Wednesday, February 5, 2014

February 3-9, 2014

The graduate minor in Latin American Studies will require the student to complete 12 graduate hours; 8 of the hours must be at the 500-level.
  • Area Coursework: A minimum of 8 graduate hours at the 400/500-level from courses in two different departments approved by CLACS every semester. The Center updates and posts approved courses in our website and announce them through our listserv. Our Center has approximately 104 faculty affiliated from different departments in campus, and we approve their courses as part of our curriculum. The Center will record the approved courses on a master list to be kept in the unit that will be used to certify that students took approved courses during their studies in the minor.
  • Language Component: At least 4 hours in language coursework taken in any Latin American language (Portuguese, Spanish or Native American Language or Haitian Creole) while enrolled in the Graduate Minor program.
  • In the case that not enough or advance language courses are offered, The Center also accepts as equivalent area courses taught in these languages, i.e. literature class taught in Portuguese or Spanish.
  • If the chosen language course is at the 400-or 500 level it may count towards the required 12 hours for Graduate Minor. We anticipate that students registering in the Minor already have knowledge of Latin American language.
  • If the Student's Master's thesis or doctoral dissertation deals with a country from Latin America and the Caribbean, we advise students in this minor to speak with their advisor about including a committee member from the minor area.
  • We recommend that the courses taken for the minor not be applied to course requirements in the students' Master's or PhD program



101 International Studies Building

Prof. ANTONIO SERGIO ALFREDO GUIMARÃES (Sociology, University of Saõ Paulo and Lemann Distinguished Visitor Spring 2014)


To reflect on post-colonialism in relation to Afro-Brazilian studies is to situate a very specific historical context of decolonization. In this talk, I will approach three moments of this process of decoloniality, as different moments of African- Brazilian struggles, and as moments of reception of new ideas circulating internationally. The first one was the concept of internal colonialism as a legacy of the American civil rights movement. The second one, stretching to the 1980s, and advancing studies in India, under the influence of British Marxist historiography (history from below).the current days, was Fanon's reception by the new generation of Brazilian black activists. Finally I will concentrate my attention on the writing of a new Brazilian historiography of slavery and its implicit dialog with the Black movement, an almost perfect match of what did the subaltern.



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

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate and graduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The following languages, classified by Center, are approved by the U.S. Department of Education for FLAS fellowships at Illinois. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced study of less commonly taught languages, which are defined as modern languages other than Spanish, German or French.
For more details on how to apply visit the FLAS website for UIUC:
Any Questions contact Alejandra Seufferheld
If a language is offered by more than one center, students can apply to all Centers that offer the language. For example, Polish is offered by EUC, CGS, and REEEC. If you are applying to study Polish, you can apply to all three centers at the same time. You do not need to submit separate on-line application forms (please simply check all the centers to which you apply on the form) but need to submit a complete set of supporting documents for each center to which you are applying.
  • Center for Global Studies (CGS): Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Hebrew, Hindi, Korean, Lingala, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian or Croatian, Swahili, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Utzbek, or Wolof; or at the advanced level (third-year or above) Chinese or Japanese.
  • European Union Center (EUC): Arabic, Bosnian-Serbian-Croatian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, French, German, Greek (modern), Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, or Turkish. Priority will be given to less-commonly-taught languages (languages other than French, German, Spanish) and higher-level language study.

Undergraduate applications are submitted directly by students to the Center to which the student is applying; undergraduate students should visit the Undergraduate Instructions page to access the on-line application form and for more information.

Graduate applications are submitted through the student's home department.  Departmental deadlines for graduate students can be found here:

Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America this summer? The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers summer fellowships for graduate students (from any nationality) in any discipline.
Information Meeting: Friday January 31 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building
Information and requirements about the fellowship:
Deadline to apply: MONDAY February 24, 2014
Any questions contact Angelina Cotler, Associate Director.

The Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies offers fellowships to UIUC graduate students doing research about Brazil. For the academic year 2014-2015, fellowships will pay $18,000.00. The Lemann Graduate Fellows will have tuition and fee waivers from LAS units and participating professional schools. Applicants should check with their Departments and Schools to verify that their home units offer tuition waivers. The number of awards varies year to year and may depend on the strength of the applications received.
Deadline to apply: Monday February 24th, 2014
Any questions contact Camila Führ Diel

Thanks to the generous support of Professors Joseph Love (History-Emeritus) and Werner Baer (Economics), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces the competition   for TWO fellowships to graduate students working in Latin America.
WHO CAN APPLY: Any graduate student at any level in their studies, from any department, from any nationality.
REQUIREMENTS: Research for at least minimum 4 weeks either on summer or during the academic year.
REPORT: Students should report the donors within a month of their return from Latin America.  If the students are going to the field for the first time, they should participate in the Tinker workshop held in late October every year.
RESTRICTIONS: Grant money cannot be used for conference or course registration, or for intensive language workshops or field schools. The subject of investigation may be related to dissertation research
It is acceptable to use other grants in conjunction with this grant.

  • Submit 1 PDF electronically to Angelina Cotler (
  • Write in the subject Line: Love & Kilby Fellowships  
  • Deadline:  Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The Graduate College invites proposals from faculty and graduate students for 2014-2015 Focal Point projects.  The full Request for Proposals (RFP) is available at on the Graduate College website at Focal Point seeks to stimulate the formation of new intellectual communities and interdisciplinary research activities among faculty and graduate students. Proposals should be uploaded to the Graduate College website by March 21, 2014.

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

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

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

We invite all graduate students and faculty interested in developing Focal Point proposals to attend information sessions on:
                Monday, January 27, 2014, 4-5pm, Coble Hall, Room 304
Friday, January 31, 2014, 11am-12noon, Coble Hall, Room 304

·         IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities, 2013–14
IPRH has recognized outstanding humanities research in numerous ways during its sixteen-year existence. The IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities allow us to celebrate excellence in humanities scholarship, and we are pleased to solicit submissions and nominations for the 2013–14 academic year. These prizes recognize outstanding humanities research at the University of Illinois, with awards given at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. The awards will be presented at a reception on May 6, 2014. Submissions are invited from scholars in all sectors of the university with focus on the humanities and humanities-inflected research.
 Eligibility: The awards are open to all full-time U of I students and tenured and tenure-track faculty.
 Application deadline: Friday, March 14, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
 Submission procedures: All submissions must be accompanied by a completed nomination form, which can be downloaded from the IPRH website. The submissions must contain NO references to the applicant’s name or other identifying details. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified from consideration.
Please email the submission and the nomination form as two separate attached pdf documents to Please note that scans of journals or book pages are not acceptable. Submissions should be in manuscript form, double-spaced, with all identifying details removed, and conform to the length limitations. For specific funding information and application guidelines for each application category, please consult the IPRH website: note that the IPRH website is in the process of being redesigned and that this link may break when the new IPRH website goes live later this semester, but the information will be attainable under the "Programs" section on our website.)
 Selection: The applications will be read by a selection committee comprised of members of the IPRH Advisory Committee, one or two invited members of the faculty, and the IPRH Director and Associate Director (both of whom serve on the committee in an ex officio capacity). Submissions will be judged in a blind review process; names and other identifying details must not be included in the essay itself. The essays will be evaluated on their scholarly merit, the intellectual rigor of the questions being posed, and the quality of the writing.
 For a list of 2012-13 winners visit the IPRH website 
Questions about these awards and the nomination procedures should be addressed to Nancy Castro at

·         Maria Pia Gratton International Award

The Maria Pia Gratton International Award was established as a living tribute to Maria Pia Gratton by her family and friends. The award provides $10,000 to a female international graduate student studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Applicants should be either currently enrolled graduate students with at least two semesters remaining in academic year 2014-15 or applying to begin graduate study in academic year 2014-15. Deadline to apply is February 17, 2014. To learn more or apply, visit <>

·         Nelle M. Signor Graduate Scholarship in International Relations

The Signor Scholarship provides $2,000 to doctoral students conducting dissertation research abroad. Students planning to conduct research abroad during Summer 2014 or anytime during Academic Year 2014-15 should apply by March 7, 2014. To learn more or apply, visit <>



·         Workshop: Writing Effective Fellowship Proposals in the Social Sciences & Humanities

Monday, February 3,
2:00 - 4:00 p.m., 304 Coble Hall

The Graduate College’s Office of External Fellowships will hold a proposal-writing workshop for students in the social sciences and humanities.  Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of External Fellowships, will cover how and where to search for funding, and he will offer a “nuts and bolts” introduction to the art of grant writing.  Registration is required.  Contact:



This newly expanded course for UIUC undergraduates offers 6 weeks in Ecuador over the summer and 6 credit hours awarded in the spring. The course includes theoretical explorations of development and education, an ethnographic field school, and service learning abroad. The course begins in the second half of the spring semester with a theoretical and practical orientation led by Prof. Kate Grim-Feinberg, who specializes in elementary education in the Andes. While abroad, students engage in service learning by creating and conducting a month-long summer enrichment experience for children in the small, lower income community of Lumbisí, just outside of Quito. Students also conduct ethnographic inquiry projects guided by anthropologist Julie Williams, professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito. Students spend 6 weeks in Lumbisí and live with families in the community. Some knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended but not required. Contact Prof. Kate Grim-Feinberg or Adam Heinz with questions.

Dates abroad: June 29-August 9, 2014 

Application deadline: March 1, 2014.
For more information and to apply for the course through the Study Abroad Office, go to

Information Sessions
Dates: Mon, Feb 10 and Wed, Feb 26
Time: 4-5 pm
Location: 200 International Studies Building

*             Engage in a service-learning opportunity to create and conduct a month-long summer enrichment experience for children in a small, lower income community just outside of Quito.
*             Focus on education as a factor in human and national development.
*             Explore local society and culture through ethnographic inquiry projects.
*             Live with families in the community, and travel to different areas in Ecuador to experience first-hand the cultural and natural diversity that Ecuador offers.
*             Earn 6 U of I credits and spend 6 weeks abroad!

The off-campus portion of this course will take place in Lumbisi, Ecuador, from June 29-August 9, 2014.

University of Maryland.
For more information about the program visit: Here’s a link for more information, and I’ve attached the program flyer.




Friday March 21 – Saturday March 22 2014
College Station, Texas

The relationship between intellectual discourse and grassroots social movements has long been a contentious and conflictive one, but it is also one that has been shaped by mutual interaction. Just as the production of knowledge has formed and informed the direction of social movements, so have social movements themselves shaped the direction of intellectual activity throughout the years. In our global times, we are witnessing the explosion of social movements that operate outwith the traditional modes of representational politics that has defined western modernity. So-called global justice movements such as Occupy, the Spanish indignados and Non-Governmental Organizations, local movements of a political nature such as the Zapatistas and MST, or trans-national ones such as the Arab Spring, global networks of commercial insurgency and crime, such as represent the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, even the expansion of religious and cultural fundamentalisms. As a border zone where, in the words of Gloria Anzaldúa, the third world grates against the first and bleeds, Texas is intersected by many such types of movements, by what Toni Negri calls the movement of movements.
The 4th Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference seeks to take an interdisciplinary approach to the conditions which concern the translatability of such movements, movements which often exceed and challenge the apparatuses which try to understand, control or intervene in them. Such approaches may include, but are not limited to, any of the following intersections:

  • Cultural treatments of social movements past or present, whether in the plastic arts, literature, film or music
  • Linguistic approaches which may include, but are not limited to, translating the needs of particular social groups
  • The relationship between academic knowledge and social movements, in fields such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology or political sciences
  • The role of history and the complexity of historicizing social movements
  • Perspectives from ethnic and racial, queer, gender and/or indigenous studies.
Keynote Speakers: Glenn Martínez (linguist, Ohio State University) and Cristina Rivera Garza (writer, University of California San Diego).

SUBMISSIONS: Participants may submit either panel proposals or individual paper submissions. Panel proposals should include the proposed name of the panel, the organizer, and individual paper abstracts for each presenter.

Abstracts for individual papers should be of no more than 250 words and include the participant’s affiliation. Please send your proposals for panels or individual papers by February 15th

2014 to María Gil Poisa, at
Proposal deadline: 2/15/2014
Contact information:  Maria Gil Poisa


13th - 14th June 2014
University College London, UK

This conference aims to explore spatial tropes and practices within the literature, theatre, cinema and plastic arts of the Hispano-Lusophone world. We invite papers that interrogate the thematic treatment of travel and space, alongside those that utilise spatial and travel theory in the analysis of Hispano-Lusophone culture. In addition to thematic and theoretical conceptions of space and transit, we would also encourage discussion of the spatiality and mobility of/in different media, considering, for example, artworks that challenge the manner in which we move through and across a text, screen, or canvas. In recent years we have seen increasing emphasis placed on these concerns within the Arts and Humanities, however – though of growing interest – they have not been as widely discussed or investigated in the Hispanic and Lusophone context. This conference will, thus, provide a timely framework in which both scholars and professional practitioners can contribute to and advance the growing debates about ideas of space and travel within Hispanic and Lusophone studies.

The event will include keynote addresses from Sylvia Molloy (NYU) and Claire Lindsay (UCL), alongside a roundtable discussion between the Spanish-Argentine writer Andrés Neuman and translators Lorenza García and Nick Caistor to be held at Senate House on 13th June at 6pm.

We welcome proposals for papers that deal with, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

Travel writing in Spain, Portugal or Latin America ; Spatial practices ; Fictional travel ; Space and the visual arts ; Representations of the city ; Landscape and the natural world ; Theories of space ; Space and national identity ; Cartography and mapping ; Gendered spaces ; Migration and exile

Proposal deadline: 15th March 2014
Contact information:
Additional information:
Please send abstracts in English or Spanish (max. 300 words) for 20 minute papers, along with a brief biographical note, by 15 March 2014 to

For any other queries please contact the organizers, Camilla Sutherland: and Guadalupe Gerardi:

You will receive information on whether your paper has been accepted by 31 March 2014.



·         Assistant Professor - Cinematic Arts

University of New Mexico
Description: Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of New Mexico, College of Fine Arts, invites applications for an assistant professorship in film history, criticism, and theory, with expertise in Latin American and US Latino film.

Position begins August 2014. Teaching responsibilities will include foundational courses in film theory and history at the undergraduate level, as well as advanced offerings for upper-division and graduate students enrolled in our Cine Latino Course Series. We are searching for a person with a comprehensive background in contemporary criticism, theory, and cultural studies vis-à-vis cinema.

The Department of Cinematic Arts values pluralism. Our curriculum juxtaposes review of "major works" with analysis of images that contest canonical categorization. The art we make, including films, videos, mixed media, as well as creative and critical writing, embodies our disparate aesthetic appreciations and multi-faceted views of the world. Cultivating art and artists whose presence is often underrepresented, our diverse faculty supports a diverse student body in a collegial department where intellectual inquiry meets experimentation.

The University of New Mexico is located at an altitude of 5,200 feet in Albuquerque, near the center of our state. A city of 600,000 at the base of the Sandia Mountains in the Rio Grande Valley, Albuquerque has much to recommend it. Many peoples enrich the geographically stunning landscape in terms of their histories, arts and sciences, languages, and cultural values. UNM is a large, "minority/majority" state school with a faculty of over 3,000 serving approximately 32,700 students. THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

Deadline: February 14, 2014
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Cinema/Media Studies, or related interdisciplinary field, by August 2015.
Preferred Qualifications:
We prefer to hire a scholar who has 1) university-level teaching experience in Latin American and US Latino film studies [and related media/arts]; 2) the ability to offer specialized courses that engage global and local contexts; 3) an excellent teaching record; 4) the ability to teach high-enrollment introductory and seminar-style advanced courses; 5) compelling publications and/or dissertation in these fields; 6) demonstrated engagement with the interlocking diversities that inform visual/aural aesthetics; 7) expertise in articulating critiques of sound and image; 8) advanced proficiency in oral and written Spanish.

Documents Required:
Please attach to the UNMJobs Application:

  1. a copy of your current cv;
  2. a letter of interest addressing qualifications;
  3. one sample course syllabus (attach under "Other");
  4. copies of formal student evaluations of teaching (concise format). Attach under "Teaching Philosophy";
  5. a sample of [or electronic link to] recent work, or excerpts from the dissertation [40 pages maximum]. Attach under "Writing Sample"
Please arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation separately e-mailed to and
Contact Information: Apply here:

·         Visiting Professor In Latin American American Studies

Dartmouth College

The Program in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College invites applications for one or more Visiting Professors in the social sciences for the academic year 2014-2015. Teaching slots are available for the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Deadline: Until positions are filled
Minimum Requirements: We are particularly interested in scholars who conduct research and teach in one of the following areas: development, political economy, global health, indigenous issues, the environment, immigration.
Preferred Qualifications: We prefer, but do not require, a focus on Brazil or the Caribbean.
Documents Required: Each application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample.
Contact Information: Please direct questions to Lisa Baldez,
Additional Information: Applicants should apply using Interfolio: Dartmouth is an outstanding research institution that expects all faculty members to be scholar-teachers of the highest caliber. Dartmouth has an even distribution of male and female students, and over a third of its undergraduate students are members of minority groups. Dartmouth is committed to diversity and encourages applications from women and minorities. Dartmouth is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.




Saturday, February 8


Urbana Free Library, Children’s Department, 201 W. Green St. Urbana

Spanish Story Time will present Gary Schmidt's book:

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

Come with your children to listen the story in English and Spanish,

 enjoy Latin American songs and make a traditional craft!



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US foreign policy in Latin America leaves an open door for China

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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