Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7-13, 2014


·         NEW COURSES

  • 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.

  • LAST 490 , SECTION 0

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Latin American Studies

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.

HASTAC 2014: Hemispheric Pathways: Critical Makers in International Networks (Senderos Hemisféricos: Pensadores críticos en redes internacionales), the 6th international conference for the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory.   HASTAC 2014 will be hosted by the Ministerio Cultura of Lima, Peru, making this event the first HASTAC conference to be hosted outside of North America.
2/19/14 - Registration is now open! Register at:
Questions or comments can be sent to/ Para preguntas y comentarios, por favor dirigirse a:


presents a lecture by

RAMON SOTO-CRESPO, Associate Professor of Transnational Studies at University at Buffalo

1090 Lincoln Hall
4:00 pm


This talk, which draws from my new book, “Hemispheric Trash,” examines the circulation of trash forms in the circum-Atlantic region that encompasses geographical areas built by the African slave trade, such as the U.S. South, the Caribbean islands, and the Atlantic coastlines of North, South, and Central America. Using Franco Moretti’s theory of the novel, I trace the mutation of trash fictions, and the racialized trash subjects that they create, as they travel from the Caribbean to the U.S.

Ramon Soto-Crespo is a candidate for a senior position in Global Anglophone Literatures in the Department of English. He is currently Associate Professor of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo where he is affiliated with English & Comparative Literature, the Caribbean Cultural Studies Program, and the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture.  In 2002-2012 he directed the Latina/o Studies Program.  His publications include Mainland Passage (2009) which was accorded honorable mention for the MLA Prize for a book in Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicana Literary & Cultural Studies. 




JONATHAN AMITH, Department of Anthropology, Gettysburg College. Natural Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute


Lecture is co-sponsored with the support of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, American Indian Studies Program, Department of Linguistics, Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, Department of Anthropology, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Center for Translation Studies



APRIL 10-12, 2014

 Each year the International and Area Study Centers and Center for International Business Education and Research join together to sponsor a Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) on a theme of common interest. This year's theme, "Children and Globalization" and, reflects concerns among parents, educators and public policy officials worldwide about the impact of the global economy, migration, global media, war and social change on the socialization and rights of children. This symposium promises to be an exciting event that will bring together scholars and experts from many different disciplines to discuss the meaning of childhood today, the experiences of children in diverse contexts, the impact of child labor and war on children's lives, and debates about children's rights.
This year's JACS conference is free and open to the public.
Teachers can received up to 20contact hours (20 Illinois CPDU's and 2.0 general University CEU's) of professional development recognition. Click here to register as an educator!
Sponsors: Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, the Center for African Studies, the Program in Disarmament, Arms Control and International Security, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the European Union Center, the Center for Global Studies, the Center for International Business Education and Research, the International Forum on U.S. Studies, the Center for Latin and Caribbean Studies, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center, and the Program in Women and Gender in Global Perspectives

Friday, April 11th, 1:30 PM, 3rd Floor Levis Faculty Center
Ana Lúcia Kassouf, Department of Economics - ESALQ - University of São Paulo
Child Labor: The Brazilian Experience and Challenges



101 International Studies Building

RAUL SILVEIRA, Doctor in Economics, University of São Paulo. Associated Professor of the Department of Economics, Federal University of Pernambuco, and Researcher of CNPq, Brazil


This paper analyses the quality of economic growth of the Brazilian Northeast region, the poorest region of the country, during the periods 1991-2000 and 2000-2010, focusing specifically on the its relative impact on poor individuals. By using an indicator of pro poor growth that considers both traditional poverty measures and the relative growth of the income of the poorest individuals, it provides evidence for the states and meso-regions of the Brazilian Northeast. Although  that there were poverty reductions during both periods, regarding the nature pro poor of the growth, the results for the periods 1991-2000 and 2000-2010 are very different: during the last period the  income dynamic is clearly favorable to poorest individuals; during the first, the opposite situation is observed. When focusing on the labor income, instead of on total income, we found that a much less favorable performance even for the last period. The set of evidence suggests that non-market sources of income, the degree of formalization and the extension of local labor markets appear to matter in generating a pro poor economic growth.



Keynote & Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Jr. Lecturer
Alicia Schmidt Camacho
Sarai Ribicoff Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, Race, & Migration, Yale University
“Defending Migrancy”

Thematic Sessions

9:15 am           Vulnerability and Latina/o Health
9:30 am           Theorizing Vulnerable Bodies
10:45 am         Mobility as Vulnerability
1:15 pm          Securitizing Vulnerability 
2:30 pm          Keynote Lecture: Defending Migrancy

Reception to follow

  • Jonathan Xavier Inda (Associate Professor and Chair of Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Jason E. Glenn (Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch)
  • Rebecca J. Hester (Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and the Director of the Social Medicine Track in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch)
  • Christine Kovic (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Houston-Clear Lake)
  • Bryanna Mantilla (MD/PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology and the Medical Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • María Dolores París Pombo (Professor of Cultural Studies, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico)
  • Gilberto Rosas (Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Edna A. Viruell-Fuentes (Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Helen Corley Petit Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Lisa Cacho (Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Julie A. Dowling (Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • Isabel Molina-Guzman (Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies and Media & Cinema Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
With Generous Support Provided By: Department of Latina/Latino Studies | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | Office of International Programs & Studies | Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology | Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies | Department of Anthropology | Department of Human and Community Development | Department of Kinesiology and Community Health | Department of Political Science | Department of Sociology | Department of Urban and Regional Planning | Family Resiliency Center | Institute of Government and Public Affairs | School of Social Work | Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory

For more information about this event, please contact us at 217- 265-0370 or at or visit


  • ·         June Solstice 2014: Cultural Immersion and Skills Training
The Center for Social Well Being offers a 3 week intensive internship training program after which students may work and/or pursue their own research objectives in health, education, agricultural, social development, municipal institutes, or with civic organizations, depending on acquired skills, demonstrated abilities and interests. Length of the post-training internship is adapted to students’ needs with respect to academic and professional requirements. Upon successful completion of the seminar students may formally affiliate with the Center for Social Being as researchers or outreach workers.
Training consists of an interdisciplinary qualitative field methods seminar, which includes language classes (Spanish and Quechua) in the Peruvian Andes. The combined undergraduate and graduate level course is held at the center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas, 7 hours northeast of Lima. Coursework provides in-depth orientation to theory and practice in field investigation that emphasizes methods in Participatory Action Research and Andean Ethnography centered on themes of Climate Change with respect to Ecology, Health, Education, Social Justice, Agrobiodiversity, Community Organization and related topics. Students have the opportunity to actively engage in ongoing projects and programs in local agricultural communities to develop effective interactive field abilities and required language skills to later be placed in appropriate community programs and projects. In addition, the training seminar provides excursions to museums, archaeological sites, glacial lakes and hotsprings; optional recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, rafting, kayaking, rock climbing and trekking. The training program tuition fee is $4000 US dollars that includes all in-country travel, food and accommodations at the rural center, and course materials. The program is under the direction of Applied Medical Anthropologist, Patricia J. Hammer, Ph.D., and Flor de María Barreto Tosi, Ecologist and Field Coordinator, as well as Isabella Chan, MPH. 
Program dates:
June Solstice Session       June 8th 2012 through 28th 2014
Application deadline: April 15th
For an application:
For further program information:
MAY 2014
The Latin American Studies Association is looking for volunteers to assist with all on-site meeting services. The LASA2014 International Congress will be held in Chicago, IL from May 21st to May 24th of 2014.

Volunteers should expect to work in half-day (6 hour shifts). Please let us know if you can work more than one shift. Shifts are available Wednesday, May 21st through Saturday, May 24th. Available shifts are as follows:

Wednesday, May 21st:
12:30 pm – 6:30 pm
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, May 22nd:
7:00 am – 1:00 pm
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Friday, May 23rd:
7:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:30 am – 5:30 pm
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 24th:
7:30 am – 1:30 pm
11:30 am – 5:30 pm

Volunteers will be listed in our system and receive a program book, name badge holder, and a certificate noting your participation in the Congress as well as their name badge which is required for access to the Congress.

Volunteers receive full access to all of the Congress’ sessions and events provided at least one shift is worked. Access to the events will require the proper name badge be displayed.

A manual detailing the information for the Congress and volunteer duties will be sent with your schedule. Note that duties range from directing and escorting attendees to and from sessions and guiding attendees through registration lines to preparing Congress materials. These duties may require extensive walking or standing and some light lifting.

Upon receipt of this email, please share with us the days/times in which you are available to help with our Congress as well as any languages you may speak.

Deadline: May 1, 2014

Contact information:



22 y 23 de octubre de 2014
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F.

Se ha escrito mucho sobre la amplitud de la globalización, pero aún es difícil saber cuál es su extensión y en qué ámbitos de la vida social y cotidiana es importante y en cuáles no. Si bien hay cierta claridad sobre las instituciones que se globalizan (el mercado, por ejemplo), no es fácil distinguir los discursos que lo hacen, ni su intensidad o profundidad. Algunos autores sostienen que a la par de la globalización de instituciones económicas y políticas, también se globaliza una forma de subjetividad. De la densa trama de los procesos globalizadores no sólo emergería un mundo homogéneo, intensamente conectado aunque desigual y violento, sino un tipo de sujeto que respondería, quizás por primera vez en la historia humana, a un patrón de subjetivación estándar. Esto es aún una hipótesis porque los procesos de globalización son relativamente recientes y desiguales, y es difícil mensurar la novedad histórica de un nuevo tipo de sujeto. No obstante, hay evidencia consistente de la gigantesca expansión de las industrias culturales occidentales en todo el planeta, especialmente de las estadounidenses, que producen signos, imágenes y discursos y promueven formas de subjetivación.

En este coloquio deseamos preguntarnos por los vínculos entre determinadas prácticas culturales, los procesos de globalización y las formas de subjetividad y subjetivación que pueden ser rastreadas en ellos. Nuestro interés es discutir estos vínculos en el contexto de América Latina, considerando la expansión de las industrias culturales estadounidenses en el continente y su incidencia en la producción cultural y subjetiva local, con particular énfasis en las prácticas de consumo.

Líneas temáticas: Consumo e industrias culturales, medios de comunicación y nuevas tecnologías, culturas juveniles y urbanas, cine, literatura y artes plásticas, relaciones de género y sexualidades diversas, formas de trabajo, formas de hacer política y movimientos sociales, migración y diásporas, espiritualidad y religión, nuevas formas de subjetivación, transformaciones del capitalismo.

Proposal deadline: 30 de abril 2014
Contact information: coloquioglobalizació

Los interesados/as deben enviar un reumen (abstract) de 300 palabras antes del 30 de abril de 2014, especificando su adscripción y categoría. El 30 de mayo se dará aviso a los/as participantes aceptados/as.

Additional information:
Organizadores: Dra. Nattie Golubov, Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte, UNAM y Mtro. Rodrigo Parrini, Depto. de Educacion y Comunicación, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco.


  •      Professor of Political Theory and/or Colombian Politics , Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Deadline: April 25, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. (local time).
Minimum Requirements:
Applications are welcome from candidates with a Ph.D. in Political Science and whose scholarly activity is concentrated in the areas of Political Theory and/or Colombian Politics (a profile meeting a combination of these two areas is most desirable). Candidates about to defend their dissertation will also be considered. Evidence of publications and participation in research projects is necessary, while previous teaching experience is also desirable.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Political Science and whose scholarly activity is concentrated in the areas of Political Theory and/or Colombian Politics

Documents Required:
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. No more than two samples of publications or written work
  3. Two letters of recommendation (sent under separate cover)
  4. Letter of interest of five pages maximum
  5. A sample syllabus. Information about the Political Science Department's program of study can be found at
Contact Information:
Juan Carlos Rodríguez-Raga
Departamento de Ciencia Política
Calle 18 # 2-68
Bogotá, Colombia

Additional Information:
The selected candidate will be expected to conduct teaching activities in his/her area of expertise at the undergraduate and graduate levels, develop research projects and seek out external funding in order to conduct them, and participate in the activities and institutional development of the Department and the University. Further information about the Political Science Department and the Universidad de los Andes can be found at

A list of preselected candidates will be sent via email by May 16, 2014. Those candidates who are preselected will be invited to deliver a public presentation to professors and students in the Department on their research and teaching activities and their scholarly interests.

  •      Bilingual Outreach Workers (Toledo)

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (Toledo, Ohio)

Each year more than 20,000 migrant farmworkers and family members work in Ohio in agricultural labor. They work in many hand-harvest crops, including cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuces, onions, radishes, and peppers. They also work in various packing sheds, grading stations, and food processing plants.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), a non-profit law firm, is hiring two Outreach Workers to assist the attorneys and staff of its Migrant Farmworker Rights Practice Group in its Toledo office to extend legal services to these workers and their families.

Many agricultural workers encounter legal problems arising from violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and other federal and state protective statutes, as well as problems with tax, immigration, environmental hazards, sexual harassment, government benefits, housing, domestic violence, civil rights, ethnic profiling by law enforcement, education, and other issues.

The primary responsibility of the Outreach Workers is going to agricultural labor camps in Ohio, usually in the early evening, and informing workers about our services and workers’ rights. Additional duties include community legal education, investigation and research, and other work assigned by ABLE attorneys. This is a full-time, temporary position from May 27, 2014 through mid-August 2014, located in ABLE’s Toledo office. Pay is $15 per hour, 40 hours per week. July 4 is a paid holiday. ABLE leases vehicles for outreach activities, but you must have a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

Deadline: Positions start May 27, 2014. Hiring will be done on a rolling basis so please apply immediately if interested.
Minimum Requirements:
We are looking for persons committed to social justice for farmworkers and immigrants, fluent in Spanish, have excellent organizational and writing skills, an ability to relate well with low-income clients and community groups, computer proficiency, and a strong commitment to the rule of law. Evening and weekend work and travel required.

Preferred Qualifications:
Previous experience with farmworkers or immigrants in a personal or professional capacity.

Documents Required:
Send letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for the position, resume, and three references (name, email, and phone numbers) electronically as soon as possible to:; Subject: Outreach Worker – Toledo. Applications will only be accepted by e-mail.

Contact Information:
Applicants with questions or requiring accommodation to the interview/application process should contact Eugenio Mollo, Jr., Managing Attorney, at or
resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png(419) 930-2547.
Additional Information:
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) is a non-profit law firm that offers high-quality legal services in civil matters to low-income individuals and groups in order to achieve self-reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity.

ABLE is an Equal Opportunity Employer and places a high value on diversity in our workplace, including diversity in race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, handicap, genetic information or condition, pregnancy, military status, familial status, political affiliation, citizenship, and veteran status. We strive to create an environment welcoming to all individuals and we encourage applications from individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession.




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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