Video Archive

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


Round table panel attempts to answer:

How do post-colonialism and de-colonialism 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 post-colonialism and de-colonialism 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

Fragmented Stories, Fractured Lives...


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

Part of the Spring 2017 Research Colloquium Series

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.

La Peña de UMass: A Creative Space for Community, Self-expression and Resistance


Besides meaning rock, a peña is a creative, diological space where people can express themselves and bear witness through sharing experiences, poetry, stories, ideas. and news that help the effort of resistance. Filmed 2/3/17.

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


Kristie Soares, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Literature and Culture discusses how Cuban-American rapper Pitbull accesses capitalism con salsa through his popular catch phrase "dale"—a Spanish language version of carpe diem.

Logbona Olukonee Luncheon (Discussion All in Spanish)


Cuban Black Queer activist Logbona Olukonee discusses their work. (Discussion All in Spanish) Filmed 11/16/16.

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


Dr. Rafael Rodriguez Beltrán presents a talk on the French Revolution and the Caribbean in Alejo Carpentier's Explosion in a Cathedral. (El siglo de los luces)

Revolutionary Coalition-Building in El Salvador: Urban and Rural Radicals in the 1970s


Kevin A. Young from the History Department presents part of the Fall 2016 Research Colloquium Series 

Reports from the Field: Recipients of Pre-Dissertation CLACLS Awards


Three presentations from CLACLS Pre-Dissertation graduate students. Martha Balaguera "Intersecting Transitions: Migration, Confinement and Gender at the Limits of Sovereignty", Carlos Valderrama Renteria "Imagining Black Community Sites and Forms of Black Politics in Colombia of 1970s", Manuela Borzone "Traveling Gauchos: The Calendar Illustrations of Florencio Molina Campos in Argentina and the United States".

"No Banker Left Behind"


Guest Speakers: Ana Irma Rivera Lassén, former head of the Bar Association of Puerto Rico, currently serves on the Advisory Council to the Program for Equality and Gender Equity of the Puerto Rican Judicial Branch -“PROMESA: I Promise that I will Treat you as my Colony and my Property”

Ian J. Seda-Irizarry, Assistant Professor of Economics at John Jay College, CUNY- "The Self-Inflicted Crisis and the Junta in Puerto Rico"


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