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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

February 15th-16th, 2017

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Creole Institute are pleased to welcome at IU Dany Laferrière, one of Haiti's and Canada's most celebrated and original writers today. Laferrière broke onto the literary scene with his novel, How to Make Love to a Negro without Getting Tired (1985). He has more than twenty novels to his name, many of them translated into English. Laferrière's stories, while situated in Haiti or Quebec, more broadly tell stories of America with its social, racial and sexual hierarchies, as seen from the perspective of an immigrant who observes the world around him with fresh eyes and gentle humor. Like no one else, Laferrière shows us how much Haitian culture participates in the literary and film worlds of Latin America, Canada, and the United States. A man of the book whose literary heroes range from Hemingway, Borges, Bukowski, Baldwin, Roumain, García Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Salinger, and Virginia Woolf, to Montaigne, Homer, and Aristotle, Laferrière has also had a lifelong passion for film and collaborated in and directed a number of them. On the occasion of his visit, the IU Cinema will feature three movies co-written by Laferrière. It will also host a Jorgensen lecture (with simultaneous translation), where Laferrière will discuss with Thomas Spear (CUNY), the relationship between film and literature, and the stages of his "American" journey as an immigrant. Indeed, Laferrière escapes being labeled a "francophone" author, preferring to align himself as an "American" author writing in French. Laferrière's election to the Académie Française in Paris, as the first Haitian writer, the first Quebecois writer, and after the Senegalese Léopold Sédar Senghor only the second black writer at this storied institution, has made his position as a New World writer only more prominent.

  • IU Cinema Dany Laferrière Series. Laferrière, a collaborator in these three films centered on his work, tells stories of America as a region where the scars of colonialism are evident still in the social and racial hierarchies born out of the growing global economy. The films address issues such as prostitution, sex tourism, and the lasting effects of the Duvalier dictatorship on Haitian society. Film titles include Vers Le Sud (Heading South) (2005) on February 6th, Le goût des jeunes fi lles (On the Verge of a Fever) (2004) on February 12th, and La dérive douce d'un enfant de Petit-Goâve (2009) on February 16th. For more information, please visit the IU Cinema event page.
  • Lecture by Dany Laferriè:"Un acadeèmicien pas comme les autres:L'Acadèmie française et son rôle au sein de la francophonie." (In French). February 15th, 4pm.
    Location: University Club, Indiana Memorial Union
  • Jorgensen Lecture: Dany Laferrière in conversation with Thomas Spear, Professor of French at City University of New York (in French, with simultaneous translation into English). February 16th, 3pm. Location: IU Cinema.

    February 16th, 12-1pm

    Punk, Pop, and Revolution in Wartime Peru
    Location: Global & International Studies Building, GA 3067

    Dr. Shane Greene, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and CLACS Affiliate, will present at the first instillation of the Spring 2017 Global Studies Positioning Series. This talk is a brief, and briefly interactive, introduction to the politics of punk rock and pop art in the context of Peru's 1980s war with the Shining Path. It will highlight a Situationist method that was used to engage punk and pop artists in a critical dialogue about art, violence, militancy, and anarchism in a context that was heavily over-determined by the Shining Path's Maoist party proposal and the tactics of state terror adopted by the Peruvian state. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information please visit here.

    March 3rd-4th, 2017

    6th Annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference- "The Individual, the People, and the State: Power in Latin America"
    Location: Global & International Studies Building

    The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Indiana University and the CLACS Graduate Student Association invite graduate students to our sixth annual conference: "The Individual, the People, and the State: Power in Latin America." Interdisciplinary in nature, this conference will explore the role conceptions of identity and power play on the individual, local, national, and transnational level in the region. The conference is designed to showcase original research that examines ways in which power structures shape and are shaped by political, cultural, ecological, technological, or economic entities within contemporary Latin American societies. We invite graduate students of diverse backgrounds and interests to submit abstracts exploring: Political and Economic Shifts, History and Memory, Racial and Ethnic (In)visibility, Public Space, Social Struggles and Movements, Global South Comparative Perspectives, Gender and Sexuality, and Film, Literature, Theater, and Media. Abstracts relating to other subjects - including original documentary projects - will also be considered. For more information about this year's conference and the overall application process, you can visit the Conference's webpage here.

    March 8th, 3pm

    Conspiracy and Orgies: Sexuality, Anticommunism, and the Right in Cold War Brazil
    Locaton: The College Arts & Humanities Institute (C.A.H.I.), 1211 E. Atwater Ave.

    Benjamin Cowan, Assisant Professor from George Mason University, will give a talk based on his research interests in right-wing radicalism, morality, sexuality, and 20th-century imperialism. This presentation will draw on previously untapped archives to argue that Cold War struggles against "subversion" must be understood in cultural terms, as a reaction to the consequences- real and perceived- of modernization. Inscribing Brazil's Cold War military dictatorship (1964-1985) into a century-long, transnational trajectory of right-wing activism, Benjamin Cowan will demonstrate that anti-modern moral panic animated powerful, hard-line members and supporters of the military regime. As these hard-liners institutionalized state-sponsored, anti-Marxist violence, their moral panic conflated communist subversion with cultural changes based in modernization itself. Combining Cold War and culture war, rightists focused their anticommunism on specific gendered and sexualized areas of concern: "modern" youth, women, and mass media.

    Benjamin A. Cowan is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. His Securing Sex: Morality and Repression in the Making of Cold War Brazil was recently published by the University of North Carolina Press (2016).

    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.