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.
Friday, Oct 28 @ 12pm
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.