Update from the field: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala It is 6:30 in the morning. A rooster’s crow echoes throughout the street. For the citizens of Coban this signifies the beginning of the workday. It is mine too. Quickly, I gather my bookbag and decide on a walking route towards Transportes Monja Blanca, a local bus … More Agency through Technology: Women’s Empowerment & ICT’s in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
Greetings from Ecuador! Building off of my research from last summer, I am spending six weeks in a small farming community on the western slopes of the Ecuadorean Andes. I am three weeks in and have been living with the Pullugando family, with whom I became friends with on my last trip here. Last summer, … More Soundscapes and Mobility: Intersections, Navigation and Impacts
Greetings from Managua, Nicaragua! I am halfway through my two-month stay in Nicaragua’s capital city conducting exploratory research for my dissertation. The opportunity provided by this research visit has been crucial. Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in Latin America, has had a tumultuous relationship with archival holdings, as wars, natural disasters, and lack of … More “We didn’t want to be either businessmen or millionaires and less, presidents: Nicargua, Neoliberalism, and the return of the F.S.L.N.
Un saludo from Cuenca, Ecuador! I’ve been researching dialectal variation and language contact here in thanks to a generous grant I received from CLACS. Cuenca is an absolutely stunning city, built on top of both Cañarí and Inca ruins after being colonized by the Spanish in in 1557. With rich indigenous history and pride, coupled … More Consonants in Contact: An examination of the effects of Kichwa language contact on the Ecuadorian Spanish consonant system.
Greetings from Buenos Aires, Argentina. During the last six weeks I have been conducting fieldwork in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After my first year as an MA student in the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, this trip represents an initial exploration that will contribute to my final Research Paper. It has been a great … More Public policies and everyday urban lives. A perspective from children and adolescents’ experience
In my three weeks in Colombia, I’ve met many people who are quick to defend against the notion that the country is intractably violent. They point to the stereotypical nature of the claim, as well as the recent peace agreement between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of … More Considering Violence as History in Colombia
Greetings from Buenos Aires! I am currently finishing six weeks of research in Buenos Aires where I came thanks to a CLACS’ grant. My research focuses on the social experience of conscription in Argentina during the first half of twentieth century. Mandatory military service was established in 1901 for every twenty-year-old men and abolished in … More Archival Exploration in Buenos Aires