Archives, Libraries and Digital Scholarship Section

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Organized Panels


Innovando la investigación con herramientas y archivos digitales

May 14 2020, 11:00am-12:45pm


  • “Ecosistema digital para la presentación y análisis de fuentes primarias” Víctor Julián Cid Carmona, Rodrigo Cuéllar Hidalgo, Camelia Romero Millán, El Colegio de México
  • “Análisis masivo de datos para la comprensión de los métodos de crítica teatral en México” Joaquín Israel Franco Sandoval, Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Teatral Rodolfo Usigli
  • “Desafíos técnicos y metodológicos para la constitución y preservación del patrimonio documental electrónico” Gabriela Andaur, Universidad Alberto Hurtado

Session Chair: Albert A. Palacios, University of Texas at Austin

El Archivo en el Activismo Guatemalteco

May 13, 2020, 5:00pm-6:45pm


  • “Investigación histórica sobre derechos humanos en El Salvador y Guatemala: El Caso de los archivos de CoMadres, ODHAG y CIRMA” Heider I. Tun Tun, University of Minnesota
  •  “El cine de no-ficción, la interpretación y el uso de imágenes de la guerra en Guatemala” Anais Taracena, Independent

Session Organizer: Albert A. Palacios, University of Texas at Austin


Libraries, Archives and Activism Roundtable

May 25 2019, 2:15pm-3:45pm


  • “Historical memory and justice in Guatemala: The Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo Digital Archive” Alex Galarza, Haveford College
  • “Decolonization in practice: Creating the first online edition of the Popul Vuh” Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros, Ohio State University
  • “Seeking ‘Information Justice’ in Latin American Studies: Strategies from a Teaching Librarian” Kathy Swart, Pierce College
  • “This is the Pollak Library: This is who we are” Barbara Miller, California State University, Fullerton
  • “Web Archiving At-Risk Government Websites in Bolsonaro’s Brazil” Jade Madrid, Georgetown University

Section Chair: Jade Madrid, Georgetown University

Commonwealth Digital Pedagogy & Colonial Latin-Luso America

May 27, 2019, 2:15pm-3:45pm


  • “Spanish Colonialism in the Indigenous Borderlands: Collaborative Digital Scholarship in the Undergraduate Classroom” Albert A. Palacios and Jennifer Isasi, University of Texas at Austin
  • “The Portuguese Inquisition Revisited: The anatomy of E-Inquisitional modalities in research and pedagogy” Liladhar Pendse, UC Berkeley
  • “Teaching Early Modern Indigenous Literature with Digitized Rare Materials: A Case Study” Heather J. Allen, University of Mississippi
  • “Zapotec Digital Collections, Connections through Twitter, and Undergraduate Classrooms” Brook Lillehaugen, Haverford College; Xóchitl Flores-Marcial, California State University Northridge

Session Organizer: Albert A. Palacios, University of Texas at Austin

Chair: Kelly McDonough, University of Texas at Austin


Latin American Collections, Digitization and Access Roundtable

May 24 2018, 5:45 to 7:15pm



  • "Digital transformation and its impact on innovation in libraries" Christoph Mueller, Ibero-American Institute
  • "Digital Scholarship and Collaboration with Stake-holding Communities: a linguist's perspective" Brook Lillehaugen, Haverford College
  • "Digital Scholarship and Collaboration with Stake-holding Communities: a digital scholarship librarian's perspective" Michael Zarafonetis, Haverford College
  • "Conservation and Cafecitos: Digitization partnerships in Cuba" Jennifer Osorio, UCLA
  • "Untold Diasporas: A Community Based Oral History Project with Chinese Cuban Elders" T-Kay Sangwand, UCLA
  • "Digitization, collaboration and data-driven research: The Experience of the Fundación Histórica Neogranadina" Maria Jose Afanador, Universidad de los Andes
  • "Confronting the Linguistic Power Structures Involved in Machine-Reading Multilingual Early Modern Indigenous Language Texts" Maria Victoria Fernandez, Brown University
  • "Access to Information as a Human Right: Digital Documentation of the conflict in El Salvador" Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, University of Washington

Section Chair: Jade Madrid, Georgetown University

Discussant: Tracy North, Library of Congress


Archives of Pornography: Illicit Postcards, Erotic Photos, and Stag Films in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula

April 30, 2017, 12:00pm - 1:45pm


This roundtable explores the archives of early "erotica" and "pornography" in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, with a focus on how explicit materials intersect with historical archives, filmotecas, fototecas, museums, and private collections. Since late nineteenth- and early to mid-twentieth-century sexually explicit materials are not systematically collected or preserved in most archives, participants theorize their own collection practices and archival methodologies and analyze the materials they have found. We also examine popular circulation of "illicit" and "obscene" materials! into the present, through used bookstores, antiques markets, and online auction houses throughout Latin America, Spain, and Portugal.


  • Andrea Cuarterolo, CONICET/Universidad de Buenos Aires
  • Itziar Rodriguez de Rivera, Cornell University
  • Zeb Tortorici, New York University

Session Organizer: Zeb Tortorici, New York University

Section co-chair: Jade Madrid, Tulane University

Section co-chair: Tracy North


Open Access: Latin American and North American Perspectives

May 23 2014, 10:00 to 11:45am


Access to research sources originating within and outside of Latin America and the Caribbean is necessary for students, scholars and the general public interested in the region.  Open access initiatives create new opportunities to make research sources and the results of research visible and accessible on a global basis.  The LASA Section on Scholarly Research and Resources and CLACSO are jointly presenting this panel to provide an introduction to the status of developments in open access publishing, including a definition of the term "open access," a discussion of issues related to providing and acquiring open access to scholarly materials, and an exploration of the different contexts and challenges faced by North American and Latin American publishers and scholars seeking to provide or obtain materials via open access.  We have entered this proposal within the "democratization" track as Open Access is fundamentally a political-economic issue and we believe it democratizes access to information.


  • "The Many Roads to Open Access" Kevin Smith, Duke University
  • "Open Access and the Future of Latin American Scholarly Journals." Gustavo E. Fischman, Arizona State University
  • "Open Access and North American journals specializing in Latin American Studies" Philip Oxhorn, McGill University
  • "Open Access Publishing in the Humanities in Brazil: The Case of the Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional – RBPI/ A publicação em acesso aberto na área de humanidades no Brasil: o caso da Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional – RBPI " Antônio Carlos Lessa, University of Brasília

Co-Chair: Dominique Babini, CLACSO-Latin American Council on Social Sciences

Co-Chair: Philip Oxhorn, Latin American Research Review

Moderator: Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Florida State University

Advancing Scholarship and Preserving Memory: Latin American Human Rights Archives

May 22 2014, 8:00 to 9:45am


Over the last decade, human rights archiving initiatives have intensified and multiplied. Archives are sites of memory and conscience, facilitators of research and learning, and active participants in truth and justice projects. This workshop features presentations on several archival initiatives, including the preservation of the records of NGOs active in human rights advocacy (Americas Watch, WOLA, Amnesty International USA) and on collaborative projects with human rights collections in Latin America. Our workshop seeks raise awareness among LASA attendees of these important initiatives, to reflect on the social value of the archives, and to foster discussion and exchange on archiving projects.


  • T-Kay Sangwand, University of Texas at Austin
  • Patrick Stawski, Duke University
  • Graham Stinnett, University of Connecticut
  • Pamela M Graham, Columbia University
Roundtable on Digital Humanities Initiatives in Latin American Studies

May 23 2014, 6:00 to 7:45pm


This roundtable aims to provide several definitions for the increasingly popular term "Digital Humanities" provided by a number of scholars currently pursuing different kinds of digital humanities projects. We each propose to describe a digital humanities project that we are pursuing, outline our methodologies and share challenges we have faced, lessons learned, and advice on best practices if we can. We would then like to open up the session for a general discussion with feedback from the audience. We have submitted this proposal under the track "transnationalism and globalization" as digital initiatives facilitate transnational and global exchange of information.


  • "Revolutionary Activists and Mothers: A Digital Library of Interviews with Mexican Women" Sarah Buck Kachaluba, Florida State University
  • "The Cuban Theater Digital Archive" Lillian Manzor, University of Miami
  • "Memorias de la Patagonia Austral" Gustavo Urbano Navarro, Archivo Histórico de la Patagonia Austral
  • "Redesign of Legislación Mexicana and the creation of a digital component of the Hispanic American Historical Review" Alberto Santiago Martinez, El Colegio de México