Invited Lectures

  • “Unrully Bodies. Radical Politics in Venezuela,” Princeton University, March 25, 2014. Class lecture.
  • “Sumergido/Submerged. New Cuban Cinema,” Princeton University, March 25, 2014. Panel presentation and round table.
  • “Lumpen sovereeighty and Fobic Imaginaries in Bolivarian Venezuela,” Centro Rómulo Gallegos, June 6, 2013. Conference Presentation.
  • “Lumpen and Sovereignty,” Venezuelan Section of the Latin American Studies Association, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, 2013. Conference Presentation.
  • “Circus and Affect,” Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela. July 3, 2013. Conference Presentation.
  • “Word and Image,” with Puerto Rican Writer Eduardo Lalo. Centro Rómulo Gallegos Library July 31, 2013. Public talk.
  • “US and Latin America,” Centro Penitenciario Yare 1, Estado Miranda, Venezuela. Conversation with inmates, Junly 30, 2013. Public talk.
  • “Heroes or Hacks? Media Cultures, Politics, and Democracy in Latin America.” Discussant for the panel
  • “Media Clashes: Community Media and the Private Press in Chávez’s Venezuela”; Duke University, April 13-18, 2013.
  • “Televising Politics and the Politics of Television in Contemporary Venezuela. Excerpts from Hugo Chavez’s Aló Presidente and PBS’s Frontline: The Hugo Chávez Show.” Comments and discussion led by Luis Duno-Gottberg. Duke University, April 13-18, 2013
  • “Los Sujetos de/a la Politica en Venezuela Bolivairiana,” Universitdad Simón Bolivar, July 12, 2012.
  • Panelista, Jornadas de Investigación Reconfiguraciones del mundo popular: Conflictos, prácticas y subjetividades emergentes Caracas, July 16-19, 2012. Universidad Central de Venezuela.
  • Research Seminar. Centro Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas. July 13, 2012.
  • “Embodiments and Disembodiments of the Nation, the People, and the State: Disputing Bolivar’s Body, and the Uses of Bolivarianism in Contemporary Venezuelan Politics,” New York University, NY, April 16, 2012.
  • “Reflections on the Latin American Western Cinema,” Western American Literature Conference, Missoula, Montana, October 6, 2011.
  • Roundtable: “Latin America and Western American Studies,” Western American Literature Conference, Missoula, Montana October 7, 2011.
  • “Retornando a Cubagua: colonia, neocolonialismo y nuevas lecturas,” Centro Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas, Venezuela. May 26, 2011.
  • Roundtable: “Cubagua. The Movie,” Centro Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas, Venezuela. May 27, 2011.
  • “Mirada y exclusión en el primer cine Venezolano,” 2° Encuentro de investigadores de cine, Observatorio Latinoamericano de Historia y Teoría del Cine, Facultad de Artes, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, October 25-27, 2010.
  • “Mob Politics, Dangerous People. Non-Traditional Social Movements and Representation in Contemporary Venezuela.” Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA, May 3, 2010.
  • “Geopraphies of Fear: New Venezuelan Cinema,” Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, October 8, 2009.
  • “Colonial Scholarship and the Present Moment” In: The Current State of Empire Studies Symposium, April 17-18, 2009. University of Houston.
  • “Mob Politics: Reconsidering Non-Traditional Social Movements in Contemporary Venezuela,” Remembering the Future 2009:, University of Pittsburgh, April 2, 2009.
  • “Cultura de la frontera,” Segunda Jornada Internacional de Cultura Chicana: Fronteras / Borderlands.” Tecnológico de Monterrey, División de Humanidades y Cátedra Alfonso Reyes. México, October 7-8, 2008.
  • Guest Speaker for “100% Venezuela,” Center for Latin American Studies, The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, New York University, April 23-27, 2008.
  • “Narco-Epics Unbound: New Narrative Territories, Affective Aesthetics, and Ethical Paradox,” Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh, April 4-5, 2008.
  • “Representation and Social Movements: Motorizados in Venezuela,” Syracuse University, September 10, 2007. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • “Racial Politics and Culture in Venezuela,” University of California, Berkeley. November 17-18, 2006. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies.
  • “The Color of Crowds: Racial Politics in the Chavez Era,” Hofstra University, N.Y., May 4, 2006. Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies.
  • “La racialización de la mirada: Cine y representación en América Latina.” This was a three day seminar for faculty and graduate students conducted in two cities in Venezuela, by special invitation of three universities: Universidad Central de Venezuela and Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, and Universidad de los Andes in Mérida. December 16-22, 2005.
  • “The Color of Crowds. Racial Politics and Media Representation in Venezuela,” Rice University, October 21, 2005. Organized by the Department of Hispanic Studies.
  • “On Mestizaje: Challenging the Dynamics of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Cuban Racial Thought,” Florida International University, September 19, 2005. Organized by the Cuban Research Institute.
  • “Racial Politics in Venezuela,” New York University. October 2005. Organized by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
  • “The Color of Crowds. Racial Politics and Media Representation in Venezuela.” University of Bristol, UK, July 2-3, 2004.
  • “El mestizaje como doxa,” Encuentro Latinoamericano y Caribeño sobre el Diálogo
  • de Civilizaciones, Hilton Hotel, Caracas, Venezuela, November 8-9, 2001. Organized by the United Nations.
  • “Café con leche: el imaginario del mestizaje en Venezuela y Cuba,” Seminario: África en la literatura Latinoamericana. Universidad Simón Bolívar, Sartenejas, Venezuela, March 20, 2001.

Conference papers

  • Panelist: “Magic Lumpen: The State and New Political Subjects in Contemporary Venezuela”, Saturday 21st. Seventh International Conference on Global Studies, Shanghai University, June 19-21st 2014.
  • “Ferozz or the Politics of ‘Bad Taste’ in Cuba’s Underground Cinema”“, Discourses of Peripheral Sexualities in Hispanic Studies, FAU, April 18 – 19, 2014.
  • Panelist “The Magic of Lumpen. The State Capturing Machine and New Political Subjects.” LASA Sponsored panel in honor of Fernando Coronil. LASA 2013, May 29-June 1, Washington DC.
  • Discussant for the panel entitled “Cine y Estado en Venezuela” and the panel entitled “State Interventions, Community Engagement and Audiovisual Representations of a New Social Contract.” LASA 2013, May 29-June 1, Washington DC.
  • “Panem et circus: Performing. Radical Politics,” Radical Americas Conference, Januray 18-29, 2013. University College London, England.
  • “Afecto y Circo en la poltica Venezolana,” Latin American Studies Assocition Conference (LASA), San Francisco, May 23-25, 2012.
  • “Industry and History in Latin American Cinema,” Latin American Studies Assocition Conference (LASA), San Francisco, May 23-25, 2012. Workshop participant.
  • Discussant, Reappraising Revolution: France and Haiti, Rice University, April 20, 2012.
  • Discussant, Surrealism and the Americas Conference Program, Rice University, November 4-6, 2010.
  • “Reconsidering Non-Traditional Social Movements in Contemporary Venezuela,” Panel: “Latin America’s Left: Cultural Turns in a Time of Economic Crisis,” Latin American Studies Assocition Conference (LASA), Toronto, October 6-9th, 2010.
  • Discussant, Panel: “Participation and Representation in Bolivarian Venezuela,” Latin American Studies Assocition Conference (LASA), Toronto, October 6-9, 2010.
  • “Geographies of Fear. New Venezuelan Cinema,” Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film, Tulane University, New Orleans, November 4, 2009 – November 6th, 2009.
  • “Mob Politics” Colloque Foules en villes/ Nouvelles approches, nouvelles lectures, Université François-Rabelais of Tours, France, October 15-17, 2009.
  • “Imaginarios fóbicos en la Venezuela Bolivariana,” Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009.
  • “Mirada y exclusíon en el primer cine sonoro venezolano,” 58th Annual Conference of the Midwest Association of Latin American Studies, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 20-22, 2008.
  • “Ethno-populism Compared,” Afro-Latino and Afro-Caribbean Diaspora Literature and Culture: Gender, Race, and Class. Texas Southern University, November 13-15, 2008.
  • Moderator in the panel “Hispanic New York.” Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference, Organized by The Recovery Project, University of Houston and Rice University, November 14-15, 2008. “Race, Populism and Restitution in the Chavez Era,” Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA), Montreal, September 2007. Panel sponsored by the Venezuelan Section of LASA. “Transculturation and Ethno-populism. The Cultural Politics of Criollo Imagination in Venezuela and Cuba.” American Comparative Literature Association, Puebla, Mexico, April 2007.
  • “Mobs on Wheels,” Modern Languages Association Conference (MLA), Philadelphia, December 2006.
  • “Las turbas sobre ruedas: Representación de motorizados y movimientos sociales en Venezuela” Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA), Puerto Rico, 2006.
  • “Huellas de lo Real en el testimonio de la delincuencia.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Las Vegas, October 7 – 9, 2004. Also organizer and chair of this panel.
  • “El relato de las ruinas. Cubagua y La Galera de Tiberio de Enrique Bernardo Núñez,” 57th. Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, April, 2004.
  • “La sazón del margen,” Fifth International Conference on Caribbean Literature, Organized by Purdue University, Grand Bahama, November, 2003.
  • “On Mestizaje. Challenging the Dynamics of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Cuban Racial Thought,” VIII Congreso de la SOLAR. The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, October, 2002.
  • “El centro en el margen: literatura y etnopopulismo en Venezuela y Cuba,” III Congreso Internacional de Teoría y Crítica Literaria, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Rosario, Argentina, August, 2002.
  • “Literatura, Nación y etnopopulismo: una reflexión sobre la vanguardia,” Fourth CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, Miami, March, 2002.
  • “Administrar la cubanidad: voces negras sin color,” Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA), Washington D.C., September 6-8, 2001.
  • “Las diferencias en el caldero: lo cubano según Fernando Ortiz,” Third CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University Miami, October 18-21, 2000.
  • “Las diferencias en el caldero: Fernando Ortiz y la invención de la identidad mestiza,” “Terras e gentes,” ABRALIC, Bahía, Brasil, July 25-28, 2000.
  • “Las diferencias en el caldero: Fernando Ortiz y la invención de la identidad mestiza,” VI Coloquio de Literatura Caribeña, Asociación Venezolana de Estudios del Caribe (AVECA) y Centro de Estudios Rómulo Gallegos (CELARG), Caracas, Venezuela, May 22-24, 2000.
  • “Nombrar lo cubano en la tradición del mestizaje,” Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA), Miami, March, 2000.
  • “The Itinerary of Cuban Baroque: Genealogy of an Identity Concept and its Cultural Politics,” Second CRI Conference on Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, Cuban Research Institute, Florida International University, Miami,1999.
  • “Solventando las diferencias. Nombrar lo cubano en la ideología del mestizaje,” Coloquio Internacional sobre género, raza, y clase en la cultura latinoamericana y caribeña, Casa de las Américas, La Habana, Cuba, February 15-19, 1999.
  • “Imaginar América desde la vanguardia latinoamericana: Alejo Carpentier y Miguel Ángel Asturias,” Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA), Guadalajara, México, April 17-19, 1997.
  • “El periplo del neobarroco cubano: una aproximación a las poéticas de Alejo Carpentier, José Lima, y Severo Sarduy,” XXXI Congreso Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana, Caracas, Venezuela, June 26, 1996.

Panels, Lectures and Simposia (Organized)

  • Film Festival: “Submerged/Sumergido. Alternative Cuban Film Festival.” An 18 movie selection screened at FAU, Tulane University, Rice University, and Princeton University. Director Miguel Coyula in attendance.
  • Symposium: Dis/Locating Culture II. December 7, 2012. Rice University.
  • Symposium: Dis/Locating Culture. Narratives and Epistemologies of Displacement. 9-10 December 2011, Rice University. With the participation of Chadwick Allen, Ohio State University; Réda Bensmaïa, Brown University; Susan Buck-Morss, Cornell University; Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz,Bolivia; Michael Dash, New York University; Lydie Moudileno, University of Pennsylvania; Mary Louise Pratt, New York University; Mireille Rosello, University of Amsterdam; Nelson Maldonado-Torres, University of California at Berkeley. December 2012, Rice University.
  • Symposium: “La política encarnada. Prácticas Culturales y políticas del cuerpo en la Venezuela Bolivariana.” Centro Rómulo Gallegos, Caracas, Venezuela. June 3, 2011.
  • Symposium: “Haiti and the Americas: Histories, Cultures, Imaginations,” Florida Atlantic University / Rice University; October 21th – 22, Boca Raton, FL, 2010.
  • Seminar: Gazing at Bolivar’s Body: The Culture and Politics of the Body in Contemporary Venezuela. Rice University. Guest speakers: Carmen Hernández (Centro Rómulo Gallegos), Gina Saraceni (Universidad Simón Bolívar), Javier Guerrero (New York University), Nathalie Bouzaglo (Northwestern University), Rafael Sánchez (New York University), Jon Beasley Murray (University of British Columbia). November 20, 2009.
  • “Reflexiones sobre el cine español actual,” Conference by Professor Beatríz Leal (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain), November 10, 2009.
  • Film Series: ¡REVOLUCIÓN! The New Latin American Left, Rice Cinema, October 9-12 and 16-18, 2009.
  • “Imaginaries of Popular Mobilization and Reaction: Roads to/from Bolivarian Venezuela.” Latin American Studies Association, Rio de Janeiro, June 2009. Panel organizer and Chair.
  • “Media and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean.” Panel chair, organizer and discussant. Union for Democratic Communications Conference, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, May 18-22, 2006.
  • “Venezuelan Film in Historical Perspective” (Lecture by Javier Guerrero, President of Cinemateca Nacional de Venezuela). February, 2004. Florida Atlantic University, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Cinema Paradiso.
  • “Popular Insurrection and National Revolution: Bolivia in Historical Context,” conference by Forrest Hylton (A.B.D.) New York University, Florida Atlantic University, 2003.
  • “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Screening of documentary. Panel organizer with Professor Juan Antonio Hernández, University of Kentucky, and Juan Hernández, journalist from El Venezolano, Miami, February 2004.
  • “De la Ciudad Letrada al Espacio Digital: Transformaciones del campo intelectual venezolano,” (Composed of two panels: “Intelectuales, mediaciones y política,” and “Intelectuales, Medios y Ciber Espacio”), Simposio de Literatura Venezolana, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Sartenejas, Venezuela, November 2002

Instructional materials and interviews