Latin America

101.014 Spring 2007 Culture and Politics in Modern Latin America

This research seminar offers you the opportunity to build a thoughtful argument around a body of primary sources which you can critically engage, situate and explore in the course of a semester. Throughout the semester, I will ask you to think critically about both theory and method, to carefully consider the angle from which you ask your questions, the sources you choose, and the analytical tools with which you engage your material.

103E.003 Spring 2007 Interconnecting the Americas: Transnational Approaches to U.S., Latin American and Caribbean History

This course will explore the often overlooked ways in which the Americas are, and have been, interconnected and crisscrossed by immigrants, travelers, slaves, pirates, and people living at the intersection of various borders within the hemisphere. We will begin with an overview of recent scholarly perspectives on transnational and borderlands history. Then, the course will explore three regions in the Americas, the Caribbean/circum-Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, in order to draw out the historical connections that bind these areas.

103E.002 Spring 2007 Pilgrimage, Across Time and Traditions

There has been a minor explosion of scholarship on religious pilgrimage in the last twenty years thanks, in part, to the unusual popularity of sacred journeying in our time. (Estimates run to more than 200 million pilgrims a year, most of them Christians.) Historians, anthropologists, geographers, sociologists, art historians, and religious studies scholars have been studying the subject across cultures and great stretches of time.

280E.001 Spring 2006 Religion and Church in Mexican History

Long neglected, the history of religion in Mexico since the sixteenth century has become a popular and contentious field of study. This readings seminar will explore recent approaches by scholars writing in English, Spanish, and French.

280E.001 Fall 2006 Latin America and the U.S.: Transnational and Traditional Approaches

This course will explore the good and the bad of ";transnationalism."; We will read some general material on how historians have conceptualized transnationalism, as opposed to comparative history, international history, diplomatic history, etc. We will also a few of the classics of the U.S-Latin American relations literature, e.g. Walter LaFeber's The New Empire and Kinzer and Schlesinger's Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala. But the emphasis will be on works that aim for a ";transnational"; dimension, e.g.

275E.001 Fall 2006 Historiography of Latin America

This graduate readings course is meant as a foundation for further reading, study, and critical reflection about Latin America during the colonial period. The purposes are to reckon with some of Latin America's past through recent books and articles, and to establish how colonial history has been, and might be, written.

285E.002 Spring 2006

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