Visual Culture Studies

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Annual Report 2019

Annual Report LASA 2018-2019 

 1. A summary of the business meeting including the number of people that attended, topics discussed and conclusions
At the VCS business meeting the election of the new VCS executive committee members were made by acclamation and the prizes of the VCS section were announced. 7 members of the VCS section attended the business meeting.
2. The results of the Section’s elections
Co-chair: Liliana Gómez/University of Zurich (2018-2020)
Co-chair: Tamara Walker/U Toronto (2019-2021)
Council Members:
Ernesto Capello/Macalester College (2018-2020)
Talía Dajes/University of Utah (2018-2020)
Giuliana Borea/University of London (2019-2021)
Meghan Tierney/University of Minnesota (2019-2021)
Bethany Wade/University of Pittsburgh (2019-2021)
Since there were three nominations for the three positions available in the section’s executive board, all three of them have been selected as new council members. Instead of elections, they were confirmed by acclamation at the VCS business meeting during the LASA congress in Boston.
3. A review of the activities and plans for the coming term
As in previous years, the VCS section aims to continue to organize a pre-conference workshop and sponsor at least two section panels at LASA, given the success of both formats of section activity. Also, the VCS section will organize for the next term a prize for the best book and best essay in Latin American Visual Culture Studies. The Visual Culture Studies Section Prize Committee is TBD.
4. The names of the Section’s grantees

The Visual Culture Studies Section Prize Committee, which this year consisted of Ernesto Capello (Macalester College), Barbara Mundy (Fordham University), and Meghan Tierney (University of Minnesota).

Best Book in Latin American Visual Culture Studies

Presented by the Visual Cultures Studies Section


Maria de Lourdes Ghidolli

Universidad de Buenos Aires

Estereotipos en negro: Representaciones y autorrepresentaciones visuales de afroporteños en el siglo XIX. Rosario: Prohistoria Ediciones, 2016

Honorable Mention

Michele Greet

George Mason University

Transatlantic Encounters: Latin American Artists in Paris Between the Wars. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2018.

Best Essay in Latin American Visual Culture Studies

Presented by the Visual Cultures Studies Section


Tatiana Reinoza

Dartmouth College

The Island Within the Island: Remapping Dominican York. Archives of American Art Journal 57.2 (Fall 2018), 4-27