Latin American Studies Program will host its first LAS Forum on Friday, March 6

Western's Latin American Studies Program will host its first Latin American Studies Forum on Friday, March 6 on campus, keynoted by the University of California at San Diego's Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, who will present "Transindigenitude: Poetic Convergences in the Americas" from 4-5 p.m. in Miller Hall 138.

Chacón is the author of Indigenous Cosmolectics: Kab’awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) and co-editor of Indigenous Interfaces: Spaces, Technology, and Social Networks in Mexico and Central America (University of Arizona Press, 2019), as well as of a special issue of Diálogo on “The Five Cardinal Points in Contemporary Indigenous Literature” (Spring 2016). Her scholarly articles have appeared Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, and Spain. She is currently working on Teaching Central American Literature in a Global Context, a co-edited anthology for MLA’s Teaching Option Series. Chacón is also working on her second book, tentatively titled “Metamestizaje, Indigeneity, and Diasporas.”

The full schedule of the FAS Forum is as follows: All events are free and open to the public.


Noon – 1:30 p.m.             

Collaborative Space (MH)                        

Student Presentations:

Exploring knowledge about Latin America


1:40 – 1:50 p.m.  

Multicultural Center (VU)

Latin American Art Unveiling.


2-3 p.m.  

Multicultural Center (VU)

Round Table: Empire, Resistance and Solidarity.

Chair: Angela Fillinghim

Participants: Michael Castañeda, Vicki Hsueh, and Ricardo López-Pedreros.


3:40 – 4 p.m.                

Miller Hall 138 


María Paredes Mendez, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Luis Portugal Tarifa, Director of Latin American Studies


4-5 p.m.  

Miller Hall 138 

Keynote Address: Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, "Transindigenitude: Poetic Convergences in the Americas."


5-6 p.m.                 

Miller Hall Collaborative Space

Social event

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 12:39pm
portrait of Gloria Elizabeth Chacón

Gloria Elizabeth Chacón, keynote speaker for the first LAS Forum on Friday, March 6