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Hemispheric Dialogues: Interrogating Social Justice in the Americas

2009-2011 (WOMS, ARTH, ANTH, BAMS, EDUC, FLLT, LAMS, POSC)

The Hemispheric Dialogues Research Cluster is a collaborative, cross-disciplinary research initiative that brought together six Latina scholars from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Public Policy with a common interest in research that interrogates social justice in the Americas. They have created an intellectual and social community to support their individual research projects and to share theories, methods and practical strategies for archival and field research in Latin American and Latin@ topics. They meet regularly in research incubation sessions, reading each other's work, offering each other feedback through intensive and lively discussions and coming to know each other not only as scholars but also as whole and integrated people.

During the year 2010-2011, the research cluster focused its energies on one collaborative project carried out in two stages: a symposium in the fall, and the preparation of a publication during the spring. Multidisciplinary and hemispheric in scope, the aim of the publication is to build upon emerging studies and publications critically addressing definitions and redefinitions of the fields of Latin American and Latina/o Studies. Individual essays reflect on the theories and methods that have shaped specific disciplines (Anthropology, Art History, Education, English, Spanish Literature, and Women Studies) and their bearings into interrogations of social justice in the Americas. The overall book seeks a bidirectional engagement: it builds from personal experiences to explore larger methodological frameworks, while examining the relevance of theoretical and critical tools in our own research and pedagogical practices.

Members of the Research Cluster :

Pascha Bueno-Hansen is an Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies, with joint affiliations in Political Science and Latin American Studies. She received her Ph.D from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Politics, Latin American and Latino Studies and Feminist Studies. Dr. Bueno-Hansen is working on a book entitled "Decolonizing Transitional Justice: A Feminist Intercultural Analysis" about the gendered and raced impact of the Peruvian internal armed conflict. She has published articles in the International Feminist Journal of Politics and the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development and various book chapters on related issues including gender, sexuality, race, violence against women, transitional justice, social movements and conflict analysis. Besides her faculty position at UD, she is an affiliated faculty member of the Masters in Community Psychology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Peru. Dr. Bueno-Hansen places her interdisciplinary teaching and research at the service of social justice.

Mónica Domínguez Torres is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art History at the University of Delaware, and holds a joint appointment in Latin American and Iberian Studies. Her area of specialization is Renaissance and Baroque art of the Hispanic World, with particular focus in the interaction of Mesoamerican and European visual cultures. She received a B.A. in Art History from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Masters in Museum Studies and a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the University of Toronto, Canada. Before joining the University of Delaware in 2003, she worked as a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Caracas, Venezuela, and taught at the University of Toronto courses on Renaissance and Baroque art and the introductory survey in art history. In 2008-2009, she held a Kluge fellowship at the Library of Congress to work on the project Blazons of the Anahuac: The Production, Regulation and Consumption of Indigenous Heraldry in 16th-Century Mexico. She is currently finishing the book Military Ethos & Visual Culture in Post-Conquest Mexico, under contract with Ashgate Publishing Group.

Carla Guerrón Montero is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, Interim Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies, and with joint appointments in Black American and Latin American and Iberian Studies. She studies the complex meanings and representations of identity among marginalized populations in modern Latin American and Caribbean nation-states. She has conducted long-term ethnographic research in Panama, Ecuador, Brazil, and Grenada. She received a B.A. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, a Masters in Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon. In 2008-2009, she received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to be Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. Dr. Guerrón Montero is working on a book entitled "Like an Alien in We Own Land:" Tourism and the Construction of National and Transnational Afro-Antillean Identities in Panama.” She is also the editor of the book Careers in Applied Anthropology: Advice from Academics and Practicing Anthropologists (NAPA, 2008). She has published several book chapters and numerous articles in the Bulletin of Latin American Research, Ethnology, Anthropology Quarterly, and Human Organization, among others.

Gladys Ilarregui is Associate Professor of Colonial and Latin American Studies at the Department of Foreign Languages. Her book, published by the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Las Mujeres de la Conquista: Antes y Después de Cortés, addresses pre-Hispanic female lives and post-contact formations with Iberian women in the sixteenth century. Her articles on Colonial Latin America range from Nahuatl poetry to Indigenous textiles, from forbidden books to literatures written in convents. Her work always addresses the problematic space of the new imaginary constructions that women in particular, and indigenous women in general had to negotiate within the voices of past and present Latin American literatures. She is currently researching the pre-Hispanic manuscripts Von Humboldt recovered and are part of the Staatsbibliothek Zu Berlin, and the corpus of Che Guevara’s writings. Ilarregui has participated in two Folger Institute seminars and in The School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University. In addition, she is now editing a volume of essays for a journal on Hispanic Literatures about new theories addressing women’s productions. She has authored several books of poetry; many of them have received international awards in Argentina, Mexico, and the United States.

Alvina Quintana teaches courses on cultural, Black American, women's, sexuality and gender studies. She received her Ph.D. from the History of Consciousness Board at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her publications include articles on multicultural literature and cinema studies. Aside from book chapters and articles, she has published two books: Home Girls: Chicana Literary Voices, Temple University Press and Reading U.S. Latina Writers: Remapping American Literature, Palgrave/Macmillan Press. Her research interests focus on feminist theory; sexuality and difference; new technologies, transnational gender studies with a particular emphasis on the intersections between U.S. Latino/as and Latin American cultural practices; multiculturalism in the U.S.A and abroad; the internationalization of American Studies. She is currently working on a book that reconceptualizes American literary practices and a documentary film that explores notions of transculturation and the Black Pacific. Rosalie Rolón Dow is Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, in Urban Education. An interdisciplinary ethnographer of education, Dr. Rolón-Dow studies how past and present race, gender and social class dynamics shape the educational opportunities and experiences of urban families. In particular, her work pays special attention to the anthropology of Latin@ education. Drawing on sociocultural frameworks of education, her teaching and research endeavors aim to address issues of educational (in)equity and seek to promote socially just educational practices and policies. In 2008, Dr. Rolón Dow was awarded a Postdoctoral Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, allowing her the opportunity to conduct research about the experiences of U.S. Latinos studying in Puerto Rico. Dr. Rolón Dow is currently working on a book entitled “Diaspora Studies in Education: Towards a Framework for Understanding the Experiences of Transnational Communities.”