Latin American Working Groups
2020 - 21
Cafecito Quechua Working Group
Faculty Advisor: Marisol Necochea
Stanford Student Organizer: Leonardo Velloso-Lyons
Cafecito Quechua promotes Andean issues and cultures, inviting members to share their experiences with the region. Through weekly meetings, they have been engaging the Stanford and wider Bay Area communities on the Quechua language and culture. This working group will continue to bring together academics, organizations, and practitioners working on or researching the Andean region.
Encuentro Nahuatl Working Group
Faculty Advisor: Alberto Díaz-Cayeros
Stanford Student Organizer: Ruben Diaz Vasquez
Encuentro Nahuatl Working Group is a graduate student-led and founded organization aiming to promote the learning of the Nahuatl language and build community. Encuentro Nahuatl promotes Nahuatl issues and cultures, inviting members to share their experiences with the region through language classes, movie screenings, and guest speakers.
Latin America and the Caribbean Working Group (LACWG)
Faculty Advisor: Angela Garcia
Stanford Student Organizers: Grace Alexandrino Ocaña and Jaime Landínez Aceros
Founded in Winter 2018, LACWG was created in response to the serious disparity between the number of Stanford scholars whose research and work focus on Latin America and the number of graduate students whose field sites, research, and theoretical interests are rooted in the region. To address this gap, since 2018 LACWG introduced bi-weekly structured workshop meetings with the support of the CLAS and the Department of Anthropology. Throughout these two years of uninterrupted work, the group has served as a multidisciplinary platform where our diverse community discusses, learns, and understands Latin America and the Caribbean. Our goal is to continue this important task in the academic year 2020-2021.
Praxis: Academic “Practice” and “Theory”
Faculty Advisor: Héctor Hoyos
Stanford Student Organizers: Joseph Wager and Juan Aurelio Fernández Meza
Praxis will investigate the state and parastate(e.g.,legal and illegal uses of force) pressures on territory and the concomitant resistance through territory. In other words, like CLAS itself, this working group aims to cultivate “scientific knowledge that strengthens social, economic and environmental justice, sustainability, inclusion and democracy” in the Américas. In discussing the tension between “academia” and “reality,” we in fact engage in a de facto questioning of the representative capacity of intellectual production and how said production participates in the world. Thought and academic research create a reflexive opening with influences exerted in cultural, political, and social media. It is at such junctures that academia and reality evince their link and enrich each other in terms of representations andtrans formative politics/policies.