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The Cultural Studies in The Americas Research Cluster is proud to present:

Tercer Encuentro Interdisciplinario en Estudios de Memoria

October 28-30, 2013

9 a.m – 6 p.m.

University of California, Davis

Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center

Founders Board Room.

See the full program here.

This event is co-sponsored by: Davis Humanities Institute; University Outreach & International Programs; Division of Humanities, Arts, & Cultural Studies; Hemispheric Institute of the Americas; Department of Spanish & Portuguese; Human Rights Initiative


Fall Quarter Event Cycle: Human Rights and Social Movements in Latin Amer

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Join us this quarter! Wednesdays 11 am @ 912 Sproul

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Two lectures by Professor Leonor Arfuch

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The Latin@american Cultural Studies Research Cluster is proud to present two lectures by Dr. Leonor Arfuch, Professor, University of Buenos Aires

A PRESENTATION OF HER BOOK: Memoria y autobiografía: exploraciones en los límites

Wednesday, May 15th, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 912 Sproul (EN ESPAÑOL)

A PRESENTATION: “Trauma and Memory: Surrounding the Unspeakable with Words”

Wednesday, May 15th, 4:30-6:00 p.m., 912 Sproul (IN ENGLISH)

Dr. Leonor Arfuch is Professor at the University of Buenos Aires where she is Director of Research on Cultural Studies at the Gino Germani Research Institute. She works on questions of subjectivity, identities, memory, and narrative in the fields of literature, arts, and the media, taking a multidisciplinary approach that combines discourse analysis, literary critique, semiotics, and aesthetics. She is also the author of several books, including: La entrevista, una invención dialógica (1995, 2nd edition 2010); Diseño y Comunicación. Teorías y enfoques críticos (Co-Author), 1997); El espacio biográfico. Dilemas de la subjetividad contemporánea (2002); Crítica cultural entre política y poética (2008); andMemoria y autobiografía. Exploraciones en los límites (2013). As an editor, she has participated in the compilation of the following collective volumes: Identidades, sujetos y subjetividades (2002); Pensar este tiempo. Espacios, afectos, pertenencias (2005); with G. Catanzaro Pretérito Imperfecto. Lecturas críticas del acontecer (2008); with V. Devalle, Visualidades sin fin. Imagen y diseño en la sociedad global (2009).

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, The Hemispheric Institute of the Americas, the Graduate Group in Cultural Studies, and the Human Rights Initiative.

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Writing Retreat

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Winter Quarter Events Cycle: Conocimientos desde y para América Latina


2-3:30 @ 912 Sproul Hall

Jan. 23: Reading Session · Herencias coloniales y teorías poscoloniales.

Jan. 30: Reading Session · Espacios geográficos y localizaciones epistemológicas.

Feb. 13: Presentation· Conversaciones con estudiantes graduados.

Feb. 27: Presentation· Conversaciones con los latinoamericanistas Robert Irwin y Michael Lazzara.

Mar. 13 & 20: Writing Sessions. (Join us for a peer-pressure writing environment to work on your final papers, dissertation, or applications)

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Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Culinary Artistry, Community and Conversation

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The Library, University of California, Davis invites you to join us on May 9th, 2011, for “Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Books on Latin cuisineCulinary Artistry, Community and Conversation.” The convivium will include presentations by speakers recognized internationally for their contributions to the Latin American culinary world:

Clare Hasler, Executive Director, Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis, will comment on the importance of research and outreach across the sciences and humanities/social sciences for food studies and how the RMI has fostered interdisciplinary projects.

Ken Albala, a noted food historian, faculty member at the University of the Pacific and prolific author and editor of publications that include Eating Right in the Renaissance and A Cultural History of Food, will speak on “The Roots of Latin American Food.”

Steve Sando, owner of Rancho Gordo: New World Specialty Food, culinary consultant and author of Heirloom Beans, will discuss “Redefining the New American Kitchen: Bringing Latin American Heirloom Ingredients to the Modern Table”.

Leopoldo López Gil, a founding member of the Slow Food Movement in Venezuela and President of the Academia Venezolana de Gastronomía, with his daughter Adriana López Vermut owns the Pica Pica Maize Kitchen restaurants located in Napa and San Francisco. Señor López will talk about the “new modern Latin cuisine” and the ingredients and culinary traditions that encourage chefs and serious home cooks to experiment and create new fusion dishes.

Location:  Putah Creek Lodge, University of California, Davis
Time:        12 Noon – 5 PM, Monday, May 9th, 2011
Cost:          $50 will cover lunch and presentations
Contact:     Myra Appel

Registration Form (Deadline to register: Wednesday, May 4, 2011)

Campus Map  |  Visitor Parking ($6 a day)

An exhibit titled “Nuevo Latino Cuisine: Culinary Artistry, Community and Conversation” accompanies the convivium.

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Talk & Discussion With Visiting Latin@ Studies & Central-Americanist Scholar

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Date:          Nov.4, 2010
Time:         4pm
Location:    3201 Hart Hall

Professor Ana Patricia Rodriguez, from the University of Maryland, College Park, will be visiting UC Davis. She is a Latino/a Studies and Central-americanist scholar.  Click here for the flyer.

Her talk is titled “Los 30”: Documenting Thirty Years of the Salvadoran Diaspora, 1980-2010.

This event is sponsored by the Estudios Culturales en las Americas Research Super Cluster, The Davis Humanities Institute, and the Hemispheric Institute of the Americas.

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*Wednesday May 19: 12-2pm in 912 Sproul Hall*

Please join us for a lunchtime discussion with Salvador Schavelzon, who is visiting Davis from Brazil.

Salvador works on Latin American cosmopolitics, Indigenous Autonomy and Anthropology of the State. He is writing his PhD thesis in Anthropology on the political process in Bolivia, based on ethnographic research about the Constitutional Assembly and the foundation of the Plurinational State. He graduated from University of Buenos Aires; and is doctorate candidate at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro where he also did his master with a dissertation about the State in Argentina.

*Lunch will be provided*

*This event will be in Spanish*

For more information, please contact Magalí Rabasa (mrabasa@ucdavis.edu)


Spring Brown Bag Series!

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The Estudios Culturales en las Américas Research Cluster invites you to join us for our Spring 2010 Brown Bag series. Our new Brown Bag Series is intended to foster dialogue among students and faculty and to help our graduate students obtain peer feedback on their work.  We hope you will join us!

Wednesday, April 21 | 1:00pm | Voorhies 228

Isabel Porras

Grad Student, Cultural Studies

Latino cuisine, like other forms of ethnic food marketed via cookbooks and ethnic restaurants, serves up “heritage” and “tradition” for consumption. In this context, food becomes a way of transmitting culture and of spicing up daily meals while transforming the definition of “American”. Ethnic cuisines also act as a site where ethnoracial and national anxieties are mediated and worked out. At what point is Mexican food no longer foreign? Is it ever “American”? How do these imaginations imbue latinidad with pleasure/carnality/excess and simultaneously strip these from whiteness? What are the consequences of whiteness being posited as lack? By discussing Mexican and Nuevo Latino cuisine specifically, I ask how “heritage” is put to work, both by food-seekers as well as by the Latin@s this cuisine supposedly represents? What can the tensions between Nuevo Latino Cuisine and “traditional” Latin American cooking reveal about the relationships between tradition and modernity, authenticity and ethnic legitimacy? How are cultural anxieties about the role of Latinos in the American imaginary negotiated through foodways?

Wednesday, May 5  | 1:00pm | Voorhies 228

Magalí Rabasa

Doctoral Candidate, Cultural Studies

Proposed Dissertation Research: “A Tianguis of Books, or Making Books Public: Collective-Presses & Intellectual-Political Networks in a ‘Continent in Movement'”

I will be discussing my dissertation research which examines how alternative collectively-run presses are producing and circulating books about current politics in Latin America. In the context of the unprecedented political transformations currently shaping the region, often referred to as the “turn to the left,” I examine their organization and publishing practices to understand how they contribute to the formation of a transnational intellectual-political network that extends across the continent. For this multi-sited ethnography, I will be doing research from Sept 2010-Aug 2011 in Mexico City, La Paz, Bogotá, and Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, May 26 | 12:00pm | Social Sciences & Humanities 1271

Karina Zelaya

Doctoral Candidate, Spanish and Portuguese

Through a detailed study of texts that have been written by many renowned salvadoran literati (Francisco Gavidia, Salarrué, Manlio Argueta, among others) and produced between the late 19th and late 20th century, her dissertation reflects upon the strategic use of popular myths in literature, often derived from the indigenous tradition of the region, a critical trait in the development not just of the national literary tradition but also in the nation’s identity. Her discussion this time will focus on preliminary readings or “apuntes” on two of Francisco Gavidia’s texts: “La loba”, a short story from 1875 and Historia Moderna de El Salvador, a history book from 1917).

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Re-activating Insurgent Learning

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RE-ACTIVATING INSURGENT LEARNING: interculturality, indigenous autonomy, & grassroots globalization

Date: February 22
Time: 12 noon
Location: 126 Voorhies Hall UCD


  • Gustavo Esteva, Universidad de la Tierra OAXACA
  • Manolo Callahan, Chicana/o Studies UCSB
  • Marisol de la Cadena, Anthropology UCD


SPONSORED BY: DHI & Estudios Culturales en las Américas Research Cluster

Re-activating Insurgent Learning Flyer

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Sleep Dealer screening with director Alex Rivera

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“Why invent a dystopic future for my movie when I could imitate a dystopic present?”

Main Event:  Please join us for a screening of Sleep Dealer (Spanish with English subtitles) with its director Alex Rivera.  (Get event flyer.)

When:  Monday, February 8, 6:30-9pm

Where: 2205 Haring Hall


  • 6:30-6:45: Introduction to Alex Rivera and his presentation of his film, Sleep Dealer
  • 6:45-8:15: Screening of Sleep Dealer (in Spanish with English subtitles)
  • 8:15-8:45: Post-screening Q&A with Alex Rivera

Follow-on Event: “Developing World Subjectivities and Sensibilities in a New Kind of Sci-Fi Film and Digital Media Art”

  • Will include screening of Alex Rivera’s earlier digital media art works and open discussion.

When: Tuesday, February 9, 12-1:30pm

Where: 194 Young Hall

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