Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8-14, 2014

    • Friday September 12
    • 5 - 8 PM
    • 101 ISI
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. 




LAURA ROUSH, Colegio de Mexico, Michoacan





126 W.  Church Street, Downtown Champaign 
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Venezuela, 2013, 93m.
Director: Mariana Rondón
Starring: Beto Benites, Samantha Castillo, Samuel Lange Zambrano
Junior is nine years old and has "bad hair." He wants to straighten his hair for his yearbook picture so he can look like a fashionable pop singer. This elicits a tidal wave of homophonic panic in his hard-working mother, who finds it increasingly difficult to tolerate Junior’s fixation with his looks. The more he tries to look sharp to make his mother love him, the more she rejects him. Eventually, he is cornered, faced with a painful decision.

Havana Film Festival 2013, Best Film
Montreal Festival of New Cinema 2013, Best Actor
San Sebastian International Film Festival 2013, Concha De Oro, Best Film

Watch the trailer:

Brazil, 2013, 131 m.
Director: Fernando Coimbra
Starring: Leandra Leal, Thalita Carauta, Julaino Cazarré
Brazil’s A Wolf at the Door opens with a mother arriving to pick up her young daughter at school, only to learn that the girl already left with another woman. From that point on, the film takes increasingly sinister turns as it delves into the events that led to the girl’s kidnapping. Director Fernando Coimbra has described the film as a modern-day variation on Medea, which provides a hint on where this story will be heading. Coimbra was also inspired by some news stories in South America that suggest why the Greek tragedy is not outdated. The film does not take audiences on an easy ride, and it’s an utterly compelling and indelible drama.

Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival 2013, Best Film and Best Actress
Havana Film Festival 2013, Best First Work
Miami Film Festival 2014, Best Director

Mexico, 2012, 111m.
Director: Kenya Marquez
Starring: Damian Alcazar, Marisol Centeno, Ana Ofelia Murguia 
In modern-day Guadalajara, loving mother Ramona searches for her layabout adult son. Her new neighbor Mariana seems to be the key to finding him, but she has dark secrets of her own. Then there’s Genaro, an odd duck obsessed with forensics who hangs around the local coroner’s office. A dark comedy of errors with a Rashomon-like structure: the tantalizing puzzle-pieces of a murder mystery are gradually revealed from three different perspectives, subverting our assumptions and preconceptions.
Winner of the Audience Award at the Morelia Film Festival, Kenya Marquez’s debut feature (after her years as director of the Guadalajara Film Festival) effortlessly blends drama, suspense, and humor to create a wry commentary on the endemic violence of contemporary Mexico. DP Javier Morón uses a shadowy, burnished color palette to masterfully convey an atmosphere of dark suspicion, and leads Ana Ofelia Murguía, Marisol Centeno, and Damiàn Alcazar turn in subtle but magnificently intense performances.
Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2012, Best Director
Miami Film Festival 2012, Ibero-American Opera Prima Award


Uruguay, 2013, 93m
Director: Daniela Speranza
Starring: Vicky Rodríguez Cartagena, Maria Elena Pérez, Adriana Aizenberg 
With Montevideo’s rambla, an avenue that goes along the coastline, as its stage, “Rambleras” centers on three women facing a personal crisis. Thirty something Patricia, an employee at Jacqueline’s rotisserie, spends her nights alone in her apartment, staring wistfully at her cell phone, hoping for that one phone call that might change her life. Jacqueline, on the other hand, fears that her relationship with husband Juanca has reached a dead end. Meanwhile, eighty something Ofelia is still coming to terms with the death of her sister, her longtime companion; she dares not walk the rambla alone.

Cuba, 2013, 95 m
Director: Jorge Perugorria
Starring: Daylenis Fuentes, Jorge Perugorria, Yuliet Cruz 
Actor turned director Jorge Perugorria follows on the footsteps of Cuban masters Tomas Gutierrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabio with this scathing dark satire. Deeply indebted Nacar, a young lab technician, visits her mother’s tomb every Sunday to talk to her. Her mother’s spirit advises her to sell the family’s tomb and its contents to pay the bills and keep the family afloat. With the help of painter and future flame Nilo, Nacar sets the wheels in motion as they exhume the bodies and remains of their loved ones in this story about survival in post-Special Period Cuba.

Havana Film Festival 2012, Best Film

Argentina, 2014, 117m.
Director: Oliver Kolker, Hernan Findling
Starring: Hector Alterio, Gaston Pauls, Antonella Costa
Ezequiel Kaufman is a psychiatrist who works in a typical 3rd world country public hospital. Among his patients is Fermín Turdera (85) (Héctor Alterio), a patient at the hospital for more than 10 years. Mr. Fermin expresses himself exclusively using the lyrics and titles of Tango Songs, a peculiar characteristic not understood by the doctors until Ezequiel comes on the scene. A great patient/doctor relationship develops between Ezequiel and Fermín. Through their relationship, Ezequiel discovers the tango and the customs of Argentina in the 40’s , when Fermín reveals his relationship with his two most intimate friends, Ciempiés and Clodomiro; and Zulma Prando his greatest love.
Not only will Ezequiel navigate across the waters of the Tango underworld with Fermín, he will also find love when he meets Fermin’s granddaughter, EVA Turdera. Eva was raised by Fermín when her parents disappeared during the Military Dictatorship in the 1970’s.
The treatment brings Fermín to an understanding of his own past, and to settle an old debt. Ezequiel, on the other hand, will be forced to decide his own future.

USA, 2013, 85m
Director: Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal
Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this final journey, he embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.
Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.

Saturday 21 3:15pm
Sunday 22 3:15pm

Sundance Film Festival 2103, Cinematographic Ward
Cork International Film Festival 2013, Audience Award

Watch the Trailer:


  • LASA2015 / Precariedades, exclusiones, emergencias
XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association.  TODAY LAST DAY TO SUBMIT PROPOSALS
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:



Saturday September 13th
2:30 – 3:30 PM, The Urbana Free Library


Come with your children to listen the story in English and Spanish, enjoy Latin American songs, and make a craft !



·         Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian. Columbia University

Deadline: Open until filled.
Contact Information: Apply on-line at

·         Research Professor in International Relations . Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City

The Departamento de Estudios Internacionales seeks to hire a research professor whose research and professional interests are concentrated in at least one of the following three areas: migration, Mexican foreign policy, and international public policy (specialists in the design, implementation, and evaluation of governmental or intergovernmental policies as well as international cooperation projects). The ideal candidate will possess proven teaching abilities as well as the eligibility to become a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI). Deadline: Monday, September 22
Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctorate in International Relations, Political Science, or a related area.
  • Strong theoretical and methodological abilities in both research and teaching.
  • Fluency in both Spanish and English.
  • Proof of excellence in teaching is desirable.
  • Evidence of potential for publishing in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Membership or eligibility for membership in the National System of Researchers (SNI).
Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be expected to cover three sets of functions within the DEI: research, teaching, and academic/administrative service.

  • In terms of research, the ideal candidate will possess a specialized and cutting-edge research agenda. He/she will either already be a memberof the National System of Researchers (SNI) or will become one, and will be expected to publish consistently in domestic and international peer-reviewed journals, and/or with prestigious publishers. He/she will collaborate in interdisciplinary research teams within and outside the university, and will procure research funding for his/her initiatives.
  • With respect to teaching responsibilities, the candidate who is selected will commence teaching three courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate level in his/her areas of expertise. This teaching load will be reduced to two courses per semester once he/she enters the SNI. The successful candidate will also advise undergraduate students as well as contribute to their preparation for the annual national exam EGEL-RI administered by the national accreditation body CENEVAL.
  • In relation to departmental and university service, the ideal candidate will assist the DEI with accreditation/certification processes, the revision of the undergraduate curriculum, attention to prospective students, the coordination of work experience opportunities for students, and promotional activities. He/she will eventually be expected to assume director or coordinator functions within the department.
Documents Required:
  • One-page statement of purpose
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 10 pages) and professional bio (maximum one-page)
  • One-page research agenda
  • Writing or publication sample not exceeding 50 pages
  • Three previous teaching evaluations if available
  • Three reference letters to be sent directly by the referees
Contact Information:

Additional Information:
For further information on the position

Ivett Velázquez Velázquez at 011 52 55 5950-4131 or (8am-3pm)

Information regarding the selection process

All complete applications will be duly considered and evaluated by a hiring committee selected by the DEI. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview in which they will make a departmental presentation based on one of their research publications. Interviews will begin on October 20. The successful candidate will be selected according to his/her academic merits as well as the suitability of his/her profile for the institutional priorities of the DEI. The decision of the hiring committee will be final.

For further information on the Department of International Studies, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City


Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México

Prol. Paseo de la Reforma 880, Col. Lomas de Santa Fe, 01219, México

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·         Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Wellesley College

The Anthropology Department at Wellesley College seeks applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2015. We are seeking a cultural anthropologist with a geographic area of research focusing on South (including Brazil) and/or Meso-America. Although research subfield is open, the anthropology department aims through this new hire to broaden current curricular offerings by providing support in teaching introduction and theoretical overview courses in cultural anthropology as well as strengthening curricular offerings for the Latin American Studies program. The successful candidate will demonstrate innovation and excellence in scholarly research as well as a strong commitment to teaching. . Deadline: October 20, 2014
Minimum Requirements: PhD preferred (ABD considered).
Documents Required: Applications must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (dissertation, article), and The names/email addresses of three references are requested. (The online application will request names/email addresses so that recommenders or dossier services may submit the letters directly.). All items (including letters of reference) must be submitted electronically no later than October 20, 2014 at to Cultural Anthropology Search.
Contact Information: Adam Van Arsdale,

·         Assistant Professor: Tenure Track-Latina/o Studies. Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies, University at Albany

Description: Tenure Track- Research Profile- Transnationalism: US & Latin America, Latin American and U.S. Immigration and Migrant communities, Latino Social Movements
Deadline: 9/18/14
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D.
Documents Required: CV, Letter of Interest, Names of Three References
Contact Information:
Pedro Cabán

Additional Information:
Submit Materials Electronically to
Librada Pimentel-Whitaker

·         Assistant Professor Spanish . University of California, Riverside

The Department of Hispanic Studies invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Spanish at the Assistant Professor level. Area of Specialization: Latin American Literature and Culture. The position will begin July 1, 2015. ABD candidates will be considered, Ph.D. will be required at time of appointment. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

We are seeking a faculty member with a major focus in at least two of the following areas within Latin American literature and culture: trans-Atlantic studies; gender studies; border studies; literary and cultural theory; visual culture. Genre and period are open.

We encourage applicants to visit our departmental website for information about our undergraduate and graduate programs as well as our faculty:

Please apply online at APRecruit: Job ID code: JPF00187

Deadline: Review of applications will begin 15 October 2014 and continue until position is filled.
Documents Required: Include application letter with curriculum vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, a sample of teaching evaluations, and a writing sample.
Contact Information:
Questions/inquiries please email: Professor Alessandro Fornazzari, Search Committee Chair

·         Assistant / Associate Professor – 20th Century Latin America - Department of History . University of California, Berkeley

The Department of History at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2015.
We are seeking an historian of twentieth-century Latin America in any specialty. Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, all published and unpublished scholarly work ready for examination (such as dissertation or dissertation chapters, a book or book manuscript, articles, and book chapters), and three letters of reference.

Basic Minimum Qualifications: Completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.

All items must be submitted electronically no later than October 15, 2014.

To apply, please go to the following link:

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including those whose letters will be provided by a third party (such as a dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: Questions may be addressed to Ethan Shagan, Chair, Department of History, 3229 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2550. Questions about the application process can be directed to Kristina Andrews, Academic Personnel Coordinator, at

The department encourages individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, may have taken time off for family reasons (e.g., children, disabled, or elderly), or have achieved excellence in careers outside academia (e.g., in professional or industry service) to apply. Applicants whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education are also encouraged to apply.

For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please contact the CALcierge office at or visit

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Deadline: October 15, 2014
Minimum Requirements: Completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation at the time of application.
Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.
Documents Required:
  1. Cover letter
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. All published and unpublished scholarly work ready for examination (such as dissertation or dissertation chapters, a book or book manuscript, articles, and book chapters).
  4. Three letters of reference.
Contact Information:
Ethan Shagan, Chair, Department of History, 3229 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-2550.

Questions about the application process can be directed to Kristina Andrews, Academic Personnel Coordinator, at



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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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