CNM•UNM LAS Lecture Series: The Rise of the Latin American New Middle Classes in Brazil and Colombia: A Cultural Story

Diego Bustos, UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

CNM Smith Brasher Hall, Room 212


Join the UNM and CNM Latin American Studies programs for a presentation in their Spring 2018 LAS Lecture Series as graduate student Diego Bustos shares his research on looking at the rise of the Latin American new middle class.

This presentation will address the new middle classes that emerged in Latin America during the first decades of the XXI century. This socioeconomic phenomenon was accompanied by a cultural production that reflected and commented on it. Diego will focus on examples from Colombia and Brazil’s cultural scene to illustrate how the emergence of these new sectors affect the politics, economics and narratives of a region still facing challenges of inclusion and democracy. The Latin American new middle classes offer a privileged perspective for understanding the narratives of development and the economics behind the cultural discourse that determines the workings of the contemporary global economy.

Diego, a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, is an LAII PhD Fellow. He began his PhD studies in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in 2013, where he realized his previous academic training did not integrate the Portuguese language and culture into the discussion about Latin American literature. His research interests focus on discourses of social mobility and new middle classes in contemporary literary production of Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Brazil.


This event is free and open to the public.


CNM , Latin American and Iberian Institute (with support from the US Department of Education Title VI)