2012 NZCLAS events

Book launches and film screenings

The book Night and Fog: Neoliberalism, Memory and Trauma in Post-authoritarian Chile (Santiago de Chile: Editorial Cuarto Propio, December 2011) by the Centre’s Director, Dr Walescka Pino-Ojeda, was launched on May 9. With an attendance of approximately 35 people, the presentation was followed by a lively discussion.

NZCLAS members were invited by the Cuban Friendship Society and the Cuban Ambassador Maria del Carmen Herrera to introduce two new books, “Humour From My Pen”, and Women in Cuba: The Making of a Revolution within the Revolution. Dr Lehman also gave a talk on Cuba during the launch of the Cartoon Exhibition “Humour From My Pen”, which was supported by contributions from more than 20 New Zealand artists such as John Walsh and Malcolm Evans on 12 May.

The first issue of Auckland Latin American Studies Monograph Series ALAS: “Reconfiguring Brazil: Interdisciplinary Essays” was published in December, and edited by Assoc. Prof. Roberto González- Casanovas.

May-July 2012

Dr Kathryn Lehman's Peoples’ Media Venezuela (documentary, co-producer, with Dr Geraldine Peters) was screened at the LASA International Conference (Latin American Studies Association), San Francisco, USA 23-26 May; and at the AILASA (Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia) International Conference, Wellington, New Zealand, 7-9 July.

September 2012

Dr Kathryn Lehman translated and subtitled two shorts and one feature-length documentary which were presented as a “Special Screening: For Life: Images of Resistance from the Pacific” at the CLACPI, Latin American Indigenous Film Festival in Bogota and Medellin, Colombia, and attended with the directors of the films.


NZCLAS organised the panel “The Sea between Us: Crosscutting Latin America and Spain” for the conference Global Crossroads: Redefining Spain in the 21st Century, the University of Auckland April 11-14, 2012, in which two academic members and a PhD student presented their papers.

With ENLACES (Engaging Latin American Culture, Education and Students) NZCLAS coordinated the participation of postgraduate students at the AILASA International Conference, Wellington July 7-9, for which  4 panels were organised:  a) Indigenous Law and Human Rights in Latin America; b) Redefining "Our" Global Relationships:  From Coloniality to Community; c) Poverty, Utopia and Animated Exoticism in Brazilian and Cuban Cinema; d) Reconfiguring Brazil: Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approaches.