Chilean Popular Poetry and Biblical Psalms

by Fernanda Martinez Varela, MA scholar at MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish.  Shortly after arriving in Chile, I went to the public library of Doñihue in order to search for bibliographic material and, fortunately, there I met Santiago Figueroa Torres; a folklorist, researcher and expert in popular music. Talking informally while drinking coffee, IContinue reading “Chilean Popular Poetry and Biblical Psalms”

Exploring the Yareta of Northern Chile Through the Archives

Posted by Amanda Lotspike – MA Candidate at CLACS To write a story of the yareta is to start from its partial absence in the Chilean altiplano. It’s a hard thing to do. The yareta demands attention; it grows “like a tortoise—big and green”[1], a plant with almost animate qualities despite its resolute grounding inContinue reading “Exploring the Yareta of Northern Chile Through the Archives”

‘Proximities/Distances’: Theatre, Performance, and Dance Conference

Creators and performers from all over Latin America and Spain will converge at the King Juan Carlos Center (KJCC) next week for ‘Proximities/Distances’, a two-day event that will explore ideas and practices of proximity and distance in contemporary Spanish and Latin American theatre, performance and dance. Drawing on the current interest in relational strategies and investigatingContinue reading “‘Proximities/Distances’: Theatre, Performance, and Dance Conference”

CLACS Welcomes Chilean Author José Ignacio Valenzuela in First U.S. Book Tour Presenting ‘Trilogía del Malamor y Malaluna’

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) in collaboration with the Embassy of Chile proudly invites you to join author José Ignacio Valenzuela in his first U.S. tour presenting Trilogy Malamor and its prequel Malaluna on Monday, September 26th at the KJCC Auditorium. Trilogía del Malamor is a wildly successful trilogy by José Ignacio Valenzuela and is considered theContinue reading “CLACS Welcomes Chilean Author José Ignacio Valenzuela in First U.S. Book Tour Presenting ‘Trilogía del Malamor y Malaluna’”

Welcome Back and Upcoming CLACS Events

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at NYU would like to welcome back our students and faculty and wishes all our followers a happy Fall! We kicked off the semester by enthusiastically welcoming our newest MA students at orientation. We are excited to have such a dynamic group begin a new academicContinue reading “Welcome Back and Upcoming CLACS Events”

On the Fringe of Memory: Discovering Paine

Posted by Anna Rappoport- MA Candidate at CLACS at NYU It is easy to interact with memory in Santiago- every neighborhood displays it proudly. From street art in Barrio Brasil and Barrio Yungay, to the polished, classically inspired architecture that surrounds La Moneda. However, public representations of memory regarding the events of September 11th, 1973Continue reading “On the Fringe of Memory: Discovering Paine”

In Buenos Aires, Neoliberalism Is Performing Again

The stencil on top depicts Jorge Rafael Videla, the head of the first military junta that overthrew Isabel Martínez de Perón in 1976 and initiated the neoliberalization of the country; Carlos Saúl Menem, elected president from 1989 to 1999, widely associated to neoliberal reforms; and current president Mauricio Macri, with the universal recycling symbol, as if they were -andContinue reading “In Buenos Aires, Neoliberalism Is Performing Again”

Ulises’ Odyssey, the Odyssey of Looking Back

Post by Juan Carlos Castillo, CLACS MA Candidate Forced by his governor’s megalomania, Ulysses had to abandon his land to fight the city of Troy. Thereafter, he spent 10 horrible years confronting the many monsters and storms that opposed his way home. But this was Homer’s story. Ulises –not Ulysses– passed through something similar, throughContinue reading “Ulises’ Odyssey, the Odyssey of Looking Back”

The State of Indigenous Peoples of Chile in Film and Conversation

On December 3rd and 4th, CLACS will host “wüne adngen/la imagen antes de la imagen: A Showcase of Indigenous Films from Chile.” This one of a kind event, aims at promoting a discussion on the state of the past, present, and future of the indigenous peoples of Chile. It will feature six shorts, from fictionContinue reading “The State of Indigenous Peoples of Chile in Film and Conversation”

Chile’s Educational Reform

President Bachelet’s government has taken the first steps to implement a much-needed reform in Chile. Nevertheless, its outcome is still unclear. This year will be crucial to determine the future of the policy, as the government enters the second stage of its Educational Reform. On Wednesday, March 4th those interested in the subject are invitedContinue reading “Chile’s Educational Reform”