transatlantic map

This new working group will focus primarily on all matters related to Caribbean, Central American and Mexican studies and their US diaspora, and its political and artistic engagement in these regions. The aim is to grow the field of South-South and trans-oceanic engagement that will both serve to broaden an intellectual community focused on these themes and strengthen a critical awareness regarding the global impact of Latin Americans and U.S. Latinos in the Global South. The group invites a broad range of faculty and graduate students from Duke and UNC and from across disciplines for regular discussions of reading materials addressing the overarching issues of the group. A number of guest speakers will be invited to discuss their work-in-progress and to visit classes. The working group activities will also culminate in an international conference on “Atlantic Latinidades:  New Models for Trans-Oceanic Engagement” scheduled for February 2023 at Duke.

Coordinated by
Prof. Sarah Quesada (Romance Studies, Duke University,
Prof. Ariana Vigil (Women’s and Gender Studies, UNC-CH,

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 28 @ 12pm

Join Prof. José David Saldívar, Stanford University, and Prof. Esther Gabara, Duke, for a talk on The Birth of (Autohistoria) Teoria.

Lunch provided. Email Ariana Vigil if you need parking or more information.
Register for this event.

flyer for Jose David Saldivar talk

Past Events

A discussion on the intersections of race, the drug war, and foreign policy between Latin America, the US, and the Middle East by prominent scholar Maria Josefina Saldaña Portillo (Social and Cultural Analysis, NYU, who will be coming to Duke in February). The reading will have you gasp at every turn.

Lunch provided. Email Sarah Quesada for the reading. Email Ariana Vigil if you need parking.
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Indian Given talk by Prof Maria Josefina Saldana Portillo