Issues and Perspectives in Latin American Studies

LAS 6220
Section 1000, Class #28372

Days: Thursdays
Times: 10:40 am - 1:40 pm
Location: Grinter 376

Course description

This course introduces graduate students to interdisciplinary studies of Latin America by examining issues around three elements that have been identified by thinkers such as Frantz Fanon, Sylvia Wynter, Walter Mignolo and Kamala Kempadoo, as the pillars of the colonial matrix of power: gender, race and territory. Through readings and discussions, participants explore varying approaches to these issues, noting how they mobilize diverse theories, methods, and politics. Perspectives considered come from locations across Latin America and elsewhere, and express varied disciplinary, gender, ethnoracial, sexual, class, and political positions.

Importantly, students are expected to have some measure of intellectual flexibility. That is, they should be open to new data, theories, and analytic frames. They will be asked to consider multiple viewpoints and conflicting values, and to imagine, analyze, and evaluate alternate positions on issues or solutions to problems. Students are not expected to change. Rather, they should undergo some measure of transformation in which they perceive historical questions in ways slightly different than they did previous to completing course work.


Ariadna Tenorio
Assistant Professor
Center for Latin American Studies
319 Grinter Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-5530
Tel: TBA