-CH

COFFEE BREAK | Franklin Center Basement | 4.15pm – 4.30pm

Room 240 | 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Special 25th Anniversary Alumni Panel: Focus on History and Anthropology

Chair: Pete Sigal. History, Duke

From Honor to Dignity: Criminal Libel, Press Freedom, and Racist Speech in Brazil and the United States. Jan Hoffman French. Anthropology, University of Richmond

From Ajiaco to Yuca con Mojo: Food and Nation in Cuba. Joshua Nadel. History, North Carolina Central University

Cuban Travel Policy: Making Race and Difference in the Nineteenth Century. David Sartorius. History, University of Maryland

Room 130/132 | 4.30pm – 6.00pm

The Experience of Being and Becoming a Scholar for Health in the Latin American Region and with Latino Populations

Panel organized by the Migration, Gender and Health in the Americas Working Group

Chair: Dirk Alexander Davis. Global Public Health, UNC-CH

– Raúl Necochea. Social Medicine, UNC-CH

– Clare Barrington. Global Public Health, UNC-CH

– Krista Perreira. Public Policy, UNC-CH

– DeOnna Lavette Gray. Heathcare Interpreting, Davidson County Community College

Room 028 | 4.30pm – 6.00pm

Colombia: A Critical Inquiry on the “Transition towards Peace” Part II.

Panel organized by the Social Cartographies in the Americas Working Group

Chair: Ryan Carlin. Political Science, Georgia State University

Rebuilding Burnt Bridges: Development, Reconstruction, and Reparation in Practice.

Erin Parish. Cultural Anthopology, Duke

Affect for Liberation: Memory and Emotions for a Non-Hegemonic Transition. Diana M. Gómez. Anthropology, UNC-CH

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION | Room 240 | 6.00pm

Introduced by: Louis Pérez. Consortium Co-Director, UNC-CH

Exploring Borders: Reflections of a Mexicanist from Germany in the US South.

– Jurgen Buchenau. History, UNC-Charlotte

RECEPTION | John Hope Franklin Center. Room 130/32 & First Floor Gallery | 7.00pm

Saturday. February 14, 2015. Global Education Center. University of North Carolina.

REGISTRATION | COFFEE AND PASTRIES | Atrium | 9.00am – 9.30am

A selection of books by UNC and Duke alumni, special guest Oscar Martinez, as well as titles from the Consortium’s Latin America in Translation series, will be available for purchase, thanks to UNC’s Bull’s Head Book Shop.

Room 1005 | 9.30am – 11.00am

Trajectories of Economic Development in 21st Century Latin America

Chair: Allison Forbes. City and Regional Planning, UNC-CH

Labor Markets in the Automobile Manufacturing Clusters in Central Mexico. Allison Forbes. City and Regional Planning, UNC-CH

Neo-Extractivist Model in Argentina: Impacts in urban development. Liz Mason-Deese. Geography, UNC-CH

Global Value Chains in Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges for Upgrading. Gary Gereffi.  Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness, Duke

Realignments in National and Sub-national Approaches to Labor Market Regulation in Brazil. Andrew Guinn. City and Regional Planning, UNC-CH

Room 1009 | 9.30am – 11.00am

A Study in Health Interventions in Central and South America – What Have We Learned?

Chair: Raúl Necochea. Social Medicine, UNC-CH

Health Interventions in Honduras. Dennis Clements. Pediatrics and Global Health, Duke

Health and Environment: Interventions in Perú. William Pan. Global Health/Environment, Duke

Indigenous and Bio-Medicine: Interventions in Guatemala. David Boyd. Global Health, Duke

Room 3033 | 9.30am – 11.00am

Effects of and Adaptation to Climate Change by Smallholder Coffee Producers

Chair: Elizabeth Shapiro-Garza. Environment, Duke

Effects of and Adaptation: Guatemala. Brenda Lara & Saira Haider. Environment, Duke

Effects of and Adaptation: Colombia. Mike Younis & Martín Ramírez. Environment, Duke

Effects of and Adaptation: Perú. Claire Fox & Joanna Furgiuele. Environment, Duke

Room 3024 | 9.30am – 11.00am

Re-pensando “Lo Andino” en el Siglo XXI: Un Acercamiento Interdisciplinario

Chair: Jon Beasley-Murray. Hispanic Studies, University of British Columbia

El trueque transatlántico de “lo andino” a través de la devoción a la Virgen de Copacabana. * In Spanish. Caroline Garriott. History, Duke

El sujeto andino en las adaptaciones cinematográficas de dos novelas vargasllosianas. * In Spanish. Jesús Hidalgo. Romance Studies, Duke.

Hearing Bambuco and its Andeanization in the Nineteenth Century. Silvia Serrano. Romance Studies, Duke

Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 11.00am – Noon

Special 25th Anniversary Plenary: 25 Years of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies


– Sharon Mújica, former Outreach Director, founder of the Yucatec Maya Program and founder of the Latin American Film Festival

– John Chasteen, History UNC-CH. Chair of the Latin America in Translation Series.

Moderated by Jonathan Hartlyn, Distinguish Professor of Political Science, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, UNC-CH

COMMUNITY LUNCH | Atrium | Noon – 2.00pm (by registration) 

25th Anniversary Cake!

Nelson Mandela Auditorium | 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Film Screening: La Camioneta: The Journey of One American School Bus (2012).

Mark Kendall, film director and producer, will introduce the film.

* This screening is part of The Art of Transformation: A Workshop for Educators on the Migration of People, Things, and Dreams between Guatemala and the U.S., taking place simultaneously with the conference.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by Latino/a Studies in the Global South at Duke University and the US Department of Education.


Room 1005 | 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Special 25th Anniversary Alumni Panel: Focus on Political Science

Chair: Patrick D. Duddy. Director, CLACS, Duke

The legitimacy of transitional justice in Colombia.  Ryan Carlin. Political Science, Georgia State University

Crime and Insecurity as seen through the 2014 Americas Barometer.  Elizabeth Zechmeister. Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Origins and outcomes of the civil wars in Central America. Fabrice Lehoucq. Political Science, UNC-Greensboro

Room 1009 | 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Vulnerability of Hispanic Children in the US

Chair: Frank Graziano. Hispanic Studies, Connecticut College and 2014-15 Humanities Writ Large Visiting Faculty Fellow, Duke

Regional protection systems for Hispanic migrant minors in the US. Daniela Tort Sánchez. Masters of International Development Policy Program, Duke

Unaccompanied Children in North Carolina. Marisol Silva Benítez. Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, Duke

North Carolina’s changing demographics: Challenges for ESL services for Hispanic students in central school districts in North Carolina. Janina Cuevas Zuniga. Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke

Room 3033 | 2.00pm – 3.30pm

The Roots and Future of Environmental Work in Latin America and the Caribbean

Chair: Gabriela Valdivia. Geography, UNC-CH

– Robert Healy. Environment, Duke, and Sierra Club

– Paul Burgess. Environment, Duke

– Ashley Green. Environment, Duke

– Jimena Rico-Straffon. Public Policy, Duke

Room 3024 | 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Literaturas Indígenas Contemporáneas del Abya Yala. Panel organized by the Abya Yala: Indigenous Rights and Identity Working Group

Chair: Allison Bigelow. Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia

Descolonización maya kaqchikel en Guatemala: Agua en el silencio (1961) y Nimaya (1968) de Francisco Morales Santos.* Emilio del Valle Escalante. Romance Studies, UNC-CH

(De)colonization? Of indigenous Languages in Mestizo Literary Practice: The Case of the Guaraní Poetry of Susy Delgado. Andrew Stewart. Romance Studies, UNC-CH

Visiones de cabeza y textualidades otras en una nueva lectura cartográfica De-Colombia.*

Miguel Rocha Vivas. Romance Studies, UNC-CH

Contra qué?: escritura y curación en Contrayerba de Ana Patricia Martínez Huchim.*

Ana Ugarte. Romance Studies, Duke

COFFEE BREAK | Atrium | 3.30pm – 3.45pm

Room 1005 | 3.45pm – 5.15pm

Special 25th Anniversary Alumni Panel: Focus on Humanities

Chair: Juan Carlos González-Espitia. Romance Studies, UNC-CH

Hemispheric Travelers on the Rioplatense Stage, 1820-1886. William Acree. Romance Languages and Literatures, Washington University in St. Louis

After Posthegemony.  Jon Beasley-Murray. French, Hispanic and Italian Studies, University of British Columbia

Contrariety and Colonial Science: The Science of Silver in Spanish America. Allison Bigelow. Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, University of Virginia

Two Hungaries and Many Saudades: Transnational and Postnational Emotional Vectors in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema.  Jack Draper. Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Missouri

Room 1009 | 3.45pm – 5.15pm

BOOK PRESENTATION: Social Transformation from a Decolonial Feminist Perspective: Tejiendo de Otras Maneras. Feminismos decoloniales en Abya Yala

A panel discussion with:

- Emilio del Valle Escalante. Romance Studies, UNC-CH

- Michal Osterweil. Global Studies, UNC-CH

- Walter Mignolo. Romance Studies, Duke

- Diana M. Gómez. Anthropology, UNC-CH. Co-author.

Room 3033 | 3.45pm – 5.15pm

Community Forest Enterprises in Latin America: Governance, Economic Viability, and Sustainability

Chair: Robert Healy. Environment, Duke

Community-based Forest Management and National Support Programs: Theory, Governance, and Policy.  Greg Frey. USDA Forest Service

Economics and Sustainability of Community Forest Enterprises in Mexico.

Fred Cubbage. Forestry, NC State University

Financial Viability of Community Forest Enterprises in Amazon Countries.

Shoana Humphries. Earth Innovation Institute & Tom Holmes. USDA Forest Service

Room 3024 | 3.45pm – 5.15pm

Social Determinants of Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

Chair: Patricia Northover, Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies, Jamaica, and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke

Indigenous Health in Brazil: An experience with Expedicionários da Saúde

Gary Carbell. Global Health, Duke

From Rural Villages to Urban Slums: Poverty and Cardiovascular Disease

Melissa Burroughs Peña. Global Health, Duke

Community Perspectives on Breastfeeding and Infant Health Outcomes in Léogâne, Haiti. 

Lauren Zalla. Global Health, Duke

Displacement, Demolition and Urban Renewal in Port-au-Prince, 1949-2014.  Vincent Joos. Anthropology, UNC-CH & Claire Payton. History, Duke

* Presentations in Spanish.


Funding for the Consortium Conference is generously provided by the US Department of Education Title VI grant and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

All conference activities are free and open to the public.



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