in honor of Dr. George Yúdice
Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and Latin American Studies;
Director, Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries

‌April 7-8, 2017
Wesley Foundation Gallery
University of Miami

Co-sponsored by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (MIA), the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures Joseph Carter Memorial Fund & the College of Arts & Science

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Friday, April 7, 2017

9:30AM Registration & Coffee
Wesley Gallery
10:00AM Welcome
Lillian Manzor, Chair, Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Miami
Toby Miller, Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University
Daniel Mato, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)
Panel 1: Circuits of Cultural Production
Moderator: Lillian Manzor, University of Miami 
  Rosalía Winocur, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México)
La apropiación del El recurso de la cultura en la prensa cultural argentina
  Ana Rosas Mantecón, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México)
Circuitos culturales alternos. Cultura popular y creatividad en la era transmedia.
  Arlene Davila, New York University
Shopping Cultures and Retail Urbanism in Latin America.
12:00PM-12:20PM Discussion
12:30PM Lunch
1:15PM Presentation of the Santiago Achugar Díaz Outstanding Student Award
1:30PM-3:00PM Panel 2: Circuits of Knowledge   
Moderator: Daniel Mato, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)
  Hugo Achugar, University of Miami, Universidad de la República de Uruguay, and National Director of Culture, Uruguay (2008-15)
¿Saludos a la bandera? Ciudadanía Cultural: límites, silencios y el poder de los lobbies
  Eva Silot Bravo, University of Miami
Challenges to scholars as public intellectuals: How to promote relevant and meaningful venues of cultural and civic dialogues in polarizing times.
  Tracy Devine Guzmán, University of Miami
Reciprocity, Diversity, and Community in the Andes
3:00PM-3:20PM Discussion
3:30PM-4:30PM Panel 3: Circuits of Performance
Moderator: Tracy Devine Guzmán, University of Miami
  Eduardo Nivón Bolán, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México)
George Yúdice. His Work's Impact in Latin American Cultural Policies. 
  Alexandra Perkins Gonzenbach, University of Alabama
The Power of Transformation: Performance, Transience, and Agency in Puerto Rican Trans Communities
4:30PM-4:50PM Discussion


Saturday, April 8, 2017

10:00AM Registration & Coffee
Wesley Gallery
Panel 4: Circuits of Identity
Moderator: Daniel Mato, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)
  Toby Miller, Tulane University
Sub Júdice—From Aesthetics to Cultural Policy, From the Avant Garde to the Popular—A Journey That Doesn't Leave Anything Behind
  Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
The Fourth Wave
  Pablo Vila, Temple University
Affect, Emotions and Processes of Identification
12:00PM-12:20PM Discussion
12:30PM Lunch
1:30PM-3:00PM Panel 5: Circuits of Interculturality
Moderator: Toby Miller, Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University
  Sylvie Durán Salvatierra, Minister of Culture and Youth, Costa Rica
Lo que se aprende de políticas siendo responsable de políticas.
  Daniel Mato, Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)
Beyond Academia. On doing Cultural Studies, and Intercultural Practices.
  Néstor García Canclini, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (México)
Mediaciones interculturales: Un diálogo con George Yúdice
3:00PM-3:20PM Discussion
3:30PM Closing Remarks
Dr. George Yúdice, Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures and Latin American Studies, University of Miami; Director, Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries

Please note that there will be simultaneous translation throughout the symposium in Spanish and Portuguese.



Hugo Achugar
Professor Emeritus, University of Miami
Profesor de Políticas Culturales, Cure-Udelar, Uruguay
National Director of Culture, Uruguay (2008-15)

A native of Uruguay, Professor Hugo Achugar has had a long distinguished career as a literary and cultural critic and a prize-winning essayist and poet. He studied literature and linguistics at the university level in Uruguay, Venezuela, and France before receiving his Ph.D. in Latin American Literature from the University of Pittsburgh. He has held teaching posts in Latin America and the United States, including the Universidad de la República, Uruguay; Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela; and the Universidad Católica, Venezuela. He taught in the Comparative Literature Department and the Department of Hispanic Studies atNorthwestern University from 1983 to 1992 as Associate Professor and as Full Professor. He was invited to teach as a distinguished visiting professor at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, Spain; the Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; University of California, Irvine; and Dartmouth University. He was also the National Director of Culture in Uruguay from 2008-2015.

Dr. Achugar’s many publications range from his monograph of José Donoso, Ideologías y estructuras narrativas en José Donoso, 1950-1970 (1979), to various studies of Uruguayan literature, Poesía y sociedad- Uruguay, 1880-1911 (1986); La balsa de la medusa: ensayos sobre identidad, cultura y fin de siglo en Uruguay (1992); Como el Uruguay no hay (2000); and essays on cultural studies, such as La biblioteca en ruinas. Reflexiones culturales desde la periferia, Montevideo, 1994; and Planetas sin boca. Escritos efímeros sobre arte, cultura y literatura (2004). He has edited over fifteen anthologies on Latin American culture; most recently, he has finished a ground-breaking report on the cultural consumption of the Uruguayan middle class, based on his poll-taking team supported by the Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship (1999-2001, extended 2002-2003). This is the first of several studies that will focus on cultural taste, activities, and the consumption of cultural capital in various cities, including Miami.

A creative writer of distinction, Dr. Achugar has been awarded several prizes from Uruguay’s Ministry of Culture for both his poetry and essays. Among his eight collections of poems are Textos para decir María (1976); Las mariposas tropicales (1986); Todo lo que es sólido se disuelve en el aire (1989); Orfeo en el salon de la memoria (1992). He has served on numerous literary juries, including the prestigious Rómulo Gallegos Prize (Venezuela) and the Casa de las Américas (Cuba); and is on the board of numerous scholarly journals (Revista Iberoamericana, Venue, Triquarterly, Cuadernos de Marcha, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos).

Dr. Achugar is frequently invited to lecture at universities and foundations throughoutLatin America and Europe. He has been keynote speaker at conferences and symposia in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden, as well as at many universities in the United States. At the University of Miami, Dr. Achugar organized the international conference “Latin American Agendas for the 21st Century,” which brought many international scholars to the campus.


Heloísa Buarque de Hollanda
Director of the Advanced Program on Contemporary Studies, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Professora Emérita de Teoria Crítica da Cultura/Escola de Comunicação e Coordenadora do Programa Avançado de Cultura Contemporânea/Faculdade de Letras, ambos da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, desenvolve o projeto Universidade das Quebradas, baseado no conceito de ecologia dos saberes. Atualmente,  as questões relativas ao cruzamento da tecnologia, cultura e desenvolvimento são seu foco principal. É autora de muitos livros, entre eles: 26 poetas hoje e Feminismo como crítica da cultura.


Arlene Davila
Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University

Arlene Davila is Professor at NYU and author of multiple work on the politics of Latino/a/Latin American cultural politics examining issues of gentrification, urbanism, media and visual culture, museums and the arts.  Her talk draws from her last book length monograph:  El Mall: The Class and Spatial Politics of Shopping Malls in Latin America.  @arlenedavila1

‌‌ Tracy Devine Guzman - Photos‌‌

Tracy Devine Guzmán
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Miami


Néstor García Canclini
PhD in Philosophy
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)

Néstor García Canclini is an Argentine born academic and anthropologist. He has a PhD in Philosophy from University of Paris X Nanterre. He is currently a Distinguished Professor at the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Mexico City. He has been a professor at Austin, Duke, Stanford, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo universities. He was awarded the Guggenheim Scholarship and the Premio Casa de las Américas. His most important works include Consumers and Citizens, Hybrid Cultures (Minnesota University Press), and Imagined Globalization and Art beyond itself (Duke University Press). In 2014, he received the distinguished Science and Arts National Award of Mexico. His current work is focused on the relationship between reading, creative strategies and the cultural networks of young people.


Ana Rosas Mantecón
Departamento de Antropología, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)

Ana Rosas Mantecón has a PhD in Anthropology from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City and since 1992 became a Professor and Researcher of the Department of Anthropology at this institution. Her work focuses on audiences of museums, cinema, tourism and heritage, on cultural policies and on organizations which link creativity and social inclusion. She has promoted a dialogue between the theory and the practice of cultural management, through participation in international, national and regional programs for the professionalization of managers and audience development. From 2004 to 2007, she coordinated a Working Group of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO), on Consumption and Cultural Policies, which promoted a collaborative work of different academics from the region. Her most recent work is Going to the movies. Anthropology of the cinemagoers, the city and the screens(Gedisa and Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2017).


Lillian Manzor
Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Miami

Dr. Lillian Manzor is a founding member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Collective at the University of Miami, where she also serves as Associate Professor and Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures and Director of the Cuban Theater Digital Archive ( Some of her publications include: Teatro venezolano del siglo XX (La Habana, 2008); Teatro cubano actual: dramaturgia escrita en Estados Unidos (La Habana, 2005 - the first anthology on US Cuban theater published in Spanish and in Cuba); Latinas on Stage (Berkeley, 2000); and Borges/Escher, Cobra/CoBrA:  Un encuentro postmoderno (Madrid, 1996).  She is currently finishing a book manuscript titled Marginality Beyond Return: US Cuban Performance and Politics. As a leader in the development of Digital Humanities, she has directed the filming and editing of over 150 theater productions, in Cuba and the United States. She has published “Cuban Theater in Miami: 1960-1980” (, and El Ciervo Encantado: An Altar in the Mangroves ( She is also working on Sites that Speak: Miami Through its Performing Arts Spaces in Spanish ( As a community engaged scholar, she has been involved in the development of cultural dialogues between Cuba and the US using theater and performance since 1993. Her research and cultural projects have been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Cuban Artist Fund, and Puentes Cubanos.


Daniel Mato
Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) and National Council for Scientific and Technical Research(CONICET)

Doctor in Social Sciences. Principal Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research and at Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), Argentina. In 2007 he established the Project on Cultural Diversity and Interculturality in Higher Education of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, which he has chaired since then (ad honorem since 2012). In 2012 he established the Program on Higher Education and Indigenous Peoples and Afrodescendants in Latin America at UNTREF, and in 2014 lead the creation of the Latin American Inter-University Network on  Higher Education and Indigenous Peoples and Afrodescendants (currently 40 universities from 9 Latin American countries). He has formerly been the founding chair of the Section on Culture, Politics and Power of the Latin American Studies Association, as well as of the Working Group on Culture and Power of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences. Between 1979 and 2010 he was a research-professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela, and a Visiting Professor at several universities in various Latin American countries, Spain and the US. Since 1986, he has developed various work experiences in collaboration with indigenous and Afrodescendant intellectuals and organizations from several Latin American countries. He is the author of numerous articles and books on cultural diversity and higher education, as well as on culture, communication, and social transformations.  E-mail:, website:


Toby Miller
2017 Greenleaf Distinguished Chair and Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies, Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University

Other than in 2017, Toby Miller is Distinguished Professor of the Graduate Division, University of California, Riverside; Sir Walter Murdoch Professor of Cultural Policy Studies, Murdoch University; Profesor Invitado, Escuela de Comunicación Social, Universidad del Norte; Professor of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd; and Director of the Institute for Media and Creative Industries, Loughborough University London. The author and editor of over forty books, his work has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Turkish, German, Italian, Farsi, and Swedish. His most recent volumes are Global Media Studies (with Marwan M. Kraidy, 2016), The Sage Companion to Television Studies (edited with Manuel Alvarado, Milly Buonanno, and Herman Gray, 2015), The Routledge Companion to Global Popular Culture (edited, 2015), Greening the Media (with Richard Maxwell, 2012) and Blow Up the Humanities (2012). He can be contacted at and his adventures scrutinized at His produest achievement is to have written a book with George.


Eduardo Nivón Bolán
PhD in Philosophy
Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico)

PhD in Anthropology. His approach is reflected in different activities such as teaching, mentoring and research. Since 1981, he has performed his role as a professor-researcher in the Anthropology Department at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana as well as being part of the National Reaserchers System (level II).

He has research on the social movements, cultural policies and urban culture fields; for instance, Tepito, A study of Mexico’s City metropolitan expansion, and Cultural policies in Mexican cities. He has participated in several projects related to the formation of cultural managers and managers of the cultural heritage. He has been the coordinator, since the early stages of the virtual program in 2004, of the Specialization and Diploma in Cultural Policies and Cultural Management. He is also the academic group coordinator of Urban Culture. He has worked at the following institutions: Escuela de Administración Pública del D.F., Update Program for the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Anthropology Department at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; Autonomous University of Barcelona and University of Girona.

He has been a UNESCO consultant in different projects: the evaluation of work previous to the Cultural Ministry of the Dominican state (1999); revision of the national cultural program in Ecuador (2007); experts’ reunion “Towards a new framework of cultural policies. Conceptual and operational lines to integrate cultural diversity and intellectual dialogue” in Paris (2009); in Mexico, he has participated in the proposal of the Urban Development Plan (2000) and he has been a CONACULTA mentor in order to elaborate the activity report 1994-2000.

He has published Públicos de Arte y Política Cultural: Un estudio del II Festival de la Ciudad de México (in collaboration with Néstor García Canclini); Culturas Urbanas y Movimientos Sociales; Cultura y territorio en la Ciudad de México; La política cultural: temas, Problemas y Oportunidades; Desarrollo y cultura en la Ciudad de México; Planeación cultural la asignatura pendiente: El caso del Distrito Federal en México; Cultura, medio ambiente y ciudadanía; Ciudad de Cultura; Cultura y territorio en la ciudad de México; Los nuevos movimientos sociales: Ciudadanía y representación en el movimiento universitario; Hacia una antropología de la expansión urbana; Voces Híbridas: Homenaje a García Canclini; Cultura y arte: Los retos del Distrito Federal; Gestionar el patrimonio en tiempos de globalización; Desarrollo y cultura en la ciudad de México; Pensar lo contemporáneo: de la cultura situada a la convergencia tecnológica; La política cultural: Temas, problemas y oportunidades; Gestión cultural y teoría de la cultura.

Currently, he is the president of C2 Cultura y Ciudadanía, plataforma de diseño e investigación de políticas culturales A.C. He has also been, among other works, a contributor of the elaboration of the Libro Verde para  la Institucionalización del Sistema de Fomento y Desarrollo Cultural de la Ciudad de México (2012),  Conservación y manejo del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México (2012), and a survey realted to reading in Mexico City “Los lectores que somos” (2014).  He has participated in several cultural development projects. His opinion has always been recognized as serious and mature. He is part of the Drafting Committee for the elaboration of a Cultural Law Initiative.


Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins
Instructor of Spanish, The University of Alabama

Alexandra Gonzenbach Perkins is an Instructor of Spanish at The University of Alabama. She received her doctorate from the University of Miami in 2014. Her research focuses on narrative, theatre, and performance art in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the United States, and larger global contexts. She analyzes how geographic spaces transform the creation and reception of text and performance. Particularly, she investigates the effects of transnational movement in works that represent queer and transgender identities. Perkins has published in the journals Chasqui, Romance Studies, Decimonónica, and Letras Femeninas.


Eva Silot Bravo
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Miami

Eva is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department, University of Miami, where she earned a PhD in romance studies. She also holds an MA in international studies from Florida International University, a BA in international relations from Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales in Havana, and a degree in piano and classical music. She is a former consultant and diplomat to the United Nations, a blogger and independent journalist, and an arts advocate. She has published in academic and other publications on Cuban music and literature, narratives of identity, nationalism and transnationalism, postnational and postsocialist narratives, alternative cultural networks, popular music, and the transnational Cuban alternative music scene.


Pablo Vila
Professor, Department of Sociology, Temple University

Pablo Vila is a Professor of Sociology at Temple University. His research focuses on processes of identification on the U.S.-Mexico border and in Argentina. He has researched issues of national, regional, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, and class identities in the U.S.-Mexico border and has written several articles and the books Crossing Borders, Reinforcing Borders: Social Categories, Metaphors, and Narrative Identities on the U.S.-Mexico Frontier(University of Texas Press 2000); Ethnography at the Border (University of Minnesota Press 2003); Identificaciones de región, etnia y nación en la frontera entre México-EU (Ciudad Juárez: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez 2004); Border Identifications: Narratives of Religion, Gender, and Class on the U.S.-Mexico Border (University of Texas Press 2005);Identidades fronterizas. Narrativas de religión, género y clase en la frontera México-Estados Unidos (El Colegio de Chihuahua-Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez 2007). In his work on identification processes in Argentina, he has researched the way different social actors use popular music to understand who they are and act accordingly. This part of his research has resulted in several articles and the books Troubling Gender: Youth and Cumbia in Argentina’s Music Scene (Temple University Press 2011); Cumbia. Raza, nación, etnia y género en Latinoamérica (Editorial Gorla 2011); Youth Identities and Argentine Popular Music: Beyond Tango (Palgrave MacMillan 2012); Cumbia! Scenes of a Migrant Latin American Music Genre(Duke University Press 2013); The Militant Song Movement in Latin America: Chile, Uruguay and Argentina (Lexington Books 2014); Music and Youth Culture in Latin America (Oxford University Press 2014); Music, Dance, Affect and Emotions in Latin America (Lexington Books, 2017), and Afectos Militantes (Academia Nacional del Folklore, forthcoming 2017).


Rosalia Winocur
Profesora investigadora del Departamento de Educación y Comunicación de la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de México
Profesora invitada en la Facultad de Información y Comunicación de la Universidad de la República de Uruguay

Rosalía Winocur es Maestra en Ciencias Sociales por FLACSO México, y Doctora en Ciencias Antropológicas por la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana de México (UAM). Es profesora e investigadora en el Departamento de Educación y Comunicación de la UAM y profesora invitada en la Facultad de Información y Comunicación de la Universidad de la República de Uruguay. Es miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores de México, de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, y del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores de Uruguay. Ha coordinado numerosos estudios e investigaciones socio-antropológicas sobre la apropiación de los medios electrónicos y digitales en la vida cotidiana de diversos sectores socio-culturales. Actualmente es la coordinadora regional para América Latina del Proyecto internacional Horizon2020 TRANSMEDIA LITERACY. Exploiting transmedia skills and informal learning strategies to improve formal education. Research and Innovation actions (2015/2018). Ha publicado 11 libros y numerosos artículos en revistas científicas, libros especializados y textos de difusión. Sus últimos libros son: Hacia una antropología de los lectores (Telefónica/UAM/Ariel, México, 2015) en coautoría con N. García Canclini, y otros autores, Familias pobres y computadoras. Claroscuros de la apropiación digital en coautoría con Rosario Sánchez Vilela (Planeta, Montevideo, 2016), y Reflexiones críticas sobre los programas Una computadora por alumno (Teseo, Buenos Aires, 2016), en coordinación con Sebastián Benítez Larghi.