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Great Panel on Latin American Digital Culture at SLAS 2016

The 2016 Society for Latin American Studies conference and its specific focus on the theme of ‘building bridges’ and ‘respositioning the field’ provided a great opportunity for a panel on Latin American digital cultures on Friday last week. Although it was one of the very last panels of the conference, it was well attended and afforded a really good opportunity to reflect on the position of digital cultural studies within Latin American studies. Panelists included María Mencía, discussing data poetics and her own work as a digital artist with project such as Gateway to the World and El poema que cruzó el Atlántico; Thea Pitman who explored how ideas of latinidad have been challenged by certain digital artists, allowing us to refine the concept of what has been termed ‘viral latinidad‘; Mary Freedman who examined the role of digital technologies in allowing for cultural brokerage between mainstream and peripheral actors in Rio de Janeiro; and Claire Taylor who finished the session with a paper that focused on the potential for digital cultural studies to help join the dots between modern linguists/Hispanists and those more focused on Latin American area studies.



About Thea Pitman

Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Leeds


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