The Center for Latin American Studies announces the Spring 2023 Faculty/Graduate Student Research Conference


On Friday March 31 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, CLAS Faculty and Graduate Students will participate in a research Conference.

March Conference


9:30 AM Coffee

10:00 AM-11:30 AM


1. "Boom and Bust: Amazonian Literatures and Resilience in 20th-Century Peru."
Jorge Marcone, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

2. The Dictionary of Latin American Identities and “’Y tu agüela, ¿a’ónde ejtá?’: Circumlocutionary Tropes for Afrodescendant Peoples in the Spanish Speaking Americas”
Tom Stephens, Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

3. Situated practices in the documentation of languages: the Jane M. Rosenthal Papers at the American Philosophical Society
Melissa Gasparoto, Ph.D. Student, School of Communication and Information

4. On the Complex Memory of a Pionero: A Cultural Analysis of Joaquín Colón’s Memoir
Antonio Hernández Matos, Instructor, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies

5. Aymara Heritage Speakers in the North of Chile: Evidence of Mutual Interaction between two Languages in Contact
Jennifer Markovits Rojas, Ph.D. Student, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Communities and Politics

6. Imagining an Educational Otherwise: Negotiating the formation of a Mayan Community School
Briana Nichols, Post-Doctoral Associate, Center for Latin American Studies

7. Poet Entrepreneur: Armando Uribe and the Beginning of Chile-China Relations
Jian Ren, Ph.D. Student (ABD), Department of History

8. A Nahua Family History: Kinship, Memory, and Conquest in Chalco, Mexico, 1460-1620
Josh Anthony, Ph.D. Student, Department of History

9. The Chinese in Barranquilla Carnival, 1960-1980
Laura De Moya-Guerra, Ph.D. student, Department of History

11:30 AM-11:45 AM


11:45 AM-1:00 PM


10. Perceived Patient Centered Communication Quality as a Predictor of Perceived Cancer Clinical Trial Knowledge and Invitation Among Latinos
Nicole Mendoza, Ph.D. Student, Department of Communication, School of Communication & Information

11. Does Cycling Infrastructure Prioritize Gentrifying Neighborhoods?: The Case of Mexico City
Tamara Velasquez Leiferman

12. Trailblazing development: Effects of Sembrando Vida (Sowing Life) on forest management and forest degradation patterns in the Calakmul—Sian Ka’an Biological Corridor, Mexico
Leonardo Calzada, Ph.D. Student, Department of Geography

13. Finding Nonhuman Animals in Colombian Archives
Javier González Cortés, PhD student, Department of History


14. Enslaved Black Women of Puerto Rico: An Arecibo Memory Project
Rosa Emilia Cordero Cruz, Ph.D. student, Department of History

15. Singing Feminist Ch’ixi+art Music from las Rajaduras: Renata Flores, Isqun, and the Fractured Locus
Evelyn Saavedra Autry, Post-Doctoral Associate, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department

16. The Chilean State Intervention and the Chilean women’s moral superiority discourse in Antofagasta, Chile
Clive Echagüe, Ph.D. Student, Department of Anthropology

17. Looking for 19th Century Black Women in 21st Century Cuban Archives
Dalia Grinan, Ph.D. Student, Department of History

1:00 PM Lunch


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