Cancelled Due to Adverse Weather

Graduate Orientation (tonight) and Brazil event on Friday are both CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER

UNC Professor of Latin American Literature Oswaldo Estrada’s New Book: Troubled Memories: Iconic Mexican Women and the Traps of Representation

In Troubled Memories: Iconic Mexican Women and the Traps of Representation, Professor Oswaldo Estrada critiques recent literary and cultural representations of iconic Mexican women such as la Malinche, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Leona Vicario, the soldaderas of the Mexican Revolution, and Frida Kahlo. Through an examination of contemporary books, plays, films, and other works, Estrada explains how and why authors continue to recreate the lives of these historic women. He considers the positive and problematic ways in which contemporary authors continue to challenge or perpetuate gender stereotypes about women.

Oswaldo Estrada is a Professor of Latin American Literature whose research focuses on gender formation and transgression, historical memory, and the construction of dissident identities in contemporary Mexico and Peru. Estrada is the author of Ser mujer y estar presente: Disidencias de género en la literatura mexicana contemporánea and La imaginación novelesca: Bernal Díaz entre géneros y épocas.

Troubled Memories: Iconic Mexican Women and the Traps of Representation can be found here.


Book Cover Courtesy of SUNY Press, 2018

UNC Anthropology Professor Florence E. Babb’s New Book: Women’s Place in the Andes: Engaging Decolonial Feminist Anthropology

Professor Florence E. Babb’s latest book, Women’s Place in the Andes: Engaging Decolonial Feminist Anthropology, explores a range of feminist debates regarding the experiences of Andean Women. Drawing on 4 decades of research, the book considers the complex relationship between gender, race, and ingenuity in Latin America within the context of the decolonization process in worlds’ anthropologies. By providing a collaborative methodology for rethinking questions of existing inequalities, Babb suggests that decolonizing feminism and working with interlocutors from the South will lead to a better understanding of the complicated status of women in Andes.

An Anthony Harrington distinguished professor and cultural anthropologist, Florence E. Babb specializes on gender, sexuality, race and class in Latin America. Her previous works include Después de la Revolución: Género y Cultura Política en Nicaragua Neoliberal, The Tourism Encounter, and Entre la chacra y la olla, among others.

Women’s Place in the Andes: Engaging Decolonial Feminist Anthropology can be found here.


Book Cover Courtesy of University of California Press, 2018

Welcome: Jorge Gutiérrez

Coordinator,  Building Integrated Communities

Jorge Gutiérrez grew up in Mexico City and has lived in North Carolina since 2005. He worked for more than 10 years in the business communications field and recently started a new career as a translator, interpreter, and community facilitator. Jorge is passionate about not only facilitating access to services for members of our community with limited English proficiency (LEP), but also helping people and organizations to improve their relationships through coordination and collaboration.

Welcome: Isa Godinez

Research Associate, Building Integrated Communities

Isa Godinez received her B.A. in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, and Biology from the California State University – Chico in 2013. She is currently a doctoral student in the Anthropology Department’s Human Biology Program, where she obtained her MA in 2016. Isa’s interested in examining the changes in the sociocultural and physical environment brought about by international migration and how these are reflected in human biology and health. For her dissertation research, she works alongside Purepecha communities in Mexico and the U.S.

Dylan Clark: New Program Director for InHerit

The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge of the Latin American experience in the Western Hemisphere. We would like to welcome, Dylan Clark as the new Program Director for InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present to our ISA community.

Dylan Clark is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica, particularly Maya culture. He has conducted archaeological excavations at several Maya sites in Mexico and Honduras, as well as historic period sites in the U.S. Prior to joining the team at InHerit. As the new Program Director, Dylan Clark assists the Executive Director of the program, Dr. Patricia McAnany of the Department of Anthropology, to coordinate the educational and conservation projects we help design with the communities we work with—most often in Latin America.

InHerit is housed within the Research Laboratories of Archaeology here at UNC and connected to a non-profit organization called the Alliance for Heritage Conservation. InHerit partners with indigenous communities to develop collaborative programs of education, conservation, and public interpretation related to cultural resources, archaeological projects, and heritage sites. This is very important when it comes to archaeological resources because ancient sites and artifacts are kinds of tangible heritage, material things from our past, that communities connect with today in deep, meaningful ways that speak to our sense of shared identities and experiences

InHerit has been awarded the National Geographic Society Grant for Yucatec Cenotes Heritage and Conservation Project. This grant allows InHerit and the Research Labs of Archaeology at UNC to collaborate with students and faculty from the Universidad de Oriente in Valladolid, Mexico and secondary school teachers in Yucatec communities in proximity to cenotes. Cenotes are natural sinkholes formed when the porous limestone bedrock of the Yucatan Peninsula collapses, exposing the vast underground river system beneath and creating unique cavern-like habitats with deep, fresh water pools. Cenotes serves as the primary source of cool, fresh water for Maya communities well into the 20th century and as sacred pilgrimage sites for centuries. Additionally, many cenotes contribute to the tourist economy.

This grant will allow the teams to develop innovative, sustainable, and interactive educational programs and community activities that explore the geomorphology, oral history, cultural and archaeological heritage of cenotes. By working together with college students, teachers, and younger students in Yucatán, our objective is to develop a generation of highly knowledgeable cultural stewards who will advocate on behalf of the responsible and sustainable use of cenotes, conservation of their ecosystem, and promotion of continued education and research at the local level. As this program develops, we hope to include Chapel Hill undergraduate and graduate students to emphasize the transglobal importance of environmental sustainability and heritage initiatives.

Javier Arce Nazario

Associate Professor of Geography

Javier Arce Nazario is an associate professor in the UNC Geography department. His research program has focused on the biophysical and social components of the Puerto Rican landscapes, and how they affect water quality and adaptability to extreme precipitation events. His interests specifically include understanding how watershed composition impacts water quality in the tropics, assessing the economic impact of extreme precipitation events, and exploring how community water management can be viewed through the lens of environmental justice. He is also interested in using historical orthophotography as an outreach tool for education and community involvement in water quality and environmental concerns.

Dr. Arce Nazario studied Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, writing his dissertation on how humans and rivers shape the Peruvian Amazon landscape. Before joining the Geography program at UNC, he held a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow position at UC Berkeley, and professorships at the University of Puerto Rico campuses at Utuado and Cayey.