- The Challenge of Being Recognized: Politics and Culture in the Struggle for Afro-Descendant Rights in Chile. A talk by Cristian Baez Lazcano, April 24, 2012
- Performing Indigeneity and the Politics of Possibility: From Amazonia to Wallstreet and Beyond. A talk by Beth Conklin, March 28, 2012
- Estado Plurinacional, Derechos Afrodescendientes, y Desigualidad Racial en Ecuador. A talk by Carlos de la Torre and Jhón Antón Sánchez, November 30, 2011.
- Graduate Student Round Table, December 3, 2010
- Defining Intangible Cultural Heritage in Latin America—UNESCO and National Initiatives. A talk by Dr. Anthony Seeger, October 21, 2010.
- An Afternoon Chat with Dr. Gustavo Esteva, October 4, 2010
2009-2010: Sustainable Heritage
The MLCP Working Group theme for 2009-2010 was Sustainable Heritage, an outgrowth of our discussion of Cultural Heritage and Politics from the previous year. We conducted a series of events: talks within our core group of faculty and students, invited lectures by outside authorities, and hosted the first MLCP Spring Institute.
- Working Group Conversation with Bret Gustafson and Guillermo de la Peña, April 8, 2010
- Graduate Student Round Table, March 26, 2010
- A conversation with Dr. Elinor Ostrom, March 8, 2010
- The Huarpe Archives: Indigenous Resilience and Revisionism in “White” Argentina. A talk by Diego Escolar, November 30th, 2009
- Border Crossings: Southern Guerrero, Migrations, and Black-Indianness. A talk by Laura Lewis, October 29th, 2009
2008-2009: Cultural Heritage and Politics
The MLCP Working Group theme for 2008-2009 was Cultural Heritage and Politics, which highlighted several high-profile issues, including cultural ownership and policy, heritage management, language rights, and the folklorization of tradition. This theme productively connects research on indigenous peoples and on Afro-descendant peoples in Latin America. We hosted a series of events including talks within our core group of faculty and students and invited lectures by outside authorities.
- Two events with Michael F. Brown on Indigenous Heritage and the Changing Prospects of Fieldwork in Amazonian Peru. March 4 & 5, 2009
- Afro-Atlantic Voices: Revisiting Lorenzo Down Turner’s 1941 Sound Archive. A talk by Olivia Gomes da Cunha. November 18, 2008
- Faculty Roundtable on Cultural Heritage and Politics. October 10, 2008
2007-2008: Indigenous Politics, Identity Formation, Language and Cultural Expression
The initial MLCP Working Group’s research focus engaged with one of the most pressing issues in contemporary Latin America– the struggle for recognition of indigenous cultures and languages. In the political arena this is witnessed in the region-wide expansion of social movements oriented toward indigenous rights and sub-national ethnic identity formation. Beyond the fusion of language, cultural and political studies, environmental anthropologists affiliated with the MLCP used their expertise to provide a geographic dimension to research on indigenous rights.
- Voice and Biliteracy in Indigenous Language Revitalization: Contentious Educational Practices in Quechua, Guarani, and Maori Contexts. A talk by Nancy Hornberger, April 19, 2008
- Gender and the Public Representation of Indigeneity in Native Amazonia: The Xavante of Central Brazil. A talk by Laura R. Graham, February 29, 2008
- Politics of Language in the Production and Reception of Mel Gibson’s “Apocalypto.” November 27, 2007
- Computational Linguistics in Nahuatl and Mayan Languages, October 2, 2007
- Perspectives on Afro-Peruvian Music and Online Quechua and Aymara, September 21, 2007
- Using Digital Resources to Promote Minority Language Learning in Chile – Mapudungún and Aymara, April 23, 2007
- Reconfiguring the Political Landscape after the Multicultural Turn: Law, Politics, and the Spatialization of Difference in Colombia, April 6, 2007
- Mesoamerican Working Group Meeting, February 23, 2007
- Curating Heritage in the Americas, February 2, 2007
- Quechua Language Resources at Indiana University, November 10, 2006