Participants at the XIII Brown Conference in Latin American Studies on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 will consider “Latin American Environments: Approaches from the Sciences and Humanities.” The conference will focus on past and present conversations in Latin American environmental studies, including earth sciences, geography, history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.
The conference will be in the Friday building on the main UNC Charlotte campus and is free and open to the public. Organizers are UNC Charlotte’s Latin American Studies Program and the UNC/Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. UNC Charlotte’s Department of Africana Studies is a co-sponsor.
Keynote speaker Reinaldo Funes Monzote, who will present at 2 p.m. on Saturday, is one of the leading world experts in Latin American Environmental History with a special focus on Cuba and the Caribbean, the history of science and geographical ideas, and geoengineering projects. Participating in the most recent debates in Latin American environmental history, Funes Monzote has published among others From Rainforest to Cane Field in Cuba (UNC Press, 2009) and A Living Past: Environmental Histories of Modern Latin America (Berghahn, 2018).
The study of Latin American environments is both old and new. While few regions have had a richer bibliography on environmental studies than Amazonia, the Caribbean, or Patagonia, in the present biologists, geologists, geographers, or environmental historians and cultural critics continue to renew the questions and the topics leading environmental studies in the region. Along with the rich studies on the biotas of different sub-regions, new conversations continue to interrogate the effects of glacier meltdown in the Andes, the impact of sugar cultivation on Cuban and other Caribbean environments, or the adaptation of Mexico City to the lakes that surrounded it in the pre-Hispanic era.
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