Past Events

April 7, 2017 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hyperbolized Modes of Latinidad: A Video Screening and Artist Lecture by Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who often performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, and burlesque with video, photography, and objects. Throughout her multiple works, she teeters between abjection and joy and problematizes the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subject. Ibarra’s work has been featured at El Museo de Arte Contemporañeo (Bogotá, Colombia), Broad Museum (LA, USA), Popa Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Joe’s Pub (NYC), Maccarone Gallery (NYC), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF) to name a few.  Recent residencies include Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, National Performance Network, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and CounterPulse.  She has been awarded the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Away Award, ReGen Artist Fund, Theater Bay Area Grant, NALAC Fund for the Arts and the Franklin Furnace Performance and Variable Media Award. As a community organizer, Ibarra’s work is located within immigrant, anti-rape and prison abolitionist movements. Since 2003, she has actively participated in organizing with INCITE!, a national feminist of color organization dedicated to creating interventions at the intersection of state and interpersonal violence.   Read More >
March 30, 2017 (All day) to March 31, 2017 (All day)
Call for Papers MIGRATIONS OF CULTURE: An Undergraduate Conference in the Modern Languages to be held at the University of Pittsburgh. Deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to January 6, 2017. Read More >
March 15, 2017 - 6:30pm
ENCOUNTERS WITH THE AMAZON'S SACRED VINE Professor Luna will offer a talk and book presentation of the second edition of Ayahuasca Reader: Encounters with the Amazon’s Sacred Vine, co-edited with Steven F. White. This anthology is an English language publication that compiles texts from global authorities in ayahuasca studies. Dr. Luna’s talk will be in English. Luis Eduardo Luna (PhD in Anthropology, 1989, Stockholm University, Sweden), is a foremost authority on mestizo shamanism and visionary art. Dr. Luna is a former Senior Lecturer at the Swedish School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland, from where he retired, and a former Professor of Anthropology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil (1994-1998). He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London. At present, Dr. Luna is the director of the Wasiwaska Research Centre for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary and Art Consciousness in Florianópolis, Brazil. Ayahuasca commands the attention of a wide range of disciplines, from anthropology, ethnobotany, pharmacology, therapeutics, sociology, philosophy and the study of religion, to literature and the arts. flyer Sponsors: John Beverley Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Read More >
November 17, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Visualizing Borderscapes: Migration, Translation, and Labor in Juan Martín Hsu’s La Salada Junyoung Verónica Kim, Hispanic Languages and Literatures and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh.  5:30 p.m.  407 Cathedral of Learning     Read More >
November 10, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Amazonian Indigenous Aesthetics and Spirituality Jeisson Castillo, Universidad Javeriana, Bogata, “Amazonian Indigenous Aesthetics and Spirituality; Art and Spiritual Plants of the Amazonian Forest”, 6:00PM, 304 CL Read More >
November 3, 2016 (All day) to November 4, 2016 (All day)
GAMALIEL CHURATA: ENVISIONING THE CIRCULATION OF ANDEAN EPISTEMOLOGIES IN THE AGE OF GLOBALIZATION A pioneer in theorizing Andean paradigms of knowledge within emerging contexts of globalization, Churata is an intriguing figure comparable to José Carlos Mariátegui, César Vallejo, and José María Arguedas. Over the last few years Churata has become the most discussed Andean philosopher, and his literary and political writings have increasingly provoked and inspired scholars who wish to ground Andean studies within the tensions and conflicts surrounding global contexts of knowledge and decolonial indigeneities.     Read More >
September 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
How Borges Wrote: A Story and a Poem, Daniel Balderston, Mellon Professor of Modern Languages. This talk will be related to Daniel Balderston's book How Borges Wrote, to be published in early 2017 by the University of Virginia Press. Here, however, he will discuss a Borges manuscript that is not analyzed in detail in the book: the first draft of the famous philosophical story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," which also contains the draft of the poem "La noche cíclica" (The Cyclical Night). A second draft of "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" was published by Michel Lafon several years ago, but the first draft is much more interesting. Read More >
April 4, 2016 - 9:00am to April 9, 2016 - 12:00pm
Text as Process: Genetic and Textual Criticism in the Digital Age Conference at the University of Pittsburgh Organized by Daniel Balderston, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures     4-6 April 2016   This conference was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors: Center for Latin American Studies, Cultural Studies Program, Department of Classics, Department of Communication, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of English, Department of French and Italian, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Department of Music, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Theatre Arts, Faculty Research Support Program, Humanities Center, Roggiano Fund, University Honors College, Year of the Humanities Special Thanks to Brigitta Arden, Library Senior Specialist, and the Hillman Library Special Collections Department for use of the artwork from the Ramón Gómez de la Serna Papers. Read More >
March 31, 2016 - 8:00am to April 1, 2016 - 8:00pm
New Perspectives on Latin American Documentary Film Symposium A two-day conference hosted by graduate students in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures.  Read More >
March 28, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
From Atlantis to Babylon: Hart Crane and Jose Lezama Lima in Havana and New York Lecture by José Quiroga, from Emory University.   Read More >
December 10, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Politíca de la Cultura   Hugo Achugar is one of the most distinguished poets, novelists, and critics of his generation in Latin America.  He has taught  at many universities including Dartmouth, UC Irvine, Northwestern, the University of Miami  and Pitt in the US (he is a Pitt PhD), and  he is currently Professor at the University de la República in Uruguay. His many books include the classic La biblioteca en ruinas (1994), one of the first  books to deal with the implications of the postmodernist  "turn" in Latin American literary and  cultural studies.   Read More >
December 9, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Magdalena López (Universidade de Lisboa)
Desde el fracaso: narrativas recientes del Caribe insular hispano Magdalena López (Universidade de Lisboa) Magdalena López completed her Ph.D. in the department in 2009 and since then has been at the Universidade de Lisboa, where she works in the Centro de Estudios Comparatistas. She is the autor of El otro de nuestra América: Imaginarios frente a Estados Unidos en la República Dominicana y Cuba (Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, 2011), and Desde el fracaso: Narrativas del Caribe insular hispano en el siglo XXI (Verbum ,2015; from which this talk derives).  With Arturo Matute Castro she edited issue 243-244 of the Revista Iberoamericana on Cuban and Dominican literature. She has published many articles on Caribbean literature and cinema. View the poster. Read More >
November 17, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Fernando de Szyszlo and the Conceptual Turn in Cultural Policy Lecture by Claire Fox, University of Iowa.  Room 602 Cathedral of Learning, Humanities Center. Read More >
November 12, 2015 - 5:00pm
Accidental Latin@ Archives: From Movimiento to YouTube A lecture and performance by Urayoán Noel     flyer for event Read More >
November 6, 2015 - 8:00am to November 7, 2015 - 11:00pm
Post/Colonialism and the Pursuit of Freedom in the Black Atlantic, 8th International Cultural Studies Conference of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures Department. Read More >

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