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Vacation Photo Opportunities: Consuming Travel

As many of us head off for summer research, or for a well-deserved summer vacation, our cameras  are never far from reach. We snap pictures of our food, our friends, people we meet, and interesting places we go. Some of us strive to navigate away from these usual subjects in

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Efraín Ríos Montt Convicted of Genocide

In an unprecedented case, not only for Latin America, but for the international community, Ex- Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide by a national tribunal yesterday, Friday, May 11th. For more information on the trial and the deep scar the ex-dictator left on Guatemala and especially

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Call for Bloggers

Calling all bloggers, writers and hipsterodáctilos: Blog.pterodactilo is looking to expand our team. We currently have 1 more spot for a new blogger. The position: – Duration of 6 months – Post one article/review/piece every 6 weeks (minimum) – English/Spanish/Portuguese welcome – Topics must be loosely related to the the

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Nossa, Nossa, assim você me mata

I hope that got a song stuck in your head. If it didn’t, then I hope this does: And if that didn’t, then you may have been one of the few people who managed to escape Michel Teló’s massive 2011 hit “Ai se eu te pego,” a poppy version of

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Guest Post: Diana Norton on LO IMPOSIBLE

By Diana Norton: The Impossible (Lo imposible) is slick and well-made film telling the story of a family on Holiday in Thailand, whose fun-filled vacation at a luxury beach resort is rocked by the 2004 tsunami. However, its slow plot and narrow focus have brought criticism surrounding its portrayal the

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Archer and the German-South American Nazi Myth

In “Placebo Effect,” an episode in the 2nd season of the critically acclaimed cartoon series Archer, the self-proclaimed “über-German” Dr. Krieger unintentionally reveals that he was raised not in the East Coast suburbs, but in Brazil. The show, created by Adam Reed, is based around the exploits of the incompetent

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Velosodáctilo

We at Pterodáctilo are dedicated to the study and reflection of Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Literatures. However, sometimes our artistic vanity gets the best of us. 1a edición.

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1810: La Revolución de Mayo vivida por los negros

As my fellow blogger James said in his last post, Ficcionalizar la historia: Dictadores animé, history is part of the patrimony of humanity, and therefore can be changed or altered by anyone and everyone. While the grand “history” of History has been one of erasures and suppressions, it can also

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Borges’ Buenos Aires?

This post is a shamelessly touristic. I wrote it when in Buenos Aires this past summer, as an attempt to see parts of the city I hadn’t yet seen while cloistered in the Biblioteca Nacional. But I wanted to share it anyway. So I will: I began the day with

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Literatura e afrodescendência no Brasil

Today in the department, Brazilian writer, Conceição Evaristo, joined Dr. Eduardo de Assis Duarte, to give a talk entitled Literatura e afrodescendência no Brasil. Dr. Duarte, professor in the Faculdade de Letras at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brasil, presented his recently published anthology, appropriately named Literatura e afrodescendência no Brasil.

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