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Latin America in a Globalizing World

Latin America in a Globalizing World (LAGW) is a three-year project, funded by a Dean’s Interdisciplinary Project Grant, which brings together scholars of Latin America with area specialists working on other regions to examine Latin America’s role in global economic processes, from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

Recent years have seen renewed scholarly interest in the history of capitalism and in processes of development and globalization. While scholars of Latin America have long addressed questions of capitalism and development in the region, too often our perspective remains bounded within the Americas—as Latin Americanists, that is, we frequently find ourselves talking only to one another. LAGW seeks to break out of this geographic silo and to foster cross-disciplinary and cross-regional conversations among faculty. This program will also provide a means for the growing number of undergraduate and graduate students interested in Latin America to explore connections with other world regions.

The aims of this project are three-fold:

  1. to help (re)build a constituency for Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins, particularly among undergraduate and graduate students;
  2. to build links between junior scholars of Latin America and scholars working on related thematic topics from other geographic perspectives; and
  3. to foster connections across disciplines and schools within the university.

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Affiliated Faculty

Upcoming Events:

Spring 2019

February 6, 2019
Alejandro Velasco (New York University), Maximiliano Vejares (Johns Hopkins University), and Geoff Ramsey (Washington Office on Latin America)
“Panel Discussion: Understanding the Venezuela Crisis”
Mergenthaler Hall 426 at 4:30 p.m

February 21, 2019
Rosana Pinheiro Machado (Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil)
“From Hope to Hate: The Rise of Conservative Subjectivity in Brazil”
Schaffer Hall 303 at 4:00 p.m.

February 27, 2019
Daniel Aldana Cohen (University of Pennsylvania)
“Follow the Carbon: Housing Movements and Carbon Emissions in the 21st Century City”
Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology
Mergenthaler Hall 526 at 12:00 p.m.

March 7, 2019
Alejo Perez-Stable Husni (Johns Hopkins University)
“Behind Revolution, Beyond Reform: José M. Aricó and the Search for a Democratic Marxism”
Gilman Hall 308 at 12:00 p.m.

March 12, 2019
Régine Michelle Jean-Charles (Boston College)
Ti fi at the Center: Narratives of Haitian Girlhood”
co-sponsored by the Sex and Slavery Lab
Hodson Hall 311 at 12:00 p.m.

April 5, 2019
Jorge Coronado (Northwestern University)
“Selling lo andino Globally: Cultural Consumption and Local Production in the Work of Elena Izcue”
Gilman Hall 132 at 12:00 p.m.

April 15, 2019
Gonzalo Lamana (University of Pittsburgh)
“What to Do in a World Upside Down?: Race-Thinking, Theology, and Coloniality According to Guaman Poma de Ayala”
co-sponsored by the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures
Gilman Hall 479 at 5:30 p.m.

April 25, 2019
Benjamin Siegel (Boston University)
“Markets of Pain: A Transitional History of the United States Opioid Crisis”
Mergenthaler Hall 426 at 12:00 p.m.

May 2, 2019
Book Release: Casey Marina Lurtz (Johns Hopkins University)
“From the Grounds Up: Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico”
NEW LOCATION: Gilman Hall 308 at 4:00 p.m.