Historias 26 – Javier Puente. Environmental Series: Climate (Winter repeat)

Dr. Javier Puente sits down to chat with Carlos for the first episode of The Environmental Series. They discuss Environmental History and Historical Climatology, the importance of being interdisciplinary, future work, and current events in Peru.

Historias 18 – Work-life balance (Winter repeat)

The team at Historias have wrapped up the semester and are enjoying a well-deserved winter break.

We’ll be back in the new year featuring conversations with such scholars as Lyman Johnson and deep dives into the states of the field of various topics including the Cuban Revolution, in light of its 60th anniversary. As always, thanks for listening.

In the meantime, enjoy this episode from our archive.

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

Registration for Oaxaca 2019 is now open!

¡Oye! Conference registration is now open for Oaxaca 2019.

Complete the conference registration form.

Pay your conference registration fees here.

Rates until January 15, 2019

  • Professional membership and early bird conference: $130 and includes
    • faculty, independent scholars, and university staff based in the U.S.
  • Discounted membership and early bird conference: $100 and includes
    • students
    • post-docs
    • contingent faculty
    • scholars based outside of the U.S.
    • emeritus faculty

Historias 32 – Micah Oelze on cultural politics in 1930s Brazil

Dr. Micah Oelze joined Steven to discuss his research on the politics of urban planning in 1940s Colombia, his current book project on cultural politics in 1930s Brazil, and how his embrace of technology has influenced his pedagogy.



Additional resources:

Micah’s website

Micah’s podcast The Humanities Professional Podcast

Micah on twitter

Micah’s “Demolishing Legitimacy: Bogotá’s Urban Reforms for the 1948 Pan-American Conference,” Journal of Latin American Studies 49, no 1 (2017): 83-113.

Sao Paulo, 1920

Historias 31 – Christina Bueno on the politics of archaeology in Mexico

Dr. Christina Bueno, an associate professor in the department of history at Northeastern Illinois University, joined Steven to discuss her award-winning book, The Pursuit of Ruins: Archaeology, History, and the Making of Modern Mexico, which was published by University of New Mexico Press in 2016.


Additional resources:

Forjando Patrimonio: The Making of Archaeological Patrimony in Porfirian Mexico,” Hispanic American Historical Review 90, no. 2 (May 2010): 215-246.

Historias 30 – Raul Pacheco-Vega. Environmental Series: Water

Dr. Raul Pacheco-Vega joined Carlos and Dustin to discuss his research on water, waste, resource management, and the importance of research having a positive impact on communities, especially its most marginal members. They also discuss his use of social media to offer mentorship and guidance for graduate students and early career academics.

Additional resources:

RPV’s personal website
RPV on twitter

Accommodation in Oaxaca – SECOLAS – 2019 annual meeting

Here is information on accommodation in Oaxaca:

Holiday Inn – this is the conference hotel

  • We have a block of rooms for the nights of 27, 28, 29, 30 March 2019.
  • Choices are between two queen beds and one king bed
  • Price is 1,660.05 MXN (~$81.50 USD) per night
  • Click here for reservations
  • Event code: SEC
  • Be advised that if you choose to stay in the Holiday Inn outside the dates listed above, there is an increase in the nightly rate.

For our colleagues who are interested staying longer or dates outside those listed above, SECOLAS has been informed of the following hotels. We are also working to secure group rates, and will provide that information if we are able to do so.

Historias 29 – Eunice Rojas on Argentine insane asylums and protest music in Chile

Dr. Eunice Rojas, an associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman University, joined Steven to discuss her work on Argentine authors’ use of madness and the insane asylum. She also talks about her current project on protest music in Chile and the opportunities and tough choices in making a mid-career move.


Additional resources:
Eunice’s departmental webpage
Eunice on twitter
Spaces of Madness: Insane Asylums in Argentine Narrative (Lexington, 2014)
Sounds of Resistance: The Role of Music in Multicultural Activism, with Lindsey Michie (Praeger, 2013)

Historias 28 – Tanya Harmer and Renata Keller on Latin America’s Cold War

In our inaugural state of the field episode, Drs. Tanya Harmer and Renata Keller talk with Dustin about Latin America’s Cold War. They discuss the meaning of the Cold War in Latin America, questions of chronology and areas of scholarly emphasis, and their own work highlighting voices long overlooked in the historiography.

Additional Resources:
Tanya Harmer, Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (University of North Carolina Press, 2011)

Renata Keller, Mexico’s Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Tanya Harmer on Twitter

Renata Keller on Twitter


Sala Escura da Tortura, trabalho coletivo: Gontran Guanaes Netto, Julio Le Parc, Alejandro Marco, Jose Gamarra, 1973

Historias 27 – Colin Snider, Courtney Campbell and Gray Kidd on Brazilian democracy and Bolsonaro’s election (Oct 29, 2018)

Colin Snider, Courtney Campbell, and Gray Kidd joined Steven to discuss yesterday’s runoff presidential election in Brazil. They discuss the evolution of democracy, the importance of regional history, and what may lay ahead.

Brazil’s Official Election Logo

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