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Centre of Latin American Studies


Easter Term 2022

Popular & Solidary Economies in Latin America (series of PhD Hybrid seminars, May 11, 17, 24 & 26)

Seminar Room 204, CLAS, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

Wednesday 11 May 2pm (UK time)
Popular economies: life, labour and collective politics in Latin American Cities
Dolores Señorans (Cambridge) + Sibelle Diniz (UFMG)

Tuesday 17 May 2pm (UK time)
Community banks and social currencies in Brazil
Leonardo Leal (IUL-Lisbon) + Jeová Torres Silva Junior (UFCA)

Tuesday 24 May 2pm (UK time)
Urban resistance networks, public policies and social representation in favelas
Apoena Mano (USP + Daniel Lacerda (Montpellier BS)

Thursday 26 May 2pm (UK time)
Female labour and popular economies in Brazil
Amanda Martinho Resende (USP)

Please contact Rafael Shimabukuro ( to register for the Zoom link

BOOK LAUNCH - After the Decolonial. David Lehmann

Thursday 12 May, 5pm SG1 Ground Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DT

After the Decolonial examines the sources of Latin American decolonial thought, its reading of precursors like Fanon and Levinas and its historical interpretations. In extended treatments of the anthropology of ethnicity, law and religion and of the region’s modern culture, Lehmann sets out the bases of a more grounded interpretation, drawing inspiration from Mexico, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, and from a lifelong engagement with issues of development, religion and race. (After the Decolonial book flyer)

Chair & discussants

Monica Moreno Figueroa, Associate Professor of Sociology, Cambridge, Ali Meghi, Assistant Professor in Social Inequalites, Cambridge & Pedro Mendes Loureiro, Assistant Professor, Centre of Latin American Studies, Cambridge.
David Lehmann Emeritus Professor in Social Science in the Department of Sociology until his retirement from the University in 2012. Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge (1990-2000, 2010-11).

BOOK LAUNCH - Inventing Indigenism. Francisco Laso's Image of Modern Peru. 
Hybrid event with the author Natalia Majluf (recording of event)

Thursday 26 May 5.30pm (UK time) Hybrid event CLAS Seminar Room 204, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DP

The Centre of Latin American Studies welcomes Natalia Majluf, art historian and former Simón Bolívar Professor at CLAS (2018-19) to talk about her latest book INVENTING INDIGENISM: Francisco Laso’s Image of Modern Peru. Natalia Majluf was Director of the Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI) in Peru. She has written and edited a significant number of books and curated exhibitions on Latin American art from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

Commentator Sofia Gotti, Affiliated Lecturer and Newton Trust/Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge will be joining this event via Zoom. 

Should you be unable to attend this event in person please request the Zoom link here.
Followed by a wine reception at CLAS
All welcome

BOOK LAUNCH - Taking Form, Making Worlds: Cartonera Publishers in Latin America (University of Texas Press) by Lucy Bell, Alex Ungprateeb Flynn and Patrick O'Hare

Friday 10 June 4pm  CLAS Seminar Room 204, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DP

The authors will be in conversation with Professor David Lehmann (University of Cambridge) and Clara Panozzo (Latin American and Iberian Collection, Cambridge University Library)

A publishing phenomenon and artistic project, cartonera was born in the wake of Argentina’s 2001 economic crisis. Infused with a rebellious spirit, cartonera has exploded in popularity, with hundreds of publishers across Latin America and Europe making colorful, low-cost books out of cardboard salvaged from the street. Taking Form, Making Worlds is the first comprehensive study of cartonera. Drawing on interdisciplinary research conducted across Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina, the authors show how this hands-on practice has fostered a politically engaged network of writers, artists, and readers. More than a social movement, cartonera uses texts, workshops, encounters, and exhibitions to foster community and engagement through open-ended forms that are at once creative and social. For various groups including waste-pickers, Indigenous communities, rural children, and imprisoned women, cartonera provides a platform for unique stories and sparks collaborations that bring the walls of the “lettered city” tumbling down. By showcasing such diverse authors and bookmakers, cartonera publishers have encouraged varied works while making a home for an aesthetics of resistance, for experimentation, and for those living on the fringes of capitalist societies in which poverty, eccentricity, and creativity itself, are suspect. Cartonera video

The book can be purchased with a 30% discount from Combined Academic Publishers using the discount code: CSVS2020

Pop-up Textile Art Exhibition / Latin American Art / Afrodescendant Diaspora Art and Q&A with artist Juana Alicia Ruiz Hernandez

Thursday 30 June 4 – 6.30pm CLAS Seminar Room 204, Second Floor, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, CB3 9DP

The Mampuján Sewing Group won the Colombian Peace Prize for their work creating textiles about the Colombian Armed Conflict. They also create art about the history of their afrodescendant community, from their roots in Africa and the transnational slavery movement, to their experience as a community that is part of the black diaspora in rural Colombia. Their work now forms part of the permanent collection in the Colombian national museum (Museo Nacional de Colombia) and it is exhibited nationally and internationally. Please join us at this pop-up exhibition.

The Q&A will begin at 5.30.  Please email Dr Lorna Dillon with any queries.