Latino/a Studies Courses

The Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South (LSGS) offers its own courses and identifies classes from across the University that contain Latino/a Studies content. We encourage students to enroll in these courses, as well as those offered by The Program in Latina/o Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

The Introductory course, "Latino/a Studies in the Global South" is typically taught every Fall semester. Students interested in the LSGS Certificate are encouraged to take it first if possible, but the sequence is flexible and they may take it at any point.

    • Norma De Jesus in class
    • LSGS Certificate Major Norma De Jesus.


Spring 2017 Courses

Theories of the Global South – LSGS 490S-1/ROMST 490S/LIT 490S-1

MW 3: 05 PM - 4:20 PM with Prof. Claudia Milian


This seminar centers on the Global South as a mode of analysis, frame of reference, and as a new source of knowledge production––or, as Caroline Levander and Walter Mignolo posit, as a “conceptual apparatus […] for those engaged in a wide range of intellectual, aesthetic, and political work.” Beginning with the U.S. Southern landscape––but also extending the idea of “the South” beyond this terrain––we will probe the ways that peripheries enter and are incorporated into metropolitan societies and the praxis of knowledge. We will thus approach the processes, convergences, and representations that determine “Southerness” and “otherness,” posing such questions as: What does turning southward entail in the rethinking of geographies, borders, peripheries, cultural imaginaries and transits, and the meta-geographies of the everyday? Is there mutual recognition in what Alfred J. López calls a “postglobal discourse” that charts the Global South as one inhabited by marginal subjects, “‘los de abajo’––those who have experienced globalization from the bottom”? Can one speak of “global subalterns”? What becomes of national territories, citizenships, and communities? The course will bring together insights from literary and cultural studies, cultural anthropology, history, southern studies, and transamerican studies.   Works of the literary imagination for this course will include novels, travelogues, and memoir. Theoretical readings on the global south will be coupled with the following literary enterprises: (1) Ana Castillo, Sapogonia (novel); (2) Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (novel, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction); (3) Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words (memoir); (4) V.S. Naipaul, A Turn in the South (travel essays and criticism by the 2001 Nobel Laureate); and (5) Paul Theroux, Deep South (travel journeys).

Latina/o Autobiography and Memoir - LSGS 490S/SPANISH 490S-2

MW 11:45PM - 1:00PM with Prof. Claudia Milian


This seminar considers cultural and intellectual approaches to the construction and emergence of individual self-awareness and self-reference, exploring a variety of representations of the autobiographical voice, textual authority, and the boundaries between fact and fiction. These acts and discursive manifestations of individual life experience will be studied from the sociocultural and political modes of the U.S. Latino and Latina category. Accordingly, we will ask: In what ways do the stories of Latino and Latina cultural workers reconstruct factual and fictional modes of their subject formation and distinctive moments in U.S. society? And what do these articulations alter in relation to "unifying" values, traditions, and sociopolitical memberships? Of particular concern is how these cultural producers live and literarily represent both the America and the Latin/o America of their time. Through autobiography, memoir, literary criticism, theoretical readings, as well as visual and poetic approaches to subjectivity, we will interrogate how self, place, and "community" are negotiated. For our critical purposes, we will also deliberate on the following concerns: How is "Latino" or "Latina" lived experience theorized, and do these personal accounts introduce new forms of knowledge? What connections can one find between the shifting autobiographical ("Latino/a") "I" and the larger social world "out there"? Do the social and discursive spaces of these works provide points of agreements on "Americanness" as much as "Latinoness"? Course readings include Danielle Cadena Deulen’s The Riots; Francisco Goldman’s Say Her Name: A Novel; John Leguizamo’s Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life; David Shields’s Reality Hunger: A Manifesto; Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson’s Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives; Irene Vilar’s Impossible Motherhood: Testimony of an Abortion Addict; and Priscilla Wald’s Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form.

Black/Latinx Intersections  LSGS 290S/ROMST 290S/SOCIOL 290S/AAAS 290S/CULANTH 290S

TuTh 11:45AM – 1:00PM with Prof. LéBron


As Latina/o population growth outpaced African American population growth over the course of the 2000s, a discourse of conflict and competition painting the two groups as at odds started to take center stage in national discourse. Scholars, journalists, and pundits argued that the new status of Latinas/os as the “majority minority” population in the United States would diminish the political and economic power of the Black community and exacerbate simmering tensions between Black and Latina/o groups. This course troubles sensationalistic accounts of Black and Latina/o conflict by focusing on what interactions between Black and Latino/a groups illuminate about race and power relations in the United States. While this course asks what real and perceived moments of tension tell us about structures of inequality experienced by both groups, the readings in the course move beyond the dominant conflict paradigm to look at the complex relationship between Black and Latina/o communities and the structural forces and contexts that shape their interactions. In particular, this course will focus special attention on moments of interracial coalition as Black and Latina/o groups have labored alongside one another to challenge the existing power structure and create a more just society. By the end of the course, students will see the limitations of “conflict” and “ethnic succession” as models for understanding Black and Latina/o relations and instead cultivate a nuanced comparative analysis that is attentive to the shifting history of racial power relations in the United States and the cross-coalitional organizing undertaken by marginalized groups in order to affect social change.

Brains Everywhere - LSGS 290S/LIT 290S/NEUROSCI 290S/ROMST 290S

MW 11:45AM - 1:00PM with Prof. Antonio Viego


Over the course of the last 3 decades we have the witnessed the spectacularly speedy rise of the “neurosciences,” an historical event characterized by some critics as a “neuro-revolution” that has, in turn, given rise to a “neurosociety” and “neurocultures” and “neurosubjects.”  In this seminar we will track this history and ask ourselves precisely what kind of change in meaning might “neuro” effect in the disciplines that were previously “neuro”-free  If there is a neuro-turn in the humanities and social sciences, what is it that’s “turning”?  The “brain” plays a special role in all of this.  The “brain” now possesses star power, celebrity status.  Its endless imaging makes it the 21st century “centerfold”  We will look at recent scholarship on brain imaging techniques such as the work of anthropologist Joseph Dumit and the work of historians of science like Francisco Vidal to understand the role the brain has played in the rise of the neurosciences.  Relatedly, we will consider how the brain has also become the point of discussion creating opportunities for different fields of study to potentially engage each other’s research to ask broad questions about “personhood/subjectivity,” knowledge, “mind/body,” “self/ego,” “emotion/affect.”  We will read the work by philosophers Catherine Malabou, Rosi Braidotti,  Adrian Johnston, anthropologist Emily Martin, feminist and science studies theorist, Elizabeth Wilson, affective neuroscientists Antonio Damasio and Joseph LeDoux, psychoanalytic theorists, Ed Pluth, Slavoj Zizek and Eric Laurent.      


Linguistic Rights - SPANISH 409S/LINGUIST 409S

TuTh 11:45PM - 1:00PM with Prof. Liliana Paredes


This course brings together the topics of language and human rights, exploring questions of language contact, bilingualism and endangered languages from the perspective of social injustices and human rights.  The focus of the course is on how language is used to shape and negotiate identities and how it reflects and sustains social realities; this course will examine and reflect on situations of oppression and how they are associated to sociolinguistic attitudes, behavior and cultural expressions.  Taught in Spanish.

    • Antonio Viego in Class
    • Emma Pérez | Forgetting the Alamo, Or Blood Memory
    • Gloria Anzaldúa | Borderlands
    • El Passport | El Espirit de Puerto Rico
    • Piri Thomas | Down These Mean Streets
    • Sandra Cisneros
    • In the Time of the Butterflies | Julia Alvarez
    • Óscar Martínez's The Beast
    • Junot Díaz (Italian translations)
    • Library
    • Oscar Zeta Acosta
    • Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art