2015 NZCLAS events


Documentary screening: Gabo

11 November 2015

“This emotional documentary tells the incredible story of Gabriel García Márquez - known as Gabo throughout Latin America – a law-school dropout and journalist who grew up in the poverty and violence of northern Colombia, and went on to become the writer of globally celebrated, critically-acclaimed books including "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude." His "magical" sensibility not only changed the face of literature, but lead him to the forefront of the political struggles of the 1970s and 1980s—including a pivotal and previously unknown role in negotiations between Cuban leader Fidel Castro and American President Bill Clinton.” (SIFF Film Center).

Organised by the Colombian Embassy in Canberra, the Colombian Consulate General in Auckland, and the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Auckland.

Seminar series: Professor Marvin D’Lugo

April 2015

'Fernando Trueba and Spanish Transnational Musical Narratives on Screen'

Fernando Trueba’s Latin Jazz films, Calle 54 (2000) and Chico y Rita (2010), mark a significant point of convergence between music and film in which narrowly defined conceptions of Spanish national cinema are refigured in terms of a broader notion of identity politics shaped by the borderless cultural circulation of popular music. These films recount a unique “migration narrative,” one that traces not only the history of the circulation of Latin jazz as a borderless cultural phenomenon, but also the intermedial transformation of commercial markets for this music into a virtual transnational Hispanic community.

'Mexico’s New Transnational Auteurs: Local/Global Cultural Dynamics'

The recent international success of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim has shone a spotlight on three talented filmmakers who have paired their engagement with essential aspects of Mexican culture with visual styles and narratives that have fired the imagination of audiences outside of Mexico. These three are contemporary exemplars of Mexican cinema’s long-standing international aspirations. This talk examines some of the cultural politics that has given a renewed privilege to the concept film ‘authorship' in the promotion of Latin American film generally, and to Mexican cinema, in particular.

On the Road of Silk and Gold: 1st Sino-Latin American Symposium on Culture, Arts & Design, Society & Spatial Studies.

March 2015

NZCLAS co-organised a two-day symposium with the University of Nottingham at Ningbo. The goal was to establish a group from the Social Sciences and Humanities to research growing relations between these two regions. We were invited to be co-organisers in recognition of our Latin America-Australasian expertise and the networks NZCLAS have been able to established over the years.

A co-edited volume entitled Beyond the Market: Building Cultural Sino Latin American Relations will be published in December 2015, thus becoming the first Asia-Pacific research publication of this nature in our region.

Ningbo Museum
Ignacio Agüero

Seminar series: Documentary film and social change

With Ignacio Agüero, Chilean filmmaker and scholar, Universidad de Chile.

The hugely popular Chilean film No! suggested the potential of audiovisual media to mediate social change by synthesising the images, ideas, and emotions of social movements during major social transitions. Three seminars based on the work of Chilean filmmaker Ignacio Agüero provided a platform for discussion about the potential of documentary film and other media in accompanying social change in Aotearoa New Zealand and in Latin America.

Film Screenings:

No olvidar (Don´t Forget, 1982, 30 min)
Tuesday March 17, 4pm.
Wednesday, March 18, 3pm.

Cien niños esperando un tren (One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train, 1988, 56 min)
Wednesday, March 18, 4pm.
Thursday, March 19, 3pm.

Watch Cien niños esperando un tren

El Diario de Agustín (Agustín’s Newspaper, 2008, 80 min)
Thursday, March 19, 4pm.
Friday, March 20, 3pm.


March 2015

These seminars were organised by the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies in partnership with the Auckland Art Gallery as part of the seminar series to inaugurate the PhD in Latin American Studies.

Dealing with Past Atrocities: Views from Japan, Latin America, Spain and Sudan

Based on the film No olvidar; Don´t Forget, 1982


Dr Rumi Sakamoto (Asian Studies)

Assoc. Prof. Walescka Pino-Ojeda (Latin American Studies)

Prof. José Colmeiro (European Languages and Literatures)

Dr Jay Marlowe (School of Counselling, Human Services & Social Work)

Democracy, Education and the Arts

Based on the film Cien niños esperando un tren; One Hundred Children Waiting for a Train, 1988

March 2015


Dr Ritesh Shah (Critical Studies in Education)

Prof. Saville Kushner (School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice)

Assoc Prof. Walescka Pino-Ojeda (Latin American Studies)

Ms. Verónica García Lazo (PhD candidate, School of Curriculum and Pedagogy)

Participatory Media: Transforming Communication in the 21st Century

Based on the film El Diario de Agustín; Agustín’s Newspaper, 2008


Dr. Leonie Pihama, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Māhanga, Ngā Māhanga ā Tairi, Senior Research Fellow Te Kōtahi Institute, University of Waikato

Ms. LisaNa Red Bear, PhD Candidate, University of Waikato

Dr Sue Abel (Film, Television and Media Studies)

Dr Kathryn Lehman (Latin American Studies)

“Latin American Studies in the Context of the Cold War: New Approaches and Revisionist Considerations of the Field”.

NZCLAS was invited to represent the Australasian region to join colleagues from all major academic centres dedicated to Latin America from the US and the UK. The seminar was organized by Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile between 11-13 August, 2014. The result of this initial meeting was the organisation of two follow-up panels held at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) meeting in Puerto Rico, 27-30 May, 2015, in preparation for the publication of this work.