Laissa M. Rodriguez Moreno
B.A., Universidad Nacional de Colombia
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Modern Language Studies: Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Spanish: Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish
Special Interest: Latin American Studies, Performance and Theater
Professor Rodríguez Moreno’s main area of study is contemporary Latin American literature with an emphasis on theater and performance studies. She also has a strong interest in history, political theory, graphic novel and visual studies. She has taught classes in language, Latin American literature and culture, theater and ethnic studies.
Her research is focused on metaphorical concepts used during highly-militarized periods in South America: disease of the social body in Argentina, sacrifice and the blood quota to pay for a better world in Peru, and metaphors related to animality in Colombia. She analyzes how these types of metaphors are inserted into the social ethos, thus opening a path to violence and the voidance of rights for certain citizens. She also studies how the metaphors become easily and frequently performed, and when combined with manipulative actions, they turn into a political spectacle that induces emotional and ideological responses that ultimately promote the extreme use of violence.
Other recognitions and interests:
Rodríguez Moreno enjoys multidisciplinary collaborative work with the arts. As a Public Humanities Exchange Scholar, she coordinated art exploration workshops (theater, dance, costume making, drawing) for a group at-risk teens, with specialists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and served as a liaison between organizations to integrate this project in the parade “Strut!,” which was organized by artist in residency Laura Anderson Barbata. She also participated in the DrawBridge Project, an experimental course on arts-based research methods directed by graphic artist and cartoonist Lynda Barry. The course taught multi-generational research teams to examine questions and solve problems through spontaneous drawing, writing and collage creation.