Rutgers Working Groups
Mexico-Central America Working Group
The Mexico/Central American Working Group will coordinate regional interests for the CLAS.
More information soon!
Andean-Amazonian Studies Working Group
Eveyln Saavedra Autry, a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers is the coordinator the CLAS Andean Studies Working Group.
Evelyn's works focuses on her book project: Race, Gender, Violence, and Memory in Peruvian Narratives of the Andes. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia.
The working group, like other CLAS working groups, will focus on fine-tuning events, workshops and networks of support and collaboration among people working on Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia…as well as the diasporas of these countries. Andean Argentina or Colombia? Of course if you make it so. It will provide forum for faculty and graduate students across disciplines interested in the in the history, culture, and contemporary issues of the multifaceted Andean region.
If interested, please sign up for the email list: https://lists.sas.rutgers.edu/mailman/listinfo/clas-andean-studies...
Brazil Working Group
The Brazil Working Group is an interdisciplinary space of dialogue and collaborative thinking.
This year the group will focus on Brazil as/and the Black Diaspora, with particular interest in Brazilian and Lusophone intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.
Through art, performance, film, popular culture, religion, music, and queer and feminist critiques, among many other cultural forms and archives, the group promotes a dialogue that is transdisciplinary and transatlantic, one that does not siphon Brazilian culture off from Black diaspora repertoires, and one that takes Luso-Afro-Brazilian transatlantic histories and resonances into account.
While the aforementioned works as a guiding theme, it need not be the only theme.
Professor Daniel da Silva asks people to join the group and reach out with ideas or directions they would like to see the Brazil Working Group take up. Contact Professor da Silva about events, guest speakers, and other ideas in order to establish a truly dynamic working group.
The group strives to share texts, media, and dialogues via email, through Zoom, and in person.
For more information please join their email list or write to
Caribbean Working Group
Ph.D. Students Rosa Cordero and Kiran Baldeo have convened a CLAS Working Group in Caribbean Studies with an emphasis on Race, Gender, Migrations, and Class-Formations. This working group is an interdisciplinary space to explore the Caribbean from the 16th through 20th century. Its primary goal is to further explore how race, gender, migration, and class-formation were integral to the region's development and formation. In addition to reading across disciplines, we will read across the Caribbean, exploring the nations and empires that are of interest to our participants but also taking the time to explore how race, gender, and migration operate in a trans-imperial context. In thinking critically about the fraught history of colonialism and its implications we have chosen to incorporate the broadest definition of the Caribbean as possible- including the previously Spanish, French, Dutch, and English colonies and those that geographically lie outside the basin but identify as such. We will use our time discussing both foundational and new texts, workshopping papers and projects, and engaging with invited scholars. As Caribbeanists, we often find that our work drifts between various disciplines and caucuses. We hope that this working group serves as a place to anchor and think through how the social, political, economic, and cultural histories of the Caribbean are implicated in our work.
To join the working group write to
Indigenous Studies Working Group
Coordinated by University Professor of History Camilla Townsend, the CLAS--in collaboration with the Department of American Studies and SAS deans--has launched a working group on Hemispheric Indigenous Studies.
The group has presented a cluster hiring proposal to SAS deans and coordinates presentations and discussions.
Report on The New Vertical Archipelago: Small-Scale Mining and Ch’ixi Livelihoods in the Bolivian Tin Belt
For more information write to Professor Camilla Townsend.
To join the email list for this working group click here.