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May 6, 2020

On Monday, May 11th at 5pm, doctoral candidates Daniel Hernández (ILAC, Stanford) and Sebastián Figueroa (Hispanic and Portuguese Studies, UPenn) will be discussing their research in progress and leading our discussion on the theme of Post-Naturalist Fictions: Representations of Capital and Forest in Colombia and Brazil.

Presenters have kindly shared the following descriptions of their talks:

Daniel Hernández (Stanford), “Mário de Andrade, Apprentice Ethnographer: Redrawing Fiction by Means of a Kodak”

January 27, 2020

We are pleased to announce that on Monday, January 27th at 6pm we will be joined by Juan Esteban Plaza (Iberian and Latin American Cultures) and Jason Beckman (East Asian Languages and Cultures) for a discussion on their ongoing research. The theme of this upcoming event will be Secrecy and Virtuality.

Jason and Juan Esteban have shared the following descriptions of their talks:

Jason Beckman (EALC, Stanford)

“Virtualizing You, Actualizing Otherness”

November 4, 2019

On Monday, November 4th at 5:45pm we will be joined by Professor Micah Donohue (ENMU) and by Professor Tom McEnaney (UC Berkeley). The theme of this upcoming event will be "Borders & Technology".

Professors Donohue and McEnaney have shared the following descriptions of their talks:

October 7, 2019

We are thrilled to anounce that we will be discussing new extractivisms for our first meeting of the term 2019-2020. We will base our discussion on Verónica Gago and Sandro Mezzadra's article "A Critique of the Extractive Operations of Capital: Toward an Expanded Concept of Extractivism". 

The meeting will take place on Monday, October 7th at 5.45pm (discussion will begin at 6pm) in Pigott Hall, Room 216. 

If you have any questions, please email

April 15, 2019

We are thrilled to announce a reading discussion led by Evan Alterman (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Alberto Quintero (Modern Thought & Literature).

February 11, 2019
Orquidea Tequendama - Herbario de Plantas Artificiales, 2014 (Alberto Baraya)

We have the pleasure to announce that for our last event of this Winter series, we will be joined by Professors Samuel Frederick, Associate Professor of German at Penn State and Felipe Martínez-Pinzón, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. They shared the following description of their talks:

Dust. Collecting. Glauser.

January 24, 2019

We are thrilled to announce a reading discussion led by María Gloria Robalino (Comparative Literature) and Tyler Bonnen (Psychology). María Gloria will comment on the series “Siluetas”, by the multidisciplinary Cuban artist Ana Mendieta, while Tyler will address the neurobiology of memory and its relations to animal behavior. In preparation for the discussion, please read the following pieces attached to this message: Tim Ingold’s “Transformations of the Line: Traces, Threads and Surfaces”, and Howard Eichenbaum’s “Memory Systems”.


November 29, 2018

"Where’s your spine?” we often say to those who seem to lack moral ‘backbone.’ How do such vertical metaphors limit and drive our imagination of refusal? Drawing on Adriana Cavarero’s work, Inclination, this lecture develops a postural analysis of refusal in the Antigone, the Bacchae, Thoreau’s “Walking", and Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Madonna. Cavarero promotes inclination (the leaning in posture of maternal care) as the preferred posture for her ethics and politics.

October 29, 2018

Reading discussion led by Romina Wainberg (Iberian and Latin American Cultures) and Helen Krueger (Art History). 


In preparation for the discussion, please read: David Roden’s “The Disconnection Thesis” and David Gervais’ “On Paint and the Paint Scenes”. Optionally, you are encouraged to read Sjaar van Heugten’s “The Colors of Night: Technical and Stylistic Aspects of Van Gogh’s Night Scenes” and a literary selection including pieces by Jorge Luis Borges, Sebastián Robles and Marcelo Cohen.

May 14, 2018

Professor Bill Brown from The University of Chicago, will be giving his lecture, “Re-Assemblage: Theory, Practice, Form”In recent years, Professor Brown has been working at the intersection of literary, visual, and material cultures, with an emphasis on "object relations in an expanded field”, examining how inanimate objects enable human subjects (individually and collectively) to form and transform themselves—and indeed how objects and subjects transform

April 16, 2018
Bobby Doherty, New York Magazine
Human Elements of the “Periodic Table”: Delcy Morelos and Posthumanism
February 26, 2018
MARISOL DE LA CADENA, Professor of Anthropology at the
University of California, Davis. She is the author of two major books:
Indigenous Mestizos: The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco,
Peru, 1919–1991 (2000) and Earth Beings: Ecologies of Practice
across Andean Worlds (2015).
January 22, 2018

A panel with Monica VanBladel  (Ph.D. candidate, Stanford University) and Zac Zimmer (UC Santa Cruz)

A Liturgy of Land Reform

November 13, 2017

Guest speakers: Laurie Palmer (UC Santa Cruz) and Orlando Bentancor (Barnard College) 

Professor Palmer’s talk, "Sedimental Advocacy" will explore some of the contradictions involved in advocating for the rights of nature in courts of law as a strategy to stem the tide of extractive practices, and address the specific and local situation of “advocating” for an underground shale formation in a legal battle in Monterey County.

October 2, 2017

Welcome back to materia! As a kick-starter for this academic year, we will read in translation literary texts originally written in Portuguese and Spanish accompanied by Terry Eagleton's new book, Materialism. For this session, we will discuss a 17th-century Luso-Brazilian sermon, Antonio Vieira's "Sermão de Santo António aos Peixes", and a fragment of Argentinean Oswaldo Lamborghini's 20th-century experimental novel, Tadeys.

May 12, 2016
Postal congreso exterior

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - Schedule of Events


Breakfast & Introductory Remarks | 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM | Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom


Panel 1 | 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM | Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom

Panel Chair: Zephyr Frank, Professor of History, Stanford

"The Anthropocene and the Posthuman in Don DeLillo's Novels"

February 17, 2016
Castillo event poster

Speaker: Anna Castillo (Stanford, PhD Candidate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures)