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    Vassar College
  Jan 20, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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LALS 389 - Identities and Historical Consciousness in Latin America

1 unit(s)

(Same as ANTH 389 ) This seminar explores in a strategic fashion the emergence and constant renovation of historical narratives that have supported various beliefs and claims about local, regional, national and transnational identities in Latin America and Latinx societies since the rise of the Mexica and Inca empires until the present. An important focus is the study of racial discourses and classifications, and of identities based on cultural practices and territorial origin. Through anthropological and historical approaches, we examine indigenous forms of historical consciousness and new identity discourses under colonial rule, their permutations after the emergence of independent nation-states, and crucial shifts in national, racial, and ethnic identity claims that preceded and followed revolutions and social movements. Students complete an original research project, and the use of original sources in Spanish or Portuguese is encouraged. David Tavárez.


Not offered in 2017/18.

One 2-hour period.

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