About

Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams is Professor of Latin American Literature at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests center on the representations of subjectivities and national identities in modern and contemporary Latin American cultural production; artistic projects from the Southern Cone; and issues of dictatorship, democratic transition, and traumatic memory. 

Olivera-Williams received a J. William Fulbright Research Award for her current work “The Rhythms of Modernization: Tango, Ruin, and Historical Memory in the Rio de la Plata Countries." This book-length monograph studies tango as music, poetry, dance, and interpretation and as a symbol of Argentina’ and Uruguay’s uneven processes of modernization. 

Thematic Interests

Representations of subjectivities and national identities in modern and contemporary Latin American cultural production; artistic projects from the Southern Cone; issues of dictatorship, democratic transition and traumatic memory

Current Research

“The Rhythms of Modernization: Tango, Ruin, and Historical Memory in the Rio de la Plata Countries,” funded by a J. William Fulbright Research Award. This new project questions how tango, the popular Rio de la Plataphenomenon that encompasses music, dance, and lyrics, became the embodiment of modernization and a strong national symbol of Argentina and Uruguay.

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May 13 to 16, 2020
Kellogg at LASA 2020
Luis Leandro Schenoni, Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams, Karen E. Richman, Omar Coronel Cuadros, Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Jorge Ivan Puma Crespo, Edward (Ted) Beatty, Ruth Solarte
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