Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 15, 2013



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. http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/lemann/fellowships/default.aspx <http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/lemann/fellowships/default.aspx>

Only 3 graduate courses
Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
Academic Year 2013-2014

The Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, located at the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies invites applications for a 9-month position of Research Assistant (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014). Appointments will be 25% (10 hours/week) and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary of $972.22. The Research Assistant will provide research and other support for the activities of the staff of the Lemann Institute of Brazilians Studies and BRASA.

Responsibilities include:

Clerical support (general office work)
Technical/support services ( 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.]);
Outreach duties (recruiting students, publicizing programs and activities to campus and public constituencies, and working with/assisting with event management).
Preparation of BRASA congress
Assistance with BRASA marketing to new members and communication with current members

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, with concentration on Brazil. It is a requirement that the applicant is proficient (oral and written) in Portuguese language.

Applicants should send the following material in 1PDF to bcairus@illinois.edu

  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information (the cover letter must be in Portuguese)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to bcairus@illinois.edu)
DEADLINE: April 22nd 2013

Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)
Academic Year 2013-2014

The Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA), located at the Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies invites applications for a 9-month position of Research Assistant (Fall 2013 and  Spring 2014). Appointments will be 50% (20 hours/week) and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary of $1944.44. The Research Assistant will provide research and other support for the activities of the staff of BRASA and the Lemann Institute of Brazilians Studies.

Responsibilities include:

Preparation of BRASA reports
Support for publications related to Brazil
Generate databases related to Brazilian studies
Preparation of BRASA Digest
Preparation of BRASA congress
Work on special projects related to Brazilian studies
Assistance with BRASA marketing to new members and communication with current members
Assistance with Lemann Institute events (organization, announcements, media)

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, with concentration on Brazil. It is a requirement that the applicant is proficient (oral and written) in Portuguese language.

Applicants should send the following material in 1PDF to bcairus@illinois.edu

  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information (the cover letter must be in Portuguese)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to bcairus@illinois.edu)
DEADLINE: April 22nd 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.




2:00 PM
101 International Studies Building

SUSAN THOMAS, Associate Prof. of Musicology and Women’s Studies, University of Georgia


The Cuban zarzuela flourished for a brief period of time, from the late 1920’s to the early 1940’s. Providing the Western hemisphere with some of its best-loved melodies, the zarzuela developed musical and dramatic codes for representing both hegemonic power and social marginality.  Composers took preexisting racialized theatrical types and created a phenomenon that was as pedagogical as it was entertaining, instructing Cuba’s growing bourgeoisie about the need for social and racial stability.  The zarzuela trafficked in desire, supporting a white supremacist ideology while simultaneously advocating the consumption of blackness, a strategy that it shared with the larger afrocubanismo movement (Moore, 1997).  Blackness also served as a subversive signifier, however, and the performative codes of the musical stage created an ambivalent tension through which black bodies—and the sounds they produced—could critique existing power structures (see Moore,1997; Lane, 2005, Thomas, 2009). Several scholars, including myself, have blamed the zarzuela’s truncated lifespan the rise of cinema, which offered lower admission prices and greater theatrical realism. In my talk, I problematize this earlier view by suggesting that rather than replacing the zarzuela, the emerging Cuban and Mexican film industries absorbed and transformed it, appropriating its plots, performance practices, composers, technical designers, and the performers themselves.  Additionally, one of the zarzuela’s most powerfully emblematic representations of difference, the use of blackface, was enthusiastically adapted to the screen—often rubbed onto the very same bodies who had popularized the practice on the Cuban stage.   
This transformation is examined through Lecuona’s 1930 zarzuela, María la O and the eponymous 1948 Cuban-Mexican co-production starring Rita Montaner, for whom the zarzuela’s title role was created. The film’s negotiation of its borrowed content is instructive in understanding how the radicalized codes of the zarzuela were reworked to speak to larger Latin American audience. I suggest that in removing specific cultural markers, filmmakers effectively excised any sense of subversive ambivalence from their original source material, engaging in a “flattening out” of radicalized discourse and performance practice that mirrored trends emanating from the U.S. and Europe. 

Dr. Susan Thomas, Associate Professor of Musicology and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia, received her Ph.D. in musicology from Brandeis University in 2002 and earned masters degrees from Tufts University and the New England Conservatory. Her research interests include music and gender, Cuban and Latin American music, transnationalism and migration, embodiment and performativity, music and race relations, and opera studies. Her book, Cuban Zarzuela: Performing Race and Gender on Havana's Lyric Stage (University of Illinois Press, 2008), received the Robert M. Stevenson Award from the American Musicological Society (AMS), 2011 and the Pauline Alderman Book Award for feminist research from the International Association of Women in Music.  Other recently published articles and chapters include "Did Nobody Pass the Girls the Guitar? Queer Appropriations in Contemporary Cuban Popular Song," Journal of Popular Music 18/2 (2006), “Musical Cartographies of the Transnational City: Mapping Havana in Song,” Latin American Music Review 31/2 (2010); and chapters in Cuba Transnational, Fernández, ed. (2005), De la zarzuela al cine: Los medios de comunicación populares y su traducción de la voz marginal, ed. by Doppelbauer and Sartingen (2010), and “Music, Conquest, and Colonization”  in W.W. Norton’s Musics of Latin America, ed. by Robin Moore, among others. Currently, she is preparing a book manuscript on the transnationalization of contemporary Cuban music.




12:00 PM
101 International Studies Building

MARCO CURATOLA, Professor of History. Director of the Andean Studies Program
Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.


Archaeological data and documentary sources show that oracles —to wit, shrines controlled by the resident priesthood, through whom the gods  answered those who consulted them—were one of the most noteworthy religious institution of the ancient Andean world.  At the time of the Incas, there were many great sanctuaries home of long-distance pilgrimages and theater of crowded ceremonies and esoteric rites, such as those of Pachacamac, Titicaca, Coropuna, Huanacauri, Catequil and Huarivilca, which people visited regularly to consult their deities. In the talk it will be explored the nature and diffusion of such important religious Andean phenomena, as well as its political implications.

Prof Curatola studied at the University of Genoa anthropology, history and archeology. He is an specialist of the history of Andean culture, with especial emphasis on the Inca society, the religion of the Andean world, the study of chronicles and indigenous sources. He is the author of “Il Giardino d’oro del dio Sole. Dei, culti e messia delee Ande (Napoli 1997)” and “Adivinacion y oraculos en el mundo andino antiguo (edited with M. Ziolkowski, Lima, 2008). Currently he’s the codirector of the project “Cuzco and the Incas in the Toledean period.”
From 1980 to 1999 he was the director of the Department of America in the Museo Natizionale Preistorico ed Etnografico de Roma. From 1991 to 2004 directed the America section of the Archeological Encyclopedia  of del Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana, Roma. He has been visiting professor at the University of Cambridge and Universita Gregoriana, and given lectures at the University of New York, Yale University, California Davis and many more. Worked for Unesco (1984-1987) and OIM (1992-1994) on projects related to cultural heritage in Latin America.
He is a partner of the Institute of Andean Studies at Berkeley University. In 2002 was named “Cavaliere” the order of merit by the Italian Republic.




2:00 PM
101 International Studies Building



Organized crime, linked to cocaine trafficking, is having dreadful manifestations in regions in the United States, Mexico and Colombia. This paper analyzes empirically such manifestations and the local authorities’ response in these countries. A law enforcement model is presented where the reaction of authorities to shocks in the level of violence is analyzed within a framework of decentralized police and judicial decision-making, along the lines of Lucas (1973, 1976). Namely, law provision is performed at the regional level, with the response of authorities depending crucially on their perceptions regarding the origins of violence. To the extent that the causes of violence are systematically perceived as originating beyond local boundaries, the response of the violence shock at the regional level will vanish over time. This in turn implies that the total provision of justice in the country will be lower. We claim that this describes the Colombian experience during the 1980s and 1990s, Mexico’s current situation and, to a lesser extent the US’. We argue that over the past 10 years, the latter has responded differently to the rise in organized crime because in the thirties and seventies it developed federal institutions to confront this type of supra regional phenomenon. Colombia did the same in the late nineties and Mexico has just begun to do so.

 Former Minister of Finance of Colombia (Aug. 2010-Sep. 2012) and Minister of Economic Planning (Sep. 2000-Aug. 2002). Former Dean of Economics at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). Macroeconomist, policymaker and university professor, experienced in economic and political analysis. Responsible for the technical design and congressional approval of Colombia´s economy stabilization package, 1998-2002; and for the program for Colombian economic takeoff, 2010-2014. Advisor during eight years of international banks and financial institutions with Global Source, a New York based consultancy, and Econcept, a Bogotá based consultancy. Weekly editorialist of CNN en Español (Atlanta) for three years. Strong theoretical and econometric skills. Proficient at presentations to specialists and the general public. Teaching experience at New York University and Universities in Colombia. Expert witness in litigations in topics of infrastructure concessions and finance. Has published papers in different fields of economics, in specialized journals, and three books on the Colombian economy; has participated in books on the Africa´s and the Pacific Basin´s economic development.


La Casa Cultural Latina

ANDREW EISEN, Ph.D. Student, Department of History

“Mexican Migration and Hyperincarceration during the Cold War”



“IndiVisible: Experience the Past, Engage the Future”

Come join the Native American and Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO) and the Archaeology Student Society (ASS) in a one-of-kind experience, IndiVisible! Join this collaborative effort in highlighting Indigenous cultures of the Americas through interactive activities and dialogue. 

Part 1 of IndiVisible is from 2-5 pm in front of Davenport Hall. There will be hands-on booths where you can come try your hand at the game of Chunkey or hoop and stick. Watch a master flint-knapper make stone tools, learn about Maya farming, fire-starting techniques, or see stone boiling in action. Watch, learn, and participate in a special workshop provided by Akaxe Yotzin, Young Master of Ancient Nahua Traditions. The danza workshop will include learning a danza, step by step, the symbolism of each step, the concept behind each danza, and the significance of Mazehual Danza and the Mazehual path: that of Respect, Truth, Gratitude & Service. Come try Maya chocolate, pop your own popcorn cob, or enjoy some fry bread!

Part 2 of IndiVisible is our finale from 5-6 pm, a dance, songs, and storytelling event by Native Pride Arts in Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium. Don't miss out on this amazing educational event!
Event organized by the Archeology Student Society and the Native American and Indigenous Student Organization. Paid for by the Student Cultural Programming  Fee & The Student Affairs Program Coordinating Council
Co-sponsored by the Anthropology Department, The Native American House, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women’s Resources Center, and the History Department.

IPRH Inside Scoop Series:
Co-Sponsored by the Spurlock Museum
Date:          SUNDAY, APRIL 21
Time:          11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location:   Spurlock Museum                     

Get the inside scoop on the South American Gallery at the Spurlock Museum from the professor whose research shapes it. Explore the gallery in discussion with curator Norman Whitten, as he shares his exciting discoveries and highlights what makes the gallery unique. This event offers an opportunity for all interested undergraduates, no matter their majors, to share in the great breadth of research performed daily on our campus. Pizza and, of course, ice cream (scoops!) will be served.
Hear from Professor Whitten:
My wife, Sibby, and I began research with the Canelos Quichua-speaking people of Amazonian Ecuador and worked with them every year beginning in 1970. Sometimes we would spend 3-4 months, and sometimes a year or more. The Canelos Quichua women are master Amazonian ceramists and some of the men are powerful shamans. With them we learned of the spirit world and the nature of souls of humans, animals, and spirits, and came to understand how such knowledge is embedded in male shamanic performance and female graphic imagery and song. When we began to curate the South American Gallery at Spurlock, we drew heavily on ethnographic experience to interpret culture history and archaeology. We also place Ecuador as the center of attention. These features make this gallery unique. We will discuss this during our talk.

About the speaker:
Norman E. Whitten, Jr. took his MA and PhD at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1961and 1964. His first research in Latin America took place with Afro-Ecuadorians in 1961, followed by more research with them in 1963 and 64-65, during which time he also worked for 13 months with Afro-Colombians and various indigenous people in Amazonia. In 1968 after research with Afro-Canadians and again with Afro-Ecuadorians, he and his late wife (Dorothea [Sibby] Scott Whitten) began exploratory research in Amazonian Ecuador, visiting Shuar, Achuar, Canelos, Napo Runa, Siona, Secoya, and Cofán indigenous peoples. The settled on the Canelos Quichua indigenous people in 1969 and visited them every year since, making a number of museum-quality collections, and publishing many books and articles. Norm taught at Washington University, St. Louis and UCLA before coming to Illinois in 1970. At Illinois, he has served as Head of the Department of Anthropology, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Chair of the Fellowship Board of the graduate College. He became a Curator of the Spurlock Museum in 1992 and is now Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, Curator of the Spurlock Museum, Senior University Scholar and editor of the book series “Interpretations of Culture in the New Millennium,” published by the University of Illinois Press since 2003.
The Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese


DAVID WILLIAM FOSTER, Past Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures and Regents' Professor of Spanish, and Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University


Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 1080

Of Hungarian Jewish origin, Madalena Schwartz (1921-93) had a late start as a photographer and quite by accident. However, she quickly went on to become Brazil’s premier portrait photographer, choosing always to works in black and white. However, early in her career she became fascinated with São Paulo’s vibrant countercultural nightlife and in the early 70s she began working closely with the highly transgressive and contestational queer dance troupe, Dzi Croquettes, and some of her most important photography is made up of behind-the-scenes images of the members of the group, which went on to enjoy immense success in Paris. This presentation will discuss the importance of Schwartz photography, with an emphasis on her work with Dzi Croquettes.

Lecture co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies



  • ·         SANDUNGA live at the Iron Post! 

Join Champaign-Urbana's favorite Cuban band at the Iron Post, Saturday,
SATURDAY, APRIL 20 6:00-9:00. 
We hope to see you there for some son, bolero, guajira and much more

  • Kalarte Gallery- Urbana’s Boneyard Arts Festival
As part of Champaign-Urbana’s Boneyard Arts Festival, Kalarte Gallery  presents an exhibit of folk art and crafts from around the world. The  exhibit includes folk paintings, votive paintings, metal and wood  statues, wood carvings, ceramics, devotional works, and other craft  items. Art works will be available from Mexico, Guatemala, South  America, India, Indonesia, Africa, and elsewhere.

Friday and Saturday are Champaign and Urbana days for the Festival.  Kalarte Gallery will be open from 10 am till 9 pm on both days. The  gallery will participate in Heartland Gallery’s reception on Friday  April 12 from 6-8 pm.

Boneyard Festival dates and times:
      Friday, April 12, 10am – 9pm (reception 6-8pm)
      Saturday, April 13, 10am – 9pm

The exhibit runs through: Saturday, May 18

Kalarte Gallery’s regular hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Kalarte Gallery
112 W. Main St.
Urbana, IL 61801

  • The University Language Academy for Children
will offer Spanish Summer Camps for children ages 4-11 at the Children’s Research Center (51 East Gerty Drive, Champaign).

Dates:             June 3 - August 2 (no class week July 1-5)
Times:            8:30 am –noon or 1:30-5 PM (half day);  8:30-5:00 (full day)
Ages: 4-7; 8-11

Registration by May 31 preferred:  http://www.languageacademy.illinois.edu/summer_camps.html

For more information, visit http://www.languageacademy.illinois.edu/ or contact sip-ulac@illinois.edu.



·         Position Title: Lecturer - Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago 
Posting Number: 01684  

The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies invites applications for a post-doctoral position as a Lecturer in Latin American Studies to begin in Fall 2013. The Latin American Studies Program includes an interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Latin American Studies serving students with research interests in social sciences and humanities, and a B.A. major in Latin American Studies that has a social sciences emphasis. Recent PhDs (within the past six years) in the humanities, social sciences or area studies who deal with Latin American issues are encouraged to apply. Relevant disciplines include sociology, political science, anthropology, history, literature, and media studies. The successful candidate will teach an M.A. Proseminar (meets over two quarters), advise M.A. students, and will develop one graduate/undergraduate course and two undergraduate-only courses in their own specialty. This is a twelve-month appointment. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year dependent upon performance review.

The Lecturer in Latin American Studies is responsible for:

In collaboration with Latin American Studies faculty, teaching the M.A. Proseminar, a graduate-level academic seminar designed to give in-coming Latin American Studies MA students a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches, principal research methods, and current trends in Latin American Studies and to help students develop the proposal for their master's thesis. 

Teaching one undergraduate/graduate course in the incumbent's field of expertise.

Teaching two undergraduate-only courses in the incumbent's field of expertise.

General academic and career advising of M.A. students in Latin American Studies.

Directing individual B.A. Papers and M.A. theses, as needed.

All requirements toward the PhD degree must be completed by August 31, 2013. Teaching experience is required. The ideal candidate will be able to give theoretical and methodological advice to master's level students with a broad range of social science and humanities interests.

To apply for this position please go to the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities web site https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu and select requisition #01684. Applicants are required to upload the following materials -- cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, dissertation abstract, reference contact information, and up to three writing samples/publications. Under separate cover, please have three letters of recommendation sent to the Center for Latin American Studies, 5848 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.

To receive full consideration, applications must be received by May 10, 2013.  



June, July and August 2013
The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 12 years offering our 3 week training program in interdisciplinary qualitative field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing investigations in local agricultural communities to develop effective field research techniques, and to acquire language skills. In addition, the program provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. Total cost is $4,000 US dollars. This includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, and course materials. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Ecologist, Flor de María Barreto Tosi

Program dates: June Solstice Session June 6th 2012 through 26th 2013
July Harvest Session July 4th through 24th
August Earth Session August 1st through 21st 

Application Deadline: April 30th
Request an application: phammer@wayna.rcp.net.pe
Center for Social Well Being-Peru



The Center for Latin American Studies of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the Cátedra Argentina Prize for the best paper written on the bilateral relationship between Argentina and the United States. 

Students who are enrolled at U.S. universities are eligible to compete for the prize.  The Cátedra Argentina was established in 2012 at the Center for Latin American Studies at Georgetown University to promote a better understanding of Argentina in the United States in all aspects.   The winning essay will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of U.S.-Argentine relations based on original sources and be worthy of publication in an academic journal.

The essay may not exceed 10,000 words, must be double spaced and written in Times Roman 12 point.  The essay must be sent via email to the following address, no later than May 31, 2013:

The award will consist of a $1,000 cash price, and travel to Argentina for one week to present and discuss the paper at academic institutions and public policy forums. 



Venezuela poll: Maduro opponent Capriles demands recount  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22153667

Brazilian state of Acre in illegal immigration alert  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22106284

Chile student protests resume as 100,000 march  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22118682

Bachelet, Chile ex-president launches election campaign http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/04/20134141001240173.html

The Enduring Legacy of Bolivia’s Forgotten National Revolution  http://nacla.org/blog/2013/4/13/enduring-legacy-bolivia%E2%80%99s-forgotten-national-revolution

The U.S. war on communism, drugs and terrorism in Colombia  http://www.coha.org/the-u-s-war-on-communism-drugs-and-terrorism-in-colombia/

La policía brasileña investiga la supuesta implicación de Lula en corruptelas http://www.infolatam.com/2013/04/13/la-policia-brasilena-investiga-la-supuesta-implicacion-de-lula-en-corruptelas/

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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