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LAII Annual Conference Considers One Hundred Years of Latin American Cinema

FRIDAY AGENDA UPDATE: Dr. Ana López's keynote presentation has been rescheduled from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Regular panel presentations will begin at 10:15 with "Neoliberal and Necropolitical Embodied Aesthetics in Mexican Film."

AGENDA UPDATE: The symposium will start promptly at 8:45 a.m. today, Friday, February 76, 2014, at its standard time. Please see the agenda for full details.

Please join the Latin American & Iberian Institute on February 6 and 7, 2014, for the third annual "Richard E. Greenleaf Symposium on Latin America." This year the symposium focuses on "1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema and Gender in a Global Context." The event will take place in the UNM Student Union Building, Ballroom A, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days. All are welcome and invited to attend this free symposium. No registration is required. For more information, see the symposium webpage.

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"1920s to 2020s: To Hollywood and Back: Latin American Cinema & Gender in a Global Context" is a two-day, interdisciplinary symposium focused on stimulating cross-disciplinary dialogue among UNM faculty and invited scholars from across the country whose work involves Brazilian Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, International and Area Studies, Language and Linguistics, and Spanish and Portuguese. The symposium will consider the ebbs and flows of actors, directors, films and ideas between Hollywood and Latin America. The focus of the panelists will be on questions of gender, be it in the form of appropriation of actors and actresses from Latin America by Hollywood, the socio-political positioning of gender rights vis-á-vis an international cinematic stage, the growth of other directorial voices that challenge -- or not -- the traditional heteronormative male gaze, or the use of film and its growing accessibility as a socio-political forum that traverses borders.

Keynote presenters Robert Irwin and Ana López will discuss, respectively, "El cine mexicano se impone: Foreigners, Gender, Social Hierarchies in Mexican Golden Age Cinema" and "Beyond the Retomada: Contemporary Woman Filmmakers in Brazil." Additional panels will consider "The Evolution of Mexican Film in the 20th Century," "Hollywood, Exoticism, and Nationalism: Women and Stardom Across Borders," "Neoliberal and Necropolitical Embodied Aesthetics in Mexican Film," and "Matrices of Domination: Gender, Race and Politics in Contemporary Brazilian Film." Afternoon sessions will be followed by an opportunity for extended dialogue with the panelists.

--Posted Tuesday, January 21, 2014.