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Transatlantic Studies Seminar

Friday, September 20, 2019
2:30 pm
University College (UC)
Room: 3220
Transatlantic Studies Seminar - Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya

Transatlantic Studies Seminar - Graduate Program in Hispanic Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures 

Invites you to a talk by:

Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya, Assistant Professor, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan

From Africa to Patagonia: A Humanities Collaboration

In this presentation, I offer an overview of a collaborative project entitled “From Africa to Patagonia: Voices of displacement” ( Since 2017, our research team has been funded through the Humanities Collaboratory, a research initiative established at the University of Michigan. Our interdisciplinary team includes eight faculty, eight graduate students, and thirty-two undergraduate students. Our mission is to analyze how language is entangled with cultural identity through the Patagonian Boers, a community that traces its roots to the South-African Boers who settled in Argentina after the Anglo-Boer War of 1902. In our research, we combine ethnographic, linguistic, and historiographical methods to explore the voices and ideologies of the Patagonian-Boer community. We have disseminated our findings through six research articles, five public essays, and a digital archive ( In this talk, I will explain how our collaboration emerged, how we refined our collaborative process, and, especially, how we fostered undergraduate involvement in our research. Our student collaborators bring a variety of skills and perspectives from their respective areas of study — some of which go beyond the scope of our faculty — that have been vital to the project. Altogether, we demonstrate that altering the traditional educational structure while encouraging agency and creativity yields new forms of learning for all involved. 
Modern Languages and Literatures
Alena Robin
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