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Esther Gabara

Professor of Romance Studies
Romance Studies
Box 90257, Department of Romance Studies, Durham, NC 27708-0257
212 Language Center, Department of Romance Studies, Durham, NC 27708-0257
Office hours Thursdays 3-5 pm and by appointment. 212 Languages  

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Motifs in Non-Literary Fiction: Walking in Spirals Under Neoliberalism · 2022 - April 22, 2022 Keynote/Named Lecture Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, University of Texas, Austin
Interview with Tatiana Parcero · 2017 Interview Getty Foundation, LA, LA
Photography, Avant-Garde, and Modernity - The Atlantic World Research Network (AWRN) · April 5, 2016 Invited Talk Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. ,
El laberinto de la hermandad: Me-Xicano Photography and Protest · November 8, 2015 - November 7, 2015 Invited Talk UCLA, Chicano Studies Resource Center/Autry Museum of Art,
The Gesture of Fiction: Invention and Intervention in Contemporary Art of the Americas · November 5, 2015 Invited Talk Institute of Fine Arts, New York University,
Motifs in Non-Literary Fiction: Walking in Spirals Under Neoliberalism · 2022 - April 22, 2022 Keynote/Named Lecture Institute for Studies on Latin American Art, University of Texas, Austin
Interview with Tatiana Parcero · 2017 Interview Getty Foundation, LA, LA
Photography, Avant-Garde, and Modernity - The Atlantic World Research Network (AWRN) · April 5, 2016 Invited Talk Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North Carolina, Greensboro. ,
El laberinto de la hermandad: Me-Xicano Photography and Protest · November 8, 2015 - November 7, 2015 Invited Talk UCLA, Chicano Studies Resource Center/Autry Museum of Art,
The Gesture of Fiction: Invention and Intervention in Contemporary Art of the Americas · November 5, 2015 Invited Talk Institute of Fine Arts, New York University,
“No-object, No-narrative, No-America: Negation in Art and Theory since Neoliberalism.” - Art History and ILAS · November 21, 2014 Lecture Columbia University,
Panel leader at colloquium in honor of Mary Louise Pratt · November 15, 2014 Other New York University, New York University
Getty Institute Symposium for Pacific Standard Time 2: Los Angeles/ Latin America (LA/LA), supported by the Getty Foundation - Discussant La Raza, Autry National Center/ Chicano Studies Research Center · October 4, 2014 - October 5, 2014 Other UCLA,
“No-object, No-narrative, No-America: Negation in Art and Theory since Neoliberalism.” · May 8, 2014 Lecture Romance Languages, University of Chicago,
Errant Continent: Theories of Photography, Avant-Garde, and Modernity in Latin/America · September 12, 2013 Lecture University of Toronto
La vanguardia y los usos de la fotografía · May 23, 2013 Lecture Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM/Museo Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
A Museological Bermuda Triangle: Coloniality in Contemporary Spanish Exhibition Practices · May 6, 2013 Lecture Department of Visual Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
¿Nostalgia radical? Ficciones estéticas y políticas en la fotografía · November 19, 2012 Lecture Instituto de Altos Estudios Sociales, Universidad de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Fiction of Emancipation · November 8, 2012 Lecture Hemispheric Convergence, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, held at Duke University
El triángulo museológico de las Bermudas: El Prado, el Museo de América y el Museo Nacional de Antropología · April 20, 2012 Lecture La Historia Sin Pasado: Contraimágenes De La Colonialidad España/América Latina. Centro 2 de mayo, Madrid, Spain
Pobre México. So Far from Modernist Originality, So Close to the United States · November 18, 2011 Lecture Princeton University
Nostalgic Critique: Contemporary Photography as Non-literary Fiction · December 3, 2010 Lecture The Itinerant Languages of Photography. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Modernist Tourists in Mexico. · October 14, 2010 Lecture Paul Strand in Mexico. Aperture Foundation, New York, New York
Gesture: Signs of the Body in Visual Studies · May 28, 2010 Lecture The 2010 Visual Culture Studies Conference. Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Gesture: Signs of the Body · May 3, 2010 Lecture Research Seminar series, History of Art Department, University of York, York, United Kingdom
On Terra em transe · December 5, 2009 Lecture “‘Stronger are the powers of the people’: politics, poetics and popular education in Brazilian cinema, 1962-1979.” No-w-here, London, United Kingdom
“Drawn: The New Art of Making Fiction” · December 2, 2009 Lecture Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Manchester. Manchester, United Kingdom.
Queer Surrealism: As peripheral surrealism · July 23, 2009 Lecture Surrealism and Non-Normative Sexualities. Seminar at The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Cambridge, MA.
The “Quasi-Corpus, Habeas Corpus, and Relative Democracy: The Cutting Intimacy of Non-Literary Fiction · April 13, 2009 Lecture Department of Romance Studies, Cornell University. Ithaca, New York.
Misplaced Influence: Art Histories of and from Continental America · February 14, 2009 Lecture Courtauld Institute of Art, London, England
“Errant Landscapes: Mário de Andrade Surveys Brazil” · April 14, 2008 Lecture University of California, Berkeley
“Fighting It Out: Being Naco in the Global Lucha Libre.” · February 15, 2008 Lecture Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Los Angeles
Discussant/Chair: Visual Politics: Contemporary Art and Visual Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean · February 9, 2008 Lecture Annual Conference of the Duke-UNC Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Service to the Profession


Editorial Board Member : Editorial Board, ELN · 2011 Editorial Activities
Editorial Board of Modernism/Modernity · 2010 Editorial Activities
Peer review of article for Hispanic Review · November 20, 2008 Editorial Activities
Search Committee, France Professor of Pre-Columbian Art · 2008 Committee Service Department of Art, Art History, & Visual Studies
advisory member of two ongoing searches : Latino/a Studies Search Review Committee · 2008 Committee Service