CLACS is committed to supporting – and disseminating – cutting-edge research on Latin America and the Caribbean across disciplines. In addition to ongoing events like the CLACS Research Colloquium, CLACS also co-hosts WiPLASH.
Works in Progress in Latin American Society and History (WiPLASH) provides an interdisciplinary space for NYC Consortium students and faculty to present and discuss their ongoing research on different topics concerning Latin America. Papers are pre-circulated, and then presented to a small group of students and scholars. After a brief presentation related to the pre-circulated paper, those in attendance partake in an in-depth (and supportive!) discussion. Because the focus of the event is on works in progress, presenters have a chance to test out ideas, and attendees have access to groundbreaking scholarship in a rather informal, workshop setting.
The most recent WiPLASH event featured Alexandra Delano’s research on “Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Past and Present.” Delano is Assistant Professor of Global Studies at The New School for Social Research. Her discussant was Alyshia Galvez, Assistant Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, Lehman College/City University of New York.
Her paper, which drew from her book, “Mexico and Its Diaspora in the United States: Policies of Emigration since 1848,” examined how the Mexican state has shaped its emigration objectives and its relationship with the diaspora, and how transformations in the dynamic of the United States–Mexico bilateral relationship since the 1980s have influenced changes in this policy area. The event was well attended by scholars, NYU faculty and students.
The next WiPLASH is on March 30th, and features a presentation by Lisa Glidden on “Networks, Social Capital, and State Control: Bringing Greater Bandwidth to Cuba,” with discussant Naomi Schiller from Temple University. Glidden is Assistant Professor of Political Science at SUNY Oswego, and this presentation focuses on the fiber optic cable connecting Cuba with Venezuela which is meant to increase internet bandwidth, and the role such technologies play in Cuba.
Visit the CLACS website to learn more about WiPLASH. To receive a copy of the paper (in email attachment), to volunteer to present a paper in a future session, or to join the WiPLASH email announcement list, please write to WiPLASH at wiplashnyc[at]gmail.com.