New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds
This academic year programming will focus on critics and intellectuals who, in their forms of writing and thinking, undo the divisions and separations between disciplines and genres, and between political action and intellectual engagement. In this practice of border/crossing, new languages and grammars can be imagined to signify other worlds to resist and oppose the imposed violence of colonial epistemes. These scholars, critics, and political actors offer a dynamism of the indeterminacy, inviting practices that bring together words and worlds. Each visit will have two components, a lecture and, the following day, a seminar led by the guest speaker with readings material available by those who sign up.
February 17 | Voro'pi: An Encounter with Naine Terena, Gustavo Caboco, and Jamille Pinheiro Dias
The Terena, an Indigenous people living in Brazil, teach us that Voro'pi is an entity that roams the cosmos through groundwater, safeguarding visible and invisible riverbeds. In response to improper human interference with the flow of water, Voro'pi can cause storms, floods, and other water-related events. Voro'pi seeks fairness. He empowers those who can appreciate the balance between worlds. Bearing the name of Voro'pi, this event will bring together Indigenous perspectives in transit to consider how aesthetics can help educate the senses to fight structural inequality, generate counter-histories, and make still water move. More information.
Naine Terena, Terena researcher, educator, artist and curator.
Gustavo Caboco, Wapichana visual artist and researcher.
Jamille Pinheiro Dias, scholar and translator.
Cosponsored by the Pheobe A Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Arts Research Center, the Department of History of Art, and the Spanish & Portuguese Department.
March 6 | Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman
Teddy Cruz is a Professor of the Visual Arts Department at the UC San Diego.
Fonna Forman is a Professor of the Political Science Department and Director of the Center on Global Justice at UC San Diego.
Cosponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media.
Mar 16-17 | Lorgia García Peña
Dr. Lorgia García Peña is the Mellon Associate Professor of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies at Tufts University. She examines the legacies of colonialism and slavery as they shape the lives of Latinx people, particularly Black Latinx, in the diaspora.
Cosponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department.
Apr 13-14 | Marisol de la Cadena
Dr. Marisol de la Cadena is an anthropologist working through what she calls “ontological openings,” interested in ethnographic concepts – those that blur the distinction between theory and the empirical because they are not without the latter.
Cosponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department.
Novedades/Lançamentos: New Scholarship @ Berkeley
This series will highlight new work from UC Berkeley scholars on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sep 15 | Rebecca Herman
Cooperating with the Colossus. A Social and Political History of US Military Bases in World War II Latin America
Dr. Rebecca Herman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley. Her work explores twentieth-century Latin American social and political history in a global context, probing the intersections between grand narratives and local history.
Sep 28 | Ramsey McGlazer
The Critique of Coloniality: Eight Essays (English translation)
Dr. Ramsey McGlazer is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. He writes about twentieth-century European and Latin American literature, film, and critical theory.
Mar 7 | Courtney Desiree Morris
To Defend this Sunrise: Black Women’s Activism and the Authoritarian Turn in Nicaragua
Courtney Desiree Morris is a visual/conceptual artist and an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.
Mar 23 | Cori Hayden
The Spectacular Generic. Pharmaceuticals and the Simipolitical in Mexico
Cori Hayden is Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.
Apr 20 | Diana Negrín
Racial Alterity, Wixarika Youth Activism and the Right to the Mexican City
Diana Negrín is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley.
Aug 26 |Três Tigres Tristes
Director Gustavo Vinagre will be in conversation with Lázaro González, a P.h.D candidate in the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.
Sept 28 | Films of Ana Vaz
Director Ana Vaz will be in conversation (pre-recorded) with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.
Oct 28 |First Time Home
Directors will be in conversation after the screening.
Nov 18 | Dos Estaciones
Director Juan Pablo González will be in conversation with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.
Feb 3 |Isabella
Director Matías Piñeiro will be in conversation with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.
Apr 5 | Eami
Director Paz Encina will be in conversation with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.
Faculty and Student Series
Event series organized by Berkeley faculty and students, cosponsored by CLAS
Seminar with Dr. Rocío Moreno
In this series, Dr. Rocío Moreno (Coca) will lead lectures, movies and a public talk that center the themes of history, identity and territory within the resistance movements that are led today by Indigenous women in Mexico. Moreno received her doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Guadalajara in 2022 and is the concejala representative from Mezcala for the Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI-CIG). In April 2022, she sought refuge in northern California following retaliation for her work in securing Coca land rights in Lake Chapala, Mexico.
This event is organized by Dr. Diana Negrín, affiliate faculty in the Department of Georgraphy who specializes in topics related to territory, ethnicity, and social movements in Western Mexico.
Feb 2 | Mezcala a Long Road of Resistance
Feb 10 | Screening: Resurrección
Feb 24 | Screening: La Vocera
Mar 2 | Struggles for Rematriation from the South and North: A Conversation between Corrina Gould and Rocío Moreno
Latin American Natures in Times of Environmental Crisis
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the proposed event series interrogates how people from different positionalities in Latin America address pressing environmental issues. Over three installments throughout the academic year, we will invite scholars who, in their forms of researching, writing, and engaged scholarship, are studying struggles for territorial and water rights, dignified livelihoods, food sovereignty, and environmental knowledge. Our event series will emphasize how approaching these pressing environmental problems involves an articulation of humans and more-than humans.
Jesús Alejandro García A., Ph.D. Candidate, ESPM, UC Berkeley.
Andrés Caicedo, Ph.D. Student, ESPM, UC Berkeley.
María Villalpando, Ph.D. Student, Energy and Resources Program, UC Berkeley.
Ángela Castillo, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.
Installment 1: Researching Disputed Water Worlds in Latin America
Led by Andrea Ballestero, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California.
Jan 19 | Talk: Ethnography and Responsibility at the Edge of a Techno-Scientific Concept
Jan 20 | Workshop (register here): Researching Disputed Water Worlds in Latin America
Installment 2: Transformative Agroecology and Territorial Markets in Mexico
Led by Mateo Mier y Terán Giménez Cacho, Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Society, & Environment, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) & CONACYT.
Mar 2 | Talk: Transformative Agroecology and Territorial Markets in Mexico
Mar 3 | Workshop: Towards a Transformative Agroecology: Transdisciplinary Action Research in Latin America
Installment 3: Monocrops, Agrobiopolitics, and Environmental Crises Latin America
Led by Kregg Hetherington, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Concordia University.