Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January 20-26, 2015

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

HIST 205: Latin American History Through  Its Own Texts

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.

FR 199: Introduction to Haitian Creole and Culture
Introduction to Haitian Creole and Culture: This intensive course is addressed to students interested in speaking, writing and reading basic Haitian Creole to learn basic survival skills in the language and gain a better understanding of the Iand's unique language, history and culture. Taught in English and Haitian Creole.

In five centuries since the arrival of Portuguese colonizers, Brazil has emerged as one of the largest, most economically significant and socially diverse countries in the world.  This course conducts an in-depth reading of culture, society, politics and economic development.  We will survey the historical trends in Brazilian society, such as its role as a center of the slave trade in the Americas.  Brazil’s experience as an independent nation during the nineteenth century (it became the only monarchy in the Americas) offers a provocative point of comparison to the history of republican nationhood elsewhere in the continent.  We will also examine the challenges associated with late industrialization and state-sponsored development.  Brazilian society is a mirror of our own in unexpected and remarkable ways.  The questions of identity framed in this course -- race, class and gender -- form the map of exclusion and integration of societies throughout the Americas, including the United States.  By studying Brazil in its historical specificity we explore questions of identity, modernity and society which are widely relevant.



Prof. Tatiana Seijas, Miami University
“A Journey Across Frontiers: Tracing the Routes of Mexican History from Manila to Santa Fé”  
Friday, January 23, 3:30-5, 319 Gregory Hall

Prof. Tamara Walker, University of Pennsylvania
"Slavery's Complicated Intimacies: Gender, Dress, and the Body in Colonial Lima."
Monday, January 26, 3:30-5, 223 Gregory Hall

Prof. José Carlos de la Puente, Texas State University
Thursday, January 29, 3:30-5, 319 Gregory Hall



  • ANTH 399 / HIST 396 / SPAN 399
    Havana, Cuba
On-campus meetings: TBD
Program Dates Abroad: May 18 - June 12, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

 This course introduces you to major issues in Cuban history and culture as you experience these through field site visits, lectures from local Cuban experts, and cultural immersion in the everyday context of Havana, particularly through the use of photography and film.

The course’s objectives are to 1. Introduce you to general aspects of Cuba’s history, political economy and current socio-cultural dynamics 2. Learn about classic and contemporary artistic and everyday manifestations of Cuban culture including food, dance, music, religion and film and 3. Teach you basic concepts and skills in ethnography, film and photography to creatively and critically represent their experience and perspectives of Cuban culture over the course of their stay.

This course appeals those with an interest in the following areas: Cuba, history and anthropology of Latin America and the Caribbean, art history, music, critical race and ethnic studies, literature, film, filmmaking and photography, health, food studies and agriculture, political science and economics, among others.




FLAS Fellowships support graduate and undergraduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies.

FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Illinois National Resource Centers and are awarded competitively through an annual competition. Students from all departments and professional schools are encouraged to apply. Only U.S. citizens or residents.

For more information, please see the FLAS website at: http://www.flas.illinois.edu
Deadline: February 6th (Grad students should apply to their own departaments)
CLACS - FLAS fellowships may be used for the study of Quechua, or another Amerindian language, or Portuguese. Priority is given to the study of less commonly taught languages.
Under exceptional circumstances, advanced (or third-year) Spanish study may be allowed for graduate students.
Applicants are ineligible for support to study a language of which they are a native speaker.
Graduate students receive full tuition, mandatory fees, and a stipend of $15,000 during the academic year
Undergraduates receive $10,000 towards tuition and fees and a stipend of $5,000 during the academic year.

Summer awards cover full tuition for a summer language program as well as required Illinois fees and a $2,500 stipend.
Combined tuition and Illinois fees can’t exceed $5,000. In some cases, a travel award may also be made.

For more information contact Alejandra Seufferheld- amsseu@illinois.edu

Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America during the summer  of 2015?
The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers summer fellowships for graduate students (from any nationality) in any discipline who haven’t pass their prelims or qualifying exams yet
Information Meeting: Friday January 30 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building
Information and requirements about the fellowship: http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/academics/fellowships/tinker.aspx
Deadline: MONDAY February 23, 2015
Any questions contact Angelina Cotler, Associate Director. cotler@illinois.edu

The Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies offers fellowships to UIUC graduate students doing research about Brazil. For the academic year 2015-2016, fellowships will pay $18,000.00. The Lemann Graduate Fellows will have tuition and fee waivers from LAS units and participating professional schools. Applicants should check with their Departments and Schools to verify that their home units offer tuition waivers. The number of awards varies year to year and may depend on the strength of the applications received.

Deadline to apply: Tuesday February 24th, 2014

Any questions contact Elis Artz elisartz@illinois.edu
Thanks to the generous support of Professors Joseph Love (History-Emeritus) and Werner Baer (Economics), the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies announces the competition  for TWO fellowships to graduate students working in Latin America.
WHO CAN APPLY: Any graduate student who is enrolled in a Ph.D. program and is already ABD or has pass their prelims or qualifying exams , from any department, from any nationality.
REQUIREMENTS: Research for at least minimum 4 weeks either on summer or during the academic year.
REPORT: Students should report the donors within a month of their return from Latin America.  If the students are going to the field for the first time, they should participate in the Tinker workshop held in late October every year.
RESTRICTIONS: Grant money cannot be used for conference or course registration, or for intensive language workshops or field schools. The subject of investigation may be related to dissertation research
It is acceptable to use other grants in conjunction with this grant.

  • Submit 1 PDF electronically to Angelina Cotler (cotler@illinois.edu)
  • Write in the subject Line: Love & Kilby Fellowships  
  • Deadline:  MONDAY, MARCH 9TH, 2015


Deadline: February 16

Awards include $14,000 scholarship plus tuition and service fee waiver to support graduate students from any department with preference to students whose work will make practical contributions to improvement of women's lives and gender equity in the developing world. Smaller award also available. Details and application available at http://ips.illinois.edu/wggp/academics/funding.html

The LAS Global Studies program requests proposals for one-credit undergraduate seminars that introduce a problem or challenge confronting societies today and engage students in initial research and discussion on pathways to address the issue. The seminars should promote interdisciplinary thinking and a perspective that has global scope. Recent seminar topics include:  International Humanitarian Intervention; Understanding Global Water Issues; Microfinance and War on Poverty; Environmental Justice; Ethics & Debate of Immigration Reform; and Nuclear Weapons Proliferation.

The seminars assist Global Studies majors in defining their Thematic core area within their major and lay the foundation for senior capstone projects. The seminars also attract students of other majors who are interested in the topic. The seminars can offer instructors, including advanced graduate students, an innovative teaching experience within their area of specialization.

Candidates with current appointment with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in one of the following employment categories may submit proposals electronically to:
Tim Wedig,  twedig@illinois.edu by Monday, February 2, 2015.
·                     Tenured and tenure-track Faculty,
·                     Specialized Faculty (PhD preferred),
·                     Emeritus Faculty,
·                     Academic Professionals (Master’s required, PhD preferred)
·                     Advanced graduate students in good standing in a UIUC graduate program. Preference given to graduate students who have not taught GLBL 296 before, although exceptions may be considered by the Faculty Advisory Committee.

Qualified candidates who do not fall into any of the above categories may submit an application through HireTouch by Monday, February 2, 2015.

Proposals for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 terms are currently being accepted. Proposed seminars may be offered for a full term or during either a first or second 8-week period within a term.

Stipends to develop and teach a GLBL 296: Global Studies Foundation Seminar are $3500 for faculty and $3000 for graduate students. Faculty/instructors may explore the possibility of earning credit towards on- load teaching.

More Information on GS Seminars
For a listing of previous GS Foundation seminars, see:  http://www.globalstudies.illinois.edu/people/faculty/gsseminars/.  If you are interested in faculty feedback from recent 296 instructors, e-mail Tim Wedig, twedig@illinois.edu.

For more information on the Global Studies major requirements, see:  http://www.globalstudies.illinois.edu/academics/gsmajor/   Specific questions regarding these seminars and proposals may be directed to Tim Wedig, Associate Director of LAS Global Studies: twedig@illinois.edu.

Proposal Format and Due Date
Please use the following proposal format to prepare your submission, including the proposal form, a draft syllabus, and a cv/resume by Monday, February 2, 2015.
Proposals are reviewed by the LAS Global Studies Faculty Advisory Committee on the basis of course content, global relevance and perspective, and estimated student intere



20 March, 2015
Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London

Central America does not figure prominently in many conference programmes, but there are many scholars from different humanities and social science disciplines working on the region. This one- day workshop aims to bring together scholars of Central America to showcase their work and network with others working on the region. It is hoped that it will provide an overview of the research being conducted on Central America and identify emerging themes. We therefore invite established scholars and PhD students from any humanities and social discipline to submit papers. These will then be organised around themes that will best promote dialogue. Potential topics include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Violence, Memory and Human Rights
  • New Perspectives on the Conflicts of the 1980s
  • Central America’s International Relations
  • Social Movements and Social Justice
  • Geography and the Environment
  • Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Central America
  • Indigenous Cultures, Languages and Histories
  • History and Archaeology
  • Film, Literature and Visual Culture
  • Democracy and Governance
  • The ‘Pink Tide’ in Central America
Please send an abstract of about 200 words and a brief bio to Hilary Francis at:

Deadline: 30 January 2015

  • THE 2015 CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR THE STUDY OF ANDEAN LANGUAGES (Languages (Red Europea para el Estudio de las Lenguas Andinas, REELA)
6-7 September, Leiden University
The fourth REELA conference will be held at Leiden University on September 6 and 7, 2015, immediately following the conference of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE). Contributions relevant to any aspect of Andean languages and linguistics are welcome.

In addition to the general call for papers, this year's REELA conference will include a special session on linguistic relations between the Andes and Amazonia. The call for this session (Linguistic Relations across the Andean-Amazonian Divide) can be found in the attached file.

Participants will have 20-30 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentations in English, Spanish, or widely-spoken indigenous Andean languages are welcome. Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words to Nicholas Emlen at n.q.emlen@hum.leidenuniv.nl by February 15, 2015. Depending on the response to the call for papers, we may limit the number of presentations through a review process.

There is no funding available for travel and accommodation expenses, but we hope that holding the event in conjunction with the SLE conference will help offset the costs for many participants. Practical information will follow.

For more information about REELA, please visit:

April 17-18, 2015
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

The aim of this student-organized gathering is to develop an interdisciplinary network of scholars working in the growing field of Andean Studies, as well as to help foster a mentoring relationship between established and emerging scholars. The event aims to provide a space for scholars to share their research through paper presentations and roundtable discussions, and hopes to showcase the increasing number of scholars in the US conducting research in and about the Andes. By Andean studies, we want to refer to the whole Andean region, including rural and urban areas of Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia, as well as Argentina and Chile, and engaging in a wide distribution of topics.

In addition, the event also aims to connect scholarship with initiatives of indigenous language and culture advocates. In this spirit, a range of Quechua advocates will present on topics that explore the intersections of indigenous languages of the Andes and media and activism, language pedagogy, literature, and community organizing.

Papers from any theoretical perspective that examine any aspect of the Andes are welcomed, including but not restricted to: cultural studies, cultural policy, literature, indigenous studies, language planning and policy, bilingual education, decolonization, colonial studies, anthropology, sociology, cultural heritage, political science, linguistics, media studies, critical race theory, ethnomusicology, and history.

Please submit a paper title and 200-250 words abstract to prof. Américo Mendoza Mori at americo@sas.upenn.edu . Responses will be made available by February 15th to all who submitted.
Proposal deadline: January 25, 2015


  • Researcher and Administrative Manager
Andean Information Network, Cochabamba, Bolivia
The researcher & administrative manager is responsible for collaboratively researching, writing and editing updates and reports issued by AIN; completing accounting duties; maintaining the AIN website and social media pages; and assisting with periodic grant requests and reports.  Previous experience in Bolivia and basic knowledge of drug policy issues are a plus.  Near-fluency in Spanish is required.  This paid position has a minimum one-year commitment with one month paid vacation, and a competitive local salary.
JOB LOCATION: Cochabamba, Bolivia
START DATE: April 1, 2015
SUPERVISOR: Director, Kathryn Ledebur  
  • Assist director to research, write, and edit political analysis and updates
  • Dynamically maintain and update the AIN website, mailing lists, and social media pages
  • Assist director in writing grant proposals and reports
  • Assist director in implementing strategies to cultivate new and current donors
  • Administer budget and maintain financial records
  • Create financial reports for funders, taxes, and audits
  • Supervise administrative assistant (particularly in bookkeeping duties) and ensure the smooth operation of the office
  • Manage and oversee all office computer and communication systems
  • Other tasks assigned by the director
  • A commitment to human rights and socioeconomic justice
  • Some knowledge of recent political events in Bolivia
  • Some knowledge of drug policy issues, ideally in Latin America
  • Interest and ability to live in Bolivia and commit to working at AIN for a minimum of one year
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills
  • The ability to write collaboratively
  • Very strong Spanish skills, especially reading and speaking
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel and Outlook and the ability to quickly learn new programs.
  • Excellent organizational, administrative, and communication skills; willingness to help, follow-through and attention to detail
  • Flexibility and initiative; ability to work in a fast-paced office environment; analytical and problem solving skills
  • Quicken and website development experience preferred
  • Office management and budget experience preferred
  • Nonprofit accounting and grant management preferred
This job is a full-time salaried position with a competitive local salary, one month paid vacation, and health insurance.  AIN can also assist with visa costs.
    • Agreement to work exclusively at AIN during the year.  (This does not include volunteer work on unrelated topics after office hours.)
    • Agreement to not publish articles or other information independently or through other organizations or publications during the contract period.
Please email a resume, cover letter, and short writing samples in both Spanish and English to Jessica Robinson (jrobinson@ain-bolivia.org) by January 22, 2015 along with any questions you may have.
  • Lecturer in Latin American History- Smith College
The Department of History and the Program in Latin American and Latino/a Studies invite applications for a two-year, non-tenure track joint position as Lecturer in Latin American history. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible appointment with a five-course annual teaching load, beginning fall 2015.

Period, region, and specialization open. The successful candidate must be prepared to teach semester-long colonial and national history surveys that form the basis of the Latin American Studies major, but will also have the opportunity to teach more specialized courses related to her/his research interests. Ph.D. or ABD status required.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women's college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life.

Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/27981 with a letter of application, CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, 2 syllabi (one for either the colonial or national survey), a writing sample of approximately 40 pages (an article, dissertation chapter, or book chapter), and 3 confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2015.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: Review of applications will begin February 1, 2015
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. or ABD status required
Documents Required:
Letter of application, CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, 2 syllabi (one for either the colonial or national survey), a writing sample of approximately 40 pages (an article, dissertation chapter, or book chapter), and 3 confidential letters of recommendation
Contact Information: http://apply.interfolio.com/27981
  • Postdoctoral Lecturer, Center for Latin American Studies. University of Chicago
The University of Chicago Center for Latin American Studies invites applications for a postdoctoral position as a Lecturer in Latin American Studies to begin in Autumn 2015. The Latin American Studies Program includes an interdisciplinary M.A. Program in Latin American Studies serving students with research interests in social sciences and humanities, and a B.A. major in Latin American Studies that has a social sciences emphasis. Recent PhDs (within the past six years) in the humanities, social sciences, or area studies who deal with Latin American issues are encouraged to apply. Relevant disciplines include sociology, political science, anthropology, history, literature, and media studies. The successful candidate will teach an M.A. Proseminar (meets over two quarters), advise M.A. students, and will develop one graduate/undergraduate course and two undergraduate-only courses in their own specialty. This is a twelve-month appointment. The appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second year dependent upon performance review. The Lecturer in Latin American Studies is responsible for:
  • In collaboration with Latin American Studies faculty, teaching the M.A. Proseminar, a graduate-level academic seminar designed to give incoming Latin American Studies M.A. students a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches, principal research methods, and current trends in Latin American Studies and to help students develop the proposal for their master’s thesis.
  • Teaching one undergraduate/graduate course in the incumbent’s field of expertise.
  • Teaching two undergraduate-only courses in the incumbent's field of expertise.
  • General academic and career advising of M.A. students in Latin American Studies.
  • Directing individual B.A. Papers and M.A. theses, as needed.
Deadline: February 28, 2015
Minimum Requirements: All requirements toward the PhD degree must be completed by August 31, 2015. Teaching experience is required.
Preferred Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be able to give theoretical and methodological advice to master’s level students with a broad range of social science and humanities interests.
Documents Required: To apply for this position, please go to the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities website https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu and select requisition #02425. Applicants are required to upload the following materials – cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, dissertation abstract, reference contact information, and up to three writing samples/publications. Under separate cover, please have three letters of recommendation sent to the Center for Latin American Studies, 5848 South University Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637.
Contact Information: clas@uchicago.edu
Additional Information: To receive full consideration, all application materials must be received by February 28, 2015.


Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death sparks protests  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30895518

Cristina Fernandez adds yet another conspiracy chapter to Nisman's death  http://en.mercopress.com/2015/01/20/cristina-fernandez-adds-yet-another-conspiracy-chapter-to-nisman-s-death

Chilean President Bachelet embroiled in campaign finance scandal  http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/01/19/inenglish/1421683782_015984.html

US diplomats prepare for first high-level visit to Cuba in 35 years  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/19/us-diplomats-first-high-level-visit-cuba-35-years

In Brazil unrest resurfaces over bus fares, Olympic golf and police violence  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/19/brazil-rio-protests-bus-fares-olympic-golf-rousseff



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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