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:

Fall 2018

September 24, 2018
Álvaro Santana Acuña, Whitman College
One Hundred Years of Solitude: The Making of a Global Literary Classic”
Co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology
Mergenthaler Hall 266 at 4:30 p.m

October 10, 2018
Christy Thornton (Department of Sociology), moderated by Casey Lurtz (Department of History)
“US-Mexico Border Policy”
Co-sponsored with the Aronson Center’s Midterm Elections speaker series
Maryland Hall 110 at 5 p.m.

October 11, 2018
Angus Burgin (Department of History)
“The Neoliberal Turn”
Co-sponsored with the American Capitalism seminar
Gilman Hall 308 from 12-1:30 p.m.
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October 11, 2018
Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Director Kurt Orderson and co-producer Najma Nuriddin, Daniel Pasciuti (Georgia State), Alessandro Angelini (JHU Anthropology) and Ricardo Jacobs (JHU Sociology)
“Not in My Neighborhood”
Co-Sponsored with the Arrighi Center for Global Studies
Hodson Hall 110​ at 6 p.m.

November 8, 2018
Álvaro Caso Bello (Department of History)
“A Global Government in Miniature: New Bureaucrats and the Governance of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Spain”
Gilman Hall 308 from 12-1:30 p.m.
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November 13, 2018
Alan Shane Dillingham, Spring Hill College
“Mexico, 1968: A View from the South”
Levering Hall Sherwood Room at 4 p.m.

November 29, 2018
Alessandro Angelini (Department of Anthropology)
“Under the Gaze of the Big Skull: Life, Death, and Play in a Police Training Ground”
Gilman Hall 308 from 12-1:30 p.m.
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