Tuesday, December 10, 2013

December 9-15, 2013

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean studies invites faculty and graduate students (in the last stage of their dissertation writing) to present at the Lecture Series Spring 14

Lecture presentations take place in an informal, friendly, and supportive setting where you share any selected aspect of your academic research with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty. Our aim is not only to promote students but also to involve faculty to participate and share their work.

Typically the presenter speaks for 40 to 50 minutes and then invites audience for questions, comments and discussion.

Brown Bags presentations at CLACS are held on Thursdays from noon to 1:30pm in 101 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street in Champaign.

CLACS can provide a lap top and a projector.

I schedule presenters on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested you can sign up for any of the following dates:

If interested contact Angelina Cotler (cotler@illinois.edu)

Available Dates:  February 6, 20, 27
The Library has acquired four sets of primary sources. You can access them through the Library’s Online Journals and Databases at http://openurl.library.uiuc.edu/sfxlcl3/az  Search for “Archives Unbound” or the specific collection title and follow the links.
      The sets are:
Please let us know if you have trouble accessing any of these sets.

Dr. Antonio Sotomayor, Ph.D.  (asotomay@illinois.edu)
Assistant Professor
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian
Adjunct Professor Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism

COURSES APPROVED FOR SPRING 2014: http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/academics/courses.aspx 

Dr. Guimarães is professor titular in sociology at the University of São Paulo. He will join the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies as Distinguish Visitor during Spring 2014. He completed his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin in 1988 and conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University in 1994. He will be teaching “A Historical Sociology of Brazil”, focusing on a reading of major elements of the literature on Brazilian social and national experiences.

MWF 10-10:50 am
A source of profit, a source of life. Mother Earth and the savage wilds. El Dorado and Montezuma’s revenge. Apocalypse and Paradise. This course will explore diverse ways that Latin Americans have portrayed the relationships between humans and the environment in literature and film. What is “nature” and what is the place of our species within it? How is environmentalism related to racism, sexism, and imperialism? Can fiction promote environmental justice? Readings and class discussion will be in Spanish. Prerequisite: SPAN 250 or consent of the instructor

TU 11:00 am-1:50pm 
This course examines the dynamics of identity construction of the black subject in colonial Spanish America and its intrinsic relations to issues of race, gender, sexuality, spatiality, and ecology. We will explore the racial politics of Church and State and the evolution of racial constraints as seen through legal documents, chronicles, piracy accounts, religious literature, poetry, newspapers, and visual documents. The course focuses on how black bodies were categorized and constructed within specific political and cultural contexts by colonial authorities and other intellectual sectors of the population, such as creoles and mestizo writers. On the other hand, we also study how these subaltern subjects destabilized and contested the colonial order in their search for freedom and power. Works to be studied date from the early sixteenth century to the late eighteenth century. Part of the class will be devoted to the study of theoretical articles on the concept of race and issues of subjectivity, identity, space, and ecocriticism. We will conclude our readings with Edgardo Rodríguez Juliá’s novel, La noche oscura del niño Avilés (1984), which narrates an eighteenth-century black revolt in the city of San Juan and the subsequent seize of the city by black slaves. Our reading of this novel will center on the novel’s metacritical nature, specifically the manner in which colonial historiography is re-written and re-invented with blacks being protagonists at the center of historical “facts”. Spanish reading knowledge is required.
MWF 2-2:50
Aliens. Foreign governments. Dolphins. Terrorists. In this class we will explore narratives of conspiracy and paranoia across national contexts to investigate how conspiracy works. How do we tell stories of conspiracy? How do these stories construct plausible explanations of the world around us? How do these stories differ across countries? Why do conspiracy narratives sometimes just feel right? Why is paranoid thinking at the center of how we relate to technical progress and political systems? These are some of the questions that will guide our class. Readings and films from Argentina, the United States, Russia, and Mexico. Latin American authors that will be considered: Jorge Luis Borges, Roberto Bolaño, Rodolfo Walsh, Rafael Bernal. 

  • HIST 396 (section C) HISTORY OF “BLACK” MUSIC



Prof. LEILA LEHNEN, University of New Mexico



Title VI Application 2014-18
Deadline: DECEMBER 20, 2013

Application Information:
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) invites current and prospective CLACS affiliated faculty and units to submit proposals for possible consideration in its application to the U.S. Department of Education Title VI for renewal its status as National Resource Center (NRC) for the AY 2014-1018 period.
CLACS has been a NRC for the past 50 years and received money to cover program expenses, language fellowships, and programming. With over 100 faculty representing all colleges and professional schools across the campus, CLACS fosters knowledge and engagement with Latin American issues. The Center prides itself on its uniquely interdisciplinary and inclusive approach, reflected in all areas of the Center’s engagement and support to faculty, academic programs, and in outreach and public engagement.
CLACS encourages projects from any discipline and fields of study that support research, teaching, and outreach activities that focus upon understanding the Latin American and Caribbean region.

Potential Activities:
  • Course development (including study abroad and direct support for the instruction of Less Commonly Taught Languages)
  • Organizing activities (conferences, symposia) that will deepen our understanding of policies and problems affecting the region
  • Public engagement and outreach
  • Developing teaching resources, professional training opportunities, and public programs for researchers, educators, students, business leaders, media, governmental agencies, civic organizations and members of the community
  • Encouraging interdisciplinary proposals, linking faculty from across campus in collaborative partnerships to encourage research, course and degree development, and outreach
  • Collaborative projects with other institutions including, but no limited to other universities, community colleges, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies
Funding requests may include support for travel; hosting of lecture series, workshops; service learning initiatives and student research

Applicants are strongly encouraged to propose activities that meet the invited priorities of the Title VI grant. While those priorities have not yet formally announced, through technical meetings and conversations with program officers CLACS anticipates the following priorities to be articulated in the sponsor for proposals:
  • Foreign language training, foreign language instruction across disciplines, and innovative approaches to foreign language pedagogy development
  • Diversity and engagement with underrepresented minorities
  • Fostering and supporting a K-12 pipeline of foreign language and area studies expertise for teachers and students
  • Engagement with professional schools
  • Strategic partnerships with other countries
  • Outreach to business, media and policymakers
Evaluation criteria
All proposals must broadly address and support CLACS mission. Preference will be given to interdisciplinary projects across campus and partnerships; expecting lasting outcomes, broad-impact; potential for leveraging internal or external resources.

Applicants may propose activities for a single year during the cycle or annual/recurring activities across 4 years. In the past cycles, the following amounts have been awarded to faculty-led initiatives under Title VI:
  • Lecture series, symposia and conferences: up to $3,000 per year
  • Course development grants: up to $3,000 
Proposal Requirements
The project should not exceed three pages (on single PDF) Each proposal should include
  • Project goal
  • Rationale for the approach pursued
  • Description of implantation plan, including a timeline
  • Specific outcomes
  • Budget 
Proposals must be received by Friday, December 20, 2013 for full consideration. Awards to be included in the Title VI application will be announced as soon as thereafter possible. Proposals should be submitted to Angelina Cotler in one sigle PDF to cotler@illinois.edu
What can NOT be funded under Title VI Grant:
  • Alcohol and food
  • Direct support for research (although conferences, graduate and professional seminars are permissible)
  • Student travel (Faculty travel is allowable. Note that international faculty travel is allowable only with prior approval from the US Department of Education and compliance with government regulations.
For more information on CLACS’s mission and programs visit our website at http://www.clacs.illinois.edu



•          FOREIGN LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIPS (FLAS) (support study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies and international studies) 

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate and graduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The following languages, classified by Center, are approved by the U.S. Department of Education for FLAS fellowships at Illinois. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced study of less commonly taught languages, which are defined as modern languages other than Spanish, German or French.
For more details on how to apply visit the FLAS website for UIUC: http://publish.illinois.edu/illinoisflas/
Any Questions contact Alejandra Seufferheld amsseu@illinois.edu
Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America this summer? The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers summer fellowships for graduate students (from any nationality) in any discipline.
Information Meeting: Friday January 31 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building
Information and requirements about the fellowship: http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/academics/fellowships/tinker.aspx
Deadline to apply: MONDAY February 24, 2014
Any questions contact Angelina Cotler, Associate Director. cotler@illinois.edu
The Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies offers fellowships to UIUC graduate students doing research about Brazil. For the academic year 2014-2015, fellowships will pay $18,000.00. The Lemann Graduate Fellows will have tuition and fee waivers from LAS units and participating professional schools. Applicants should check with their Departments and Schools to verify that their home units offer tuition waivers. The number of awards varies year to year and may depend on the strength of the applications received.
Deadline to apply: Monday February 24th, 2014
Any questions contact Camila Führ Diel  diel1@illinois.edu
Merit and need-based award to students seeking to gain a graduate degree in the Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences. Current juniors who are U.S. citizens are eligible.
Information sessions December 12 and 13
Thursday, December 12th – 3:30-4:30pm information session & discussion with alumni
Friday, December 13th – 3:30-4:30pm workshop on how to craft a Beinecke application
*sessions held in the Illini Union Bookstore, 5th floor, room 514*
  •   2014-2015 FOCAL POINT PROJECTS
The Graduate College invites proposals from faculty and graduate students for 2014-2015 Focal Point projects.  The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available at on the Graduate College website at www.grad.illinois.edu/focalpoint. Focal Point seeks to stimulate the formation of new intellectual communities and interdisciplinary research activities among faculty and graduate students. Proposals should be uploaded to the Graduate College website by March 21, 2014.

The 2014 Focal Point RFP solicits proposals from a broad range of topics.  We especially encourage new proposals for:
·         collaborative research communities addressing issues of domestic under-represented minorities in graduate education, aligning with the campus’s diversity initiatives, such as Illinois EDGE (Enhancing Diversity, Guiding Excellence).  Such projects may also propose collaborations with domestic institutions to strengthen diversity in graduate education.
·         project teams who collaborate with international institutions or NGOs to establish new partnerships for graduate education in the pursuit of innovative topics with international/global impact.

We welcome Phase II proposals that build upon successful projects and provide new directions and opportunities for graduate students.

This year, the Graduate College is pleased to announce a new option for Focal Point proposals:   Focal Point Breakthrough grants for potentially transformative projects.

We invite all graduate students and faculty interested in developing Focal Point proposals to attend information sessions on:
                Monday, January 27, 2014, 4-5pm, Coble Hall, Room 304
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11am-12noon, Coble Hall, Room 304
The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is sponsoring a Research Travel Grant competition for undergraduate students seeking to conduct research outside of the University of Illinois campus.  The goals for this initiative are to provide students with funds necessary to conduct on-site research at an archive, lab, research center, museum, or a location that has materials not readily available at UI.  The Office of Undergraduate Research recognizes that UI students are conducting cutting edge research on campus, but that funding for research travel is sometimes lacking.  We hope that this competition will both broaden and deepen the type of research being conducted by undergraduate students on campus, and that the recipients are able to use this opportunity as a way of engaging with their fields.

Eligibility Requirements:
•         Students must be an undergraduate at the time of their research trips.
•         Students have to demonstrate that the resources needed to conduct their research are not available at UI.
•         The research destination must be outside of the University of Illinois campus.
•         Students must be conducting their own research, and therefore cannot conduct research on the behalf of faculty members.

Additional Requirements:
•         A faculty member, familiar with the student’s research plans, must provide a letter of support.
•         If students use the research as the basis of a presentation at a conference or campus event, there must be an acknowledgement of the Office of Undergraduate Research for its support on the poster or in the paper.
•         Students must provide a one page summary of their research project to OUR following the completion of the project.

Funding Restrictions:
•         The applications must itemize how the students will spend their time and daily budgets for the duration of the research trips.
•         Support for the following expenses is permitted: airfare, mileage, lodging, copying on site, and use of equipment.
•         No funding will be provided for meals, making copies at the University of Illinois libraries, or for the purchase of equipment.
•         The travel funds will be dispersed on a reimbursement basis only; students must produce receipts for expenses incurred during travel.
•         Applications are available at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/4810618
•         There is no deadline for applications, but they must be submitted no later than six weeks prior to the dates of the travel.

Questions?  - send queries to ugresearch@illinois.edu

    Amazonian Indigenous Development and Eco-Tourism

June 1-July 1, 2014
Appalachian State University (UNC)
6 Credits (Ethnographic Field School [3] and Introduction to Kichwa [3])

Program cost includes:
Roundtrip airfare from Charlotte, NC to Quito, Ecuador
Housing for one month
All in-country transportation
Entrance fees to tourist sites
Three meals per day (vegetarian options available)
End of program excursion to Cotopaxi National Park

Not included:
Undergraduate tuition (approximately $792 in-state $912 out-of-state)
Now in its sixth year, this program will give students the opportunity to travel to Ecuador for one month where they will study indigenous development and eco-tourism in the Amazon. The majority of the program will be spent on the shores of the Napo River. This is an anthropological-based program in which students will take two courses. In the first, Ethnographic Field School, students will learn how to construct a research project, learn interviewing techniques, and gain valuable experience in ethnographic methods and analysis. We will be studying indigenous activism in Ecuador (focusing upon the impact of oil, eco-tourism, and rainforest management on identity and representation), working with Kichwa (Quichua)-speakers of the upper Amazon. The program also strongly focuses upon an engaged and applied anthropology through which students will develop collaborative partnerships with local community members with regards to activism and tourism initiatives. For the second course, students will have the opportunity to undergo intensive study of indigenous language of Kichwa with native speakers and teachers, while learning methods in language documentation and analysis. In addition, there will be numerous excursions for students to learn about forestry conservation, biodiversity, and environmental citizenship. 
Students have come from Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University, Indiana University, Tufts University, Louisiana State University, University of New Mexico, University of Alabama, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Georgia State University.

Alumni of this program have been accepted for graduate study at the University of Michigan, University of Chicago, and the University at Albany-SUNY, while others have used this experience to land internships and work with NGOs after graduation such as The Carter Center for Human Rights, AmeriCorps, Université de Lausanne, Yellowstone National Park, Cornell University BABY Lab, North Carolina One Health Collaborative, and Latino Health Program of the High Country (and many others).

NOTE: This program is limited to 20 students. Please consider applying early ($300 deposit).

Isla Mujeres, Mexico  

Summer 2014

 Culture & Environment • Latin America & Caribbean
Medical Anthropology • Gender & Identity
History, Space & Meaning

Two 6 Week (43 day) Advanced Sessions
May 17 to June 28
July 5 to August 16
Two 3 Week (22 days) Practicum Sessions
May 31 - June 22nd
July 19th - August 10th
(Session dates can be modified for specific groups)

NOTE: The First Summer Session of the Methods Practicum Course and The Advanced Methods Course will include a special series on Medical Anthropology and HIV Prevention.  Dr. Cabrera (see Faculty page) will guest lecture and lead an HIV outreach effort along with Dr. Pierce.  Students should indicate if they are interested in this medical anthropology training in their application.

We are writing to inform you of the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School, located on a small Caribbean island off of the coast of Cancun in Quintana Roo, Mexico.  For our summber 2014 program we are offering two six-week Advanced Methods sessions, as well as two three-week Methods Practicum sessions.  We will also offer a special three-week Medical Anthropology session on Health and Nutrition in September of 2014.  

We would greatly appreciate it if you could pass the information about the field school onto your students and others who may be interested.  Our website goes in to greater detail regarding what the field school offers, and also has an informational flyer that can be easily printed to pass out to students or post to your department’s bulletin board.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.


Todd G. Pierce, PhD
Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School

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Newcastle University, 20 and 21 June 2014

In the past few decades, popular Anglo-Saxon genres such as the graphic novel and the so called new journalism or chronicle have had a very powerful development in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. This effervescence builds on a centuries-old tradition of chronicles, and matches a vibrant growth in other various fiction narrative formats in Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the Hispanic USA. Thus, versatile chroniclers use gripping fiction-writing techniques to narrate the roughest realities, not concerning themselves with hard facts or statistics, but the way these worlds are lived by those immersed in them, with rich contextual descriptions and well developed characters. In turn, fiction writers introduce social commentary in their stories, aiming at informing and startling their audiences as well as to entertain them.  New formats are being tried out and independent publishing houses and vibrant online platforms are disseminating the work of writers from different countries, who have in turn attracted a wide and avid transnational audience, traversing North and South America and Europe.

This two day international conference invites papers examining any of the following issues or others relevant to this explosion of genres and narrative production:
-          Exploration of the different genres analysing one of several authors, one or several examples of graphic novels, chronicles, short or long stories. 
-          The formats or platforms of choice supporting the circulation of this form of production; technical and financial aspects of these operations.
-          Social Media, collaborative story-telling and journalism as process
-          Local chroniclers and community sustainability
-          Storytelling and collective memory
-          Giving a voice to the voiceless? Challenging dominant narratives
-          Testimonial writing and new journalism
-          Journalism and football: fact, fiction and fanaticism
-          The tension/collaboration between social sciences and journalism, particularly on the reporting and analysing current violence and corruption in Latin America.
-          Formal and aesthetic borrowing between genres
-          Contributions of literary analysis to the study of chronicles
-          The importance of place paired with the global nature of themes, where migration, traveling, bi-nationality, or the experience of the other are central part of the stories.
-          Performative aspects of the relationship between writers and their audiences
-          The arts of story-telling and the creation of spaces for critical reflection and denunciation of social and political issues. 

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Daniel Alarcón (1977) writer, journalist and radio producer is author of the story collection War by Candlelight, and Lost City Radio, named Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. His fiction, journalism and translations have appeared in Granta, McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and in 2010 The New Yorker named him one of the best 20 Writers Under 40. Alarcón is co-founder of Radio Ambulante, a Spanish language storytelling podcast, and currently serves as a Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He lives in San Francisco, California. His most recent novel, At Night We Walk in Circles, was published by Riverhead Books in October 2013.
Javier de Isusi  (1972) is author of comics or graphic novels. Among other series, he is the creator of the acclaimed Los viajes de Juan sin Tierra, the story of Vasco, a postmodern traveller in Latin America, where de Isusi reflects on his extensive travels sharing his observations of the complexities of life, hardships and hopes   of Latin Americans of all walks of life. Translations of his work have been published in Italy, France, Portugal and Finland.
Gabriela Wiener (1975) is a prolific, versatile and controversial writer, journalist, poet and performer who lives in Madrid. She contributes with the most renowned online platforms for the New Chronicle: Etiqueta Negra, Orsai, Anfibia and contributes with columns in  Esquire, Paula, El Pais, La Vanguardia, La Republica, among many others.  She is head editor of Marie Claire in Spain. Her chronicles have been published in collected editions of New Journalism Mejor que ficción. Crónicas ejemplares (Anagrama, 2012) y Antología de la crónica latinoamericana actual (Alfaguara, 2012).  She is the author of Sexografias, Nueve Lunas and Mozart, la iguana con priapismo y otras historias  all acclaimed examples of gonzo journalism.
Guest to be confirmed: Jose Luis Peixoto.

Please send a 200 word abstract to Patricia.Oliart@ncl.ac.uk by 15 January 2014. 
This conference is organised by the Americas Research Group, and is part of the ¡Vamos! Festival programme 2014

CALACS 2014 Congress
16-18 May 2014
Quebec City, Canada

The Americas are in the process of reconstruction and restructuring. The voices of civil society movements can no longer be silenced as they are calling for a cleaner environment, better living conditions, justice for all as well as respect towards indigenous people and cultural/ethnic minorities. This is also true for the demands of young people who want to explore new avenues for a better future. In order to free themselves from the influence of external powers, the people of Latin America and the Caribbean are redefining their models of society and asserting their independence. Regional solidarities—whether in the Caribbean, Central America or South America with the foundation of UNASUR—as well as contributions from different social and cultural groups reflect these important changes. The main challenge, however, is to make sure that all levels of society benefit from the progress made by these societal and political forces.

In this vein, CALACS Congress invites participants to submit proposals on the theme “Environments, Societies and Imaginaries: The Americas in Motion” in all its variations. The aim is to focus on societal dynamics, political struggles and also artistic approaches which address issues such as a safe environment, sustainable cities, sustainable development, equality, peace, democracy, justice, and social stability.

In 2014, CALACS wishes to include the environmental sciences and thus addresses a special call to researchers/teachers/activists/officials and diplomats who work for the protection of natural resources—water, forests, soil, air—and biodiversity. The growing interest in sustainable development has generated new ideas, innovations, and participation of youth leaders, community organisations, educational institutions and other agents. The congress aims to portray the social actors and their strategies which put the Americas in motion. In keeping with the multi- and interdisciplinary spirit of the congress, we strongly encourage submissions from scholars working in all disciplines as well as practitioners in all fields and sectors.
We especially encourage submissions from scholars and other participants from Latin America and the Caribbean.

CALACS congress will be held at Laval University – Canada’s oldest institution of higher education and the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. The university is located in Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America. The historic district of old Québec was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Come and experience the old city’s heritage, culture, food and beautiful surroundings.
Selected panels and papers will be organized in the following program tracks:

1. International relations
2. Sustainable development
3. Migration
4. Indigenous peoples
5. African diaspora
6. Health, education, social policy
7. Industry/extraction of natural resources
8. Forests, oceans, biodiversity and environmental services
9. Water resources: natural hazards and vulnerability
10. Human rights, citizenship, democracy
11. Art and Memory
12. Decolonization
13. Human security and peace process
14. City, urbanization, population
15. Valorisation of immaterial cultural heritage and cultural tourism
16. Information workshops for students

Note: It is possible to submit proposals outside these program tracks.
We strongly encourage submissions panel proposals of three to four papers (plus chair and/or discussant), and up to five participants for roundtables and workshops. Individual papers are welcome. Proposals can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Proposals and Deadlines
Please download submission form from the congress website: http://www.congrescalacs2014.fsaa.ulaval.ca and send by December 7, 2013 to calacs-congress2014@ffgg.ulaval.ca
We will review submissions and applicants will receive confirmation by January 31st, 2014.
Registration for congress will start in January. Please see our website for more details http://www.congrescalacs2014.fsaa.ulaval.ca
Funding for Congress participation is limited; only graduate students can apply. See our website for application details and deadline.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for funding at their own institutions.
Please note: All presenters must be members of CALACS and be registered in order to participate in the congress.
For more information about membership fees and payments, see http://www.can-latam.org/membership
For further information, please contact us at:

April 17-18, 2014
Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, IL, 60660

Keynote Address:
Ben Dangl
Author, The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia

Closing Plenary Speaker: Amalia Pallares
Author, Peasant Struggles to Indian Resistance: the Ecuadorian Andes in the late Twentieth Century

We invite proposals of individual papers, panels or round-table discussion groups for an interdisciplinary conference. Papers focusing on art, anthropology, environmental science, history, language, music, philosophy, politics, as well as other disciplines are encouraged.

Our primary focus will be how to include the voices, histories, cultural contributions, and perspectives of indigenous people in our studies, activities and curricula. We are aware of the colonial legacies that structure the very study of indigenous people as an academic subject, as well as the many challenges posed by the rapidly changing global political context in which we work. While keeping in mind the ways that learning indigenous culture and history can help develop critical perspectives on western history and cultural hegemony, we also see the need to critically address contemporary contradictions and issues within indigenous communities.

We especially invite proposals on:

  • Theoretical approaches on the encounter with indigenous cultures that have practical implications for political activities, teaching, and comparative approaches to culture, art, religion or politics;
  • The efforts to theoretically and practically engage with real movements of indigenous peoples to preserve languages, protect biodiversity, and develop mechanisms of self-government based on their indigenous heritage;
  • The efforts to teach about specific regions or specific indigenous cultures without losing sight of global contexts;
  • Discipline and/or topic-specific pedagogical strategies, for example papers that explore the possibility of presenting this material in courses on environmental science, women and gender studies, and philosophy.
  • Research on how the study of indigenous cultures and their contributions can aid the effort to create alternative development strategies.
Guidelines for submission: Proposals should be limited to 500 words or less and sent as a word document via email attachment to both Carlos Briones (cbriones@oakton.edu) and Peter Hudis (phudis@oakton.edu)

In addition to individual paper proposals, we are accepting proposals for panels of three or four participants, or for a roundtable-style discussion group on a specific topic. Graduate student proposals are encouraged.
Proposal deadline: December 15, 2013
Contact information:
Carlos Briones (cbriones@oakton.edu) and Peter Hudis (phudis@oakton.edu)

The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South
October 23-25, 2014
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA

Proposals due March 31, 2014

The 5th Conference on Immigration to the US South (formerly Conference on Immigration to the Southeast) calls for papers/panels for a multidisciplinary meeting on immigration to the US South. We also invite papers/panels that engage in comparative analysis of other regions and/or bring in transnational and global perspectives. Now that comprehensive immigration reform is back on the legislative agenda, we especially welcome presentations that promote an understanding of short-term and long-term challenges of immigration reform with an emphasis on finding practical and realistic policy alternatives. Because one of this conference's goals is to heighten the exchanges between our academic and community participants, we encourage presentations/panels that include interactive strategies to support this aim.

For proposals, submit abstracts online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/598LBWV
The conference is co-sponsored by the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies and the Program for Immigration, Religion, and Social Change (PIRSC); Kennesaw State University Center for Conflict Management; the Jesuit Social Research Institute (JSRI) of Loyola University; and the Centro de Investigaciones Sobre America del Norte of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico.

  •  Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Latin American Studies -Tulane University

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years. Applications from social scientists, especially working in the areas of political development, economic analysis and policy, social policy, environmental studies, urban studies, and communication/media studies are encouraged. Experience with Community Based Research or Service-Learning instruction a plus. Fellows will be selected following two criteria: (1) intellectual merit and (2) the potential impact that their research, teaching, and experience would have on the strategic advancement of Latin American Studies at Tulane.
The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $47,500 plus benefits and requires teaching two courses per semester, with at least one course for each Spring Semester designated as a Service-Learning course. Fellows will also be expected to assume responsibility for leading at least one new Center initiative and/or will participate in mentoring the Center’s undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants who are ABD must complete their Ph.D. by June 2014 and absolutely must have the Ph.D. in hand by the start of the Fall 2014 semester. Preference will be given to those who have not had recent access to Tulane University’s resources and whose research would benefit from such access.
Please send a current curriculum vitae, a cover letter describing your research interests and teaching philosophy, a graduate transcript, a writing sample, detailed proposals for at least one content course or seminar, and three letters of recommendation to: Zemurray-Stone Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellows Search, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118-5698.
Deadline: 01/31/2014
Contact Information:
For additional information on the Stone Center and its programs, please visit our website: http://stonecenter.tulane.edu . For more information on the Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship program, please contact James D. Huck, Jr., Assistant Director and Graduate Advisor, Stone Center for Latin American Studies at  504-865-5164  or jhuck@tulane.edu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on January 15, 2014, until the position is filled.
  •     Assistant Professor -Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

The Instituto de Ciencia Política of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, invites applications for full-time tenure-track positions as Assistant Professor in any field of political science. All areas and sub-specializations will be considered, including methodology. Candidates whose focus includes International Relations, International Political Economy and Global Studies, broadly defined, as well as area studies outside of Latin America/cross-regional work are especially welcome to apply.

Teaching obligations involve three courses per year. Strong command of Spanish for teaching purposes is required.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to high quality research, publication and teaching.

Deadline: January 4th, 2014
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Political Science (or its equivalent)
Documents Required: Applications should include a personal letter or statement of purposes, curriculum vitae, a writing simple (article, book or dissertation chapter) that provides evidence of research performance, teaching evaluations and course syllaby to assess teaching potential, graduate transcripts, official copy of Ph. D. degree and three letters of recommendation.
Contact Information: Prof. Rodrigo Mardones ( rmardonesz@uc.cl), Chair of the Instituto de Ciencia Politica
Additional Information: The Instituto de Ciencia Política is the oldest department of Political Science in the country and is highly regarded in Latin America. It offers an undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. programs. The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is one of the most prestigious higher education and research institutions in the region. It is located in the capital, Santiago, and seeks to consolidate itself as a University dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence at an international level. It consistently admits the most talented Chilean students to its undergraduate and graduate programs, and receives hundreds of exchange students, as well as numerous visiting professors from all over the world every year. More info www.cienciapolitica.uc.cl
  •     Associate Research Scholar (Mobile Technologies in Brazil & Latin American) -ILAS at Columbia University

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University is seeking an Associate Research Scholar to conduct research on the use and impact of mobile technologies in Brazil and other Latin American countries. The candidate should have knowledge of the application and impact of mobile technologies in education and health, as well as knowledge of international policy issues around mobile technologies and telecommunications.

The disciplinary specialization for this position is open (such as Science & Technology Studies, Communications, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Public Health, Education, and etc.).

The candidate would also be expected to contribute to the educational and research initiatives of ILAS, the Center for Brazilian Studies, and the Columbia Global Center in Rio de Janeiro.

The position is open to U.S. and foreign citizens. The position is primarily based in New York City, but will include some travel to Brazil for research and other project activities. This is a one-year position, starting January 1, 2014, with potential for renewal for a second year. Salary is commensurate with background and experience.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Minimum Requirements: PhD in relevant discipline. Fluency in English and Portuguese
Preferred Qualifications: Spanish fluency
Documents Required: All applications must be made through Columbia University's online system. For more information and to apply, please go to academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58533. Applicants will be asked to upload a CV, cover letter, and a list of three references.
Contact Information: ga2161@columbia.edu
  •     Assistant Professor of Spanish – University of Arkansas
The Department of World Languages at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Spanish, to begin August 2014. With a student body of 24,000, the University of Arkansas is a national research institution located in a greater metropolitan area of 300,000, with one of the fastest growing Latino populations in the nation. Fayetteville, located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains, frequently receives accolades as one of America’s best places to live by such publications as Forbes, Kiplinger’s, and Business Week. We seek a specialist in U.S. Latino and/or Spanish Caribbean literature and cultural studies. Specializations of strong secondary interest include Spanish for Heritage Speakers and Spanish for the Professions (LSP). Our hire will be expected to participate actively in the BA and MA programs in Spanish, in the Comparative Literature Ph.D. program, and in the Latin American and Latino Studies undergraduate program. Candidates should demonstrate excellence in teaching and research with the ability to teach language, literature, and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Native or near-native fluency in Spanish is required. Teaching load will be two courses each semester. PhD in hand by August 2014.
Deadline: January 3, 2014. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Skype interviews will likely be conducted in mid-January.
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D in hand by August 2014.
Documents Required: Please send a letter of application, cv, transcripts, three letters of reference, and a writing sample of 15-25 pages to Spanish Search Committee, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 425 Kimpel Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or Ms. Diane Ogden, dogden@uark.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. A first round of Skype interviews will likely be conducted by mid-January.
Contact Information: Spanish Search Committee, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 425 Kimpel Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or Ms. Diane Ogden, dogden@uark.edu.



  • ·         SPANISH STORY TIME

SATURDY, DECEMBER 14, Spanish Story Time will present Gary Schmidt's book:

MARTIN DE PORRES, The Rose in the Desert (Americas Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Honorable Mention) 

URBANA Free Library
Spanish Story Time has been organized by CLACS & the Urbana Free Library since 2006. The event is for children and their parents and consists of storytelling, live music and art. It is presented bilingually in Spanish/English, the second Saturday of February, March, April, June, September, October, November, December from 2:30 to 3:30 PM, at the Urbana Free Library Children's Department, 210 W Green St, Urbana.

At the request of indigenous people in Canelos Quichua territory, Amazonian Ecuador, Sibby and Norman Whitten established this foundation in Urbana, Illinois, in 1975 and gained IRS not-for-profit status as a publicly supported institution in 1976. Every year we hold a sale in the Whittens' home (507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana) and the proceeds are used for a medical-care delivery program for participants in the program in Amazonian Ecuador. We offer very high quality indigenous arts together with handicrafts and other objects of interest.
You are cordially invited to join us this December 7 and/or 9. Here is the advertisement that is circulated in hard copy to people who have visited our sale before, or who have asked to be on our mailing list. If you would like to be on the mailing list please send a note to nwhitten@illinois.edu.
 Saturday, 7 December, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
Sunday, 8 December 1:00-4:00 P.M.
507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana, Illinois
from Amazonian Ecuador
from Andean Ecuador
from Panama
 AND NEW: INDIGENOUS BEAD WORK (necklaces, bracelets, headbands, earrings, keychain attachments) from Amazonian Ecuador
 The Sacha Runa Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization, supports a medical-care delivery program and scholarships in Amazonian Ecuador
For more information call: 217-344-1828 or email nwhitten@illinois.ed

Artist Ana Ortega from Dominican Republic will be displaying her work at La Casa Cultural Latina from Nov 12, 2013 to January 31, 2014. The exhibit will open on Tuesday Nov 12 at 4:00 pm at La Casa. Ana will join us on Tuesday. If you want to see samples of her work visit  www.studioquisqueya.com  

Artworks from Kalarte Gallery’s collection of folk art and crafts from  around the world will be on display during the holiday season.

    Dates of show: Saturday, November 23 - Saturday, December 28
    Opening reception: Saturday, November 23, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
    Regular hours: Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Location: 112 W. Main St., Urbana, IL (inside Heartland Gallery)

The opening reception coincides with the artists’ reception for   Heartland Gallery’s Local Artists’ Showcase, highlighting works by  gallery artists. The reception is part of the downtown Urbana  gallery-wide holiday Open House, with several other galleries  providing special treats and hot cider.

The Heartland Gallery Local Artists’ showcase also runs from November  23 through December 28. See the Heartland Gallery Web site  (http://heartland-gallery.com/) for more details.

As you may know from the gallery newsletters, Heartland Gallery is  closing its doors in downtown Urbana after this show. Kalarte Gallery  has occupied a space within Heartland Gallery since its opening 7  years ago. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Heartland’s  owner, Jan Chandler, for her extraordinary generosity over these  years, both to our own gallery and to the arts community in  Champaign-Urbana in general. This is not a good-bye, because we trust  that she will resurface in another venue in our community in the near  future.

For more information on Kalarte Gallery:


Angelina Cotler, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
201 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Ph: (217) 333-8419
Fax: (217): 244-7333