The Cultural Agents, Inc. and the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University direct a series called “Focus on Latin American Art and Agency” at Harvard University Press.
This series explores innovative contributions by Latin America to contemporary processes of civic leadership and other arts. Attention to public leaders such as the former mayor of Bogotá, Antanas Mockus, and distinguished artists including Mexican Pedro Reyes and Guatemalan Darío Escobar, engages the humanities with purpose. “What would an artist do?” Mayor Mockus would ask in difficult circumstances. The Cultural Agents series traces some answers about how art intervenes through humor, creativity, and interpretation as resources for negotiating social, political, and economic challenges. Contributions from international leading scholars, critics, and curators confirm the importance of creative cultures as agents of social change.
● Pre-Texts International. Edited by José L. Falconi and Doris Sommer. Harvard University Press/Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University, forthcoming 2020.
● Cultural Agents Reloaded: The Legacy of Antanas Mockus. Edited by Carlo Tognato, Harvard University Press/Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University, (Cambridge, MA), 2017.
● The Logic of Disorder: The Art and Writings of Abraham Cruzvillegas. Edited by Robin Adèle Greeley, Harvard University Press/Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University, (Cambridge, MA), 2017.
● Pedro Reyes’s Ad Usum: To Be Used. Edited by José L. Falconi, Harvard University Press/Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University, (Cambridge, MA), 2017.
● A Singular Plurality: The Works of Darío Escobar. Edited by José L. Falconi, Harvard University Press/Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University, (Cambridge, MA), 2013.
Relevant titles by Cultural Agents:
● Falconi, José, Director and Editor in Chief, “La Importancia del Arte en la Reparación Simbólica.” [The Importance of Art in Symbolic Reparation]. Universidad del Externado (Bogotá, Colombia), Art Life Lab LLC, the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, Boston University, Brandeis University and University of Connecticut. 2015-2020.
● Sommer, Doris. The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency in Art and Interpretation (Duke University Press, 2014).https://www.dukeupress.edu/The-Work-of-Art-in-the-World/.
● Sommer, Doris, Editor, Cultural Agency in the Americas (Durham, Duke University Press, 2006). https://www.dukeupress.edu/Cultural-Agency-in-the-Americas/
● Sommer, Doris. Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (Durham, Duke UP, 2004). https://www.dukeupress.edu/Bilingual-Aesthetics/. Editor, Bilingual Games. New York: (New York, Palgrave, 2003).
● Sommer, Doris. Proceed with Caution, when engaged by minority writing in the Americas (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1999). In Spanish: Abrazos y rechazos: Cómo leer en clave menor (Bogotá: FCE, 2006).
● Sommer, Doris, Editor, The Places of History: Regionalism Revisited in Latin America (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1999).
● Sommer, Doris, Editor, with Andrew Parker, Mary Russo, and Patricia Yaeger, Nationalisms & Sexualities (New York: Routledge, 1991).
● Sommer, Doris. Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991). In Spanish: Ficciones fundacionales: La novela nacional en América Latina (Bogotá: FCE, 2005).
● Sommer, Doris. One Master for Another: Populism as Patriarchal Rhetoric in Dominican Novels (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1984).