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CLACS sponsors and hosts a variety of academic conferences, lectures, and symposia throughout the year to foster dialogue between faculty and practitioners and to help to promote research in a variety of disciplinary and professional fields related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our ongoing events include the Latin American Research Forum and the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please sign up for our e-newsletter Novedades for more related events on the IU campus or surrounding community.

Upcoming Events

October 20th, 4-6pm

CLACS Open House
Location: Global and International Studies Building- Global Lounge (GA1050)

Interested in Latin America and the Caribbean? Want to learn more about program offerings related to those two regions? Come out to the Center for Latin American Studies' open house! All IU undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served!

October 25th, 130pm

Long Live the Low People: Popular Politics in the City of Buenos Aires in the First Half of the 19th Century
Location: Global and International Studies Building - GA 2067

In this lecture Gabriel Di Meglio- Professor of History at the University of Buenos Aires and a researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) - will discuss how the plebeians of Buenos Aires played a remarkable role in the political life of the city during the first half of the 19th century. From the resistance to the British invasions of 1806-7 to the sack of Buenos Aires after the administration of popular leader Juan Manuel de Rosas fell in 1852, men and women of the "low people" -artisans, street vendors, journeymen, slaves and many others- were a permanent presence on the political scene. Plebeian mobilizations, participation in elections and patriotic feasts, military mutinies and political networks became key factors of urban politics. This presentation analyzes this presence, paying particular attention to the motifs of popular politicization: social and racial tensions and the rise of egalitarianism, religion and Americanism, patriotism and republicanism.

October 26th, 12pm

Science, Technology, and Human Rights: A Case Study of Forensic Identification in Chile
Location: Global and International Studies Building - GA 2067

As a part of the Latin American Research Forum (El Foro) , Eden Medina- Associate Professor of Informatics and Computing - will be speaking on the intersections between science, technology, and human rights as understood through events in Chile. In 1991, Chilean forensic scientists began the exhumation of 126 skeletons from Patio 29, a plot in the General Cemetery where the military ordered the burial of hundreds the disappeared and executed. The exhumations began shortly after Chile returned to democracy and provided proof of the human rights crimes that had taken place during the dictatorship. By 2002, the Chilean government had identified 96 of these skeletons and returned them to the families. However, in 2006 the Chilean government announced that the scientists had misidentified at least half of the skeletons exhumed from Patio 29. This talk will consider how Chile's particular reparation ecology shaped its use of science and technology for forensic identification, and how the misidentifications have shaped reparation, truth, and justice in the aftermath of Pinochet.

October 26th-28th

Richard Scofano and Alfredo Minetti - guest artists for Dr. Anya Peterson Royce's Fall 2016 Sensual Knowledge Course

Richard Scofano is a musician, composer, and bandeonistsa. Besides being a superb bandoneonist and tango musician, one aspect of Richard's art that sets him farther apart from others is that he comes from a particular musical tradition, that of the Chamamé. Chamamé is a traditional folkloric musical genre from Northeastern Argentina, originally influenced by the traditions of native peoples and Europeans who settled in that region. Scofano's approach to Chamamé parallels that of composer and bandoneonist Astor Piazzolla to tango. Scofano is actively renewing the possibilities of the genre - we call it New Chamamé - through the fusion of classical musical forms and harmonies, as well as influences from other world music.

Alfredo Minetti is a musician, scholar, and director of This is Tango Now, María de Buenos Aires, and Carmen.Minetti, PhD in Anthropology, has been offering courses in International Studies on the arts and cross-cultural communication. He is a superb pianist in the classical tradition but also in the music of Argentine tango and the less-well known form of Chamamé. His evening-long theatre pieces have toured the US, Europe, and China. He is working on a book that examines the questions of artistry, interpretation, and partnering. He and Scofano will be offering a lecture-demonstration for the class as well as a performance open to the public.

November 3rd, 1pm

Memory and Justice Work in Argentina during 40th Anniversary Commemoration Events (1976-2016)
Location: Global and International Studies Building - GA 2067

In March 2016 thousands of people in Buenos Aires participated in commemoration events marking the offic ial beginning of the military dictatorship in 1976 and time of severe state terrorism through 1983. This presentation explores what a team of educators, researchers, and a documentary filmmaker witnessed and chronicled during events in March 2016. With the famed Plaza de Mayo as a fulcrum, we focus on four spaces in Buenos Aires - a Catholic Church, a center for human rights, a university's hallways, and a former detention and torture center and current museum - as we seek stories these spaces can teach us about m emory and justice work.

James Damico, Alex Panos, Eddie Brudney, Liliana Zecker, David Parra, and Loren Lybarger will contribute to this presentation.

November 9

Soid Pastrano - guest artists for Dr. Anya Peterson Royce's Fall 2016 Sensual Knowledge Course

Soid Pastrana, who has achieved an international reputation as a painter and printmaker, was born in 1970 in the 7th section of the Isthmus Zapotec city of Juchitán. The 7th is a section of farmers, fisherman, and artisans. Soid spoke only Zapotec until he went to school where he showed a talent for drawing. He went to the School of Design of the Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, D.F. and has had more than eighty exhibitions throughout Mexico and in the United States, Cuba and Indonesia. His work - lithographs, paintings, posters, party invitations, and book jackets - stuns the eye with its vibrant colors, the colors that define Juchitán. Its fantastiscal scenes impeccably executed are also characteristic of Juchitán art since the great Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo.

More Than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin American Project (MLCP) and the IU Cinema are proud to invite to our first film series, More than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series to be held during the Fall 2016. This series sets out to complicate limited and limiting representations of Indigenous peoples as traditional, since that word in popular culture already tends to elicit notions of being bound to antiquity, stuck in the past, unable to catch up to the "modern" world. By highlighting issues of language use, education, creative expression, politics and multinational capitalism, these films show us instead the dynamic and multidimensional nature of Indigenous life in Latin America. The three award-winning films to be showcased are:

  • Daughter of the Lake. (2015, Documentary). Directed by Ernesto Cabellos Damian, Peru. 87 minutes. Director Cabellos Damian is expected to be present at the screening for Q&A. Screening at IU Cinema, Sunday September 25th at 3 pm.
  • Echo of the Mountain (2014, Documentary) Directed by Nicolás Echevarria, USA/Mexico. 92 minutes. Screening at Phyllis Klotman Room, Black Film Center/Archive (Wells Library, 044B), Thursday October 20th at 7pm.
  • Dauna: Gone with the River (2015, Feature film) Directed by Mario Crespo, Venezuela. 104 minutes. Screening at IU Cinema, Monday December 5th at 7 pm.
Ticket bundles to be made available to faculty interested in incorporating the screening into their syllabi.

We will also have a Roundtable on Monday September 26th at 4pm. In the roundtable, tentatively called (Re)Presentation of/in Indigenous Politics, Director Ernesto Cabellos Damian will be joined by faculty members of the MLCP. Organizers of the event: Serafin Coronel-Molina, Mintzi Martinez-Rivera and Michael Montesano.

November 30th, 12pm

Latin America's Accountability Deficit Trap: Declining Political Competition & Declining Media Freedom
Location: Global & International Studies Building - GA2067

In the final El Foro talk of the semester, Elizabeth Stein of the IU Media School will address the endogenous relationship between media freedom and presidential accountability (or the lack thereof). She will focus on when horizontal institutions of accountability become subservient to the executive and no longer monitor and sanction the president and when the frailty of constitutional checks and balances jeopardizes the very freedom and independence that the media require to remain the citizens' watchdog. She links presidential actions towards media freedom to (1) president-opposition competition in elections, (2) president-media polarization and citizen access to alternative media, and (3) the de jure and de facto institutional accountability framework. In light of these conditions, she will explain the evolution and devolution of media freedom during 14 presidencies in 6 Latin American countries. She will argue that presidents are more likely to infringe upon the independence and freedom of the media when presidents face minimal electoral competition from opposition parties and where they hold ideological positions contrary to the dominant ideological leaning of the media establishment.

Outside Event Promotion Policy

CLACS will gladly help promote events/opportunities via the CLACS e-mail list as long as the following criteria are met:

  • The event/opportunity is about or related to Latin America or the Caribbean AND
  • The person advertising the event is affiliated with CLACS
Events/announcements that do not meet the above criteria may be submitted for our weekly newsletter, Novedades/Novidades, which is sent out weekly on Wednesdays.

For inclusion in Novedades/Novidades:
Events or announcements to be included in Novedades/Novidades must be sent to by 5pm Tuesday. Priority for inclusion is given to those events and announcements related to Latin American or the Caribbean. CLACS reserves the right to exclude any events/announcements that are not relevant or appropriate for inclusion in the newsletter.