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Transatlantic Studies Seminar

Date:
Friday, September 20, 2019
Time:
2:30 pm
Location:
University College (UC)
Room: 3220
Cost:
Free
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” (http://umich.edu/~aacollab/). 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 (https://aacollabarchive.humin.lsa.umich.edu/omeka/). 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. 
Host:
Modern Languages and Literatures
Contact:
Alena Robin
arobin82@uwo.ca
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