Monday, November 10, 2014

November 10-16, 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. 

ARTH 546: Art & Conflict
How does conflict impact visual culture and artistic practice? What role does art play during a moment of conflict or crisis? In what ways might artistic interventions reveal histories hidden by conflict or mediate trauma?

In this seminar we will examine a selection of artistic responses to conflict, politics, and trauma. Organized around 20th and 21st century events such as the Spanish Civil War, Mexico '68, September 11th in 1973 and 2001, and more recently, the militarization of the US/Mexico border, we will examine artistic response and mediation to specific sites of dramatic political and social change. We will discuss the work of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Luis Camnitzer, Francis Alÿs, Alfredo Jaar, Allora and Calzadilla, Emily Jacir, and Ai Weiwei all of whose practice mediates conflict and inequality.


Meet and Greet Filmmaker
Luisa Dantas

prior to the film screening @ 6:00 pm
TBH Atrium
Snacks provided:  Ambar India Restaurant


One of the most important and significant Latin American artists, curators, and critics.   
Luis Camnitzer (b.1937) is a German-born Uruguayan artist and writer who moved to New York in 1964. He was at the vanguard of 1960s Conceptualism, working primarily in printmaking, sculpture, and installations. Camnitzer’s artwork explores subjects such as social injustice, repression, and institutional critique. His humorous, biting, and often politically charged use of language as art medium has distinguished his practice for over four decades.

In 1964 he co-founded The New York Graphic Workshop, along with fellow artists, Argentine Liliana Porter and Venezuelan Guillermo Castillo (1941–1999). For six years until the end of the workshop in 1970, they examined the conceptual meaning behind printmaking, and sought to test and expand the definition of the medium. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Camnitzer developed a body of work that explored language as primary medium, shifting from printing text on paper or walls, such as his Dictionary etchings and the room-size installation, Living Room (both 1969). As his interest in language unfolded, so did his aim to identify socio-political problems through his art. Camnitzer responded in great part to the growing wave of Latin American military regimes taking root in the late '60s, but his work also points to the dynamic political landscape of his adopted country, the United States.

During the 1970s, Camnitzer created a key body of work that blended both language and humor—producing a series of object-boxes that placed ordinary items within wood-framed glass boxes with text printed on brass plaques. In all cases, the printed sentences are also the works’ titles. In many ways, these boxes anticipate one of Camnitzer’s most important works, the Uruguayan Torture Series (1983–84). This photo-etching series epitomizes Camnitzer’s ability to question the social and political roles of an individual in society, while also examining a dimension of human psychology by pairing images and text to create new meaning.

Though Camnitzer never left New York, his practice remains intrinsically connected to his homeland and the whole of Latin America. This consistent dedication cements his place as a key figure in shaping debates around ideas of post-Colonialism, Conceptualism, and pedagogy.

His work has been shown in noted exhibitions and institutions since the 1960s, including individual shows at El Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago, Chile (2013); Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO (2011); Art in General, New York, NY (2004); The Kitchen, New York, NY (2001); Museo Blanes, Montevideo, Uruguay (1996); El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY (1995); Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (1993); and List Visual Arts Center at M.I.T., Cambridge, MA (1991). Retrospectives of his work have been presented at Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, NY (1991); Kunsthalle Kiel, Germany (2003); as well as at the Daros Museum in Zurich, Switzerland, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Bogotá, Colombia (2010-2013). His work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (2014); Beyond Geometry at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA (2005); Dia Foundation, New York, NY (1988); the seminal Information show at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (1970); and Mail Exhibition at the Instituto Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1969); among others.

Additionally, he has been featured in several international biennials, including the Bienal de la Havana, Cuba; Whitney Biennial, and Documenta 11. Camnitzer’s work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; TATE, London, UK; and Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Argentina (MALBA), among others. He was the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowships on two occasions, 1961 and 1982. A highly regarded critic and curator, Camnitzer is a frequent contributor to contemporary art magazines. He has authored the publications New Art of Cuba (University of Texas Press: 1994, 2003), Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (University of Texas Press: 2007), and Didáctica de la liberación: Arte conceptualista latinoamericano (Fundación Gilberto Álzate Avedaío, IDARTES: 2012). He taught at the State University of New York, College at Old Westbury since 1969, and he continues to serve as professor emeritus.


MARLEEN HABOUD, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador  


According to UNESCO, it is estimated that at least half of 6000 plus languages spoken are seriously endangered and, if nothing is done, they will have died by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only a cultural wealth but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages (
Ecuador, one of the smallest countries of South America (272,045 sq. km.), is known by its geographic, cultural and linguistic diversity. In addition to Spanish, 13 indigenous languages are still spoken, although some are highly endangered. These indigenous languages are found in Ecuador’s three natural regions: the Coast, the Sierra highlands and the Amazon basin as well as in the Galapagos Islands.

Based on recent community-based sociolinguistic studies which try to actively document the languages, this talk provides a general overview of Ecuadorian indigenous language use patterns and describes current efforts towards maintenance.

GUIDO SANCHEZ, Adjunct Lecturer in Music, Franklin College, Director of Guitar Studies, World Music Franklin College Music Department Faculty
This lecture-recital focuses in on the origins and development of the Latin American guitar from the early days of colonial life to the urban cosmopolitan cities of the 21st century. It features a live performance as well as recordings and videos that illustrate how the guitar became a vehicle for some of the most recognizable musical genres of South, Central and North America, as well as the Caribbean. The purpose of this recital is to introduce the audience not only to the sounds of the Latin American guitar but to also give them a glimpse of the culture that produced them.

Please join SDEP & GGIS for the co-sponsored speaker: 

University of Connecticut
Discussant: Paolo Gardoni – Civil and Environmental Engineering, UIUC 

Beckman Institute, Tower Room 2269
Paper is available by writing to Rea Zaimi at:
 Vulnerability to climate change is, in part, an outcome of political and economic struggles for control over natural resources. That being the case, international aid meant for addressing vulnerability may further exacerbate such struggles, and by implication, make the most vulnerable groups even more vulnerable. This talk examines the conditions under which pro-poor policy outcomes are secured amidst historically entrenched and widespread power asymmetries. To this end, it examines and explains the cross-sectional and over-time variation in effective realization of land rights in forested regions of India and Mexico. By bringing to center stage the political drivers of ‘accountability politics’, the speaker argues for political and policy reforms that are geared to navigate the complexities of the actually existing politics of vulnerability and empowerment.
 Prakash Kashwan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on political economy, comparative and international environmental policies and politics, and the politics of international development. His ongoing research includes projects on comparative analysis of institutional change over time in forest property rights regimes, national policy outcomes related to international carbon forestry, and the politics of land acquisitions. Much of Professor Kashwan's past research pertains to field sites in India, but increasingly his work explicitly focuses on comparative analyses of outcomes in multiple countries in the Global South.
 * Co-sponsored by The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science *

101 International Studies Building

November 20th is Brazil’s National Day of Black Consciousness.  In the 1970s, black activists selected the date to make a statement.  Rather than celebrate May 13th, the anniversary of the abolition of slavery, they chose the 20th of November, the date in 1695 that Zumbi died defending Palmares, Brazil’s most famous quilombo (runaway slave community).  Though the date’s importance is not in dispute, the manner in which Zumbi perished remains a contested topic.  Despite documentary evidence discovered more than a century ago that shows that he died fighting in battle, multiple parties continue to reproduce and disseminate a much older legend—that preferring to death to defeat, Zumbi threw himself off a cliff.  This talk traces the history of the Zumbi suicide narrative and asks why that narrative remains salient and what it can tell us about the contested meanings and histories of slavery, suicide, and political self-determination in Brazil.



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.

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.
  •      THE EDMUNDO O’GORMAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM, Columbia University 
The Edmundo O’Gorman Scholars Program provides financing for short-term (four to eight-week) visits to Columbia by scholars and scientists from any discipline who are working in Mexican institutions of higher education. The Program is supported by the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT) of Mexico; its purpose is to strengthen scholarly ties between Columbia and the academic and research community of Mexico. Its name honors Edmundo O’Gorman (1906-1995), one of the most influential Mexican historians of the twentieth century.

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University invites applications for the Edmundo O’Gorman Scholars Program. Appointments are available for any four to eight-week period in 2016.  Preference will be given to projects that stress collaboration with Columbia faculty and use of available research resources at Columbia University and in New York City. Applicants may represent any academic discipline or professional school. Please see the attached application form for more information on the terms and conditions. You are invited to forward this form to any scholar in Mexico who may be interested in applying.

The Institute of Latin American Studies, founded in 1962, supports research and teaching related to Latin America throughout Columbia University and serves as the University’s chief point of contact with Latin America. The Institute provides visiting scholars, students and faculty access to the resources available through the schools within the University, such as: the School of International and Public Affairs, the Law School, the Business School, the School of Public Health, and Teachers College, among others.
For more information contact:

Esteban Andrade
Program Manager
Institute of Latin American Studies & Center for Brazilian Studies
Columbia University
The Institute of International Education (IIE) Office for Latin America works with various foundations, private corporations, institutions, and governments in managing scholarship and training programs to provide Latin Americans with more opportunities for higher education and exchange. IIE offers the opportunity for graduates from U.S. universities to intern in its Latin America division for a period of 4-6 monthsduring Fall, Spring and Summer sessions. 

The Institute of International Education in Mexico City is seeking Graduate student interns for the Spring 2015 semester.  For more information and to apply see:

Intern Responsibilities

The Graduate Interns work with IIE/Latin America outreach & scholarships or Assessment division to assist in:
• Responding to inquiries about IIE/Latin America scholarship program opportunities.
• Managing contact databases and statistical information about grantee cohorts.
• Assistance in promotional activities.
• Communication with university representatives and students.
• Assistance in selection processes and organizing orientation programs for grantees.
• Program development initiatives including research and proposal writing.
• Managing IIE’s website and social media platforms.
• Completing office tasks and working on other programs as needed



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 11-13. 2014
Tulane and Loyola Universities in New Orleans, La.

Conference focuses on Central American Literatures and Cultures
Proposal deadline:  Nov. 31st, 2014
Additional information:
Keynote speakers are: Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Jacinta Escudos, and Nadia Reiman

April 27, 2015
The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

In summer 2013, protests against a twenty-cent bus fare increase in São Paulo, Brazil brought thousands of people to the streets. Exploding into a wide range of demands that transcended transit fares, the uprisings combined demonstrations, media-activism, participatory works of art, and spontaneous convivial encounters that emphasized bodily presence in urban space. This engagement with the city as a tool and stage for protest persists not only in Brazil, but also throughout major Latin American cities, from student actions in Chile to escraches in Argentina.

This day-long conference focuses on the potencia of the body and everyday social interactions in the production of Latin American and U.S. Latino urban environments. We ask: What are the possibilities and limitations of creative urban interventions that emphasize the social/the body? Can an emphasis on “lived space” provide an alternative to both the nostalgic retrieval of modernist utopias and overdetermined narratives about the failure of modernism? While we focus on present- day claims to urban space, we also wish to consider the legacies of conflictive spatial politics in the region, from the rise of military dictatorships to the subsequent tensions during so-called processes of democratic transition and aggressive neoliberalism.

Bringing together perspectives from diverse fields such as art and architectural history, urbanism, sociology, and geography, we invite papers by scholars, activists, artists, and advanced graduate students that engage critically in a discussion on the production of lived and/or social space in Latin American cities, from the 1960s to the present.
Proposal deadline: December 5, 2014
Contact information:
Additional information:
Potential paper topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • The performativity of the street
  • Mobility, difference, and the right to the city
  • Interventions into high modernist spaces
  • The representation and aestheticization of urban protest and poverty
  • Reflections on the transdisciplinary nature of activist interventions
  • Reevaluations of the neo-vanguardias, in light of contemporary practice
  • Feminizing and queering urban spaces
  • Liminality, urban border zones, and migrations
  • Interconnected ontologies of body and city
  • Grassroots cultural production in the neoliberal city
  • Comparative approaches to urban space in the Global South
Interested parties are invited to submit a paper abstract of no more than 400 words along with a brief biographical statement to by Friday, December 5, 2014

Convened by Liz Donato, Mya Dosch, and Luisa Valle. Sponsored, in part, by the Rewald Fund of the PhD Program in Art History, The Center for the Humanities, and the Committee for Globalization and Social Change, The Graduate Center, CUNY

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
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)


  • Assistant Professor -Departments of Social and Cultural Analysis & Spanish and Portuguese, New York University, Arts and Science

The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese seek an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in Latino Studies whose work actively engages Latin American Studies. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2015, pending administrative and budgetary approval. We seek a wide-ranging scholar who brings a transnational or hemispheric perspective to the study of history, literature, or other cultural production, and who will enhance and complement programmatic strengths in both departments. Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 21, 2014.
Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese required. In addition to undergraduate teaching, the candidate hired will teach and advise graduate students.
Contact Information:
To apply, see the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis website Instructions can be found under the homepage link “Employment Opportunities”.
  •      Assistant or Associate Professor in the Social Sciences-University of Florida

Latino Studies: The Center for Latin American Studies and the College for Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor in the social sciences with a teaching and research focus on Latino/a Studies to begin in August 2015. Substantive interests may include, but need not be restricted to: immigration; socio-economic issues affecting Latino/a communities; Latino politics; comparative approaches to different Latino groups; the ways that Latinos/as in the US are linked to their countries and communities of origin; and the role of Latino/as in US society. We seek applicants with superior promise who combine rigorous scholarship with excellence in teaching. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. The successful candidate will contribute to a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses and to a new interdisciplinary program initiative in Latino/a Studies.
The appointment will be made jointly between the Center for Latin American Studies and the appropriate disciplinary department within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Center offers a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS), graduate and undergraduate certificates, an undergraduate minor, a joint law degree, and an interdisciplinary specialization in Latino Studies. The Center is linked to departments with strong PhD programs including those where the faculty member for this position will be tenure-track. More information about the Center can be found at: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) is UF’s largest college and encompasses the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which includes the Departments of Anthropology, Political Science, and Sociology and Criminology & Law ( All three of these departments have MA and PhD training programs with faculty who employ diverse theoretical perspectives and methodologies. Social science faculty in CLAS frequently work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries and are active in research and practice in many countries across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Deadline: For full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 15, 2014, when the search committee will begin reviewing applications and continue until the position is filled.
Minimum Requirements: Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand or near completion at the time of hiring.
Documents Required:
Applications must include the following: (1) a letter of interest (indicating research and teaching interests); (2) current vitae; (3) three current letters of reference. Applicant will provide names/emails of references and the application system will send automated emails to references requesting that they upload their letters of reference directly to the application website. For full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by December 15, 2014, when the search committee will begin reviewing applications and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information:
Applications must be submitted on-line

  •          Outreach Coordinator- Center for Latin American Studies, Vanderbilt University
The Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University seeks an Outreach Coordinator to 1) organize educational workshops and programs for K-12 teachers in Tennessee and throughout the region; 2) develop curricular materials related to Latin America; 3) maintain partnerships with local organizations and minority-serving institutions in the region; and 4) coordinate social media and publicity. 
We are looking for an energetic candidate with strong organizational and communication skills, the ability to build relationships and work with multiple constituencies, and the ability to manage multiple projects at once.  The successful applicant will join a dynamic and growing academic center that is designated by the Department of Education as a Title VI National Resource Center.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
  • Developing, coordinating and coordinating curriculum development for educational outreach programs which promote understanding of Latin America to the educational community (K-12, 4-year and community colleges, and Minority Serving Institutions). 
  • Designing and providing outreach programs to the general public, media and business community interests, and local community organizations.  Ideal candidates will have curriculum development experience. 
  • Maintaining relationships with on and off campus organizations (museums, schools, businesses) who work on Latin America.
  • Representing CLAS at various regional and national conferences, such as LASA, AATSP, TFLTA.
  • Facilitating collection of data for grant reporting of outreach evaluation. 
  • Working with local and regional organizations, institutions, and partner universities (requires some travel).
  • Coordinating on and off-campus media relations.
  • Editing newsletter, website and social media.
  • Managing graduate student workers.
Basic Qualifications
  • Job requires Bachelor's and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.
  • Preferred Education, Skills, and Experiences:
  • Background in education and/or Latin America
  • Experience working with websites
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills
  • Willingness to collaborate with community partners on initiatives
  • Conversational and reading proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese highly preferred
  •          Program Coordinator- Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford University
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) has Program Coordinator position vacant to start immediately. The program coordinator will provide support for the Center’s academic program and coordinate the Center's events and communications. The position emphasizes student and faculty services, event coordination, public relations, and website content editing/updating. The position reports to the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, while maintaining close contact with the Director and other staff members.
  •       Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Latin American Development Planning -The University of New Mexico
The Planning Program is seeking a tenure track assistant professor in the area of Latin American development planning. Teaching requirements will include a graduate seminar in Latin American Development Planning, and may include Cultural Aspects of Planning, Regional Community Development, planning studios and practicums, Indigenous Planning in Latin America, Sustainability Planning in a Latin American Context, and topical courses in his or her area of specialization. The successful candidate will be familiar with Latin American development theory and practice, community economic development, application of sustainability and indigeneity principles in Latin American Planning, and methods of collaborative planning and consensus building. The candidate should be grounded in the discourse on identity and place and community-based approaches to development in community and regional settings. The program is particularly interested in seeking candidates with research and/or practice in areas such as Indigenous Planning and Planning for Sustainability.
Deadline: Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit copies of selected work. For best consideration apply by January 15, 2015; the position will remain open until filled.
Minimum Requirements:
1) Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning or a terminal professional degree in planning or a related field; 2) demonstrated teaching experience; and 3) research or practice experience in community development planning or a related field.
Preferred Qualifications:
1) demonstrated expertise in Latin American development planning theory and practice; 2) ability to teach at undergraduate, masters’ and doctoral levels; 3) a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities, and 4) direct experience with community based practice in Latin American settings. 5) Candidates should have the ability to work in interdisciplinary and collegial settings. 6) Preferred candidates will have a Ph.D. in Community and Regional Planning, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Economics or a related field. 7) Preferred candidates will show promise for distinguished scholarship and applied research or professional practice.
Documents Required:
All interested candidates must submit a letter of intent, CV and contact information, including addresses, telephone numbers, and emails, for four references online.
Contact Information:
Apply to posting #0827720 at
Additional Information:
Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit copies of selected work. For best consideration apply by January 15, 2015; the position will remain open until filled.




 You are invited to attend the MOSTRA Brazilian Film Series on November 10th, with the screening of the film Olhos Azuis (Blue Eyes).

5:30pm - Screening at Courtyard Cafe, Illini Union 1401 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801
7:30pm - Panel with actress Cristina Lago, Jerry Dávila and Fábio Durão
8:00pm - Reception at The Bread Company

This event is Sponsored by the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, The Luso-Brazilian Association and Partners of the Americas.
For more information on the MOSTRA, please visit

  • MAYA IMAGES : 1978 TO 1986
2:00 PM

In celebration of the exhibit Artists of the Loom: Maya Weavers of Guatemala, guest curator Margot Blum Schevill and ethnographic photographer Jeffrey Jay Foxx will present a program of reflection upon images, memories, and knowledge gained in more than three decades of work among the Maya. As Jeffery states: "My mission has been to document the Maya and their way of life, not to turn them into my art form. That said, I tend to show the moments of beautiful light and gesture." A reception follows the talk.
This event is sponsored by the Spurlock Museum Guild Performance and Lecture Series in honor of the World Heritage Museum Guild. Free admission.






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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