The Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS) and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) are pleased to announce the third convening of the ISLAA Forum: Latin American and Latinx Art and Visual Culture Dissertation Workshop, to take place at the University of Texas at Austin on April 4-6, 2024.


This year we welcome Dária Jaremtchuk (Universidade de São Paulo) and Camilo Trumper (University of Buffalo) as our invited scholars.

This workshop is intended to serve doctoral students of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art and visual culture from the nineteenth century to the present day. 


This 3-day program invites up to 8 doctoral students to develop their dissertation chapter manuscripts with a group of scholars with a variety of geographic, thematic, and methodological interests.

In the workshop, students will give brief overviews of their dissertation projects and engage in extended discussion of their manuscript with organizing and invited faculty, offering and receiving constructive commentary toward improving their argumentation and writing. Discussions will emphasize strengthening conceptual and narrative frameworks and potential for interdisciplinary approaches, as well as identifying additional primary sources, relevant literatures, and possible interlocutors. The workshop also includes visits to campus collections—among these are the Blanton Museum of Art, Benson Latin American Library, and Harry Ransom Center—and opportunities to meet with colleagues there. The goal is to support highly original and fully historicized dissertations that directly contribute to a more rigorous, international, and collaborative field.


Center for Latin American Visual Studies

Institute for Studies on Latin American Art

ISLAA supports the study and visibility of Latin American art. ISLAA recognizes Latin American artists and cultural movements as integral to the trajectory of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art. We seek to expand these narratives by creating opportunities for researchers, curators, and the public through grants, exhibitions, publications, and our art and archival collections. 

The ISLAA Forum aims to expand collaborative relationships through long-term partnerships with universities throughout the United States. The ISLAA Forum fosters connection and solidarity among graduate students studying Latin American Art by developing targeted programs for professional and intellectual enrichment and addressing potential disparities in resource accessibility and distribution for specialists in the field. 

Additional funding support provided by the Art History Lecture Series, Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts, and Barron Ulmer Kidd Centennial Lectureship at the Humanities Institute.


DAY 1: Thursday, April 4, 3:30 – 5:30PM

ISLAA Forum: Latin American and Latinx Art and Visual Culture Dissertation Workshop: Keynote Lectures

ART 1.102 + livestream

Talks are followed by moderated discussion & reception


Dária Jaremtchuk, Universidade de São Paulo

Policies of Attraction: Intensified Artistic Approaches between the United States and Brazil

This lecture will analyze the policies of attraction implemented by sectors of the United States government in the Brazilian artistic and cultural environment during the 1960s and 1970s. The purposes of these strategies were explicit: to reverse – within Latin America and not just Brazil – the negative image of the United States, and to make the country a hegemonic reference in the artistic field. To achieve the expected results, exclusive projects and activities were launched, including personal and institutional exchanges, the organization of literary, artistic, and cultural events, the promotion of English language learning, book translations, theater festivals, and the circulation of cultural exhibitions and art shows. This presentation will discuss some cases focused on visual arts. In summary, this analysis aims to contribute to a better understanding of the relationship between culture and politics during the decades of the 1960s and 1970s.


Camilo Trumper, University at Buffalo (SUNY)

The Politics of Public Writing in Dictatorship

This presentation, drawn from a new book project, explores the politics of writing in dictatorship. It investigates the politics of writing and re-writing, of producing, circulating, and reading text in a political context defined by censorship, silence, erasure, and exile. It explores often-clandestine, often-unspectacular forms of political organizing and association, mapping the connection between distinct forms of dissent, in Chile and in exile, that were tied together by the political practice of writing, by the line of the pen. It ranges across distinct forms of writing, or inscription—prison writing, schoolhouse writing, street writing, and archival writing. In so doing, it proposes a history of dictatorship and dissent that speaks to contemporary forms of protest in Chile and Latin America.

DAY 2: Friday, April 5, 9AM – 12PM & 2 – 5PM

ISLAA Forum: Latin American and Latinx Art and Visual Culture Dissertation Workshop Participant Presentations

Doty Fine Art Building (DFA) 2.204

Each presentation will be followed by discussion. Coffee breaks at 10:15AM and 3:15PM and a reception will follow at 5:00PM.


9:05 – Lynne Lee, Rice University

Black Art in White Narratives: Early Afro-Brazilian Art History at the Crossroads of Science and Aesthetics


9:40 – Juan Gabriel Ramírez Bolivar, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

The Idea of Hispanoamérica in the Visual Culture of Mexico and Colombia (1920-1940)


10:45 – Joseph Shaikewitz, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Incongruent, Incomprehensible: Trans Femme Visualities in Latin America, 1900–1960


11:20 – Alhelí Harvey, University of Texas at Austin

Experiencing Enchantment: A Cultural Ecology of Place in New Mexico


2:05 – Lucía Laumann, Universidad Nacional de San Martín/CONICET

Las grabadoras. Formación gráfica, prácticas y derroteros institucionales de las mujeres en Buenos Aires a mediados de siglo XX


2:40 – Lucy Quezada, University of Texas at Austin

Shaping the Official Field: Art and Power during the Civilian-Military Dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil, and Chile


3:45 – Jennifer Leite Sales, University of Texas at Austin

The Experimental: Reimaging Art and Pedagogy in 1970s Brazil


4:30 – Letícia Cobra Lima, University of California, Santa Barbara

Assembling the Body: Sculpture in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, 1960-1996


Event Status

Free and Open to the Public