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Lina Del Castillo

Assistant Professor Ph.D., 2007, University of Miami

Lina Del Castillo

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Biography

Lina del Castillo received her B.A. from Cornell University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Miami.  She first joined the UT community through the Big 12 Faculty Fellowship which allowed her time away from Iowa State University to conduct research and participate in the Institute for Historical Studies.

Her work focuses on the intersections between cartography, contested claims to land and resources, and the formation of the Colombian nation-state during the first half of the nineteenth century. The National Science Foundation funded her dissertation research, which, upon completion, won the University of Miami Barrett Prize for Best Ph.D. dissertation on a Latin American topic. 

As Assistant Professor of History at Iowa State University, she won a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to further her research and teach at the National University in Bogotá, Colombia. In the fall f 2012 she was awarded the Jeannette D. Black Memorial Fellow for the History of Cartography at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. She served as a visiting scholar and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin through the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies from 2011-2012.

 

Interests

Latin American History; 19th Century Colombia History; U.S. – Latin American Relations; Science, Technology, and Medicine in Latin America; Gender, Race, and Class in Latin American History; History of Geography and Cartography

HIS 346L • Modern Latin America

39860 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am CLA 0.128
(also listed as AFR 374E, LAS 366 )
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This course introduces students to the history of Latin America from the eve of the wars of independence to the present.  Major issues to be covered include the breakdown of Spanish and Portuguese Empires, the struggle to form independent nation-states, the re-integration of the region into the world economy, the emergence of national politics and mass culture, Cold War cycles of revolution and counter-revolution, the promise of democracy in the region, and implications of immigration from the region to the United States. In addition to highlighting the political history of the past two centuries, the course readings and lectures will examine the importance of ethnicity, race, class, nationality, and gender in understanding the changing characteristics of Latin American societies. A combination of primary sources and scholarly works will shed light on the historical development of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, and Argentina, among other countries.

 

Over the course of the semester, students will consider the following broad questions: how has Latin America come to be imagined as a particular kind of place? What elements went into forging the imagined national communities of the region? How have different ideas of “progress” and “modernization” been applied over time in Latin America and what impacts have they had in practice? Why have hierarchical social orders proved so durable in Latin America? What have been the motors of reform, revolution, and counter-revolution in the region? And finally, what how has the relationship between the United States and Latin America changed over time?

 

Through weekly discussions, essays, group work, and examinations, students will hone their talents for historical interpretation, including their critical thinking and writing skills. In addition, the course provides tools for understanding present-day problems in the Americas from a broader historical perspective.

 

Required Materials

The following texts are available from the UT Co-op.  They may also be consulted on reserve in Perry Castañeda library.

John Charles Chasteen. Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America. Second Edition (New York: Norton, 2011) ISBN: 0393911543

John Charles Chasteen & James Wood, Problems in Modern Latin American History: Sources and Interpretations (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009) ISBN:  978-0-7425-5645-4

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Course Packet (TBD)

 

Grading Policy on Major Course Requirements and Assignments:

Map quiz (In class on Friday, Sept. 14)                                        5%

Overall Attendance and Participation in Friday Discussions        15%

Mid-Term (In class on Friday, Oct 24)                                        25%

Paper (1200-1800 words due in class Friday, Nov. 19)      30%  (25% paper; 5% prep for paper)

Final Exam       (During Exam Week)                                         25%

 

HIS 350L • Latin America In The 19th-Cen

39910 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 330pm-500pm GAR 0.120
(also listed as LAS 366 )
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This course problematizes both the term “Latin America” and the historical period of the 19th century. “Latin America,” as a term referring to a specific geopolitical region, itself dates back to at least the mid-nineteenth century. English-language scholarship tends to attribute the coining of this term to pan-Latinist intellectuals close to Napoleon III who wished to justify French intervention in Mexico in the 1860s. More recently, scholars from the region have demonstrated that a decade prior to the French intervention, influential intellectuals from New Granada (the 19th century country that included today’s Colombia and Panamá), Chile, and the Dominican Republic, writing in Spanish, frequently adopted the terms “América Latina,” and “latinoamericano.” They did so in order to refer to a united geopolitical entity distinct from (rather than an extension of) the Latin nations of Europe, and in opposition to the growing influence (and worrisome territorial expansion) of the United States.  Debates among and between European, North American, Latin American, and Caribbean scholars and politicians over what countries should be included in -- and excluded from -- the Latin American region, and for what political, social, cultural, ethnic, economic, and historical reasons, have continued well into the 21st century. This course calls into question the geographical category of Latin America by examining the kinds of trends and forces of the 19th century that contributed to its conceptual emergence and to its growing political, economic, and cultural significance on the global stage.  It will take into consideration perspectives offered by scholars and historical actors from the region and outside it. And yet, determining when, exactly, the nineteenth century begins and ends has also been a cause for debate.

Keeping debates over periodization in mind, the course adopts a long nineteenth century (roughly 1780s-1940s) as its historical timeframe, and will proceed somewhat chronologically, but more importantly, thematically. Each week we will examine a particular historical theme of the 19th century that will help us better think through how to conceptualize “Latin America” temporally and geographically. Students individually and in groups will read and analyze a combination of articles, chapters from books, and primary sources to better understand the implications of some major regional trends (and exceptions) including: the Bourbon Reforms; the transnational causes and local effects of Independence; slavery, manumission, and emancipation; processes of republican territorial nation-state formation as linked to changing racial, ethnic, class, and gender relations; the (often violent) emergence of international trade networks; urbanization; and health and hygiene campaigns.

Texts:

Nancy Appelbaum, Anne S. Macpherson, and Karin Alejandra Rosemblatt (eds.) Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (North Carolina UP, 2006).

Charles Walker, Smoldering Ashes: Cuzco and the Creation of Republican Peru, 1780-1840 (Duke UP, 1999)

James Sanders, Contentious Republicans: Popular Politics, Race, and Class in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (Duke UP, 2004)

Nancy Leys-Stepan, The Hour of Eugenics: Race, Gender and Nation in Latin America (Cornell, 1991).

Grading:

1 critical review (approx. 800-1200 words) of Smoldering Ashes (15%)

1 critical review (approx. 800-1200 words) of Contentious Republicans (15%)

1 critical review (approx. 800-1200 words) of The Hour of Eugenics (15%)

Each critical review will have the option for a re-write.2 short responses to a prompt (each 400-800 words) 10% each = 20%2 short critical analyses of primary sources (400-800 words) 10% each = 20%Participation 15%: Based on attendance (5%), active participation (5%), and leading the seminar at least once in the semester (5%).

 

HIS 363K • Cul Citiznshp In Us & Latin Am

39985 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am WEL 2.304
(also listed as LAS 366 )
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The two major aims of this course are: 1) introduce students to the deeply intertwined history of US-Latin America Relations and 2) prepare each student for a potential experience in Latin America (or with Latino communities in the United States) through study abroad, research, and/or community engagement. The history of US actions towards Latin America has encompassed everything from a sentimental desire to “help the less fortunate” in developing countries through aid, to direct and indirect military intervention when the internal circumstances of a particular country have been perceived to threaten US interests. Latin American states have, in turn, attempted to establish confraternal solidarity among statesmen in the early 19th century against European incursions, to confronting and/or cooperating with an emerging imperial power to the north.  This course will allow students to deepen their knowledge of this history by exploring the historical development of the inextricably intertwined and long-standing relationships between the US and Latin America from the late 18th century until the present. Readings and lectures will allow students to consider and debate the political, economic, cultural, racial, and scientific dimensions of these relationships. These discussions are intended to allow students to consider the implications of “cultural citizenship,” a political identity that extends beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. One of the inalienable “rights” that comes with this kind of citizenship includes the right to apply  -- and the right to go beyond -- the knowledge gained through readings, lectures, and discussions by identifying a particular issue concerning US-Latin American relations that they would like to explore further through a research, community engagement or study abroad experience.

 

Required Readings:

Peter Smith, Talons of he Eagle: Latin America, The United States, and the World (Oxford University Press, 2013) Fourth edition.

Brian DeLay, War of a Thousand Desserts: Indian Raids and the US-Mexican War (Lamar Series in Western History) (Yale, 2008)

Steven Palmer, Launching Global Health: The Caribbean Odyssey of the Rockefeller Foundation (U Michigan Press, 2010)

Course Reader available at Jenn’s Copies 220 Guadalupe St.

Assignments:

Participation & answers to weekly discussion questions                                  20%

Short 3-5 page Position Papers:                                   3 worth 20% each = 60% total.

Annotated Bibliography & Final oral presentation                                          5%

Final Paper (10-15 pages):                                                                               15%

HIS 386K • Terr/Natn-State Formatn Lat Am

39840 • Spring 2013
Meets M 200pm-500pm BUR 128
(also listed as GRG 396T, LAS 386 )
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This course offers graduate students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the spatial dimensions of nation-state formation in Latin America. It builds on the idea that “space” has never been a neutral abstraction or a homogenous and disinterested stage upon which human dramas are set. Rather, it considers that spaces, and representations of them, are constitutive elements of society, the consequences of interactions and interrelations between people and their material world. Places are related in important ways to “space” since places are also outcomes of interactions and interrelations, but instead of “abstract” space, places are generally held to be culturally significant, memorable places imbued with meaning for the lived experience of individuals and communities. The course grounds these ideas in the spaces and places that emerged from processes of territorial nation-state formation in Latin America. The readings and discussions of this course will underscore that, in order to best understand these processes, the dichotomy drawn between “spaces” and “places” must be bridged. Some of the major themes the course will draw attention to include: the spatial dimensions of constitutions and citizenship; war-making and state-building (and dismantling); memory and history in the creation of nation-states; cartographic visions of the nation; resource use, labor-exploitation and enclave economies; spaces of urbanization and modernity; ethnicity, race, gender and place; the movement of bodies and germs through spaces and places; overlapping territorialities, borderlands, and criminality.

 

Over the course of the semester, all students will write short (1-2 page) weekly response papers to assigned readings. Typically, these readings will consist of one book and an article, or a collection of articles on a particular “spatial” theme. In addition, each student will select three weeks for which they will present their evaluation of a supplementary secondary reading of their choosing. These supplementary readings, selected by students (and pre-approved by the professor), should examine the role of space and place as it relates to each student’s particular research interests. By the end of the semester, students will have laid a firm foundation for their final paper, one that evaluates how scholars have approached the “spatial dimensions” of their specific research question.

HIS 346L • Modern Latin America

39335 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am BUR 130
(also listed as LAS 366 )
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This course explores the history of Latin America from the eve of the wars of independence of the early nineteenth century to the present. Major issues to be covered include the breakdown of Spanish and Portuguese Empires, the struggle to form independent nation-states, the re-integration of the region into the world economy, the emergence of national politics and mass culture, Cold War cycles of revolution and counterrevolution, the promise of democracy in the region, and implications of immigration from the region to the United States. In addition to highlighting the political history of the past two centuries, the course readings and lectures will examine the importance of ethnicity, class, nationality, and gender in understanding the changing characteristics of Latin American societies. A combination of primary sources and scholarly works will shed light on the historical development of Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina, among other countries. 

Over the semester, students will consider the following broad questions: How have different ideas of progress and modernization been applied over time in Latin America and what impacts have they had in practice? What factors explain the contradiction between Latin America’s incredibly rich resources and its extreme levels of social inequality, among the highest in the world? Why have hierarchical social orders proved so durable in Latin America? What have been the motors of reform, revolution, and counter-revolution in the region? What are the factors that have created “Latin America” as a particular kind of place in the world, and in our imaginations, and what alternate criteria might be used to think about the meaning of “Latin America”? 

Through weekly discussions, essays, group work, presentations, and examinations, students will hone their talents for historical interpretation, including their critical thinking and writing skills. In addition, the course provides tools for understanding present-day problems in the Americas from a broader historical perspective.

HIS 363K • Cul Citiznshp In Us & Latin Am

39565 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm WEL 3.402
(also listed as LAS 366 )
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This course will allow students to deepen their knowledge of the history of US-Latin American relations from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first.  Readings and lectures will allow students to consider and debate the political, economic, cultural, racial, and scientific dimensions of these relationships.  These discussions will allow students to begin to think of themselves as cultural citizens of the Americas more broadly. Ultimately, this course encourages students to use what they learn as background for a potential experience in the region through study abroad, community engagement, or internship.

HIS 363K • Cul Citiznshp In Us & Latin Am

39496 • Fall 2011
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm WEL 3.260
(also listed as LAS 366 )
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The history of U.S. actions towards Latin America has ranged from a sentimental desire to “help the less fortunate” in developing countries through aid, to more violent forms of intervention when the internal circumstances of a particular country are perceived to threaten U.S. interests.  Responses from Latin American countries have ranged from attempts to establish confraternal solidarity among statesmen in the early nineteenth century, to confronting, cooperating, and/or seeking greater economic integration with an emerging imperial power to the north.  This course will allow students to deepen their knowledge of this history by exploring the inextricably intertwined and long-standing relationships that developed between the United States and Latin America from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first.  Readings and lectures will allow students to consider and debate the political, economic, cultural, racial, and scientific dimensions of these relationships.  These discussions will allow students to begin to think of themselves as cultural citizens of the Americas more broadly. Ultimately, students are encouraged to use what they learn in this class as background for a potential experience in the region through study abroad, community engagement, or an internship.

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