Monday, March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013


·         SUMMER 2013 ONLINE COURSES (Quechua and Introduction to Latin American Studies)


The Lemann Institute offers travel grants to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate and undergraduate students who have been accepted to present papers at academic conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Any student can apply to up to 2 conferences in the U.S. per year OR 1 international conference. <>

Only 3 graduate courses

Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies invites applications for the position of Research Assistant for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Appointments will be 50% and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines.  The Research Assistant will support administrative functions at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Lemann Institute. Responsibilities include:

  1. Clerical support (copying course materials, general office work/clerical/receptionist, correspondence, and supervising reading room);
  2. Technical/support services (Webmaster/assisting faculty with web pages, network administration/end user support, equipment management, monitoring instructional and service labs [computer, video, etc.], translation, routine support for publications [recordkeeping, writing copy for university or department newsletters or non-research publications, correspondence, etc.]);
  3. Outreach duties (recruiting students, publicizing programs and activities to campus and public constituencies, and working with/assisting with event management).
Applicants must be University of Illinois graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be working. They should also have a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean. Knowledge of Portuguese is a plus.

Applicants should send the following material in 1 PDF to Angelina Cotler (
  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to 

DEADLINE:  Monday, April 8, 2013

(3 credits - no prerequisite - taught in English)
Instructor: Jose Cairus

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to topics in Brazil through a multidisciplinary approach using a broad range of sources such as textbooks, novels, magazines, and audiovisual materials. Students will be introduced to the Portuguese realm of Latin America with its transatlantic connections. Classes will elaborate on the high mixed ethnic environment in Brazil that blended Natives, Europeans, Africans, and Asians. This phenomenon bore a rich and distinct culture that manifests itself in music, arts and sports, some of which was later exported on a
planetary scale. Course materials will also cover contemporary topics in economy, society, politics, and environmental issues. Topics will be taught in a comparative framework with other Latin American countries, the United States and within a global context. By conclusion, we will analyze the rise of Brazil, at the twilight of the twenty first century, to a top world economic and as a political "soft power" on global scale upheld by a solid social democracy.

Jose T. Cairus was born in Rio de Janeiro, and has an M.A. in African Diaspora at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in Latin American History at York University in Toronto. His doctoral dissertation is titled "The Gracie Clan and the Making of Brazilian jiu-jitsu: National Identity, Performance and Culture, 1905-1993". At York University, University of Guelph and University of Toronto, Dr. Cairus has taught courses in Islamic Civilization, African History, Latin American History and Brazilian Culture.


RACHEL LAUREN STORM– recipient of the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in global educational policy studies with minors in gender and women's studies and gender relations in international development. The Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award recognizes her international volunteer work and activism, which focuses on anti-violence and justice among indigenous communities, as well as her educational outreach on women’s organizing, in Ecuador. She is the founder of the non-profit organization Four Walls and a Roof, aimed at supporting survivors of domestic violence. Ms. Storm holds a B.A. in international studies with a focus on gender development, and an Ed.M. in educational policy, organization, and leadership.

TARA MCGOVERN– recipient of the Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement Award will graduate in May with a B.A. in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology, and minors in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean studies. The Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement Award honors McGovern’s research and volunteer activities in Ecuador, where she helped found a free English school for adolescents and children in her host community. She has also worked to promote both study abroad and international education at the University of Illinois through her involvement and leadership in the Illinois Anthropology Club. She currently works at the Illinois Study Abroad Office as a peer advisor.



The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites its affiliated faculty to apply for summer faculty travel grants.
The Faculty Travel Awards re intended to support faculty travel overseas for short-term trips to enrich instructional materials, establish and maintain linkages with overseas institutions, and explore promising new lines of research. Travel must be for a minimum of 10 days. Travel supported by Title VI NRC funds must be on US carriers and the itineraries must be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
Awards of up to $1,500 will be made for travel to take place between May 24, 2013 and August 20, 2013.
Applications should include:
    • Two-page statement about the purpose of the trip and details about major planned activities while abroad;
    • Abstract of this statement, no longer than 300 characters (required by US ED);
    • List of major publications/ creative activities during the past 5 years;
    • Itinerary, with precise dates, air carrier(s) and flight numbers (US ED requirement);
    • Detailed budget.
    • 2013  Faculty Initiatives download application and instructions on how to apply

All materials should be sent electronically (PDF) to Angelina Cotler, Associate Director to no later than FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 2013



The Lemann Institute will provide up to 5 travel grants to Brazil for faculty members in STEM fields. The intent is to build on the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP) to increase collaborations between U of I faculty and Brazilian universities.

The faculty members who are chosen will travel to Brazil for 1-2 weeks in order to meet faculty members, build collaborations, and recruit undergraduate and graduate students to come to Illinois under the BSMP program. For faculty members currently hosting a BSMP student, this is an opportunity to build links with that student's home institution. Visits should be timed to occur when the host university is in session.

The Institute will provide airfare, assistance in making connections, hotel expenses, and meal allowances.

Interested faculty members should provide Mary Arends-Kuenning ( with the following information:
Where you intend to go and why
Whether you are currently hosting a BSMP student
Which faculty members you intend to meet with
Previous experience working with Braziilan faculty and students and in Brazil

This is a new program. We would like to have a variety of fields and destinations. Also, we would give priority to faculty members who are looking to develop new relationships in Brazil. 

Deadline: April 8, 2013



101 International Studies Building

JULIO BICCA-MARQUES, Ph.D. Lemann Distinguished Visiting Scholar


Between late 2008 and the middle of 2009 an outbreak of sylvatic yellow fever caused the deaths of seven people and more than 2,000 howler monkeys in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. The disease outbreak spread panic among the local human population. Fear of the disease and misinformation disseminated by the media about the role of howler monkeys in the yellow fever cycle led inhabitants of several regions to illegally kill these already regionally threatened primates. In this talk I will make the case that howler monkeys are our allies in detecting the spread of the yellow fever virus by playing an important role as sentinels. The howlers did not cause the re-emergence of this African infectious disease nor did they promote its transmission or its rapid spread through the highly fragmented landscape of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. I also will explain the role of howler monkeys, humans and mosquitoes in the yellow fever cycle, and describe an outreach campaign 'Protect our Guardian Angels' that I launched to inform the public and the media that protecting howler monkeys is a matter of public health. The campaign was successful in getting the support of educational, scientific, governmental (health- and environment-related) and religious institutions, and NGOs, and was effective in changing how the news media presented scientific information to the public.

101 International Studies Building

DENIS MIZNE, Executive Director Fundação Lemann  


The talk will present an overview of K12 education in Brazil, recent progresses and challenges. It will also discuss key aspects to assuring a high level education for all, including the role of principals, teachers, innovation and technology.




101 International Studies Building

BRUCE BAGLEY, professor and Chair . Department of International Studies. University of Miami


What are the major trends that have characterized the evolution of illicit drug trafficking and organized crime (organized criminal networks) in the Americas over the last quarter of a  century? Which have been the principal transformations or adaptations –economic, political and organizational -that have taken place within the region’s vast illegal drug economy during first decade of the twenty first century? This essay identifies eight key trends or patterns that typify the ongoing transformation of the drug trade and the organized criminal groups it has spawned as of mid-2011. They are: 1) The increasing globalization of drug consumption; 2) The limited or “partial victories” and unintended consequences of the U.S.-led ‘War on Drugs’, especially in the Andes; 3) The proliferation of areas of drug cultivation and of drug smuggling routes throughout the hemisphere (so
-called “balloon effects”); 4) The dispersion and fragmentation of organized criminal groups or networks within countries and across sub-regions (“cockroach effects”); 5) The failure of political reform and state-building efforts (deinstitutionalization effects); 6) The inadequacies or failures of U.S. domestic drug and crime control policies (demand control failures); 7) The ineffectiveness of regional and international drug control policies (regulatory failures); 8) The growth in support for harm reduction, decriminalization and legalization policy alternatives (legalization debate).

Professor Bagley, holds a PhD. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests are in U.S.-Latin American relations, with an emphasis on drug trafficking and security issues. From 1991 to 1995 he served as associate dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Miami. Prior to his appointment at UM, he was assistant professor of Comparative Politics and Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University.

Lecture co-sponsored by the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security (ACDIS)



The National and International Scholarships Program will be conducting informational meetings for students who are interested in obtaining scholarships for the pursuit of prestigious internships, teaching English abroad, or graduate studies or research at world-class institutions. Sessions will begin with an overview of the scholarships available (including Beinecke, Churchill, Fulbright, Gates Cambridge, George Mitchell, Goldwater, Luce Scholars, Marshall, Rhodes, and Truman). First and second year students should plan to attend one the first ten meetings regarding strengthening a student’s candidacy for these opportunities. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend one of the subsequent eight sessions that focus on crafting and compiling quality application materials. All sessions will be held in conference room 514 in the Campus Center for Advising and Academic Services at 807 South Wright Street.

The following meetings are targeted generally towards freshmen and sophomores (those graduating after August 2014).

Tuesday, March 26: 4:30-5:00 or 5:00-5:30
Wednesday, March 27: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:30-4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Thursday, March 28: 1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:00-3:30 or 3:30-4:00

These sessions are primarily for juniors and seniors (those graduating before August 2014).

Monday, April 1       1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:30- 4:00 or 4:00-4:30
Tuesday, April 2      1:30-2:00, 2:00-2:30, 3:30- 4:00 or 4:00-4:30

For more information, contact the National and International Scholarships Program at or visit the website at      



·         Post-Doctoral Fellowship "Presidential Regime and Coalition Government: Brazil and Latin America"
Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP) and Research Center for Comparative and International Studies at the University of São Paulo (NECI/USP) - São Paulo, Brazil

The Project “Political Institutions, Patterns of Executive-Legislative Interaction and Capacity of Governance” has opened a call for applications to select a postdoctoral fellow. The research proposal must analyze Executive-Legislative relations and the formation and the operation of coalition government in Latin America. The fellow researcher will earn a monthly stipend of R$ 5,578.80 (current value as defined in and will also count on a technical reserve fund (rules available in The fellowship will be granted for a 24 month-period.
Deadline: April 28, 2013
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. or doctoral degree in political science or another social science.
Preferred Qualifications: The selected candidate will be required to agree with the following terms:
  1. To develop his/her own research in line with the objectives of the project and the fellowship;
  2. To create a database on the patterns of Executive-Legislative relations in Latin-American presidential regimes, focusing on institutional variables and systematic information regarding the legislation output, roll call votes and the composition of coalitions;
  3. To share this information with CEBRAP Legislative Database;
  4. To produce reports under the supervision of professor Fernando Limongi;
  5. To present seminars and participate in other activities and meetings related to the project;
  6. To submit articles for scientific events and to national and international journals presenting the results of research supported by the fellowship;
  7. To supervise undergraduate students who have received a research scholarship.
Documents Required:
To apply, please send the following materials electronically to curriculum vitae, a recommendation letter and a research project (maximum 10 pages). The selection will happen in two stages: analysis of the documentation and an interview. Only candidates approved in the first stage will be called for the interview, which may be done via Skype.
Contact Information:
Additional Information:
Research Questions and Objectives: The incompatibility between presidential systems and party coalitions has already been questioned and denied by an extensive literature. While coalition presidentialism was considered to be a rare characteristic of the Brazilian political system, it is frequently found in democracies in Latin America and Eastern Europe. Little is known about how coalitions are formed and work in presidential regimes. The notion that coalitions obey different logics in presidential and parliamentary systems, in spite of the theoretical contestation and evidence reporting opposite results, is still maintained. Such misunderstanding is the result of a lack of systematic studies on this theme. It is this gap that this project seeks to fill. Thus, in line with the objectives of the Thematic Project, the Post-Doctoral research fellow will be expected to gather data in a structured form to analyze two institutional variables: the legislative powers of the Executive and the internal organization of the Legislature, which have proven to be fundamental to understand Executive-Legislative relations and government performance in Brazil. In particular, the research project should draw direct attention to how agenda-setting powers affect the management of disputes within governmental coalitions.

In this project, agenda powers are considered to be weapons of the majority, rather as resources that facilitate the working of the coalition, protecting its unity by facilitating the bargaining process inside the coalition, than a tool to circumvent the opposition. Such a perspective implies a redirection of the central axis of coalition governments’ research from an excessive focus on examining the formation and breakdown of coalitions towards research guided to understand how the coalitions actually work. A coalition works if it proves capable of internal coordination.

According to the mainstream literature on comparative studies, the project stresses the explanatory power of institutional variables. However, it differs from dominant trends in this field by questioning the emphasis on variables related to the electoral and party systems and to the form of government. Analyses of government coalitions were damaged by this type of excessive emphasis. While the study of this phenomenon is quite common for parliamentary regimes, little focus has been put on this dynamic in presidential regimes.

·         Research Professor in International Relations
El Colegio de México

El Colegio de México invites applications for a tenure-track position of Research Professor in International Relations. El Colegio de México is one of the top Social Science Universities in Latin America, and its Centre for International Relations is one of the leading Departments in Politics in Mexico. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the teaching of the BA in International Relations, and to the Masters program in Political Science.
Deadline: 15 May 2013
Minimum Requirements:
Applications will be considered from outstanding candidates who have completed a PhD in Political Science, International Relations or a related discipline, have a record of refereed academic publications, or evidence of a developing track record of publications, and demonstrate fluent command of Spanish.
Preferred Qualifications:
Expertise in any of the following fields will be especially welcomed: international political economy; U.S. history, politics and/or foreign policy; international migrations; regionalism, international institutions, and international law.
Documents Required:
Applications must include: a full Curriculum Vitae, two letters of reference (to be sent directly by the referees), and a covering letter outlining current and future research projects and relevant teaching experience. Two samples of material either published or in preparation for publication will also be considered.
Contact Information:
Jaime Vigna or Patricia Soto, Centro de Estudios Internacionales, El Colegio de México, Camino al Ajusco 20, Pedregal de Sta. Teresa, 10740 México D.F., tel. (52-55) 54493000 ext. 3110 or 3210,,;
Additional Information:
Short-listed candidates should be available for interview in Mexico City between June 24 and 28, 2013.

Applications and letters of reference should be sent to Professor Ana Covarrubias at direccion.cei@colmex.m



·         6th Annual CONELIT 2013: Gender, Sexualities and representations
August 14-16, 2013
Lima, Perú
Red Literaria Peruana (Peruvian Literary Network), in association with Casa de la Literatura Peruana and the Institute for the Humanities at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, cordially invite submissions for the 6th CONELIT Students Conference on Latin American and Peninsular Literatures. Each year, CONELIT brings together students and scholars from a wide variety of countries of Latin America, Europe and the United States.

In 2013 CONELIT celebrates 6 years of promoting spaces of academic dialogue and diversity from Latin America to the world.

- Main Topic: Gender discourses in Latin America, Spain and Portugal constructed through Literature, Film, Visual Arts, Perfomance and Public Spaces.

Keynote Speakers: Diamela Eltit (NYU - Chile), Victoria Guerrero (PUCP)
For more information, please visit the conference website.
Proposal deadline: May 5th, 2013
Contact information:
Phone Numbers PERU:  
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·         Ironia y Politica en la cultura Latinoamericana/ Irony and Politics in Latin American Culture
Oct. 24-26, 2013
Radboud Universidad, Holanda/ Radboud University, Holland
This conference aims to examine the way in which irony -as well as contiguous forms such as cynicism and black humor- have influenced the representation of violence in Latin American culture across time. Our goal is to analyze the poetical, political, ethical and possibly therapeutic functions of irony from a transcultural and transregional perspective. Proposals are invited for papers in which the theoretical reflection on the relation between irony and violence has an essential role, focusing on the fields of literature, film, visual arts, theatre, popular music and other forms of artistic expression. We also encourage proposals in which the relation between irony and violence is explored from the perspective of other disciplines, such as anthropology, sociology or philosophy.

Abstracts can be sent to before 1 May 2013. Please also include a short biography.
Contact information:
Dr. Brigitte Adriaensen
For further information, please see the conference website:



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 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

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