Monday, November 11, 2013

Nov. 11-17, 2013


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 





101 International Studies Building

Felix Muruchi’s personal history as a miner, construction worker, student and union activist, nonprofit organization, political prisoner and later candidate, and most recently indigenous rights lawyer provides an extraordinary lens to grasp Bolivian struggles for social justice.

Praise for From the Mines to the Streets
This is quite possibly the best book about labor and political organizing in Latin America I ever have read.  It is a real page-turner. -Frederic Hicks, University of Louisville
This book is a must read for gaining a deeper understanding of the country that is arguably undergoing the most interesting political - and citizen's led - revolution in Latin America today. - Coletta Youngers Washington Office on Latin America
Of the six books and dozens of articles we read, the students overwhelming identified 'From the Mines to the Streets' as the course’s most engaging and interesting text.      – Jason Tockman, University of British Columbia

Felix Muruchi Poma was born in a highland indigenous community in Bolivia where he lived a typical rural childhood herding llama. When he was seven, his family moved to the mines in Lllallagua where his father worked as a miner. By the age of 16 Felix was working an illegal miner, and then went off to military service at 17 where he witnessed the Barrientos military coup. He then became a state miner and union activist during the conflictive period of military government repression where he witnessed the San Juan Massacre in 1967. At 24, determined to study, he moved to Oruro where he supported himself working in construction while attending the local university. He was an active student leader who was imprisoned and tortured when the Banzer dictatorship (1972-78) closed the universities. Captured and sent to Chile as part of Plan Condor, he managed a harrowing escape, finding sanctuary in the Dutch embassy in Santiago and exile in Holland. When Banzer fell, he returned to Bolivia’s mines but was forced into exile again when General Garcia Meza seized power in 1980. He returned to a democratic Bolivia in 1986 and founded an NGO dedicated to training unemployed miners. He was active in El Alto struggles, fighting to found a local university, where he subsequently became a student leader once again and was active in the 2003 Gas War. In 2009, some thirty years after he first became a university student, he graduated as an attorney and is currently active in supporting his community of origin. He is co-author of two books, From the Mines to the Streets: a Bolivian activist’s life and Ponchos Rojos (2008) about a highland indigenous movement.


JENNIFER BURRILL, Associate Professor. Department of Anthropology. University at Albany SUNY


101 International Studies Building

Following the end of the thirty-six year civil war in Guatemala, Mayan migration to the United States surged.  Over the past decade, the character and patterns of border crossing have profoundly changed in response to the increasing militarization of the border, post-9/11 concerns with security, and the rise of the deportation regime.  In this talk, I outline some of the shifts that have occurred in transnational community life, probing interconnections between economics and rights, and ethnographically demonstrating some of the clusters of meanings that develop around politicized legal discourses and practices like security.  These have come to redefine priorities for migrants and home communities in ways that reshape transnational landscapes and migratory patterns and lives.
Jennifer Burril  is a sociocultural political anthropologist broadly interested in questions of power, structural and political violence, political economy, and the construction of inequalities. I conduct research in Guatemala, Mexico and the United States, on migration, security, human rights and the state.

 Her monograph, Maya After War:  Conflict, Power and Politics (University of Texas Press 2013), is based on two decades of fieldwork in Guatemala.  From the back cover:  Guatemala’s thirty-six-year civil war culminated in peace accords in 1996, but the postwar transition has been marked by continued violence, including lynchings and the rise of gangs, as well as massive wage-labor exodus to the United States. For the Mam Maya municipality of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, inhabited by a predominantly indigenous peasant population, the aftermath of war and genocide resonates with a long-standing tension between state techniques of governance and ancient community-level power structures that incorporated concepts of kinship, gender, and generation. Showing the ways in which these complex histories are interlinked with wartime and enduring family/class conflicts, Maya After War provides a nuanced account of a unique transitional postwar situation, including the complex influence of neoliberal intervention.
 Her  current research examines the nexus of migration and security-making practices and considerations among migrants in the US and the communities from which they hail in Central America and Mexico, and how concepts of rights and generation figure in these.  Another research interest is the contemporary state and modes of belonging and citizenship.

 Her research has received external support from Fulbright, Wenner Gren, Programa de Investigación de Migración y Salud (PIMSA) and the Gerda Henkel Foundation.

She has published Maya After War:  Conflict, Power and Politics in Guatemala, University of Texas Press (2013)  and Central America in the New Millennium:  Living Transition and Reimagining Democracy, edited with Ellen Moodie, Berghahn (2013)


HERNAN HORNA, Professor of History, Emeritus. Uppsala Universitet, Sweden


101 International Studies Building

One of the Latin American geographic conditions is its proximity to the United States.  Both the United States and Latin America were former European colonies whose post independence periods would continue to diverge in the emerging global system.  Their asymmetric power relations have not yet created a win-win relationship between the two sides of Rio Grande.  It is a challenge for the leaders of the Western Hemisphere who claim to defend democracy.  Although the first native school of development economics (Dependency) in the Third World was created by Latin Americans, the region remains underdeveloped.  Latin America has the historic ills of Third World underdevelopment; that is, extreme poverty of the masses and the utmost affluence of socio-economic elites. Moreover, the ineffectiveness of political institutions led many Latin Americans to support individual leaders (caudillos).  Certainly, the road to democracy is an uphill endeavor for the peoples of Latin America. 

Prof Horna is the author of “La Indianidad: The Indigenous World Before the Making of Latin Americans,”  “Five Essays on Post Colonial Latin America History”, and his latest book “People’s History of Latin America.”


ANTONIO SOTOMAYOR CARLO, Assistant Professor. Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian and Adjunct Professor Department of Recreation, Sport & Tourism

101 International Studies Building

Puerto Rico’s Olympic representation at the Central American and Caribbean Games serves as a window not only to see nationalism, but also to observe and analyze colonial, imperial, and regional political interests. For Puerto Ricans in the 1930s, at stake in Central American and Caribbean Olympism was the meaning of the nation, the terms of colonialism, the uses of Olympic diplomacy, and the limits of insular authority. The political, economic, and social instability of the 1930s occurred alongside accomplishments in Puerto Rican Olympism, allowing, along the way, a brief but profound moment of national pride and colonial compliance. That is to say, the success on the athletic field fed the growing belief in the nation, and since this occurred under a colonial relation it portrayed the U.S. regime as a “benevolent empire.” Therefore, what is special about the Puerto Rican construction of national identity is that it was carried out in a colonial context. In fact, these early “national” delegations ambivalently represented both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Puerto Rican delegations were sent to represent the U.S. in order to foster Good Neighbor policy and as a bridge between Anglo and Latin America. To be sure, Puerto Rico is not the only place where sport and colonial politics collide. C.L.R. James’ classic Beyond a Boundary (1963) pioneered this process for his native Trinidad and British imperialism.  Yet, Puerto Rico presents a different case, one that is pertinent to the Spanish Caribbean in its relation to Latin America and to the U.S. Empire. 



  • Lemann Institute Research Grants for UI Faculty
To support the professional development of tenured and tenure-track faculty researching Brazilian topics, the Lemann Institute offers competitive research grants. Applications are due December 2nd, 2013. The Institute normally offers up to two awards per years, paying up to $20,000.00 each. However, the value of each award is dependent on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Institute. Some expenses may not be covered.

Eligibility: The Lemann Research Grants are available to all University of Illinois tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are developing research about Brazil. Applicants must submit evidence of a sufficient command of Portuguese to successfully execute the proposed project.
Restrictions: Awards can be used for on-campus research, airfare, in-country transportation expenses, living expenses and other research-related expenses. Comparative studies between Brazil and other countries are permissible; however, only the Brazilian portion of the research will be considered for funding. Released time for write-ups will not be considered.
Evaluation: Applications will be ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of Brazilianists appointed by the Institute. Announcement of awards will be made within three weeks of the deadline.
Reporting: Grant winner must submit a 1,000-word report no later than six weeks after the tenure of their fellowship. Grant winners must also acknowledge support received from the Lemann Institute in publications flowing from the grant, and must agree to discuss their Institute-supported research in a seminar format.
The competition will take place annually, the 2014 Research Grants for UI Faculty deadline is Monday, December 2nd, 2013. Completed applications and proposals must be submitted in electronic format to Camila Fuhr Diel, Lemann Institute Program Coordinator at
Proposals will not be accepted without all application materials, listed below. Candidates should submit application as one single PDF file.

      Applicants must submit the following information in a single PDF file:
  1. A double-spaced 1,000-word proposal, plus bibliography. The proposal should discuss hypotheses, relevant theories and methods, and the data employed.
  1. A brief descriptive title and a 200-word summary of the project.
  1. A detailed budget for the research, and the amount requested from the Lemann Institute.
  1. A current curriculum vitae of the Principal Investigator (faculty member) and of other members of the research team, if any.
  1. An itinerary for any travel.
  1. Evidence of a sufficient command of Portuguese to conduct the project.
  1. A list of previous awards for the project, the dates of the awards, and a list of any publications that have resulted from such awards.
     The Grant Proposal
Applicants should explain in the proposal what they plan to do and why, making clear the relevance of the project to their professional experience and the significance of the project within their field of scholarship. They should bear in mind that the selection committee is inter-disciplinary, composed of scholars who are not necessarily specialists in the applicants’ area.
Candidates should give a brief summary of the progress already made on the project, and explain how it contributes to the present research. If the project is part of a cooperative undertaking, the relationship should be explained. Finally, candidates should include information on any publication arrangements already made.
The bibliography should be no longer than two pages and should be attached to the project description. Each page of the proposal and budget should be consecutively numbered, with the P.I.’s name in the upper right-hand corner of each page. The proposal should be headed with a brief descriptive title.
For more information please check the page or contact Camila Fuhr Diel, Lemann Institute Program Coordinator, at the International Studies Building, Room 207. She can be reached via e-mail at or by telephone (217) 333-3182.
  • Lemann Institute Collaborative Research Grants
The Collaborative Research Grants have the objective of supporting research proposals between UIUC and Brazilian faculty members. Proposals should focus on Brazilian topics. These grants are for one year. Applications are due December 2nd, 2013. If resources permit and the quality of proposals is high, up to two awards will be offered per year, paying up to a total of $20,000.00 each. The value of each award depends on the type and scope of the project as well as the budget approved by the Lemann Institute. Some expenses may not be covered.
Eligibility: The Lemann Collaborative Research Grants are available to all UIUC tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are developing a research project with an academic in Brazil. The application must include one faculty member at UIUC and one or more Brazilian academic(s).

Restrictions: Awards can be used for on-campus research, airfare, in-country transportation expenses, living expenses and other research-related expenses. Comparative studies between Brazil and other countries can be considered; however, only the Brazilian portion of the research will be funded. Released time for write-ups will not be considered.

Evaluation: Applications will be ranked by an interdisciplinary committee of Brazilianists appointed by the Institute. Announcement of awards will usually be made within two weeks of the deadline.

Reporting: Grant winners must submit a 1-2 page report no later than six weeks after the tenure of their Grant. Successful applicants must also acknowledge support received from the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies in publications flowing from the grant, and must agree to discuss their Institute-supported research in a seminar format.
The competition will take place annually, and the next deadline is Monday, December 2nd, 2013.
Completed applications and proposals must be submitted in electronic format to Camila Führ Diel, at
Proposals will not be accepted without all application materials listed below. Please submit application as one single PDF file.

IPRH is pleased to announce that the 2014–15 IPRH Fellowship year will be a themeless one. IPRH occasionally suspends its fellowship theme, as was the case for the 2010–11 academic year. IPRH welcomes applications from scholars in all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. The projects proposed to IPRH for 2014–15 Fellowships may investigate any subject, and the proposals will be evaluated on their scholarly excellence. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work.
 All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the U of I campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar. 
Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2014–15 will be posted on the IPRH website in summer 2013. Applications must be submitted through an online portal. No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.
Applications are invited from full-time, tenured or tenure-track U of I faculty members, and advanced graduate students engaged in dissertation/thesis preparation.
Faculty Fellows receive release time for one semester in residence, and $2,000 in research funds to be transferred to the faculty member’s departmental research account. (The department will be compensated $12,000 for releasing the faculty member; in the case of faculty members with two percentage appointments, these funds will be distributed in accordance with the department that holds the course offering/s).
Graduate Student Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend and a tuition and fee waiver.
All application materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted by midnight, Friday, December 6, 2013, when the submission portal will close. IPRH strongly recommends, however, that submissions be made prior to 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline, as IPRH staff will not be available to assist with troubleshooting after close of business on Friday, December 6.
For more information about the IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowship program, please visit IPRH on the web at
International Programs & Studies (IPS) is happy to announce the call for proposals for the IPS International Grants Program (formerly the Hewlett International Grants Program).  As you may know, each year International Programs & Studies disburses a limited amount of money to sponsor international conferences on the Champaign-Urbana campus as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty and staff.  The program grants were generated from funds originally from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, matched by our campus and private donors. You can find out all the pertinent details and requirements at the websites listed below:

IPS International Conference Grants

IPS International Research Travel Grants

.  The deadline for proposals this year is December 15, 2013.  Proposals should be submitted electronically (.pdf preferably) to:  

The Brazilian Initiation Scholarship (BIS) is a key component of BRASA’s agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States.  BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research in Brazil.  This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil.  It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States.  Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. For more information and application materials please refer to the website:
DEADLINE: November 15
  •      FOREIGN LANGUAGE FELLOWSHIPS (FLAS) INFORMATION SESSION (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.
Information Sessions: December 4th @ Noon & December 5th @ Noon @ Room 126, GSLIS Bldg., 501 E. Daniel, Champaign
For more details on information sessions and how to apply visit the FLAS website for UIUC:

Deadline: 11/15/2013
Through its program of Diversity Fellowships, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. The Postdoctoral Fellowships provide one year of support for individuals engaged in postdoctoral study after the attainment of the Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree.
  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations).
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.
  • Individuals awarded a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree no earlier than November 30, 2006 and no later than November 15, 2013 in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. educational institution.
  • Click here for eligible and non-eligible fields of study.
Award amount:
  • $40,000 stipend.
  • $1,500 institutional allowance.
  • Expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.
Fellowships Office, Keck 576
National Research Council
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-334-2872
Fax: 202-334-3419

  •     HISPANIC SCHOLARSHIP FUND (HSF) - General College Scholarships

Deadline: 12/15/2013
HSF General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage to obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduate students.
Applicant must:

  • Be of Hispanic heritage.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have plans to enroll full-time in a degree seeking program at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam during the Fellowship year.
  • Apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree.
Award amount: Range from $1,000 to $5,000.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
55 Second Street Suite 1500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: 877-473-4636
Fax: 415-808-2301



  •          Associate or Full Professor in Latin American Development . University of Florida
As part of the University of Florida’s “Preeminence Initiative,” the Center for Latin American Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida invite applications for multiple tenure-track nine-month positions at the rank of associate or full professor in the social sciences with a focus on Latin American development to begin in August 2014. These hires are part of a new initiative intended to extend the University of Florida’s long history of internationally recognized excellence in Latin American Studies. The Center for Latin American Studies, which dates back to 1930 and is the oldest Latin American Studies program in the US, has been designated as a National Resource Center under the US Department of Education’s Title VI program continuously since 1961.
We seek applicants with a demonstrated record of rigorous field research and scholarship and sustained record of external grant funding, excellence in teaching as well as graduate student mentoring across a broad range of topics and regions. Candidates also should demonstrate an interest in program building and the ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. Research interests should focus on Latin American development issues from a combination of approaches involving theory, policy and practice.
The appointments will be made jointly between the Center and the appropriate disciplinary department within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, with tenure in the department. The Center offers a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS), a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP), graduate and undergraduate certificates, an undergraduate minor, and a joint law degree. The MDP, which is jointly administered with the Center for African Studies, builds on the Center’s well-established Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD) Program (, whose mission is to bridge theory and practice to advance biodiversity conservation, sustainable resource use, and human well-being in the tropics. The Center has strong links to programs in the Latin American Business Environment, Law and Policy in the Americas, and Immigration and Latinos. The Center is also linked to departments with strong PhD programs including those where the faculty member for this position will have tenure. More information about the Center can be found at: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) is UF’s largest college and encompasses the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which includes the Departments of Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology and Criminology & Law ( All four of these departments have MA and PhD training programs with faculty who employ diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies. Social science faculty in CLAS frequently work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries and are active in research and practice in many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.
Applicants should apply through the University of Florida’s GatorJobs on-line applicant tracking system at and submit: a letter of interest (indicating research and teaching interests), curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. Review of applications will begin 15 December 2013, and continue until an applicant pool has been established. This search is part of a cluster of strategic hires in Latin American social science at the University of Florida. Applicants for these positions are encouraged to also apply for the position of Professor/Associate Professor in Latin American Studies/Social Sciences (; review of applications for this position will begin on 15 November 2013. 
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public; and all applications, CV’s and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.
The individual hired in this position will accession, survey, appraise, process, and create EAD finding aids and MARC-format catalog records for a wide range of manuscript collections, personal papers, and other materials in the Manuscripts Division. Subjects covered by the Division vary greatly. Some of the main strengths are modern American, British, and Latin American literature; publishing history; and U.S. history. Personal papers of Latin American literary, cultural, and political figures will constitute major part of the position's workload. American historical collections from the 17th through 19th centuries are also an area of focus. The Processing Archivist will also help direct the work of one or more support staff positions and supervise student workers as well as participate in committee work relating to EAD development, digitization, and related technical issues. The Processing Archivist reports to the Leader of the Special Collections Team.
Review of applications will begin November 22. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. 

Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school and/or an advanced degree in Latin American studies, especially literature since the 1950s. Hands-on manuscripts processing experience, and familiarity with current developments in processing procedures. Familiarity with standards for manuscript and archival description such as DACS, EAD, and MARC. Excellent oral and written communication skills, as demonstrated in a finding aid or other piece of writing. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting. Ability to lift and handle containers that may weigh as much as 30 pounds. Because of the emphasis on Latin Americana, a good reading knowledge of Spanish is required, with demonstrated application in a library or research setting. 

Experience in training and supervision. Technical services use of an integrated library system and a system such as Archivists' Toolkit. Knowledge and awareness of current trends in the digitization of rare and unique original research materials, and of metadata formats such as MODS and METS. Good reading knowledge of other Western European languages relevant to the manuscript collections. 
Full Time 
Benefits Eligible: Yes 
Education Required: Master's Degree 
Application Deadline:  Open Until Filled.
Proposed Start Date:  02-03-2014 
For additional information and instructions on how to apply, go to and search for requisition number 1300752.
  •      Assistant Professor - Latin American History- College of Staten Island (CSI)

The Department of History at the College of Staten Island (CSI) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Latin American History (research period and focus open) at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning Fall 2014.

In addition to responsibility for teaching introductory and advanced History courses, the successful candidate will also be expected to teach general education History courses, upper division and graduate courses in his or her area of specialization, and support the college's and university's interdisciplinary priorities; pursue an active research and publication program; and perform departmental and college service. The successful candidate will be required to teach courses in both colonial and modern Latin American history. Ability to teach courses on Caribbean History a plus.

Deadline: December 2, 2013
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. degree in History or a closely related field is required at time of appointment. We seek a scholar with a strong teaching record with an ability to communicate their specialty to a diverse student body.
Preferred Qualifications: The College of Staten Island is committed to a diverse work environment that reflects the multicultural makeup of our student body. The successful candidate will be committed to inclusion and excellence. The Search Committee is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity of the academic community. Women and applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
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Candidates should provide a CV/resume and statement of scholarly interests.


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 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: and send by December 7, 2013 to
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
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
For further information, please contact us at:
13-14 February, 2014
            University of Tübingen, Germany

“Framing Dictatorship in Latin American Cinema” enfocará la temática de las dictaduras en América latina en un importante momento de proliferación de los discursos de la memoria debido a que en los años 2013 y 2014 se cumplen respectivamente 40 años del golpe militar de estado en Chile y 50 años del golpe de estado en Brasil.

Queremos aprovechar este momento en cuya formación y desarrollo el cine desempeña un papel central para entablar un diálogo académico que toma en cuenta la representación audiovisual de los fenómenos de la represión en la década de los 60, 70 y 80 desde una perspectiva comparativa, interdisciplinaria y transnacional.

El tema da lugar a abordar el papel de la cinematografía desde una gran variedad de perspectivas. Cineastas como p.e. Raúl Ruiz, Fernando Solanas o Patricio Guzmán han creado películas bajo régimenes dictatoriales así como desde el exilio; obras que muestran el importante rol que ha jugado el cine con respecto a la denuncia de las violaciones de los derechos humanos y que dan cuenta tanto de la resistencia como de la desterritorialización vivida por los cineastas. Junto con estos filmes, existen además numerosas producciones cinematográficas ficcionales, documentales y ensayísticas que abarcan temas como la propaganda y la censura y que desempeñan un papel historiográfico. Asimismo en las sociedades postdictatoriales el cine ha impulsado un trabajo de memoria y ha contribuido a las demandas de justicia.

Al mismo tiempo hay que constatar que en ciertos contextos la industria cinematográfica también ha desempeñado un papel importante en la evasión de las realidades opresivas y en afirmar la hegemonía política. Finalmente cabe destacar que recientemente se han estrenado películas de índole más comercial que han llegado a un público más amplio.
Junto con el canon establecido queremos explorar el cine que sigue siendo invisible haciendo hincapié en acercamientos que enfoquen el medio como expresión estética y trabajen también desde el aspecto de la innovacion formal.
En el marco del simposio proponemos los siguientes núcleos temáticos:

• La imagen de la dictadura en las industrias cinematográficas
• Violencia y corporalidad
• El cine como medio de la memoria
• Dictadura y exilio
• Condiciones de producción y recepción
• Experimentación formal y lo ineffable

El simposio se dirige a especialistas en el campo como a estudiantes de posgrado. A lo largo de dos días se organizarán presentaciones realizadas por parte de especialistas, talleres para estudiantes de posgrado y proyecciones fílmicas.
Para participar en el simposio rogamos que nos envíe un abstract de 200 palabras como resumen del tema de su charla (en inglés, español o portugués) antes del día 31 de noviembre de 2013.

Comité organizador:
Sebastian Thies
Madalina Stefan
Daniel Vázquez Villamediana
Institución organizadora: Cátedra de filología y estudios culturales iberoamericanos, Universidad de Tübingen.

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  


MOSTRA IV at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illini Union Room 210

English Subtitles
Free Admission

MOSTRA is the hallmark project of the Chicago-Sao Paulo Chapter of Partners of the Americas, a volunteer organization founded by John F. Kennedy in 1963, fostering international volunteer partnerships between people and organizations for almost 50 years.  The Chicago-Sao Paulo Chapter will present MOSTRA IV: Brazilian Film Series, on November 1-13, 2013.  This is the fourth year for MOSTRA and it is becoming the hottest free ticket in town!
Mostra means, “To show or demonstrate” in Portuguese. “MOSTRA provides a unique opportunity for us to develop a better understanding of Brazilian art and culture. We also want to introduce Brazilian cinema to those who have not yet had a chance to watch our films and learn about Brazil through the big screen,” said Ariani Friedl, MOSTRA’s founder and director. “It is our goal to highlight the importance of Brazilian cinema in the Americas. Our guests can visit Brasil and never leave their theater seats.” 
MOSTRA IV: Brazilian Film Series opens on November first at Columbia College, with film screenings hosted by other major colleges and universities in the Midwest. These include; University of Chicago, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Roosevelt University, Marian University, Northeastern Illinois University , Loyola University at Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia College Chicago, Facets Multi-Media, and The Old Town School of Folk Music. The movies to be screened include; feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations. The current line-up is available at






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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