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Masculinities in Contemporary

Latin American Cinema

Organized by Observatorio de Las Américas.


This course took place every Saturday at 12:00PM CT (Nov 14 to Dec 5  2020)


This series of workshops examines the multifaceted representations of masculinities in Latin American Cinema through guided discussions by experts in the region. The objective of the series is to spark curiosity on issues of gender in Latin America and to share the appreciation of the cinematography in Latin America, its culture and its peoples. Discussions throughout this series uses a dialogue based approach to facilitate a collaborative interaction between all workshop participants. It is also open to is a continuation to the program Trends in Contemporary Latin American Cinema.

The course is an introductory course to film, which requires no previous knowledge of the topic. Interested people with some previous knowledge of the topics discussed are also welcome to attend. All discussions will be in English.

Javier Muñoz Díaz

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Program and Hosts:

Day 1: Contracorriente (Perú, 2009)

November 14th, 2020

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Fernando Varela


Javier Muñoz Díaz

Javier Muñoz, Ph.D. His research focuses on Latin American literature and cultural history, with an emphasis on the Andean region, Indigenous cultures, and LGBT+ studies. He is  also interested in the development
and accessibility of library collections, which usually have a limited number of titles from Latin American countries

Fernando Varela is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish and Portuguese and American Studies at Vanderbilt University. As a firm believer that knowledge is a public good, he is committed to promoting the value of the humanities in and beyond academia. In addition to being supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, his research has also been recognized by the Ford Foundation and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt.

Day 2: Ultimos días de la Habana

(Cuba, 2016)

November 21st, 2020


Maya Contreras


María J. Maddox

Maya Contreras is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the University of Colorado Boulder. Currently, her research interests include the sociology of environment and health and political economy.

Maria, Ph.D., is a Chilean researcher, writer, and visual artist living in Denver, CO. Her areas of interest include Latinx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the intersections between Western Medicine, Visual Arts and Pop Culture.

Day 3: Boi neon (Brazil, 2015)

November 28th, 2020

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Marcus Vinicius Avelar


Javier Muñoz Díaz

Marcus Vinicius Avelar is a Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment at Florida International University.

Avelar’s work is transdisciplinary, making investments in linguistic and cultural anthropology, sociocultural linguistics, semiotics, religion, critical race studies, and feminist studies. His research projects and publications draw on methods from across the humanistic and interpretive social scientific disciplines.

Day 4: Ya no estoy aquí (México, 2020)

December 5th, 2020


Juan García Oyervides


Juan is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Hispanic Studies Program at Graceland University.

Milton André Ramos Chachón is a Peruvian Ph.D. student. His research focuses on Andean and Mesoamerican chronicles from the colonial period (16th and 17th centuries), and on bilingual Quechua-Spanish or Nahuatl-Spanish prose and lyric works from the 20th and 21st centuries.



We invite participants to watch the films ahead of each meeting in order to be able to follow and contribute to the conversation of the working group. Respect, cordiality, and tolerance for others’ expressions, personal identities, and opinions is mandatory. Participants who do not comply with these requirements may be asked to leave or, in the case of severe disruption to the learning environment, they may be banned from the meeting. Additional reading materials may be suggested by the facilitators, but are not mandatory.

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