2022-23 Event Series

Image from "Três Tigres Tristes." (Image courtesy of Carneiro Verdes Filmes.)

The 2022-2023 Academic Year has a full and diverse program of events. 

Some events are online via Zoom, and some are in-person. 

New Vocabularies, New Grammars: Imagining Other Worlds

This academic year programming will focus on critics and intellectuals who, in their forms of writing and thinking, undo the divisions and separations between disciplines and genres, and between political action and intellectual engagement. In this practice of border/crossing, new languages and grammars can be imagined to signify other worlds to resist and oppose the imposed violence of colonial epistemes. These scholars, critics, and political actors offer a dynamism of the indeterminacy, inviting practices that bring together words and worlds. Each visit will have two components, a lecture and, the following day, a seminar led by the guest speaker with readings material available by those who sign up.

February 17 | Voro'pi: An Encounter with Naine Terena, Gustavo Caboco, and Jamille Pinheiro Dias

The Terena, an Indigenous people living in Brazil, teach us that Voro'pi is an entity that roams the cosmos through groundwater, safeguarding visible and invisible riverbeds. In response to improper human interference with the flow of water, Voro'pi can cause storms, floods, and other water-related events. Voro'pi seeks fairness. He empowers those who can appreciate the balance between worlds. Bearing the name of Voro'pi, this event will bring together Indigenous perspectives in transit to consider how aesthetics can help educate the senses to fight structural inequality, generate counter-histories, and make still water move.


Naine Terena, Terena researcher, educator, artist and curator.

Gustavo Caboco, Wapichana visual artist and researcher.

Jamille Pinheiro Dias, scholar and translator. 

Cosponsored by the Pheobe A Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Arts Research Center, the Department of History of Art, and the Spanish & Portuguese Department. 

March 6 | Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman

Unwalling Citizenship

Teddy Cruz is a Professor of the Visual Arts Department at the UC San Diego.

Fonna Forman is a Professor of the Political Science Department and Director of the Center on Global Justice at UC San Diego.

Cosponsored by the Berkeley Center for New Media. 

Mar 16-17Lorgia García Peña

Lorgia García Peña is the Mellon Associate Professor of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies at Tufts University. She examines the legacies of colonialism and slavery as they shape the lives of Latinx people, particularly Black Latinx, in the diaspora.

Cosponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department. 

Postponed to Sep 20-21| Marisol de la Cadena 

Marisol de la Cadena is an anthropologist working through what she calls “ontological openings,” interested in ethnographic concepts – those that blur the distinction between theory and the empirical because they are not without the latter.

Cosponsored by the Spanish & Portuguese Department. 

Novedades/Lançamentos: New Scholarship @ Berkeley

This series will highlight new work from UC Berkeley scholars on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Fall 2022

Sep 15 | Rebecca Herman

Cooperating with the Colossus. A Social and Political History of US Military Bases in World War II Latin America

Rebecca Herman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UC Berkeley. Her work explores twentieth-century Latin American social and political history in a global context, probing the intersections between grand narratives and local history.

Sep 28 | Ramsey McGlazer

The Critique of Coloniality: Eight Essays (English translation)

Ramsey McGlazer is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. He writes about twentieth-century European and Latin American literature, film, and critical theory. 

Spring 2023

Mar 7 | Courtney Desiree Morris

To Defend this Sunrise: Black Women’s Activism and the Authoritarian Turn in Nicaragua

Courtney Desiree Morris is a visual/conceptual artist and an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley.

Mar 23 | Cori Hayden

The Spectacular Generic. Pharmaceuticals and the Simipolitical in Mexico

Cori Hayden is Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley.

Apr 20 | Diana Negrín

Racial Alterity, Wixarika Youth Activism and the Right to the Mexican City

Diana Negrín is a lecturer in the Department of Geography at UC Berkeley.


The CineLatino Film Series provides access to Latin American films, challenging stereotypes and providing new perspectives on the region.

Fall 2022

Aug 26  |Três Tigres Tristes

Director Gustavo Vinagre will be in conversation with Lázaro González, a P.h.D candidate in the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley. 

Sept 28 | Films of Ana Vaz 

Director Ana Vaz will be in conversation (pre-recorded) with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.  

Oct 28 |First Time Home

Directors will be in conversation after the screening. 

Nov 18 | Dos Estaciones

Director Juan Pablo González will be in conversation with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley.

Spring 2023

Feb 3  |Isabella

Director Matías Piñeiro will be in conversation with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley. 

Apr 5 | Eami

Director Paz Encina will be in conversation with Nicolás Pereda, Associate Professor of the Film & Media Department at UC Berkeley. 

Faculty and Student Series

Event series organized by Berkeley faculty and students, cosponsored by CLAS

Spring 2023

Seminar with Dr. Rocío Moreno

In this series, Dr. Rocío Moreno (Coca) will lead lectures, movies and a public talk that center the themes of history, identity and territory within the resistance movements that are led today by Indigenous women in Mexico. Moreno received her doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of Guadalajara in 2022 and is the concejala representative from Mezcala for the Congreso Nacional Indígena (CNI-CIG). In April 2022, she sought refuge in northern California following retaliation for her work in securing Coca land rights in Lake Chapala, Mexico.

This event is organized by Dr. Diana Negrín, affiliate faculty in the Department of Georgraphy who specializes in topics related to territory, ethnicity, and social movements in Western Mexico. 

Feb 2 | Mezcala a Long Road of Resistance

The first event in this series is a seminar lecture that highlights Rocío Moreno’s community history project in Mezcala, Jalisco. Focusing on the importance of decolonial methodologies and scholarship, she will connect the ways community history projects function to revitalize language, food and local economies.

Feb 10 | Screening: Resurrección

This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Rocío Moreno, and an update on the work of Un Salto de Vida, A.C.

Feb 24 | Screening: La Vocera

This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Rocío Moreno and pre-recorded video from Concejo Indígena de Gobierno/Indigenous Governance Council members.

Mar 2 | Struggles for Rematriation from the South and North: A Conversation between Corrina Gould and Rocío Moreno

Rocío Moreno (Coca) will speak with Corrina Gould (Ohlone) about the struggles for Rematriation from the South and North.

Spring 2023

Latin American Natures in Times of Environmental Crisis

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the proposed event series interrogates how people from different positionalities in Latin America address pressing environmental issues. Over three installments throughout the academic year, we will invite scholars who, in their forms of researching, writing, and engaged scholarship, are studying struggles for territorial and water rights, dignified livelihoods, food sovereignty, and environmental knowledge. Our event series will emphasize how approaching these pressing environmental problems involves an articulation of humans and more-than humans.

Organizing Team:
Jesús Alejandro García A., Ph.D. Candidate, ESPM, UC Berkeley.
Andrés Caicedo, Ph.D. Student, ESPM, UC Berkeley.
María Villalpando, Ph.D. Student, Energy and Resources Program, UC Berkeley.
Ángela Castillo, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UC Berkeley.

Installment 1: Researching Disputed Water Worlds in Latin America 

Led by Andrea Ballestero, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Southern California.

Jan 19 | Talk: Ethnography and Responsibility at the Edge of a Techno-Scientific Concept

Jan 20 | Workshop: Researching Disputed Water Worlds in Latin America

Installment 2: Transformative Agroecology and Territorial Markets in Mexico 

Led by Mateo Mier y Terán Giménez Cacho, Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Society, & Environment, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) & CONACYT.

Mar 2 | Talk: Transformative Agroecology and Territorial Markets in Mexico

Mar 3 | Workshop: Towards a Transformative Agroecology: Transdisciplinary Action Research in Latin America

Installment 3: Monocrops, Agrobiopolitics, and Environmental Crises Latin America

Led by Kregg Hetherington, Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Concordia University. 

Apr 10 | Talk: Paraguayan Facts: On the Many Temporalities of Green Revolution Science

Apr 11 | Workshop: Narrating More-Than-Human Politics in Latin America