Art and Culture

Coca is not Synonymous with Cocaine: Coca Culture in Bolivia

Monday, November 28, 2016 - 10:30

Coca is a leaf that is integrated in the Bolivian culture through rituals, medicine, food, religion, social interactions, and much more. The primary use for the coca leaf is consumption; it is chewed or brewed for tea. Coca leaves are not exclusive to Bolivia, rather many Andean countries such as Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Paraguay, and Brazil use coca for similar cultural practices as well.

Novelista Arturo Arias reseña el libro de Andrea Cabel "A dónde volver: Poemas 'reunidos'”

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 08:00

Empiezo por aclarar que soy novelista y crítico de narrativa. Leo poesía por pasión, pero no por profesión. De hecho, nunca he reseñado un libro de poesía hasta este momento. Conocí a Andrea Cabel en Lima, en el I Congreso Internacional de Teorías, Crítica e Historias Literarias Latinoamericanas “Antonio Cornejo Polar,” la primera semana de julio de 2016. Me contó sobre su investigación en la Amazonía peruana, la cual me fascinó. Luego me regaló su libro. Lo leí a la vuelta.

Nicolás Guillén Landrián y el derrumbe de las grandes narrativas en el documental cubano contemporáneo

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:00

Desde la Primera Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores, celebrada en La Habana en el año 2000, se ha venido produciendo un boom de cine documental realizado al margen de las instituciones culturales del Estado.

Pitt Hosts International Symposium on Andean Writer Gamaliel Churata

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 13:00

Last week I had the exciting opportunity to sit in on portions of an international symposium hosted by the University of Pittsburgh on Peruvian author Gamaliel Churata. The two-day long event titled Gamaliel Churata: Envisioning the Circulation of Andean Epistemologies in the Age of Globalization brought together writers and scholars from all over the world. Among them were the university’s own Ariel C. Armony, Senior Director of International Programs and Director of the University Center for International Studies; Scott J.

La Santa Muerte: Inmates’ New Friend

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 14:45

Over the last 15 years, the cult of La Santa Muerte (St. Death) has attracted a remarkable number of followers in Mexico and the USA. Considered a sacred female personification of death by her devotees, she has been the object of global curiosity since it first became public in 2001 in Mexico City. Mexican and international journalists, novelists, and scholars have since then been fascinated by the photogenic Santa Muerte, with the tangible result that most major broadcasters have shown scenes of devotees praying, deeply moved, in front of a skeleton figurine in Baroque dress.

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