Idelber Avelar (Spanish and Portuguese, Tulane University), “Amerindian Perspectivism and the Concept of Non-Human Rights in the Anthropocene”
Friday, September 18, 2015, 1:30pm
Buchanan Tower 826
Idelber Avelar is a Full Professor specialized in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory, and Cultural Studies. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1996 and joined Tulane in 1999. His latest books are Figuras da Violência: Ensaios sobre Ética, Narrativa e Música Popular (UFMG, 2011) and, coedited with Christopher Dunn, Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship (Duke, 2011). He is also the author of The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics (Palgrave, 2004) and The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning (Duke, 1999), winner of the MLA Kovacs prize and translated into Spanish and Portuguese.
Avelar has also published over 60 articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes, and over 100 position pieces in Latin American print and electronic media. He was the winner of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry essay contest on Machado de Assis and has been the recipient of Rockefeller, Hewlett, and Ford Foundation grants. He has been a guest lecturer in 15 countries and dozens of US institutions of higher learning, including Yale, Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, NYU, Berkeley, Columbia, and the Universities of Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and New Mexico, among others.