Current News & Events

Past Events


Events from the 2007-2008 Academic Year



Ongoing Events

University Colloquium on the Global South - Wednesdays

Brazilian Studies Seminar: Fall Schedule and Winter Schedule - Alternate Wednesdays

Gender & Politics Study Group - Alternate Wednesdays

Caribbean Graduate Students Network For more information or to join the listserv for updates on events, send an email to Mark Campbell



Thirst for Profit: A Story of Privatization of Water Film screening May 7, 2008

Venezuelan Education in the Bolivarian Context Visiting Speaker April 9, 2008

Investing in Conflict: Canadian Mining Companies in the Americas Visiting Speaker March 17, 2008

Celebration of recent publications of CERLAC Fellows and Associates March 13, 2008

An Anatomy of Violence in Rio de Janeiro Visiting Speaker March 3, 2008

Cuba in Translation: Some thoughts on Darstellung and Vertretung Brown Bag March 3, 2008

Voices of Rastafari Women: An Insider/Outsider Perspective Brown Bag Feb 28, 2008

An Inside Look at the Work of a Buenos Aires NGO Brown Bag Feb 21, 2008

How About a Little Bronze Virgin? Mestiza Nationalism in Cuba and Brazil Brown Bag Feb 7, 2008

RedLEIDH Seminar with Daris Cristancho Feb 6, 2008

Book Launch: Organizing the Transnational and Development's Displacements Jan 31, 2008

Neoliberal Oligarchs: Central American Power Structures after the Wars UCGS / Brown Bag Jan 30, 2008

Thirst for Profit: A Story of Privatization of Water Film screening/Brown Bag Jan 28, 2008

Another World Is Possible! Cultures of Resistance Jan 26, 2008

Neoliberalism, Financial Capital and Mexico under Calderón Roundtable Jan 11, 2008

How to Present a Conference Paper Brown Bag Seminar Jan. 10, 2008

Fieldwork in the Global South: Methods, Ethics and Activism UCGS/CERLAC Symposium Nov. 30, 2007

Environmental Education with Youth -- Brazil and Toronto Brazilian Studies Seminar Nov. 28, 2007

Funding Opportunities for Graduate Research and Study Information Session Nov. 27, 2007

Youth Violence Prevention in Post-War El Salvador Visiting speaker Nov. 27, 2007

The Workers' Party and President Lula: Then & Now Brazilian Studies Seminar Nov. 21, 2007

Cancelled Conflict and the State of Law in Colombia Visiting speaker Nov. 19, 2007

Canada-US-Mexico Integration: Do Transnational Networks Lead to Health Policy and Health Service Convergence? Visiting speaker Nov. 15, 2007

Critical Reflections on Popular Environmental Education in Marginalized Watershed Communities in São Paulo Brown Bag/Brazilian Studies Seminar Nov. 14, 2007

The Context of Atlantic Slavery and the Abolition of the British Slave Trade Visiting speaker Nov. 13, 2007

Elusive Democracy: Oligarchical Consolidation in Post-War El Salvador Brown Bag Seminar Nov. 6, 2007

Taking care of bodies: Sport, physical education and health in the French West Indies, since the end of the 19th century Visiting speaker Nov. 1, 2007

Gabriela's Sisters: Women Working in Cacao Brazilian Studies Seminar Oct. 31, 2007

The Negotiation of Cooliehood in The Last English Plantation Brown Bag Seminar Oct. 23, 2007

Sugar, Migration, and Oral History in Twentieth-Century Cuba Visiting speaker Oct. 22, 2007

They Came in Ships: Imperialism, Migration and Asian Diasporas in the 19th Century Caribbean Jagan Lecture Oct. 20, 2007

Mestiza Consciousness of a Brazilian Present and Possible Futures Brazilian Studies Seminar Oct. 17, 2007

Resurgent Voices: A post-hurricane benefit Video screenings Oct. 15, 2007

Venezuela and 21st Century Socialism Visiting speaker Oct. 9, 2007

Black Identity and Race Quota Policies in Brazil Brazilian Studies Seminar Oct. 3, 2007

Grad student orientation Sept. 20, 2007

CERLAC Social Gathering Sept. 20, 2007

Refugee Integration and Social Capital -- São Paulo and Toronto Brazilian Studies Seminar Sept. 19, 2007

Social Economy as an Alternative to Globalization Visiting speaker Sept. 17, 2007

The Struggles of Indigenous People in Peru Visiting speaker Sept. 13, 2007

New Perspectives on Cuba Visiting speakers Sept. 12, 2007

Reception for former CERLAC Director, Viviana Patroni Sept 11, 2007

Derechos económicos de género y sindicalismo en Argentina Visiting speaker Sept 11, 2007

Globalización, Mujer y Trabajo en el Norte de México Visiting speakers Sept 10, 2007






Transformative Learning Centre (TLC), in collaboration with CERLAC/York and the Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC) at OISE/University of Toronto present


Venezuelan education in the context of the Bolivarian project


Miguel Angel Sanchez Navarro
Centro International Miranda, Ministry of Higher Education, Venezuela

Wednesday, April 9, 2008 (note date change)
4.00-5.30 pm
OISE/University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Room 7-162


The current educational project of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was created with the aim of transforming society by becoming more relevant to the population’s needs and requirements and by promoting new forms of thinking and acting that are more inclusive, participatory, critical, reflective, comprehensive and ethical. These characteristics are encapsulated under the slogan “Toda la Patria una Escuela” (The entire nation is a school). As such, education in Venezuela is intrinsically connected to the third motor of the Bolivarina revolution (moral and enligthenment) and is expressed in a variety of initiatives and programs. This session will present an overview of the main educational reforms in Venezuela today, and will focus on some of these programs, particularly Misión  Robinson, Ribas, Sucre, Vuelvan Caras y Cultura. The goal of these projects is to nurture new human beings and communities that are more conscious and critical agents in the process of their own transformation.


Miguel Angel Sanchez Navarro has a Masters in Contemporary History from Sorbonne Paris IV University (concentration on social movements) and studies in education policy and in international relations from the University of Chile. He has worked as a consultant for the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and is currently a researcher at the Bolivarian public education policies of the Centro International Miranda, Ministry of Higher Education, Venezuela.




More information:, 416.736.5237



Please join us

for a celebration of the recent publications of

CERLAC Fellows and Associates

Rutas enmarañadas: Mujeres, trabajo y globalización en la senda del tomate
By Deborah Barndt


Tangled Routes: Women, Work and Globalization on the Tomato Trail
2nd edition, by Deborah Barndt


Organizing the Transnational: Labour, Politics and Social Change
Edited by Luin Goldring and Sailaja Krishnamurti


Etnicidad y Nación: El desarrollo de la autonomía de la Costa Atlántica de Nicaragua (1987-2007)
By Miguel González, Pierre Frühling and Hans Petter Buvollen


The Rama People: Struggling for Land and Culture
Edited by Miguel González, Svein Jentoft, Diala López and Arja Koskinen


Whose Canada? Continental Integration, Fortress North America and the Corporate Agenda
Edited by Ricardo Grinspun and Yasmine Shamsie


The World of Mexican Migrants: The Rock and the Hard Place
By Judith Adler Hellman


Transnational Law and Local Struggles: Mining Communities and the World Bank
By David Szablowski

Thursday, March 13
280 York Lanes, York University
3:30 - 5:30pm

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A cash bar will be available.


More information:, 416.736.5237


CERLAC, Division of Humanities, Division of Social Science, Founders College, LACS, and York Brazilian Studies present


Between Drug Gangs, the Police and Militias:

An Anatomy of Violence in Rio de Janeiro


with Robert Gay

Professor of Sociology, Connecticut College, New London, CT


 Professor Gay is the author of Popular Organization and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro:  A Tale of Two Favelas,  (Temple University Press,1994) and Lucia:  Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer's Woman (Temple University Press, 2005).


Monday, March 3rd

305 Founders College

Senior Common Room

3:30 - 5:30 pm


 More information:, (416) 736-5237




CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar



Some thoughts on Darstellung and Vertretung



Lyse Hébert

PhD candidate, Humanities


In her discussion of Darstellung and Vertretung as two aspects of representation, Gayatri Spivak raises some issues that are of interest to Translation Studies, specifically to an examination of the role played by translators and interpreters in various verbal and written South-North exchanges.

As intercultural workers, translators and interpreters contribute to the production and reproduction of many types of national discourses. In Canada, for example, translation is primarily a domestic activity, one with a dual purpose: to validate the official languages policy and to promote integration and participation of new citizens, while promoting a multicultural image. Thus Canada translates for and to itself. In such a context, translation might be defined as a mode of re-presentation, a means of staging or portraying the bilingual and the multilingual.

In contrast, Cuba translates itself for others: it relies heavily on translators for trade, tourism, sport and other international exchanges. Cuban translators speak and write in the name of Cubans and Cuba and might be characterized as vectors of cultural, social and political representation.

This talk explores the applicability the Darstellung vs Vertretung model to translating and interpreting in the Cuban context.


Monday, March 3

12:30 - 2:30pm

390 York Lanes


More information:, 416.736.5237



CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar







Masani Montague (Masters candidate, Faculty of Education)


Tamara Estwick (Masters candidate, Faculty of Environmental Studies). 


This seminar will look at the evolution of Rastafarian women in which their development has been influenced by the internationalization of Rastafari.  Some of the primary themes and ideas that will be explored are the traditional role(s) of Rastafarian women, the significant changes in the role(s) of Rastafarian women and the transferring of knowledge from the elders to the youth in the form of a rite of passage. The research is conducted and will be presented from an insider/outsider perspective.


Thursday, February 28

12:30 - 2:30pm

278 York Lanes (notice room change)


More information:, 416.736.5237



CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar


An Inside Look at the Work

of a Buenos Aires NGO


Carla Agatiello

Masters Candidate, Political Science



In this seminar, Carla will share her experience as an intern at the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ), a non-governmental organization composed of a group of young professionals who research, litigate, and communicate to the media some of the issues affecting the most impoverished communities in the city of Buenos Aires and its surrounding area.


She will provide an overview of the five main programs run by ACIJ, which focus mainly on institution building, transportation, and public service delivery. The seminar is intended for all those who wish to learn about NGO work in Argentina, and to highlight some of the issues faced by the poor in one of world’s largest cities.


February 21st, 2008


278 York Lanes


More information:, 416.736.5237




CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar


How About a Little Bronze Virgin? 

Mestiza Nationalism in Cuba and Brazil



Gena Chang-Campbell

PhD Candidate, Social and Political Thought


Through the commercialization of the body and “souvenir format” of the mulata, internationally recognizable (and commodified) images of Cuban/Brazilian-nation-as-mixed-race-woman have become portable versions of Cubanidad and Brasilidade, items that can be touched, examined, purchased and imported into a global market of “cultural tourist” products.  What are the implications of this process for the Cuban or Brazilian woman of colour?  What limitations are imposed upon her agency to construct and express an identity that may or may not conform to nationalist ideals of the mixed-race female? These and other issues will be addressed in terms of contemporary aesthetic tastes as well as the political economy of Caribbean cultural tourist practices and praxis.



Light refreshments will be provided.


 February 7th, 2008

1:30 - 3:30pm

280H York Lanes  


 More information:, 416.736.5237




Seminarios RedLEIDH Seminars present


The voice of native women in Colombia



Daris Cristancho


One of the few women leaders to serve on the community’s tribal council, she represents the U’wa people of the Colombian Departments of Boyaca, Arauca, Norte Santander, Santander, and Casanare.

Daris’s community organizing skills were poignantly represented in 2001 when she led a 6-month peaceful roadblock in response to a violent eviction of U’wa families carried out by the Colombian army, which was favouring the attempts of US-based Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) to begin drilling on U’wa ancestral land.

She speaks first-hand on how the U'wa struggles are grounded in the spiritual strength which comes from their land, Kajka Ika, the heart of the world. Grounded in the heritage of a long line of medicine women, Cristancho speaks about the interrelations between putting her life on the line for her community and her daily struggles and joys of being a woman, a grassroots leader and a mother.


Wednesday, February 6th


Room 390 York Lanes

York University


Daris es una de las pocas mujeres indígenas dirigentes del pueblo U’wa de los Departamentos Boyaca, Arauca, Norte Santander, Santander y Cazanare de Colombia.

Daris es una infatigable luchadora, imbuida de una profunda fuerza espiritual basada en su conexión con la tierra Kajka Ika, el corazon del mundo.

Daris Cristancho es un ejemplo de lucha y compromiso con su pueblo, y de las dificultades experimentadas por las mujeres que deben balancear sus vidas como dirigentes y madres.


The Latin American Human Rights Research and Education Network (known by its Spanish acronym “RedLEIDH”) is a six-year CIDA-funded Project coordinated jointly by CERLAC and Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to York University the other founding members of the network include the Association of Jesuit Universities in Latin America (AUSJAL); the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), based in Argentina; the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights (IIDH) with its headquarters in San José, Costa Rica; and the Latin American Institute for Alternative Legal Services (ILSA), based in Bogotá, Colombia.









UCGS and CERLAC present


Neoliberal Oligarchs:

Central American Power Structures After the Wars


Organizer: Simon Granovsky-Larsen (PhD Candidate, York)

Chair: Liisa L. North (Professor Emeritus, Political Science, York)


Simon Granovsky-Larsen, “Retrenchment, Regression: Guatemalan Elites and the Neoliberal Peace” and

Carlos Velasquez (PhD Candidate, York), “The Reconstituted Salvadoran Oligarchy: Finance, Import-Based ‘Growth’ and the Remittance Economy”


Central American nations have long been under the political and economic control of small sectors of powerful local elites, the oligarchic networks whose disproportionate command of resources has maintained a system of inequality for centuries.  Following the period of revolutions, civil war, and military rule that characterized most of the region from the 1970s through 1990s, however, Central American elites have struggled to reassert their traditional power while maneuvering changes in the global political economy and confronting new influential actors.  The panel will discuss the interaction of neoliberal policies and local political and economic structures in an attempt to map out the new lines of dominant power in post-war Central America.


Wednesday, January 30th

2:30-4:30 pm

Room 305 York Lanes

York University


 More information:, 416.736.5237









Roundtable discussion on





A Roundtable with

Richard Roman (former Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto)
Thomas Marois (PhD candidate in Political Science)
Hepzibah Munoz Martinez (PhD candidate in Political Science)
Alejandro Alvarez Bejar (Professor of Economics, UNAM, Mexico)

Friday, January 11
2:30 pm
Room 305 York Lanes
York University, Toronto

This event is part of the Seminar Series in Comparative Political Economy, and is co-hosted by the Colloquium on the Global South and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) at York.




CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar


How to Present a Conference Paper


with Judy Hellman

Professor of Political Science, Social and Political Thought, International Development Studies and Women’s Studies, York University


Professor Judy Hellman will run a workshop for

graduate students on how to present a conference paper.


Don't miss this great opportunity to learn how to prepare an engaging presentation of your work.



Thursday, January 10, 2008


305 York Lanes



Light refreshments will be served - all are welcome!


 More information:, (416) 736-2100 ext. 88705




UCGS presents a one-day symposium on


Fieldwork in the Global South

Methods, Ethics and Activism


The symposium is designed to provide an interactive forum to discuss the challenges of research in the Global South.  We particularly encourage all those who have conducted, are conducting, or plan to conduct research in the Global South (including Global South populations in Canada) to attend and participate in this unique space for critical reflection and the sharing of experiences and ideas.  The final programme will be distributed soon.  Please direct questions to Tim Clark.


Friday, November 30, 2007

10 am - 4 pm.

Senior Common Room 305, Founders College

York University


In the attempt to structure and learn from an often unpredictable encounter with the world beyond the office or classroom, fieldwork represents one of the foundations of both research and activism.  Yet many of those who engage in field research in the Global South find themselves unprepared to face the many ways of knowing, and the methodological, ethical, and broader cultural issues that inevitably arise.  The University Consortium on the Global South (UCGS) invites all those interested to participate in a full-day seminar on the varied realities and challenges faced by researchers working in the Global South.  This seminar will seek to provide faculty, students, NGOs, researchers and activists a space within which to discuss the adequacy and relevance of prevailing methodological approaches and ethical guidelines for research in the Global South.


The seminar will also will provide participants with an opportunity to share fieldwork experiences and practices, as well as advance proposals for improvements in the ways practitioners and their institutional affiliates and partners approach the dilemmas of fieldwork-related issues and the broader engagements with researchers and peoples in the Global South.


This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC).




Panel 1 - Methodological Approaches, Ethical Dilemmas, 10:00


Chair: Judy Hellman (Professor, Department of Political Science, York University)

Judy Hellman (Professor, Department of Political Science, York University): “The  Changing Ethical Challenges of Fieldwork”

Alison Collins (Manager, Office of Research Ethics, York University): “Research Ethics: Policies, Processes, and Procedures”

Tim Clark (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, York University): “Fieldwork and Ethics in the ‘Ivory Tower’”

Janet McLaughlin (PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto): “Participatory Research with Vulnerable Workers: Ethical Considerations”


Panel II - Inheriting Violence: The Ethical Implications of Conducting Research with Latin Americans, 11:30


Chair: Tim Clark (PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science, York)

Paloma Villegas (Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto): “Undocumented or Non-Status? The Methodological Imperatives of Tracing the History of Unquestioned Categories”

Francisco Villegas (PhD Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto): “Laden Labels: The Criminalizing of Immigrants Through the Use of the Word ‘Illegal’”

Ana Laura Pauchulo (PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto): “A Witness to a Witness: On the Responsibilities of Researchers Working with Others’ Memories and Stories of Violence”


Panel III - The Uneasy Intersection of Fieldwork and Activism in the Global South, 14:30


Chair: Pablo Idahosa (Professor, Division of Social Science and Director, African Studies Program, York)

Evelyn Encalada (PhD Candidate, OISE, University of Toronto): “The Activist Researcher and the Ways We Delude Ourselves in Academe”

Danielle Robinson (Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, York University) and Jeff Packman (Visiting Assistant Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto): “Dodging Shadows in the Field”

Keith Barney (PhD Candidate, Department of Geography, York University): “Doing Social-Justice Oriented Research in ‘Post-Socialist Authoritarian’ Laos PRD”

Rebecca Rogerson (MA Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, York University): “Experiential Indigenous Knowledge: The Quandaries of a Healer, Activist and Consultant in Contemporary South Africa”


More information: Tim Clark,


CERLAC presents an information session on


Funding Opportunities

for graduate research and study in Latin America and the Caribbean


Representatives from CERLAC and York International will provide information on a number of available funds, and graduate students who have received funding will be available to answer your questions.


To view the funding opportunities presented at this information session click here


Tuesday, Nov. 27
280 York Lanes

More information:, 416.736.2100 ext. 88705







CERLAC presents


Conflict and the State of Law in Colombia:

Defending Human Rights



Miguel Angel Gonzalez


Secretary General of the Colombian Association of Democratic Lawyers


moderator: nchamah miller

PhD candidate, Political Science




 Monday, November 19

2:30 – 4:30 pm

305 York Lanes

York University


More information:, 416.736.5237


Sponsored and/or endorsed by: CERLAC, York University; Political Science Department, York University; New Socialists; Centre for Social Concerns, King's University College, UWO; Centre for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor; Fensuagro Solidarity Committee - Ontario & BC; Latin American Canadian Solidarity Association (LACASA); National Farmers Union; OSSTF, District 12; OSSTF, Human Rights Committee; Socialist Project; Windsor Peace Coalition; Young Communist League, York University





CERLAC and the Department of Sociology present


Canada-US-Mexico Integration:

Do Transnational Networks Lead to

Health Policy and Health Service Convergence?




Nielan Barnes

Fullbright Scholar and

 Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State University at Long Beach



More than ten years post-NAFTA, the US, Mexico and Canada face many challenges providing and coordinating health care for its mobile transnational populations— migrants, immigrants and border residents.  Trade agreements such as NAFTA have neglected to consider how mobility of capital, goods and labour may affect the health of transnational migrants and border populations.  This discussion explores the problem of “migrant and immigrant health” by examining the possibilities for the trilateral convergence of migrant/immigrant health policies and programs between Canada, the US and Mexico.  The discussion will include the investigation of two primary research questions:

1) What is the current state of health policy (dis)agreement between the three States?

2) And how do civil society actors work with (or around) existing state policies and programs to provide health advocacy and services for migrants and immigrants?


Thursday, November 15

280 York Lanes



Nielan Barnes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University.  She currently holds the Fullbright Scholarship for the Canada-Mexico Joint Award in North American Studies.  Nielan’s research focuses on transnational networks and health policy, with a focus on AIDS NGOs and community-based organizations in Mexico.  She is also currently investigating the transnational dimensions of youth gangs in Central America, Mexico and the United States.


This event is sponsored by CERLAC and the Department of Sociology


More info:, 416.736.5237





CERLAC and the Brazil Studies Seminar present a brown bag seminar


Critical Reflections on Popular Environmental Education in Marginalized Watershed Communities:

The case study of São Paulo



Claudia de Simone

MES Candidate, Environmental Studies


Using an anticolonial framework, Claudia will outline and present critical reflections on her work in environmental education during her field experience earlier this year with the Sister Watersheds project in Brazil.


Wednesday, November 14

HNES 142



More information:, 416.736.5237





CERLAC and LACS present


The Context of Atlantic Slavery

and the Abolition of the British Slave Trade


Franklin Knight


Tuesday, November 13

4:00 - 6:00pm

Senate Chamber

Ross Building N940

York University (map)

This event is free

and open to the public


This talk will examine the multiple causal factors that coincided to erode support for the continued existence of the American slave systems during the nineteenth century indicating the unexceptional nature of the British deed. The lecture will cover the period between roughly 1770 and 1886.


View Professor Knight's entire lecture here.

See the PowerPoint presentation Professor Knight prepared for his presentation.




Franklin W. Knight is Leonard and Helen R. Stulman professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.  A graduate of the University of the West Indies and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Knight has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins for 34 years. He has published widely on the Caribbean and Latin America as well as lectured around the world. He served as president of the Latin American Studies Association between 1998 and 2000 and as president of the Historical Society between 2004 and 2006. In 2001 he was elected Corresponding Member of the Academia de Letras da Bahia (Brazil) in 2001 and of the Academia Dominicana de la Historia in the Dominican Republic in 2006.



Sponsors: York's Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS)

Co-sponsors: The Ontario Bicentenary Commemorative Committee on the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and York University's Harriet Tubman Institute, Division of Social Science, International Development Studies Program, Founders College, History Graduate Program, Department of History, York International and School of Social Sciences (Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies)


More information:, 416.736.5237







CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar


Elusive Democracy

Oligarchical Consolidation in Post-War El Salvador



Carlos Velásquez Carrillo

PhD Candidate, Political Science


Tuesday, November 6

390 York Lanes



Fifteen years after the signing of the peace accords, El Salvador has experienced the consolidation of an oligarchical socioeconomic system rooted in the post-1989 neoliberal program of privatization, dollarization, and liberalized trade.  The traditional oligarchy has reconstituted itself from an agrarian export-based class to an even more exclusive clique of business groups with family underpinnings based on financial activities and enormous concentration of capital and investment.  Moreover, the institutional framework of the country, allegedly in place to guarantee transparency and accountability, functions to enhance and protect the interests of this consolidated oligarchy. This process has simultaneously created an unproductive import-based terciary economy sustained by immigrant remittances and more poverty, unemployment, and forced migration for the majority of Salvadorans.

Carlos Velásquez Carrillo is a PhD candidate in Political Science at York University.  His areas of specialization include Central American political economy, international relations, and comparative and development politics.  His PhD dissertation will study the reconstitution of the Salvadoran oligarchy in the era of neoliberal reforms and the impacts of this process for El Salvador’s democratic aspirations, social justice, and integral economic development.


More information:, 416.736.5237







CERLAC, the School of Kinesiology & Health Science, Stong College and the York Institute for Health Research, and the Health and Society Programme are pleased to present


Taking care of bodies:

Sport, physical education and health in the French West Indies

since the end of the 19th century


Jacques Dumont


Thursday, November 1


2183 Vari Hall (History Common Room)

(note change of time and venue)


A history of the body is a new topic for the French West Indies. In spite of the importance of sports on these islands and numerous specific health problems, the politics around physical education and health have not been explored. The history of the body in FWI is connected to the long quest for French West Indians to be considered “fully-fledged French citizens.” Identity claims also begin here: at first a grounds for integration and assimilation, the body becomes a place to demand the right to be different. This talk will explore the links between sports, health and public hygiene using an interdisciplinary approach essential to the study of complex “creole societies.”

Jacques Dumont is an Assistant Professor at the University of the French West Indies and Guyana (UAG).  He holds a PhD in History and works in two research groups:  Archéologie, Industrielle, Histoire et Patrimoine and Adaptation au climate tropical, exercice et société, where he takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of sport and health in tropical climates and (post)colonial societies.

He has published two books about the history of sports and youth movements in the French West Indies entitled Sport et Assimilation à al Guadeloupe (L'Harmattan, 2002) and Sport et Mouvements de Jeunesse à la Martinique, Le Temps des Pionnniers -années 1960 (L'Harmattan, 2006). He has also published several papers on physical education, conscription, and health policies in the 20th century.

He is currently undertaking multidisciplinary collaborative research on health in the French West Indies and the Caribbean. 


More information:, 416.736.5237







CERLAC presents a brown bag seminar


So You Want to be a Coolie Woman?:

The Negotiation of Cooliehood in

Janice Shinebourne’s The Last English Plantation




Tanita Muneshwar

MA Candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies




Tuesday, October 23, 2007

390 York Lanes



Janice Shinebourne’s The Last English Plantation is a central text in exploring the ‘mixed messages’ of British hegemonic culture as it comes into contact with other cultures, in this case, Guyanese.  Through the eyes of twelve-year-old June Lehall, the cultural instability of British Guiana is portrayed as June, a mixed Chinese and Indian girl living in a rural community, moves beyond childhood for Creolization, Christianity and the city.  As she matures into adolescence and embarks upon a new journey in education, June Lehall struggles with her cultural identity as inscribed by her cooliehood, which is uprooted not only by spatial negotiations and racial/cultural tensions, but especially through religious conflict. June must negotiate her ‘coolie’ identity in order to better understand herself, the community around her and the political situation of British Guiana that has brought drastic change to her life. 


Tanita Muneshwar is currently pursuing her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at York University.  Her areas of studies include: English, Women’s Studies and Social Political Thought.  For her MA thesis she is researching the roles of education, politics, culture and gender in the novels of contemporary Indo-Guyanese female authors.  The novels include: The Last English Plantation by Janice Shinebourne; A Silent Life by Ryhaan Shah; and Tomorrow is Another Day by Narmala Shewcharan.


More information:, 416.736.5237





York's History Department and CERLAC present


Sugar, Migration, and Oral History

in Twentieth-Century Cuba


Monday, October 22


History Dept Common Room

Vari Hall 2183




Gillian McGillivray - Glendon College, York University

The Rise and Fall of Populism in Cuba: Sugar Workers and Cane Farmers at the Chaparra Sugarmill and Beyond, 1934-1959




José Abreu - Unión Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba

(Holguín, Cuba)

Canary Islanders and Caribbean Immigrants

in Cuba’s Sugar Industry, 1900-1925




Sponsored by the Vice-Presidents Research and Academic (York University), Glendon College Office of the Principal, York University Faculty of Arts History Department, Glendon College History Department, the Faculty of Graduate Studies History Program, CERLAC, LACS and the Glendon College Departments of Hispanic Studies and English.






The Jagan Lecture Series 2007 presents


A Caribbean Dialogue



Walton Look Lai

Recently retired Lecturer in the History Department of the

University of the West Indies in Trinidad



Imperialism, Migration and Asian Diasporas

in the 19th Century


Saturday, October 20, 2007

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Vanier Lecture Hall, 135 Vanier

York University (map)


Dr. Look Lai is a noted Caribbean scholar and historian. He has written extensively on the migration and indentureship of Asians (mainly Indians and Chinese) to the Caribbean. Among his publications is the well-known text, Indentured Labour, Caribbean Sugar: Chinese and Indian Migrants to the British West Indies, 1838-1918 (1993).


This is the seventh annual Jagan Lecture, commemorating the life and vision of the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan, Caribbean thinker, politician, and political visionary.


 The Jagan Lecture Series is co-organized by CERLAC, York International and the Jagan Lectures Planning Committee.


Co-sponsors: York University's Faculties of Arts Education, Environmental Studies and Atkinson, and History, Geography, Humanities, Anthropology, Sociology, Founders, Social Science, Social and Political Thought, Political Science, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Centre for Refugee Studies, and York Centre for Asian Research, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto.

The Jagan Lecture Series 2007 wishes to acknowledge the support of Caribbean Airlines Limited.



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CERLAC presents


Venezuela and 21st Century Socialism

with Diana Raby,

discussing her new book

Democracy and Revolution


Oct. 9, 2007

2:30pm – 4:30pm

280 York Lanes


Is socialism dead since the fall of the Soviet Union? What is the way forward for the Left? In Democracy and Revolution Raby argues that Cuba and above all Venezuela provide inspiration for anti-globalisation and anti-capitalist move­ments across the world. Another World Is Possible, but only through an effective political strategy to win power on a popular and democratic basis.


Raby argues passionately that the way forward for progressives is not to be found in the dogmatic formulae of the Old Left, nor in the spontaneous autonomism of John Holloway or Tony Negri. Instead, it is to be found in new, broad and flexible popular movements with bold and determined leadership.


Examining the relationship of key leaders to their people, including Hugo Chávez and the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Raby shows that it is more necessary than ever to take power, peacefully where possible, but in all cases with the strength that comes from popular unity backed by force where necessary. In this way it is possible to build democratic power, which may or may not be socialist depending on one’s definition, but which represent the real anti-capitalist alternative for the twenty-first century.


Diana Raby is Senior Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool (UK) and also holds the rank of Professor Emeritus in the Department of History, University of Toronto, where she taught for many years. She is the author of numerous academic publications on populism, popular movements and revolution, with reference particularly to Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Portugal. Diana has also long been active in solidarity movements and progressive political causes in both Canada and the UK.


For more information:, 416.736.5237



York Brazilian Studies presents

Black identity and race quota policies in Brazil


Gislene Aparecida dos Santos


Wed. Oct. 3, 2007

12 noon - 2pm

280 York Lanes


Gislene is a Professor at University of Sao Paulo (West Campus) where she teaches Societies, Multiculturalism, Rights and Public Policy. She is the author of several books such as Black Woman, White Men: A brief study of the Black Feminine  and The Invention of “Being  Black” : The trajectory of ideas that naturalized the inferiority of Blacks.


Co-sponsors: CERLAC, FES, VPRI








You are invited to a


grad student orientation


The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean


Come to learn more about CERLAC and

how you can become involved in our activities. 


Meet faculty and other grad students working on

Latin American and Caribbean issues.


There will be information on our graduate diploma program, essay prize,

documentation centre, events, publications and funding opportunities


We also want to hear about how we can best support you

and the activities you would like to see!


Thursday, September 20

2pm – 4pm

430 Student Centre (GSA Lounge)


and then... please join us after the orientation

at our annual social gathering -

all are welcome!


More information:, 416.736.5237







Please join us at our annual welcome event to start off the school year

and meet with new and old friends and colleagues.


All are welcome!


CERLAC social gathering

Thursday, Sept. 20
CERLAC, 240 York Lanes

Graduate students are invited to come to the orientation at 2pm, before the reception, to learn more about CERLAC and how you can become involved.


More information:, 416.736.5237




CERLAC is proud to present


Social Economy as an Alternative to Globalization




Rosa García Corado

Alianza por la Vida y la Paz, Guatemala


Rosa García Corado is a member of the Alianza por la Vida y la Paz, a coalition of social and popular organizations, indigenous and ladino women and men from Petén, Guatemala. The Alianza strives for respect for life and peace, and fights against economic, social, cultural, and political exploitation and exclusion. During the past years, the Alianza has centred its efforts on building a People’s economy network, as a counter-proposal to the destructive neo-liberal policies being implemented in the region. This is a real challenge and a process which has led them to constantly analyze the local, national and international market economy, and to define their own alternatives at the community and organizational level.


Rosa will speak on how women participate in alternative economic projects such as cooperatives and community based initiatives as a means of building empowerment for women in the social economy.

September 17, 2007

2:30pm - 4:00pm

305 York Lanes

York University, Toronto


For more information:, 416.736.5237




The struggles of Indigenous people in Peru

historical overview & current situation




Hugo Blanco Galdós

Director, Lucha Indígena


Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)

252 Bloor Street West, room 2211

Thursday, September 13. 2007, 6.00 p.m.


This presentation will provide an analytical overview of the advances and setbacks of the indigenous social struggles in Peru and the factors that determine it within the global context and the politics in the continent. Hugo Blanco will share the lessons that he learned from over four decades of direct engagement in indigenous struggles for peace and social justice in Peru.


Hugo Blanco Galdós was born in the Quechua nation, Cusco, Peru. Inspired as a child by an Indigenous teacher who shared stories of resistance to the shocking treatment of Indigenous people by landowners, Hugo Blanco grew up to become a leader of the Indigenous uprising in the Cuzco region of Tawantinsuyo in the early 1960s which put an end to the feudal system of haciendas instituting instead an agrarian reform in which the land belonged to those who worked it. In the late seventies Hugo Blanco was imprisoned, threatened with death, exiled and finally freed thanks to pressure from the Indigenous movement at home and to international solidarity. His book Land or Death (1972, Pathfinder) tells the story of Peruvian people's struggle against colonialism. Today he is the Director of the newspaper Lucha Indígena (Indigenous Struggle).


Sponsors: Transformative Learning Centre and Indigenous Education Network (OISE/UT), CERLAC, IDS and UCGS/York University, Evolving Stories Project, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Pachamama Association




CERLAC, Humanities, and LACS are proud to present


New Perspectives on Cuba


with panel presentations on


Garvey, Rodney, Marley: Pan-Africanism in Cuba

by Samuel Furé Davis
Professor of English, Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Havana



Higher Education, Local Development,

and the Environment in Cuba

by Javier Gilberto Cabrera Trimiño
Professor, Centre of Demographic Studies (CEDEM), University of Havana


Wednesday, September 12th
3:00pm - 4:30pm
390 York Lanes


Samuel Furé Davis is a professor of English in the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Havana. Dr. Furé’s research focuses on the Anglophone Caribbean influence in Cuba, including Garveyism, Rastafari, Reggae and Dub Poetry. A contributor to the CERLAC-based Caribbean Religions Project, he has published articles and a book, Cantos de resistencia, on Pan-Africanism and youth culture in Cuba.


Javier Gilberto Cabrera Trimiño is a professor in the Centre of Demographic Studies (CEDEM) at the University of Havana. He coordinates the Environment Network in Cuba’s Ministry of Higher Education, is head of the Population, Environment and Development Group at CEDEM, and vice-president of Caribbean Studies at the University of Havana. He has published and advised extensively on local management, community development and environmental education.


More information:, 416.736.5237




Dear friends and colleagues -


You are cordially invited to a reception for




in appreciation of her contributions as the Director of



Please join us for food, drink and friendly celebration

(cash bar available)


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Founders College Senior Common Room, 305

York University


Please RSVP by September 5 to





CERLAC presenta






Graciela Di Marco

Directora, Centro de Estudios sobre Democratización y Derechos Humanos

Universidad Nacional de San Martín



El objetivo es presentar algunas reflexiones sobre el derecho a trabajar como parte de los derechos de género, tomando en cuenta lo ocurrido en Argentina en los últimos quince años en cuanto a:

a) relaciones económicas y laborales y,

b) la dinámica de los movimientos sociales y las luchas para ampliar los derechos de las mujeres. 

En este período hubo años en los que coexistieron las tres centrales sindicales: la vieja Confederación General de Trabajadores (CGT), el Movimiento de Trabajadores Argentinos (MTA) y el Congreso de Trabajadores Argentinos (CTA).  El surgimiento de la CTA tanto como central de trabajadores como movimiento social (y político), y el rol de los aparatos de mujeres en la CGT y la CTA serán tenidos en cuenta, en la medida en que intento reflejar los logros y los fracasos de estos años respecto de los derechos de género, especialmente el derecho a trabajar.  Para entender lo que estoy planteando es necesario tener una idea de la complejidad de la red social Argentina, teniendo en cuenta algunos de los indicadores que presentaré aquí.


Tuesday, September 11

2:30pm - 4:00pm

390 York Lanes, York University


La presentación se dará en español


Más información:, 416.736.5237



Globalización, Mujer y Trabajo en el Norte de México:

Vulnerabilidad y Precariedad

con panelistas:

María Eugenia de la O

Investigadora del Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Guadalajara, México

Edmé Domínguez

Profesora e Investigadora de La Escuela de Estudios Globales del Instituto Iberoamericano, Universidad de Gotemburgo, Suecia

Silvia López

Investigadora y Profesora del Departamento de Estudios de la Población, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, México

Cirila Quintero

Investigadora Titular de El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Oficina Regional de Matamoros, México


Este panel analiza la situación laboral de las trabajadoras mexicanas durante la globalización, mediante distintos estudios de caso, realizados en diferentes espacios productivos y organizativos del norte de México. Las panelistas discuten cómo la globalización ha hecho más vulnerables –socialmente y económicamente– a las mujeres y más precarios sus trabajos. Las investigadoras muestran como las ocupaciones femeninas actuales están sujetas a los vaivenes económicos y a los ajustes productivos continuos que fijan las compañías transnacionales. Las panelistas también discuten cómo estas condiciones laborales han conducido a nuevas formas organizativas en donde la conformación de redes transnacionales parece ser fundamental.



Monday, September 10

2:30 - 4:30pm

305 York Lanes, York University


Las presentaciones se darán en español


Más información:, 416.736.5237


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