CURRICULUM VITAE

Columbia University

Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures

612 West 116th St, New York, NY 10027

s.acosta@columbia.edu

http://santiago-acosta.com

 

Education

Ph.D. in Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2013-

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 Experience

Teaching Fellow, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University, 2014-

SPAN UN3350, Hispanic Cultures II: “Capital Natures: The Political Ecology of Hispanic Culture,” Spring 2017

This course surveys the cultural production of Latin America and Spain from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. 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.

SPAN UN3350, Hispanic Cultures II: “Thresholds of Modernity: The Art and Politics of Change in the Hispanic World,” Fall 2016

The objective of this course is to provide students with the necessary historical and cultural background for the study of Hispanic cultures in the context of modernity. We will explore the relation between politics and cultural production in Latin America and Spain from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. The central questions that will be addressed during our sessions relate to the nature of 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 of the semester we will analyze the period of the Enlightenment, taking into account its relationship to the cultural, political, and economic development of the modern world. Then we will use the concept of “threshold” (umbral) to discuss the ideological processes through which Spanish American former colonies found their independence, as well as the general intellectual climate in Spain after the loss of its New World empire. We will also consider in this section other “thresholds,” like the outset of the avant-garde in Spain, and the US-Mexico border as a historical wound and a haunting space of colliding identities.

The third section looks at the circulation of commodities, ideas, and money as a cultural process inherent to the logic of globalized consumption that defines modern capitalism. We will start by examining Spanish American modernismo and finish with a note on the poetics of recent Spanish economic crises. The fourth part of the syllabus considers the political and cultural significance of different “monsters” that appear in the literature and philosophy of the Hispanic world during times of intense social change. We will spot these threshold figures (half-human, half-beast) throughout the 19th and 20th centuries in Spain and Latin America. Finally, we will take an ecocritical view of some key Spanish and Latin American texts (and the recent Academy Award-nominated film El abrazo de la serpiente), with the purpose of understanding the ultimate threshold, that between man and nature, as a space of continuous interchangeability.

SPAN UN3300, 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.

SPAN UN1201: Intermediate Spanish I, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015

SPAN UN1101: Elementary Spanish I, Fall 2014

 

Graduate Teaching Associate, San Francisco State University

Spanish 101, Spring 2012

 

Instructor, Universidad Central de Venezuela

Elective Course: “Caballo sin hojas: la poesía de Luis Alberto Crespo,” Spring 2008

 

 

Published Articles

Posthegemonía y postsubalternidad: Desencuentros del latinoamericanismo frente a la ‘marea rosada.’Cuadernos de Literatura, vol. XX, no. 39, 2016, pp. 28-40.

This article establishes a dialogue between the post-hegemonic theory developed by Jon Beasley-Murray and the postsubalternity of John Beverley. We 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”. We do not lose track of the specificity of the Venezuelan phenomena, since at some points it seems to work as a limit case for both theoretical approaches.

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.

“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.

 

 

Fellowships

Dean’s Fellow (5-year package), Columbia University, 2013-

Columbia Pine Tree Scholars Program, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University, 2015-2016

University Scholarship for Graduate Study, San Francisco State University, 2012-2013

 

 

Awards

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

 

 

Conference Organization

“Poetry and Political Theory: A One Day Working Group.” April 23, The New School-NYU-Columbia University, 2016

I Annual Ibero-American Colloquium on Literature, Politics, and Art, March 21-23, San Francisco State University, 2013

“Oír a Darío,” a forum in tribute to Venezuelan poet Darío Lancini, July 17, Centro Cultural Chacao. Caracas, Venezuela, 2010

 

 

Academic Presentations

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

“The Breadliest of Wars: Archivization, Animalization, and Violence in Lazarillo de Tormes.” II Annual Ibero-American Colloquium on Literature, Politics, and Art, March 22, San Francisco State University. 2014

“Autoridades de la bestia: Pedro Páramo y ‘Ragnarök.’” 8th Annual Colloquium on Latin American and Peninsular Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, October 26, University of California, Davis. 2012

“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

 

 

Editorial Positions

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

 

 

Conferences on Publishing

Panel discussion: “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

Panel discussion: “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

Panel discussion: “El Sur es una Quimera,” Conversation about alternative publishing among El Salmón and the editors of Spanish magazine Quimera, VIII Bienal de Literatura Mariano Picón Salas, July 10, Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. 2009

 

 

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