Contextos: The Blog of the Center for Latin American Studies


Detail from Abraham Ortelius’ map of Cuba and surrounding islands showing the names Hispaniola and “Ayti.” Abraham Ortelius, “Hispaniolae, Cubae, aliarumque insularum circumiacientium, delineatio,” Theatrum orbis terrarum (Antwerp: Plantin Press, 1598). Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Part of Language and the Ancient History of a New World—Valeria López Fadul, Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar, History (Jan 2017).


Contextos, the blog of the Center for Latin American Studies at UChicago,  provides students, faculty, alumni, associate members, and friends with an interactive space for sharing knowledge, research news, professional projects, and engaging stories and photographs about Latin America and the Caribbean. As the name denotes, Contextos intends to reflect the heterogeneity of the region as seen through a variety of disciplinary lenses, as well as to capture the contrasting political, economic, and social realities that Latin Americans encounter in their lives. We feature one entry each month of the academic year. We welcome suggestions or submissions from CLAS-affiliated students and faculty.

Launched in November 2014, Contextos has featured the following pieces by members of our community: