Calendar of Events

March 28, 2017 - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

March 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Suzana Maia is a Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at the Federal University of Reconcavo da Bahia (UFBR), in Brazil. She is the author of “Transnational Desires: Brazilian Erotic Dancers in New York” (Vanderbilt University Press, 2012), and of several articles on sexuality and transnationalism. She has also done research on women's grassroots quilombola movement in Bahia, looking at the possibilities and limits of feminist alliances between women from different backgrounds. She is currently a Postdoctoral Visiting Researcher in the Department of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center (CUNY), developing research on whiteness among the middle-classes in Brazil.


March 01, 2017 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

A Debate on the Cuban reform: transformations, contradictions and challenges

Participants: Agustin Lao-Montes (UMass), Oscar Fernandez (University of Havana), Anamary Maqueira (UMass), and Jorge Quesada (UMass)

February 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Latin American Cinema: A Comparative History

Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez’s "Latin American Cinema: A Comparative History," is the first to address all the major periods in the region, from the silent era to the digital age. He is currently a Professor at Amherst College who is working on a research project that seeks to answer why Latin America in the eighteenth century saw the emergence of an alternative discourse of modernity that combined Baroque ideals of reciprocity and faith with Enlightenment ideals of individual freedom and scientific knowledge.

February 21, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Asking for Forgiveness Without Repentance: Peruvian State and Afroperuanos

Luis Martin Valdiviezo is a Professor for the Education Department of the Pontificial Catholic University of Peru.

February 15, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Embodying Coalitions Across the Worlds of Postcolonial and Decolonial Scholarship and Practice

How do postcolonialism and decolonialism help us think through our current political moment? How have these two approaches addressed, or failed to address, Islam and the Middle East? How can they inform our current discussions about immigration? What methods do postcolonialism and decolonialism offer for scholarship and activism during this time? How do they respond to the rise of the global right?



Lisa Armstrong, Study of Women & Gender-Smith College

Laura Briggs, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies-UMass

Ellen Correa, Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning-UMass

Claudia de Lima Costa, Vernacular Language and Literature-UFSC, Brasil

Isabel Espinal, W. E. B. DuBois Library-UMass

Jennifer Hamilton, Legal Studies and Anthropology-Hampshire College

Asha Nadkarni, English-UMass

Banu Subramaniam, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies-UMass


CLACLS Embodying Coalitions Research Working Group Organizers:

Kiran Asher, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies-UMass

Kimberlee Pérez, Communication-UMass

Kristie Soares, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures-UMass

February 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Fragmented Stories, Fractured Lives: Forests and Ethno-Territorial Struggles in the Pacific Lowlands of Colombia

Kiran Asher is an Associate Professor grounded in two decades of field-based research in Latin America and South Asia. Her diverse research interests focus on the gendered and raced dimensions of social and environmental change in the global south.

Part of the Spring 2017 Research Colloquium Series.

February 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

La peña de UMass: A Creative Space for Community, Self-expression, and Resistance in these times

Besides meaning rock, a peña (pron: pen•ya) is a creative, dialogical space where people can express themselves and bear witness through sharing experiences, poetry, stories, music, ideas, and news that help the effort of resistance. Come to La peña de UMass to find community and build resistance creatively! All are welcome. Además de significar roca, una peña es un espacio creativo de diálogo, donde la gente puede expresarse y atestiguar compartiendo vivencias, poesía, historias, música, ideas y noticias que contribuyen a la resistencia. ¡Ven a La peña de UMass para crear comunidad y resistir con creatividad! Todos son bienvenidos. Sponsored by the Caribbean, Latin American and Latino Studies Program at UMass Amherst and Puentes Latinos.

December 05, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Capitalism con Salsa: Money and Popular Culture in Pitbull's Miami

Kristie Soares, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Culture


This talk investigates a non-teleological engagement with capitalism that is present in Spanish Caribbean music. Capitalism con salsa, as it is termed, rejects the futurity of capitalist progress narratives that consistently posit the future as the site of consumer fulfillment. This talk investigates how Cuban-American rapper Pitbull accesses capitalism con salsa through his popular catch phrase "dale"—a Spanish language version of carpe diem. Through his philosophy of "dale" Pibull playfully reorders the timeline of capitalism in his music and videos, in turn destabilizing progress narratives that damage Latinx subjects by displacing happiness in a distant, richer future.

November 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The French Revolution & the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion in a Cathedral

Dr. Rafael Rodríguez Beltrán Presents:
The French Revolution & the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier’s Explosion in a Cathedral (El siglo de las luces)