Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14-20, 2013

Brown Bag Presentation

Christopher Hall Studio (904 W. Nevada St., Room 1009)

Presented by:
Luciana Dutra-Thomé, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil





Prof. CARLOS DE LA TORRE, Director, International Studies Program. Department of Sociology. University of Kentucky


101 International Studies Building

This talk analyzes the authoritarian outcomes of Rafael Correa’s project of redemptive and technocratic modernization from above. It shows how populist appeals and technocratic reasoning are combined in Correa’s project of state building. Windfall rents have allowed his government to pursue democratization understood as an increase in social spending, but at the cost of pluralism, civil rights, the rule of law, and checks and balances. In contrast to other leftist governments, Correa has not created participatory institutions, and is in conflict with most social movements, which his administration has labeled as corporatist and special interest groups.

Carlos de la Torre earned a B.A. (with honors) in sociology from the University of Florida, Gainesville (1983), and an M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in the same field from the New School for Social Research in New York City, supported by a scholarship from the Organization of American States, a doctoral Fellowship from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) of Ecuador, and an Alvin Johnson Dissertation Fellowship from the New School. While still a doctoral candidate he edited, with Felipe Burbano, Populism in Ecuador: An Anthology of Texts (Quito: ILDIS, 1989), and published “The Ambiguous Meanings of Latin American Populisms,” which appeared in Social Research (Summer 1992), staking out one of the areas of research for which he is best known. His dissertation, published as La Seducción Velasquista (Quito: FLACSO and Libri Mundi, 1993), which studied the rise in the 1930s and 1940s of the magnetic leader Velasco Ibarra in the unique context of Ecuadorian socioeconomics, won the New School’s Alfred Schutz Memorial Award.
On finishing his doctorate, he took up an appointment as Assistant, and later Associate, Professor of Sociology at Drew University, and served as its Director of Latin American Studies from 1995 to 2001. He then joined the sociology and anthropology faculty at Northeastern University as an Associate Professor, remaining there for three years; during most of his tenure at Northeastern he also served as the Director of the Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies program. In 2003 he returned to Ecuador to direct the Ph.D. program in social science at FLACSO. Currently he is Professor and Researcher in the Political Studies Program.
It was while teaching a class on race and ethnicity at Drew that Carlos de la Torre first delved deeply into that topic, and when he first began seriously researching racism in Ecuador. Important publications on that topic, which became the second major branch in his researches, soon followed, among them Racism in Ecuador: Experiences of the Indian Middle Class (Quito: CAAP, 1996; rpt., Abya-Yala, 2002); “Everyday Forms of Racism in Contemporary Ecuador: The Experiences of Middle-Class Indians,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, 22, No. 1 (1999); “Racism in Education and the Construction of Citizenship in Ecuador,” Race and Class, 42, No. 2 (2000); and Afroquiteños: Ciudadanía y Racismo (CAAP, 2002). He continued his study of racism in Ecuadorian education as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in 2007-08. His latest article on that topic, written with Carmen Martínez, is “Racial Discrimination and Citizenship in Ecuador’s Educational System,” published in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies, 5, No. 1 (2009).
He returned to the subject of populism as a Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow in 2008-09 and continued on that topic as a Visiting Resource Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, he will build on this work, with a project entitled “Understanding Popular Support for Populist and Authoritarian Regimes.”
In addition to the publications already mentioned, Carlos de la Torre has contributed over twenty chapters to anthologies, written over thirty articles for refereed and popular journals, coedited four volumes, most recently The Ecuador Reader (Duke UP, 2008), with Steve Striffler; and two monographs: ¡Un Solo Toque! Populismo y Cultura Política en Ecuador (CAAP, 1996) and Populist Seduction in Latin America (Ohio UP, 2000; 2nd ed., 2010).



PHILIPPE FAUCHER, Professor of Political Science. University of Montreal


101 International Studies Building

Why is Brazil’s economy, despite its potential, growing at a disappointing rate? After a strong performance of 7,5%  in 2010, it  fell back to 1% in 2012. As late developers, emerging economies are facing simultaneously, with varied intensity, four major challenges, which are currently, and for many years, will undermine their growth performance. These challenges are identified as: 1) the middle-income trap, 2) the competitive trap 3) the globalization trap, and 4) the Dutch disease. This presentation will define each problem using examples within BRIC countries of the mechanisms at play.  Added to these challenges, Brazil’s peculiar state led development model comes at a cost not captured by the traditional prescriptions over what has been identifies as the “custo Brazil”. This hybrid system of economic governance is responsible for the creation of grabber friendly institutions with multiple vested interests making reform slow and expensive.

 Philippe Faucher is professor and former Chair of the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the Université de Montréal ( He teaches international political economy and globalization. He has been working on the political and economic development of Latin America, concentrating on Brazil and Mexico. His current work deals with Latin America’s political institutions and economic policies. His current research project considers what political factors are contributing to the appropriation of economic rent from natural resources in a comparative perspective. Philippe Faucher worked as consultant to the Minister of administration and reform of the state (1995), and with the science and technology Minister (1999) of the Federal government of Brazil. He was a guest professor on several occasions in Brazil (UnB), France (IEP) and Morocco. He writes a monthly column on international economics and energy for Montreal's daily newspaper La Presse (




This is to let you know that we have a trial until November 1, 2013 of two databases for Caribbean Studies:

Federal Surveillance of the Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño: This collection highlights the FBI’s efforts to disrupt the activities of the largest of the Puerto Rican independence parties, Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño, and compromise their effectiveness. In addition, these documents provide an insightful documentary history and analysis of why independence was the second-largest political movement in the island, (after support for commonwealth status), and a real alternative. These documents provide invaluable additions to the recorded history of Puerto Rico.


Feminism in Cuba: Nineteenth through Twentieth Century Archival Documents (1898-1958): This collection is a study on feminists and the feminist movement in Cuba between Cuban independence and the end of the Batista regime. In the decades following its independence from Spain in 1898, Cuba adopted the most progressive legislation for women in the western hemisphere. This collection provides a documentary explanation of how a small group of women and men helped to shape broad legal reforms, by describing their campaigns, the version of feminism they adopted with all its contradictions, and contrasts it to the model of American feminism.


Ui Campus resources for international careers

6:30-8:30 pm, 1092 Lincoln Hall

Illinois International Careers Resources
• International Careers Resources Overview
• International Study with Internships
• Where to find international opportunities

• Scholarships for International Study
• National and International Scholarships Program
• Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS)

Fellowships Certificates
• Travel and Research Scholarship and Certificate in ACDIS
• Certificate in Translation Studies International

Service Learning
• Peace Corps
There is no fee, please register online at:

This workshop features campus resources for students who are interested in learning more about how to pursue an international career, or who want to broaden their global experience by participating in a study abroad program or internship. Sessions include panels with representatives from a wide range of campus units and organizations who provide practical tips and advice on international careers. For a comprehensive list of international career resources available, visit the website.

UI International Careers Resources Overview
Tori Spring – Where to find international opportunities
Bridget Doyle – International study with internships
Amanda Purnell –Scholarhips for international studies
William C. Brown – National and international Scholarships Program
Elly Hanauer – Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS)
Travel and Research Scholarship and Certificate in ACDIS
Patricia Phillips – Certificate in Translation Studies
Alissa Harvey – Peace Corps
NIsha Mishra – AISEC

Sponsored by: Center for African Studies (CAS); Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS); Center for Global Studies (CGS); Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER); Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS); Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies(CSAMES); European Union Center (EUC); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC)



Due: This Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Twelfth International Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association 20-23 August 2014 - Call for Proposals

The 12th International Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) will take place 20-23 August 2014 in London. The Congress program will include academic panels, invited speakers, workshops, plenary sessions, and cultural activities. Our partners will be King’s Brazil Institute at King’s College London and the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

BRASA’s Executive Committee has adopted the following guidelines for proposing papers and organizing panels:
The Congress will have approximately 12 sessions with 12 panels per session during a period of three days, for a total of 144 panels.
BRASA suggests that all panels include at least four papers, but no more than five. Each session should leave at least 30 minutes for discussion or for comments by a moderator immediately following the presentations.
All panel submissions must have only one chair, and may have a moderator. Note that these are two distinct roles:
The Chair organizes the panel and also can present a paper
The moderator offers critical analysis at the end of the panel presentations and does not present a paper
The chair can serve as moderator; however in this case she/he does not present a paper
Each participant may submit only one proposal and present only one paper in the Congress, but may also chair a panel or serve as a moderator
Participants do not need to be a BRASA member to submit a proposal; however participants must become a member and register for the conference if their proposal is accepted.
All proposals for panels or papers must be submitted directly to the Program Committee through the BRASA Proposal Portal. All submitted abstracts must be under 300 words. Please click here for specific proposal guidelines.
The Program Committee will not consider proposals not submitted and received through the Proposal Portal at:
Click here for step-by-step single paper submission instructions and for step-by-step panel submission instructions.
The Program Committee will give preference to complete panel proposals with participants from different universities and that have an interdisciplinary focus.
To become a member of BRASA, renew membership, pay the fees to participate and/or to attend the BRASA XII Congress, and to donate to BRASA please visit the BRASA Enrollment Portal at
Dates for submission and acceptance of proposals are the following: the deadline for submission of proposals for panels or individual papers through the BRASA Proposal Portal is October 15, 2013. The Program Committee will announce final decisions by February 15, 2014.
Questions about the organization of panels and suggestions for other possible events at the Congress should be directed to the BRASA secretariat at: or to the Chair of the Program Committee, Bryan McCann:


·         CLACS (a Title VI National Resource Center) at Indiana University asks you to help us spread the news and the attached CFP for the Third Annual Graduate Student Conference in Latin American and Caribbean Studies to be held March 7-8, 2014 in Bloomington.  We would greatly appreciate it if you distribute this to your graduate students working in the region and encourage them to submit a paper abstract.  There are competitive travel grants that we offer to help offset the costs of coming to the conference.  Below I provide an outline of the major details.  Fuller details can be found in the attached CFP and on our website at:

What:  "¡Calma Pueblo! Order and Chaos in Latin America"  (Graduate Student Conference in Latin American and Caribbean Studies)
When:  March 7-8, 2014
Where: Indiana University - Bloomington (CLACS)
Keynote:  Peter Guardino, Professor and Chair of the Department of History
Travel Grants:  We offer competitive travel grants to facilitate graduate student travel from other institutions.

·         “Border Encounters in the Americas”
LAGO Graduate Student Conference
February 13-15th, 2014
New Orleans, LA
Deadline for Submissions: October 25th, 2013

At Tulane University’s Latin American Graduate Organization’s (LAGO) 2014 graduate conference, meet graduate scholars, faculty, and community leaders interested in Latin America across disciplines and experience the unique Mardi Gras season in New Orleans with the famous Krewe du Vieux parade set to roll on Saturday evening!
Latin America and the Caribbean are rich with cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity which has historically made and continues to make the region an object of prolific scholarly study across disciplines. Produced within this diversity are the boundaries—both physical and abstract—between nations, languages, ethnic and racial identities, ecologies, and geographies. Figurative and literal borders are confronted each day as people move across regions, navigate between cultures, and communicate with others around the world; global capital crosses national borders, redefines local economies, and produces labor migrations; geographical landscapes shift as land becomes deforested or designated as protected. These various “border encounters” highlight the ways in which borders can both restrain and liberate the objects, people, or ideas that face them, a distinction that is often bound up with power and politics.
With this broad theme in mind, LAGO invites graduate scholars across disciplines to submit abstracts exploring the notion of borders—their strictures, leniencies, and significance—in Latin America and the Caribbean for LAGO’s 2014 graduate student conference. LAGO encourages participants to interpret this theme as they see fit. We invite submissions in English and other languages of Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
Submit your abstract here by Friday, October 25th, 2013. Please circulate widely.

More information on the Conference and the organization (LAGO) hosting it can be found at



Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-New Brusnwick campus
Critical Caribbean Studies at Rutgers, in collaboration with the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies, is pleased to announce a one-year competitive postdoctoral fellowship for a scholar pursuing research in Caribbean Studies. The selected fellow will receive a stipend of $65,000 as well as an annual research allocation of $3,000 and Rutgers University health benefits. Position begins on July 1, 2014 and ends on June 30, 2015.
Deadline: Applications must be received by Friday, January 10, 2014.
Minimum Requirements: The successful applicant must have the doctorate in hand at the time of application (defense date no later than May 31, 2014), be no more than three years beyond the Ph.D. (Ph.D. received on 2011 or later), and be able to teach one undergraduate course during their tenure at Rutgers.
Preferred Qualifications: Scholars working on comparative cultural studies of the Dutch or the French Caribbean, with focus on transnationalism, migration and/or queer feminist studies, are especially encouraged to apply but we welcome applications from all scholars who feel that their work would benefit from affiliation with Rutgers.
Documents Required: Candidates should submit their applications, consisting of a CV, a 1,500-word statement and 3 letters of recommendation. The statement should address the following: (1) the significance of the candidates research and the specific project that will be developed during the one year postdoctoral fellowship, (2) a brief description of the course the candidate could offer, and (3) how and why Rutgers can advance the candidates areas of research.
Contact Information: Apply electronically to
Additional Information: Applications are free to candidates who already have an account in If you are unable to create an interfolio account, please contact by December 10, 2013.

University of Maryland

The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SLLC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Culture beginning in Fall 2014. We seek a scholar with a theoretical grounding in migration/transnational studies. Specific areas of expertise could include 20th century and 21st century Brazilian cultural and/or theoretical debates, the Portuguese-speaking diaspora in the Western hemisphere, the Afro-Brazilian experience, Brazilian popular cultures and cinema. This position forms part of a migration studies cluster hire at the university. The successful candidate will work closely with the University of Maryland’S Center for the History of the New America and be expected to contribute to campus initiatives on migration studies. This position is contingent on the continued availability of funds. Description
Deadline: For best consideration, all materials must be uploaded to the University of Maryland web-based employment application system by November 1, 2013 at
Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will be an integral member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, while also contributing to SLLC-wide research and teaching initiatives. S/he will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including language courses. Evidence of excellence in teaching and scholarly promise required. Publications are preferred. Requirements include: native or near-native fluency in Portuguese and English, and a Ph.D. in hand by August 2014.
Documents Required: For full consideration, applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a short description of current research plans, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching excellence (statement of teaching philosophy, recent course evaluations), a brief writing sample and the contact information for three letters of references.
Contact Information: Dr. Gabriele Strauch, Search Committee Chair, Associate Director for Undergraduate Affairs,

Purdue University

Beginning tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish to begin August 2014

Duties: Teach undergraduate and graduate-level language and literature courses in Spanish; assist with and direct graduate theses and dissertations; advise graduate students; maintain an active program of research.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Spanish or related field expected by August, 2014. Native-like fluency in Spanish and English. Demonstrated evidence of excellence in teaching and research.

Areas of Specialization: Chicano/and Mexican literature (preferred emphasis in poetry and/or drama).

Salary, benefits and teaching load are competitive.

Application Deadline: November 11, 2013, or until position is filled. Please send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (addressing candidate’s research and teaching strengths) to Professor Madeleine Henry, Head, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, 640 Oval Drive, Stanley Coulter Hall, Rm. 146, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039. No online submissions. Review of applications begins on November 11, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Deadline: November 11, 2013 or until position is filled.

Minimum Requirements:
Ph.D in Spanish or related field expected by August 2014. Native-like fluency in Spanish and English. Demonstrated evidence in excellence in teaching and research.
Preferred Qualifications: Chicano and Mexican literature (preferred emphasis in poetry and/or drama.
Documents Required: Letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (addressing candidate’s research and teaching strengths) to Professor Madeleine Henry, Head, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, 640 Oval Drive, Stanley Coulter Hall, Rm. 146, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2039. No online submissions. Review of applications begins on November 11, 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Contact Information:




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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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