Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28 - May 4, 2014

LAST 490, SECTION NS (meets with PORT 410 - Studies in Brazilian Lit )
Tuesday & Thursday

Critical Theory: Made in Brazil
This course aims at presenting an important school of literary criticism in Brazil, as it was developed at the University of São Paulo since the sixties in the works of Antonio Candido, Roberto Schwarz and others. The idea here is to investigate what has been the experience of the dialectic in Brazilian thinking about literature, which could function as a model or at least inspiration for other disciplines. The main concern will be to critically describe how literary form can crystalize social life. Depending on the reading skills of the class texts in Portuguese will also be used. Methodologically, the course will consist of close readings of critical writings accompanied by the literary works on which their insights are based.

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Latin American Studies
This course is designed to provide an overview of current trends and issues in Latin American Studies. Students enrolled in the course will attend the CLACS brown bag lecture series and also meet with the professor to discuss the lectures. Readings will be assigned from a wide array of disciplines (i.e. Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Literature, Media Studies, Political Science) to complement and contextualize the public lectures. The course will also address the history and current status of Latin American Studies as an academic field. 

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

Antonio Sotomayor, Latin American Librarian will be holding special office hours in CLACS every Thursday this from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in room 200, ISB. If you have any questions about research, finding sources, literature review, exploring a potential research topic, starting a paper, or anything else involving research, the library, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, please stop by the International Studies Building room 200 on a Thursday, 3:30-4:30pm. If these hours doesn’t work for you, just send me an e-mail and we’ll find another time to meet.
Antonio Sotomayor


Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for the position of Teaching Assistant for LAST 170 (Introduction to Latin American Studies) for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Appointments will be 50% and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines.  Position could be renewed for a second year.

T.A. responsibilities include: attendance at two weekly lectures, teaching three weekly discussion sections, office hours, and collaboration in the preparation and grading of quizzes and exams, and other course related tasks as determined by the course Instructor.

Requirements: Applicants must be UIUC graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be teaching. They should also have previous teaching experience and a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Applicants should send the following ELECTRONIC material (1PDF)

  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to
DEADLINE: May 12,2014


101 International Studies Building

WENDY WOLFORD, Robert A. and Ruth A. Polson Professor of Sociology. Associate Director for Economic Development. Cornell University


Over the past decade, there has been a concerted rush to acquire new land. Dubbed a “Global Land Grab” by the popular media and political activists, public and private investors have sought to acquire large tracts of land for the purposes of increasing food and fuel production. Despite the fairly generic label of a global land grab, the geography of land acquisitions is clear: to date, two-thirds of the land acquired since 2007 is located in sub-Saharan Africa. The new dynamics of land access have inspired a significant scholarly literature that provide considerable understanding of land deals, but the focus on traditional concerns of political economy has largely allowed the role of agricultural science and scientists to remain largely invisible. In my talk, I will suggest that scientific experts and expertise have been critical in shaping the nature of land acquisition and production; calls to rapidly increase food production turn on the ability of contemporary science to render disparate environments equivalent, providing technological fixes to address low productivity and unequal resource endowments. From this perspective, land acquisitions are not resource grabs; they represent scientific and technological transfers that will reduce poverty and increase profitability. My research (still preliminary) focuses on the role of Brazilian agricultural experts and expertise in Mozambique. I analyze one of the largest trilateral agricultural development projects, called PROSAVANA, and suggest that attempt to replicate Brazil’s successes in agro-industrial development discount nationally-specific relationships between the state, land, labor and capital.

Wendy Wolford is Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She is also the Associate Director for Economic Development programs in the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Wendy¹s research covers a wide range of topics, with emphasis on four projects: the changing nature of the state and land reform in Brazil; the moral economies of social mobilization, particularly focused on the Landless Rural Workers¹ Movement in Brazil; political ecologies of conservation and agriculture in the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador; and the politics and practices of new land deals (the so-called ³global land grab²). Wendy has published widely, and is a founding member of the Land Deals Politics Initiative (LDPI).





101 International Studies

PETER KORNBLH, Director of the National Security Archive’s Chile Documentation Project and the Cuba Documentation Project


More than forty years after the U.S.-backed coup in Chile,  documentation continues to emerge from once hidden archives that are expanding the history of one of the most notorious episodes in Latin American and world history. Peter Kornbluh shares with us the historiography of our understanding of imperial intervention in Chile, from the revelations of the ITT papers even before the overthrow of Salvador Allende, to the revelations of the special Senate investigation known as the Church Committee, to President Clinton's special declassification of documents on Chile that yielded 24,000 never-before-seen records from the CIA, NSC, FBI, State and Defense Departments to the historical record.

Kornbluh will share his own personal experience, which started when he was a college student, in tracking down the secrets behind the U.S. role in Chile, and what he believes is left to be discovered in the ongoing search for truth, justice and dignity in Chile.

He currently directs the Archive's Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects. He was co-director of the Iran-contra documentation project and director of the Archive's project on U.S. policy toward Nicaragua. From 1990-1999, he taught at Columbia University, as an adjunct assistant professor of international and public affairs.
He is the author/editor/co-editor of a number of Archive books: the Archive's first two documents readers: The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 and The Iran-Contra Scandal: The Declassified History, both published by the New Press, and Bay of Pigs Declassified: The Secret CIA Report on the Invasion of Cuba (The New Press, 1998). On the 30th anniversary of the Chilean military coup in September 2003 he published The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability, which the Los Angeles Times selected as a "best book" of the year. The Pinochet File has been translated into Spanish and published in Barcelona as Pinochet: Los Archivos Secretos. A smaller book on the United States and the overthrow of the government of Salvador Allende has been published in Chile under the title: Los EEUU y el Derrocamiento de Allende.
His articles have been published in Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and many other journals and newspapers. He has appeared on national television and radio broadcasts, among them "60 Minutes," "The Charlie Rose show," "Nightline," CNN, All Things Considered, and "FreshAir" with Terri Gross. He has also worked on, and appeared in, numerous documentary films, including the Oscar winning "Panama Deception," the History Channel's "Bay of Pigs Declassified," and "The Trials of Henry Kissinger." In November 2003, he served as producing consultant on the Discovery Times documentary, "Kennedy and Castro: The Secret History," which was based on his article in Cigar Aficionado, "Kennedy and Castro: The Secret Quest for Accommodation." He is currently a weekly columnist for the Chilean newspaper, Diario Siete.



27 al 29 de noviembre de 2014
Universidad Marie Curie-Sklodowska de Lublin (Polonia)

Este Congreso se presenta como un espacio de reflexión sobre uno de los temas de mayor relieve en la tradición creativa de Occidente, especialmente dentro del orbe hispánico: la violencia. El foco de interés abarca distintas manifestaciones artísticas y un dilatado marco cronológico. Son bienvenidas contribuciones de hispanistas de todo el mundo, especialistas en narrativa, poesía, teatro, cine, periodismo, etc.
Proposal deadline: 30 de junio de 2014
dirección electrónica:
Additional information:
Ejes temáticos:
  1. Violencia como elemento estructural de la obra.
  2. Violencia en las relaciones familiares.
  3. Violencia de género.
  4. Violencia, política y poder.
  5. Violencia como parte de la cultura.
Convocatoria: invitamos a participar a todo investigador cuya propuesta se acomode no solo al enunciado general del evento, sino también a las secciones y los ejes temáticos definidos. Los interesados deberán cumplimentar el formulario que encontrarán en la página web y enviarlo a la siguiente dirección electrónica: En él habrá de figurar el título de la comunicación, un resumen de 250 palabras, 5 términos clave, el eje temático y los datos correspondientes a la institución de origen, la titulación y el correo electrónico.

La duración de las comunicaciones será de 20 minutos. Es importante que se respete este punto para que pueda haber un debate al final de cada sesión.


IPRH is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2015–16 IPRH Fellowship year will be “Intersections.”
Marking spatial and conceptual sites of convergence and departure, intersections offer junction points for tracking and investigating multiple paths, perspectives, imaginaries, or systems at once. As literal and figurative spaces of mingling and divergence, intersections produce crossroad moments, from which personal, political, disciplinary, or historical trajectories can emerge. They invite multidirectional webs of inquiry into where and how ideas, cultures, and identities cross and collide, and the effects of such encounters and overlaps. Such inquiries could include but are not limited to what is understood as “intersectional” analyses of how gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, and other axes of identity interact on multiple, concurrent levels.
IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. We invite applications from faculty and graduate students that focus on any aspect of “Intersections.” The theme also provides an opportunity for artists to consider the relevance of ‘Intersections” in their creative practice. 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 2015–16 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal, which will open September 1, 2014.  No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.
The submission links will be as follows:
Eligibility: Applications are invited from full-time, tenured or tenure-track U of I faculty members, and advanced graduate students engaged in dissertation/thesis preparation.
 Award: 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.
 Deadline: All application materials, including letters of reference, must be submitted by midnight, Friday, December 5, 2014. IPRH strongly recommends, however, that submissions be made prior to 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline, as staff will not be available to assist with troubleshooting after close of business on December 5.
For more information about the IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowship program, please visit IPRH on the web at Questions about the fellowships may be directed to Nancy Castro at


November 11-14, 2015
Little Rock, Arkansas

LACS accepts papers and panels on all aspects of Latin American and Caribbean history, including the fields of borderlands and the Atlantic World. Submissions should include a 250-word abstract for each paper and a brief curriculum vitae for each presenter. We encourage faculty as well as advanced graduate students to submit panels and papers. Graduate students are eligible for the Ralph Lee Woodward Jr. Prize, awarded each year for the best graduate student paper. Please note that the program committee may revise proposed panels. All panelists are required to be members of LACS. For information about membership, please visit the website at: or contact Tamara Spike of the University of North Georgia For more information about the Southern Historical Association, visit the website: Submit conference panels and papers to Peter Szok, Department of History and Geography, TCU at
Proposal deadline: October 1, 2014
Contact information: Peter Szok,, 817-257-6651



·         Gender History in the Global South (Guest)- Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College, Global Studies Department, invites applications for a one-year full-time guest position in Gender History in the Global South beginning in the fall of 2014. We are particularly interested in applicants whose interests are transnational in nature with a preferred area of specialization in Latin American History. Other specializations such as sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia will be considered.
The successful applicant will teach two courses per semester. Courses are based on a seminar conference system in which faculty teach semiars consisting of 15 students and meet biweekly with each student for individual tutorials. The successful candidate must be able to teach both introductory and upper-level courses consisting of advanced undergraduates and graduate students (most often from the Women's History Graduate Program). Interested applicants may apply online at:

Deadline:  Until Filled
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in history or extensive graduate-level historical training as part of the completion of a Ph.D. in relevant interdisciplinary field such as Gender, Women's and/or Latin American Studies.

ABD applicants considered provided dissertation is defended prior to date of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. in Latin American History; College teaching experience
Documents Required: Cover letter; CV; two sample syllabi for courses candidates propose to teach, and a statement of teaching philosophy.

Arrange for 2 letters of recommendation (with Global Studies Global South Search i the subject line).

Contact Information: Rosemary Weeks - (letters of recommendation should be sent to this address)

·         Profesor Asistente en Lingüística área Análisis del Discurso (tenure track)- Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • área de especialización: Análisis del discurso
  • El seleccionado deberá estar apto, además, para dictar clases en pregrado y posgrado (magíster y doctorado) de Semántica, Pragmática y Lingüística Textual.
(* Full Time Job)
Deadline: May 16, 2014
Minimum Requirements: Ph D en Lingüística
Preferred Qualifications: Publicaciones en revistas de corriente principal, proyectos de investigación formalizados
Documents Required: CV, Copia de tesis doctoral y copia tres artículos publicados
Contact Information:





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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