Category: Cultural Agency

Writing Changes Your Life

by Gabriela Polit “The most important weapon a person has,” the program coordinator said, “are words.” With this mantra, Ethel Krauze has developed a methodology to help women from the Mexican states of Morelos and Guerrero tell their stories and

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The Archive, the Neighborhood and Some Questions About García Márquez’s Legacy

Gabriela Polit The visit to the Bogotá Book Fair last April was full of surprises. Organizers celebrated this year’s fair, as it was the most successful in history. The records of visitors and sales were the highest ever. The explanation

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The Learned Ones: Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico

Kelly McDonough The Learned Ones: Nahua Intellectuals in Postconquest Mexico (2014), challenges two profoundly colonial and ahistorical myths of Latin American indigenous peoples since European contact: the myth of indigenous intellectual degeneration, and that of limited participation in the written sphere

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The Need to Reach Broader Audiences: Scholars Working with Journalists and the Success of Beca Anfibia

Gabriela Polit How can scholars tell appealing stories about the research we do? How can we translate the language of our theoretical interpretations into a discourse that is easier to understand? The idea behind these questions is not to give

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Central American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Professor Virginia Garrard Burnett (Dept. of History) speaks about her research on Central American studies, the LLILAS BENSON’s efforts to expand Central American scholarly resources at UT Austin, and the significance of the 2014 Lozano Long Conference: Archiving the Central American

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Recovering Lost Footprints: The Emergence of Contemporary Indigenous Narratives in Abya Yala

Arturo Arias Indigenous literature is, for the most part, a rediscovery of learning as spirituality and nurture. If this knowledge is not available discursively it is only because Western genocidal practices erased it in the first place, and contemporary indigenous

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Indigenous Latin Americans are not Latin!

A plea for the teaching of indigenous languages of Latin America  Speakers of indigenous languages inhabit worlds not easily described under the rubric of “Latin” or “Hispanic”. The values guiding their daily lives, the rituals giving meaning to their existence

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