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Spring 2016-2017


LAS 372 /GHP 372 /SPA 373 Public Health and Private Healing in the Atlantic World
This seminar explores the impact of transatlantic exchanges between Europe, Africa and the Americas on the development of the environmental, political and sociocultural trends that affect our health and our ability to heal today. During the first half of the semester we will reconstruct the interconnected histories of the medicalization of the West and the westernization of the Rest, from the Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century. In the second half of the semester we will explore the contemporary consequences of these historical developments. Other information: Use of electronic devices in the classroom requires the approval of the instructor. If using this course to pursue a certificate in Spanish, students will be required to complete all written assignments in Spanish.
Adrian Lopez-Denis.
S01 7:30 pm - 10:20pm W

LAS 395 Caribbean Revolutions: From Plantation Slavery to Global Tourism
The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of the Caribbean from the arrival of its first human inhabitants to the present. During the first half of the semester we will examine the dual role of plantation slavery and European colonialism in the historical development of the region up until the opening of the Panama Canal. On the second half we will discuss how the Caribbean interacted with the United States and the world at large during the long Twentieth Century.
Adrián Lopez-Denis. S01 7:30 pm - 10:20pm T

LAS 396 /GSS 382 Cuban Biopolitics: Gender, Race and Sexuality in the Long Twentieth Century
The Cuban revolution has been one of the most radical sociopolitical experiments of the past century. Comparing historiographical accounts with the recollections of individuals involved in the actual events, this course investigates the impact of the revolutionary process on the complex interplays between race, gender and sexuality. Participants are encouraged to chronicle how their own personal understanding of these interplays is illuminated, confirmed or challenged by their research. Class Attributes: International Travel Required Prerequisites and Restrictions: Enrollment by application only. Please email requesting an interview with the instructor. Please note, as of November 30th, no further interviews will be conducted.
Adrián Lopez-Denis. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20pm W

LAS 507/SPA 601/ARC 554 The World as Artifact: Tómas Maldonado and the Environmental Turn in Architecture
The seminar addresses the environmental aspects of the design philosophy defined in 1970 by Argentine born design-theorist Tomás Maldonado during a scholarship in Princeton. His principal writings devoted to environmental/architectural issues will be examined, placing them in their specific historical/cultural contexts. The course looks at a selection of eleven main concepts in order to introduce the students to Maldonado's critical position. The seminar will focus on the intellectual biography of this early Latin American theorizer of architecture as environmental design in a broad sense, including technical, political and social concerns. Other information: Attendance to every class of the course is mandatory. Introductory lectures, oral presentations and group discussions are combined.
Joaquin Warmburg.
S01 1:30 pm - 4:20pm W


ART 103/LAS/215/ANT/233 Arts of Americas: The First 5,000 Years
You live in the Americas: do you know about the prolific cultures who lived here before the European conquests? Are you curious about art, but wish you had a more hands-on understanding instead of seeing it behind glass? Do you wonder how a Eurocentric academic discipline might construct knowledge differently if considered from a non-European point of view? This course will provide both an introduction to art history through the ancient Americas, and to ancient American cultures, thoughts, and beliefs through their arts. Precepts will meet in the study room of the Art Museum, where we'll study up close its world-class Americas collection. Other Information: For department majors, satisfies the Group 1 distribution requirement. This is an approved course for the certificate in archaeology. [NOTE]: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Andrew Hamilton.
L01 10:00 am -10:50 T Th; P01 1:30 pm -2:20 Th; P03 11:00 am-11:50 F; P99 TBA

ART 466 /ARC 466 /URB 466 /LAS 466 Havana's Architecture: Recent Past and Possible Features

A study of modern architecture and urbanism in Havana. It will focus on Art Deco, the International Style, the American presence (from the sugar mills to Guantanamo), the foreign modernists (Mies, Sert, Neutra, Philip Johnson), the Cuban Revolution and the Soviet period, Critical Regionalism, the role of the environment, historical preservation, ruins and gentrification. It concludes with an analysis of the problems and potentials facing a post-Castro Havana. Other Requirements: Open to Juniors and Seniors Only. Other information: For department majors satisfies the Group 3 distribution requirement.
Esther Roseli da Costa Azevedo Meyer, Eduardo Luis Rodriguez Fernandez.
S01 1:30 pm-4:20 T

This course explores royal Maya courts of the 7th and 8th centuries, with particular attention given to art and writing. We will consider in depth several of the most impressive Maya courts. Regular decipherment assignments will complement assigned readings. There will be a trip to Chiapas, Mexico over spring break, funded by Princeton. Students will conduct independent research on a topic of their choosing, presenting their findings both as an oral presentation and as a term paper. Other Requirements: International Travel Required
Bryan Just. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W

EEB 332 LAS 350 Pre-Columbian Peoples of Tropical America and Their Environments ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION OR INTERVIEW. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED.
The pre-European history of Amerind cultures and their associated environments in the New World tropics will be studied. Topics to be covered include the peopling of tropical America; development of hunting/gathering and agricultural economies; neotropical climate and vegetation history; and the material culture and social organization of native Americans. Field and laboratory experiences will incorporate methods and problems in field archaeology, paleoenthnobotany and paleoecology, and archaeozoology. [NOTE]: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Dolores R. Piperno, Anthony Ranere.
L01 TBA; B99 TBA

"Tropical Biology" is an intensive, three-week field course given at four sites in Panama, examining the origins, maintenance and major interactions among terrestrial plants and animals. The course provides the opportunity to appreciate (1) floral and faunal turnover among four rainforest sites (beta-diversity); and (2) floral and faunal turnover along vertical gradients, from ground to upper canopy, at two rainforest sites (vertical stratification). Students carry out individual projects at the sites. Fieldwork is supported by six orientation walks that introduce participants to common orders and families of plants and arthropods. Other Requirements: International Travel Required. Open to Juniors Only. Prerequisites and Restrictions: EEB 321 and enrollment in the EEB Spring semester tropical biology program in Panama. Website : [ NOTE]: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Yves F. Basset.

HIS 462/LAS 462 Building Mestizo Worlds: Early Colonial Mexican History in a Global Perspective
Mestizaje--that is, mixing societies and cultures--is an historical process which is crucial to understanding the past of the Western World and the making today of a globalized world. 16th century Colonial Mexico is a perfect laboratory to observe the birth of this process in Modem Times, as well as to define notions as Westernization and Globalization. Mestizaje has to be studied on a global scale (as part of imperial and transcontinental dynamics) as well on a local scale (its impact on peculiar places and individuals). Other Requirements: Not Open to Freshmen. Other information: Some knowledge of Spanish is appreciated, but not required. Serge Gruzinski is an historian of the Colonial Iberian World. He wrote a series of books on Colonial Mexican history, I6th century Global History and Cultural History. He teaches in Paris, at the Ecole des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and is a Research Director Emeritus in the CNRS, Paris. He is also the Honorary Director of the Institute for Global and Transnational History, Shandong University, China.
Serge Gruzinski.
S01 1:30pm - 4:20pm W

HUM 597/MOD 575/ARC 597/LAS 597 Humanistic Perspectives on History and Society This seminar explores modern architecture and urbanism in Cuba, including the full kaleidoscope of historical, political, and cultural effects before and after the 1959 Revolution. Using the North-South relationship as the basic matrix, individual sessions will explore the spatial dimensions of a wide range of issues ranging from revolution, utopia, cold war, prefabrication, tropical modernism, ruins, preservation, disease, sexuality, violence, resistance, etc. Through a series of case studies - sites, buildings, urban projects - we think of Cuba as a laboratory of modern architecture under the influence of multiple norths and souths. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only. Other information: Course will include a research trip to Havana during Spring Break.
Beatriz Colomina, Rubén Gallo
. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T

LAO 200/SOC 341/LAS 336 Latinos in American Life and Culture
This course will consider how Latinos are transforming the United States socially, politically, and culturally, even as they themselves change in the process. Topics to be examined include meanings of "Latino" and "Hispanic" as ethno-racial categories, where Latinos fit in the American social and economic hierarchies, cultural identities, immigration and assimilation, the significance of Hispanics' unprecedented geographic dispersal, and their myriad impacts on mainstream music, literature, and language. [NOTE]: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
. L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W

POR 221/LAS 223 Introduction to the Literature and Culture of the Portuguese-Speaking World
Luanda, Lisbon, Rio, São Paulo...Through readings of selected texts and audiovisual materials, this course will visit the diverse cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world through the lens of culture produced in, by and about major cities. Historical and contemporary issues in several geographic areas will be approached comparatively. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or instructor's permission.
Nicola Cooney.
C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th

POR 301/LAS 303 Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture
Brazilian Amazonia is one of the richest areas in the world today. This course intends to explore the past of this region in a global perspective. It analyzes its birth in the 16th century in the context of Spain and the Spanish Empire; its involvement in 17th century international conflicts (the War of 30 Years); and its role in Atlantic and transoceanic history. Letters by Jesuit Ant-nio Vieira, one of the most significant writers in Baroque Europe, and the music of Carlos Gomes, the greatest Latin-American opera composer in the 19th century, will help us to imagine and write a global history of this fascinating part of the world. Prerequisites and Restrictions: POR 208 or POR 207S or instructor's permission. Other information: Class will be taught in Portuguese.
Luiz Gustavo Freitas Rossi.
C01 7:30 pm - 8:50 pm M W

REL 276/LAS 276/GSS 276 Saints and Sinners: Women and the Church in Colonial Spanish America  CANCELED
An introductory exploration of women's experience of and participation in the Catholic Church and colonial Christianity in Spanish America. Through primary sources, secondary readings, lectures, and discussion, we will look at women's roles in the processes of conquest and colonization; how conversion and religious change affected gender ideologies and gender relations within indigenous communities; women's daily encounters with the church and participation in devotional culture; and the ways women's complex relationships with the colonial church was shaped by race and social status. [NOTE]: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.
Jessica Delgado.
L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th; P99 TBA

SPA 216/LAS 216/LAO 216 Sacred and Profane in the Spanish-Speaking World
This course surveys how notions of what is sacred and profane inform the cultures of Latin America, Spain, and Latino communities in the United States. It explores how "Catholic" folk piety was established and developed in Spain, what happened to it when it transferred to its colonies, and its iterations today in Latin America and in the United States. It analyzes discursive and pictorial constructions of holiness and sinfulness, the use of religious symbols for political purposes, performative aspects of religion, sociocentrism, the role of women, and the juncture between piety and violence. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or SPA 209, or instructor's permission. Course taught in Spanish. Other Information: Please note that students in the course will participate in some fieldwork off campus (in Spanish-speaking communities in Princeton or Trenton) with the assistance of the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI). [NOTE: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Christina Lee.
C01 3:00 pm -4:20 T Th

SPA 220/LAS 220 El Genero Negro: Crime Fiction

This course is an introduction to crime fiction from early 20th-century "locked room" mysteries to 21st century narco-narratives. It examines short stories, novels, films and critical writings about detective and crime fiction in Latin America and Spain. Topics include the genre's links to high and low literature, to film and to historical contexts such as immigration, state crime, drug culture and globalization. Authors include Roberto Arlt, Mar'a Elvira Bermœdez, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Roberto Bola-o, Jorge Luis Borges, Alicia GimŽnez Bartlett, Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Ricardo Piglia, Fernando Vallejo, and others. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or higher; or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish
Rachel L. Price.
C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W

SPA 229/LAS 227 Continuity and Discontinuity in Colonial Latin America
An overview of literary and cultural production in the Americas before and after the Spanish invasion. Topics include pre-Columbian visual and verbal expressions; discovery, invention, conquest, and resistance; the historiography of the New World; native depictions of the colonial world; gender, grammar and power. We read texts in a variety of genres that were written and performed in numerous linguistic and visual codes. The Native American chronicles will include texts written in alphabetic script as well as visual representations that draw elements from pre-colonial forms of iconic script. Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or SPA 209, or instructor's permission. Other Information: Class conducted in Spanish. Reserved Seats: Freshmen 3; Sophomores 3.
Nicole Legnani.
C01 11:00 am -12:20 T Th

SPA 319/LAS 334/VIS 323 Topics in Cinema and Culture : White Men Gone Wild in Colonial Latin America
An exploration of films made in the last fifty years featuring "descents into savagery" and the colonial, alphabetic texts that inspired them. Topics to be discussed, among others: primitivism and progress; coloniality; media and mediation; race and gender; intercultural dialogues; healing practices; community-based performances. Prerequisites and Restrictions: One 200-level course above SPA 209 or instructor's permission. Other Information: Class conducted in Spanish. Films shown with English subtitles.
Nicole Legnani. S01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th

SPA 338/LAS 335 The Body in Pieces
In 2012, the Reina Sofia Museum presented the exhibition "Losing the Human Form," featured works from the 1980s in Latin America that focused on the violence against bodies, and the radical responses of artists who based their work on liberty and transformation. This seminar takes the problems posited by the show as a point of departure for thinking about unmaking the body as a central function of modern and contemporary visual culture. Cognizant of the violence of 20th century Latin America, it places emphasis on the dictatorships of the Southern Cone, Colombia, Mexico, and cases in Brazil, Cuba, Guatemala, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Other Requirements: Open to Juniors and Seniors Only; Prerequisites and Restrictions: This seminar has been designed for Spanish and Portuguese concentrators. However, there are some seats available for juniors and seniors who have taken at least one Spanish course above SPA 207 or SPA 209, or instructor's permission. Other Information: Granted by the Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Faculty Innovation. Participants will work directly with the Princeton University Art Museum collection as the materiality of the pieces and the spectator's interactions with them are fundamental not only to their aesthetic purposes, but also to the exploration that the seminar posits. We will work on the relationship between the body of the spectator and the body of the work, a liaison of increasing importance in modern and contemporary art.
Javier Guerrero
. S01 11:00 am -12:20 T Th

SPA 345/LAS 345 Topics in Latin American Literature and Ideology - Memory and Human Rights in Latin America
This course explores recent cultural and artistic productions that deal with human rights and political violence issues in contemporary Latin America, focusing on the politics of memory behind representations of the past in the context of a "global" marketing of memory. By working with literature, testimony, film, photography, truth commissions, and processes of museification, it analyzes different modes of figuring the past as well as the areas that these languages leave aside when memory becomes the target of a "global market" and "trauma tourism." Prerequisites and Restrictions: SPA 207 or SPA 209 or higher, or instructor's permission. Other information: Course taught in Spanish.
Susana Draper . C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T

SPA 352/LAS 356/AAS 352 Topics in the Politics of Writing and Difference - Literature and Slavery in the Iberian Atlantic
This course examines literature, court records, travel narratives, and the only known autobiography of an ex-slave in Spanish to consider the world of slavery, uprisings and emancipation across Latin America in the nineteenth century. Centered on Cuba, whose earliest literature focused on the island's massive slave industry, the course opens up to consider histories and literatures from Haiti, Colombia, Brazil, and beyond. Also included: recent historiography, psychoanalysis, and contemporary representations of slavery in Latin America, including films. Other information: Course taught in Spanish.
Rachel Price.
C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W

SPA 548/LAS 548/GSS 548 Seminar in Modern Spanish-American Literature: Disobedient Bodies: On the Materiality of Sex
Can the body disobey the limits imposed by the materiality of sex? Is it possible to disorganize the binary opposition without reinforcing its normativity? Can gender have a decisive bearing on bodily materiality? My seminar answers these questions, exploring the work of Latin American artists who aim to defy the norms imposed by the heterosexual imperative. Their own bodies generate a response, which arises from their compulsive need to call attention to their matter. I propose that the possibility of a new body depends on fiction and visuality to enable the deactivation of culture's normalizing categories. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only.
Javier Guerrero.
S01 5:00 pm -7:50 T


COM 376/AAS 371/ENG 377/GSS 381 Crafting Freedom: Women and Liberation in the Americas (1960s to the present)
This course explores the question of liberation in writings by women philosophers and poets whose work helped to create cultural and political movements in the U.S. and Latin America. Starting in the 60s, we will study a poetics and politics of liberation, paying special attention to the role played by language and imagination when ideas translate onto social movements related to abolition, education, care, and the commons. Readings include Angela Davis, Gloria Anzaldúa, Silvia Federici, Diamela Eltit, Audre Lorde, Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui, Gayatri Spivak, Zapatistas, among others. [ NOTE: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Susana Draper
. L01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W

POR 562 Luso-Brazilian Seminar - Tropical utopias, artificial paradises:imaginations of Brazil
Brazil, as well as other countries in Latin America, has historically been a compelling object of many sorts of desires, social phantasies, and utopian narratives: edenic, racial, sexual, civilizational, and primitivist; a symbolic geography, however, where the paradisiac visions have been coexisting with a long and enduring history of violent encounters and social inequalities. From both a synchronic and diachronic perspective, this course intends to analyze the ambiguous and paradoxical ways these utopic tropes have helped shape imaginations of Brazil. Other Requirements: Not Open to Freshmen.
Luiz Gustavo Freitas Rossi.
S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm F

REL 505 Studies in the Religions of the Americas - Religion, Race, & Gender in Latin America
This course explores the intersections of religion, race, and gender in the history and historiography of Latin America. It consists of three chronological units looking at: the formative and "baroque" eras of the colonial period, (1500-1720); late colonial Bourbon reforms through the early national period, (1750-1865); and the triumph of liberalism through the first half of the 20th century, (1870-1950). Seminar participants choose to write either a historiographic paper focusing on the scholarly literature surrounding a particular theme, topic, or time period or a research paper. Other Requirements: Open to Graduate Students Only.
Jessica Delgado
. S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W

SPA 224 Hispanic Studies: Introduction to Cultural Analysis

An introduction to the analysis of contemporary cultural texts (narrative, poetry, film, photography) from Latin America and Spain, with the support of various theoretical ideas. The course's main objective is to provide students with a set of strong conceptual, analytical and linguistic skills, which will be of great help in 300-level literature/culture courses. Other Requirements : Not Open to Seniors. Prerequisites and Restrictions: Another SPA 200-level course or instructor's permission. Other information: At least one of the classes will be held in the Princeton University Art Museum to examine some of the museum's holdings of Latin American photographs. Any student unable to register for the course, please contact Prof. Loureiro, [ NOTE: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Manuel-Angel G. Loureiro . C01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm M W

Diversity has sometimes been viewed as a source of vitality and strength, other times as a threat to cultural or national cohesion. This seminar explores histories of segregation and debates about diversity in a hemispheric framework, asking: how can Latin American perspectives inform our understanding of the U.S.? How has the U.S. shaped urban developments in Latin America, as a model or cautionary tale? What is the interplay between identity politics and moral values? Urbanism and ethics? How does diversity relate to inclusion, difference, and inequality? Topics include immigration, globalization, social justice, planning, race and racism. Prerequisites and Restrictions: The seminar seeks to engage students with a variety of backgrounds and viewpoints. Those interested in applying should contact information: The class will be conducted entirely in English. If a student is pursuing a Portuguese or Spanish certificate, however, written work is to be completed in the target language. For LAO credit, students must write a paper related to Latino Studies, or at least comparative between the U.S. and Latin America. The course will include a field trip (details TBD). [NOTE: LAS certificate students must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.]
Bruno Carvalho.
S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th