2020 NC Conference Program

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Center City Campus
320 E. 9th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Registration for the conference can be found at this link.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Registration — Lobby


Panel 1 — Room 601
Coincidencias – tiempos, imágenes y flujos en la producción cultural de ayer y hoy
Common Ground – Times, Images, and Flows in Cultural Production Then and Now

Moderator: Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Duke University
Ana María Pozo, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Sin mediaciones: la identidad de Julián del Casal en un retrato fotográfico.”
Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Duke University
“Common Ground: Visuality, Textuality, and Bodily Flows in China and Latin America.”
Manuel Sánchez, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Condenados a ser (in)visibles: opresión y sobrevivencia en tres películas sobre migración centroamericana.”
Francisco (Paco) Chen-López, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Plasticity and Authenticity: The Re-Represented Chinese Brazilians in Plastic City (2008).”

Panel 2 — Room 602
Environmental Protection Initiatives in Latin America

Moderator:  Lianna Gomori-Ruben, Duke University
Edgar Virguez, Duke University
“Estimating Health and Economic Benefits of Bogotá’s Air Quality Management Plan.”
Virginia Patterson, Duke University
“Establishing Multi-Community Wildlife Corridors in Oaxaca, Mexico.”
Juan Llano Caldas, Duke University
“System Design and Economic Evaluation of the Inclusion of the Agricultural Sector in Colombia’s Emissions Trading System.”
Jacqueline Gerson, Duke University
“Mercury Loading in the Peruvian Amazon from Artisanal Gold Mining.”

Roundtable 1 — Room 604
Publishing Latin American Studies

Moderator:  Louis A. Pérez, Jr., UNC-Chapel Hill
Gregory Weeks, UNC Charlotte (The Latin Americanist)
Elaine Maisner, University of North Carolina Press
Louis A. Pérez, Jr., UNC-Chapel Hill (Studies in Latin America)

Roundtable 2 — Room 606
An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Latin American Studies at a Minority-Serving Institution

Moderator:  Diana Dodson Lee, UNC-Pembroke
Diana Dodson Lee, UNC Pembroke
Melissa Buice, UNC Pembroke
Christopher Woolley, UNC Pembroke
Lisandra Estevez, Winston-Salem State University


Keynote Address — Auditorium (2nd Floor)
Who Really Conquered Mexico?

Federico Navarrete Linares, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma in Mexico
Federico Navarrete Linares has a PhD in Mesoamerican Studies. He does research on the history of the Native peoples of the Americas and their relations with European and Africans, and the way they have adapted to the process of colonization and State building. He also works on racism and discrimination in contemporary Latin America. Some of his recent books are Who really conquered Mexico? (2019), Mexica histories (2018), Racist Mexico (2016). He also publishes historical novels, such as El códice perdido (2017).

Reception – Second floor Atrium

Immediately following reception there will be a Networking Event for Conference Participants. Those interested in attending should meet in the lobby of the Center City campus building. The group will take light rail to Charlotte’s “NoDa” neighborhood. (NoDa, short for North Davidson, is the city’s arts and entertainment district.)  This will be a great opportunity for UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke faculty and students to meet their UNC-Charlotte colleagues.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Registration – Lobby


Panel 3 – Room 902
Latin American Re-Ruminations on Mass Violence and Genocide in Transnational Perspective

Moderator: Vanessa Castañeda, Tulane University

Nicola Foote, Arizona State University
“British West Indians and the Putumayo Genocide.”
María Labbato, Florida International University & UNC Charlotte
“Jewish Political Identity, Transnational Activism, and Resistance to Mass Violence in the Figure of Margarita Nelken.”
John Cox, UNC Charlotte
“Anti-Communism and Genocide under the Dictatorships in Spain, Chile, and Argentina.”

Panel 4 – Room 904
Migration Politics and Immigration Policies in the Time of Globalization

Moderator:  Steven Hyland, Wingate University

Carmen Monico and Jovani Méndez-Sandoval, Elon University
“Forced Child-Family Separations on the Southwestern U.S. Border Under the ‘Zero-Tolerance’ Policy.”
María Aysa-Lastra, Winthrop University
“Adaptation of Internally Displaced Persons to Urban Environments in Colombia.”

Panel 5 – Room 905
Between Armed Struggle and Electoral Conflict in Colombia

Moderator:  Maggie Commins, Queens University of Charlotte  

Tara Yanez, Tulane University
“Social Policy, Legacies of Conflict, and Urban Violence in Cali, Colombia.”
Giovanny Rincón Alvarez, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Is the Centre Emerging After Political Polarization? The Case of the Regional Elections in Colombia in October 2019.”

Panel 6 – Room 906
Representations of Feminism

Moderator:  Magdalena Peña, Davidson College

Uchenna P. Vasser, Winston-Salem State University
“The Intersections of Ecology and Feminism: ‘Chambacú, corral de negros’ by Manuel Zapata Olivella.”
Jeanine Lino Couto, Winston-Salem State University
“As personagens femininas de Triste fim de Policarpo Quaresma: uma reflexão.”


Roundtable 3 – Room 902
Documenting North Carolina’s Latin American Immigrant Social Movements

This interactive panel will engage oral historians, local practitioners, and community organizers to discuss current initiatives and ethical considerations for the documentation of Latin American immigrant social movements and North Carolina history.

Moderator:  Hannah Gill, UNC-Chapel Hill

Stefania Arteaga, NC American Civil Liberties Union and the Comunidad Colectiva of Charlotte              
Felicia Arriaga, Appalachian State University

Panel 7 – Room 904
Ecocritical Approaches to Latin America’s Literatures and Cultures

Moderator:  Emil Keme, UNC-Chapel Hill

Ezra Wright, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Representaciones del ‘Cheap Nature’ en El abrazo de la serpiente.”
Diana Isabel Torres Silva, UNC-Chapel Hill
“‘Ontología relacional’ en la lectura de Axolotl, de Cortázar (Final del juego, 1956) y Salón de Belleza de Bellatín (1994).”
Sam Hunnicutt, Duke University
“The Politics of Food in Me llamo Rigoberta Menchú y así me nació la conciencia.”

Panel 8 – Room 905
Contributions of Small-Scale Fisheries to Achieving Well-Being and Long-Term Environmental Stewardship in Mexico

Moderator:  Alejandro García Lozano, Duke Marine Laboratory

María Isabel Navarro-Sánchez (Co-authors: Xavier Basurto, María del Mar Mancha-Cisneros), Duke Marine Laboratory
“The Contributions of Small-Scale Fisheries to Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Mexico.”
Crisol Méndez-Medina (Co-authors: Xavier Basurto, Alejandro García Lozano), Duke Marine Laboratory
“Understanding Collective Action from Mexican Fishers’ Narratives.”
Alejandro García Lozano (Co-authors: Crisol Méndez-Medina, Xavier Basurto), Duke Marine Laboratory
“Ordenamiento: The Quest for Order in Mexican Small-Scale Fisheries.”

Panel 9 – Room 906
Accessing Multiple Facets of the Cuban Past

Moderator: Oscar de la Torre, UNC Charlotte

Alexandra Sánchez Rolón, Duke University
“Subversive Religion: Afro-Cuban Women, Santería, and the Politics of Gender in Post-Revolution Cuba.”
Devyn Spence Benson, Davidson College, and Danielle Clealand, Florida International University
“Privileging the Silenced: Afro-Cuban Oral and Political History in the United States.”
José Manuel Batista, UNC Charlotte
“The Whitewash of Blackface in the Film, ‘José Martí: El ojo del canario’ (2010) by Fernando Pérez.”

Panel 10 – Room 1104
Runaway Geographies in Afro-Latino America, 17th to 19th Centuries

Moderator:  Linda Rupert, UNC Greensboro

Crystal Eddins, UNC Charlotte
“Geographies of Subversion: Maroons, Borders, and Empire.”
Beau DJ Gaitors, Winston-Salem State University
“Citizenship and Belonging in the Nascent Nation: African Descendants in Nineteenth-Century Mexican Political Discourse.”
Ana María Silva Campo, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Through the Gate at Media Luna: Slavery and the Geographies of Legal Status in Colonial Cartagena de Indias.”


Workshop 1 – Room 902
Teaching Latin American Immigration Through Literature: A Workshop for K-12 Educators

Organizer: Corin Zaragoza Estrera, Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke University

Panel 11 – Room 904
The Medium is the Message in Mexico and Argentina

Moderator:  Luis Peña, Davidson College

Sofía Paiva de Araújo, UNC Charlotte
“The Antibelicist Message of La Revolución de Juan Escopeta (2011).”
María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Virginia Tech
“Entre lo local y lo global: memoria y thriller en la televisión argentina actual.”
Mark W. Schuhl, Wingate University
“Bidets, Bosoms, and Bugs: Hope in Hopelessness in Fernando Sorrentino.”

Panel 12 – Room 905
Resistance, Politics, and Reform in the Age of Revolution

Moderator:  Amy Johnson, Elon University

Michael Becker, Duke University
“‘Scandalous Neglect, Ignorance and Turpitude:’ Jamaican Magistrates, Criminal Procedure and the Trial of Enslaved People.”
Tayzhaun Glover, Duke University
“Social Life and Social Death: Re-enslaved People, Inter-Island Communication and Network Building in the 1820s Eastern Caribbean.”
Kristina Williams, Duke University
“‘For Everything They Were About was a Hanging Matter:’ Politics, Law and Order in the Aftermath of the 1816 Barbados Slave Insurrection.” 

Special Program 1 – Room 906
Conversation with Franco Fasoli

“Muralism and Contemporary Latin American Art in the USA: A conversation with Franco Fasoli.”
This session features a dialogue with Argentinian American artist Franco Fasoli, whose work explores not only the use of different materials and scales, but also the tension between the global dominant culture and sub-cultures as a space of resistance. The multiple forms of identity, both individual and collective, are the backbone of Fasoli’s sociological influence. Represented through conflict, confrontation, and discursive juxtaposition, Fasoli does not intend to answer the question, but rather to constantly redesign the proposal, questioning the question and himself again.

Franco Fasoli graduated from the National School of Ceramics and the Higher Institute of Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he was trained in Set Design. His work has been showcased at exhibits in Argentina, Italy, France, Mexico, and the United States.

Panel 13 – Room 1104
Dispossessing the Possessors: Environment and Indigenous Agency

Moderator:  David S. Dalton, UNC Charlotte

Arturo Zepeda Jr., California State University, Los Angeles
“Understanding the Amazon Crisis of Brazil from the Geo-Politics of Indigenous Knowledge.”
Leah Walton, UNC Charlotte
“Inaugurating the Consultation: Analyzing Community-Level Participation in the Consultation in the TIPNIS, Bolivia.”
Ingrid Díaz Moreno, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Everyday Forms of Dispossession in Oil Palm Landscapes: Mobility and Natural Resources in the Colombian Llanos Region.”

1:00-2:15pm – Lunch


Special Program 2 – Room 902
Short Films from the North Carolina Latin American Film Festival

Organizer:   Miguel Rojas Sotelo, Duke University
A series of six short films showcasing indigenous and Afro-Brazilian filmmakers.

Panel 14 – Room 904
The Politics of Performance and Processions

Moderator:  Angela Rajagopalan, UNC Charlotte

Carolina Helena Timoteo de Oliveira, Tulane University
“Beyond Saudade: Samba Music Practices, Identity and Time.”
Mario Bahena Uriostegui, Johnson C. Smith University
“The Performance in Becoming Mexican: The Nationalizing Communities Created by the Boom of Foreigners Youtubing From Mexico.”
Anthony Rossodivito, UNC-Chapel Hill
“The Freedom Caravan: Memory, Mobilization and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution.”
Gretel Acosta, UNC Greensboro
“Desfiles: carnavalización y violencia en la revolución cubana a través de cuentos de Reinaldo Arenas.”

Panel 15 – Room 905
Analyzing Drivers of Residential Electricity Consumption in Mexico

Moderator:  Dalia Patiño Echeverrí, Duke University

Karen Wu, Duke University
“Projection of Plug Loads Residential Consumption in Mexico.”
Amanda Ullman, Duke University
“Projection of HVAC Residential Consumption in Mexico.”
Jess Siegel, Duke University
“Projection of Lighting and Rooftop Solar Residential Consumption in Mexico.”
Mauricio Hernández, Duke University
“Past, Present and Future Trends in Residential Electricity Consumption in Mexico.”

Roundtable 4 – Room 906
Creative Pedagogy for Teaching About Immigration: A Roundtable Discussion of Methods and Resources

Moderator:      Maggie Commins, Queens University of Charlotte

Liliana Wendorff, Queens University of Charlotte
Bonnie Shishko, Queens University of Charlotte
Itzel García Ruiz, Queens University of Charlotte

Panel 16 – Room 1104
Food and Identity in Latin America: Past and Present

Moderator:  Nicole Peterson, UNC Charlotte

Sara L. Juengst, UNC Charlotte
“May the Maize Be With You: Food and Ritual in the Prehispanic Titicaca Basin.”
Colleen Hammelman, UNC Charlotte
“Embodied Experiences of Growing Food.”
Julie Wesp, North Carolina State University
Daniela Trujillo Hassan, Proyecto Arqueológico San Ignacio
Felipe Gaitán Ammann, Universidad de los Andes

“Reading Through the Tooth-Book: Notes on Foodways. Modernity and Oral Care in the Late-19th Century Bogotá, Colombia.”
Isaura Godinez, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Food in a Purepecha Community of Michoacán, Mexico.”
Consuelo Salas, UNC Charlotte
“The Materialities of Place-Making: Stories of Latinx Foodways in the New South.”

Panel 17 – Room 1105
Engaged Pedagogies and Latinx Communities in North Carolina

Moderators:  Alessandra Bazo Vienrich and Chuck Sturtevant, Davidson College

Sara Moreno De Nicolás, High Point University
“Choosing the Right Word: Prejudices, Euphemisms and Semantics When Working with the Latinx Community in a Service Learning Course.”
Chuck Sturtevant, Davidson College
“Measurable Outcomes and Relational Values in a Setting that is Pedagogical Among Other Things.”
Amy Kennemore, University of California, San Diego
“Teaching Strategies for Fostering Critique and Action Through Public Engagement.”
Alessandra Bazo Vienrich, Davidson College
“Community-Engaged Pedagogy of Latinxs in the South.”

Discussant:  Hana Brown, Wake Forest University


Roundtable 5 – Room 902
Writing to Think: Leveraging Interdisciplinary Writing Pedagogy to Teach Latin America

Moderator:  Katya Wesolowski, Duke University

Sandra Sotelo Miller, Duke University
Brenda Baletti, Duke University
Sarah Town, Duke University
Paolo Bocci, Duke University

Panel 18 – Room 904
Cultural Heritage, Community Engagement, and Identity in the Maya Region

Moderator:  Rachel A. Horowitz, Appalachian State University

Kaitlyn A. Clingenpeel and Brent K.S. Woodfill, Winthrop University
“The Contemporary Q’eqchi’ and Maya Archaeology: How the Past Shapes the Present.”
Mary Kate Kelly, Tulane University
Olivia Navarro-Farr, College of Wooster
Juan Carlos Pérez Calderón, Parque Arqueológico Waka

“Preservation of Maya Cultural Heritage at El Perú-Waka.”
Rachel A. Horowitz, Appalachian State University
“Experimental Archaeology and Community Engagement: Making Stone Tools in the Maya Region.”
Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Davidson College
C. Matthew Saunders, Davidson Day School
“Promotion of Cultural Heritage through Archaeology to (Pre-)Collegiate Students in Latin America.”

Panel 19 – Room 905
Marginal Voices in Mexican Media

Moderator:  David S. Dalton, UNC Charlotte

Vinodh Venkatesh, Virginia Tech University
“Contesting the Damsel in Distress: Gender and Politics in ‘La Mujer Murciélago.’”
Rebecca Janzen, University of South Carolina
“Gender, Power and New Forms of Religious Expression in Mexico: the Case of Angel de Fuego.”
David S. Dalton, UNC Charlotte
“Networking of the Peripheral Mexican Nations: Ricardo Domínguez’s Electronic Disturbance Theater.”
Olivia Cosentino, The Ohio State University
“Violence, the Infra-Ordinary and Impunity in Tatiana Huezo’s ‘Tempestad.’”

Panel 20 – Room 906
Technology and the Sound of Language

Moderator:  Sam Hunnicutt, Duke University

Sam Hunnicutt, Duke University
“Language and the Division of the Perceptible in Balún Canán.”
Lucas Lopes, Duke University
“Making Sense of Sounds or Making Sound of Senses: Experimentalism in the Poetry of Oliverio Girondo.”
Joseph Mulligan, Duke University
“Technology and the Problem of Authenticity: Jaime Saenz as Cultural Promotor and Liturgical Poet.”
Marcelo Nogueira, Duke University
“Voice and Vision in Concrete Poetry.”

Panel 21 – Room 1104
Colonial-National Transitions in Spanish America: Identities, Knowledge Production, and Territoriality

Moderator:  Cynthia Radding, UNC-Chapel Hill

Javier Etchegaray, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Geographic Expeditions to Chiloe in the 19th Century: State Consolidation, Territorial Expansion, and Ethnography.”

José Manuel Moreno Vega, UNC-Chapel Hill
“Peace Came in the Form of Crosses: Ritualized Diplomatic Practices Among Natives and Spaniards in Sonora 1679-1836.”
Daniel Velásquez, UNC-Chapel Hill
“‘De padres Frances y natural Español:’ Identity and Migration in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico at the Turn of the 19th Century.”
Francesca Langer, UNC-Chapel Hill
“The Early Spanish American Press and the Aesthetics of Classical Republicanism.”

Funding for NC/CLAS 2020 is generously provided by the U.S. Department of Education Title VI, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the UNC Charlotte Latin American Studies Program, the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Studies at UNC Charlotte, the Duke Office of Global Affairs/Hanscom Endowment, and the William Wilson Brown, Jr. Fund at UNC Chapel Hill.

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