Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20-26, 2014

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. 


7 David Kinley Hall

RODRIGO MOITA, Institute of Education and Research – INSPER, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Policies designed to reduce inequality may fail because socioeconomic stratification can reappear through the private school system. We develop a theoretical model linking the skill distribution of the student population to the profitability of private schools. We use panel data of Brazilian municipalities to examine the relationship between test scores dispersion and private school entry. Bolsa-Familia, an important conditional cash transfer program, is used as a source of exogenous variation for the test scores’ dispersion in the public system. We show that towns where the students’ skill distribution widened because of Bolsa-Familia were more likely to attract new private schools.

101 International Studies Building

OTAVIANO CANUTO,  Former Vice-President, World Bank, current Senior Adviser on BRICS Economies, World Bank
China and Brazil are both facing a growth slowdown, as compared to the period prior to the global financial crisis. They were both able to respond with aggressive anti-cyclical policies to the post-Lehman quasi-collapse of the global economy. In both cases, such policies led to a growth rebound by reinvigorating previous patterns of growth. This brought forth the exhaustion of such patterns and the need to transit to other growth regimes. Their previous growth models were mirror images to each other, in the sense that ultra-high investment to GDP ratios in China contrasted with low ratios in Brazil. China climbed up the ladder toward an upper middle income status along the last three decades, becoming the second largest economy in the world. Brazil in turn has remained in its relative position, in a sort of "middle income trap", notwithstanding its improved macroeconomic performance - combined with substantial poverty reduction - in the 2000s. Both countries are currently facing a common challenge of reforming policies toward new growth directions, as well as a legacy from the post-Lehman crisis response

Previously served as the Bank’s Vice President and Head of the Poverty Reduction Network (PREM), a division of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, poverty reduction, gender equality and analytic work for client countries. He also served as an Executive Director of the Board of the World Bank from 2004-2007. Outside of the Bank he has held leadership positions at the Inter-American Development Bank where he was Vice President for Countries, and for the Government of Brazil where he was Secretary for International Affairs at the Ministry of Finance. He also has an extensive academic background, serving as Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil serving as Professor of Economics at the University of São Paulo and University of Campinas (UNICAMP) in Brazil.

LISA BURNER, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Spanish& Portuguese

101 International Studies Building


In the nineteenth century, as Peruvian elites asserted their radical difference from the Spanish Conquistadors of the past, tales of buried Incan treasure recurred in the cultural production of the era. Far from escapist fantasies, these tales engage with pressing concerns of nineteenth century elites. Could Peru’s natural resource wealth hold the key to economic progress and prosperity? Or does a national economy based on guano and precious metals inevitably allow greed to supplant production, unleashing a ceaseless repetition of the Spanish Conquest? This paper will analyze the fiction of Juana Manuela Gorriti in dialogue with scientific and economic writings of the guano era, and also suggest connections to 21st century portrayals of resource extraction..

Lisa Burner is a PhD candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on her dissertation, “Fertilizer Dreams: Peruvian and Chilean Culture of the Guano and Nitrate Eras,” in which she which analyzes modern Peruvian and Chilean literatures through the history of global trade in fertilizer.

International Studies Building

LETICIA MARTELETO, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Population Research Center. University of Texas at Austin.

Brazil has been through several important social, economic and demographic changes in the last decades. Importantly, race and racial inequalities have become a central aspect of Brazil's social policy, particularly regarding education. In the first part of the talk, the focus will be on the continuities and changes of racial disparities in education over the last three decades in Brazil. This research focuses on educational variation between individuals in different families. In the second part of the talk, the focus will be on disentangling whether racial differences in education are due to racial discrimination or to structural differences in unobserved neighborhood and family characteristics. I use an innovative within-family approach that takes advantage of the large sample of Brazilian adolescent twins classified as different races in the 1982 and 1987-2009 Pesquisa Nacional por Amostra de Domicílios.  I first examine the contexts within which adolescent twins in the same family are labeled as different races to determine the characteristics of families crossing racial boundaries. Then, as a way to hold constant unobserved neighborhood, family, and even genetic characteristics, we use twins fixed effects models to assess whether racial disparities in education exist between twins and whether such disparities vary by gender.  I find that even under this stringent test of racial inequality, the nonwhite educational disadvantage persists and that it is especially pronounced for nonwhite adolescent boys.

Leticia J. Marteleto (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the same university. Her current research explores the influence of social and demographic contexts on educational inequality in Brazil and in South Africa. A recent paper focuses on the disadvantages in education associated with race throughout the last three decades in Brazil (Demography 2012). Marteleto’s recent research has appeared in Demography, Demographic Research, Population and Development Review, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility and Studies in Family Planning. Marteleto was formerly Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Michigan and a Research Associate at the Population Studies Center and Institute for Social Research at the same institution. Prior to that, she taught at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, where she researched issues related to social demography and education. Marteleto has provided consultancy to several organizations, including the United Nations and the Brazilian Ministries of Education and Social Development.

JOSE ANTONIO CHEIBUB, Professor, Political Science

101 International Studies Building

Join us for an informal conversation and analysis of the results of the 2014 Brazilian elections.


The Brazilian Initiation Scholarship (BIS) is a key component of BRASA’s agenda to expand Brazilian Studies in the United States.  BRASA invites applications from graduate and undergraduate students for a one-time $1,500 travel scholarship to do exploratory research in Brazil.  This scholarship targets aspiring Brazilianists with relatively little or no experience in Brazil.  It seeks to contribute to the student’s initial trip (for a period from six weeks to three months), to heighten the student’s interest in Brazil, and deepen his/her commitment to Brazilian studies in the United States.  Students are encouraged to combine this scholarship with other grants or awards. 
Eligibility:  Proposals for the BIS will be reviewed according to the following criteria: 
Highest priority will be given to applicants who are outstanding college seniors, recent college graduates applying to graduate programs in Brazilian studies or in Latin American studies with the intent of focusing on Brazil, or new graduate students already focusing on Brazil.
Students from all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences are eligible.  In exceptional cases, applications from the natural sciences will be given consideration (for example, someone in environmental sciences who is writing a dissertation on the Amazon or pollution in São Paulo and who plans to continue research on Brazil).  
Preference will be given to those applicants who have little or no in-country experience in Brazil.  A student requesting funding to undertake an exploratory research trip should present evidence at the time of the application that he/she has achieved at least an intermediate level of competence in the Portuguese language sufficient to carry out the proposed research.Successful applicants may combine BIS with other grants, scholarships, or awards, as long as he/she specifies clearly how the funds are going to be spent (for example, the BRASA scholarship might be used to cover travel costs, while a grant from another source could be used for living expenses, etc.). Applicants are required to be BRASA members at the time of submission.

Application Process:  A complete application will include the following documents:
-          The application cover page (download form);
-          Proof of BRASA membership,
-          A two-page prospectus - which include your research agenda (double spaced, 12-point font);
-          A two-page bibliography on the subject of study (list of references)
-          A budget specifying how the $1500 will be spent;
-          A two-page résumé or CV;
-          Electronic copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts;
-          Evidence of Portuguese proficiency on intermediate level  - (This can be demonstrated by a transcript or a letter from a university instructor of Portuguese);
-          A letter of intent to study Brazil in graduate school, in the case of undergraduates or recent college graduates,
-          Two letters of recommendation from professors;

-          All documents must be submitted to In the subject line of the email, please include the applicant full name and the sentence “BIS Application” (e.g. Mary Smith - BIS Application).
-          Professors can email the letters of recommendation directly to BRASA at In the subject line of the email, please include the applicant full name and the sentence “BIS 2014 Application” (e.g. Mary Smith - BIS Application).
-          Partial applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process:
In order to be considered for the scholarship, the two-page prospectus should:
(1) Clearly and coherently outline the project’s engagement with Brazil; 
(2) Demonstrate as precisely as possible the feasibility of the proposed exploratory research project and how it will contribute to the student’s academic development; 
(3) Briefly discuss the role the work undertaken in Brazil will play in shaping the applicant’s future course of academic study (for instance, it could be the seed project for a larger grant application, provide the basis of a paper prepared for presentation at a BRASA conference, or serve as the foundation for future research on Brazil).
Report: Upon completion of the research experience in Brazil, recipients are required to file a two-page, double-spaced report with the BRASA Executive Director summarizing their activities and identifying relevant academic outcomes. In addition, a statement accounting for the expenditure of funds must be sent to the BRASA Executive Director. Following completion of studies in Brazil, BRASA strongly encourages recipients to participate in a subsequent BRASA congress in order to report on their activities. 
Deadline for application: November 15, 2014.
Awards will be announced by February 1st, 2015.To submit a proposal and for all other correspondence regarding this award, contact, the BRASA Research assistants at 

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.  No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.
The submission are as follows:
Graduate Students:
 Eligibility: Applications are invited from full-time, tenured or tenure-track U of I Urbana campus 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

Andean Community response to Climate and Social Change

The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 13 years offering our program in interdisciplinary qualitative field methods, as well as Spanish and Quechua language classes, with a continued internship option in the Peruvian Andes. This year we offer our December-January intersession, a 3 week training program after which students may work and/or pursue their own research objectives in health, education, agriculture, social development, with municipal institutes and 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 (usually extends from 2 to 10 months). The intensive field methods and language component is equivalent to 1 semester of university study; we provide participants with a qualitative letter of evaluation and grade.  Upon successful completion of the seminar students formally affiliate with the Center for Social Being as researchers and outreach workers.
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 with Quechua communities to develop effective interactive field abilities and required language skills for placement in appropriate contexts to provide community support and research. 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.

Program dates:
New Year InterSession         December 28th 2014 through January 17th 2015

For an application:
For further program information:
Be sure to send us any questions you may have with regard to our 2015 field training programs in Peru.  
See our recent publication on Andean perspectives of Climate Change: Patsa Puqun by Patricia J. Hammer, ReVista Harvard Review of Latin America, Spring 2014 Volume XIII, No. 3, Published by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University.
The post-doctoral fellowship is linked to the funded FAPESP-RCUK MRC Thematic Project “Cluster randomised controlled trial for late life depression  in  socioeconomically  deprived areas of São Paulo, Brazil: pilot study”. The position is open initially for 14 months with possibility to be extended for additional three years. The aim of the project is to assess the feasibility of a future clinical trial that will test the cost-effectivity of a new management program for elderly people with depression registered with Family Health Units in São Paulo (CITED). The successful candidate will act as the Research Coordinator and will be in charge of all day-to-day research activities related to the development, pilot application and assessment of the pilot study. He/she will be required to liaise with senior Brazilian and International research members and inform them about the progress of the development of the pilot study. The successful candidate will participate in the writing-up of reports and papers related to project. It is expected that at the end of the pilot study the successful candidate will be ready to work as the Research Coordinator of the future clinical trial that will recruit and treat 1,300 elderly people with depression.


(1)    PhD in the fields of epidemiology or public health
(2)    Applicants must have experience in managing epidemiological studies
(3)    Proficiency in Portuguese and English (reading, writing and talking)
(4)    Full time availability for the project
(5)    It is preferable for candidates to have experience in managing clinical trials in the field of mental health
(6)    The  candidate  must  be  ready  to  start  working  as  soon  as  the  selection  process finalised.

Selection process:

The post is open internationally. The selection process will happen in two phases: 1. Assessment of the candidates profile through the analysis of the documents sent (eliminatory phase); 2. Interviews with candidates (in person or video conference). The deadline for submission is October 25th, 2014. The result of the selection process will be concluded by 10th November, 2014. The candidates should send the following documents, as PDF files, to Dr Marcia Scazufca ( and Prof Ricardo Araya (, principal investigators, with the subject “Post-Doc Post Intervention Coordinator”: 1. Curriculum Lattes (Brazilian candidates) or Curriculum Vitae  (Non-Brazilian  candidates);  2. Copy of their PhD certificate; 3. A covering letter explaining the interest for the post and the qualification to participate in the project; 4. Two letters of recommendation.

Additional information: The selected candidate will receive a 14-months Postdoctoral fellowship from FAPESP (R$6.143,40 per month free of taxes) and Technical Reserve. The Technical Reserve corresponds to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship and it aims to attend unforeseen expenditure related to research activity. More details about the FAPESP Post-doc fellowship can be found at



Apulaya – Center for Andean Culture is specialized on indigenous culture of Andean civilizations. Our success combines a high academic level with direct participatory experiences. Students will expand their knowledge and understanding of autochthonous cultures and develop new methodologies that incorporate indigenous approaches for working with intercultural issues. Our instructors are academics, specialists and experts in each area and most of them are native Quechua speakers.
Studying at Apulaya is a must for all students who are looking for the most current information on Andean civilizations; and who want to be in real and direct contact with Andean culture.
With pleasure we advise you about a study stay in Peru.

For more information just visit our website or contact us.

Social Sciences and Humanities, 2015-16
Global Change in a Dynamic World
 The University of South Florida is pleased to announce the 7th year of its Postdoctoral Scholars program in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The over-arching theme for this program is Global Change in a Dynamic World. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) sustainability; sustainable development; hazard and disaster management; climate change; population changes; technology and information issues; communication and language development; cultural diasporas; ethnicity, gender, and aging issues; cultural heritage and histories; citizenship; identity; health, economic, education, and environmental disparities; political economy; ethics; human rights; animal rights; peace and conflict studies; injury and violence; security and surveillance issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may consider both past and contemporary perspectives.

Postdoctoral Scholars will: (i) work closely with distinguished faculty; (ii) participate in an interdisciplinary project with the cohort of postdoctoral scholars; (iii) teach two courses over a twelve-month period; and (iv) continue to build an independent research record and engage in publishing refereed articles and creative scholarship. 

More information can be found at

Postdoctoral Scholars
At least four twelve-month postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded in Spring 2015 with appointments beginning in August 2015. Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and will be continued for a maximum of 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance. The salary is $40,000 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents. Support for travel to academic conferences will also be available. Scholars will be responsible for relocation and housing expenses.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: Anthropology; Communication; English; Geography, Environmental Science and Policy; Government and International Affairs; History; Philosophy; Sociology, or an affiliated program, earned no earlier than 2012. Candidates who will have successfully defended their dissertations by June 1, 2015 will also be considered, however the doctoral degree must have been conferred prior to the first day of employment. Note: applicants must have received their doctoral degree from an institution other than the University of South Florida. 

Letters of application and supporting material must include the following:
1.      A cover letter stating your interest in this Postdoctoral Initiative. It must provide details on (i) how your research and teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of Global Change in a Dynamic World and the goals and aspirations of the USF Strategic Plan ( (ii)the department with which you would like to be affiliated; (iii) your teaching experience and courses that you would like to offer; and (iv) your long-term goals. 
2.      A Curriculum Vitae,
3.      Two letters of reference,
4.      Scanned copies of your published papers/scholarly works or book chapters (maximum of 50 pages).
5.      Scanned copy of your current academic transcript from your doctoral-granting institution.
6.      Copies of teaching evaluations from the most recent academic year.

Send all application materials to:
Final application submission deadline is Friday December 5th, 2014.


24, 25 y 26 de febrero de 2015
Centro de Investigaciones sobre América Latina y el Caribe (CIALC), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México

Coloquio funcionará bajo la modalidad de conferencias magistrales y ponencias individuales que serán propuestas al Comité Organizador en base a las temáticas señaladas en la presente convocatoria. También se aceptarán propuestas de simposios y mesas redondas realizadas por grupos de investigadores a la Comisión Organizadora. Pueden participar académicos, investigadores e intelectuales de América Latina y el Caribe, así como otras regiones del mundo. Del mismo modo, también podrán participar estudiantes de postgrado (maestría y doctorado) que actualmente desarrollen proyectos sobre el tema. Las propuestas de ponencias individuales, simposios y mesas –con un máximo 750 palabras- se recibirán hasta el 1 de diciembre de 2014, e incluirán: 1) título, 2) resumen, 3) eje temático en el que se inscribe, 4) nombre, grado académico y afiliación institucional del/la autor/a, 5) correo electrónico de contacto, y 6) breve resumen curricular del/la autor/a. Las propuestas deben enviarse al Comité Organizador para su evaluación, a la dirección de correo electrónico: y deberán versar sobre alguno de los siguientes ejes temáticos:

  1. Medios de comunicación y procesos políticos.
  2. Monopolios y comunicación.
  3. Cultura y comunicación.
  4. Educación y comunicación.
  5. Comunicación alternativa.
  6. Comunicación pública de la ciencia.
  7. Identidad, etnia y comunicación.
  8. Comunicación, crisis y conflicto.
  9. Género y comunicación.
  10. Religiosidad y comunicación.
  11. Tecnologías de la información y las comunicaciones.
  12. Comunicación e imagen.
Proposal deadline: 1 de diciembre de 2014
Additional information:

March 26-27, 2014
Eugene Lang College, The New School For Liberal Arts

You are invited to present a paper dedicated to one of the following subthemes (other subthemes related to the main theme of the conference will be accepted)

  • Western travelers in Japan
  • Japanese travelers in the West
  • Image of Japan in Hispanic literature and culture
  • Image of the Hispanic world in Japanese literature and culture
  • Japonisme
  • Orientalism and self
  • orientalization in Japanese and Nippon-Latin American cultural production
  • Hispanic Orientalism in literature and film
  • Trans-Pacific Studies
  • Travel narratives
  • Exoticization and idealization of the Oriental “Other”
  • Orientalism and Occidentalism
  • Asian and Arab literature and culture in the Hispanic world
  • Cooleism
  • Asian and Arab testimonials, memoirs, and autobiographies
  • Representation of Asian and Arab women in the Hispanic world
  • Asian and Arab Diasporas
  • Filipino literature in Spanish
  • Chinatowns in the Americas
  • Asian and Arab religiosity and "witchcraft" in the Americas
  • Transculturation and hybridity
  • Transnationalism and globalization
  • Racialization of Jews in the Hispanic world
  • Orientalism and the Asian and Arab presence in the Lusophone world
Proposal deadline:
Please send your abstract via email before December 31, 2014, along with a brief bio-bibliography (maximum of 10 lines) to any of the following emails:

Contact information:
Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo

Dr. Juan E. de Castro
Eugene Lang College, The New School For Liberal Arts

Additional information:
Languages: Papers can be presented in in Spanish or English.


  • USA/Asia: $100  Graduate students - USA/Asia: $75
  • Europe: 80 euros Graduate students - Europa: 60 euros
  • Latin America and Africa: $60
Please send a check signed to University of California Regents. The address is the following:
Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA. 95343

8-9th April, 2015
University of Cambridge

Branding is the deliberate projection of a consciously-constructed image or identity, the marketing of the self to the other, the selling of specificity. The emergence of nation branding as a concept in the mid-1990s (Simon Anholt, 1996) corresponds with an attempt to reassert control over the perception and production of the nation, carving out a niche in which a supposed specificity will protect the nation from being subsumed by the amorphous forces of globalization, as well as allowing it to compete in the international neoliberal marketplace. Competitive nation branding can thus be seen as both a part of and response to the processes of globalisation variously theorised by Arjun Appadurai, Néstor García Canclini and Walter Mignolo, amongst others.

Today, nation branding surrounds us in the form of tourism brochures, national logos and festivals promoting particular nations’ images and, perhaps more importantly, goods. But in Latin America, the specificities of creation and promotion can hardly be dated so recently nor confined so narrowly to the tourism sector. Whether it be the ‘boom’ of Latin American fiction in the 1960s, the image of the ‘latino lover’ still propagated by various film industries or the reputation for drug-trafficking and violence attributed to numerous Latin American nations in turn, the political, economic and cultural history of Latin America calls for a broader understanding of branding. These examples prompt us to ask: Who is branding whom, how is this branding achieved, and why?

Branding is also a painful act of marking, a declaration of possession and an enduring assignation of value. Bringing to mind both the tactics of globalised capitalism and the literal stamping of slaves by their owners, the concept of branding unwittingly carries within itself the trace of violence and pain by which it is arguably inevitably accompanied. This conference thus also aims to consider: What scar tissue is formed? What might be the unintended effects of and unexpected responses to branding?

The branding of a nation involves an ongoing struggle over economic, political, cultural and affective capital between multiple parties, from both inside and outside the nation. Examples of such struggles in literature include the Mexican Crack Generation, which points us towards movements of reaction and resistance to branding and complicates the one-way model of the culture industry traditionally depicted by theorists such as Adorno and Horkheimer. Meanwhile, the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon draws our attention to the workings of branding in the creation and consumption of 'World Music', showing how branding can result from international economic and cultural exchanges which may be collaborations, but also imaginings and impositions.

Scholarly work on the topic of branding has typically focussed on issues relating to marketing and PR. This conference seeks instead to adopt an interdisciplinary approach in order to interrogate the aims, functioning, effects of and resistance to branding in Latin America. We welcome contributions from postgraduate researchers and scholars working in or across various disciplines and academic fields, including but not restricted to: Politics, International Relations/Development, Economics, Sociology, Tourism, Geography, Literature and Languages, Music, Visual Arts, Film, Photography, and Cultural Studies.

Proposal deadline: 1st December 2014
Contact information:
Additional information:  Abstracts and presentations can be written and delivered in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Each paper will be limited to 20 minutes.

Convenors: Dunja Fehimovic (University of Cambridge), Rebecca Ogden, Par Kumaraswami (University of Reading)

Special Issue, “Afro-Brazilian Citizenship and the Politics of History”

Special Issue Editors:
Merle L. Bowen, University of Illinois
Sean T. Mitchell, Rutgers University-Newark
LaShandra Sullivan, Purdue University

After the abolition of Brazilian slavery in 1888, national elites attempted to relegate blackness and Afro-Brazilian people to Brazil’s past, through explicit policies of National branqueamento, or whitening.  Today, during a period of flourishing Afro-Brazilian activism that emerged on the national scene with the end of a military regime in 1985 and the centenary of abolition in 1988, each new national survey shows more of the population identifying as black.  Early 20th century elites hoped to banish blackness to history, but a century later, the nation’s future seems increasingly Afro-Brazilian.  The politics of race, citizenship, history, and the future in Brazil were and are linked. Today, debates about blackness and Afro-Brazilian rights and practices conducted within the state and by a myriad of civil society actors have been especially forceful in configuring and thus in imagining, national pasts, presents, and futures.

This special issue of African and Black Diaspora: an International Journal addresses the changing relations between race, citizenship, history, and the future in Brazil with research that address these central questions: how do the material vestiges and contemporary interpretations of history impact politics oriented towards the present and the future? How are history and its traces used and understood by proponents and opponents of the contemporary politics of Afro-Brazilian rights and reparations? How and why do social actors assume blackness, and become marked as black via relations to changing conceptions of history and material objects such as land, the built environment, and ethno-racial commodities?

In recent years these question have been at the forefront of Brazilian politics, with historical memory, slavery, and heritage key topics of contestation in the nation’s politics of race. We seek papers that address these questions from the perspective of research in historical and contemporary sources and from scholars in both the humanities and the social sciences.

The guest co-editors welcome submissions, which may include, but not limited to the following topics:

·         Contemporary Brazilian Quilombos.
·         The politics of reparations.
·         Transforming forms of racial identification.
·         Heritage as a site of political struggle.
·         Ideologies of branqueamento and “racial democracy” in historical and contemporary perspective.
·         The politics of teaching Afro Brazilian history.
·         Conceptions of African history in contemporary Brazilian politics.
·         Intersections of gender and sexuality with politics of race and recognition.

We welcome papers that address these and related themes from both contemporary and historical perspectives.

Those interested should send their paper title and abstract (250 to 300 words maximum) in English or Portuguese, as well as a short bio (150 words) to the three co-editors: Drs. Merle L. Bowen, Sean T. Mitchell and LaShandra Sullivan at

The deadline for sending abstracts to co-editors is November 15, 2014
Notification of acceptance will be given by November 30, 2014
Submission of complete papers is February 2015 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 3- 4, 2015
Theme:  Negotiation and Law in Latin American History: New Connections?”
The Latin Americanist Historians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – both faculty members and graduate students – hereby convene another Midwest Workshop on Latin American History on our campus for April 3-4, 2015. With this initiative we hope to revitalize an important venue for presenting fresh research and discussing pressing issues in our field that was successfully initiated with a series of annual workshops convened by the University of Chicago, Notre Dame University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for several years between 2002 and 2008. The University of Chicago again hosted the Workshop in 2013. Latin Americanist historians in the Midwest thus are adopting a format for advancing discussions and regional collaboration in our field that colleagues in other fields – most notably the historians of Russia and Eastern Europe – have employed with great benefit for decades. The research universities in the Midwest comprise one of the most dense and impressive cohorts of Latin Americanist history scholars and advanced graduate students anywhere outside of Latin America. It thus promises great scholarly gain and cost-effectiveness to strengthen the network among these specialists through annual workshops. The informal and friendly atmosphere at the workshops is especially conducive for the free flow of ideas. It also forms a wonderful training ground for advanced graduate students.

The overall theme we have chosen for the 2015 Workshop, “Negotiation and Law in Latin American History: New Connections?,” addresses central cutting-edge issues currently debated in Latin Americanist scholarship and is sufficiently capacious to allow most historians in the field to participate in the debate. Over the past few years, scholars in many subfields of Latin American history – from colonial ethnohistory to environmental and labor history of the twentieth century – have re-examined the role of law in defining the distribution of rights, obligations and resources among various ethnic/racial, gender, social, and regional stakeholders in the region’s polities over the past five-hundred years. Rather than focusing on the limited efficacy of many laws, as in earlier scholarship, scholars are now asking questions relating to the processes through which laws are adopted and the imaginaries, interests and enforcement strategies they bring to the fore. This new approach to legal history is closely linked to another approach now employed by many Latin American historians: as a consequence of the emphasis on the “agency” of diverse subaltern or popular groups, scholars are now exploring how institutions, power constellations, resource distributions, the ordering of space are shaped and reshaped through negotiations between different stakeholders. This approach has begun to alter our notions of socio-racial orders, political cultures, labor relations, the organization of social movements, and family structures, the articulation of national and regional identities through sport, music or food production, among other issues, from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. While the question of negotiation privileges non-state (“civil society”) interactions, the approach of legal history necessarily focuses on the interaction between subjects/citizens and the state.  Bringing these two approaches into conversation, thus will provide an especially fruitful field of related problems, from issues of taxation to family law, and from the formation of revolutionary coalitions to the contestation over environmental regulations.

Therefore, we welcome papers that discuss themes as diverse as, though not limited to:
  • Workers, labor and state
  • Slavery and emancipation
  • Space, imaginaries and citizenship
  • Social movements, sports, art and culture
  • Political culture and state Formation
  • National, regional and local identities
  • Memory and the construction of historical narratives
  • Family, law and immigration
  • Gender, race and ethnicity
  • Environmental and economic history
  • Religion, popular religiosity and the rise of anticlerical, secular traditions
We understand the global theme of the Workshop as a loose framework for the discussions, as an invitation to focus individual projects of the widest possible range in Latin American history onto this broadly conceived field of research issues.  It should not be seen as constraining participation to historians who view themselves as experts in either of the two approaches outlined above.

Submission of paper proposals: Please upload the title and a brief (200 words) abstract of paper proposals to the Workshop website,, no later than Monday, October 27, 2014. We will try to accommodate as many paper proposals as possible and will confirm participation by early December 2014.

The Steering Committee for the Workshop: Ryan Bean, Marilia Correa Kuyumjian, Silvia Escanilla Huerta, Nils Jacobsen, Elizabeth Quick, Antonio Sotomayor 

For more information go to :


  •     Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on new media and digital culture (tenure track) McGill University
The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) at McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on new media and digital culture. Candidates focusing on Brazilian culture and society are especially encouraged to apply. It is expected that the candidate will contribute to the area of Hispanic Studies as well as to other LLC initiatives and emerging programs, especially in the area of digital humanities. Candidates must demonstrate competitive research and publication records, substantial teaching experience, and a strong potential for collaborative research and program development across media, disciplines, and cultures. Native or near-native fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is an asset. Applicants must have a PhD in hand or be very near completion. The teaching assignment is 12 credits (4 courses) per academic year. The appointment begins August 1, 2015. Inquiries about this position can be sent to Information about the Department, its programs, and courses may be found at

Complete applications including a cover letter describing the candidate's interest in the position, fit with the department, and linguistic competences, curriculum vitae, a teaching statement and a writing sample (20-30 pages) must be submitted online at URL, no later than November 15, 2014. Three referees should upload their letters of recommendation at the same site. Application materials should be addressed to Professor José R. Jouve-Martín, Chair, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.
  •     Assistant Professor Latin American Political Economy- University at Albany SUNY
The Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor appointment in the political economy of Latin America. We seek candidates who employ an interdisciplinary perspective to study the impact of structural forces on the socio-economic and political development of the region, including how transnationalism and globalization have restructured hemispheric relations. We are especially interested in candidates who specialize in any of the following: social movements, the state, neoliberal restructuring, and decoloniality.

A Ph.D. in a social sciences field (political science, economics, anthropology, sociology and cognate fields, including American Studies and Latin American Studies) is required. We seek candidates with an active research profile who show promise of developing an outstanding publication record, and who have a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education. The successful candidate will be expected to teach the core graduate theory course. Applications from women, people of color, and individuals from other historically under-represented groups are specifically encouraged.

Please submit a letter of interest, which should address your ability to instruct a culturally diverse student population, a curriculum curriculum vitae, statements on teaching and research and three letters of reference. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014 and continue until position is filled. The doctoral degree must be from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
Submit materials electronically via Interview Exchange at the following URL [HR will provide the link when this position is posted]

Information on the Department of Latin America, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies can be obtained at its website:
  •        Assistant Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies-The University of Georgia

The Department of Sociology and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to begin fall 2015.We are looking for outstanding scholars whose empirical research and substantive interests focus on Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos and Latinas in the U.S. We seek candidates with a record of high quality research and who show promise of securing external funding. We invite interested candidates to visit the web sites of the Sociology Department ( and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute ( LACSI is a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic community with 150 affiliate faculty and opportunities for collaboration across the university. The Institute has recently been awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI NRC and FLAS grants. Deadline: Until Filled
Minimum Requirements: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Sociology or have completed all the requirements for this degree by August 10, 2015.
Preferred Qualifications: The successful candidate will be able to teach courses not only in sociology but also in Latin American and Caribbean studies. Preference will be given to candidates who are prepared to teach sociological theory.
Documents Required:
Please submit applications online at Applicants should upload a cover letter, C.V., research statement, statement of teaching experience and interests, and a writing sample. Applicants will be asked to provide names and e-mail addresses of three letter-writers who will receive an online link for submitting letters of reference.

Contact Information: Patricia Richards resource://skype_ff_extension-at-jetpack/skype_ff_extension/data/call_skype_logo.png706-542-3235
  •    Assistant Professor of Spanish and Intercultural Communication-University of Maryland, Baltimore County

All Spanish courses at UMBC share a focus on culture and language in an intercultural framework. With this position we seek to introduce the study of digital intercultural communication in Spanish into the innovative curriculum and research agenda of the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication (MLLI), and into the interdisciplinary undergraduate Program in Global Studies. Preferred areas of research include: social media and social movements; social media and migration; digital literary studies, and other areas in which digital intercultural communication in Spanish occurs.
UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity, and encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Carnegie Foundation ranks UMBC in the category of Research Universities with high research activity.

Deadline: 20 November 2014
Applicants should have the PhD in an appropriate area (for example, intercultural communication, cultural studies, anthropology, literary studies, sociology, communication, education) completed before Fall 2015, have native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English, and demonstrate potential excellence in research, and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. Employment is contingent upon the candidate's obtaining and maintaining appropriate visa status, if applicable.
Documents Required: The application materials should include a two-page letter of application explaining the candidate’s specific qualifications for this post, a curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Please submit all materials via Interfolio ( before November 20, 2014. For questions, please contact:
Contact Information: Dr. Ana Oskoz, Co-Chair, Digital Intercultural Communication in Spanish Search Committee (
  •       Assistant Professor of Spanish-20th & 21st Century Latin American Lit. & Latino Lit. in the US-University of Maryland, Baltimore County

This is a tenure-track position in the Spanish area of the Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication. Teaching responsibilities in Spanish include intermediate, advanced undergraduate and graduate courses, including topics courses on twentieth and twenty-first century Latin American literature and Latino literature in the United States. All Spanish courses at UMBC, including those on literary topics, share a focus on culture and language in an intercultural framework. See the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions:
Other teaching responsibilities include participation in the interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate core programs. Experience in working with Spanish heritage speakers is desirable. The teaching load is 5 courses per year. For more information about the MLLI Department and the Spanish area, please consult

UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity, and encourage applications from women, members of minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. The Carnegie Foundation ranks UMBC in the category of Research Universities with high research activity.

Deadline: 20 November 2014
Applicants should have the PhD completed before Fall 2015, have native or near-native proficiency in Spanish and English, and demonstrate potential excellence in research, undergraduate and graduate teaching. Employment is contingent upon the candidate's obtaining and maintaining appropriate visa status, if applicable
Documents Required: The application materials should include a two-page letter of application explaining the candidate’s specific qualifications for this post, a curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Please submit all materials via Interfolio ( before November 20, 2014. Preliminary interviews will be conducted at MLA or via Skype (if not attending MLA) in January, 2015.
Contact Information: Dr. Ana María Schwartz Caballero, Co-Chair, Spanish Latin American and Latino Literature Search Committee (





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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