Reading Cuba’s Literary Discourse
on Slavery in a Postmodern Mode
with Claudette M. Williams
Professor of Hispanic Caribbean Literature
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Thursday, July 15,
3:00 - 4:30 pm
901 YRT (York Research
In this lecture, Dr. Williams will be departing
somewhat from the standard view of unremitting conflict
between enslaver and enslaved. By using a postmodern optic,
she hopes to foreground what some have claimed to be the
ambiguity and complexity of some of these relationships.
She will be doing this through a reading of a Nancy
Morejón poem, showing how she negotiates the
tension between two variants of the master-slave interaction:
one based on consent and the other on conflict.
It was a resounding success: over 100 abstracts were submitted,
and the final program featured 74 presenters organized into
20 concurrent panels over a two-day pediod. More than one third
of presenters were York students, but the conference also attracted
students from throughout Canada, from the US, Sweden and the
Netherlands, as well as Mexico and Bolivia.
Panels were organized in fields or thematically with an expert
assigned to each. Fellows with expertise in environmental, indigenous
and development studies, as well as history, literature, and
music offered invaluable feedback to student presenters, many
of whom were still thinking through their major research projects.
The event was very well attended, the presentations of high
quality, the discussion animated and thoughtful. It was an invigorating
and rewarding experience for everyone involved in its realization.
A good part of the original event’s success was attributable
to the fact that the organizing committee incorporated a team
of enthusiastic graduate students, representing different disclipinary
and geographic areas of specialization, who spearheaded the
entire endeavour – from the crafting of the call for papers
and the vetting of submissions, to the designing of the agenda
and assisting with the actual logistics.
We want to do it all again, and we invite you to join us in
making it happen.
The Brazilian Studies Seminar at York University proudly
Brazil and Africa
in the Twenty-First Century
a talk by
Ambassador Afonso Cardoso
Consul General of Brazil in Toronto
Before coming to the Consulate General of Brazil in Toronto in July
2010, Afonso Cardoso was Brazil’s Ambassador in Angola for two and
a half years. He has been working as a diplomat for more than 40
years and, besides Angola, worked in the United States, Chile, Uruguay
Ambassador Cardoso will informally debate the most salient issues
in the relationship between Brazil and Africa in current times.
September 29, 2010
at Room 956 York Research Tower
Free. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
An open invitation
to all Graduate
students at York
with a research focus on
Latin America and/or the Caribbean
Come to our
Student Orientation to CERLAC The Centre for Research on Latin America
and the Caribbean
Tuesday, October 5 2010
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Conference Centre, 5th Floor YRT (York Research Tower)
Learn more about CERLAC - its graduate
diploma program, essay prizes, documentation centre, events, resources
for students, etc.
Meet faculty & other grad students
working on Latin American & Caribbean issues.
Tell us how we can best support you and
what activities you would like to see!
CERLAC & The Brazilian Studies Seminar at
Innovation in Brazil: Pitfalls and Promises
a talk by
PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto’s Institute
of Medical Science
The presentation will review efforts by Brazilian domestic
entrepreneurs as well as government to enhance the innovative capacity
of the country in health biotechnology. It will highlight some of the
progress made in this regard as well as barriers that hinder the development
of the sector in general. Discussions could also include comparative aspects
vis-à-vis China and India.
Rahim Rezaie is a 4th-year PhD Candidate at the University
of Toronto’s Institute of Medical Science. He has a Masters Degree in
Biotechnology (M.Biotech), a B.Sc. (Hon) in Molecular Biology and a Minor
in Social Psychology. Rezaie`s research over the past few years has focused
on health technology innovation within domestic enterprises in Brazil,
China and India with a focus on innovation strategy within firms and the
role of government policy in advancing innovation within domestic enterprises.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 12:30-14:00
Room 830 York Research Tower
Everyone is welcome. Free.
Please join us for a Brazilian Studies/Glendon
History Department Seminar on
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Latin American History
and Director, Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
Thursday, October 7, 1:00 -3:00
at York University’s
2275 Bayview Avenue, Fireside Lounge (on
the third floor of the main building of York Hall)
Dr. Lesser is the author of A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians
and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980, as well
as Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities,
and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil, and Welcoming
the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question. He also
edited Rethinking Jewish-Latin Americans, Searching for Home
Abroad: Japanese-Brazilians and Transnationalism, and Arab and
Jewish Immigrants in Latin America: Images and Realities.
Canada Looks South: In Search
of an Americas Policy I
407 // INT - 6905 - Workshop - Friday 8 October
12:30 pm - 2:15 pm, Sheraton -
Conference Room D
Organizer & Chair: Ricardo S. Grinspun, York University
Lesley M. Burns, Canadian Foundation for the Americas
Roberto Alberto Durán Sepulveda, Catholic University
John M. Kirk, Dalhousie University
Liisa L. North, York University
Laura Macdonald, Carleton University
Canada Looks South: In Search
of an Americas Policy II
444 // INT - 6906 - Workshop - Friday 8 October
2:30 pm - 4:15 pm, Sheraton -
Conference Room D
Organizer: Ricardo S. Grinspun, York University
Chair: Liisa L. North, York University
Ricardo S. Grinspun, York University
Pablo Policzer, University of Calgary
Yasmine H. Shamsie, Wilfrid Laurier University
Jason Tockman, University of British Columbia
Duncan R. Wood, ITAM
Follow the link for more information on the 2010 LASA Congress:
CERLAC & the Centre for Feminist Research present:
State of Play: Photography, Multimedia and Memory
with Roshini Kempadoo
Monday, October 18, 2010
Nat Taylor Cinema, Ross N102, York University
Roshini Kempadoo introduces her art practice of photography and
multimedia artworks including /
Amendments / (2007) a re-imaging of Caribbean diasporic history.
She explores the way in which photographs and digital art may be
considered counter-narratives to the multiple and instant tendencies
to digitise and commodify memory.
Roshini Kempadoo is a London based Photographer, Media Artist,
and Reader in Media Practice at the School of Humanities and Social
Sciences, University of East London. Her research and artwork re-interprets
and re-imagines contemporary and historical experiences of the everyday.
She explores the link between British and Caribbean culture through
the use of photographs, digital media, and networked environments.
Roshini has degrees in Visual Communications, Photographic Studies
and was awarded her PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London,
The generous support of the following is gratefully acknowledged:
The Centre for Feminist Research; The Centre for Research on Latin
America and the Caribbean; Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional
Studies, Community Arts Practice, Faculty of Environmental Studies,
Faculty of Fine Arts.
Custodio will present on the development of telecommunications
in Brazil from a public operator model (federal and provincial governments)
to private operators regulated by the federal government. He will
analyze the current outlook and relation with the development of
Brazil as an emerging nation. Finally, he will discuss regulatory
challenges for the next 10 years; the question of economic, social
and regional inequalities; as well as supply and use of telecommunication
services throughout Brazil.
Luiz Claudio Custodio is an experienced executive
in telecommunications and IT industry. He was born in Rio de Janeiro
(Brazil) and received his BS in Electrical Engineering in 1984.
He came to Canada after nearly twenty-five years of service in the
technology industry in Brazil. In the past 8 years, he was a senior
executive in a major carrier in Latin America and managed a large
number of corporate customers, developing many projects that based
in emerging technologies on the communication process. He has received
numerous awards for his contributions to the profession and has
applied the combination of practical and academic experience to
a variety of consultancies for major corporations and political
agencies throughout the country.
Everyone is welcome. Free.
The Brazilian Studies Seminar and CERLAC present
for the 21st
a seminar by
Denise L. Galvão
Weds Nov 3 2010
12:30 to 14:00
York Research Tower (Room 830)
This seminar will focus on recent developments
in Brazilian security and defense policy, on such topics as participation
in peace operations, the non -proliferation of nuclear weapons,
the "fight against terrorism" and partnerships with
other emerging powers.
Denise Galvão has a BA
and a Masters Degree in International Relations (University of
Brasilia). She is professor at the Centro Universitário
UNIEURO and member of the Group of Analysis and Conflicts Prevention
This seminar will present the findings of Sheard`s dissertation
on axé music, a form of carnival music that emerged in Salvador,
Bahia, Brazil in the mid 1980s. This genre, whose performers represent
across-section of Bahian youth, incorporates elements of music that
originally functioned as vehicles of Afro-Brazilian resistance.
In axé music, these features are reconfigured to articulate
a Bahian-ness largely free of social tensions.
Toronto native Gordon Sheard has
over thirty years of professional experience playing, composing,
and producing music. He has performed both locally and internationally
with artists such as Chuck Mangione, Alain Caron, Liona Boyd, and
Manteca. Gordon received his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from York
University in 2008. He is currently a full-time professor of music
and head of composition at Humber College in Toronto.
Everyone is welcome. Free.
CERLAC REGRETS THAT THE FOLLOWING
EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
The Brazilian Studies Seminar at York University presents
State capacity and gender inequality
Maria da Penha Law and violence against women
a talk by
Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 12:30-14:00
Room 830 - York Research Tower, York University
Simone Bohn is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at York University, in Toronto, Canada. Her interests include the study of political parties, electoral behavior, and political culture in recently democratized countries of Latin America. Her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals, such as Government and Opposition, Latin American Research Review, Dados, Brazilian Political Science Review, Revista de Sociologia e Política, and Revista Opinião Pública. She is currently finalizing a book manuscript on the recent left turn in Latin America.
Everyone is welcome! Free
For the conference agenda, panel and paper details (including abstracts), registration information, and more
In a new documentary, Irish journalist and filmmaker Bernie Dwyer and co-producer Roberto Ruiz Rebo expose the story behind the lock-up of 75 "independent" journalists, trade unionists, and librarians in Cuba in 2003 through the eyes of four ex-Cuban state agents working undercover.
The mainstream media has never fully investigated the role played by the US diplomats in Cuba in controlling the "dissident" movement. In this film, former Cuban undercover agents speak out for the first time on film about the inner workings of the "dissident groups" they infiltrated and the various plans, supported by the U.S. government, that were being developed to destabilize Cuba.