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Miguel Rojas Sotelo

Program Coord
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 90254, Durham, NC 27708-0254
2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Presentations & Appearances


COUNTER EXPEDITIONARY - TEDX. · 2019 Broadcast Appearance DKU, KUNSHAN, CHINA

Dr. Miguel Rojas-Sotelo is an art historian, visual artist and a visiting scholar at Duke Kunshan University. He holds a doctorate degree in visual studies, contemporary art and cultural theory from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as visual arts director for Colombia’s Ministry of Culture from 1995 to 2001 and then as an independent artist, curator, filmmaker and critic. He teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University and is director of the N.C. Latin American Film and New Media Festival. Dr. Miguel Rojas-Sotelo is an art historian, visual artist and a visiting scholar at Duke Kunshan University. He holds a doctorate degree in visual studies, contemporary art and cultural theory from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as visual arts director for Colombia’s Ministry of Culture from 1995 to 2001 and then as an independent artist, curator, filmmaker and critic. He teaches at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Duke University and is director of the N.C. Latin American Film and New Media Festival. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Co-Director - Two Way Bridges | Puentes de Doble Vía. Duke, Durham & the Americas · 2012 - 2014 Service Learning Duke University , Durham. NC flag United States of America The central goal of this project is to expand the bridges we have begun building between Duke and the Durham Latino communities and simultaneously make them into bi-directional ones. In other words, we will seek to offer means for the Latino community to have greater access to the university and to have Duke students engage the community both in the community and at Duke. Duke can be changed by these relationships, as will the community that surrounds us; thus the metaphor of the two-way bridge. We have built a partnership between our collaborating faculty and staff – representing the Center for Documentary Studies, the Spanish Language Program, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, and DukeEngage on the Border/Encuentros de la Frontera – and local organizations representing the Latino community. We will continue to forge a partnership with key collaborators, Latino artists who already reside in Durham and beyond.
Director - NC LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL · October 2008 - 2019 Event/Organization Administration Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. UNC-CH & Duke University , Multiple The NC Latin American Film Festival celebrates the power and artistry of Latin America’s film and audiovisual production. Its mission is to provide a space in North Carolina for Latin American images, sounds, and stories to reach a wider audience. The Festival was founded in 1986, by Sharon Mújica. Since 2008 the festival has been directed by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo sharing both classics and new releases from different genres of a rich and prolific Latin American cinema tradition. The Festival invites filmmakers from many of the 26 countries of the region, it has shown films in 13 languages, and has become a bridge between universities and cultural centers in the region. In response to the demographic changes in North Carolina, the Festival has screened films on issues such as migration, globalization, and new political landscapes in the Americas.

Service to the Profession


Co-President - EILA V · April 27, 2018 - May 6, 2018 Event/Organization Administration Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, FILBO, Bogotá, Colombia

EILA is the largest network of South American scholars and creators (writers, poets, visual artists) working on indigenous literature and culture. It meets every two years. The network started in 2010 in Chile and has held meetings in Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Colombia.

Co- convener - Mingas de la Imagen y la Palabra · 2016 - 2020 Professional Development Pontificia Universidad Javeriana , Bogotá, Colombia

Mingas de la imagen y la palabra is a series of professional development workshops design to support the training of indigenous youth in higher education in Bogotá, Colombia. As first generation students, coming from rural/reservations indigenous youth are vulnerable not only to the academic spaces in urban centers but also proceses of adaptation. Mingas, offer twice a year spaces for profesional development, but also a network of support to help overcoming dropping off from universities and programs.

Co- convener - WORKING GROUP: NARRATING THE ENVIRONMENT · 2016 - 2019 Professional Development Duke University. Franklin Humanities Institute, Durham, NC. USA

WORKING GROUP: NARRATING THE ENVIRONMENT
Convened by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo (Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies) and Dalia Patino-Echeverri (Nicholas School of the Environment).

Convener - Annual Conference in Latin American and Caribbean Studies · 2009 - 2018 Event/Organization Administration Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill / Duke University. Durham

he Consortium Conference serves as a venue in which faculty and graduate students offer presentations related to research in progress and developing scholarship. The two-day conference seeks to foster intellectual discussion across diverse disciplinary thresholds and among different fields of knowledge.

Service to Duke


Co-Director . Duke Engage | Colombia · 2020 Curriculum Innovations Kenan Institute | Duke Engage, Bogotá / Nabusimake. Colombia

Addressing food security for indigenous families and those subject to forced migration in Colombia. Assisting with programs aimed at promoting food security, sustainable livelihoods, cultural self-reliance, and adaptation for immigrants from Venezuela and rural Colombia living in Bogota, and for indigenous people in Sierra Nevada.

University Scholars Program (Program) · 2016 - 2020 Committee Service Duke University , Durham, NC

Designed to stimulate an interdisciplinary, inter-generational community of scholars, the University Scholars Program was created in 1998 by the Office of the Vice-Provost of Interdisciplinary Studies with a gift from Duke University Trustee Emerita Melinda French Gates and her husband Bill Gates, through the William H. Gates Foundation.

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional school University Scholars are selected for their ability to explore new academic horizons. They represent a range of personal and intellectual backgrounds and share an excitement for original research, collaborative thinking, and innovative scholarship.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Selection Committee (Program) · 2010 - 2020 Committee Service CDS (Center for Documentary Studies), Durham, NC

Part of the Full Frame Selection Committee from 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020

Academic & Administrative Activities


Coordinate. Interdisciplinary Consortium Working Groups in Latin American Studies

Established in 1990, the Working Groups program provides an environment in which to foster graduate student mentorship, promote inter-disciplinary collaboration, and encourage the production and dissemination of new knowledge. The Working Group format is usually structured around monthly discussion/study sessions, public talks, and workshops, often with invited guest speakers. Membership in Working Groups consists of UNC-Duke faculty and graduate students representing the social sciences, humanities and the professional schools. Each academic year the Consortium supports a number of Working Groups with funds from the Andrew W. Mellon endowment.
https://jhfc.duke.edu/latinamericauncduke/working-groups/