latin american studies
To Live in the Borderlands: A Household Perspective on Frontier Politics from the Middle Jequetepeque Valley, Peru
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.
Race and the Chilean Miracle: Neoliberalism, Democracy and Indigenous Rights in Chile
In this talk, Dr. Richards will examine the conflicts as well as the multicultural policies that have developed in response to indigenous claims in Chile. She will argue that racism is paradoxically reinscribed by policies that on their face seem to be about diversity and acceptance of difference. Richards will bring attention to how the process of generating consent for the state’s construction of indigenous subjects in the context of neoliberalism is not only imposed from above, but also informed by competing worldviews at the local level.
Sponsored by: Sociology Department and co-sponsored by the International Studies and Latin American Studies Programs.
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.
New Faculty 2014: Meet Monica Diaz
The Department of Hispanic Studies is excited to welcome Associate Professor Monica Diaz to its faculty!
This podcast is part of a series highlighting the new faculty members who joined the College of Arts and Sciences in the fall 2014 semester.
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.
Carmen Martinez Novo Elected to LASA Executive Council
Anthropology's Sarah Lyon Selected to Edit Preeminent Journal
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!