|Tuesday||2:30 - 4:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||2:30 - 4:00 p.m.|
Gastón A. Alzate, Ph.D.
Co-Director of Latin American Studies (LAS)
Full Professor Latin American Literatures & Theater
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Editor of Karpa, dissident theatricalities, visual arts and cultures.
I am from Cali (Valle del Cauca), Colombia. Currently I am Full Professor of Spanish and also Co-director of Latin American Studies at Cal State University-Los Angeles where I teach Latin American Theater, Performance Art and Literature. During 2011 I was Research Fellow of the Verflechtungen von Theater Kulturen (Interweaving Performance Cultures). Freie Universität, Berlin. Previously, I was Director of Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (LALACS) at Gustavus Adolphus College (1999-2006). I also served as advisor for the Independent Study group in Cuba, SPAN, University of Minnesota (1999-2000). I worked as Research Associate with David William Foster (1996-1997), and as Teaching Associate at Arizona State University. Since 2009 I am member of the CSULA Mariachi Band Aguila de Oro (Golden Eagle).
For the last years, at California State University, Los Angeles, I have taught Theater Production in Spanish (Teatro en español), and developed several collaborative projects involving the Music and Theater Departments (see Mariachi Quixote). I have also taught undergraduate and MA courses on Contemporary Latin American Theater and Literature, graduate seminars on Latino and Latin American Performance Art, and on Mexican Popular Cultures from the point of view of theater and performance studies. I am fortunate in that my academic life has given me the opportunity to balance both teaching and research in my field. At Cal State I love having the opportunity to work with a diverse student population. I try to create a comfortable and humorous atmosphere that promotes communication between cultures, while at the same time promoting a high level of learning.
My central line of research and publication has been Mexican and Colombian literature with a focus on theater and performance art. My research has generally focused on the connections between Western tradition and Latin American culture, particularly the need to re-accommodate theoretical framework originating in Europe and the US when studying Latin American and US Latino productions.
With the collaboration of Dr. Paola Marín, I founded the academic electronic journal Karpa in 2009, devoted to theatrical dissidences, visual arts, and culture. It publishes articles in Spanish, English, and Portuguese. The journal is a peer-reviewed publication indexed by the MLA International Bibliography, which encompasses Latin American and Iberian performing and visual culture manifestations such as political cabaret, dance, performance art, theater, social theatricalities, graffiti, photography, and film.
During my Fellowship at the Verflechtungen von Theater Kulturen in Berlin (2011) I did a research on Contemporary Mexican Political Cabaret focusing on the diverse processes of interweaving of cultures. My experience at Berlin allowed me to better understand additional perspectives on the Performance Studies field. These include the German scholarly tradition and the viewpoints of so-called Third World scholars who have questioned the intercultural component in the origins of the Performance Studies field in the U.S., principally the fact that performative manifestations from cultures beyond the Anglo-European context are often times stripped of their specific historical conditions. (More information here).
|“Cultural Interweavings in Mexican Political
Cabaret.” Politics of
Interweaving Performance Cultures. Introduction by Erica
Fischert-Lichte. Epilogue by Homi K. Bhabha. (forthcoming)
|"La derrota insalvable de
las ideas: Álvaro Mutis y Nicolás Gómez
Dávila". Un dios olvidado mira
crecer la hierba: Homenaje a Álvaro Mutis en sus 90 años. Benemérita
Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (forthcoming)
"Political Trauma and Pathos in the Art Work of Doris Salcedo y Rosemberg Sandoval." South Central Review vol. 30.3 Issue on Trauma Ed. by Sarah M. Misemer (forthcoming)
"Masový kabaret Jesusy Rodríguez a kulturní pozadí performance". Translated by Silvye Keilová. Ročenka textů zahraničních profesorů (The Annual of texts by Foreign Guest Professors) Vol 5. Praha : Univerzita Karlova (Charles University). (forthcoming)
|Along with Paola Marin. “On Rosemberg Sandoval’s performance actions: questioning the North/South paradigm”. Contemporary Theater Review 22.4 (2012): 512-525.||2012|
|"Perfil de un capocomico contemporáneo: Tito Vasconcelos" Paso de gato 50 (sept 2012): 13-15.||2012|
|Along with Paola Marin editor of Karpa Journal 5.1-5.2 (summer 2012)||2012|
COMPLETE LIST OF PUBLICATIONS
Research Fellow (2011)
Universität, Interweaving Performance Cultures
Ph.D. Contemporary Mexican Theater, 1997
- Arizona State University
Masters Latin American Art and Performance, 1991
- Universidad del Rosario
B.A. Contemporary Latin American Literature, 1989
- Universidad Javeriana
- Real Conservatorio
Superior de Música y Canto
|Course||Course Title||Day & Time||Room||Quarter|
|Span 300B||Spanish composition||TR 4:20 - 6:10 p.m.||KH C1069||Winter 2013|
|Span 459||Hispanic Play Production||TR 6:10 - 7:50 p.m.||KH B2012||Winter 2013|