Faculty Project: New Poetics, New Politics: From Pablo Neruda to the Mapuche Canto
Faculty Project: The Other Voices of America
The Other Voices of America
Of the over 1.2 million Mapuches in Chile, over half live within the greater Santiago metropolis. To help maintain a link to their native culture and language, several radio stations have begun to broadcast in Mapudungun - the language of the Mapuche - and provide programming to this end. These stations provide meaningful references for a community as well Chileans who would like to learn about a minority language. This project seeks to connect and engage those who are reinventing the tangible and intangible cultures of the Americas, in Chile and neighboring countries. Assistant Professor Luis Cárcamo-Huechante, in collaboration with the Hemispheric Institure (NYU) and the Cultural Agents Initiative (Harvard) are working to build a web page in indigenous radios and communications. A publication that focuses on indigenous radio experiences and the question of linguistic/cultural citizenship and pluralism in the Americas is currently being edited by Professor Cárcamo-Huechante with the participation of scholars from the US, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Chile.
Participating Harvard faculty: Luis E. Cárcamo Huechante, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams Jr. Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Director of Graduate Studies in Spanish.
Collaborating Institutions: Centro Cultural Estación Mapocho Santiago, Chile; Fundación Avina; Cultural Agents Initiative from Harvard University; Hemispheric Institute from New York University; Programa Radial Mapuche Wixage Anai.
Culture and the Markets in Latin America
The intellectual challenge of how to elaborate a cultural framework and approach to the market transformations on the status of literature, arts and culture in contemporary societies is the major goal of this collaborative initiative. Scholars from the U.S., England, Brazil, Peru, Chile and Argentina gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina in August 2005 to explore on the interrelations between market and culture and between economic and cultural realms. The workshop, Culture and the Markets in Latin America, examined the ways in which the market is framing literary, artistic and cultural production, as well as the relationship between literature and capitalism in Latin America. Professor Cárcamo-Huechante co-edited a book on this issue in collaboration with Alejandra Laera (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and Álvaro Fernández-Bravo (Universidad de San Andrés), El Valor de la cultura. Arte, literatura y mercado en América Latina, (Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2007) with the support of DRCLAS and RLL.
Participating Harvard faculty: Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante, Associate Professor, Romance Languages and Literatures
Collaborating Institutions: Universidad de San Andrés, Buenos Aires and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
Gender, Sexuality and Culture: A Dialogue from the South
This collaborative research initiative among academics, researchers, and writers from the U.S., Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay led to a symposium held in Santiago, Chile, in August 2003, organized by Harvard Romance Languages and Literatures Professors Bradley Epps and Luis E. Cárcamo Huechante in conjunction with Raquel Olea from the University of Santiago, Chile, and Chilean poet Carmen Berenguer. The project brought together individuals working on topics of gender and sexuality in the fields of literature, visual arts and cultural critique in the Southern cone of Latin America and in the U.S. The objective was to deepen and expand dialogue between the theoretical and critical frameworks from the north and the south. Topics included the post-dictatorial democratic transformations of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay as related to questions of gender and sexuality (personal and collective liberty; social tolerance; equal rights, etc.). The conference led to the creation of an international network of scholars working together to co-edit essays that will be published in a volume.
Participating Harvard faculty: Bradley Epps, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, (RLL); Luis Cárcamo Huechante, Assistant Professor of RLL; Doris Sommer, Ira Jewell Williams Jr. Professor of RLL; Diana Sorensen, Professor of RLL.
Collaborating Institutions: Universidad de Santiago, Chile