Visits by artists, cultural activists and researchers

Professor Marvin D’Lugo

Research Professor of Spanish and Screen Studies at Clark University (Worcester Massachusetts) Marvin D’Lugo is and principal editor of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas.  He is the author of books on Spanish filmmakers Carlos Saura (Princeton University Press, 1991), Pedro Almodóvar (University of Illinois Press, 2006) and co-editor of the Companion to Pedro Almodóvar (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He is currently working on a book on Pedro Almodóvar in Latin America and co-editing a new critical anthology: The Routledge Companion to Latin-American Cinema (2016).

Ignacio Agüero

March 2015

Filmmaker and scholar Ignacio Agüero was the first President of the Chilean Documentary Association (founded 2000). He has contributed to the democratisation of Chile through his work as co-director of TV messages for the “NO Campaign” against the Pinochet dictatorship, his acclaimed documentary films, and his leadership in enabling filmmakers to participate in making Chilean documentary filmmaking sustainable as part of the international movement of independent, alternative and community media that challenge the overwhelming power of commercial media. Three of his films will were screened a week in advance of the seminar series, to provide a platform for discussion in three seminars on the potential for documentary and other media to mediate social transformation.

Professor Claudio A. Fuentes

May 2014

Claudio A. Fuentes is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Social Science Research Institute at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2011 he held the Andronico Luksic Fellowship as Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University. His most recent books are El Pacto (Universidad Diego Portales, 2012) and El Fraude (Hueders, 2013) concerning constitutional reforms in Chile. His current research agenda involves studying the constitutional recognition of indigenous rights and the links between political actors and indigenous communities in Chile. Claudio presented a paper entitled “Diagnosis and Challenges for Indigenous Rights in Chile - exploring the legal and social dimensions of  the recognition of indigenous rights” with Maite de Cea at the Seminar on Indigenous Rights, Privatisation and Research in Aotearoa–New Zealand and Latin America, co-hosted by the James Henare Māori Research Centre and the NZCLAS. He also gave a talk to postgraduate students about carrying out research in the field of Latin American Studies.

Maite De Cea

May 2014

Maite De Cea is a sociologist and Academic Coordinator of the Social Science Research Institute at Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. Maite de Cea received her doctorate from the University of Grenoble, France. She is editor of two books and has worked on state cultural policies in Chile. Currently, she is working on the constitutional recognition of indigenous rights, focusing particularly on the way political and economic elites perceive social discrimination and indigenous rights. Her most recent publication is La Omisión de la Diferencia (Universidad Diego Portales, 2012).

Luis Angosto-Ferrández

May 2014

Luis Angosto-Ferrández is Associate Professor of Anthropology, Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Sydney, and his multidisciplinary background includes political science. He has extensive fieldwork experience in Latin America and Spain, and has lived, worked, and researched in Venezuela for nearly a decade. Luis launched the book he edited for Routledge entitled Democracy, Revolution and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics Of Discontent (2014), in which Kathryn Lehman (NZCLAS, Spanish) published the chapter “The Right to Information. Indigenous Media and the Bolivarian Revolution”. She commented on the chapter and screened the documentary she produced, People´s Media Venezuela (2012). Luis also participated in the seminar “Indigenous Rights, Privatisation And Research in Aotearoa–New Zealand And Latin America” hosted by NZCLAS and the James Henare Māori Research Centre. Among Luis's recent publications is Everlasting Countdowns: Race, Ethnicity and National Censuses in Latin American States (coedited with Sabine Kradolfer).

Hood Fellow Professor Arturo Arias

March 2013

Professor Arturo Arias is a world-renowned scholar on Indigenous literatures, the former President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and a creative writer. Professor Arias’s visit was designed primarily to develop greater international collaboration and advance the field of Indigenous Development Research in line with the University of Auckland’s role in this field’s growth. This was to be achieved by exchanging knowledge so that our academics and researchers in this field would foster their own works, ideas and potential, through the strengthening of existing links between Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga and the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies (NZCLAS).

Marcia Stephenson

March 2013

Marcia Stephenson is Associate Professor of Spanish Women's Studies at Purdue University, Indiana. She is the author of Gender and Modernity in Andean Bolivia (University of Texas Press, 1999, A.B. Thomas award for excellence). Her NEH grant allowed her to research for the book Natural and Unnatural Histories of Andean Camelids in the Transoceanic World, 1568-1960 (University of Texas Press) on the production of knowledge generated by indigenous pastoral peoples, mestizos, and Europeans with regard to the Andean camelids (llamas, alpacas, vicuñas, and guanacos), in the Andes and in the camelid diaspora of Europe, Australia, and the United States. She has combined intensive training in camelid medicine with archival and specialized research in more than 36 collections in Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, the United States, Europe, and Australia.

David Hernández Palmar

December 2011

David Hernández Palmar, Wayuu language activist and media producer from Venezuela, visited Auckland in December, 2011 for the Conference Indigenous media, participatory democracy and language revitalization in Abya Yala (America) and Aotearoa (New Zealand) funded by Te Whare Kura and supported by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) and the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies (NZCLAS).

A photographer, videomaker, programme organiser and journalist, David has produced documentaries for broadcast in Europe for Deutsche Welle and Canal Arte and has worked collaboratively on documentaries on the Wayuu people, such as Dalia se va de Jepira (2006). He has participated twice in NMAI Native American Film + Video Festivals, as a co-director of the documentary Owners of the Water and as a discussant in the roundtable, “Mother Earth in Crisis” at the 2011 Native American Film Festival. He has been a guest researcher at the Anthropology Department of the University of Iowa, and is a member of the advisory boards of PeruVine/PeruDigital, the Ethnographic Digital Laboratory of the University of Central Florida and the International Ethnobotanical Association.

David's public lecture was entitled “The Centrality of Language in Indigenous Transformation” and he described initiatives of the Wayuu people to protect their language, land and water, through education, the media and political action. David's mother, Flor Palmar, is a leading language activist.

Mayra Gómez

September 2010

Mayra’s parents were born and raised in the Andes, in a small Aymara village called Chijmuni in the Aroma Province and later emigrated first to the city of La Paz, where she was born; then to Chile, and later to California. As an adult, she lived and worked in Nicaragua and Europe for an extensive time and presently resides in Aotearoa.

Mayra has been an activist of Aymara/Indigenous people for much of her adult life leading her to be in Geneva in 1993 as the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was being completed. There, she denounced the effects of uranium mining on life and indigenous peoples. Her work experience is varied, she was a partner in an international literary agency where she dealt with copyright issues; she was an outreach coordinator for the United Nations Foundation and she also worked in Bolivia as the International Media Liaison for the government.

She holds a masters degree in Pacific International Affairs from the University of California, a Multi-Disciplinary Program including economics, finance, and politics with expertise in International Environmental Policy and Latin America as Regional Area of concentration. She has also studied Human Rights and Latin American Studies at the University of Sorbonne, France.

Mayra is currently a Senior Programme Officer for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). She visited our University invited by our Centre and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement).

Professor Arturo Arias

July 2010

Professor Arturo Arias, from the University of Texas at Austin, is the former President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA, the largest academic association of Latin American scholars in the world). His work with Rigoberta Menchu led him to edit The Rigoberta Menchu Controversy, Minnesota 2001). He is a well published literary author, receiving several awards, such as the Miguel Angel Asturias National Literary Award for Lifetime Literary Production (in his native Guatemala), and also the Casa de las Américas Award for Best Novel, Itzam Na (Cuba). He is also the author of the script for the film El norte, about Guatemalan immigrants to the US, which was nominated to the Oscars.

Professor Arias was invited to our University by Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (National Institute of Research Excellence for Māori Development and Advancement), the School of European Languages and Literatures (SELL) and our Centre.

Professor José Aylwin

November 2009

José Aylwin is Professor of Law at the Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile and Co-founder of Indigenous Rights Watch in Chile. Author and editor of more than 30 publications on Indigenous rights, José visited the University of Auckland to participate in three seminars on the topic of Indigenous Peoples and the State, co-sponsored by NZCLAS and the Faculty of Law.

Professor Roberto Segre

July 2009

Professor Roberto Segre is a preeminent architectural historian and critic based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He visited New Zealand from 30 June - 21 July 2009 for a series of events. Professor Roberto Segre, who visited New Zealand as a University of Auckland Seelye Charitable Trust Fellow, was hosted by the University’s National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries (NICAI) and the New Zealand Centre for Latin American Studies (NZCLAS).

He is Professor of Architecture at the Superior Polytechnic Institute José Antonio Echeverría in Havana, Cuba, and Professor of the Graduate Program in Urbanism at the School of Architecture and Urbanism of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has written more than 40 books and some 400 articles on the architecture and urbanism of Latin America and the Caribbean. His most recent books are Havana: Two Faces of the Antillean Metropolis (Chapel Hill, NC: North Carolina University Press, 2002, with Joseph Scarpaci and Mario Coyula); Arquitectura Antillana del Siglo XX (20th Century Antillean Architecture) (Bogota: Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Havana: Editorial Arte y Literatura, 2003); and Oscar Niemeyer 100 Years / 100 Works (São Paulo: Instituto Tomie Ohtake, 2007).

Professor Catherine Davies

May 2009

Professor Catherine Davies is the Head of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK. She is the author of Spanish Women’s Writing, 1849-1996 (1998), Contemporary Feminist Fiction in Spain: the Work of Montserrat Roig and Rosa Montero (1994), and has co-authored Latin American Women’s Writing: Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis (1996), and South American Independence: Gender, Politics, Text (2006).

Her current research projects are on the life and work of Ramon María de Labra, famous for introducing abolitionist legislation into Spain and Cuba in the 1870s and 1880s, and on the writings of Simón Bolívar and women novelists of nineteenth-century Latin America.

Alexandra Halkin

March-April 2008

Alexandra Halkin, documentary producer and director, is the founder and international coordinator for the Chiapas Media Project/Promedios de Comunicación Comunitaria (CMP), a bi-national non-profit organization that has provided video and computer equipment and training to indigenous communities in the impoverished southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Guerrero.

Halkin has worked as facilitator and trainer for the indigenous media makers working with CMP, and as a prolific producer and director herself. She has won many prestigious fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright Award for US Scholars in 2007 for Media Studies in Mexico and a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2004. Halkin, who resides in Chicago, received a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois in 1985.

Professor John Mraz

March 2008

Professor John Mraz is a Research Professor at the Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities of the Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. He has published widely on the uses of photography, cinema and video in recounting the histories of Mexico and Cuba. He has also directed award-winning documentary videotapes and curated international photography exhibits.

Among his recent publications are Nacho López: Mexican Photographer (University of Minnesota Press) and Looking for Mexico: Modern Visual Culture and National identity (Duke University Press). Other recent works also include the documentary “On the Case of Rosalie Evans” and the photo exhibit “Ojos ajenos. Fotografías de extranjeros en México” for the Huesca (Spain) Festival.

Professor Mraz has been a Visiting Professor and Researcher at Oxford University, Duke University, Universidad de Barcelona, Keio University (Tokyo), Universidad Federal Fluminense (Rio de Janeiro), Dartmouth College, University of California and University of Connecticut.

Professor Eli Bartra

March 2008

Professor Eli Bartra is a Mexican feminist philosopher at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico. She has been a Visiting Professor at a number of universities including the University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Connecticut, Universidad Nacional del Centro de la Prov. de Buenos Aires (Argentina), San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and Dartmouth College.

Professor Bartra is the author of Frida Kahlo. Mujer, ideología y arte (Barcelona: Icaria) and Mujeres en el arte popular (Mexico: UAM). She is also co-author of Feminismo en México ayer y hoy (México: UAM). She is also the editor of Crafting Gender: Women and Folk Art in Latin America and the Caribbean (Durham/London:Duke University Press) and Debates en torno a una metodología feminista (Mexico: UAM-X). Profesor Bartra has authored more than 100 articles traversing women's politics, feminism, and women’s artistic productions.