Consortium Conference

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.


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February, 16 & 17, 2018




Annual Conference of the Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University


February 16 -17, 2018


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018. Duke University, Rubenstein Library. Duke West Campus, Durham.

Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (#153). 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Conference Registration


Panel 1. Carpenter Conference Room (# 249). 2.00pm-3.30pm.

Protecting Women and Children from Violence: Experiences from Mexico, Colombia and Ecuador.


  • Patrícia Martuscelli. UNC-Chapel Hill, Carolina Population Center.

Children’s Place in the Colombian Peace Agreement: between agency and victimhood?


  • Maja Jeranko. UNC-Chapel Hill, Anthropology.

Multi-Scale Approaches to Addressing Gender-Based Violence in Ecuador.


  • Rachel Schmidtke. Duke, Center for International Development.

Protecting Northern Triangle Refugee Women from Sexual and Gender Based Violence on Mexico’s Southern Border.


Moderator: Diana Gómez Correal. Universidad de los Andes-Colombia, Center for Development Studies.


Panel 2. Breedlove Conference Room (# 349). 2.00pm-3.30pm.

Making Sense of Economic Insecurity: Imaginaries and Discourses of Post-Structural Adjustment Era in Latin America.


  • Julio Gutiérrez. UNC-Chapel Hill, Anthropology.

Enterprising Hope: Entrepreneurship and Economic Self-help in El Salvador’s Urban Middle-Class.


  • Emily Spangenberg. University of Texas-Austin, Sociology.

Patronage Politics in the “Mother City of Industry”: Framing Political, Economic, and Environmental Precarity in Palpalá, Argentina.


  • Marina Martins Siqueira. Duke, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (visiting scholar). Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Administration.

Efficiency of Neonatal ICUs in Brazilian public hospitals.


Moderator: Laura Gutiérrez, Independent Scholar and Activist, Colombia.


Panel 3. Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (#153). 3.45pm-5.15pm

Praxis en los márgenes: perspectivas en la literatura y cine Latinoamericano.


  • Ana María Pozo. UNC-Chapel Hill, Romance Studies.

La ficción simulada o la (im)posible identidad de José Ingenieros.


  • Brenda Quiñones-Ayala. UNC-Chapel Hill, Romance Studies.

Las fiestas patronales de Santiago Apóstol.


  • Paco (Yu-Su) Chen-López. UNC-Chapel Hill, Romance Studies.

Mímesis y alteridad como estrategias: la representación del sistema de Manila en La rosa de la China.


  • Manuel Sánchez-Cabrera. UNC-Chapel Hill, Romance Studies.

(Re)presentación subalterna: mujer, imagen y colonialidad en Ixcanul de Jayro Bustamante.


Moderator: Marcelo Noah. Duke, Romance Studies.


Panel 4. Carpenter Conference Room (#249). 3.45pm-5.15pm

Black Identities: Theories of Becoming.


  • David Dulceany. Duke, Romance Studies.

La Liberté ou la mort: The Haitian Revolution as Political Theology in Stella by Emeric Bergeaud.


  • Javier Eduardo Pabón. Saint Augustine’s University, International Studies.

La palabra está suelta: el desafío del pensamiento afro a las nociones de lo latinoamericano / The word is free: The Afro challenge to the constructions of Latin America.


  • Joseph Mulligan. Duke, Romance Studies.

To Each Christ His Herod: Baroque Allegory in Early Luso-Brazilian Modernity.


Moderator: Joseph Wiltberger. California State University-Northridge, Central American Studies


Panel 5. Breedlove Conference Room (# 349). 3.45pm-5.15pm

Effects and Context of Fear and Stigma in Latinx Communities

Organized by the UNC-Duke Gender, Migration and Health in the Americas Working Group


  • Priscila Brietzke. UNC-Chapel Hill, Health Behavior.

Fear and stigma are factors that can impact how Latinx’s navigate health and social systems.


  • Joshua Hinson. UNC-Chapel Hill, Social Work.

Refugee Mental Health and Wellness in North Carolina.


  • Maritza Chirinos. El Centro Hispano.

Enlaces por la Salud – Linking Men and Transgender Women to HIV Care.


Moderator: Dirk Davis. UNC-Chapel Hill, Health Behavior.


Coffee Break. Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (# 153), 5.15-5.30pm.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2018. Duke University, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room

(# 153), 5.30pm


On Relational Ontolog(ies): Common Paths, Common Actions. The work of Arturo Escobar.

– Walter Mignolo. Duke, Literature

– Michaeline Crichlow. Duke, African and African American Studies and Sociology.

– Diane Nelson. Duke, Cultural Anthropology (via Skype from Guatemala).

– Diana Gómez Correal. Universidad de los Andes-Colombia, Center for Development Studies.


With the presence of Arturo Escobar. UNC-Chapel Hill, Anthropology.


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2018. UNC-Chapel Hill, FedEx Global Education Center (GEC).

301 Pittsboro Street. Chapel Hill.

Coffee and pastries in the Atrium, 8.30 – 9.00 am.


Panel 6. GEC 1005. 9.00am-10.30am.

Building Solidarity: Social and Cultural Movements of the 1970s in Chile and Brazil.


  • Eduardo Angelo da Silva. Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and Duke, Visiting Scholar

The Metalworkers of Volta Redonda (Brazil) from the late 1970s to the Army Repression in the 1980s.


  • Magdalena Berrios Vergara. Duke, Liberal Studies.

Action for Women in Chile: The story of a U.S Feminist International Solidarity Movement (1974-1979).


  • Marcelo Noah Duke, Romance Studies

Tropicália and Beyond.


Moderator. Juan Ricardo Aparicio. Universidad de los Andes-Colombia, Cultural Studies.


Panel 7. GEC 1009. 9.00am-10.30am.

Land and Labor in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts: Discourse and Practices of Nation Building in Latin American and Caribbean States.


  • Ana Flavia Badue. CUNY Graduate Center, Anthropology.

Sweetness and Fuel: Peripheral modernization and the expansion of Brazilian sugarcane industry.


  • Paolo Bocci. Duke, Writing Program.

Diminished Colonialism: Island Imaginaries and Nation Building on the Galápagos Islands in the 19th Century.


  • Alison Klein. Duke, Writing Program.

The Poetics of Land and Labor: Images of Indenture in Indo-Caribbean Poetry.


  • Stefan Martínez-Ruíz. Duke, Political Science.

Land, Labor, and Long-Run Development in Latin America: The Encomienda and Long-Run Development in Mexico.



Panel 8. GEC 3024. 9.00am-10.30am.

Late Colonial Complexities: Trade, Property, & Reproduction in the Greater Caribbean.


  • Michael Becker. Duke, History.

Re-thinking the Legal Logics of Enslaved People’s Possessions in early 19th century Jamaica


  • Jacqueline Allain. Duke, History.

Alexis Rachel Dosithée and Natal Politics in Emancipation-Era Martinique.


  • Daniel Velásquez. UNC-Chapel Hill, History.

Bourbon Law and Trans-Imperial Trade in the Gulf of Mexico, 1763-1803.


Moderator: Ebony Jones. NC State University, History.


Panel 9. GEC 1005. 10.45am-12.15pm.

Contesting the New Man.


  • Ofélia Lopez. Duke, Literature.

New Man, Black Man: Race, Prostitution and Survival in the Dirty Havana Trilogy


  • Jaime Acosta González. Duke, Romance Studies.

The New Man at the End of History: Leonardo Padura Fuentes and the Reinvention of Detective Fiction.


  • Laura Jaramillo. Duke, Literature.

The Problem of the New Man, the Body, and Femininity.


Moderator: David Dulceany. Duke, Romance Studies.


Panel 10. GEC 1009. 10.45am-12.15pm.

Fixing Identities Through Media, Music, and Art 


  • Paulina Miranda. Duke, Liberal Studies.

Subtitling Warmi Pachakutik – A Journey Between Two Worlds.


  • Tito Matias-Ferreira, Jr. Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte-Brazil and Duke, Visiting Scholar.

Remembering and Imagining: immigrant writing in the work of Julia Alvarez.


  • Lisandra Estevez. Winston-Salem State University.

Afro-Cuba: History, Identity and Ritual in the Art of Wifredo Lam, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Belkis Ayón.


  • Alexandria Miller. Duke, History and African and African American Studies.

Selassie Souljahz: The Roots of Reggae Revival and Black Millennial Music Protest in Contemporary Jamaica.


Moderator: Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Duke, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Panel 11. GEC 3024. 10.45am-12.15pm.

Democratization or Dilution? A Case Study of Higher Education Expansion during the Lula-Dilma Era 


  • Travis Knoll. Duke, History.

Continued Access or Retrenchment?  Prospects for Brazilian higher education expansion facing austerity.


  • Andrew Guinn. UNC-Chapel Hill, City and Regional Planning.

Dead end or Promising Beginning? Pronatec and the work of training institutions in the PT era.



  • John D. French. Duke, History.

Lula’s College-Educated Children: Subaltern Social Mobility and its Subversive Impact over the Long Haul.


  • Chloe Ricks. Duke, International Comparative Studies.

Poverty, Anti-Blackness, and Social Mobility through Higher Education in the Mississippi Delta and the Baixada Fluminense (Rio Lowlands) in Brazil.


Moderator: John D. French. Duke, History.


FedEx Global Education Center.

Community Lunch in the Atrium, 12. 15 pm. (PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED)


Keynote Speaker.  Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 1.30-2.30pm

Arturo Escobar. Kenan Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Transhumancia epistémica: Reflexiones de cuatro décadas de práctica académico-política.

(Simultaneous translation will be offered by request.)


Plenary/Roundtable.  Nelson Mandela Auditorium. 2.30–3.45 pm

Engaged Scholarship: Praxis of academic and activist experiences.

-Juan Ricardo Aparicio. Universidad de los Andes-Colombia, Cultural Studies.

-Maribel Casas-Cortes.  UNC-Charlotte, Global Studies.

-Joseph Wiltberger. CalIfornia State University-Northridge, Central American Studies.

-Laura Gutiérrez. Independent Scholar and Activist. Colombia.


Moderator: Gabriela Valdivia. Geography, UNC-Chapel Hill.


Reception in the Atrium, 4.00 pm

Music and Dance by Parranda Pavelid and Takiri Studio.


For more information, contact Miguel Rojas Sotelo (, Natalie Hartman (, or Beatriz Riefkohl-Muñiz (

The conference is free and open to the public





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