Latin American Studies
History November 24, 2020

In a Sea of Empires

Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean

Jeppe Mulich

Hosted by Grant Kleiser
Jeppe Mulich's new book, In A Sea of Empires: Networks and Crossings in the Revolutionary Caribbean (Cambridge University Press, 2020) highlights the revolutionary fervor, political turmoil, conflict, and chaos in …

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Geography November 24, 2020

Seeds of Power

Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina

Amalia Leguizamón

Hosted by Stentor Danielson
In 1996 Argentina adopted genetically modified (GM) soybeans as a central part of its national development strategy. Today, Argentina is the third largest global grower and exporter of GM crops …
Latin American Studies November 9, 2020

Our Time is Now

Race and Modernity in Postcolonial Guatemala

Julie Gibbings

Hosted by Elena McGrath
Our Time is Now: Race and Modernity in Postcolonial Guatemala (Cambridge University Press, 2020) is an ambitious exploration of modernity, history, and time in post-colonial Guatemala. Set in the Q’eqchi …
American Studies November 5, 2020

The Longest Line on the Map

The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas

Eric Rutkow

Hosted by Steven Rodriguez
In his book The Longest Line on the Map: The United States, the Pan-American Highway, and the Quest to Link the Americas (Scribner, 2019), Professor Eric Rutkow retraces the fascinating …
Latin American Studies October 30, 2020

An Ecology of Knowledges

Fear, Love, and Technoscience in Guatemalan Forest Conservation

Micha Rahder

Hosted by Alejandro De Leon
We are joined today by Dr. Micha Rahder, writer, editor, and independent scholar based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We will be talking about her new book, An Ecology of Knowledges …
American Studies October 23, 2020

Love in the Drug War

Selling Sex and Finding Jesus on the Mexico-US Border

Sara Luna

Hosted by Alize Arıcan
Sex, drugs, religion, and love are potent combinations in la zona, a regulated prostitution zone in the city of Reynosa, across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. During the years 200 …
Latin American Studies October 19, 2020

Vital Decomposition

Soil Practitioners and Life Politics

Kristina M. Lyons

Hosted by Alejandro De Leon
In Colombia, decades of social and armed conflict and the US-led war on drugs have created a seemingly untenable situation for scientists and rural communities as they attempt to care …
Latin American Studies October 16, 2020

Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met

Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America

Jeffrey Alan Erbig Jr.

Hosted by Grant Kleiser
In his new book, Where Caciques and Mapmakers Met: Border Making in Eighteenth-Century South America (UNC Press, 2020), Dr. Jeffrey Erbig charts the interplay between imperial and indigenous spatial imaginaries …
European Studies October 14, 2020

Before Mestizaje

The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico

Ben Vinson III

Hosted by Ashley Morales
Since its 2017 publication, Ben Vinson III's book Before Mestizaje: The Frontiers of Race and Caste in Colonial Mexico (Cambridge University Press) has opened new dimensions on race in Latin …
Caribbean Studies October 14, 2020

Audible Geographies in Latin America

Sounds of Race and Place

Dylon Robbins

Hosted by Alejandra Bronfman
What is the relationship between race, technology and sound? How can we access the ways that Latin Americans in the 19th and early 20th centuries thought about, and importantly, heard …
European Studies October 12, 2020

Witness to the Age of Revolution

The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru

Charles F. Walker

Hosted by Michael Vann
Charles F. Walker’s Witness to the Age of Revolution: The Odyssey of Juan Bautista Tupac Amaru, 2020, is part of Oxford University Press’ Graphic History Series, which takes serious archival …
Latin American Studies October 1, 2020

The Invisible War

Indigenous Devotions, Discipline, and Dissent in Colonial Mexico

David Tavárez

Hosted by Krzysztof Odyniec
David Tavárez is a historian and linguistic anthropologist; he is Professor of Anthropology and Director of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Vassar College. He is a specialist in Nahuatl …
Photography September 30, 2020

La Batea

Elizabeth Ferry and Stephen Ferry

Hosted by Alex Golub
La Batea is an unconventional book. A collaboration between anthropologist Elizabeth Ferry and her photographer brother Stephen, it combines text and images to paint a picture of the lives of …
African American Studies September 29, 2020

Taking Children

A History of American Terror

Laura Briggs

Hosted by Lisette Varon Carvajal
Laura Briggs’s Taking Children: A History of American Terror (University of California Press 2020) is a forceful and captivating book that readers won’t be able to put down, and that …
Caribbean Studies September 23, 2020

No Limits to Their Sway

Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions

Edgardo Pérez Morales

Hosted by Sharika Crawford
In No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018), Edgardo Pérez Morales investigates the hemispheric connections between the …
American Studies September 22, 2020

These People Have Always Been a Republic

Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598–1912

Maurice S. Crandall

Hosted by David Dry
Spanning three hundred years and the colonial regimes of Spain, Mexico, and the United States, Maurice S. Crandall’s These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico …
Latin American Studies September 22, 2020

Transforming Indigenity

Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon

Sarah Shulist

Hosted by Carrie Gillon
Transforming Indigenity: Urbanization and Language Revitalization in the Brazilian Amazon (University of Toronto Press) examines the role that language revitalization efforts play in cultural politics in the small city of …
Latino Studies September 22, 2020

Decolonizing Latinx Masculinities

Frederick Luis Aldama

Hosted by Jaime Sánchez
An early wave of research helped make visible the complex dynamics of sexuality and gender norms in Latino life, but a new generation of scholars is bringing renewed energy and …
Folklore September 18, 2020

Quinceañera Style

Social Belonging and Latinx Consumer Identities

Rachel Valentina González

Hosted by Nancy Yan
A quinceañera is a traditional fifteenth birthday celebration for young women (though in contemporary times, it can also be for young men) in many Latinx communities. While the celebration has …
Folklore September 17, 2020

Public Performances

Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque

Jack Santino

Hosted by Isabel Machado
Public Performances: Studies in the Carnivalesque and Ritualesque (University Press of Colorado) offers a deep and wide-ranging exploration of relationships among genres of public performance and of the underlying political …