Cuban Revolution [summer repeat]

Historias is back in two weeks with new conversations with Alan McPherson, Casey Lurtz, Sarah West, Sarah Williams, Javier Pabon, Suzanne Litrel, and many more. In the meantime, enjoy this state of the field summer repeat episode on the Cuban Revolution with Michelle Chase and Devin Spence Benson.

Latin America’s Cold War [summer repeat]

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. 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 Read more…

Bianca Premo talks with Carlos [summer repeat]

Carlos spoke with Dr. Bianca Premo, Professor in the Department of History at Florida International University, to discuss her past and current research and time in the archives. Dr. Premo is scholar with a wide range of research interests in Latin American history, including childhood and youth, the law, intellectual history, gender, slavery and ethnohistory. Her original regional expertise was in the colonial Andes and Lima, Peru, but in recent years Dr. Premo has explored the history Read more…

Michael Goebel on the interplay between migration and nationalism [summer repeat]

The Historias squad is on summer holiday. Yet never you fear, we are pulling some classics from the archive. We hope you enjoy this conversation with one of the finest in the business – Dr. Michael Goebel. How do nationalist ideas emerge, evolve, and spread? How do urban spaces and the migration of people factor in? Dr. Michael Goebel joins Steven to discuss the arc of his research, ranging from nationalism in twentieth-century Argentina, to anti-imperialist Read more…

TLA article of the week: Bonds of Suffering, Bonds of Hope

Bonds of Suffering, Bonds of Hope:The Story of a Priest Committed to the Poor In this week’s selection, Elba Noemí Gómez Gómez and Bradley Wright explore the theme of suffering in relation to the capacity for agency by examining the experiences of a parish priest who played a key role in the emergence of Christian Base Communities in the central-western region of Mexico, particularly on the southern periphery of Guadalajara, Jalisco, during the 1970s, 1980s, Read more…

Historias 56 – Francesca Lessa on Operation Condor, accountability, and justice

Dr. Francesca Lessa, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the Latin American Centre at the University of Oxford, joined Steven to talk about Operation Condor and the pursuit of justice and accountability for the states and actors responsible for transnational human rights crimes in the 1970s. See Francesca’s recent article in the Journal of Latin American Studies – “Operation Condor on Trial: Justice for Transnational Human Rights Crimes in South America“ See also her 2011 monograph Read more…

Save the date! SECOLAS will be in Austin, March 3-8, 2020

Secolistas, save the dates! SECOLAS 2020 annual meeting will be in Austin, Texas from March 3 to March 8, 2020. Panels will be held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (March 5, 6, 7). Information regarding the annual meeting, including conference hotel, local partners, and additional activities will be posted on the conference webpage. SECOLAS will work to provide cultural excursions on the 3rd and the 8th respectively. We will also attempt to organize a service Read more…

Historias 55 – Lina Del Castillo on inventing colonial legacies in republican Colombia

“There are no colonial legacies in Spanish America. Yet, this book is about them.” And so begins Dr. Lina Del Castillo‘s fascinating book Crafting a Republic for the World: Scientific, Geographic, and Historiographical Inventions of Colombia that traces the efforts to build a republican nation in a hostile world of monarchies and empires. Renata caught up with Lina to explore it further. Happy listening.

TLA article of the week: Adversity, Gender Stereotyping, and Appraisals of Female Political Leadership: Evidence from Latin America

In this week’s TLA article of the week, political scientist Mark Setzler analyzes survey data from 17 Latin American countries to investigate the extent to which citizens’ preferences for leaders of a specific gender vary in response to economic hardship, corruption, and crime. Adversity, Gender Stereotyping, and Appraisals of Female Political Leadership:Evidence from Latin America Happy reading.