Potential projects/topics: “Gazing at Disaster” is a project that provides a critical platform to visualize photography of natural events which have had catastrophic consequences. This research deals with the challenges of visual representation of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and floods; which include ethical, cultural, and even technical considerations . We will gather, organize and display important within a platform accessible to other researchers. Simultaneously, the work will conclude with a monograph.
Potential skills gained: Learn to conduct archival work. Learn to create visualization platforms with GIS. JStore, Spanish or French
Required qualifications: Participants should be able to work with images and basic knowledge of GIS. Researchers will also work with archives and produce reports on case studies from around the Americas. Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is a plus. Archival work. Cataloging.
Direct mentor: Faculty/P.I.
Luis Duno-Gottberg specializes in Latin American and Caribbean culture from the nineteenth century to the present, with a particular emphasis on race and ethnicity, politics, and violence. His current book project, Dangerous People: Hegemony, Representation and Culture in Contemporary Venezuela, explores the relationship between popular mobilization, radical politics and political representation in Venezuela, while his pevious and ongoing work on “carceral communities” explores the daily life of prison communities, from Venezuela and Brazil to the Dominican Republic, as a specific bio-political order that also affects the wider civil society across Latin America. Additionally, Duno-Gottberg works on cinema in Venezuela and on the Haitian Revolution, and he also translated the first Haitian novel, Stella, from French first into English (2014) and then into Spanish (2016). He is regularly interviewed by newspapers from El Correo del Orinico in Venezuela to the Houston Chronicle, and he has also appeared on Univisíon.