Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Christopher Dunn

Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info
cjdunn@tulane.edu

Department Affiliation
Spanish and Portuguese

Degrees

  • B.A., Colorado College, History, 1987
  • M.A., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1992
  • Ph.D., Brown University, Brazilian Studies, 1996

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2002-
  • Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1996-2001

Research & Teaching Specializations: Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies, Popular Music, Countercultures, Brazilian Culture, African Diaspora Studies, Popular Music, African Diaspora Studies

Related Experience

  • Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2003-2009, 2012-2013
  • Program Chair, IX Congress of Brazilian Studies Association, 2008
  • Member, Executive Committee of Brazilian Studies Association, 2002-2006
  • Manuscript evaluation for Duke University Press, University of Pittsburgh Press, Wesleyan University Press, Indiana University Press, Luso-Brazilian Review, PMLA, Hispanic American Historical Review, Latin American Music Review, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture, Current Anthropology, Afro-Asia, Identities, Hispanic Review, Calalloo

Distinctions

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO) Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2008
  • Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, 2002
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 1994-1995

Languages

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Overseas Experience

  • Brazil
  • Cuba

Selected Publications

  • 2014. “Mapping Tropicália.” In The Global Sixties in Sound and Vision: Media, Counterculture, Revolt. Timothy Brown and Andrew Lison, eds. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan.
  • 2014. “Desbunde and its Discontents: Counterculture and Authoritarian Modernization in Brazil, 1968-1974.” The Americas.
  • 2013. “Experience the Experimental: Avant-Garde, Cultura Marginal, and Counterculture in Brazil, 1968-1972.” Luso-Brazilian Review.
  • 2012. “Por entre máscaras cool, twists mornos e jazz fervente: Bossa Nova no cenário norte-americano, 1961-1964.” In João Gilberto. Edited by Walter Garcia. São Paulo: Cosac Naify, (251-270).
  • 2011. Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship. Edited with Idelber Avelar. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2009. “Tom Zé and the performance of citizenship in Brazil.” Popular Music. 28 (2): 217-237.
  • 2008. “A Roma Negra e o Big Easy: Raça, cultura e discurso em Salvador e Nova Orleans.” Afro-Ásia. 37: 119-151.
  • 2006. “A Retomada Freyreana.” In Gilberto Freyre e los Estudios Latinoamericanos. Edited by Joshua Lund and Malcolm McNee. Pittsburgh: Instituto de Literatura Iberoamericana. 35-51.
  • 2001. Brutality Garden: Tropicalia and the Emergence of a Brazilian Counterculture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries (São Paulo); Brazilian Modernities; PORT 4510: Luso-Brazilian Cities, PORT 6230: Brazilian Literature and the City ADST 4400: Afro-Brazilians

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 7

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Stone Center for Latin American Studies to host 11th annual Workshop on Field Research Methods

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Join us at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the 11th Annual Weekend Workshop on Field Research Methods on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The deadline to apply for the workshop is January 15, 2019.

How will you get the data you need for your thesis or dissertation? Do you envision immersing yourself for months in the local culture, or tromping the hills and farms seeking respondents? Sorting through dusty archives? Observing musicians at work in the plaza? Downloading and crunching numbers on a computer? For any of these approaches: How might you get there, from here?

This workshop aims to help you approach your data collection and analysis for your thesis or dissertation topic, and to adapt and refine your topic to be more feasible. You will take your research project ideas to the next stop—whatever that may be, include raising travel grants. Learn to:

  • Plan more efficiently, feasible, and rewarding fieldwork
  • Prepare more compelling and persuasive grant proposals
  • Navigate choices of research methods and course offerings on campus
  • Become a better research and fieldwork team-member

Format
This is an engaged, hands-on, informal workshop. Everyone shares ideas and participates. We will explore and compare research approaches, share experiences and brainstorm alternatives. You will be encouraged to think differently about your topic, questions, and study sites as well as language preparation, budgets, and logistics. The participatory format is intended to spark constructive new thinking, strategies, and student networks to continue learning about (and conducting) field research.

Who is leading this?
Laura Murphy, PhD, faculty in Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, and affiliate faculty to the Stone Center for Latin American Studies.

Who is this for?
This workshop is targeted to Stone Center graduate students as well as graduate students from other programs (GOHB, CCC, humanities, sciences, and others) if space is available. The workshop will be particularly helpful for those who envision research with human subjects.

Sign up
Sign up as soon as you can! Apply by January 15, 2019, at the latest to confirm your stop. Send an email with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Department and Degree program
  • Year at Tulane
  • Prior experience in research, especially field research
  • Academic training in research design and methods
  • Include a 1-paragraphy statement of your current research interests and immediate plans/needs (i.e. organize summer field research)

Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Not for credit.

For more information and/or to apply: Contact Laura Murphy or Jimmy Huck.

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2019
Cost: $3300

Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves. In collaboration with The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue.

Fill out the APPLICATION here, due March 8, 2019. In addition, supplemental materials are also needed by March 8th in order for application to be considered complete.

Additional materials needed:

  • Two letters of recommendation (please make sure to have at least one recommendation letter from a colleague at your school)
  • Copy of Passport
  • Sample lesson plan
  • $500 program deposit

THE PROGRAM INCLUDES:

  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
  • At least 1 meal a day (at Casa Vera and on excursions)
  • Transportation to/from airport to residence (if you arrive on time)
  • Medical insurance: Each participant will be covered for the entire program length by a travel health insurance policy.
  • Group tours and excursions, with associated transportation

THE PROGRAM DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Airfare to/from Miami: approx. $300-$600
  • Visa: $50-$100 depending on airline
  • Checked luggage ($25) + Overweight baggage: This constitutes anything in excess of maximum allowed luggage weight (50lbs), both going and returning from Cuba.
  • Communication: Internet and long distance/international calls
  • Additional meals (1 a day, snacks)
  • Taxi/ground transportation: Participants are responsible for expenses incurred getting around town during free time.
  • Admission to museums, events, etc.: Participants will be responsible for these expenses unless they are part of itinerary.
  • All materials and personal expenditures
  • Loss/Theft Travel Insurance: Please note only travel medical insurance is included in program. If you would like additional coverage (including insurance for loss of baggage, emergency cash transfers, etc.), it is recommended that you purchase additional insurance.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 8, 2019

Please email crcrts@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.