|Instructor Info:||Margaret Cerullo|
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|TA Info:||Adam Quinn|
Today, newspapers speak of a decided tilt to the left in Latin America (Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Uruguay, for example, all have presidents who affirm socialism). This movement is accompanied, or propelled by, indigenous coalitions, that are challenging even governments firmly in the US orbit (Columbia and Mexico). This was not the case twenty years ago, when, to everyone's astonishment, the Zapatistas rose in revolt in Chiapas. Surfacing the same day that NAFTA went into effect-January 1, 1994, they announced a different vision of Mexico's future. The actions and writings of the Zapatistas constitute an extraordinary case study in which many preoccupations converge: the economic, the political, indigenous rights, women's rights, civil society, cultural memory, and writing that is poetic and political. Focusing on the Zapatista revolt enables us to consider an example of "local" resistance to "global" designs, the ongoing challenge to neoliberal economics and to limited conceptions of "democracy" that condemn populations to invisibility, their cultural memory to oblivion, and their needs and knowledge to subaltern status.
Please note that search tools for a transdisciplinary approach to Latin American and Latino studies are the following: HAPI, or Hispanic American Periodicals Index, and HLAS, Handbook of Latin American Studies; MLA—Modern Language Association—International Bibliography; as well as J-Stor and Project Muse.
****Besides these databases, other sources critical for studying Zapatismo are:
At El Kilombo Intergaláctico, we are dedicated to bringing together people from student, migrant, low-income, and people of color communities to tackle the challenges we face in Durham, NC.
Spanish language sources (some with English translations):
has all communiqués up to 2005 by date
Sources for Mexican and contemporary Latin America are:
NACLA Report on the Americas (North American Congress on Latin America)
The Narco News Bulletin: "http://www.narconews.com"
the irc-americas program website and publications: "http://americas.irc-online.org/"
http://upsidedownworld.org/main/ Activism and politics in LA
John Ross’s Blind Man’s Buff archives: "http://johnrossrebeljournalist.com/BMBintro.html [his columns were also published in counterpunch: http://www.counterpunch.org;
for those who read Spanish:
Newspapers: La Jornada from Mexico: "http://www.jornada.unam.mx/" and Pagina 12 from Argentina: http://www.pagina12.com.ar/diario/ultimas
That you have a new thought or idea, that you are willing to have your preconceptions challenged
That you encounter analytical frameworks that help you make sense of the world we live in
That you learn to see the world from below and de-center your own position
That you understand what neoliberalism is about, as a cultural as well as a political economic project; and a form of subjectivity
That we think together about the distinctiveness of the Zapatistas and why they have been so inspirational and had so much resonance both inside and outside Mexico
That you learn something about the history of colonial racism and the significance of indigenous movements in Latin America
That you become engaged with Mexican and Latin American realities and learn to challenge US media and official depictions of what happens "down there."
That you seriously engage different perspectives on radical social change
1. Attendance: more than 4 classes missed will result in NO EVAL, unless there are extraordinary circumstances
2. Completion of two short papers, and one long research paper. Meeting all deadlines for the stages of writing the latter (abstract, bibliogrpahy, and first draft) is critical to writing a good paper
3. 8/24 reading/film responses
4. Viewing all films
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