Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September 1-7, 2014

Jerry Dávila is Jorge Paulo Lemann professor of Brazilian History at the University of Illinois and the new Director of the University of Illinois Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies. Dávila received his his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1998. His research is focused on in the influence of racial thought in public policy, as well as the state and social movements in the twentieth century. He has authored several books including Hotel Trópico: Brazil and the Challenge of African Decolonization (Duke, 2010), winner of the Latin Studies Association Brazil Section Book Prize; and of Diploma of Whiteness: Race and Social Policy in Brazil, 1917-1945 (Duke, 2003).In 2000, Dávila taught as a Fulbright Lecturer at the University of São Paulo, and in 2005, he held the Fulbright Distinguished chair at the Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro. He has also received the national endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship. From 2013 through 2017, he serves as Vice- President/President-Elect of the conference on Latin American History, the affiliate of the American Historical Association dedicated to the study of Latin America. He has also written for publications including the New York Times and the Cairo Review about the experiences of military rule and redemocratization in Brazil, Argentina and Chile, the subject of his most recent book, Dictatorship in South America (Wiley, 2013).

Elis  Gomes Artz, is the Lemann Program Coordinator and manages Institute programs and projects under the direction of the Faculty Program Director. She is from the northeast of Brazil where she received her professional degree in Psychology.


    • ARTH 491: 20th Art from Latin America
T & R 3:30 AM – 4:50 PM

This class presents a thematically organized survey of the early to mid-20th century art of Latin America. The works to be studied in the class come from a diverse range of media including architecture, painting, muralism, and conceptual art. We will discuss issues of identity, race, gender, nationalism, and politics among other things. This course is not meant to be a comprehensive survey of the region or period. Rather, it will introduce students to a variety of concepts related to art from Latin America. The course is designed to provide a foundation for further engagement with art by constructing a broad framework for understanding the art of this period and region, and by developing skills of visual analysis and the ability to talk and write about art.

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 Studies Librarian, will be holding special office hours in CLACS every Thursday this semester from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in room 200, ISB. If you have any questions about the research process, 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, 3:00-4:00pm. If these hours doesn’t work for you, just send me an e-mail and we’ll find another time to meet. 

Friday September 12, 5-8pm
101 International Studies Building



Room 101 ISB, 1-2:30
Prof. DAIN BORGES, Department of History, University of Chicago


The writers Machado de Assis and Lima Barreto are often contrasted as evidence of the scope and limits of social mobility under Brazilian racial conditions: one rising gracefully from poverty, the other frustrated in his middle class aspirations. Their writings from different stances show a surprising amount of agreement about ambitions and opportunities in the city of Rio de Janeiro in the Empire and the early Republic.

Dain Borges is Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Romance Languages and Literatures, at the University of Chicago.  He is the author of The Family in Bahia, Brazil, 1870-1945, the editor of the Oxford translation of Machado de Assis, Esau and Jacob, and author of articles on Lima Barreto.



Organized by Mahir Şaul (Anthropology, UIUC) and José I. Hualde (Spanish, Italian and Portuguese & Linguistics, UIUC)

SEPTEMBER 2-3, 2014
Illini Union, Room 210

This conference will examine the formation and development of Judeo-Spanish in the Eastern Mediterranean lands
of the Ottoman Empire and the varied cultural and identity-related roles that several oral and written manifestations of
this language played for centuries and continue to play in the present for its speakers. The conference is focused in its topic,
Judeo-Spanish, but broad in the spectrum of disciplinary perspectives on the themes that we would like to bring together,
including perspectives from diverse fields such as Linguistics, History, Anthropology, Sociology, Literary and
Cultural Studies and Religious Studies.

For more information, including the full program, click here

This conference is co-sponsored by

Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Center for Advanced Study
The Program in Jewish Culture and Society
College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Department of Anthropology
Department of Linguistics
Department of Religious Studies
UIUC Library
European Union Center
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Russian, East European and Eurasian Center
     Amadeo Preziosi, Hakham and Widow. Cemetery of Pera, Constantinople, 1865



September 19-25th, 2014

Art Theater, Co-op




  • LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias
XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association
May 27 – 30, 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Caribe Hilton
Many of us, from our different locations and disciplines, have been thinking about precariousness and emergent practices a good deal lately, focusing on three large and very different realms: social and labor issues in Latin America; the academic workplace and education; and modalities of knowledge exchange (how our work and networks are evolving). Precariousness is often associated with exclusions of class, gender, race, age, and sexual identity and yet, in these times of permanent crisis and emergency, we also see some of the most exciting flowerings of emergent practices.

These are large questions that have a bearing on many forms of human and social expression. For example, the recent mobilization of millions of citizens in Brazil, the massive student manifestations of the past years in Chile or Puerto Rico, the growing environmental crisis and its effects on local communities across countries and regions, or the plight of 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States are events that strike to the heart of how we think of democracy in a neoliberal hemispheric context. All of them also speak all at once on the three concepts that we would like to engage in the 2015 LASA Congress.

While the conditions of the academic workplace vary tremendously throughout the Americas, one of the huge shifts in higher education in the United States and many countries in Latin America has been to move away from the tenure system towards a system of contingent, contract labor. The recently released Delphi Project report, for example, confirms that approximately 70% of all instructors in U.S. colleges and universities are now contingent faculty. The squeeze on tenure line positions and their replacement by short-term contracts has made the job market very challenging for many of our young colleagues, who can now look forward to little more than poverty-level income with no benefits. Even more precarious is the status of students from Latin America, who increasingly find green card or citizenship requirements as the bar they must meet for consideration. Likewise, in Latin America the structural reforms and the flexibilization of labor have affected the working conditions in academia. According to reports from members of the Federación de Colegios del Personal Académico de la UNAM, in the higher education system in Mexico, approximately 70% of the teaching is now under the responsibility of professors in part-time positions and under temporary contracts. “Tenured positions” (plazas con definitividad) are being substituted by temporary positions under partial contracts, leaving the new generations of Latin American academicians without any labor security. In the midst of these critical realities, academic communities seem to be facing not only their own internal issues but also a pressing need to imagine and establish other modes of linking the university to public life and scholarship to social service.

As part of this process, we experience the precariousness of our conventional concepts of knowledge production and sharing--the book, the academic article, the conference— as well as the challenge to old understandings of intellectual practice that are suggested by new forms of expression, often finding their homes on the vast world we call the internet. The new media—as well as broader material, technological, and ecological changes—have suggested to us new and unexpected forms of exchange, opening up exciting possibilities for the future. Moreover, new technologies have become central to linguistic, cultural, social, political, and economic subjects as tools to challenge existing exclusions, exercise new horizons of knowledge, and forge creative forms of emergence, visibility, and empowerment.
·         September 8, 2014
Deadline to renew your LASA membership to be able to submit proposals and travel funding requests.
Guidelines to submit proposals and renew subscription:
“Clases medias y mediadas. Identidades emergentes y respuestas múltiples a la crisis argentina del 2001”

Varias disciplinas han examinado tanto empírica  como teóricamente los impactos que tuvo la crisis económico-institucional de diciembre del año 2001 en Argentina respecto a las posibilidades de ampliación política de la clase media y los alcances y continuidades del estado neoliberal argentino, entre otras variables. Sin embargo, pocos estudios han tenido en cuenta la multiplicidad de respuestas políticas, sociales y culturales de la clase media a estos procesos.
Si bien la clase media argentina constituye un grupo de actores contraído, complejo y muy heterogéneo, entendemos que como constructo social ha moldeado profundamente los procesos políticos y económicos de las ultimas décadas en el país, tanto de manera progresista como reactiva. 
Este panel propone examinar, debatir y teorizar acerca de las identidades emergentes a partir de la última crisis, a través de distintas disciplinas que incluyen, entre otras, antropología, ciencias políticas, literatura, cine, historia, sociología y geografía.
En particular, nos interesa reunir un grupo interdisciplinario para indagar acerca de las diversidad de respuestas u orientaciones sociales, políticas y culturales de la clase media urbana . En este sentido, nos interesan trabajos que interroguen y analicen la crisis y las consecuencias de la misma, desde los discursos elaborados por este grupo como también las representaciones que se han hecho del mismo.
Invitamos entonces a todos aquellos interesados a presentar sus trabajos examinando estos procesos, de manera empírica, teórica o por qué no, especulativa.
Los interesados pueden enviar su abstract a Luján Stasevicius ( y/o Carolina Sternberg ( hasta el 7 de septiembre.
Agradecemos enormemente su participación y estaremos en contacto nuevamente cuando se acerque la fecha de la conferencia.

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,, resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png817-257-6651
    LAGO Graduate Student Conference
    February 13-15th, 2014
    New Orleans, LA
    Deadline for Submissions: October 25th, 2013
At Tulane University’s Latin American Graduate Organization’s (LAGO) 2014 graduate conference, meet graduate scholars, faculty, and community leaders interested in Latin America across disciplines and experience the unique Mardi Gras season in New Orleans with the famous Krewe du Vieux parade set to roll on Saturday evening!
Latin America and the Caribbean are rich with cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity which has historically made and continues to make the region an object of prolific scholarly study across disciplines. Produced within this diversity are the boundaries—both physical and abstract—between nations, languages, ethnic and racial identities, ecologies, and geographies. Figurative and literal borders are confronted each day as people move across regions, navigate between cultures, and communicate with others around the world; global capital crosses national borders, redefines local economies, and produces labor migrations; geographical landscapes shift as land becomes deforested or designated as protected. These various “border encounters” highlight the ways in which borders can both restrain and liberate the objects, people, or ideas that face them, a distinction that is often bound up with power and politics.
With this broad theme in mind, LAGO invites graduate scholars across disciplines to submit abstracts exploring the notion of borders—their strictures, leniencies, and significance—in Latin America and the Caribbean for LAGO’s 2014 graduate student conference. LAGO encourages participants to interpret this theme as they see fit. We invite submissions in the English and other languages of Latin America and the Caribbean regions.
Tulane/Loyola Universities
March 11-13, 2015.  
Please contact <> or <> for more information or visit the website for up-to-date information:

Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, y Purdue University Calumet tienen el gusto de invitar al CONGRESO DE LITERATURA y CULTURA CENTROAMERICANAS (CILCA XXIII) que se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de New Orleans, Louisiana, del 11 al 13 de marzo del 2015 en el campus de Tulane University y Loyola University New Orleans.
Desde el primer congreso realizado en Nicaragua 1993, CILCA se ha caracterizado por ser un espacio de intercambio intelectual y de amistad para académicas/os, escritoras/es y lectoras/es. El congreso se ha efectuado en todos los países centroamericanos y por primera vez en su historia, CILCA se realizará en los Estados Unidos. La ciudad escogida es Nueva Orleáns, puerta de entrada hacia el Caribe y los países de América Central. El intercambio cultural entre Nueva Orleáns y América Central ha sido intenso por muchísimos años, y la ciudad alberga una de las comunidades de origen hondureño más grandes de los Estados Unidos. Tulane University tiene estrechos lazos con la región a través del Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, y the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola University New Orleans se ha distinguido por el trabajo con las comunidades hispanas que realizan varias de sus unidades académicas, incluyendo the Law School y el Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
La organización de CILCA XXIII la realizan la Dra. Maureen Shea y el Dr. Uriel Quesada, expertos en literatura y cultura centroamericanas, con el apoyo del Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creador y promotor de CILCA.
La convocatoria será publicada en agosto 2014.
Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and Purdue University Calumet invite you to the Congress on Literature and Culture of Central America (CILCA XXIII) which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana March 11-13 2015 on the campuses of Tulane and Loyola New Orleans.
From the first conference, held in Nicaragua in 1993, CILCA has been a space for intellectual exchange and friendship for academics and writers. The conference has been held in all of the Central American countries and for the first time in its history will be held in the United States. New Orleans, the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America, has been chosen as the location. New Orleans and Central America have a longstanding cultural exchange and New Orleans has one of the largest Honduran communities in the United States. Tulane has long connections with the region through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, the Latin American Library, and the Middle American Research Institute. Loyola New Orleans works closely with hispanic communities particularly through the Law school and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
CILCA XXIII is organized by Drs. Maureen Shea and Uriel Quesada, experts on the literature and culture of Central America, with the support of Dr. Jorge Román Lagunas, creator of CILCA.
Call for papers coming in August 2014.



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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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