UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program

Conference 2021 - About

Wednesday, April 7

10:00AM – 10:20AM  |  Welcoming Remarks

Prof. Leila J. Rupp, Interim Anne and Michael Towbes Graduate Dean, UC Santa Barbara
Prof. Cecilia Méndez Gastelumendi, Director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, UC Santa Barbara

10:20PM – 10:30PM  |  Break


10:30AM – 12:00PM  |  Panel 1: Migration, Kinship, Language, and Education in Mexico, the US, and Central America

“Kinship and resettlement: A study of the relationship between kinship ties and decisions of resettlement of Mexican-born men deported from the United States”
María Camila Sánchez, Globalization and Latin American Development, University College London
“A Framework to understanding Indigenous Immigration”
Katia Rodríguez , Latin American and Iberian Studies, UC Santa Barbara
“The Impact of Language and Cultural Identity Among Spanish Heritage Speakers on their Decision to Study Abroad”
Jennifer Amador, Latin American and Iberian Studies, UC Santa Barbara
Discussant: Prof. Daina Sánchez, Department of Chican@ Studies, UC Santa Barbara

12:00PM – 1:00PM  |  Lunch Break


1:00PM – 2:30PM  |  Panel 2: Literature, Music, Theater, and National Identity in Brazil

“Visceral Transgression: Transporting the Body via Mail in the Correspondence of Paulo Bruscky”
Margarita Delcheva, Comparative Literature, UC Santa Barbara
“Brasilidade: bossa nova and the fabrication of Brazilian national identity”
Nathan Cobb, Music Theory, UC Santa Barbara
“Pixo and the Invisible Theater in the 28th São Paulo Biennial”
Letícia Cobra Lima, History of Art and Architecture, UC Santa Barbara
Discussant: Aline de Almeida (PhD student, Spanish & Portuguese, UC Santa Barbara)

2:30PM – 3:00PM  |  Break


3:00PM – 4:30PM  |  Keynote Panel

Conversation with historian Christine Hünefeldt: Crafting Borders?
Professor Emeritus, History, University of California San Diego
With the participation of LAIS graduate students Marlene Torres-Magaña and Emma Zamora García.
Moderator: Prof. Cecilia Méndez Gastelumendi, Director, of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, UC Santa Barbara

Thursday, April 8

9:00AM – 10:30AM  |  Panel 3: The Making of Borders in History: Empire, Religion and Revolution

“Power, Resistance and Resettlement in The Kingdom of Guatemala”
Carol Lizeth Marchante, Latin American and Iberian Studies, UC Santa Barbara
“Fleeting Terrains: Spatial Mobility in the Construction of Borderlands Between French Guiana and Portuguese Amazonia (1788 – 1802)”
Manoel Rendeiro Neto, History, UC Davis
“Agriculture, and Forestry in Early-Twentieth Century Paraguay”
Christopher McQuilkin, History, UC Santa Barbara
Discussant: Prof. Manuel Covo, Department of History, UC Santa Barbara

10:30AM – 11:00AM  |  Break 


11:00AM – 12:30PM  |  Panel 4: Displaced Citizens, Law, and Human Rights

“The Whole Country Became a Border: Racism and Control of Human Mobility in Mexico”
Gerardo Rodríguez Solís, Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara
“The Making of Illegal “Citizens” in Honduras”
David Lindstrom, Sociocultural Anthropology, UC San Diego
“Forced Disappearances Along Colombia-Venezuela Border: Unveiling Victims’ Invisibility”
Jessica Spanswick and Javier Ochoa, Latin American Studies, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Discussant: Prof. Alison Brysk, Department of Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara

12:30PM – 1:30PM  |  Lunch Break


1:30PM – 3:00PM  |  Keynote Lecture

Border Thinking & Living la Vida Fronteriza (the Border Life)
Melissa Wright, Professor, Geography,  Pennsylvania State University
Moderator: Prof. Charles Hale, SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, UC Santa Barbara

3:00PM – 3:30PM  |  Break


3:30PM – 5:00PM  |  Panel 5: Race, Identity, and Racial Representations

“(Mis)representations of Race in Peruvian Media: The Case against Jorge Benavides”
Rosa Rodríguez, Latin American and Iberian Studies, UC Santa Barbara
“The borders of colonial citizenship: Indigeneity as the frontier of rights in the Portuguese empire”
Marcelo Carvalho Loureiro, Law, University of Birmingham
“El último patriarca: Nuevas perspectivas en el imaginario sociocultural español”
Cristina Martínez Istillarte, Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University
Discussant: Prof. Jaime Alves, Department of Black Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Friday, April 9

9:00AM – 11:00AM  |  Panel 6: Music, Gender, Indigeneity, and Visual Arts

“Imaging Imagined Identities: Iconographies of Transgression, Indigeneity, and Pan-Americanism in Estrada Courts Muralism”
Eric Mazariegos Jr., Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
“Cynicism and ‘Narcocorridos’ in the Aftermath of the “Liberation” of Ovidio Guzman”
Jeanie Toscano, Spanish, UC Irvine
“Queer Ranchero: Reimagining the Borderlands through a Queer Lens”
Jorge Cruz, Latin American Studies, UC Los Angeles
“Bad Bunny: Breaking Boundaries of ‘Machismo’ in the Music Industry”
Kelly Scrima, Arts in Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College
“Hybridity and Music-Making In-Between Spain and Morocco”
Jan Niklas Cousin, European, Latin American and Comparative Literatures and Cultures, Cambridge University
Discussants: Prof. Leo Cabranes-Grant, Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Theater and Dance, UC Santa Barbara, and Prof. Alicia Boswell, Department of History of Art & Architecture, UC Santa Barbara

11:00PM – 11:30PM  |  Break


11:30PM – 1:00PM  |  Panel 7: Undergraduate Essay Competition Winners

“People of African Descent as Pioneers of Rights”
Shoon Le Oo, Global Studies, UC Santa Barbara
“Poetry as Hope: An Examination of César Vallejo’s “Voy a hablar de la esperanza””
Sebouh Oshagan, Comparative Literature and Film, UC Berkeley
“Performance transgresivo en “Un abanico chino” de María Elena Llana”
Bryan Chávez Castro, Comparative Literature and Film, UC Berkeley
“Triggers to Central American Migration: A Contemporary Study, Section 5.2 An Economy of Violence”
Lance Cortez, Political Science, UC Santa Barbara
Discussants: Prof. Juan Pablo Lupi, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Santa Barbara, and Rosa Rodríguez (MA student, Latin American and Iberian Studies, UC Santa Barbara)

1:00PM – 2:00PM  |  Lunch Break


2:00PM – 3:30PM  |  Keynote Lecture

Assessing the Damage: Reflections on the Trump Administration’s Dismantling of the U.S. Asylum System
Kai Medeiros, J.D., Staff Attorney, American Bar Association, Immigration Justice Project, San Diego
Moderator: Prof. Juan Pablo Lupi, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UC Santa Barbara

3:30PM – 4:00PM  |  Concluding Remarks

Read the abstracts here