Department of Spanish and Portuguese
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The Future of Latin American Cultural Studies: 20 Years of JLACS

Fri, March 30, 2012 | BEN 2.104

9:30 AM

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

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.

Panel themes:

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
 Panelists will be asked to present position papers on issues related to these themes, and to consider these in relation to cultural studies as a field. They will be encouraged to engage in dialogue with each other, and with the audience, on the issues raised by their papers and by the briefs provided by conference organizers.

If you have any questions regarding this conference, please contact Lorraine Leu

This event is made possible with the support of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Center for Mexican-American Studies, and the Community Engagement Center, of the University of Texas at Austin.



Thursday 29 March: Wine reception and buffet 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

Friday 30 March:

Welcoming remarks and coffee: 9:30
Lorraine Leu: Organizer, Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies & Department of Spanish & Portuguese, JLACS Editor

Panel 1: 10:00 – 12:00
Mass media and social movements:
   • Ivana Bentes (UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro)
   • Daniel Mosquera (Union College, Schenectady, JLACS Editor)
   • George Yúdice (University of Miami)
   • David Wood (UNAM, Mexico) [moderator, JLACS Editor]

Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00

Panel 2: 1:00 – 3:00
Politics and the arts:
   • Bruno Bosteels (Cornell)
   • Ben Bollig (University of Oxford, JLACS Editor)
   • Alberto Moreiras (Texas A&M)
   • Philip Derbyshire (University of London) [moderator, JLACS Editor]

Coffee: 3:00 – 3:30

Panel 3: 3:30 – 5:30
Geographies of power & resistance:
   • Jens Andermann (University of London, JLACS Editor)
   • José Manuel Valenzuela (Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana)
   • Rory O’Bryen (University of Cambridge, JLACS Editor)
   • Lorraine Leu (UT, LLILAS/Spanish & Portuguese) [moderator, JLACS Editor]

Conference dinner: 7:00 – 9:00

Saturday 31 March:
Coffee: 9:30 – 10:00

Panel 4: 10:00-12:00
Resurgent indigeneities & ethnicities:
   • Arturo Arias (UT, Spanish & Portuguese)
   • Karen Engle (UT, School of Law)
   • Charles Hale (UT, LLILAS)
   • Joanne Rappaport (Georgetown)
   • Jossiana Arroyo (UT, Spanish & Portuguese/AAADS) [discussant]


This event is sponsored by:

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese,

Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies,

Center for Mexican-American Studies,

Routledge (publishers of JLACS)

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