Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Meanings of Violence in Contemporary Latin America

Wed, October 26, 2011 | SRH 1.313, Hackett Room

12:30 PM

Book Cover
Book Cover

This volume addresses the proliferation of increasingly complex forms of violence, a situation now perceived to be both among the most pressing issues faced by Latin America in our times and a reality with multiple ramifications, marking the socio-political landscape of the region in decisive ways. With contributions by scholars from various fields (the social sciences, journalism, and the humanities), this book examines not only the manifestations and the effects of violence but also the social acts that surround it and make it meaningful. Violence appears here as a natural yet dramatic manifestation of how individuals organize themselves in contemporary Latin America.
Gabriela Polit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research focuses on the way in which the traffic of illegal drugs is represented in Culicán (Mexico), Medellín (Colombia), La Paz (Bolivia) and Buenos Aires (Argentina). She is currently working on the manuscript Narrating narcos. Stories from Culiacán and Medellín. She has published Cosas de hombres. Escritores y caudillos en la literatura latinoamericana del siglo XX (Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editores, 2008) I have edited two books, Meanings of Violence in Latin America, (New York: Palgrave 2011) co-edited with María Helena Ruenda, and Critica literaria ecuatoriana. Hacia un nuevo siglo (Quito: FLACSO, 2001). Additionally, her articles have been published in Hispanic Review, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies,Latin American Review, Perífrasis, among others. Polit is a native of Ecuador and received her Ph.D. from New York University.
Professor Gloria Gonzalez Lopez, who will serve as discussant, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the areas of sexuality, gender, Mexican American and Mexican studies, and social inequality.

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