Spring Quarter Courses in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

This spring, CLAS will host or cross-list over 20 courses across the Social Sciences and Humanities, including two courses taught by Tinker Visiting Professors Miriam Escudero (Department of Music) and Olivia Gomes da Cunha (Department of Anthropology, the 2018 Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize Lectureship course, taught by Karma Frierson, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, and a new course from CLAS Lecturer Stefanie Graeter

Complete LACS course listings for spring quarter are available here.


LACS 25114/35114 [MUSI 23718/33718; SPAN 23117/33117]

Research and Performance:
Latin American Baroque Music

Miriam Escudero, Tinker Visiting Professor in the Department of Music

MW 1:30-2:50, Logan 901
This course will examine the musical document as a source of musicological studies and its relationship to performance. We will look at various types of documents and assess specific problems of each age and geographical area. Topics include: major reservoirs of music documents in Latin America; the early music ensemble, Ars Longa, and the rescue of opera ominia; recording and performing Cuban and Latin American music in a historically informed way; the Sacred Music Collection from eighteenth century Cuba. There is a performance component to this class. Students are encouraged to have some background in music or Latin American history prior to entering the course.  PQ: Recommended background of MUSI 153 or MUSI 272 OR SPAN 203 plus a course in Latin American history or literature.

LACS 25116/35116 [ANTH 23061/33061; CRES 23061]

The Maroon Societies in South America
Olivia Gomes da Cunha, Tinker Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology

TR 9:30-10:50, Kelly 114
This course will examine recent ethnographies on slave descendants societies in South America. Its main purpose is to explore current anthropological studies of the Maroonexperience, focusing on new approaches on the relations of these communities with Ameridian, peasants, and other neighboring populations, as well as theirtheir dialogues with other non-human beings who inhabite their existential territories.

LACS 21335 [ANTH 23081; CRES 26619; HMRT 26619]

Who Counts? What Counts? Racial Governance in 21st Century Latin America
Karma Frierson, Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize Lecturer

TR 2:00-3:20PM, Kelly 114
In 2015 for the first time in Mexico's history, there was an official count of its population of African descent, leaving Chile as the only nation in the hemisphere not to do so. A year prior, Brazil introduced a quota system for all federal jobs, leading to new questions about who qualifies for these positions. These examples and more highlight a new era in Latin America that questions who counts - both literally as with censuses and figuratively as with affirmative action - as Afro-descended in a region characterized by racial mixture. In this course we will analyze the new turn toward racial governance as we grapple with the following questions. How does the racial governance of the 21st century upend or echo the racial governance of the colonial era? How does this new era affect our understanding of race and identity? What is lost and gained by counting people as black?

LACS 26416 [ANTH 23093; PBPL 26416]

Latin American Extractivisms
Stefanie Graeter, CLAS Lecturer

TR 12:30-1:50PM, Kelly 114
This course will survey the historical antecedents and contemporary politics of Latin American extractivisms. While resource extraction in Latin America is far from new, the scale and transnational scope of current "neoextractivisms" have unearthed unprecedented rates of profit as well as social conflict. Today's oil wells, open-pit mines, and vast fields of industrial agriculture have generated previously unthinkable transformations to local ecologies and social life, while repeating histories of indigenous land dispossession in the present. Yet parallel to neo-extractive regimes, emergent Latin American social movements have unleashed impassioned and often unexpected forms of local and transnational resistance. Readings in the course will contrast cross-regional trends of extractive economic development and governance with fine-grained accounts of how individuals, families, and communities experience and respond to land dispossession, local and transregional conflict, and the ecological and health impacts of Latin American extractivisms.