Latin American and Iberian Institute Visiting Scholar Miguel Neneve presents, "Travel-writing on the Amazon in the Nineties," Monday, Aug. 22, at noon at the LAII, 801 Yale NE, on the main UNM campus.

Neneve is a professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the Universidade Federal de Rondônia, Brazil.

After the death of Chico Mendes at the end of 1988, many foreign writers, critics, journalists and photographers flocked to the Brazilian Amazon in order to divulge to the world "the burning of the Amazon,", the "fate of the forest," the "burning of the world," and many other warnings about the region. In his research and this presentation, Neneve analyzes how this discourse somewhat repeats the colonial discourse present in many previous writing on "the center against the periphery," "the empire over the colonies," or even "Europe over America.

Neneve will research UNM University Libraries' excellent collection of travel writings on the Americas. He, and his university, are interested in widening the research perspectives for their masters students in Amazonian studies and travel writing on the Amazon and the Americas.

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