Rutgers Working Groups

Andean Studies Working Group

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Eveyln Saavedra Autry, a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers is the coordinator the CLAS Andean Studies Working Group. 

If interested, please sign up for the email list:

…and send Evelyn a note:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Evelyn’s own work 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.


Updates to the group will be posted on this page.

Brazil Working Group

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Indigenous Studies Working Group

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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.






Profiles of Faculty and Student Participants 


STOLEN: An Indigenous Messenger's Own Account of the Aztec Conques

Prof. James Sweet: Property and Sovereignty: Native Americans and the United States

2021 New Jersey History Conference on Indigenous History--New Jersey Historical Commission


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.


Caribbean Working Group: Race, Gender, Migrations, and Class-Formations

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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.

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Colombia Working Group

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As a result of growing interest among faculty and graduate students the Center for Latin American Studies is inaugurating a working group on Colombia. Coordinated by Graduate Student Javier González Cortés (History Ph.D. program), the working group will organize events, faculty discussions, and research collaborations.  During the last fifteen years the number of Colombian Americans in New Jersey has grown, as well as their presence at Rutgers.  Rutgers graduate programs have also been recruiting a growing number of students from Colombia, as well as students drawn from the Columbian Latinx community.  These students will join about half a dozen faculty and some staff as well who share an interest in Colombia's history and current events.

If you are a member of the Rutgers community or a neighbor and would like to join this group please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or join here.  Include a brief description of your interest.

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