My thesis explores the relationship between urban space and dissident sexualities in the context of recent examples of Latin American cinema from Bolivia, Colombia, Argentina and Brazil. It considers how this relationship disturbs, remaps and relocates local sexualised urban imaginaries and how these, in turn, speak back to hegemonic globalised geographies of sexualities and the rather problematic sets of binaries around which they have been constructed. The main point of my discussion is to question US/Euro-centric assumptions that dissident sexual cultures in Latin America are little more than belated and repressed echoes of gay life in the ‘global north’ without at the same time denying the oppression still suffered by sexual minorities in Latin American cities. Articulated through a queer lens, my analysis sheds light on the wider cinematic context in which these films sit whilst also speaking more broadly to debates in gay and lesbian studies and urban studies.
CLAS is delighted to welcome four new members of staff who have started with us this semester.
Hispanic Studies welcomes Dr Tiago de Luca as University Teacher in Portuguese, Madalena Bizarro as the new Instituto Camões leitora in Portuguese and Almudena Gómez Seoane as University Teacher in Spanish. French is pleased to welcome Dr Anna Davies as University Teacher in French.
We’ll be publishing short interviews with each of them over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, Liverpool welcomes them all!
The Cultures, Languages and Area Studies research seminar on Wed 8 February will be given by Professor Andrés Cañizalez. His topic: ‘Freedom of Speech in Venezuela: From the Hegemony of Capital to the Hegemony of the State.’
Andrés Cañizalez is a journalist and Professor at the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela. He has published more than a dozen books on media and journalism in Latin America. In 2010 he received the Titus Brandsma Award for his work in promoting dialogue and freedom of the press in Latin America.
The talk will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday 8 February, in room 401 in the Cypress Building (no. 108 on the campus map).
All welcome! wine reception to follow.
The first RILAS research seminar of the year will take place this Thursday February 9th.
Professor Peter Gow (Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews)
“Carolina’s Story: A case study of the diffusion of a myth in Southwestern Amazonia”
Among a number of indigenous peoples of southwestern Amazonia over the course of the twentieth century there was a demonstrable process of homogenization in their mythologies about the origin of the moon. A single myth about the origin of this celestial body in an act of incest between a man and his sister has consistently replaced earlier versions across a very diverse collection of communities scattered over a very large area. Often speaking mutually incomprehensible languages, and often with no obvious interconnections, these communities are coordinating this one aspect of their cosmological systems, while retaining diversity with respect to other aspects of those systems. Even more remarkably, the community within which this currently most common version originated was effectively destroyed long before this process began.
The Seminar begins at 4:00 pm in the LAS Building (86 Bedford St. South) in Lecture Room Three. Wine Reception to follow. Everyone welcome!