Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Marilyn Miller

Associate Professor and Chair - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info
mgmiller@tulane.edu

Degrees

  • B.A., Biola University, English, 1983
  • M.A., University of Washington, English Literature, 1986
  • M.A., University of Oregon, Comparative Literature, 1991
  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, Comparative Literature, 1995

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor, Tulane, 2005-
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 2001-2005
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, 2002
  • Assistant Professor, Catholic University of America, 1997-2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, 1998

Research & Teaching Specializations: New World and Trans-Atlantic Studies; Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures; Race and Hybridity; Caribbean Discourse; Francophone and Anglophone Literature; Slavery and Text; African Diasporic Literatures and Poetics in the Americas; Translation Studies

Related Experience

  • Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University, 2009-
  • Member of Editorial and Review Boards for “Comparative Literature,” “Revista de Estudios Hispánicos,” and “Latin American Music Review”
  • Coordinator, Virtual Caribbeans Conference, Tulane University, 2008
  • Co-coordinator for the symposium “Re/Viewing the Revolution: Fresh Perspectives on Cuba, 1959-2009,” Tulane University, 2009
  • Director, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Catholic University of America, 1997-2001

Distinctions

  • Stone Center Summer Research Fellowship, 2012, 2013
  • Lurcy Research Fellowships, 2008, 2009, 2013
  • Yale University Library Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Deep South Regional Humanities Center Research Grant, 2005
  • NEH Summer Institute Participant, “The Invisible Giant: The Place of Brazil in Latin American Studies,” The Ohio State University, 2001
  • NEH Summer Institute Participant, “Roots: The African Background of American Culture, through the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade,” University of Virginia, 1998

Languages:

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • French

Selected Publications

  • 2014. Tango Lessons. Movement, Sound, Dance and Image in Contemporary Practice. Editor. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2014. “Introduction: The Tango Continuum” and “Picturing Tango.” In Tango Lessons: Movement, Sound, Dance and Image in Contemporary Practice. Marilyn Miller, editor. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2013. “Lives and Afterlives of José María Silva’s Gardel Portraits.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 22(4): 417-435.
  • 2010. “Reading Juan Francisco Manzano in the Wake of Alexander von Humboldt.” Atlantic Studies 7(2): 162-189. Special Issue, “Alexander von Humboldt’s Transatlantic Personae,” ed. Vera M. Kutzkinski.
  • 2008. “‘The Soul Has No Color’ but the Skin Does: Angelitos negros and the Use of Blackface on the Mexican Silver Screen, ca. 1950.” In Global Soundscapes. Mark Slobin, ed. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press. 241-257.
  • 2008. “‘Tengo de árabes noble descendencia’: orientalismo y el retorno al país natal en Zafira de Juan Francisco Manzano.” In Moros en la costa. Orientalismo en Latinoamérica. Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, ed. Madrid: Iberoamericana. 91-110.
  • 2005. “Slavery, Cimarronaje and Poetic Refuge in Nancy Morejón.” Afro-Hispanic Review. 24 (2): 103-25.
  • 2005. “Rebeldia narrativa, resistencia poetica y expresion ‘libre’ en Juan Francisco Manzano.” Revista Iberoamericana. LXXI (211).
  • 2004. Rise and Fall of the Cosmic Race: The Cult of Mestizaje in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Modern Readings in Spanish; Hispanic Cities: Buenos Aires; Rumba to Reggaeton; Caribbean Realisms; El Caribe a Flote

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 8

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28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival to Feature Latinx Programming

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The 28th Annual New Orleans Film Festival will be held from October 11th to October 19th at participating theaters in the New Orleans area. Born in a city known for its eclectic and artistic vibrancy, the New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) has sought out bold and passionate storytellers since 1989. It is the longest-running festival of its kind in the state of Louisiana and one of the largest film festivals in the South. Now in its 28th year, the New Orleans Film Festival has grown into an internationally respected annual event that attracts 20-25k people, 400+ filmmakers, and 240 films.

This year’s film festival will feature a number of films relating to the Latin American community, either in subject matter and/or made by Latin American filmmakers. The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Center for Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute will be sponsoring several films, including Olancho and Cuban Short Stories.

A full list of film selections and synopses may be found here.

For more information on tickets, passes, and film packages, visit the NOFF website.

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following films:

Olancho
Manuel, a farmer from Olancho, Honduras, seeks fame by making music for the region’s drug cartels. When some of his song lyrics get him in trouble, he must make the most difficult decision of his life: continue the quest for fame, or flee. For information on times and locations, visit the Olancho event page.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano
These Cuban short stories are a series of short films highlight cultural and social subject manner relating to the Cuban community. For more information on show times and locations, visit the event page.

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban
A short documentary about female boxing in Cuba, where the Cuban government forbade women from competing in the 2016 summer olympics.

Manuel
A short documentary about an 87-year-old Cuban man who brews and sells potions said to be aphrodisiacs.

Parade
Jazz students from New Orleans travel to Cuba on a cultural exchange and collaborate on a parade, celebrating open borders.

Connection (Conectifai)
A portrait of a park in Havana where, thanks to public Wi-Fi, a new kind of meeting place has arisen.

Charlie
Four decades after hijacking a plane to Cuba to avoid charges of killing a state trooper, a former black power militant reflects on his past in a letter to his nine-year-old Cuban son.

Forever, Comandante (Hasta Siempre, Comandante)
Living in the shadow of the revolutionary generation’s unrelenting Cuban ideals, Ernesto, a 14-year-old barber, wants to get a tattoo despite his father’s adamant objection.

Prince of Smoke
Cuban tobacco farmer and artisanal cigar maker Hirochi Robaina follows in his legendary grandfather’s footsteps as he fights to preserve a 171-year-old family legacy.

Additional titles relating to the Latin American community include:

The Thunder Feast (Truenos de San Juan)
A documentary about the ancient festival of San Juanito in Guanajuato where homemade explosives are part of the revelry, but not everyone in the community is sure this tradition should continue.

Sambá
A documentary about Cisco, a Dominican-born man who returns to the Dominican Republic after doing time in a United State prison. Cisco soon finds that the only way he can make money is getting involved in loosely organized street fighting.

Days of Wholesome Joy
A Cuban narrative short about a woman taking care of her grandmother who has dementia.

Holy Hill
A narrative short story about a nun who works at a school for young boys in the Dominican Republic. Both she and the boys have parallel sexual awakenings.

Camp of the Innocents
A Louisiana-made short documentary about the U.S. interment of Latin American “enemy aliens” during World War II in New Orleans. The entire synopsis, as well as show times and location may be found here.

Dead Horses
A Catalan animated short film about a child fleeing his home during wartime.

Bells in the Mountains
A Spanish short documentary about a group of cows who migrate seasonally from the town of Ullé through the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees Mountains.

Elegy
A short narrative film about a girl who cannot process her complicated feelings about the death of her two classmates.

Cuban Shorts: Cine Cubano-New Orleans Film Festival

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and Tulane University are sponsoring the following screenings for the New Orleans Film Festival, which will run from October 11th-19th. Screenings are held at various locations in New Orleans. The box office is located at the Ace Hotel (600 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130).

CUBAN SHORTS: CINE CUBANO

  • Saturday, October 14th 1:00PM | Member $10 General $13
  • Thursday, October 19th 11:30AM | Members $7 General $10

Cultural Kinship Conference: Presented by the LA Creole Research Association

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The Louisiana Creole Research Association will host its’ 13th annual conference from October 20-22 in New ORLEANS, LA. The conference will explore the phenomenon of Creolization and identity that exists in both the Caribbean and in New Orleans and their common Creole culture. Learn how the influence of the St. Domingue immigrants in New Orleans bolstered that common Creole on the cusp of Americanization following the Louisiana Purchase. Registration for the conference is now open, using the following link.

2017 Conference Schedule

  • Friday, Oct. 20- Annual Members Meeting
    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    938 Lafayette St.
    6PM-9PM
  • Saturday, Oct. 21- Annual Conference
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    1 Drexel Dr., Administration Auditorium
    8AM-4:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- Laura Plantation Tour & Lunch
    2247 Highway 18, Vacherie 70090
    9AM-2:30PM
  • Sunday, Oct. 22- LAGNIAPPE!
    Xavier University of Louisiana
    2PM

For more details on the 2017 Schedule and Speakers, visit our post on Facebook! To register, become a member, or get extra information, click here.

Call for Papers: Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean 2018 Conference

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The Association for Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) seeks session proposals for its 29th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 21-24, 2018, hosted by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University.

This year’s theme, “Study Abroad: Meeting the Challenges of Cultural Engagement,” includes a variety of paper topics, including:

  • New Orleans after Katrina: The impact of the growing Hispanic population which came to help with rebuilding and has since stayed on
  • Interdisciplinary Institutional Content Assessment: How to best track what students are doing overseas and the benefits for our campuses
  • Global Partnerships through Peer Collaboration: How we can better work with institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Research Collaborations – U.S.-Latin America: Faculty led/student participation in on-site studies
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Strengthening AAPLAC Relationships through Inter-Organization Mentoring: How we can enhance protocols amongst our schools in the US
  • Latina Empowerment: More women on study abroad programs: How we can take advantage of this bond between women of the North and the South
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students can learn as they engage with local communities in working type environments
  • Crossing Borders: The eternal quest for a global space as students interact with the other
  • Global Xenophobia on the Rise of Brexit/Trump? What is our role?
  • Cuba: Future U.S. Relations – Impact on Study Abroad

Please visit the Call For Papers web page to download the proposal template, timeline, and more information about the conference.

For questions, please contact Laura Wise Person at 862-8629 or lwise1_at_tulane.edu.