The proposed panel discussion is part of the supporting programing for the exhibition Arquitectura del vaivén: Diasporic Building(s) in Central America’s Northern Triangle, organized by DRCLAS Arts and the Central America and the Caribbean’s programs during the academic year 2018-2019, and curated by Gabriela Poma, Harvard University Doctoral student in Romance Languages and Literatures. The panel responds to interest in the study of displacement, movement and migration as exchange. Professor Sergio Delgado Moya, who serves as Poma’s dissertation advisor, will moderate the panel that will feature Harvard faculty from the DRCLAS Central America and the Caribbean’s Faculty committee, Alexandra Ortiz Wallner (Institute of Latin American Studies, Freie Unviersität Berlin) and Beatriz Cortez (California State University, Northridge).
5:30 pm: Opening Remarks
5:35-5:45 pm: Remarks by Gabriela Pomas’ dissertation advisor, Professor Sergio Delgado Moya
5:45-7:15 pm: Panel Discussion (Moderated roundtable with guest speakers)
7:15-7:30 pm: Q&A
7:30 : Reception
Speakers: Beatriz Cortez, Visual artist and Professor, Department of Central American Studies, California State University, Northridge; Alexandra Ortiz Wallner, Professor, Institute of Latin American Studies, Freie Unviersität Berlin; Kirsten Weld, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University; Jocelyn Viterna, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Beatriz Cortez is a Los Angeles-based artist and scholar. She was born in El Salvador and has lived in the United States since 1989. Her work explores simultaneity, different temporalities and different versions of modernity, particularly in relation to memory and loss - in the aftermath of war, through the experience of migration, and when imagining possible futures. She is the author of Estética del cinismo: Pasión y desencanto en la literatura centroamericana de posguerra (Guatemala: F&G Editores, 2010) and editor of numerous books and journal publications. She holds an M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts, and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Arizona State University. She teaches in the Department of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge.
Kirsten Weld is a historian of modern Latin America. Her research explores struggles over inequality, justice, historical memory, and social inclusion in the 20th-century Americas. Born and raised in Canada, Weld holds a BA from McGill University and a PhD from Yale University, where her doctoral dissertation received institutional and national awards. She taught at Brandeis University as the Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Latin American History for two years before coming to Harvard, where she offers courses in modern Latin American history, US-Latin American relations, archival theory, and historical methods. In 2016, Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences recognized her with the Roslyn Abramson Award for “excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.” She has won research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Social Science Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the William F. Milton Fund.
Jocelyn Viterna is Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate studies at Harvard University. She is also the Co-director of the Politics and Social Change workshop, and Chair of the Central America and the Caribbean committee in the David Rockefeller Center at Harvard University. Currently, Viterna is developing two research projects. The first investigates gender discrimination in the Salvadoran and U.S. judicial systems, especially in cases related to pregnant women. The second investigates the medical treatment of fetal malformations in El Salvador. Viterna’s work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Politics and Gender, and the Latin American Research Review, among other journals. Her first book, Women in War: The Micro-processes of Mobilization in El Salvador (2013, Oxford University Press) won four distinguished book awards (the ESS Mirra Komarovsky award, the ASA Section on Sex and Gender award, the ASA Section on Political Sociology award, and the SSSP Global Division award) and one honorable mention (the ASA section on the Sociology of Development). It is currently being translated for publication in Spanish.