***THIS IS HAPPENING NEXT WEDNESDAY***
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. www.punt6.org
See you there!
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!
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.
We had a great session at SFU today. Thanks to all that attended and participated. Let’s continue and open new lines of discussion this Wednesday, 7th at our Liu Mixer. Everyone is welcome
Hope to see you there.
A WORKSHOP AT SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
December 5, 2016, 9am-6:30pm
After two decades of ascendancy across Latin America, left-wing parties and movements are in retreat. Electoral defeats, corruption scandals, and economic crisis have put paid to what once seemed a Utopian moment for progressive forces. This one-day workshop evaluates the ebbing “pink tide” and looks to the region’s future as the right-wing returns.
With Jon Beasley-Murray (UBC), Max Cameron (UBC), Efe Can Gürcan (SFU), Alexander Dawson (SFU), Leslie Elliott Armijo (SFU), Renato Francisquini (Santa Catarina), Eric Hershberg (American U), Gerardo Muñoz (Princeton), Gerardo Otero (SFU), Fabio Resmini (UBC), Dominique Rumeau Castellazzi (UBC), Zaraí Toledo Orozco (UBC), Alejandro Velasco (NYU), and others.
Room 2050, SFU Harbour Centre, 515 W Hastings Street
The Latin America and the Global Network is pleased to invite you to the first event of the year. Join us Wednesday, December 7th from 3:00-4:30 at the Liu Institute’s Boardroom (3rd floor) to meet and talk to members of the network and a variety of UBC researchers from Latin America or who work on the region.
We will use this opportunity to know new students and faculty working at UBC and to reconnect with those that have arrived from the field. We believe an environment of dialogue is the best way to facilitate the cross pollination of ideas and creativethinking. Everyone welcome!
For catering purposes please RSVP to Juan Hernandez at email@example.com.
We had another small but lively discussion at our last meeting, where we read a couple of chapters from Fernando Enrique Cardoso and Enzo Faletto, Dependency and Development in Latin America
For our next meeting, on November (in the Liu Institute, 10am-12noon), we will be reading a text chosen by Magdalena Ugarte: “‘Latin’ America and the First Reordering of the Modern/Colonial World”, chapter two from Walter Mignolo, The Idea of Latin America. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005. 51-94.
This will be our last meeting this autumn. For our January meeting, Tal has volunteered to pick something; she is going to think about what she wants us to read.
In the meantime, the group also agreed to co-sponsor the upcoming visit of members of Argentina’s Colectivo Situaciones to Vancouver.
Well, we had a small but lively discussion at our last meeting, where we read a chapter from Sidney Mintz’s Sweetness and Power. We agreed that if we had written a book like that, we could die happy.
For our next meeting, on October 23 (in the Liu Institute, 10am-12noon), we will be reading chapters two (“Comprehensive Analysis of Development”) and three (“The Period of ‘Outward Expansion'”) from Fernando Enrique Cardoso and Enzo Faletto, Dependency and Development in Latin America. Trans Marjory Mattingly Urquidi. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979. 8-73.
Agustín Goenaga reports:
Chapter 2 is a presentation of their theoretical framework or, rather, a critique of modernization theories of economic development. I think it can be useful insofar it begins to present the kind of arguments regarding the particularities of Latin American capitalism that we found in Quijano and Schwarz. The chapter is about 20 pages long, although it is very abstract and a bit abstruse.
Chapter 3 is their historical interpretation of 19th Century Latin America. It is a much more grounded chapter and it is better to observe how their argument about external linkages and internal roots of Latin American capitalism played out in specific countries. An interesting advantage of reading this chapter is that it provides some country-specific context to what we have read so far in Quijano and Schwarz. However, the chapter is longer (40 pages).
And for our November meeting, Magdalena has volunteered to pick something; she is going to think about what she wants us to read.
We had a productive discussion at our last meeting, where we read Roberto Schwarz’s “Misplaced Ideas: Literature and Society in Late Nineteenth-Century Brazil” and talked about (among other things) patronage, affect, ideology, posthegemony…
For our next meeting, on September 25 (in the Boardroom, Third Floor, Liu Institute, 10am-12noon), we will be reading Sidney Mintz,“Production”. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History. New York: Viking Penguin, 1985. 19-73.
And for our September meeting, Agustín has volunteer to pick for us something of or about dependency theory, probably from Cardoso and Faletto’s Dependency and development in Latin America.
We had a productive discussion at our last meeting, where we read Aníbal Quijano’s “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism and Latin America” and talked about (among other things) Eurocentrism, intersubjectivity, top-down versus bottom-up approaches, Bolivia, modernity, teaching…
For our next meeting, on August 22 (in the Liu Institute, 2-4pm; please note new date), we will be reading Roberto Schwarz, “Misplaced Ideas: Literature and Society in Late Nineteenth-Century Brazil”.
And for our September meeting, Gabriela will be picking for us something by Sidney Mintz, probably a chapter from Sweetness and Power.
Our next meeting will be July 18th, 2-4pm, Liu Institute Board Room.
We will be reading:
Anibal Quijano, “Coloniality of Power, Eurocentrism and Latin America”. Nepantla 1.3 (2000): 533-580.