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. www.punt6.org


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.

The Ends of Latin America’s Left Turns


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.



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


Latin America and the Global Meet and Greet Event


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 j.hernandez@alumni.ubc.ca.

Notes from the Field: Autumn Knowlton

Rita Chiqui

The next meeting of the Latin America and the Global Reading Group will be next Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 3pm in the Research Unit of the Liu Institute (Room 121). Below please find a brief description of the presentation Autumn will give on her research in Q’eqchi’ communities in Guatemala.

Please attend and bring your questions!

Autumn Knowlton, “Q’eqchi’ Maya Political Imaginaries in a ‘Post-Conflict’ Landscape”

How does defense of La Madre Tierra figure in Q’eqchi’ Mayas’ political imaginaries in “post-conflict” Guatemala?

Many Q’eqchi’ Mayas I interviewed for my doctoral research are engaged in life-and-death struggles over their current and future occupation of La Madre Tierra in northeastern Guatemala. In the past decade in particular whole communities have experienced violent evictions by corporations who are destroying their traditional lands in the name of profit and “development.” How are Q’eqchi’s’ political imaginaries shaped by experiences of conflict, especially during the armed conflict (1960-1996) and in more recent and ongoing waves of violent evictions?

I invite those who attend to help me think through the limitations and possibilities of my research, especially given my outsider status in Q’eqchi’ communities.

Reading Group: Mapurbe, January 28, 2015


Welcome to a new semester!

We’ve set the first meeting of the semester for Wednesday, January 28th at 3pm, in response to previous concerns about our later meeting times conflicting with childcare schedules.

After last semester’s foray into the fieldwork of various faculty and Liu Scholars, this semester we’re thinking of returning to the reading group format, with the possibility to sponsor or host other events (workshops, etc.).

For next week’s session we’ll be reading the article “Mapurbe: Spiritual decolonization and the Word in the Chilean Mierdópolis” (Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society Vol. 3, No. 1, 2014, pp. 23-47) by Sandra Collins, which we’ve attached here. This article combines interests of various members of the group (Latin American literature, decolonization, indigeneity, etc.) so it should prove to be an interesting conversation.

The Liu is implementing a new policy on booking space, so for the foreseeable future we’ll be meeting in Room 121 of the Liu Institute (instead of the Board Room).

Notes from the Field: Gastón Gordillo

No nos patenten la vida

The Liu Institute working group on “Latin America and the Global” is pleased to announce an informal workshop with Gastón Gordillo (Anthropology), who will be reporting on his recent fieldwork in Northern Argentina.

October 1, 2014, 4pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Boardroom (3rd Floor)

You are encouraged to read the following texts on the topic of agribusiness and the soy boom in Argentina in advance of the workshop. The first two are posts on Gastón’s blog (in Spanish), and the third is a in Spanish and English about the “seeds law” lobbied by Monsanto in Argentina, currently being debated in Congress.

Sixth Meeting: Mignolo, November 20, 2012

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.

Fifth Meeting: Cardoso and Faletto, October 23, 2012

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.