Bram Acosta Talk “Mapping La Bestia: Migrancy, Posthegemony, and Primitive Accumulation.” 


Hi everyone, thanks for coming and participating in the Public Talk and Workshop with Professor Abraham Acosta last week. We had a rich and stimulating discussion about important if perhaps under-studied events. We recorded the Public Talk for those who could not make it.

Talk given for the University of British Columbia working group on “Latin America and the Global,” at the Liu Institute for Global Issues. September 14th, 2017.

We apologize that the first minute or two of the talk did not get recorded.

Stay tune for more events this and next term.

Social, Mixer, Meeting, Happening… Friday, Sept. 15th at Koerner’s

Fellow Latin-American Researches!
This is to announce that we will having our first meeting Friday September 15th, 3:00 PM at Koerner’s Pub.
As always bring your questions, dreams, ideas, “iniciativas,” and new friends over. 
Remember this is a welcoming group and we do not discriminate because of origin, academic background, or “malos rollos”
This semester will be packed with events. 
We begin with the visit of Prof. Abraham Acosta from Arizona University. His talk is a very relevant examination of current biopolitical condition and possibility of life and movement in Central America across Mexico. 
Title: “La Bestia: Migrancy, Posthegemony, and Primitive Accumulation in Contemporary Times.”
He will be giving a Public Talk Thursday 14th and a Workshop on Friday the 15th both in September. Both events at noon and taking place in the Liu Institute Boardroom.
(You are the first ones to know before I send out an official flyer)     
So, enjoy the last week off and see you Friday or before at the Talk or Conference.
Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

“Social inclusion, participation and political legacies in Latin America” Wednesday, April 5th

“Social inclusion, participation and political legacies and in Latin America” 

Zaraí Toledo Orozco– “The State in Retreat: Private Governance and the Criminalization of Artisanal Mining”

Dominique Rumeau Castellazzi–  “Welfare States and Models of Capitalism in Latin America”

Eon Joung Lee – “Implementation of Participatory Budgeting: Lessons from Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and South Korea”  

Next week’s presenters are a group of political science Ph.D. students working on Latin America.

They will be talking about different but overlapping themes, ranging from obstacles to state development to the diffusion of participatory innovations in the region. Zaraí will look at the phenomenon of artisanal mining and discuss how private governance has assumed roles traditionally pertaining to the state. Dominique will question the theoretical assumptions of the Varieties of Capitalism literature and their value in explaining the evolution of regional welfare state structures.

Finally, Eon Joung will discuss the variation in the success of participatory budgeting initiatives in Brazil, Uruguay, Chile, and South Korea.

We are all looking forward to being engaged in fruitful discussion.

Come join us!

April 5th, 1-3 pm

Liu Institute, Boardroom.

How to re-desing the Latin American city?

PhD student Sara Escalante (SCARP) recently gave a remarkable talk about the needs of marginalized constituencies in the Latin American production of urban space. Her presentation, part of a larger collective project with Col·lectiu Punt 6, walked the audience through an urban audit commissioned by the city of Cali, Colombia. In explaining the specificities of place as an object always transversed by conflict, antagonistic interests and the hetero brilliantly analyzed by Michel Foucault, Sara produced a comprehensive reading of a city that poses every challenge for the planner; specially, for those who like Sara, are mindful of a multiplicity of microevents as experienced by groups -about whom designers usually give little thought: sexual minorities, sexual workers, slum dwellers, women, afro-colombians.

Sara’s voice in the context of a highly and thoroughly masculinized (and bureaucratized) profession such as Architecture and Urban Planning, was truly refreshing and stimulating in that it makes us uncomfortably aware of the dynamics of power (micro and otherwise) that still determine and oppress certain bodies in the urban space. In this sense, to approach a subject, a social problem, an issue from the methodological feminism exposed and espoused by Sara is to discover how the former can address not only explicit women’s concerns but those of the whole social fabric improving the city for all.

We look forward to hear about the city’s adoption of Sara and Col·lectiu’s recommendations.

Thank you all for attending.

And thank you Sara!

Urban safety from a feminist perspective in Cali, Feb 15!


Please join us for the next meeting of the Latin America and the Global research group where we will discuss Sara Ortiz’s research in Cali, Colombia. 

Sara is conducting her PhD in the School of Community and Regional Planning. She works with Col·lectiu Punt 6, a group of feminist planners and architects in Barcelona interested in rethinking the built environment from a gender perspective. Her dissertation discusses how planning affects everyday/everynight life of women working at night, and in particular, the impact of gender violence, safety issues and transportation.

When: February 15th, 2017 – 1:00-3:00 pm.

Where: Liu Institute for Global Issues – Research Unit 

“Urban safety from a feminist perspective in Cali, Colombia”

In 2014, Col·lectiu Punt 6 in collaboration with the city of Cali, Colombia and diverse women’s groups conducted a safety audit from a gender perspective, in particular applied to public housing projects. In this presentation, she will present the work developed in Cali and the audit results.
Col·lectiu Punt 6 is a cooperative of feminist architects, sociologists and urban planners based in Barcelona, Spain that works on urban planning projects from an intersectional gender perspective.


See you there!

Great presentation by Ashli Akins (Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program)

Thank you everyone who joined us to discuss the market’s contradictions impact on the oral and woven history of Peruvian andean communities.

Ashli’s research project joins rigorous academic work with on-the-ground commitment to help the most vulnerable communities in the region. Her talk was an inspiration for all those concerned with using academia to understand and improve the world in whatever way.

We had a very productive talk thanks to the interventions of faculty, students, and  non-academic participants.

A few photos from yesterday


Join us Wednesday, February 15th for a talk by Sara Ortiz (School of Community and Regional Planning) [SCARP] about her work in Cali, Colombia rethinking and designing urban spaces from a feminist perspective!

The Chaos Point of Quechua Textiles

Please join us for the next meeting of the Latin America and the Global research group where we will discuss Ashli’s Akins’s research in the highlands of Peru. 

Ashli is PhD Student & Vanier Scholar, in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, and Liu Scholar. Ashli is also an accomplished photographer and the founder and president of Mosqoy, a Canadian NGO that promotes educational and cultural rights for Andean communities in Peru.

When: January 19th, 2017 – 12:00-2:00

Where: Liu Institute for Global Issues – Research Unit 

“The Chaos Point of Quechua Textiles: How community-owned policies can safeguard living, breathing cultural traditions”

My project is a response to years of dialogue with tourists, consumers, indigenous weavers, and NGO workers about discrepancies in marketing Quechua textiles. In the Peruvian Andes, the Quechua textile tradition is one of the most important cultural cornerstones; indigenous women weave with backstrap looms, using natural alpaca fibers and local plant dyes, embedding centuries of oral history into their art. Though this timeless tradition has adapted through centuries, it now races against the clock. Unsustainable forms of tourism and development have rapidly encroached on indigenous Quechua subsistence communities, threatening their most important art form. Over the past decade, I have heard a common dilemma from both conscientious consumers and development workers offering fair-trade market outlets: “But how do we know the difference between an authentic textile and a copy?” Specifically, weavers have suggested solving this dilemma through collective certifications of authenticity. My theoretical research will explore, among others, the relationship between authenticity and adaptation, as well as critically analyze standardization and essentialism as side-effects of both safeguarding mechanisms and commodification of cultural heritage.