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 Read more…

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. Read more…

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 Read more…

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, Read more…