Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

The Future of Latin American Cultural Studies: 20 Years of JLACS

Fri, March 30, 2012 | Room 2.104, Benedict Hall, The University of Texas at Austin

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Founded in London in 1992 under the name ‘TravesSia’ (the shadowed ‘s’ signaling the desire to open its pages to crossings not just between anglo- and hispanophone worlds, but also between Brazil and ‘Spanish America’), the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies now enters its twentieth year of existence. At the time of its foundation ‘Latin American Cultural Studies’ was still very much an extra-institutional project, located at a particular juncture of critical thought from and about Latin America, following the demise of (some) military dictatorships in the region. With the benefit of its somewhat ex-centric location towards institutional and academic developments not only in Latin America, but also in the U.S., the Journal has arguably managed to remain a critical observer as well as a fellow traveler with regard to the shifting configurations of cultural studies.

Nonetheless, with some of the most recent political and intellectual changes, first and foremost in Latin America with the emergence of left and centre-left governments, but also in the U.S., in the face of a conservative backlash increasingly voiced in culturalist and re-ethnicizing terms, the moment seems propitious for interrogating the capacity of (Latin American) Cultural Studies to provide a shared critical idiom for intellectuals located in different academic and political landscapes. This colloquium will focus on some of the most urgent questions facing practitioners of Latin American Cultural Studies today. It will consider both emergent issues, and historically important questions that have been receiving new treatment by scholars, or around which new debates have surfaced.

This day and a half-long colloquium will be based around four main panel themes, envisaged as a series of dialogues:

•    the mass media and social movements
•    politics and the arts
•    resurgent indigeneities / ethnicities
•    geographies of power and resistance

Please visit the following web site for more information and a full program schedule, The Future of Latin American Cultural Studies.

This event is made possible with the support of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

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