2021-22 Working Groups

Nicaragua Landscape

Working Groups bring together faculty and graduate students from various fields and departments with shared research interests. In the 2021-22 academic year, CLAS provided funding and support to the following groups:

Andean Studies Working Group

The Andean Studies: Language and Culture working group provides a space for students, faculty, and community members interested in the multifaceted Andes region and its cultures, particularly through the study of Quechua/Kichwa, the most widely spoken native language in the Americas.


Ana Tello <altello@berkeley.edu>

Language Revitalization Working Group

The Language Revitalization Working Group (LRWG) focuses on discussing theories, methodologies, and applications of language revitalization (LR) in a variety of world contexts, including a special focus this year on Latin America. Our principal goal for the LRWG is to provide a centralized venue for conversation and collaboration between the interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners of language revitalization at UC Berkeley. In LRWG we discuss, critically examine, and build upon activities related to the promotion of indigenous, endangered, minority, and non-dominant languages through linguistic work, language classes, language camps, pedagogical materials, curricula, and strategies for community building. Some of the meetings are devoted to discussing papers on theories and methods of endangered language revitalization, while others feature presentations by people within and outside UC Berkeley who are currently engaged in LR activities. LRWG provides a space to share experiences and practices, benefitting the development of these LR projects.


Julia Nee <jnee@berkeley.edu>

Latin American Cities Working Group

The Latin American Cities Working Group provides a collaborative forum for people within and outside UC Berkeley to present research on urbanization, urban life, and urban policy in Latin America. The “urban” condition in Latin America is complex and varied, calling for an engagement with different research approaches and interdisciplinary perspectives. Through workshops, invited presentations, and writing groups, we aim to create a space in which these multiple perspectives can come together to advance scholarship on the historical and contemporary dynamics of Latin American cities. Beyond providing a space for graduate students and faculty from UC Berkeley to present and discuss their papers, we will also focus on inviting researchers based on Latin American institutions to present their recent work. Hence, expanding our connection to Latin American scholarship. 


Priscila Coli <priscila_coli@berkeley.edu>

Francisco Trejo Morales <ft452@berkeley.edu>

Giselle Mendonça Abreu <giselle@berkeley.edu>

Laura Belik <laurabelik@berkeley.edu>

Latin American and Caribbean Socionatures Working Group

The Latin American and Caribbean Socionatures Working Group is an interdisciplinary community focused on exploring the histories, dynamics, and conflicts surrounding the co-constitution of nature-society relations across the region and its fluid boundaries. The group is composed principally of doctoral students who share an interest in scholarly work on nature, politics, and society and welcomes a wide array of methodological approaches from the humanities and social sciences. The space promotes knowledge exchanges, and mutual learning through an annual public seminar and our monthly workshop where we discuss original manuscripts from group members and other guests from campus and elsewhere in the Bay Area, the US, and LAC. The topics include, but are not limited to, the politics of nature in cities and rural areas, environmental justice struggles, the social and political dimensions of biological science, new materialisms, multispecies approaches, the climate crisis, among others.


Angela Castillo <angelacastillo@berkeley.edu>

Jesús Alejandro García A <alejo_garcia@berkeley.edu>

Sebastián Rubiano-Galvis <srubianog@berkeley.edu>

Past Working Groups at CLAS

In the past, CLAS has supported working groups on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the Afro-Latino diaspora to Globalization in Literacy and Language Development to Social Movements and Neoliberalism in Latin America.

See the Working Groups from 2020-21