Middle East in Latin America

A symposium exploring Arab and Middle Eastern communities in Latin America—whether Muslim (Sunni, Shia, Druze), Jewish, Christian, or secular—in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina. We chart flows of migration and immigration across time and space, driven by commerce and politics, bringing languages, dialects, religions, and ethnicities into contact and new combinations. We bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, literary theorists, art critics, poets, converts, and filmmakers. The symposium looks at the convergences and divergences between two seemingly remote regions and cultures, with attention to allegiances forged across the Global South. We particularly examine the articulation of a radical politics across different political, cultural, and historical contexts: liberation theologies, feminism, decolonization, Marxism, and socialism. We pay special attention to the expression of these ideologies through not just political movements, but also art, music, media, film, literature, and poetry.



Anouar Majid

Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications
University of New England
Author of: We Are All Moors: Ending Centuries of Crusades Against Muslims and Other Minorities

Harold Morales

Philosophy and Religious Studies
Morgan State University

Antonio de Jesús López

Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry
Rutgers University

Rodrigo Adem

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Islamic Studies, Religious Studies

Patrick Duddy

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Paul Amar

Political Science
University of California, Santa Barbara
Author of: Security Archipelago: Human-Security States, Sexuality Politics, and the End of Neoliberalism; Editor of: The Middle East and Brazil: Perspectives on the New Global South

John Tofik Karam

Department of Spanish & Portuguese
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Author of: Another Arabesque: Syrian-Lebanese Ethnicity in Neoliberal Brazil; Editor of: Crescent over Another Horizon: Islam in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latino USA

Camila Pastor de María y Campos

Profesora Investigadora, División de Historia
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico
Author of: The Mashreq in Mexico: Patronage, Property, and Class in the Postcolonial Global

Christine Folch

Cultural Anthropology, co-director of the Global Brazil Lab
Duke University

Christina Civantos

Modern Languages and Literatures
University of Miami
Author of: Between Argentines and Arabs: Argentine Orientalism, Arab Immigrants, & Writing of Identity

Lily Balloffet

Western Carolina University

Mahjar Maps: Argentina in the Global Arab Diaspora

Steven Hyland

Wingate University

The Syrian Lebanese in Argentina

miriam cooke

Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Duke University
Author of: Tribal Modern: Branding New Cultures in the Arab Gulf; Dissident Syria: Making Oppositional Arts Official; Women Claim Islam: Creating Islamic Feminism Through Literature; War’s Other Voices: Women Writers on the Lebanese Civil War

Walter Mignolo

Professor, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities
Duke University

Author of: Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking; The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization; The Darker Side of Western Modernity: Global Futures, Decolonial Options; The Idea of Latin America

Antonio de Jesús López

Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry
Rutgers University

Kiah Glenn

Center for Muslim Life
Duke University
Middle East in Latin America
October 21, 2016
Duke University

Humanities Futures at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Center for International Studies, Kenan Institute for Ethics-Religions and Public Life, Duke Islamic Studies Center, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Global Brazil Lab.