Jason (Sony) Coráñez Bolton is an Assistant Professor of Latin American Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a Ph.D. in American Culture (2016) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with specializations in Latina/o Studies, Southeast Asian, and Asian and Pacific Islander American Studies. Sony researches, writes, and teaches on the Hispanic cultures and politics of the Philippines. He is interested in concretizing political and intellectual affinities between Filipina/o Cultural Studies and Latin American Cultural Studies, particularly the ways that the Hispanic Philippines challenge the geopolitical rubric of “Latin America” as an organizing principle for knowledge production about histories of Spanish and US imperialisms. Additionally, he explores how Latin American and Latina/o/x Studies provide thoughtful avenues of cultural critique enriching understandings of Hispano-Philippine archives. Indeed, what would a Latin Asian American Studies look like articulated from the starting vantage of the Philippines – Spain’s major Asian colony? He studies these intersections of Hispanic and Asian phenomena through the lenses of gender and sexuality, comparative ethnic studies, queer of color critique, postcolonial feminism, and disability studies.
This course will focus on the portrayal of the historical, cultural and socio-political reality of Latin America in film. It will also incorporate the representation of literature on film.