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Fall 2019 LACA Courses 

LACA 0500 Around Latin America in 80 Days: An Historical and Cultural Journey (Taught by Visiting Associate Professor Erica Durante)

Tuesday/Thursday, 1pm - 2:20pm 

This course will be constructed as a journey throughout the complex and diverse region of Latin America. By exploring the main geographical, historical, cultural and ethnic characteristics of this area of the globe, students will discover some critical junctures, and personalities that in the past centuries have defined Latin America as a unique, transnational and multilingual subcontinent. The course will be structured around three axes (foundational and modern myths, nation-building and cultural identities, and icons of popular culture) that will be explored from an interdisciplinary perspective, combining insights from the fields of archaeology, anthropology, arts, history, literature, and political science. The languages of instruction will be Spanish and English. Students will be expected to be able to conduct their readings in Spanish, when English translations of the reading material are not available, although during class discussion and assignments they will be permitted to use the language of their choice.

LACA 1503O Networked Movements: Mobilizations for Change in Latin America in the 21st Century (Taught by Cogut Visiting Professor Iria Puyosa)

Monday, 3pm - 5:30pm

Networked Movements examines the characteristics of social movements emerging in Latin America since 2007. These movements combine the non-violent occupation of public spaces and the intensive use of digital technologies for autonomous political communication. The course starts with foundations of networked social movement theories. Topics will include: the social appropriation of technological innovations; the construction of collective identity and the movement´s aesthetics; collective action for the occupation of public space; counter-public or counter-hegemonic political action; dynamics of social capital combining strong and weak ties; small-world structure of the movement networks; and mobilizing ideas by information cascades and network contagion.

LACA 1503P Consuming the Cold War in the Caribbean (Taught by Cogut Visiting Professor María Cabrera Arús)

Tuesday, 4pm - 6:30pm

How was the Cold War experienced in the Caribbean? How did refrigerators, automobiles, washing machines, stereos, and blue jeans become proxies of the world superpowers and mechanisms of impersonal rule in the hands of local regimes? How were Caribbean populations transformed by modernizing and developmentalist policies, and how did they resist the marketed allure of empires? Consuming the Cold War in the Caribbean answers these questions, exploring the politics of modern material and visual regimes in Cuba and the region during the post WWII era, addressing such regimes as mechanisms of soft power, impersonal rule, political critique, and resistance.

LACA 1503Q Politics of Indigeneity in Brazil (Taught by Cogut Visiting Professor Estevão Fernandes)

Wednesday, 3pm - 5:30pm

This course examines the politics of indigeneity in Brazil. First, it examines the relationship between native peoples and settlers, especially the Jesuits, Portuguese colonists, and the Portuguese Crown. Our purpose is to understand images of savagery and innocence as part of colonial imaginary in Brazilian’s imaginary about natives. Next, we will explore how indigenous peoples were understand by scientists and naturalists, and how these discussions are important in understanding notions about race in Brazil. Finally, we examine the relationships between native peoples and the State during the Republic, with a focus on contemporary issues, such as development, the environment, and social movements.

LACA 1900 Preparation for Honors and Capstone Projects on Latin American and Caribbean Topics (Taught by Visiting Associate Professor Erica Durante)

Tuesday, 4pm - 6:30pm

This workshop is designed for junior and seniors in any concentration who are researching and writing about Latin America and the Caribbean. It will help students to enhance their research and organization skills, refine their research or creative projects, and develop or complete a Capstone Project (e.g. honors thesis, honors project, substantial research paper).

Spring 2019 Cross-Listed/Related Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Africana Studies

AFRI 0210

Afro Latin Americans and Blackness in the Americas

Anani Dzidzienyo

AFRI 0670

Global Black Radicalism

Brian W E Meeks + Geri M Augusto

AFRI 1210

Afro-Brazilians and the Brazilian Polity

Anani Dzidzienyo + Keisha-Khan Y Perry


ANTH 1030

Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture: A World That Matters

Stephen D Houston


ANTH 1621

Material Culture Practicum

Patricia E Rubertone

Comparative Literature

COLT 0510F

Fidel Castro and Che Guevara: The Men and the Myths

Esther K Whitfield


COLT 0710I

New Worlds: Reading Spaces and Places in Colonial Latin America

Stephanie Merrim

Development Studies

DEVL 1560

Economic Development in Latin America

Veronica H Ingham


ENGL 1711N

Monsters in our Midst: Reading Spaces and Places in Colonial Latin America 

Dixa Ramirez

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 0090A

The Border / La Frontera

Evelyn Hu-Dehart

Gender and Sexuality Studies

GNSS 1520

Latin American Horror

Jeremy Lehnen

Hispanic Studies*

*All courses taught in Spanish

HISP 0710

Hispanic Culture Through Cinema

Mercedes Vaquero


HISP 0730

Encounters: Latin American in its Literature and Culture 

Iris Montero

HISP 1330Z

Tropical Fictions: Geography and Literature in Latin American Culture

Felipe I Martinez-Pinzon

HISP 1331E

Visions and Voices of Indigenous Mexico

Iris Montero

HISP 2350X

Literatures of Work and the Work of Literature in Latin America

Felipe I Martinez-Pinzon


HIST 0580M

The Age of Revolutions, 1760-1824

Jeremy R Mumford

HIST 1310

History of Brazil 

James N Green


HIST 1320

Rebel Island: Cuba, 1492-Present

Jennifer L Lambe

HIST 1331

The Rise and Fall of the Aztecs: Mexico 1300-1600

Robert Douglas Cope

HIST 1333


The Mexican Revolution

Evelyn Hu-Dehart

HIST 1340

History of the Andes from Incas to Evo Morales

Jeremy R Mumford

HIST 1966Q

Colonial Encounters and the Creation of Latin America

Robert Douglas Cope

HIST 1967C

Making Revolutionary Cuba

Jennifer L Lambe

International Relations

INTL 1803W

Roots of Crisis in Central America 

Stephen A Kinzer

Political Science

POLS 1210

Latin American Politics

Richard O Snyder

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

POBS 0610*

*taught in Portuguese

Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil 

Patricia I Sobral

POBS 0711

Brazilian Democracy in Literature and History 

Leila M Lehnen + James N Green


POBS 0810

Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities

Patricia I Sobral


SOC 1281

Migration in the Americas

David P Lindstrom

*If you are interested in taking a different course and would like to know if it can be used towards the concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, please contact LACA Director of Undergraduate Studies Erica Durante at erica_durante@brown.edu.