Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Updated July 2018

Susan Antebi, Ph.D. Harvard UniversitySusan Photo for Website copy jpeg

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
las.director   @   utoronto.ca

Interests: Twentieth-century and contemporary Mexican and Latin American literature, disability in culture, cultural studies of eugenics, hygiene and medicine, performance studies.

Professor Susan Antebi is the current director of LAS. Her research, funded from 2015 to 2018 by a SSHRC Insight Grant, focuses on disability and corporeality in the contexts of Mexican cultural production. She has published on discourses of public health and architectural aesthetics in post-Revolutionary urban Mexico, on the roles of disability and racialization in genomic medicine, and on the production and circulation of disability in Mexican literature, film and public space. She is the author of Carnal Inscriptions: Spanish American Narratives of Corporeal Difference and Disability, (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009), and co-editor of Libre Acceso: Latin American Literature and Film through Disability Studies (SUNY Press, 2016). Her work in the area of disability studies stems from a long-standing interest in concepts and experiences of corporeal difference, particularly as tied to the history of ethnographic spectacle, and to the ethics of embodied identity in literature and performance. Her book in progress is titled Eugenics and Intercorporeality: Reading Disability in Twentieth Century Mexican Cultural Production. She serves on the editorial boards of Disability and the Global South: An International Journal, and Disability Studies Quarterly. Prof. Antebi was elected member of the Modern Languages Association Division Executive Committee on Disability Studies.

Dr. Antebis book coverCarnal Inscriptions: Spanish American Narratives of Corporeal Difference and Disability
Carnal Inscription
s explores manifestations of physical disability in Spanish American narrative fiction and performance, from José Martí’s late nineteenth century crónicas, to Mario Bellatín’s twenty-first century novels, from the performances of Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco to the testimonio and filmic depictions of Gabriela Brimmer. Readings combine critical approaches from the fields of Latin American cultural studies and disability studies, and emphasize intersections and disjunctures between metaphors of corporeal difference and monstrosity, and material histories of disabled or otherwise different bodies. The book calls for an ethics of interpretation, addressing the lived experiences of individual bodies and communities, through their entanglement with narrative and performative representation. This analysis points towards redefinitions of corporeality and disability in the contexts of Spanish American cultural production, and contributes to contemporary scholarly interest in disability and performance. 

More information on "Carnal Inscriptions" here.


VillagomezBerenice Villagómez, Ph.D. University of Toronto
Coordinator, Latin American Studies. St. George
las.coord   @   utoronto.ca

Interests: Mexican literature and culture; Contemporary Latin American literature and culture; Economic and ecologic disaster narratives; Latin American graphic novels, political cartoons and animation.

Dr. Villagómez has explored issues of memory, trauma and history in Latin American literature. Her edition of a previously unpublished manuscript by Pedro Henríquez Ureña, El hermano definidor, (in collaboration with Néstor Rodríguez) was published by El Colegio de México in 2013. She is currently preparing a monograph on the literature stemmed from the earthquake that nearly destroyed Mexico City in 1985. She teaches an upper-year seminar on the Latin American diasporic communities in the city, LAS 401 H1 Latinos in Canada: Toronto, in alternate years.

BERENICE BOOKEl hermano definidor
Las páginas de este volumen incluyen un conjunto variado de textos en torno al acontecer político y cultural de México que Henríquez Ureña estaba organizando para su eventual publicación. El proyecto quedó incompleto, pero ahora presentamos al ector esos textos escritos con la agudeza, el rigor y el apasionamiento propios del testador que se propone dar cuenta cabal de la vitalidad de una cultura que entendió como modélica. Entre estos, ofrecemos en primicia reseñas sobre la ópera, el teatro y la música en México que sin duda serán fuentes documentales invaluables para el estudio de la vida cultural en el país. 

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MarsiajJuan P. Marsiaj, Ph.D. University of Toronto
Sessional Lecturer II, Latin American Studies, St. George
juan.pereiramarsiaj   @   utoronto.ca

Interests: Contemporary social movements, democratization, sexual diversity politics, gender, sexual and reproductive rights, human rights, neoliberalism, comparative public policy, Brazilian politics.

Juan Marsiaj’s work examines the impact of social movements on the democratization process in Brazil, with a particular focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and travesti (LGBT) movement in that country. His dissertation, titled "Unpacking Social Movements' Democratizing Impact: The Case of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Travesti Movement in Brazil", received a honorable mention for the Best Social Sciences Dissertation Award by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. Since 2007, he has taught courses on the politics of development, Latin American politics, and sexual diversity politics at the University of Toronto and at Ryerson University. His recent publications include articles in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (republished in The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America: A Reader on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, edited by Javier Corrales and Mario Pecheny [University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010]), in The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship, edited by Manon Tremblay, David Paternotte and Carol Johnson (Ashgate, 2011), and in Comparative Public Policy in Latin America, edited by Jordi Díez and Susan Franceschet (University of Toronto Press, 2012). He teaches LAS 300 H1, which will focus on Human Rights and Public Security in Latin America for Winter 2019.


RivasVictor R. Rivas, Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Sessional Lecturer III, Latin American Studies. St. George
victor.rivas   @   utoronto.ca

Interests: Contemporary Latin American literary, film, and cultural studies; Nineteenth-century Latin America and the ideological legacy of Simón Bolívar; Cultural resistance, non-canonical, subaltern, and testimonial literature; Comparative US and Canadian Latino/a texts; The politics of culture and media; Postmodern and postcolonial theory and criticism.

Professor Rivas is the author of Incursiones Culturales: El testimonio posmoderno de Alí Gómez García (2015). His work as a journalist was published Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 4.44.48 PMby the Associated Press, USA Today, and El Nacional, among others. He directed and produced four documentaries with LoboLuna Films: Canta y Cuenta El Caimán (2013), Sanoja, Tambor y Canto: Andanzas y memoria de un decimista (2008), Estado Cultural: Hacia un nuevo paradigma de la cultura venezolana (2007), and Rejas: Poesía carcelaria de Iván Padilla Bravo (2006). He teaches core courses for the Latin American Studies program: LAS200H and LAS201H (previously LAS200Y) Introduction to Latin American Studies. He also teaches, under the LAS301H code, The Postcolonial Imaginary in Latin America and Latin American Thought in alternate years. 

More information on "Incursiones culturales" here.

KingsburyDonald Kingsbury, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Cruz
Sessional Lecturer, Latin American Studies and Political Science
donald.kingsbury   @   utoronto.ca

Interests: Comparative and Contemporary Latin American and North Atlantic Political Thought; Social Movements and State Power; Anti- and Post-Colonial Studies; Critical Development Studies; Comparative Cultures of Petroleum (with a focus on Canada and Venezuela).

Donald Kingsbury’s work focuses on expressions of constituent power and resistance in Latin America, with emphasis on contemporary Venezuelan politics. Recent publications can be found in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Radical Philosophy Review, New Political Science, and Historical Materialism. Don has previously taught LAS 400H, The Contemporary Latin American Left. On Fall 2018, the course will focus on Political Ecology, Extractivism, and Development in the Americas. LAS students may also be interested in POL 305Y: Latin American Politics and Societies and POL 360H: Twenty First Century Latin American Politics, also on offer at the St. George Campus.

Kingsbury CoverProf. Kingsbury is the author of "Only the People Can Save the People: Constituent Power, Revolution, and Counterrevolution in Venezuela", published by SUNY Press in 2018. This book examines the egalitarian, creative, and inclusive practice of radical democracy in contemporary Venezuela.Informed by ethnography, contemporary and comparative political thought, and global political economy, "Only the People Can Save the People" demonstrates how constituent power is shaping collective identity, political conflict, and infrastructural space in contemporary Latin America.

More information on "Only the People Can Save the People" here.

Prof. Kingsbury's Academia.edu Profile