latin american studies

Symposium: “The Intersections of Violence in Latin America”

​We will begin at 9:30 am with a presentation by multimedia artist Diana Kahlo,Las Desaparecidas de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico (The Missing Women of Juarez) followed by Francisco Goldman's lecture Ayotzinapa: Mexico Hits Bottom at 11:00 am and we will end with a panel on the Intersections of Violence and Human Rights across Time and Space from 2:00 to 4:30 pm with the participation of Rosa Linda Fregoso, Professor, Latin American and Latino Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, Cecilia Menjivar, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Kansas and Tiffiny Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University

 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:30am to 5:00pm
Location: 
West End Room, POT 18th floor

Enforcing equality: court rulings, indigenous women, and political participation in Oaxaca, Mexico

Within the last decade, Mexico´s federal electoral courts have taken unprecedented steps to promote affirmative action in favor of women´s political participation. At the federal, state, and municipal levels, this has largely meant rulings that support legislation on gender-based quotas for public posts.  A stumbling block to this affirmative action initiative has been the predominately indigenous municipalities that hold local elections through tradition and custom instead of universal suffrage and secret ballot. Legally recognized as part of indigenous people´s collective right to self-determination, election through custom and tradition has been difficult to fit into existing juridical logics of gender equality.  In the past three years, however, a growing number of electoral conflicts appealed to the federal courts have brought the question of indigenous women´s political participation to the forefront. I examine several of these cases to explore how the courts mediate between the question of collective self-determination and individual women´s rights, how they seek to promote a liberal notion of gender equality, and how women and communities are responding to their rulings in unexpected ways.  I argue that what is at stake is more than just women´s political participation; rather, these rulings reflect contemporary contestations over gender, indigeneity, modernity, and democracy in Mexico more broadly.  
Holly Worthen is a Professor at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociológicas at the Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.  She received her Phd in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her work focuses on gender, migration, development and indigenous politics.
 
Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Location: 
231 White Hall Classroom Building
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Miguel Alvear Presents: Beyond the Mall: A Documentary About Popular Video Films in Ecuador

Miguel Alvear Presents: 
Beyond the Mall: A Documentary About Popular Video Films in Ecuador

Miguel Alvear is an Ecuadorian filmmaker. His recent movies are Más allá del Mall (2010) and Blak Mama (2009). He studied in Belgium and at the SFAI (California). His movies have been recognized with the Award DocTV in 2010, the prize for best Ecuadorian movie in 2008, and in the “Festival der Nationen”, Austria, 1996.

Sept 24th 4-6:30 pm 
White Hall Classroom Building 234

Sponsored by the International Studies Program, Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the University of Kentucky,Sociology Department University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Department of Hispanic Studies

 

Date: 
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
White Hall Classroom 234

Cinema, Slavery, and Brazilian Nationalism

By studying Brazilian films released between 1976 and 2005, Gordon examines how the films both define the national community and influence viewer understandings of "Brazilianness." Though the films he examines span decades, they all communicate their revised version of Brazilian national identity through a cinematic strategy with a dual aim: to upset ingrained ways of thinking about Brazil and to persuade those who watch the films to accept a new way of understanding their national community. 

Date: 
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Location: 
Niles Gallery

Third Wave Coffee, Maya Farmers, and the Anthropology of Wellbeing

His talk focuses on specialty coffee markets and Maya farmers in Guatemala. The best coffees these days are selling for astronomical prices and even though farmers are not getting rich, they are benefitting from the market boom and have high hopes for coffee. 

Date: 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Patterson Office Tower 18th floor West End Room
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Graduate Travel Grants

University of Kentucky Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program Travel Grants for Research in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program invites UK Graduate Students to apply for grants in support of summer research. Graduate students with a focus or interest in Latin America will be considered for the award. The awards are $500 for domestic travel and $700 for international travel. Funds can be used towards travel, lodging, meals and other research-related expenses.

A guide to Día de los muertos celebrations in Lexington

It’s a good weekend to be a hispanista in Lexington. Granted we’ve had a great fall; from the Lexington Latino Festival to the many activities surrounding the Arts and Sciences Passport ¡Viva México! program, those of us who love the Spanish language and Hispanic culture have been busy. Still, this Friday and Saturday are special. 

This weekend we celebrate Día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, a well-known holiday that has become increasingly popular in the US. On November 1st and 2nd, families throughout Latin America (but especially in Mexico) build altars and visit cemeteries to remember loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is joyous, despite the macabre theme. Día de los muertos is a time to laugh with death, to accept the fact that we’re all headed that way eventually, and to give those we have lost a place at our table for the night. Here are some suggestions for how you can celebrate this weekend, just follow the hyperlinks to more information about and directions to the events. ¡Qué vivan los muertos!

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