Past Schedules

Copies of past workshop papers can be requested using the Contact form.


Winter  2012


Jan. 26 – LaShandra P. Sullivan, “Fixing and Unfixing Rural Labor to Land in Contemporary Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil”

Discussant: José Juan Pérez Melendez


Feb. 2 – Emilio Kourí, “Colonial Village Histories and the Mexican Revolution”

Discussant: Mauricio Tenorio


Feb. 16 – Alfredo Jocelyn-Holt, “Escuela Tomada: una memoria personal”

Discussant: Chris Dunlap


Feb. 23 – Jackie Sumner, “’El Señor Gobernador del Estado es muy partidario de la raza indígena:’ Village Rights and the Cahuantzista Regime”

Discussant: Emilio de Antuñano

Autumn  2011

Sept. 29 – Antonio Sotomayor, “Los Juegos de San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1966: Colonial Olympism and Olympic Politics during the Cold War”

Oct. 6 – Jeff Needell, Professor of History, University of Florida, “The Remembered, the Forgotten, and the Historian’s Challenge: An Introduction to Brazil’s Abolitionist Movement and its Historiography”

Oct. 20 –Matthew Barton, “’Os motins sao naturais’: The Rebellious Roots of Colonial Minas Gerais”

Nov. 10– Chris Dunlap, “A Problematic Peace: The Treaty of Tlatelolco and the World’s First Nuclear Weapon Free Zone”

Nov. 17 – Rob Karl, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University, “The Fearful Night Continues: Displacement in Late Violencia Colombia, 1957-1961”

Dec. 1 – Casey Lurtz, “Connecting Chiapas: Coffee and the Expansion of Transportation Networks in Late Nineteenth-Century Soconusco”


Spring  2011

(week 3) April 14: Ada Ferrer, Associate Professor of History, New York University

(co-sponsored with the Human Rights Workshop)


“Free Soil and Haitian Anti-Slavery in the Revolutionary Atlantic.”

Commenting: José Juan Pérez Meléndez, Ph.D. Student, History


(week 4) April 21: Aiala Levy, Ph.D. Student, History


“The Theaters of São Paulo: Construction and Management of an Urban Culture, 1890-1937.”

Commenting: Keith Hernandez, Ph.D. Student, History



(week 8) May 19: Graciela Márquez, Professor of History, El Colegio de México; Visiting Professor, University of Chicago

Municipal Tax Structure in the Late Porfiriato.”

Commenting: Christopher Dunlap, Ph.D. Student in History

(week 9) May 26: Stuart Easterling, Ph.D. Candidate, History

U.S. and Mexican arts diplomacy during the early Cold War.”

Commenting: Diana Schwartz, Ph.D. Candidate, History

(week 10) June 2: Luis Fernando Granados, Profesor de asignatura, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, UNAM, Mexico

“The Road to Guanajuato: Anti-Colonialism in the Making of Miguel Hidalgo’s ‘Army’ ”

Commenting: Ben Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate, History


(week 4) January 27: Ben Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate, History

“Commoner Politics in Colonial Mexico”

Commenting: Stuart Easterling, Ph.D. Candidate, History


(week 6) February 10: Patrick Kelly, Ph.D. Student, History

(co-sponsored with the Human Rights Workshop)

“The Ambiguities of Anti-Politics: Transnational Human Rights Advocacy in the Southern Cone in the Long 1970s.”

Commenting: Aiala Levy, Ph.D. Student, History

(week 7) February 17: Ev Meade, Assistant Professor of History, UC San Diego

(co-sponsored with the Human Rights Workshop)


“The Sovereignty of Suffering: Capital Punishment and Collective Identity in Mexico, 1810-1910”

Commenting: C. J. Álvarez, Ph.D. Candidate, History

(week 8) February 24: Diana Schwartz, Ph.D. Student, History

“Indigenous Displacement, Applied Anthropology, and the Politics of Integrated Development in the Papaloapan, Mexico”

Commenting: Nicole Mottier, Ph.D. Candidate, History

(week 9) March 3: Robin Derby, Associate Professor of History, UCLA

(co-sponsored with the Caribbean Studies Workshop)

“Male Heroism, Demonic Pigs and Memories of Violence in the Haitian-Dominican Borderlands.”
Commenting: Antonio Sotomayor, Ph.D. Candidate in History



(week 3) October 14: C.J. Álvarez

“Policing the US-Mexico Border, 1848-1993”

Commenting: María Balandrán-Castillo


(week 4) October 20: Jaira Harrington

(co-sponsored with the Comparative Politics Workshop)

note this is a Wednesday workshop, to be held in the Wilder House Conference Room, 6-8pm

“An Interrogation of the “Domestic”: Domestic Work, Political Subjectivity and the Maria da Penha Law in Brazil.”
Commenting: Jay Sosa

(week 5) October 28: Graciela Márquez

Professor of History, Colegio de México, Mexico

Visiting Professor, Katz Center for Mexican Studies, University of Chicago

“From Fiscal Revenue to Industrial Promotion: Tariffs in Mexico, 18701-1916”
Commenting: Emilio de Antuñano

(week 7) November 11: Antonio Sotomayor

“The State and the Olympic Movement in Puerto Rico, 1930s.”

Commenting: Ramaesh Bhagirat

(week 8) November 18: Aline Helg

(co-sponsored with the Caribbean Studies Workshop)

Professor and Director of Department of General History,

Université de Genève, Switzerland

“Simón Bolívar’s Gran Colombia: Fraternity or Hierarchy?”
Commenting: Tessa Murphy



Week 2: April 8: María Balandrán Castillo

“Commuters, Green-Carders, and Semi-Legal Wetbacks: The History of a Border Immigration Practice, 1927-1968”

Co-sponsored by the Immigration Workshop

Commenting: CJ Alvarez

Week 3: April 15: LECTURE: Richard Marin (Université Toulouse)

A microhistorical analysis of a Pernambucan priest who killed his bishop (Title TBA)

Please note that this CLAS-sponsored talk will be conducted in Portuguese.

Week 4: April 22: Nara Milanich

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Barnard College

“Degrees of Bondage: Children and Tutelary Servitude in Modern Latin America”

Commenting: Tessa Murphy

Week 5: April 29: Alejandra Leal

Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology, Columbia University

“Racial Imaginaries and (Neo) Liberal Sensibilities in the Revitalization of Mexico City’s Historic Center”

Commenting: Luis Fernando Granados

Week 6:  May 6: Tessa Murphy

“Reflections in the Records: Representations of race and status in the late eighteenth-century French Caribbean”

Commenting: Ben Johnson

Week 8: May 20: Casey Lurtz

“Foreign Investment, Export Agriculture, and the Making of Modern Chiapas”

Commenting: Amanda Hughes

Week 10: June 3: Jose Luis Razo

“Conflict and Progress in US-Mexican Relations, 1898-1930”

Commenting: Sarah Osten



Week 4: January 28: Amanda Hughes

“Brazil’s Institute of Sugar and Alcohol and the Making of the Modern Brazilian State”

Commenting: Ananya Chakravarti

Week 5: February 4: José Prieto

“Travels by Taxi: Reflections on Cuba”

In collaboration with the Latin American Cultures Workshop

Week 7: February 18: Romina Robles

“Seeds of Uniformity, Roads of Change: Social Transformation in The Cuquío-Yahualica Valley, Jalisco, 1945-1970”

Commenting: Chris Dunlap

Week 8: February 25: Ben Johnson

“Commoners and Administrative Retreat in Mid-Colonial Mexico”

Commenting: Jaclyn Sumner

Week 9: Wednesday, March 3 | 12noon-1:30pm: Justus Fenner

Troubleshooting Regional Archives: An FAQ Luncheon with Justus Fenner

Week 10: March 11: Brodwyn Fischer

Associate Professor, Department of History, Northwestern University

“History, Geography, and the Rural Roots of Urban Marginality”

Commenting: Aiala Levy


FALL 2009

Week 1: Oct 1: Johnhenry Gonzalez

“Property and Political Violence: the Rise of the Peasantry in Post-Emancipation Haiti, 1802-1826”

Commenting: Luis Fernando Granados

Week 3: Oct 15: Carmen Apen Ruíz Martínez

Departament d’Humanitats, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

“An Obligatory Amateur and the Girl Who Collected Pottery: Two Women and Two Nations in the Practice of Mexican Archaeology”

Commenting: Diana Schwartz

Week 5: Oct 29: Patrick Iber

“Cold Words in the City of Exiles: Antecedents to the Cultural Cold War in Mexico”

Commenting: Jose Luis Ramos

Week 7: Nov 12: Ramaesh Bhagirat

“Challenging Extinction and Survival: Understanding and Historicizing the Neo-Taíno Movement”

Commenting: Sabine Cadeau

Week 10: Dec 3: Jaclyn Sumner

“Tlaxcalan Indians, Regional Governance, and Political Order in the Porfirian Dictatorship”

Commenting: Casey Lurtz


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