Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3-9, 2014


  • GRADUATE MINOR IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
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

  • CONSULT WITH THE LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES LIBRARIAN
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. 

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LECTURES

  •    LEMANN INSTITUTE FOR BRAZILIAN STUDIES

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5th
1pm
101 International Studies Building

FABIO DURÃO, Professor Livre-Docente de Teoria Literaria da Unicamp and 2014 Lemann Distinguished Visitor

BISPO DO ROSARIO AND THE RUSE OF BRAZILIAN ART

In this presentation I would like to think about the role of the concept of art in Brazil in the case of Arthur Bispo do Rosário, who lived for 50 years at the Juliano Moreira Colony for insane people. The main idea is that simply assuming that Rosário was an artist generates all sorts of problems, whereas if his things are considered as objects in themselves a different concept of art emerges

Fabio Akcelrud Durão is professor of literary theory at the State University of Campinas.  He is the author of Modernism and Coherence (2008), Teoria (literária) americana (2011), and the forthcoming Fragmentos Reunidos (2015). Among his edited and coedited volumes, there are Modernism Group Dynamics: The Politics and Poetics of Friendship (2008) and Culture Industry Today (2010). He is Associate Editor of the journal Alea, and has published essays in such journals as Critique, Cultural Critique, Latin American Music Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Parallax. He has recently been elected president of ANPOLL, Brazil's National Association of Graduate Studies in Letters and Linguistics.


  •    THE CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES 


KATE WILLIAMS (library and Information Science) and ABDUL ALKALIMAT ( Afro-American Studies and Library and Information Science)

ROOTS AND FLOWERS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF AFRO-CUBAN LIBRARIAN MARTA TERRY GONZALEZ

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH
12PM
101 International Studies Building

This presentation explores the role of Afro-Cubans in Cuban history and culture (particularly in the 20th century) and librarianship in the context of the Cuban revolution. We examine these two related subjects by reviewing and reflecting on the origins and contributions of Afro-Cuban librarian Marta Terry González.  This is the subject of our book now in press, Roots and Flowers (Litwin Press).

Dr. Terry directed three centrally important Cuban libraries. Beginning in 1961 she was Che Guevara's librarian when he organized the National Planning Board (JUCEPLAN) that set the post-1958 course for Cuba’s development. From 1967-1987, she was library director at the Casa de Las Americas, the organization built and led by Haydée Santamaria that published and connected writers and their readers from across Latin America and set a model for combining liberation politics and innovative cultural production. From 1987-1997, she was director of the José Martí
National Library, managing through the collapse of the Soviet Union, then Cuba’s #1 trading partner and source of hard currency. A
participant in international library gatherings since the 1950s, Marta Terry was also the point person in establishing Cuba’s international library reputation and connections, bringing IFLA's annual meeting to Latin America for the first time in Havana in 1994. She was in turn the leading professional defending Cuba from a US-government-sponsored attack that followed under the guise of the so-called "independent libraries."


  •     LEMANN INSTITUTE FOR BRAZILIAN STUDIES

WORKSHOP ON INEQUALITY IN EDUCATION IN BRAZIL AND THE UNITED STATES

Alice B. Campbell Alumni Center, 601 S. Lincoln Avenue, Board Room, Second Floor
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7

Complete program : http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/lemann/inequality.aspx
Information on some of the panelists:
Mila Molina, Fundacão Lemann
“Inequality in K-12 Brazilian Schools”

Carlos Azzoni, University of Sao Paulo, Department of Economics
“Public vs private: issues involving the recent expansion of higher education in Brazil”

Walkyria Monte Mor, University of São Paulo
“Higher Education in Brazilian portraits: reframing concepts”

Eduardo Rios-Neto, CEDEPLAR-UFMG - Federal University of Minas Gerais
“ Demographic Projections of Educational Composition and Occupation Rate in Brazil until 2050”

Susan Gershenfeld is the Director of Illinois Promise Student Services
“Illinois Promise Program: An Overview with Research Results”
  •   CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

LUCY ELLIS LOUNGE, FLB
12pm

MARLEEN HABOUD, Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

LINGUISTIC VITALITY OF ECUADORIAN AMERINDIAN LANGUAGES. SOCIOLINGUISTIC INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES AND COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECTS TOWARDS LANGUAGE RECOGNITION AND REINFORCEMENT

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 (http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/endangered-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.
  •    CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14

LUCY ELLIS LOUNGE, FLB
1:30pm

GUIDO SANCHEZ, Adjunct Lecturer in Music, Franklin College, Director of Guitar Studies, World Music Franklin College Music Department Faculty
DE LA RAIZ A LA COPA: THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUITAR MUSIC IN LATIN AMERICA
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.

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OPPORTUNITIES

  • FIELD METHODS AND INTERNSHIP TRAINING SEMINAR- PERU
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: phammer@wayna.rcp.net.pe
For further program information: www.socialwellbeing.org
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: http://revista.drclas.harvard.edu/book/patsa-puqun 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.
  •      INDIGENOUS CUTURE STUDIES

SACRED VALLEY OF THE INCAS
 CUSCO-PERU

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.
www.apulaya.com

facebook.com/pages/Apulaya-Center-for-Andean-Culture/309255998267?ref=hl

  •       UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARS
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 http://www.grad.usf.edu/provostinitiative2015.php

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.

Eligibility
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. 

Application
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 (http://www.ods.usf.edu/Plans/Strategic/docs/USF-Strategic-Plan-2013-2018.pdf (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:  postdoc@usf.edu
Final application submission deadline is Friday December 5th, 2014.

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CONFERENCES/CALL FOR PAPERS
  •     II COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL “ COMUNICACION, PODER Y CULTURA EN AMERICA LATINA”

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

Description:
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: coloquio.cialc@gmail.com 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:
coloquio.cialc@gmail.com
  •       CILCA NEW ORLEANS: XXIII INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON CENTRAL AMERICAN LITERATURES AND CULTURES

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
Contact information:
http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/articles/detail/1568/Congreso-internacional-de-literatura-y-culturacentroamericanas-CILCA-XXIII
Dr. Maureen Shea, mshea@tulane.edu
Dr. Uriel Quesada, uquesada@loyno.edu

Additional information:
Keynote speakers are: Rodrigo Rey Rosa, Jacinta Escudos, and Nadia Reiman

  •       THE CITY IS OURS, THE BODY IS MINE: URBAN SPATIAL PRACTICES IN CONTEMPORARY LATIN AMERICA

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: citybodyconference@gmail.com
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 citybodyconference@gmail.com 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
  •       7th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EAST-WEST INTERCULTURAL RELATIONS: “ INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUES AND CROSSINGS AMONG THE EAST, THE AMERICAS, AND THE IBERIAN PENINSULA.”

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

Description:
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
lopezcalvo@msn.com

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

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

*Registration:

  • 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
SSHA
University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA. 95343
  •         BRANDING LATIN AMERICA

8-9th April, 2015
University of Cambridge

Description:
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:  BrandingLatinAmericaConference@gmail.com
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)

  •        AFRICAN AND BLACK DIASPORA: AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL 
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 afrobraziliancitizenship@gmail.com.

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 
                                           
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IN THE MARKET
  •     Latin American Literature- Villanova University

The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Villanova University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Latin American literature at the Rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2015.Specialization in Mexican and Caribbean Literatures of the 19th -21st Centuries. Deadline: Review of application start on November 1, 2014 and continues until the position is filled
Minimum Requirements: PhD in hand
Documents Required: Letter of interest, CV, writing sample, transcripts (unofficial copies), statements of teaching philosophy and research interests, and three letters of reference.
Contact Information: https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/romancelanglit.html
Additional Information:
Submit application materials electronically https://jobs.villanova.edu

  •        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 (apply.interfolio.com/26619) before November 20, 2014. For questions, please contact:
Contact Information: Dr. Ana Oskoz, Co-Chair, Digital Intercultural Communication in Spanish Search Committee (aoskoz@umbc.edu)
  •      Spanish, Mexican Literature Assistant Professor -California State University, Fresno

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures seeks applicants for a tenure-track, academic year position as an Assistant Professor of Spanish, Mexican Literature specialist. The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-division and graduate courses in Mexican literature and culture, with emphasis on the 20th and 21st centuries. All courses will be taught in Spanish. Courses may also include Advanced Conversation, Advanced Composition, Advanced Grammar, survey literature courses, Spanish-American literature, and literary theory, and the course load is four courses per semester. The candidate will also be expected to develop and enhance appropriate curricular offerings, supervise and assist student research, and maintain a productive research agenda, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, and other professional activities. Other faculty responsibilities include: serving on department, college, and university committees, engaging in community service and outreach, advising students, and interacting with faculty and students in related fields. Outcomes assessment and service learning are important components of the university curriculum. The successful candidate will be expected to work cooperatively with faculty and staff in the program, department, and college. California State University, Fresno is a Hispanic-serving institution.
Deadline: Review of applications will begin November 10, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.
Minimum Requirements: An earned doctorate (Ph.D.) in Spanish or a closely-related discipline (such as Comparative Literature, Hispanic Studies, Trans-Atlantic Studies, etc.) from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required; however, candidates nearing completion of the doctorate (ABD) may be considered. For continued employment in the tenure-track position the doctorate must be completed by 7/30/2016.
  •      Assistant/ Associate Professor (tenure-track) of Spanish Linguistics with a specialization in Second Language Acquisition- Miami University of Ohio

We seek an individual actively involved in research and publication with the vision and energy to maintain excellence in the Spanish Linguistics curriculum. Candidates with experience in Spanish Heritage Speakers or First Language Acquisition are especially welcome. Duties include teaching language and linguistics at both the BA and MA levels; maintaining an active research agenda; and contributing productively to the Department, College, and University. Deadline: Until position is filled
Minimum Requirements:
Specialization in Second Language Acquisition; native- or near-native fluency in Spanish and English. For appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, Ph.D. in hand by August 2015, and evidence of successful college-level teaching. To be appointed to the rank of associate professor, the successful candidate must have an established record of high quality teaching and scholarship/research with scholarly publications related to their specified areas.

Documents Required: Submit cover letter, vita and three letters of reference to Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/27392
Contact Information: adamskr@miamioh.edu
  •      Assistant Professor of Colonial Latin American History- University of Alabama
The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-level and graduate courses in the field of specialization as well as Latin American surveys. The candidate must have an active research agenda leading to publications and provide service to the University community and professional organizations.
Deadline: Review of Applications will begin November 15, 2014
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. must be in hand by time of appointment.
Preferred Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be expected to teach upper-level and graduate courses in the field of specialization as well as Latin American surveys. The Department and University emphasize excellence in teaching as well as scholarship.

Documents Required:
  1. Letter of Application
  2. C.V.
  3. Writing sample (article or chapter).
  4. Completed on-line application form, http://facultyjobs.ua.edu
  5. Three letters of recommendation sent directly to Dr. Steven Bunker, Chair, Colonial Latin American Search Committee, Department of History, University of Alabama, Box 870212, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0212.
Contact Information:
Dr. Steven Bunker, sbunker@ua.edu

  •   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.


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OUTREACH
  •        SPANISH STORY TIME PRESENTED BY CLACS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8th
We will present Cindy Trumbore's book:

PARROTS OVER PUERTO RICO

SATURDAY  November 8
2:30-3:30  pm
The Urbana Free Library



Honors for Parrots Over Puerto Rico:
2014 Robert F. Sibert Medal for Most Distinguished Informational Book for Children, American Library Association
2014 Américas Award, Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, for portayal of Latin America and the Caribbean
2013 Riverby Award, John Burroughs Association
2014 Orbis Pictus Honor Book, National Council of Teachers of English
Publishers Weekly Best 2013 Books, Children's Nonfiction
School Library Journal 2013 Best Books
Kirkus Best Children's Books of 2013
Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice
Book Links Lasting Connections title
IRA 2014 Teacher's Choices Reading List
2014 Best Books of the Year, Bank Street College of Education
Starred review, Publishers Weekly
Starred review, Kirkus Reviews
Starred review, School Library Journal
Starred review, Booklist
Starred review, The Horn Book

  •       WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
2:00PM
GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 2:00-3:30pm, in the Main Library's room 321, academic professionals, students and community members will gather to discuss gender-based violence in a global context. Please join us. Tea and cookies will be served.
"Chai Wai is Hindi for "tea or something like that" and is the name of our brand new event series at the International and Area Studies Library at UIUC. Chai Wai events give the campus community an opportunity for enlightened conversation on important global issues. The conversation will be informed and guided by a moderator and 4 experts or stakeholders in the issue at hand.

For our second event we will be focusing on gender-based violence in the global south, with an emphasis on South Asia. Panelists will include scholars and activists with expertise in South Asia, Ecuador and Kenya. We will also be serving Indian snacks and tea. This event is free and open to the  public.



          MOSTRA 2014 – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH


 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.
Posters are attached.

For more information on the MOSTRA, please visit www.brazilianfilmsinchicago.com


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Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Champaign, IL 61820
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