Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12-18, 2014

·         LAST 490, SECTION NS (meets with PORT 410 - Studies in Brazilian Lit )-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
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. 

·         SPAN 314: Early Literary Identities of Spanish America
Swashbuckling pirates, swindling bandits and disobedient women. These are but a few of the many identities that we will explore in SPAN 314: Early Literary Identities of Spanish America. Students will embark upon a survey of pre-colonial to early national texts from Spanish America as we answer the following questions: How does Spanish American literary and cultural production engage notions of identity? How do the notions of gender, race, nationalism, and space change as Latin America shifts from a system of colonies to a system of nation-states? Readings, assignments and classroom discussions will be in Spanish. PREREQUISITE: SPAN 250 or 254 or consent of instructor.

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



The Center for Latin American and Caribbean studies invites faculty and graduate students (in the last stage of their dissertation writing) to present at the Lecture Series Fall 14

Lecture presentations take place in an informal, friendly, and supportive setting where you share any selected aspect of your academic research with graduate and undergraduate students and faculty. Our aim is not only to promote students but also to involve faculty to participate and share their work.

Typically the presenter speaks for 40 to 50 minutes and then invites audience for questions, comments and discussion.

Brown Bags presentations at CLACS are held on Thursdays from noon to 1:30pm in 101 International Studies Building, 910 South Fifth Street in Champaign.

CLACS can provide a lap top and a projector.

I schedule presenters on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested you can sign up for any of the following dates:

If interested contact Angelina Cotler (
   Available Dates:
- September 4, 18, 25
- October 2, 9, 16, 23,
- November: 6, 13, 20
- December: 4, 11



Beginning June 1st to August 13th, 2014 or possibly later in the Fall 2014, Dr. Bekteshi with a team of researchers, will be conducting research on how Latino culture-specific beliefs and structural factors (i.e., access to health insurance, availability of free clinics in the area, etc.,) interact in impacting rural U.S. residing, Latino immigrant women engagement in breast cancer prevention behaviors (i.e. Mammography screening, breast cancer self-exam and breast cancer clinical exam).   Dr. Bekteshi is looking for volunteers to help her in this project.

Being engaged in this project, you will  be exposed to implications of collecting data with hard to reach population (i.e. missing data, non response, response bias, etc.)
Learn about stratified random sampling technique,
Learn qualitative research technique, i.e.  interviews and possibly in the Fall 2014 grounded theory techniques.
Acquire basic quantitative analytical techniques, i.e. descriptive statistics,
Learn basic SPSS, data entry and data cleaning,
Benefit from a personalized feedback by Dr. Bekteshi and the energetic and enthusiastic senior PhD colleagues,
Visit and learn about healthcare  services or lack of thereof  in these Illinois areas,
Access to data – quantitative and qualitative and possible collaborations on manuscripts
Enjoy free meals and working on arranging with CRB for a possible modest gift.

While she prefers that you speak Spanish or are familiar with Spanish culture, a desire to learn about research, dedication, commitment and an interest in further education are some of the requirements to join this project. 

As a PhD student, there are opportunities later to collaborate on manuscripts using quantitative and qualitative techniques, as well as to supervise undergraduate and graduate student participants.  Also, you may count this experience as a part of an Independent Study Project through which you can earn academic credit.  Please contact Dr. Bekteshi at, to schedule a time to talk about any questions you might have, i.e. requirements of the Independent Study, what to expect from this experience, etc.

·         RESEARCH ASSISTANSHIP 2014-2015

Study on Retention: Focus on Underrepresented Students

Position: Several research assistantships are available for academic year 2014-2015 in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) Student Academic Affairs Office (SAAO). The research assistantship requires researching, reading and discussing research on underrepresented students’ persistence in college and the strategies that improve persistence and graduation rates. The assistantship is a sixteen (16) % appointment. The position will serve as a complement to an appointment as an Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA) graduate mentor (GM) whose placement is with the LAS Access and Achievement Program (AAP). Click the link to apply for the graduate mentor position.

The assistantship will be a valuable professional development opportunity for graduate students interested in a career in higher education.

General Responsibilities: Reporting directly to the Associate Dean in the Student Academic Affairs Office, the research assistant will assist in a project on undergraduate student retention and graduation with particular focus on underrepresented students.

Specific Responsibilities: The research assistant will: (1) identify and review subject-related literature, (2) attend a weekly (1) hour seminar with the LAS Student Retention Research Team to discuss readings, historical retention and graduation data as well as various techniques to support student academic success and (3) provide input that may assist with shaping and informing methods for achieving College and Unit strategic initiatives.

Knowledge and Skills: Candidates must be a graduate student in good standing in a graduate program on the Urbana campus; Joint appointment as a graduate mentor with the Office of Minority Student Affairs; Placement as a graduate mentor within the LAS AAP; Candidate should have a strong interest in qualitative and/or quantitative research pertaining to underrepresented students and academic success.

The complete application should include a cover letter, resume and contact information of two (2) references. E- mail submissions will be accepted. Applications and related materials, including an email address, should be sent to:

Audrey Wegman
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Access and Achievement Program
608 South Wright Street, Room 112 English Building Urbana, Illinois 61801
Email: Telephone: (217) 333-7717


  •         Nicanor Parra @ 100 — International Anti-Conference Pro Parra
6-7 November 2014
Cardiff (Wales, UK)

It is now six decades since Nicanor Parra published Poemas y antipoemas (1954). Antipoetry’s impact has been substantial, extending far beyond the boundaries of Chile and Latin America. Perhaps the most visible sign of this impact is the popularity of the anti-paradigm itself. A Chilean website, for example, celebrates Parra’s iconoclastic stance in its title “web&antiweb”; a biography of Nicanor Parra is subtitled “antibiografía”; a conference in Chile in 2001 used “Antiparra Productions” in its title; Parra himself suggested that the English translations in a 2004 anthology of his poetry be called “anti-translations”; and a recent round table on Parra in Madrid was publicised as “anti-diálogos”. All of these labels mark a playful distance from established discursive practices without ceasing to be part of them. As Parra himself put it, “la esencia de la antipoesía es la contradicción. Surge del choque de dos contrarios”, neither one of which, however, is abolished in the process.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on any aspect of Nicanor Parra’s wide-ranging work as a poet, visual artist and translator, including its reception outside the Spanish-speaking world. Papers that link Parra’s antipoetry to other forms of “antiliterature” are also welcomed.

Papers may be presented in English or Spanish. The organisers will make arrangements for a selection of papers to be published.

To propose a paper, please e-mail an abstract of no more than 300 words to by Monday 30 June 2014. Include the title of your paper, your name, academic title and institutional affiliation. Please submit your proposal as an attachment in Rich Text Format (*.rtf). We will notify you by 21 July if your proposed paper is accepted for the conference. Subsequent circulars will include details regarding conference fees, travel to Cardiff and accommodation options.
Proposal deadline: 30 June 2014
Contact information:
Additional information: Host Institution: Cardiff University

Organisers: Tilmann Altenberg (Cardiff University) & Niall Binns (Universidad Complutense, Madrid)

Confirmed keynote speakers: María Ángeles Pérez (Universidad de Salamanca), Federico Schopf (Universidad de Chile, Santiago), César Cuadra (Universidad de Chile, Santiago),William Rowe (Birkbeck, University of London)

·         Congreso Internacional «Los múltiples rostros de la violencia en la literatura, el teatro y los medios hispánicos (Edad Media-Siglo XXI)»

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
Contact information:
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.

·         Latin American and Caribbean Section (LACS) of the Southern Historical Association

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,,


·         2014-2015 Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Instructor of Hispanic Studies -The College of William and Mary

The Department of Modern Languages & Literatures at The College of William and Mary invites applications for a one year renewable Visiting Instructor or Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning August 10, 2014. We seek a scholarly teacher who has the ability to attract, motivate, retain, and mentor students. The successful candidate will have a [3-3] teaching load. Deadline:May 25, 2014
Minimum Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications: M.A. with ABD status by the time of appointment August 10, 2014; Ph.D. preferred. Open specialization in Spanish and/or Latin American cultural studies, with preference given to linguistics. Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English is required. Teaching duties may include lower division Spanish language courses, Cross-Cultural Perspectives, and an advanced course in the candidate’s area of specialization.

Documents Required:
Candidate must apply online at Submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter including statement of research and teaching interests, a sample syllabus for a course you would like to teach and three letters of reference, at least one of which must speak directly to teaching ability. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by us with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference.

For full consideration, ALL application materials must be submitted by the review date, May 25, 2014. Applications received after the review date will be considered only if needed. You will be prompted to submit three names and email addresses who will be contacted by the online system once your application is successfully submitted containing instructions about submitting letters of reference. All three letters of recommendation must be received by the review date for the application to be considered complete.

Please ensure the email addresses are accurate or your referee will not receive the email. The job system does not work well with Internet Explorer and should not be used to upload the reference letters. If your referee has any problems uploading the letter or receiving the email from the job system, please email Missy Johnson in Modern Languages and Literatures at

Contact Information:
Missy Johnson at

Additional Information:
Information on the degree programs in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures may be found at

·         Visiting Professor of Politics-Willamette University

Willamette University’s Department of Politics invites applications for a one-year visiting position beginning Fall 2014. We seek a broadly trained scholar with teaching interests involving the study of politics in Latin America, transnational migration, borderlands and/or diaspora. The position is open as to specific teaching strengths, but presumes a breadth of interests that will enable the hire to contribute to the multi-disciplinary degree program in Latin American Studies. The teaching load is three courses/semester. Deadline:Application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will be accepted until May 15, 2014.
Minimum Requirements: ABD
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D
Documents Required:
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically in MS Word or PDF formats to

  • Cover letter of interest, including a discussion of experience with, and approach to, teaching and experience with diverse student populations.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Two sample syllabi.
  • Teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Names and contact information of three people who can serve as Recommenders, including at least one person who can speak directly toward the applicant’s teaching effectiveness.
Contact Information:
David S. Gutterman
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Politics
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301

·         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.
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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