Nicolas Fonseca

Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow

20212022 Forum on Migration

Nicolas Fonseca

Comparative Literature; Latin American Studies

CAS, 2022

Nico Fonseca is a senior from Ft. Lauderdale, FL studying Comparative Literature and Latin American/Latinx Studies. He is interested in the revolutionary possibilities of film and filmmaking, particularly materialist notions of sensation and space-time in Latin American and Indigenous cinemas, as well as decolonial pedagogy and practice. Nico was formerly a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative, a Miami-based urban education initiative, and is currently a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow. His other interests include global political economy, posthumanisms, and the works of philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Tercer Cine, Otra Vez: Subversive Pedagogy and Nomadism in Latin American Film

As neoliberalism cracks across the Americas, the original calls for insurgent and didactic modes of cinema require reconsideration beyond their origins in the atmosphere of the late 1960s. While 20th-century techniques of vertically organized rebellion were often useful, contemporary scholars focusing on the prism of indigeneity have highlighted the European origins of class analysis and the need to theorize the political potential of non-European political philosophies and modes of thinking/organizing. As such, the figure of the “nomad,” who exists outside of European categorization and thrives in unfamiliar epistemological territory, has been revealed to be a privileged position in social change and particularly useful in understanding the relevance of indigenous metaphysics to contemporary politics.  As such, this paper draws out particular continuities and contrast between Marxist Latin American Cinema of the 20th century and contemporary Indigenous Cinema, utilizing the nomad as a mode of interpreting the relationship between these two strains of radical thought and their respective theories of aesthetics and politics.