UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program

LAIS 2019 undergraduate conference, “Displacements: peoples, politics, and rights in Latin America and the Iberian World”

UC Santa Barbara

Displacements: Peoples, Politics, and Rights

First Latin American and Iberian Studies Undergraduate Student Conference

April 10th– 11th, 2019

Harbor Room, UCen





8:30 – 9:00 am: Coffee and Pastries


9:00 – 9:30 am: Inauguration and Introductions


John Majewski, Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, UCSB


María Herrera-Sobek, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UCSB


Jeffrey Stopple, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Dean of Undergraduate Education


9:30 – 11:00 am: Indigenous and Colonial Histories


Chair: Prof. Evelyne Laurent-Perrault, History and LAIS, UCSB


Matt Kern, History, UCSB: “Indigenous Autonomy in Sixteenth Century Tlaxcala”


Carol Lizeth Marchante, History and Anthropology, UCSB: “Sixteenth Century El Salvador: The Impact of Conquest and Colonialism on the Issues of Displacement”


Discussant: Mario Tumen, Graduate Student, History, UCSB


11:00  – 11:15  am: Break


11:30  – 1:00 pm: Power, Media and Foreign Policy


Chair: Silvia Bermúdez


Kuvimbanashe Edwin Chikukwa, Political Science, UCSB: “The New Foreign Aid”

Discussant: Prof. Juan Pablo Lupi, Spanish and Portuguese, and LAIS, UCSB


1:00 – 2:00 pm: Lunch


2:00 – 3:30 pm: Feminisms and Gender


Chair: Prof. Juan Pablo Lupi, Spanish and Portuguese, and LAIS, UCSB


Viviana González, Global Studies, UCSB: “Una revisión feminista de la educación en Brasil”


Fátima Morán, Global Studies, UCSB: “El simple hecho de ser una mujer en Honduras”


Edgar Ortuño, Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside: “Exploring Queer and Feminist Choreographies in Mexican Ballet Folklórico Dance”


Discussant: Prof. Silvia Bermúdez, Spanish and Portuguese, and LAIS, UCSB


3:30 – 3:45 pm: Coffee Break


4:00 – 5:30 pm: Keynote Address


Introduction by Prof. Kathleen Bruhn, Political Science, and LAIS, UCSB


Dr. Terry Lynn Karl Gildred Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Stanford University: “Massacres, Migration, and the Promise of Change”




9:00 – 9:30 am: Coffee and Pastries


9:30 – 11:00 am: Education and Indigenous Languages


Chair: María del Pilar Ramírez Restrepo, Graduate Student, History, UCSB


Maria Amaya-Morfin, International Development Studies, UCLA: “Educational Development in México: The Role of Social Capital in Higher Education”


Fátima Andrade Martínez LAIS, UCSB: “Mexican Indígena Youth in the US Public-school System”


Roberto Young, Sociology, UCSB: “Paraguayan Bilingualism in the 20th and 21st Centuries”


Discussant: Prof. Eric W. Campbell, Linguistics and LAIS, UCSB


11:00 – 11:15 am:  Break


11:30 – 1:00 pm: Environment, Women and Health


Chair: Jordan Hallbauer, Graduate Student, LAIS, UCSB


Katherine McCabe, Environmental Studies, UCSB: “The Storm That Caused Displacement: Ecology, Climate Change, and Migration”


Maribel Sandoval, Environmental Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese, UCSB: “¿Cómo afecta la participación de las mujeres a las cuestiones de planificación urbana? El caso del proyecto planta eléctrica puente “puente power project” en Oxnard”


Erik Salazar, History, UCLA: “Healers of a Changing World: Rural Medical

Response in Central Mexico Amidst the 1850 Cholera Epidemic”


Discussant: Christopher McQuilkin, Graduate Student, History, UCSB


1:00 – 2:00 pm. Lunch


2:00 – 3:30 pm: Migration, Borderlines and Human Trafficking


Chair: Christine Khrlorobian, Graduate Student, LAIS, UCSB


Yvette Linares, History, UCSB: “The Current State of Human Trafficking: Told Through the Tales of Trapped Victims”


Rachel Morris, Global Studies, UCSB: “The Immigration Package: Shipping and Handling Not Included – Chilean Immigration Through a Critical Race Lens”


Guadalupe Mota, History, USC: “Demystifying the Immigrant American Dream”


Discussant: Prof. Alison Brysk, Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance, UCSB


3:30 – 3:45 pm: Break


4:00 – 5:30 pm: Graduate Student Roundtable:


Jordan Hallbauer (LAIS), Christine Khrlorobian (LAIS), María del Pilar Ramírez Restrepo (History), Sarah Zamir (LAIS)


5:30 – 5:45: pm  Conclusions and Awards


Prof. Cecilia Méndez, Director, Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, UCSB

Prof. Juan Cobo, Vice-Director, Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, UCSB


5:45 – 6:00 pm  Final Remarks


Prof. Charles Hale, Anthropology and SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences, UCSB


6:00 – 7:00 pm  Dinner Reception