South By Midwest Conference: Reading Locality: Urban Spaces, Regions, Borders and Margins

The South by Midwest Conference will take place on Friday, October 21, 2016 in McMillan Café, beginning with opening remarks at 9:00AM. 

In addition, please click here to see a complete list of the Abstracts and Bios for each session of the conference.

Professor José Manuel Valenzuela Arce from the Colegio de la Frontera Norte will present a plenary session, titled "Necropolítica y juvenicidio en América Latina," from 1:45-2:45PM.

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Alejandro de la Fuente of Harvard University will present the keynote lecture, titled "The New Field of Afro-Latin American Studies," from 5:45-6:45PM with a reception to follow.


9:00am Opening Remarks

9:15-10:30 Session 1: Experiments in Citizenship, Modernization, and Memory (Mexico & Colombia)

James Sanders (Utah State University, History)

“Forgetting Democracy: Conrad’s Nostromo and the Erasure of Democratic History in Late Nineteenth- Century Mexico and Colombia”

Carlos Jáuregui (University of Notre Dame, Romance Languages & Literatures)

“Ejercicios de desmemoria colonial III: Gonzalo Guerrero y la invención de la Riviera Maya.”

Rebecca Biron (Dartmouth College, Spanish and Comparative Literature)

“Aiming High: Developing Dependencies at Mexico City's New International Airport”

Moderated by Stephanie Kirk (Washington University, Romance Languages & Literatures)

10:45-12:00 Session 2: Portraits of Urban Inequality, Race, and Power (Brazil)

Beatriz González-Stephan (Rice University, Hispanic Studies)

“Cuerpos transfigurados: violencias coloniales y el dispositivo fotográfico (s. XIX)”

Brodwyn Fischer (University of Chicago, History)

“Navigating Inequality in the Relational City”

Christopher Dunn (Tulane University, Spanish & Portuguese)

“Spaces of the Carioca Counterculture, 1970s”

Moderated by Diana Montaño (Washington University, History)

12:15-1:30 Lunch, Knight Center Dining Room

1:45-2:45 Plenary Session

José Manuel Valenzuela Arce (Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Sociology; Director of the Dept. of Cultural Studies)

“Necropolítica y juvenicidio en América Latina”

3:00-4:15 Session 3: Urban Imagery, Political Violence, and the Distant Local (Argentina & Ecuador)

Javier Auyero (University of Texas, Austin, Sociology)

“Violence(s) at the Urban Margins: A Political/Relational Ethnography”

Amanda Holmes (McGill University, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures)

“Dangerously Secure: Inside the Gated Communities of Argentina”

Ernesto Capello (Macalester College, History)

“Parisian Obelisks in Quito: The Consumption and Re-Imagination of French Commemorative

Architecture and Geodesic Science in the Ecuadorian Andes”

Moderated by Catalina Freixas (Washington University, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts)

4:30-5:30 Session 4: “Latinos in the U.S., Structures of Invisibility, and Discrimination”

Ariela Schachter (Washington University, Sociology)

“From ‘Different’ to ‘Similar’: An Experimental Approach to Understanding Assimilation”

Debra Castillo (Cornell University, Comparative Literature)

“Mexicans in Manhatitlan”

Moderated by Ignacio Sánchez Prado (Washington University, Romance Languages & Literatures / Latin American Studies Program)

5:45-6:45 Keynote Speaker

Distinguished Visiting Scholar Alejandro de la Fuente (Harvard University, Robert

Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History and Economics; Professor of African

and African American Studies; Director, Afro-Latin American Research Institute,

Hutchins Center for African and African American Research). Supported in part through

funding from the Office of the Provost: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

“The New Field of Afro-Latin American Studies”

7:00-9:30 Reception, Women’s Building Formal Lounge

This conference has been sponsored by: Latin American Studies Program; The Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences; Department of Romance Languages & Literatures; Revista de Estudios Hispánicos; Department of

Sociology; International & Area Studies.