Regional Area Studies Initiatives
Our three faculty-directed area studies initiatives—the Caribbean Initiative, the Andean Initiative, and the Brazil Initiative—have in common a commitment to scholarship, education, and outreach related to regional area studies. The Initiatives draw on NYU’s depth of expertise in each of these areas from faculty across the University, and bring together faculty, students, and the public from the New York area for public workshops, lectures, symposia, and other events. The Initiatives promote research from and in the regions, and also engage New York City as home to vibrant Caribbean, Andean, and Brazilian communities. See the Events Calendar for Initiative Events.
- Caribbean Initiative
Directed by Professor Ada Ferrer
- Andean Initiative
Directed by Professor Thomas Abercrombie
- Brazil Initiative
Directed by Professor Dylon Robbins
Faculty and Graduate Student Working Groups
CLACS hosts short- and long-term faculty working groups that foster interdisciplinary exchange between NYU faculty, as well as with other academic institutions in the metropolitan area. Current working groups are:
- New York City Latin American History Workshop
Directed by Sinclair Thompson (NYU) and Pablo Piccato (Columbia)
This long-running working group is a partnership between the graduate programs in Latin American History at NYU, Columbia, CUNY, and SUNY Stony Brook. The meetings typically take place the last Friday of the month at one of the host campuses. To join the email list or receive copy of the papers, please contact Sinclair Thompson. For information on upcoming events, please see the CLACS Event Calendar.
- Comparative Racisms in the Americas
Directed by Pamela Calla
- Works in Progress in Latin American Society and History
A graduate student run series, WiPLASH invites doctoral students and faculty to present and discuss ongoing research. Papers are pre-circulated, and sessions allow for in-depth discussion in a critical but collegially supportive environment. To join the WiPLASH list or request a copy of a forthcoming paper, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interdisciplinary Research Colloquia
Each semester, CLACS hosts an Interdisciplinary Research Colloquium that consists of a graduate course and a related speaker series. The course is co-taught by faculty from different academic fields, enabling interdisciplinary learning and collaboration. The series invites leading scholars and artists from the United States and across Latin America and the Caribbean to share their work with the NYU community and with the general public.
The Caribbean Initiative at CLACS, directed by Professor Ada Ferrer (History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies), draws on NYU’s depth of expertise in the field and brings together faculty, students, and the public from the New York area for public workshops, lectures, symposia, and other events. The Initiative promotes research from and in the region, and engages New York City as home to vibrant Caribbean communities.
Please see the Events Calendar for Initiative Events.
New CoursesWe are pleased to announce new course offerings for Spring 2016.
New Undergraduate Course in Caribbean Studies
LATC-UA 651 Topics in Caribbean Studies: Political Imaginaries in the Caribbean
Taught by Katherine Smith
Monday, Wed 9:30AM–10:45AM
What comes to mind when we think of the Caribbean? Is it a tropical paradise of sun, sand and pleasure? Or is it a place still living in the shadow slavery? Does the word “Caribbean” evoke the sound of reggae, or salsa? Or does it conjure images of slum-scapes, political violence and natural disaster? This course begins with the premise that history and politics shape the contours of our imaginations, and therefore to imagine the Caribbean is to engage in a larger socio-historical moment. Querying the imagination leads us to examine how ideas—whether they are consciously articulated, or not—form a place. The struggle to define the imagination is ultimately about the power of representation and the horizons of human subjectivity. As such, race and gender will be central themes throughout the course. Through readings that span a range of disciplines, we will explore different ways in which the Caribbean has been imagined, to what ends, and by whom.
The CLACS Andean Initiative was launched in 2009 as a resource to
promote regional training and outreach related to the peoples,
countries, and languages of the Andean region. The Initiative is
grounded in the CLACS commitment to Quechua language training,
the depth of expertise on the region among CLACS Faculty at NYU, the
large number of Andeanists at other NYC-area institutions, as well as
the presence of vibrant Andean communities around the city. The
Initiative brings together faculty, students, research, for colloquia,
conferences, and other events.
For Andean-related events, please consult current CLACS events.