MLCP Spring Institute
May 20-21, 2010
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

The Minority Languages and Cultures of Latin America Program was pleased to host its Spring Institute on Thursday and Friday, May 20-21, 2010, in Bloomington,  Indiana.  The purpose of the Institute was to bring together colleagues from colleges and  universities around the state of Indiana to share ideas and practices related  to doing research on and teaching about marginalized populations in Latin  America. The MLCP Spring Institute saw participation from colleagues  representing several Indiana institutions of higher education, with panels on  “Peoples of Mexico,” “Indigenous Languages of Latin America,” “Africa in the  Americas,” and “Teaching Latin America.”  Colleagues were also invited to a workshop entitled, “Exploring Latin America through Electronic  Resources and Music.”

The MLCP Spring Institute featured two keynote addresses: one by Alan Sandstrom, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, IPFW, titled “Pantheism  and Sacred Water Mountains: The Cultural Ecology of Contemporary Aztec  Religion,” the other by Serafín Coronel-Molina, Language Education, IU (with  Viviana Quintero, University of Michigan), titled “Macro and  Micro-sociolinguistics of Indigenous Languages in South  America.”

There was also a showing of scenes from a new documentary, “Slaves of the  Saints,” produced by Kelly Hayes, Religious Studies, IUPUI. Here is Prof Hayes’  description of the film: “It is primarily about Afro-Brazilian religions and focuses on practitioners’  relationships with a set of unruly spirits called exus.  There is no  narrator, so the film lets the practitioners speak for themselves about  practices that have typically been stigmatized as black magic. And since these  religions are very heterogeneous and fluid, people have different ways of  conceptualizing and interacting with the spirits and so they often say  contradictory things.”

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