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Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Updated August 2019

 


RivasVictor R. Rivas, Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Latin American Literature and Culture, 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

 

Villagomez Profile Pic SmallBerenice 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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