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2017 LASP RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM Program and Abstracts





8:00-8:45am: Register, materials, and breakfast

8:45-9:00am: Opening Remarks by Raymond Craib, Director Latin American Studies Program


Presentation sessions



I. Nature and Management I

Jaime D. Ortiz. The knowing-doing gap in the Galapagos Islands: Introduced species research and management

Samuel Bosco and Saara Shanti Kumar, presenting (other authors are: Juana Muñoz, Marie Zwetsloot, Elizabeth Sweitzer, Jenny Lee, WhitneyKnickerbocker).  Low-cost soil and crop quality testing of organic and conventional coffee farming systems in Cauca, Colombia

Sidney Madsen. Comparative study of food security and nutrition of Q’eqchi’ and Ladino smallholder farmers in Alta Verapaz and El Progreso, Guatemala.

Alexander Flecker. Understanding the impacts of dam proliferation on ecosystem services in the Andean Amazon



II.  Nature and Management II

Rachel Odhner. Perceptions of Nicaragua’s water crisis      

Amelia Weiss. Diversity in aquatic Neotropical caves

Brian Davis. Sao Paulo River City

Gerardo Soto. Starting 2017 with the Worst Wildfires in Recent Chilean History



Coffee break



III. Human Rights, Solidarity and Crisis

Matheus Depieri. The pioneering and influence of Latin America in Human Rights          

Jesse Enrique Sanchez. Limits of Legality, A Comparison of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in the IACHR and ECHR    

Vanessa Bauch and Richard Gaunt. Globalization, Migration, and Organizing for Migrant Indigenous Solidarity in Los Angeles      

Gustavo Quintero. The Frente Unido in “La hora cero de Colombia”: Camilo Torres’ calling for a future through collective action       

Darin Self and Jess Zarki. Identifying Conditional Support for Illiberalism: A Survey Experiment in Mexico

Cristina Castro-Lucas. Innovation: what is the missing link?          






IV. Transnational Media

Ernesto Bassi. José María Heredia’s New York: Poetry, Exile, Walking, and Digital Humanities 

Sam Carter. Funes and the Phonographic Voice in Borges

Martina Broner. Rivers as Photographic Media: Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis in the New Climatic Regime

Sergio Ospina-Romero. Making foreign and ethnic records: Victor’s 1913 expedition through Peru and Colombia



V.  Transnational Motion

Kyle Harvey. Work Spaces and the Emergence of the Transandean in Mendoza, Argentina, 1830s-1870s

Joshua Savala. Anarchy in the Pacific: Peruvian and Chilean Maritime and Port Workers, 1910s-1920s

Daniella Hobbs. Understanding Christian Missionary Work’s Role in Colonial and Neocolonial Histor

Nicole Mance and Meredith Rector.  The Control of Commodities: Drug Trade and Extractivism in Mexico

Nicholas Myers. Recalcitrance, Militarization, and Borderlands     



Coffee break



VI. Paleontology and Archaeology in the histories of the Americas

Nathan A Jud. South American Paleobotany: plant fossils from the early Paleocene          

Camila Martínez. New fossil flora from Colombia, a window to the Eocene climate and biogeography in the Neotropics        

Anastasia Kotsoglou, The Place(s) of Politics at Tzak Naab: Human-Landscape Interactions in the Maya Hinterlands During the Late/Terminal Classic



VII. New Directions in Cuban Studies

Ernesto Bassi, Shawn McDaniel and Cecelia Lawless. New Directions in Cuban Studies: A Roundtable.



Closing remarks by Ray Craib and Reception