Historias 22 - Martin Nesvig on the daily making and unmaking of empire in the Americas

Card sharks. Bigamists. Kidnappers. Brawlers. Drunks. Imposters. Assassins for hire. These are the people that played critical roles in the establishment of imperial Spanish rule in the 16th century Americas.
 
Dr. Martin Nesvig of the University of Miami spoke with Steven about his new book Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain and the everyday practices of making and unmaking of empire.
 
Be sure to check out the extra time conversation with Martin.
 

 
Additional resources:
 
Martin’s webpage at The U
 
Promiscuous Power: An Unorthodox History of New Spain
 
Ideology and Inquisition: The World of the Censors in Early Mexico
 

Historias 21 - Lisa Munro on pernicious stereotypes in Guatemala and life #withaPhD

Dr. Lisa Munro spoke with Carlos about her research on the emergence of negative stereotypes of indigenous populations in Guatemala in the 1930s. They also discuss life #withaPhD, building community through social media, and her work leading writing workshops aimed at helping scholars and authors achieve their writing and publishing goals.

 

 

Additional resources:

Lisa’s website

 

Lisa’s twitter feed

 

Lisa’s company

Historias 20 - Charly St-Georges on the cultural lens of horror films in Latin America and Spain

Dr. Charles St-Georges of Denison University sat down with Dave McLaughlin to discuss his recent book Haunted Families and Temporal Normativity in Hispanic Horror Films – Troubling Timelines and its exploration of “three recent horror films from the Spanish-speaking world that, rather than explicitly referencing recent political violence, speak to the societal conditions and everyday normative violence that serve as preconditions for political violence.” They also discuss writing strategies, audience, and what’s next on Charly’s research agenda.

 

 

Additional resources:

Charly on Academia.edu

Films discussed in Charly’s book:

Los inocentes movie poster

Historias 19 - Juan José Ponce-Vázquez on smuggling in the 17th century Spanish Caribbean

Dr. Juan José Ponce-Vázquez joined Carlos and Steven to discuss his research on smuggling in the 17th century Spanish Caribbean. They also discuss writing strategies for finishing the first book, the value of social media, work-life balance, and what lay on Juanjo’s research horizon.
 
 

 
Additional resources:

Juanjo’s twitter feed

Juan José Ponce-Vázquez, “Unequal partners in crime: masters, slaves and free people of color in Santo Domingo, c.1600–1650,” Slavery and Abolition 37, no. 4 (2016), 704-723

Archivo General de Indias

  • To get to the documents of the AGI, you have to click on the tab “Inventario Dinámico” and select Archive General de Indias in the dropdown menu. The sections with the archive with digitalized documents have a little camera next to their names.
  • The Portal of Spanish archives can be very clunky and temperamental. This post might be helpful to those starting to use it.

Archivo General de la Nación (Dominican Republic)

  • Under “Servicios de Información Documental”, click on “Fondos Documentales.” The portal is called Calameo, and it is often down.
Map of San Domingo in the island of Hispaniola – Montanus – 1671

Historias 18 - Erika Edwards, Jackie Sumner and Dave McLaughlin on work-life balance

Historias is back!

In this episode, Drs. Erika Edwards, Jackie Sumner, and Dave McLaughlin join Steven to discuss such challenges of academia for junior faculty as experiencing the pressures of insecure employment, navigating tenure requirements, and building lives off campus.
 


 

Historias 17 - Jürgen Buchenau on AMLO and the Mexican Presidential Election

Dr. Jürgen Buchenau joined Steven at the Cervecería Untertürkheim in Buenos Aires to discuss the convincing victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Sunday’s Mexican presidential election. Jürgen also talks AMLO’s roots, his course as a politician over the past quarter century, and what his presidency may mean for Mexico and its future.
 

 
Additional resources:

AMLO’s official website

Morena’s website

Jürgen’s Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century (with Gil Joseph)

Jürgen’s Plutarco Elías Calles and the Mexican Revolution

Source: ine.mx

Historias 16 - Tim Rogers and Steven Bunker on turmoil in Nicaragua

Since mid-April, Nicaragua has been in the midst of a severe and sustained political crisis that also features intense political violence. Various sectors of civil society are now in dialogue with the government of Daniel Ortega in search of a path to diminish the violence and return to democratic rule.

Tim Rogers, Latin America editor for Fusion, speaks with Steven Hyland to unpack what is going on and why.
 
In an extra time conversation, Steven also talks to Steven Bunker, associate professor of history at the University of Alabama and SECOLAS member who is currently in Nicaragua, about what he is experiencing on the ground.
 

 
Additional resources:

Tim’s twitter handle

Tim Rogers, “The Unraveling of Nicaragua,” The Atlantic, June 6, 2018

IACHR Urges Nicaragua to Dismantle Parapolice Groups and Protect Right to Peaceful Protest, June 1, 2018

Lori Hanson and Miguel Gomez, “Deciphering the Nicaraguan Student Uprising,” NACLA, June 15, 2018

John Perry, “After 2 Months of Unrest, Nicaragua Is at a Fateful Crossroads,” The Nation, June 22, 2018

Protestas en Managua, Nicaragua de 2018

Historias 15 - Steven Taylor on Colombia's runoff presidential election

HOT TAKE!

In this hot take edition of Historias, Dr. Steven Taylor of Troy University talks with Steven to unpack Ivan Duque’s win in Colombia’s presidential runoff election this past Sunday. They also talk about its impact on the peace process and the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and political instability in Venezuela.

Historias 14 - Mauricio Espinoza on superheroes and Latinx social realities in the U.S.

What do heroes and superheroes tell us about Latino and Latina social reality, identity, and belonging in the United States?

Dr. Mauricio Espinoza joined Dave McLaughlin to discuss how the figures of the Latino and Latina hero and superhero are used within multiple genres (film, graphic novel, Netflix, etc) to trouble notions of legality and illegality within the U.S. imaginary. Mauricio’s current book project discusses the process and offers vignettes from his research that illuminate how Latina and Latino identities have often been erased or downplayed at the expense of highlighting other characteristics that perpetuate certain myths about what it means to be and look “American.” He also discusses his work as a poet and editor and an upcoming bilingual edited volume he is organizing of selected works by Ohio poets writing in Spanish.
 


 
Additional resources:

Mauricio’s book of poetry Respiración de piedras
Mauricio Espinoza, “Neoliberalism in the Gutter: Latin American Comics and Society since the 1990s,” Studies in 20th & 21st Century 42, no. 1 (2017),
Mauricio’s department page
 

Historias 13 - Abbey Steele on Colombia's presidential elections

What do the results of yesterday’s presidential elections in Colombia reveal about this country attempting to exit decades of civil war?

Dr. Abbey Steele, an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Amsterdam, joined Dave and Steven to discuss the results in this hot take edition of Historias. Dr. Steele’s book Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (Cornell, 2017) explores the violent, tragic consequences of democratic elections and the forced migration of folk in the countryside.
 

 
Additional resources:

Abbey Steele, Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017)

Abbey’s twitter feed
Abbey’s personal website
Abbey’s departmental page

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