“Resisting the Colonial-Carceral Gaze: Chicano Rap as Decolonial Sonic Resistance”
Jonah Francese (PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology) & Amy Andrea Martínez (Asst. Professor of Justice Studies, San José State University)
Thursday, April 4, 5:00-6:30pm, Logan Center 801
Cosponsored by the UChicago Justice Project
“Rio de Janeiro Funk: Corridor Events, Criminal Governance, and Identity in the Violent City”
Patrick Murphy (PhD Candidate in Ethnomusicology)
Wednesday, April 17, 5:00-6:30pm, Pick 118
“Sovereign Spaces: Black Place-Making in Colonial Brazil”
Miguel Valerio (Professor of Spanish and Afro-Latin American Studies, Washington University in Saint Louis)
Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7:00pm, The LaSalle Banks Room at the Oriental Institute
Sponsored by the African Studies Workshop
“Segismundo Despierto: La vida es sueño in the Chilean Imaginary, 1973-2023″
Leora Baum (PhD Candidate in RLL)
Thursday, May 2, 5:00-6:30pm, Pick 118
“Emancipation in Slavery’s City”
Brodie Fischer, Professor of Latin American History
Thursday, May 9, 2024: Pick Hall 118, 4:30-6:00pm
Cosponsored by LAHW
Qualifying Paper Session:
“¿Vanguardia literaria o retroceso estético? Las voces campesinas de Juan Rulfo y Agustín Yáñez” – Azucena Garza (PhD Candidate in RLL)
“La Virgen del Cerro en la Villa Imperial de Potosí: revisiones en torno al sincretismo y representación de lo sagrado en los Andes” – Ricardo Soler (PhD Candidate in RLL)
Thursday, May 16, 5:00pm-6:30pm, Pick 118


Wednesday, Jan 10 (12:00-1:30pm, Wieboldt 207): Carlos Halaburda (University of Cologne, Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellow, European Commission)
Chapter from book in progress, Argentina’s Villainous Reproduction: Melodrama and the Making of Queerness and Disability in the Age of Eugenics
Co-sponsored by RLL
Thursday, Jan 18 (5:00-6:30pm, Pick 118): Shai Zamir (Postdoctoral fellow)
“Lima produces Saints for Spain and the Caribbean: The Marvelous case of Antonio de San Pedro”
Thursday, Feb 1 (5:00-6:30pm, Pick 118): Lorna Hadlock (PhD candidate)
“Pilgrimages of the Plant Medicine Community: New Perspectives on Ayahuasca Tourism in the Peruvian Amazon”
Thursday, Feb 15 (5:00-6:30pm, Pick 118): Catrin Dowd (PhD candidate)
“Bel Canto and Vals Criollo: Orchestrating the 1996-97 Lima Hostage Crisis”
Joint session with Music & Sound  (cancelled)
Thursday, Feb 29 (5:00-6:30pm, Pick 118): Madeleine Stevens (PhD candidate)
“”Subversives” and “Delinquents”: The Politics of Enforced Disappearance in Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico”

CFP 2023-2024

Dear WLAC community,

We’d like to announce our call for papers for anyone interested in presenting their work this academic year. If you would like to present, please send us a working title and brief description of what the piece is (e.g. a dissertation chapter, proposal, an MA thesis, etc.), a short (200-300 words) summary of the project, and indicate the quarter in which you would like to present. Please email your submission to wlac.uchicago@gmail.com. If you wish to present in the Autumn quarter, we recommend sending in your abstract as soon as possible.

While we plan to hold most of our workshop sessions in person, we maintain the option of having Zoom sessions at the request of our presenters, while also keeping open the possibility of entirely virtual sessions if circumstances require it.

Workshop Description

The Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean is an interdisciplinary forum and intellectual community for graduate students and faculty across the Humanities and Social Sciences who are interested in the literature, history, and politics of the region. The workshop welcomes participants who write and present in languages spoken in the region, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, in addition to English. In this multi-linguistic and inter-disciplinary space, PhD students, faculty, and invited guests are able to share research and discuss their work-in-progress with regional specialists from multiple departments across the University. Although regionally focused, the workshop also encourages hemispheric or transnational approaches that situate Latin American countries in their relationship with other places of the globe, including the U.S.


For the 2022-2023 academic year, the workshop will be meeting in person on Thursdays from 5:00 to 6:30pm, in Pick 118. Upon the request of our presenters, workshop sessions can also take place virtually on Zoom. Email announcements will indicate which sessions are virtual and which are in person. Meetings alternate with those of the Latin American History Workshop. 

COVID-19 Statement 

In-person sessions will be open to all invitees regardless of vaccination status and, because of ongoing health risks to the unvaccinated, those are unvaccinated are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures advised by public health officials (masking and social distancing, etc.). Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should thus follow appropriate risk mitigation measures. 

Faculty Sponsors

       Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

       Dain BorgesDepartment of History and Romance Languages and Literatures

Graduate Student Coordinators

       Leora BaumDepartment of Romance Languages and Literatures

       Jeferson Barboza Torres, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

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