In the present, Colombia is facing an important conjuncture, largely shaped by the peace negotiation, taking place between the government and the FARC-EP (and most recently the ELN). The current moment is a dispute over the meaning of the past, present and future of Colombia, with hemispheric implications, that includes a discussion about the type of society that each actor imagines. Consequently, the actual moment is defined by a series of political, cultural and ontological struggles locally and regionally. While political, economical, and cultural elites seem resistant to pursuing significant changes beyond the demobilization of the guerrillas and small reforms to the system; civil society, social movements (indigenous, afro-descendants, and peasants in particular), intellectuals, and some politicians are yearning for a historical moment that challenges the unequal social arrangements of Colombian society.

What: ISA Graduate Student Orientation and Reception Where: FedEx Global Education Center, 4th floor When: Tuesday, September 6 at 6:15pm Orientation and Welcome Reception for Graduate and Professional School students working in Latin America, the Caribbean, or among Latino communities in the United States. An opportunity to meet new and returning students working in the region, discuss resources, funding opportunities, […]

This program is an affordable global opportunity for UNC undergraduate students with knowledge of Spanish language. The program offers service learning opportunities in migrant communities and an opportunity to work with a Mexican NGO, the Fundación Comunitaria del Bajío. As an exchange program, it also provides Mexican students the opportunity to study at UNC Chapel Hill. Contact: Jerri Snyder,, […]

Mamulengo is a puppet tradition from northeastern Brazil. Mamulengo took shape during the colonial era, and has obvious connections to European puppet genres, such as the English Punch and Judy shows, the Italian pulcinella, and the French guignol, that are rooted in the Italian commedia dell’arte of the 16thcentury. The form likely derived out of this European tradition through cultural […]

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the Geography Department at UNC-CH’s first colloquium event of 2016-2017. On Thursday and Friday September 15 and 16, 2016, Dr. Tom Perrault (Geography, Syracuse University) and Dr. Manuel Prieto (Instituto de Arquelogía y Anthropología, San Pedro de Atacama, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile)  will lead a series of conversations on bridging transnational scholarship in nature-society […]

Title: Positionality, solidarity and colonial legacies: ExploringSouth/North collaboration in political ecology and beyond Abstract: This panel examines the colonial legacies of political ecology, a field with roots in development and ‘Third World’studies, as evident in the politics of training and publishing, and the possibilities for solidarity and collaboration acrossSouth/North divides.  We pursue these aims through an interrogation of our own […]

09.15 | Thursday. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia Street, UNC-Chapel Hill. 7pm Que Horas ela Volta? / Second Mother/ Anna Muylaert. 112min. 2015. Brazil An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, The Second Mother dissects with both impeccable precision and humor such matters as class differences and family. The film centers around Val, a hard- working live-in housekeeper in […]