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“New Directions in Latin American Environmental Humanities” Symposium

The Amazon Lab is pleased to invite you to attend the "New Directions in Latin American Environmental Humanities" Symposium. The event will be held Friday, May 3, at the Amazon Lab (Smith Warehouse, Bay 5, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd.).


The event brings together scholars from diverse backgrounds to delve into topics ranging from indigenous rights and biodiversity conservation to literary representations and cinematic imaginaries of the Amazon and beyond.

Below, you will find the complete program of the Symposium:

Program - May 3, 2024

9:30 - Opening remarks by Gustavo Furtado (Duke University)

9:45 - 11:45 - Panel 1
"Cinema Between Trees and Territory in Iracema" By Martina Broner (Dartmouth College) "Amazonia as Metaphor: A Detour for a New Becoming" By Marina Bedran (Johns Hopkins University)
"Ailton Krenak and the Critique of Monoculture in Brazil" by Jamille Pinheiro Dias (University of London)


1:00 - 2:30 - Panel 2
"The River beyond its Banks: Testimonios of the Guayabero Basin" By Amanda M. Smith (University of California - Santa Cruz)
"Writing Rivers in José Eustasio Rivera's La vorágine" by Javier Uriarte (Stony Brook University)

3:00 - 4:30 - Panel 3
"O sertão é de noite: The Electrical Grid in Narratives of the Northeast and the Amazon" By Victoria Saramago (University of Chicago)
"Representations of the Amazon in South American Science Fiction: a Century of Speculation" By Eduardo Leão (University of Chicago)

5 - 5:30 - Plenary session with all speakers

Check the Symposium website for more information:

Contact: Eli Meyerhoff