Rio de Janeiro and The Aftermath of Marielle Franco’s Execution

Posted by Susana Costa Amaral, PhD Candidate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU “Eu sou porque nós somos” was Marielle Franco’s campaign slogan when she ran for office in 2016. The Brazilian congresswoman from Favela da Maré was elected with more than 40,000 votes for Rio de Janeiro’s Legislative Assembly. Black, lesbian, single-mother, sheContinue reading “Rio de Janeiro and The Aftermath of Marielle Franco’s Execution”

Variaciones del archivo en dos instantáneas

Posted by Alejandra Rosenberg Navarro – Ph.D. Student of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at NYU “‘Archival’ memory exists as documents, maps, literary texts, letters, archeological remains, bones, videos, films, CDs, all those items supposedly resistant to change…The repertoire, on the other hand, enacts embodied memory: performance, gestures, orality, movement, dance, singing…The repertoire requiresContinue reading “Variaciones del archivo en dos instantáneas”

When Planting Trees is Controversial

Posted by Alanna Elder – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU A few weeks ago I went to a seed fair in Itapúa, the department in the southeast corner of Paraguay. We left at 4:30 a.m., and the sky lightened slowly as we turned through a tangle of highways south of Asuncion.Continue reading “When Planting Trees is Controversial”

Where the River Meets the City

Posted by Alanna Elder – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU I spent at least a third of an 8-hour layover in Houston exploring Paraguay on Google Maps, looking ahead to when I could finally see and move beyond the length of an airport terminal. Still laboring under the illusion that IContinue reading “Where the River Meets the City”

Visitas en la sierra

Posted by Bethany Pennington – MA Candidate at NYU CLACS Cuando su hija tenía trece años, una señora del pueblo principal de la región llegó a su casita y le dijo: “préstame su hija, que vive en mi casa, que me ayude.” Recordando este momento, mi nueva amiga me comentó: “Pues, no quiero prestar, porqueContinue reading “Visitas en la sierra”

Desfiles Por Fines

Posted by Claretta Mills – MA Candidate at NYU CLACS Traveling through Cusco in June and seeing numerous rainbow flags, which mark the heritage and pride of the city of Cusco, is a subtle reminder of the desfiles that are going on throughout the city.  “Hay desfiles en el Centro hoy,” was all I neededContinue reading “Desfiles Por Fines”

MAS(querade)

Posted by Claretta Mills – MA Candidate at NYU CLACS To play mas, in regards to carnival, means to take part in carnival festivities and activities. Masquerades are one group of performers prevalent in carnival who play mas. Traditional masqueraders are a vital and signature part of carnivals throughout the Caribbean as they simplify variousContinue reading “MAS(querade)”

Finding the Bigger Story Behind the Chinchero Airport

Posted by Colleen Connolly – MA Candidate at CLACS / Global Journalism at NYU I ended my field work in Lima, about as far away as you can get from Chinchero in Peru. I swapped freezing night temperatures and extreme dryness for the gray humidity of Lima’s winters, mountains for coast and Quechua for SpanishContinue reading “Finding the Bigger Story Behind the Chinchero Airport”

A Mineral Archive

Posted by Ricardo Duarte Filho – PhD Student in Spanish and Portuguese at NYU Vi os montes, e eis que tremiam. E todos os outeiros estremeciam. Olhei para a terra e eis que estava vazia, sem nada nada nada. Carlos Drummond de Andrade – Triste Horizonte. This summer I am conducting a research about extractivismContinue reading “A Mineral Archive”

La Fototeca Nacional (Pachuca, Hidalgo)

Posted by Jason Ahlenius — PhD Student of Spanish and Portuguese at NYU She grew impatient when I did it for the second time. «¡Ay! Por favor, no hagas eso». Please don’t do that. But I did it. I broke the rules. I touched the photographic originals. I desecrated Mexico’s visual patrimony. I have finallyContinue reading “La Fototeca Nacional (Pachuca, Hidalgo)”