Staff Directory

Tomas Crowder-Taraborelli, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies

Phone: 949-480-4327

Fax: 949-480-4243

Email: tcrowdertaraborrelli@soka.edu

http://www.tcrowdertaraborrelli.com/

Faculty - Full-Time

Education

  • Ph.D. University of California, Irvine, Spanish and Portuguese with Critical Theory Emphasis, June 2003
  • M.A. San Francisco State University, World and Comparative Literature, July 1994
  • B.A. San Francisco State University, Journalism and Film, 1991
  • Undergraduate studies, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Philosophy, 1985-86
  • Bachelor of Letters, Colegio Nicolás Avellaneda, Buenos Aires, Argentina 1984

Positions Held

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies, Soka University of America, 2007 to present.
  • Fellow in the Humanities, Introduction to the Humanities Program, Stanford University, 2005-2008.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages, University of San Francisco, 2000-2005.
  • Foreign Language Writing Center Director, University of San Francisco 2002-2005.
  • Teaching Assistant, Spanish & Portuguese Department, University of California, Irvine, 1995-1999.
  • Teaching Assistant, Literature Department, University of California, San Diego, 1995-1997.

Research Interests

  • Media; Media Literacy; Media Reform
  • Film Studies; Global cinema; Latin American Film; Documentary Film; Film Production; Screenplay Writing
  • Human Rights; Documentation of International Atrocities; Genocide Studies
  • Latin American Literature
  • Renewable Energy; Sustainability; Weatherization
  • Immigration Studies
  • Latin American and European Philosophy

Selected Papers, Publications, Presentations, & Exhibits

Books

  • Latin American Documentary Cinema and the Condor Years (forthcoming, 2018). 
  • El Documental Político en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay: de los años cincuenta a la década del dos mil (with Antonio Traverso, Lom ediciones, 2016).
  • Film and Genocide (with Kristi Wilson, University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

Journal Issues

  • Media, Politics and Democratization in Latin America (with Javier Campo, Latin American Perspectives: A Journal on Capitalism, Imperialism, and Socialism, forthcoming, 2017).
  • Political Documentary Film and Video in the Southern Cone 1950’s-2000’s (with Antonio Traverso, Latin American Perspectives: A Journal on Capitalism, Imperialism, and Socialism, vol. 40, January 2013).
  • Bakhtin and the Nation (with San Diego Bakhtin Circle, Bucknell Review, 1999).

Chapters and Articles

  • “Cine y rock: el registro de una rebelión social y sonora en el documental argentino” (with Javier Campo). In O cinema musical na América Latina: ficção e documentários, edited by Guilherme Mai (forthcoming, 2017).
  • “Documentary Film and Trauma in the Pacific Basin.” In Introduction to the Pacific Basin, edited by Shane Barter and Michael Weiner (forthcoming, 2017).
  • “Los problemas clásicos del cine documental no han muerto con la ‘revolución digital’: Entrevista a Jonathan Kahana” (with Javier Campo). In Revista Cine Documental (forthcominig 2016).
  • “Mirada documental: identidad, objeto y esencia en la investigación antropológica. Entrevista a Alejandro Fernández Mouján - Damiana Kryygy, 2015” (with Javier Campo). Revista Cine Documental. Número 13, Año 2016 ISSN 1852-4699.
  • “Exhumaciones y la doble desaparición: Fernando ha vuelto y ¿Fernando ha vuelto a desaparecer? de Silvio Caiozzi.” In El Documental Político en Argentina, Chile y Uruguay: De los Años Cincuenta a la Década del Dos Mil, edited by Antonio Traverso and Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli: Lom Ediciones, 2016.
  • “ITVS (Independent Film and Video Service) Community Cinema: state-sponsored documentary film festivals, community engagement and pedagogy.” In Film Festivals and Activism: The Ethico-Political Spectator, edited by Sonia Tascon: Intellect, 2016.
  • “Exhumations and double disappearance: Silvio Caiozzi’s Fernando ha vuelto and ¿Fernando ha vuelto a desaparecer?” In Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America, edited by Antonio Traverso and Kristi M. Wilson: Routledge, 2014.
  • “En el centro del infierno: Entrevista a Irek Dobrowolski, director de Portrecista.” In Revista Cine Documental, Número 8, ISSN 1852 – 4699 p. 97. 2013.
  • “Entrevista a Bill Nichols.” In Bordocs y Fronteras: Cine Documental En El Norte de México, edited by Adriana Trujillo: México: Casa Editorial Abismos, 67-75: August, 2013.
  • “Documentary.” In Directory of World Cinema: Argentina, edited by Beatriz Urraca and Gary M. Kramer: Intellect Press, 2013.
  • “Exhumations and double disappearance: Silvio Caiozzi’s Fernando ha vuelto and ¿Fernando ha vuelto a desaparecer?” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture. Vol. 19, nos. 3-4 (2013).
  • “Verdades Honestas: Bill Nichols y la ética en el cine documental.” In Revista Cine Documental, vol 5: 1852-4699, 2012.
  • “Una historia del cine político y social en Argentina: Formas, estilos y registros, volumen II (1969-2009).” In Revista Cine Documental, vol 4:1852-4699, 2011.
  • “Midnight movies: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo and the return of the repressed.” In Cult Pop Culture, edited by Bob Batchelor: Praeger, vol 1: 2011.
  • “Que suene la calle: video documental en Tijuana-‘Mexamérica’.” In Revista de Cine Documental, vol 2:1852-4699, 2010.
  • “An instant in a country’s happiness: Peronism in wonderland.” In CineAction, no. 77: Summer, 2009.
  • “Miracle in the Americas: Gabriel García Márquez and Italian neo-realism.” In Radical Fantasy: Neorealism’s Afterlife in Global Cinema, edited by Laura Ruberto and Kristi Wilson: Wayne State University Press, 2007.
  • “Sarmiento and the American West.” In The Journal of the West: ABC CLIO, 2005.
  • “Eva Perón.” In Encyclopedia of Nationalism, edited by Alexander J. Motyl: Academic Press, 2001.
  • “Domingo F. Sarmiento and Juan Bautista Alberdi.” In Encyclopedia of Nationalism, edited by Alexander J. Motyl: Academic Press, 2001.
  • “José Enrique Rodó.” In Encyclopedia of Nationalism, edited by Alexander J. Motyl: Academic Press, 2001.
  • “Carmen Miranda.” In Notable Twentieth-Century Latin American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, edited by David William Foster and Cynthia Tompkins: Greenwood Press, 2000.

Film & Book Reviews

  • “Solutions from Below: Pedagogical Documentaries and Praxis”(with Kristi Wilson). In Latin American Perspectives, September 2015; vol. 42, 5: pp. 148-151.
  • “Migration, Regional Traditions, and the Intricacy of Documentary Representations in Cuates de Australia and La chica del sur.” In Latin American Perspectives, January 2014; vol. 41, 1: pp. 172-176.
  • “Homo artis, Homo Laborans, and Homo Politicus-The Persuit of Redemption in Three Recent Argentine Films.” In Latin American Perspectives, July 2013; vol. 40, 4: pp. 136-139.
  • “A Neoliberal Vision for Retirement.” In Latin American Perspectives, January 2013; vol. 40, 1: pp. 202-204.

Invited Talks and Workshops

  • “Workshop: Soka Education Today – Exploring Value Creation in Documentary Film,” 12th Annual Soka Education Conference,” Soka University of America, February 2015.
  • “Community activism and documentary film in Argentina: documenting the disappearance of victims of state terrorism in street flagstones.” Visible Evidence XXI, New Delhi, India, and Documentary/Violence: Trauma, testimony, index, performance and memory, December 2014.
  • “ITVS (Independent Film and Video Service) Community Cinema: state-sponsored documentary film festivals, community engagement and pedagogy” with Kristi Wilson, Saint Mary’s College of California, Teachers, Teaching and the Media Conference: Alternative Communities, Alternative Stories: Experimenting with Moocs, Community Television, and Cinema, October 2014.
  • “Bordocs y fronteras: Cine Documental en el Norte de México,” XXXII Feria del Libro de Tijuana, 2014.
  • “A Walk Through Memory: urban interventions and the sensual battle against oblivion,” ISA International Sociological Association: Facing an unequal world: challenges for global sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July, 2014.
  • “Banned Books and the Social Control of Knowledge,” with Ryan Caldwell, Aneil Rallin, Kristi Wilson, Esther Chang, 9th Annual Soka Education Conference, Soka University of America, 2014.
  • “Remembering the past Toward Healing our Future,” Genocide Commemorative Film Festival, Soka University of America, April 2014.
  • Symposium on Latin America Cinema Studies Today: Theory and Practice, University of California, Los Angeles, 2014.
  • “Political Documentary and Film and Video in the Southern Cone (1950’s-2000’s),” Stanford University: Political Documentary Film, Special Issue Latin American Perspectives, 2013.
  • “Forensic anthropology and documentary film: genocide, material evidence and the work of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF),”Latin American Studies Conference: Democracy & Memory, Chicago, 2013.
  • “State Interviews, Community Engagement, and Audiovisual Representations of a New Social Contract,” Latin America Studies Association Conference, Washington D.C., 2013.
  • “Overview and Introduction: Political Documentary Cinema in the Southern Cone,” Conference at the Bolivar House, Stanford University, 2013.
  • “Los espacios de la memoria: Memorias del porvenir,” Tercer Congreso Internacional Artes en Cruce: En el marco de la conmemoración de los cincuenta años de la Carrera de Artes, Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2013.
  • “Migration, Cultural Tradition and the Unease of International Glamour in Two Recent Latin American Documentary Films,” Cultural Migrations in Linguistics and Literature, University of California Santa Barbara Conference, 2013.
  • “Documentary film as memory and evidence: The use of visual media in trials for crimes against humanity in Argentina,” Democratizing Futures, ISA, Sociology Forum, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012.
  • “Media Literacy or Media Without Literacy,” 10th Annual Soka Education Conference 2012.
  • “Social Movements, Human Rights, and Struggles for Justice,” Pacific Coast Council of Latin American Studies Conference on Oct. 28 and 29 at Cal State L.A., 2011.
  • “Film and genocide: An introduction” 9th Biannual Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS, Truth, Memory, Justice, and Recovery, 9th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Center for Genocide Studies, Universidad Nacional de Tres Febrero, Buenos Aires, 2011.
  • “Nicolás Prividera's M: the documentary filmmaker as a detective seeking out untruthful memories,” Challenging Genre and Traditional Visual Categories in the Southern Cone, SLAS (Society For Latin American Studies Conference), University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, April 2011.
  • “Domingo F. Sarmiento and the New Latin American Cinema: Colonialism, Neocolonialism and Liberation in the Visual Arts,” CineLit, An International Conference on Hispanic Film and Fiction, Portland, OR, 2011.
  • “Industry and History in Latin American Cinema,” Workshop organizer, Latin American Studies Association, San Francisco, 2011.
  • “Soka Education and International Studies,” 80th Anniversary of Soka Education, Soka Universtiy of America, 2010.
  • “Reel Injun: On The Trail Of The Hollywood Indian,” Panel discussion, Jim Rivera (Tribal Council Acjachemen Nation) and Dr. James Spady, ITVS Community Cinema, Soka University of America, 2010.
  • “Recent Trends in Latin American Cinema,” Selected participant by Latin American Studies Association Secretariat, LASA 29th Congress, Toronto, Canada, 2010.
  • “A Village Called Versailles,” Panel discussion, ITVS Community Cinema, Soka University of America, 2010.
  • “The Social Documentary: Narrative Strategies and New Formats in Non-Fiction,” Keynote speaker, BORDOCS, Documentary Film and Video Forum: A Conference for Non-Fiction on the Border, Tijuana, México, 2009.
  • “Rebirth and Extinction in Buscando a Reynols,” Hispanic Heritage Month, Soka University of America, 2009.
  • “A Special Evening with Timothy “Speed” Levitch, star of The Cruise, a film by Oscar-nominated director, Bennett Miller,” Soka University of America, November, 2009.
  • “The Nuremberg Trials and Documentary Film,” Conference on International Criminal Law, Stanford University, 2007.
  • “Cine Latinoamericano y Genocidio,” Lecture, University of California, Davis, 2007.
  • Conference organizer and moderator: Conference On International Criminal Law, Stanford University. Speakers: Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor International Criminal Court, and Carlos Castresana, authored the formal complaint and subsequent reports in the Pinochet Case, 2007.
  • Co-Chair of the Research Colloquium, Stanford University, 2007.
  • “The Ever-Changing Market for Independent Film in Latin America,” Stanford Film Lab, Stanford University, 2006.
  • “The Pinochet Case: The role of documentary film in the prosecution of crimes against humanity,” Panel discussion with Carlos Castresana, Conference on International Law, Stanford University, 2006.
  • “Cine Campesino and Cine Piquetero: the New Latin American Documentary,” Invited Lecure, Bates College, 2003.
  • “Aztlán and Viet Nam: Chicano and Chicana Experiences of the War,” Panel Presentation with George Mariscal, University of San Francisco, 2003.
  • Interdisciplinary research seminars, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, 1998.
  • Conference organizer and moderator for Intersections: An Interdisciplinary Conference, UC San Diego. Co-sponsored by the Literature Department, Cross Cultural Center and Women’s Center, May 17-18, 1997
  • “Reading racism in a Border Patrol agent’s correspondence,” Warren Writing Program, University of California, San Diego 1995.

Conference Presentations

  • “Documentary film as memory and evidence: The use of visual media in trials for crimes against humanity in Argentina,” International Sociological Association, Sociology Forum, Buenos Aires, 2012.
  • “The 1985 Trials of the Juntas: Testimonies and Censhorship,” Pacific Coast Council Latin American Studies Conference, California State Univeristy, Los Angeles, 2011.
  • “The 1985 Trials of the Juntas: Transitional Democracy and Clandestine Archives,” Soka University of America, 2011.
  • “Que suene la calle: Video documental en Tijuana- ‘Mexamérica,’” Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, 2011.
  • “Film and Genocide: An Introduction,” Chair and presenter, Center for Genocide Studies - Universidad Nacional de Tres Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2011.
  • “Labor and Migration in the San Diego/Tijuana Border,” Chair - Soka University Graduate Student Round Table, University of California, San Bernardino, 2011.
  • “Interdisciplinarity in concept and practice,” Stanford University Alumni Colloquium, 2011.
  • “Nicolás Prividera's M: the documentary filmmaker as a detective seeking out untruthful memories,” University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, 2011.
  • “Domingo F. Sarmiento and the New Latin American Cinema: Colonialism, Neocolonialism and Liberation in the Visual Arts,” Portland State University, 2011.
  • "El documental latinoamericano y la antropología forense en los años del Plan Condor,” Portland State University, 2011.
  • “The Filmic Investigation of the Heist: Neoliberalism and Post-neoliberalism in the Films of Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas,” Chair and presenter, LASA Congress, Toronto, 2010.
  • “Japanese-Brazilian Transculturation: Documenting the experience of multiple generations in Sao Paulo, Brazil,” XV Conference of Southern Brazilianists, University of California, Irvine, 2010.
  • “Unburying the Past: Documentary Film and Forensic Investigations after the Condor Years,” Seminar, Cultural Studies Association Seminar on Documentary Film in Teaching and Scholarship, CSA Conference, University of California, Berkeley, 2010.
  • “El documental social: estrategias narrativas y nuevos formatos en la no ficción,” BorDocs, Tijuana, México, 2009.
  • “Belonging to the Dead: Narrating Trauma in Film and Popular Culture,” Session chair and presenter, LASA Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2009.
  • “Genocide and Documentary Film: Alain Resnais’ Night and Fog” Stanford Film Lab, Stanford University, 2008.
  • “The Nuremberg Trials and Documentary Film,” IHUM Research Colloquium, Different Stories: Common Ends, Stanford University, 2007.
  • “Film Testifies: Documentary Film in the Nuremberg Trials,” Second International Meeting on Genocidal Social Practices, Centro Cultural Borges, Argentina, 2007.
  • “Neo-realism and Global Cinema: García Márquez y el Centro Esperimentale de Roma,” University of California, San Diego, 2007.
  • “Mostrando la hilacha: Sarmiento viajero y la figura del flaneur,” LASA Congress, Puerto Rico, 2006.
  • “Film, Memory and Justice,” Crossing Borders: U.S./Latin American Relations in the Early 21st Century, University of San Francisco, 2005.
  • “A Quarry Worker’s Passion: Latin American Reality and Gabriel García Márquez’s Cinematic Faith,” An International Conference on Hispanic Literature and Cinematographies, Portland State University, 2003.
  • Cine Campesino Film Festival, El Pital, Honduras, 2003 and 2004.
  • Writing Workshops, Bates College, 2001-2003.
  • “La locura poética de Leopoldo Panero,” Poetic Discourses at Play, University of California, Irvine, 2000.
  • “El miedo a saltar: la sexualidad y el discurso fronterizo en La frontera de cristal,” Cultural Borders of Latin America and Spain, University of California, Riverside, 1999.
  • “Immigration and national identity: Sarmiento, Bakhtin and literary criticism as a defense of human rights,” 8th International Bakhtin Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1997.
  • “Arturo Arias y Gioconda Belli: la transformación de la subjetividad centroamericana, la Conquista y el determinismo histórico,” Intersections: An Interdisciplinary Conference, University of California, San Diego, 1997.
  • “Prestamistas y deudores: agentes fronterizos y promotores de los derechos humanos en el discurso de la inmigración,” Annual Latin American Literatures and Cultures Conference, University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo 1997.

Courses Taught at SUA

  • Media and Democratization in Latin America
  • Introduction to the Pacific Basin
  • Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • Latin American Literature
  • Modes of Inquiry
  • Enduring Questions of Humanity
  • Documenting International Atrocities
  • Latin American Film and Culture
  • Human Rights in Latin America
  • Learning Cluster: Sustainable Housing and Weatherization (taught in Argentina)
  • Learning Cluster: Media and Democratization in Latin America (at SUA)
  • Learning Cluster: Sustainable Housing and Urban Development II (taught in Argentina)
  • Learning Cluster: Sustainable Housing and Urban Development in I (taught in Argentina)
  • Learning Cluster: Human Rights in Argentina (taught in Argentina)
  • Social Policy and Economic Development in San Diego/Tijuana Border (taught in San Diego/Tijuana)
  • Japanese-Brazilian Transculturation: Documenting the experience of multiple generations (taught in Brazil )
  • Capitalism and Globalization (Independent Study)
  • Sustainable Energy in Orange County (Independent Study)
  • The Cambodian Genocide (Independent Study)
  • Latin American Documentary Film (Independent Study)

Selected Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Service Award, Stanford University, for contributions to the Introduction to the Humanities Program, 2008.
  • “Buenos Aires no duerme,” Government of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Winner of the fiction contest, 1998
  • Dean’s Fellowship, University of California, Irvine, 1996

Biography

Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli studied journalism and film at San Francisco State University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990. In 1994,  he received a master's degree in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. He then went into the Spanish and Portuguese doctoral program at the University of California, Irvine and received his Ph. D in 2001. Before coming to SUA, Dr. Crowder-Taraborrelli taught at the University of San Francisco, where he founded the film collective Cine Campesino and made two documentaries in Honduras (2002-2004). He then received a Fellowship in the Humanities at Stanford University, California, where he taught and did research on the role of cinema in the investigation of crimes against humanity. He also co-founded the Stanford Film Lab and ran it from 2004-2008. Dr. Crowder-Taraborrelli also studied scriptwriting, lighting and direction at the Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, California. He has given lectures and workshops on film and is one of the editors of the anthology Film and Genocide (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).

Professor Crowder-Taraborrelli currently teaches Latin American Studies at Soka University, California, where he is working on a manuscript entitled Documentary Film and the Condor Years. He is an associate producer of Community Cinema at Soka University, a documentary series produced by The Independent Television Services (ITVS). His articles on film have appeared in several journals and magazines. He is a member of the collective of coordinating editors at the journal Latin American Perspectives: A Journal of Capitalism and Socialism.  He also serves as book and film review editor for Latin American Perspectives.