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Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2013-2019 (expected)
Dissertation: The Condition of Oil: An Ecology of the Venezuelan Culture Boom
Committee: Graciela Montaldo (Chair), Bruno Bosteels, and Orlando Bentancor
M.Phil. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2017
M.A. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2014
M.A. in Spanish, San Francisco State University, 2013
M.A. in Venezuelan Literature, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2011
B.A. in Literature, Universidad Central de Venezuela, 2006
Teaching Fellow, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2014-
This course examines the rise of capitalism during the conquest and colonization of the New World by the Spanish Empire. We will take into account contemporary debates that suggest that we have entered a new geological era (the “Capitalocene”) characterized by the ecological impact of capitalism’s global expansion. The concept of “capitalist ecology” (a historically evolving field made up of nature, capital, and the institutions of political power) will allow us to identify the place of nature in the development of the modern world. The readings will trace the ideological and material constitution of commodities such as gold, silver, sugar, and pearls, among others, which comprised a transatlantic network of economic and ecological exchange. Central to this new global economy were notions of anthropocentrism, patriarchy, and slavery, that made possible the appropriation of nature, women, and colonies. In order to identify them, we will analyze the world views of pre-Columbian civilizations, literary and historical narratives from the Spanish conquest, scientific and natural history treatises, legal texts, maps, paintings, and illustrated codices that describe the transformation of American human and nonhuman natures into the source of European power.
This course surveys the cultural production of Latin America and Spain from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. Students will acquire the knowledge needed for the study of the cultural manifestations of the Hispanic world in the context of modernity. In the first part of the semester we will study the Enlightenment as ideology and practice, taking into account its influence on the cultural, political, and economic development of modernity. We will consider the unmaking of imperial relations between the Old and the New World, the rise of the modern economic system, and the socio-environmental consequences of globalization. During the following sections of the course we will examine how modernization and nation-building processes often hinged on different ways of imagining, representing, and organizing nature. By analyzing literary, philosophical, and historiographic texts, film narratives, and infrastructure projects, we will attempt to grasp an understanding of how the political, social, and economic realms are constantly in the process of producing (and of being produced by) the materiality of nature.
This course builds on the concept of threshold to address the new ideas, subjects, and objects that appear in the Hispanic imagination during times of intense political, economic, and social change. In the first part, “Fundamentos," we will analyze the role of the Enlightenment in the development of the modern world. In the second part, “Umbrales," we will discuss the ideological processes through which Spanish American former colonies found their independence, as well as the intellectual climate in Spain after the loss of its New World empire. The third section, “Circulation," looks at the transnational movement of commodities, ideas, and money as cultural processes inherent to the logic of globalized consumption. We will start by examining Spanish American modernismo and finish with a note on the poetics of recent Spanish economic crises. The fourth part, “Monstruos," considers the political and cultural significance of different monsters (figures that are half-human, half-beast) appearing in the literature and philosophy of the Hispanic world during times of turmoil. Finally, in “Naturaleza" we will take an ecocritical view of some key literary works (and the recent Academy Award-nominated film El abrazo de la serpiente), to reflect upon the ultimate threshold, that between humanity and nature, as a space of continuous interchangeability.
ADVANCED SPANISH THROUGH CONTENT: “Latin America in Revolt,” Fall 2015 and Spring 2016
Insurrections, revolutions, and revolts have been a fundamental aspect of Latin American history since Columbus first landed in the New World. Whether against foreign political or economic domination, the state’s despotic power, or the pervasive influence of international Capital, the people—as well as political elites—have always found alternative and more direct ways to bring about political change. This course will introduce students to some of the key uprisings that have shaped the social and political history of the continent. We will analyze Latin Americanist thought, historical and literary texts, and film narratives. While the primary focus will be on the 20th and 21st centuries, we will also consider events that took place during the colonial and Independence periods. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to have a better grasp of Latin American historical and cultural past, as well as of the debates that continue to resonate today.
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I, Fall 2014
Spanish and Translation Tutor. Private lessons and workshops, 2015-
Graduate Teaching Associate, San Francisco State University
SPANISH 101, Spring 2012
Lecturer in Venezuelan Literature, Universidad Central de Venezuela
Elective Course: “Caballo sin hojas: la poesía de Luis Alberto Crespo,” Spring 2008
“Posthegemonía y postsubalternidad: Desencuentros del latinoamericanismo frente a la ‘marea rosada.’” Cuadernos de Literatura, vol. XX, no. 39, 2016, pp. 28-40.
In this article I establish a dialogue between the post-hegemonic theory developed by Jon Beasley-Murray and the postsubalternity of John Beverley. I study how these formulations think of the role of the state, the validity of the nation and, finally, the place of the identity, territorial, and political representation claims of Latin American social movements, which are increasingly integrated to the structure of the state in the governments of the so-called “pink tide”. I do not lose track of the specificity of the Venezuelan context, since at some points it seems to work as a limit case for both of these theoretical approaches.
“Los poetas del desvarío: Tensiones entre sentido y rostridad en la poesía venezolana del siglo XX.” Investigaciones Literarias, vol. I-II, no. 18, 2010, pp. 87-102.
Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Columbia University, 2017-2018
Dean’s Fellow (5-year package), Columbia University, 2013-
Columbia Pine Tree Scholars Program, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, 2015-2016
Dean’s Diversity Fellowship, Columbia University, 2013-2014
University Scholarship for Graduate Study, San Francisco State University, 2012-2013
Presidential Teaching Award for Graduate Student Instructor (Nominated), Columbia University, 2018
Ángel del Río Prize for the essay “Postsubalternidad y posthegemonía: Desencuentros del latinoamericanismo frente a la marea rosada.” Columbia University, 2014
Distinguished Achievement Award for Academic Excellence, San Francisco State University, 2013
National Book Award, by Centro Nacional del Libro, for El Salmón – Revista de Poesía. Caracas, Venezuela, 2010
Winner of the Contest for Works by New Authors, awarded by Monte Ávila Editores, for the poetry book Detrás de los erizos. Caracas, Venezuela, 2007
Experience in Academic Administration
Language Course Coordinator, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, Summer 2016
Department Representative, Graduate Student Advisory Council, Columbia University, 2014-2015
“Poetry and Political Theory: A One Day Working Group,” The New School-NYU-Columbia University. April 23, 2016
“Theory (in) Place,” XXII Annual Graduate Conference, NYU-Columbia University. April 11-12, 2014.
I Annual Ibero-American Colloquium on Literature, Politics, and Art, San Francisco State University. March 21-23, 2013
“Oír a Darío,” a forum in tribute to Venezuelan poet Darío Lancini, Centro Cultural Chacao. Caracas, Venezuela, July 17, 2010
selected Academic Presentations
Upcoming: “The Aesthetics of Geopower: Kinetic Art and the Capture of Venezuelan Modernity.” 4th Annual Conference of the World-Ecology Research Network. August 15-18, Helsinki, Finland. 2018
“Una economía mayamera: petróleo, espacio y consumismo en Venezuela.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Conference. May 24, Barcelona, Spain. 2018
Session Chair and Organizer: “El cuerpo visible de la energía: ensamblajes petroleros en la cultura venezolana (1907-2014).” Paper title: “Carlos Cruz-Diez en las turbinas: Arte y energía en la ‘Venezuela saudita.’” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Conference. May 1, Lima, Perú. Discussant: Javier E. Guerrero (Princeton University). 2017
“Politics of Territorialization in Post-neoliberal Venezuela.” Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics, March 24, University of Texas at Austin. 2016
“Contesting Sovereignty in the Bolivarian Revolution.” Department of Romance Studies Graduate Conference, March 11, Cornell University. 2016
“Cartografías ilegales: El latinoamericanismo frente a la territorialidad ancestral.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Annual Conference, May 28, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 2015
“Territoriality and Representation in Posthegemonic Times.” The Aesthetics of Politics and the Politics of Aesthetics in Contemporary Venezuela, September 19, University of Cambridge, UK. 2014
“Los poetas del desvarío: Verbos delirantes y sentidos velados en la poesía venezolana del siglo XX.” Graduate Student Colloquium, April 14, University of California, Berkeley. 2012
“El lugar de la tradición en las nuevas voces de la poesía venezolana.” V Jornadas Estudiantiles de Creación Literaria, June 8, Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela. 2010
“Poéticas delirantes en Venezuela: Rafael José Muñoz, Teófilo Tortolero, Lucienne Silberg y Emira Rodríguez.” November 5, Universidad de Carabobo, Venezuela. 2009
“Una tradición pornográfica y escatológica: Josefóscar Ochoa, Pedro María Patrizi y Néstor Caballero.” I Encuentro de Estudiantes de Lengua y Literatura, July 16, Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda, Venezuela. 2009
“Lino Cervantes, cazador de relámpagos.” VII Jornadas de Literatura, April 16, Instituto Pedagógico de Caracas, Venezuela. 2008
“Acercamiento a Emira Rodríguez.” VIII Encuentro de Investigadores de la Literatura Venezolana y Latinoamericana, December 5, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. 2008
“El sentido arriesgado: rastros para completar un aro.” III Jornadas Estudiantiles de Creación Literaria, July 10, Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela. 2008
“Poesía venezolana: una plaza vacante.” Special Forum “Academia y creación: Una relación tormentosa,” June 21, Universidad Central de Venezuela. 2008
Conferences on Publishing
“Las editoriales independientes, ejemplos de trabajo constante y sonante, incluso clandestino (contra el monopolio y la marginación).” Encuentro Nacional de Ciberliteratura y Autores Inéditos, July 22, Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. 2010
“La tradición poética venezolana frente al olvido.” I Encuentro Literario de la Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, June 1, Universidad Bicentenaria de Aragua, Venezuela. 2010
“La lengua impresa: Formas, medios y expresión en el siglo XXI.” Semana del Idioma Español y del Libro, April 20, Universidad Pedagógica Libertador, Venezuela. 2010
“El Sur es una Quimera,” a conversation about alternative publishing with El Salmón and Spanish magazine Quimera, VIII Bienal de Literatura Mariano Picón Salas, July 10, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. 2009
Editorial Assistant. Revista Hispánica Moderna, Columbia University. 2015-
Codirector. Canto: A Bilingual Review of Latin American Civilization, Culture, and Literature, San Francisco State University. 2012-2013
Editor. El Salmón – Revista de Poesía. Caracas, Venezuela. 2007-2011
Managing Editor. Fundación Bigott. Caracas, Venezuela. 2007-2010
Editorial Assistant. El Nacional/Libros El Nacional. Caracas, Venezuela. 2005-2007
Managing Editor. Play> Magazine. Caracas, Venezuela. 2003-2004
other publications (highlights)
Cuaderno de otra parte. Libros del Fuego, 2018 [poetry]
“La cabellera negra de Emira Rodríguez.” Letra Muerta, July 19, 2017.
“Vilas sabe lo que hace, o la poesía como crítica de la ideología.” Prologue to Antología poética, by Manuel Vilas. Barco de Piedra, 2015, pp. 3-10.
Detrás de los erizos. Monte Ávila, 2007 [poetry]