Latin American Studies

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Winter 2020

Winter 2020

LAST100 Introduction to Latin American Studies Sections

An overview of the culture and society of Latin America from ancient to contemporary times and from Argentina to Mexico.

Introduction to Latin American Studies LAST 100 is an overview of Latin American culture and society from ancient to contemporary times, Argentina to Mexico and beyond. Visit the LAST 100 website.  Language of instruction: English Course Registration

LAST201 Popular Culture in Latin America Sections

The culture of everyday life, both rural and urban: issues of identity, popular memory, resistance, negotiation, as expressed through ritual, crafts, the body, social movements, films, music, and literature.

Popular Culture in Latin America There is no doubt that popular culture has played a crucial role in shaping Latin American and Hispanic Caribbean societies. This course aims precisely to explore various manifestations of popular culture that contributed to build national identities in contemporary Latin America: cinema, soap operas/telenovelas, best sellers and comic books, visual arts and graffiti, the radio, theatre/performance arts, social media, sports, fashion, religion, and social movements. The objective is not only to better understand these sociocultural practices, but also to reflect on their connections with fundamental concepts, such as race/ethnicity, gender, cultural politics, hybridity/transculturation, and globalization. Therefore, we will combine primary readings with critical and theoretical texts on the relevance and challenges of popular culture, problematizing the conventional dichotomy between “low (or mass) culture” and “high culture.” Selected case studies: Fashion icons and artists, such as Frida Kahlo. Football and the FIFA World Cup/Baseball as a cultural marker in Cuba,...

LAST303 Indigenous Peoples of Latin America Sections

Ethnohistory and contemporary cultures of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, Middle America, and South America. Different cultural areas or regions may be selected to illustrate the course's principal themes.

Latin American Indigenous Foodways From production to consumption, from preparation to presentation, food is a powerful symbol of social and cultural meaning. This course examines the expansive relationship between food and identity in Latin American Indigenous Communities through interdisciplinary readings, guest lectures, and experiential learning. Throughout the semester, we will analyze how cultural and economic globalization has affected Indigenous agricultural practices, food sovereignty, and foodways in four regions: the Amazonia, Andes, Central America, and Mexico, as well as in the Latin American diaspora. In addition to critical readings from food studies, anthropology, history, geography, climate science, and cultural studies, we will consider works of fiction and examples of food media (documentaries, Instagram, cookbooks, etc.). Special attention will be given to how Indigenous foodways in Latin America have shaped and been shaped by the dynamics of colonialism, immigration, urbanization, and global capitalism. Discussions and readings will be in English. Required Texts: TBA Language of Instruction:...