Daniel F. Silva

Associate Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies

Interim Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity

 work(802) 443-5854
 Spring 2019: Mondays 2:00-4:00 pm, Fridays 9:00-10:00 am, and by appointment
 Carr Hall 208

Daniel F. Silva earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. His research and teaching interests include postcolonial critical cultural studies in Lusophone and global contexts; ethnic studies; racialization processes; imperial and colonial discourses; critical approaches to intersections of race, gender, and class in global contexts; and global studies.

He is Interim Director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity, and a contributing member of the International and Global Studies Program.

He is the author of Anti-Empire: Decolonial Interventions in Lusophone Literatures (Liverpool University Press, 2018) and Subjectivity and the Reproduction of Imperial Power: Empire’s Individuals (Routledge, 2015). He is also the co-editor of Imperial Crossings: Writings on Race, Identity, and Power in the Lusophone World (Liverpool University Press, Forthcoming); Decolonial Destinies: The Post-Independence Literatures of Lusophone Africa (Anthem Press, Forthcoming); Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis (Palgrave, 2016); and Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives (Lexington Books, 2013). He is co-editor of the book series, Anthem Studies in Race, Power, and Society with Anthem Press; and has published scholarship in Hispania, Chasqui, and Transmodernity.



Course List: 

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IGST 0101 - Intro to Intl & Global Studies      

Introduction to International and Global Studies
This is the core course of the International and Global Studies major. It is an introduction to key international issues and problems that will likely feature prominently in their courses at Middlebury and study abroad. Issues covered will differ from year to year, but they may include war, globalization, immigration, racism, imperialism, nationalism, world organizations, non-governmental organizations, the European Union, the rise of East Asia, politics and society in Latin America, and anti-Americanism. 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP

Fall 2019

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IGST 0411 / PGSE 0411 - The Racial Life of Power      

The Racial Life of Power: (Trans)national Experiences of Race
In this course we will explore the emergence of race as a category of classification, social construct, and real experience in conjunction with the consolidation of different forms of power including colonialism, slavery, nationhood and globalization. We will take a global and interdisciplinary approach to our study by examining how race operates in national, transnational, and transcontinental power dynamics and imaginaries. Our interrogation of race will consider its central intersections with class, gender, and sexuality in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and North America at different moments in history. Course materials will include visual media, literary texts, primary historical sources, critical theory, and music. (Taught in English) 3 hrs. sem. AAL CMP SOC

Spring 2017, Fall 2018

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IGST 0700 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
(Approval Required)

Spring 2016

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IGST 0703 - LAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020

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PGSE 0210 - Beginning Port/RomanceSpeakers      

Beginning Portuguese for Romance-Language Speakers
This course is designed for Romance-language speakers and advanced Romance-language learners at the 0200 or 0300-level, depending on the language. It is an intensive introduction to Portuguese, covering all of the basic structures and vocabulary as well as important aspects of the cultures of Lusophone countries. Language learning is based on the students’ previous knowledge of one or more Romance languages. Students are expected to continue with PGSE 0215, after successful completion of PGSE 0210.
6 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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PGSE 0212 - Portuguese Conversation      

Let’s Talk! Speaking on the Lusophone World
In this course we will focus on the development of oral skills in Portuguese. Students will also be exposed to cultural content in Portuguese through which they will be introduced to the social and political trends in the Portuguese-speaking world. Course material will also include significant review of complex grammatical structures in order to better prepare students for continuing Portuguese studies. (PGSE 0103 or PGSE 0210 or by waiver) LNG WTR

Winter 2016

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PGSE 0215 - Advanced Portuguese      

Advanced Portuguese
This course is a continuation of PGSE 0210. It is designed to balance textual and cultural analysis with a thorough review of grammar at an intermediate/high level. Students will hone their critical thinking and linguistic skills through guided readings, oral discussions, and short written assignments on Lusophone cultural topics. (PGSE 0210 or by waiver) 4 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019

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PGSE 0340 / GSFS 0340 - Race, Sex, and Power/Lusophone      

Race, Sex, and Power in the Lusophone World
How do race and sex intersect in the Lusophone world? What can they teach us about the power dynamics behind world-shaping events such as the Inquisition, colonialism, slavery, miscegenation, nationhood, and even plastic surgery? We will explore the connections between violence, racial identity, gender, and sexualityin the histories and cultures of Lusophone nations. Content covered will include literature, film, television, music, historical documents, and interdisciplinary scholarship that offer different insights into how racial and sexual discourses and practices shape or contest power structures. (PGSE 0215 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP LNG SOC

Fall 2015

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PGSE 0375 / CMLT 0375 - Colonial Discourse & Legacies      

Colonial Discourse and Its Legacies in the Lusophone World
In this course we will critically analyze the meanings and ideas that shaped and undergirded European colonialism and its legacies in the interconnected realms of culture, race, language, gender, sexuality, and labor. In addition to studying the colonial period, we will pay particular attention to how the discourses of colonialism impact power structures concerning nation, globalization, and cultural consumption. In doing so, we will also address the problematics of the concept of “Lusophone,” starting with the historical legacies and cultural implications of such a transnational entity. Course materials will include critical theory, historical sources, literary texts, visual media, and music from Brazil, Lusophone Africa, Lusophone Asia, and Portugal. (PGSE 215 or equivalent) 3hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR CMP LNG SOC

Fall 2016, Spring 2019

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PGSE 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020

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Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies

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