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CLACS sponsors and hosts a variety of academic conferences, lectures, and symposia throughout the year to foster dialogue between faculty and practitioners and to help to promote research in a variety of disciplinary and professional fields related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our ongoing events include the Latin American Research Forum and the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please sign up for our e-newsletter Novedades for more related events on the IU campus or surrounding community.

Upcoming Events

November 18th, 4pm

Military interventions to unions during the so called 'Proceso de Reorganización Nacional' in Argentina (1976-1983). Pending debates.
Location: Global & International Studies Building - GA2067

The following presentation is part of a research dedicated to workers and workers' organizations history in Argentina, addressing the last time in which the military ruled the country in the self-proclaimed "Proceso de Reorganización Nacional". Based on a critical review of how Social Sciences have studied the circumstances lived by these associations between 1976 and 1983, a detailed review discussing how the military interventions were interpreted will be performed, challenging both the importance given to those interventions to explain the political activities of unions and the way in which workers and unions, as an object of study, has been approached so far. The exposition of a quantitative study based on the Ministry of Labor's archives will allow us to review serious gaps in the empirical reconstruction of these interventions, and to undertake pending discussions.

November 18th, 4-6pm

Folklore and Ethnomusicology Book Party
Location: Performance & Lecture Hall, 800 N. Indiana Ave.

Join the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology as they celebrate books recently published by members of the department. Of special note is CLACS Affiliate, John McDowell, who will be presenting his recently published book, ¡Corrido! The Living Ballad of Mexico's Western Coast. Other titles of the book party include Packy Jim: Folklore and Worldview on the Irish Border by Ray Cashman, Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason Dixon Line by Henry Glassie & Clifford Murphy & Douglad Dowling Peach, and Folk Art and Aging: Life-Story Objects and Their Makers by John Kay. A reception will follow the brief presentation of each of these volumes.

November 30th, 12pm

Latin America's Accountability Deficit Trap: Declining Political Competition & Declining Media Freedom
Location: Global & International Studies Building - GA2067

In the final El Foro talk of the semester, Elizabeth Stein will address the endogenous relationship between media freedom and presidential accountability (or the lack thereof). Stein, who is a a Mark Helmke Postdoctoral Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Global and International Studies, will fwill focus on when horizontal institutions of accountability become subservient to the executive and no longer monitor and sanction the president and when the frailty of constitutional checks and balances jeopardizes the very freedom and independence that the media require to remain the citizens' watchdog. She links presidential actions towards media freedom to (1) president-opposition competition in elections, (2) president-media polarization and citizen access to alternative media, and (3) the de jure and de facto institutional accountability framework. In light of these conditions, she will explain the evolution and devolution of media freedom during 14 presidencies in 6 Latin American countries. She will argue that presidents are more likely to infringe upon the independence and freedom of the media when presidents face minimal electoral competition from opposition parties and where they hold ideological positions contrary to the dominant ideological leaning of the media establishment.

December 1st, 5:30pm

"'ideogramas' -- A Talk by Claus Clüver on Brazilian Concrete Poetry
Location: Lilly Library, 1200 E. 7th Street

Professor Emeritus Claus Clüver will give a talk titled, "'ideogramas': Brazilian Concrete and Post-Concrete Poetry and Its Transposition by Composers and Translators," to accompany his exhibition of Brazilian concrete poetry, on display at the Lilly Library through December 15.

December 2nd-3rd

Interrogating Beauty: Richard Fung's Pure Sea/Queer Dirt
Locations: Franklin Hall Room 31; CAHI Seminar Room 1211 E. Atwater Ave.

This event featuring Trinidadian-Canadian filmmaker Richard Fung is a free two night video retrospective event part of Themester in Franklin Hall Room 312. The two-day event explores gender, sexuality, race, and intersectionality through Fung's experimental videos. The subtitle "Pure Sea/Queer Dirt" reflects the way Fung juxtaposes the sea's evocation of cleansing and beauty with the alleged dirtiness of queerness. This motif in his experimental documentaries critiques the beauty standards proffered in white gay pornography, as it challenges, or un-pretties, conventional images of pretty blue water. Fung' s essayistic videos revisit his Chinese-Trinidadian childhood and explore life as a gay Asian man in Toronto, Canada. Perhaps to navigate such disparate landscapes, he alternates between frameworks such as narrative, documentary, found footage, appropriation, abstraction, autobiography, and pornography, prompting the questions: What does un-prettying the traditional documentary format mean? How does whiteness frame queerness as dirty? How has white gay media constructed beauty racially? Sponsored by Themester, the GLBT Student Services Center of Indiana University, the Poynter Center, Cinema and Media Studies at the Media School of Indiana University, the Center for Documentary Research, the Center for Research On Race and Ethnicity in Society, the Religious Studies Department of Indiana University and the Center for Latin American and Carribbean Studies of Indiana University.

  • "Reorientating queer panasian politics"- Lecture with Richard Fung. December 2nd, 11am. CAHI Semiar Room 1211 E. Atwater Ave.
    Fung will give a lunchtime lecture at the CRRES discussing the creation of his new video "Re:orientations" (2016) which revisits participants from a previous documentary Fung made on the same subject.
  • Shorts Program. December 2nd, 7pm. Franklin Hall 312.
    A retrospective featuring videos of numerous genres including Fung's masterwork Sea in the Blood (2000) a reflection on those close to Fung living with illness. Fung is scheduled to be present for a Q and A afterwards.
  • Re:Orientations
    Fung will screen his new video Re: Orientations (2016) that revisits seven participants from his previous documentary Orientations (1984) about queer pan-Asian Canadians. Fung is scheduled to be present for a Q&A afterwards with Media School Professor Ryan Powell.
  • More Than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series

    The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), the Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin American Project (MLCP) and the IU Cinema are proud to invite to our first film series, More than Tradition: Latin American Indigenous Film Series to be held during the Fall 2016. This series sets out to complicate limited and limiting representations of Indigenous peoples as traditional, since that word in popular culture already tends to elicit notions of being bound to antiquity, stuck in the past, unable to catch up to the "modern" world. By highlighting issues of language use, education, creative expression, politics and multinational capitalism, these films show us instead the dynamic and multidimensional nature of Indigenous life in Latin America. The three award-winning films to be showcased are:

    • Dauna: Gone with the River (2015, Feature film) Directed by Mario Crespo, Venezuela. 104 minutes. Screening at IU Cinema, Monday December 5th at 7 pm.

    Ticket bundles to be made available to faculty interested in incorporating the screening into their syllabi.

    October 14th to December 15th, 2016

    'ideogramas':Brazilian Concrete and Post-Concrete Poetry from the Collection of Claus and Maria Clüver
    Location: Lilly Library

    "'ideogramas': Brazilian Concrete and Post-Concrete Poetry from the Collection of Claus and Maria Clüver" will be on display in the Lincoln Room of the Lilly Library from October 14 through December 15, 2016. The selections feature aspects of the poetic production of the five poets who created a new type of avant-garde poetry in the 1950s that relied strongly on the visual (and sound) aspects of their material. They became leaders in an international movement that lasted for two decades and is commemorated in Brazil until today. The exhibition documents the publication and reception of their work in Brazil and abroad and its close connection to concrete art, with some emphasis on the poets' connection to Indiana University.

    Outside Event Promotion Policy

    CLACS will gladly help promote events/opportunities via the CLACS e-mail list as long as the following criteria are met:

    • The event/opportunity is about or related to Latin America or the Caribbean AND
    • The person advertising the event is affiliated with CLACS
    Events/announcements that do not meet the above criteria may be submitted for our weekly newsletter, Novedades/Novidades, which is sent out weekly on Wednesdays.

    For inclusion in Novedades/Novidades:
    Events or announcements to be included in Novedades/Novidades must be sent to by 5pm Tuesday. Priority for inclusion is given to those events and announcements related to Latin American or the Caribbean. CLACS reserves the right to exclude any events/announcements that are not relevant or appropriate for inclusion in the newsletter.