Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30- April 5, 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

  • ·         8-WEEK COURSE


The class begins March 16, and will meet 3 days per week on MWF, 12 pm-1:50 pm.
This is an exciting course that will challenge common stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about the Iberian powers. In the modern popular imagination, the Black Legend has never completely abated. Beginning in the sixteenth century, Northern European powers started a discourse that labeled Spain and Portugal as the cruelest, most intolerant empires that successfully stomped out religious and political dissent wherever they encountered it, thereby providing other European empires (including the English, the Dutch, and the French) with a discursive avenue to justify their own imperial endeavors around the world. Not only did they assert that Spain and Portugal were cruel and intolerant, but these same Northern Europeans contended that the Iberian powers were backward and non-progressive and that its people were lazy and non-productive.
This Black Legend discourse continues to today, and is rife in popular culture, popular histories, and in Northern European political discourse on Southern Europe. Indeed, one does not have to look further than films and books such as Harry Potter or Monty Python and the Holy Grail to find pop culture references to the Black Legend. Additionally, as the financial crisis continues to grip the European continent, Germans and Northern Europeans from the rich countries of the European Union continue to create a strong contrast between the “industrious” workers of Northern Europe and the “lazy,” “inefficient” ones from Southern Europe. This, of course, is employed to “other” Iberia vis-à-vis the rest of Europe, as well as to justify Northern Europe’s continued hegemony over the financially insecure nations of Southern Europe. Indeed, the Black Legend discourse continues to serve as a powerful tool used to subjugate and control.
In this course, students will not only learn to appreciate Spanish and Portuguese history in and of itself, but will also gain better insights into these above issues that continue to effect Spain and Portugal today. Students interested in such themes as the history of science, labor history, conquest and colonialism, women and gender, cultural history, political history, etc. will enjoy this class. 



4:00 p.m
215 Gregory Hall

Join us on March 30th for conversation and music ahead of Gilberto Gil's April 1 visit to campus. See the following link for more details:
Sponsored by the History Department. Contact Marc Hertzman ( for more information.  
Paulina L. Alberto, "When Rio Was Black: Soul Music, National Culture, and the Politics of Racial Comparison in 1970s Brazil" Hispanic American Historical Review 89 no: 1 (2009): 3-40.

Christopher Dunn, "Tropicália, Counterculture, and the Diasporic Imagination in Brazil."

Larry Rother, "Gilberto Gil Hears the Future, Some Rights Reserved" New York Times (March 11, 2007). 

Julian Dibbell, "We Pledge Allegiance to the Penguin" Wired November 2004 

A PDF of the Alberto and Dunn readings can be accessed at the Global Utopias Compass 2G Research Space. If you do not yet have access to the reading group research space, please contact Program Assistant Mark Sanchez at



Davenport Hall 109

Dr. ANDRES TRONCOSO (Professor of anthropology at the Universidad de Chile and is in residence at Illinois this year)  

This talk focuses on how rock art was engaged in the social construction of agrarian communities in North Central Chile between 1.000-1.450 AD, approaching rock art as a making process that interweaves social practices, landscapes and visual languages. The evaluation of spatial, technical and visual dynamics of petroglyphs in the area suggest that rock art production created public spaces which were frequently visited and enlarged, functioning as "plazas" that allowed the interaction among members of a community with low face-to-face interaction. The use of an Andean spatial ontology to understand the emplacement of rock art supports the previous idea. Also, the visual and technical attributes of petroglyphs build an idea of corporate groups, but marking a principal subject as a leader.



4pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge, First Floor of FLB

JENNIFER CABRELLI AMARO, University of Illinois at Chicago
The recent upturn in formal approaches to third language (L3) acquisition is due in great part to an increase in recognition of how this line of research can inform theories of multilingualism and language acquisition more generally. The primary focus has been on the phenomenon of selective transfer at the L3 initial stages and the mechanisms that drive the transfer of one system over another when the learner has multiple systems (i.e., the L1 and L2) available. However, progressive (L1/L2 à L3) transfer is just one of the phenomena that we can investigate to better understand the dynamic nature of multilingualism. Taking into consideration substantial evidence of the influence of an L2 on an L1, L3 regressive (L3 à L1/L2) transfer is also predicted to occur. Examination of the L3 influence on the L1 compared with the L2 can inform longstanding debates regarding the mental constitution of early-acquired versus late-acquired systems.

In this talk, I address L3 transfer as a bidirectional phenomenon via the investigation of L1 English/L2 Spanish and L1 Spanish/L2 English bilinguals acquiring L3 Brazilian Portuguese (BP). First, I present data in support of L3 initial stages transfer driven by structural similarity. Second, I compare the stability of L1 and L2 Spanish morphosyntactic and phonological representations at different levels of L3 BP proficiency, providing evidence that an adult-acquired Spanish system is more vulnerable to L3 influence than an early-acquired system.
Lecture Co-Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


YMCA, University of Illinois

The Latin Americanist historians at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are proud to announce the return of the Midwest Workshop on Latin American History. The Workshop will be held on April 3-4, 2015, at the University YMCA. Admission is free and open to the public. 

Graduate student and faculty panels will take place on Friday from 9 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 12:15 pm.

The Workshop will conclude at 1:30 pm on Saturday with a plenary panel entitled, “Law and Negotiation in Latin American History: New Connections.”

For a full schedule of events, please see the Workshop website at:

If you have any questions, please contact the Steering Committee at or Elizabeth Quick at

The Workshop is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies, and the Department of History. For the full list of co-sponsors, please see the Workshop website.


The University of Illinois will celebrate International Week April 6-12 on the Urbana-Champaign campus.
International Week at Illinois is comprised of a series of educational, cultural, and recreational events designed to foster interest in our global community. Coordinated by Illinois International and a cross-campus organizing committee, the goal of International Week is to raise awareness about the breadth of international education, activities, and resources at Illinois.
For a full schedule of events, visit the website at: 

  •         POETRY READING

The Fifth Inaugural Poet of the United States 
7:30 p.m. Ballroom, Alice Campbell Alumni Center (601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana)
Join us for an evening reading followed by a book signing.
Richard Blanco’s books will be available for purchase in the foyer outside the ballroom.
This event is free and open to the public. 

Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. He was born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, and the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his three collections of poetry: City of a Hundred Fires, Directions to The Beach of the Dead, and Looking for The Gulf Motel. His awards include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, and the Thom Gunn Award. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. A builder of cities as well as poems, Blanco holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and an M.F.A in Creative Writing. He is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and has received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has taught at Central Connecticut State University, Georgetown University, and American University. Blanco currently lives in Bethel, Maine. A memoir of his childhood in Miami, The Prince of Los Cocuyos, was recently published by Ecco/Harper Collins.
This event is co-sponsored by IPRH, the Chancellor's Inclusive Illinois Lecture Series, the College of Engineering, and the Creative Writing Program's Carr Reading Series.



101 International Studies Building



MOZAYIK is the story of Augustin Mona in his fight against the forced eviction of his tent camp in Port au Prince, Haiti, years after an earthquake devastated the country. A musician with dreadlocks down to his back, he navigates the maze of international organizations, government agencies and businesses trying to rebuild. But when Mozayik falls through the cracks, Mona discovers a promised land. It will either be a new beginning, or a return to the problems that continue to plague Haiti. The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites you to watch Mozayik, a documentary about the politics of international aid and reconstruction. The film is 31 minutes long. Discussion with the director, Jon Bougher, will follow.

JON BOUGHER is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, video journalist and educator. His films have been featured on CNN International, The Today Show and MSNBC, while his video journalism has appeared in The Guardian, and PRI’s The World. His films on Haiti received special screenings on Capitol Hill, while his short documentaries have been screened at film festivals around the world. He was recently based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.




The U.S. Department of Education has announced the 2015-16 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Program.  The Fulbright-Hays program supports doctoral students wanting to conduct dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. 

The program is open only to US citizens, nationals, and permanent residents.  Allowable projects are those that focus on one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia, the Near East, Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (excluding the United States and its territories).  Applicants may propose projects lasting from 6 to 12 consecutive months, and projects can start as early as October 1, 2015.

Students apply through the Graduate College, and the Graduate College’s deadline is April 21, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.

For details on the fellowship and the application process, see the Fulbright-Hays listing in our Fellowship Opportunities database.  

The Graduate College will hold an information session on the fellowship on Wednesday, March 4, 3:30-5:00, in 308 Coble Hall. Students considering applying are strongly encouraged to attend.  Students can register for the information session here.

Please alert eligible students in your unit to this opportunity.  If you have any questions about the fellowship or the information session, please let me know.   




Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for the position of Teaching Assistant for LAST 170 (Introduction to Latin American Studies) for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Appointments will be 50% and include a tuition and fee waiver and a salary that meets or exceeds the university guidelines. 

T.A. responsibilities include: attendance at two weekly lectures, teaching three weekly discussion sections, office hours, and collaboration in the preparation and grading of quizzes and exams, and other course related tasks as determined by the course Instructor.

Requirements: Applicants must be UIUC graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be teaching. They should also have previous teaching experience and a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Applicants should send the following material in ONE PDF to Angelina Cotler (
  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to

DEADLINE: Monday, April 27th
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies/Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies
Academic Year 2015-2016

The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites applications for the position of Research Assistant for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. Appointments will be 33% (13.2 hours/week) and include a tuition and fee waiver and a monthly salary of 1,713.18
The Research Assistant will provide research and other support for the activities of the staff of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Lemann Institute for Brazilians Studies.

Responsibilities include:

1.      Preparation of reports and support for publications.
  1. Generate databases.
  2. Research for outreach materials.
Applicants must be University of Illinois graduate students in good standing who will be registered during the semester(s) they will be working. They should also have a strong academic background in Latin America and the Caribbean, and computational skills to create flyers and brochures.

Applicants should send the following material:
  • Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
  • Current CV
  • Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
  • One letter of reference (can be sent directly to

Send all materials in ONE PDF to Angelina Cotler (

DEADLINE: Monday, May 4, 2015
  •         The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE)

The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE) is a nonpolitical, professional international association dedicated to the study of the Cuban economy in its broader political, social, and cultural context

The Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition

ASCE Student Award Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 Jorge Pérez-López Student Award Competition.  A panel of scholars will judge all submissions on the basis of relevance, originality, quality, contribution, and clarity of presentation. Papers should not be co-authored with an instructor or teaching assistant.  At a minimum, all papers must outline a thesis statement, present evidence or data supporting it, not exceed 5,000 words double-spaced length, and follow one of the standard academic writing and citations styles.  The 5,000-word limit for the essay will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.

Self-nominations are welcomed.  All correspondence must be accompanied by a letter stating the name, university affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address of the nominee, as well as a brief statement describing the merits of the nomination.  A condition of submission is that the paper will be considered for publication in Cuba in Transition at the discretion of the committee if it wins any prizes and whether or not the author is able to present it at ASCE’s meetings.  However, authors are free to submit revised copies of their papers elsewhere.  All submissions are expected to conform to ethical and publication guidelines published by the professional association of the author/s field of study.

Graduate Awards
*      First prize $600 & up to $600 for domestic travel or $800 for overseas travel.
*      Second prize $150 & up to $600 travel.

Undergraduate Awards
*       First prize $400 & up to $600 domestic travel or $800 for overseas travel.
*       Second prize $100 & up to $400 travel.

All participants receive a one year complimentary ASCE membership and may attend the annual meeting in Miami including the luncheon for free.  First and second prize winners will also receive an additional two years of complimentary ASCE membership.

Deadline: May 20, 2015

Submission and Information
Send MS Word or PDF via email to:
Dr. Enrique S. Pumar,
Chair Student Award Committee
Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy 

Sobre el Premio Manuel Chiriboga


El Premio Manuel Chiriboga es una iniciativa de Rimisp – Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural, que tiene el propósito de rendir un homenaje al destacado sociólogo ecuatoriano por su sobresaliente aporte al conocimiento y a la transformación de las sociedades rurales latinoamericanas.

Rimisp además reconoce a través de este premio las contribuciones de Manuel Chiriboga a nuestro propio desarrollo como organización comprometida con la promoción de cambios institucionales, económicos y sociales para hacer de América Latina una región próspera, justa y sostenible.

Concretamente, el objetivo del Premio Manuel Chiriboga es destacar tesis de Doctorado terminadas en cualquier disciplina de las ciencias sociales, cuyo tema se relacione con las transformaciones productivas, sociales e institucionales de las sociedades rurales de América Latina.

La tesis ganadora será premiada con la obtención del Diploma Premio Manuel Chiriboga otorgado por Rimisp; un reconocimiento monetario, su publicación electrónica por Rimisp y la posibilidad de participar en instancias de divulgación y socialización del contenido de la tesis.

Contacto y pie de imprenta


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  •          LECTURER IN MODERN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY - King's College London
Reference: THW/15/059639/224
Salary Details: Grade 6 or 7 £32,277 - £47,328
Allowances: London Allowance £2,323
Contract Type: Permanent
Contract Term: Full time

The Department of History seeks to appoint a Lecturer in Modern Latin American History, tenable from 1 September 2015. Applications are welcome from scholars with research expertise in any aspect of the history of Latin America since c. 1750. We would welcome applicants whose research interests incorporated wider global dimensions. Applications from candidates with the demonstrable ability to attract external grant funding, and/or to engage with public audiences, would be particularly welcome. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the delivery of teaching at all levels, including introductory undergraduate lectures in modern world history, upper-level undergraduate modules, MA modules and PhD supervision. S/he will also conduct and publish top-quality research in their area of specialism. The Department of History at King's is a large, top-ranking department, covering all broad areas of post-antique history, and with particular strength in modern world history. The successful candidate will play an important role in the further development of our teaching, research, public engagement and international reputation in this area.
All candidates should have research expertise in the history of modern Latin American history and an enthusiasm for teaching this subject at university level. They should have completed a PhD in this area by the date of appointment. They should be prepared to teach both specialist undergraduate and MA modules in their area of expertise, and to supervise PhD students.
The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 or 7 scale, currently £32,277 to £47,328, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.
To apply for this post you will need to register with the university’s recruitment system HireWire to download and submit the application form. Please note, should you wish to submit a CV or a short statement you will need to copy & paste these after the application form as part of the same document.

Closing date: 12 April 2015
Attachments: Job Pack (Word Document 346k)

If you have questions about this role, please contact: Dr Adam Sutcliffe, Tel: 020 7848 1775, Email:,
Application form: Download Application Form
Note: Only one document can be uploaded. If you wish to submit any additional information please include it within the application form.
  •       Assistant Professorship in Brazilian Studies (Literature, Culture, Media) -University of Zurich

The University of Zurich invites applications for an Assistant Professorship in Brazilian Studies (Literature, Culture, Media). The position is temporary for a three-year period, after which it may be renewed for another period of three years. Candidates should demonstrate a transmedial profile. Fields of expertise should include contemporary Brazilian text, image or sound cultures, including popular music and audiovisual media. The appointee will teach in the programs of Portuguese Language and Literature as well as in Ibero-Romance/Latin American Studies at the Seminar of Romance Studies. The position should be filled as soon as possible.
Deadline: May 8, 2015

Candidates should hold a PhD degree in literary, cultural, film or media studies and have an excellent record of academic achievements in the relevant field. Teaching will be in Portuguese, and native or near-native fluency in the language is compulsory. In the interest of increasing the number of women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply.

Applicants are requested to enclose a letter in German, English or French, in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, a description of courses they have taught, a description of completed research projects, and three representative publications. Applications should be mailed as a single PDF file to University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dean’s Office, Rämistrasse 69, CH-8001 Zurich,
For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Jens Andermann (
  •          LECTURER in Latin American Studies -University of Florida

Lecturer Position in Latin American Studies: The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida invites applications for a non-tenure-accruing Lecturer position in Latin American Studies to begin in August 2015. The successful candidate will contribute to a broad range of both introductory and upper division undergraduate courses in Latin American Studies. Some of the upper division courses may be cross-listed for graduate credit. Previous experience teaching undergraduate courses in Latin American Studies is required. We are particularly interested in applicants who can teach upper division courses in the areas of Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality, and Brazilian Studies, among other areas. We are also looking for applicants who have experience developing and teaching online courses. Depending on the successful candidate’s background and expertise, the assignment may also include undergraduate advising and programmatic support for the Center’s Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute. Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty and students in various departments and disciplines. Fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese is required. Candidates should have their Ph.D. in hand or near completion at the time of hiring. Deadline: April 3, 2015
Applications must be submitted on-line Applications must include the following: (1) a letter of interest (indicating teaching interests and philosophy); (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 April 3, 2015



Interethnic Relations: New Approaches to Old Debates

San Marcos, Texas, October 22-24, 2015

The Coordinating Committee of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America invites proposals for its second annual meeting, to be held at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, on October 22-24, 2015. While we encourage submissions on this year’s theme, Interethnic Relations: New Approaches to Old Debates, proposals on other topics in Colonial Latin America will also be given full consideration. We invite English- or Spanish-language proposals from domestic and international scholars at any career stage. Submissions should include an abstract (no longer than three hundred words) and an abbreviated CV (no longer than two pages). A selection of up to ten scholars will be invited to participate; the Seminar will cover their housing and meal expenses. Invited participants will introduce their respective pre-circulated works-in-progress (no longer than 8,000 words) to the Seminar, and serve as primary commentators for another participant’s work. Susan E. Ramirez, Penrose Chair of Latin American History at Texas Christian University, will serve as general discussant. Please send proposals to

To be considered, proposals must be received by April 30, 2015. Acceptance notifications will be circulated by May 30.

The Southwest Seminar is a collaborative effort among specialists from across the U.S. Southwest dedicated to stimulate innovative approaches to the study of Colonial Latin America. The Seminar’s annual meetings are conceived as a venue to exchange ideas and to promote collegiality and conviviality among colonial Latin Americanists of varied backgrounds and with diverse research interests. Collaborating institutions include Northern Arizona University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, the University of Arizona, University of California-San Diego, University of Texas-El Paso, and Utah Valley University. Additional information on the Southwest Seminar can be found at
The 2015 meeting will be held at Texas State University's main campus in the city of San Marcos on October 22-24. Located on the banks of the San Marcos River, at the heart of the scenic Texas Hill Country, San Marcos is a short drive to the cities of Austin and San Antonio. Participants will have opportunities for excursions to some of the many rich historical sites in the region, such as the San Antonio Missions (including the Alamo) and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin. For additional information on the 2015 meeting, contact the organizers, José Carlos de la Puente ( and Joaquín Rivaya-Martínez (

13, 14, 15 October 2015
Convention Palace, Miramar, Havana, Cuba

Stimulate the ideas and knowledgements exchange which from historic science provides the best understanding of the whole complex historic process of the Cuban Revolution.

Proposal deadline: June 30th 2015
Contact information:
Mrs. Belkis Quesada Gutiérrez E mail.

Mrs. Katia Iris Medina Reyes, Congress Professional Organization, Convention Palace, Havana, Cuba, Phone (537)2038958, Fax (537) 2028382; E mail ; http:/

Mrs. Isel Rodríguez, commerce specialist International Sells Department Convention Palace, Havana, Cuba email ; phone nr.(537) 208 4398.

Additional information:
Pre congress Inscription: $ 20.CUC; congress: delegates $ 200.00, No delegates: $80.00

The History Institute of Cuba calls historians, journalists, psychologist, advocate, economists, statements, professors, investigators and specialists in scientific technical information, to participate in the event

All who wants take part could present individual or collective works (no more than 3 authors) which no more than 15 pages (with annex and bibliographies included.) printed in one and a half space in letter sheets (8 ½ x 11 inch). The works must be send to History Institute of Cuba (HIC) hard copy and digital format Word Arial 12 or by compact e mail to before 2015 august 23 rd.

Also requesting persons must send before June 30 to Scientific Committee a single summary with 200 words maximum with the Title, authors full names, entity, country and e mail address.


July 8 to 10, 2015
University of Costa Rica, San José

The theme of the 34th CALACS Congress is Critical Pan-Americanisms: Solidarities, Resistances, Territories.

Pan-Americanism has a long and complicated history. As concepts, ideas, discourses, possibilities, and dreams, Pan-America and Pan-Americanism appear and vanish, are defined and re-defined, and are accepted and rejected by different actors in different historical moments...

Proposal deadline:
March 30, 2015

Contact information:

Additional information:
The 2015 Congress will be organized collaboratively between FLACSO, represented by the General Secretariat and its headquarters in Costa Rica, by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Costa Rica represented by Francisco Enríquez Solona, and by CALACS represented by Jessica Stites Mor

The 13th International Congress of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) will take place between March 31 and April 2, 2016 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA.The Congress program will include academic panels, invited speakers, plenary sessions, and cultural activities.
Guidelines for proposals:
1.    BRASA accepts two types of proposals:
a)    Individual papers, which in the case of acceptance, will be assigned by the program committee to a panel with similar topic.
b)    Complete panels, for which all participants are already included in the initial proposal. Besides the regular presenters, a panel may also include the following roles:
                       i.    Chair (required) – Someone who leads the panel and who is responsible for communicating with  Congress organization. The chair may or may not present a paper in the panel.
                      ii.    Moderator (optional) – Someone who will discuss the presentations by the end of the panel. The moderator should not be one of the presenters in the panel
Each panel will last for about 2 hours, and should include at least 30 minutes for discussion immediately following the presentations.
BRASA suggests panels to have four or five papers. Panels with fewer participants may have other individual papers added to it by the committee. Panels with 5 or more papers are suggested to be divided into multiple panels.
2. All  proposals must be submitted through the portal:
The Program Committee will not consider proposals submitted in any other format. Please check the step-by-step instructions for single paper and for panel submission.
3.  Each participant may submit only one proposal and present only one paper in the Congress. However, a participant can also serve as chair or moderator in different panels. 
4. Participants do not need to be BRASA members in order to submit a proposal; however, if their paper is accepted, they have to become a member and register for the event for attending the Congress.
To become a member of BRASA or to renew your membership, please visit
5. The Program Committee will give preference to complete panel proposals with participants from different universities and that have an interdisciplinary focus. 
6. The deadline for proposals is May 15, 2015.
7.  In case of questions, please contact BRASA secretariat at

October 15-17, 2015
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA
This conference is organizes by ERIP, the LASA section on Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University and theLatin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies journal (LACES). ERIP is committed to the promotion of research, teaching, and the exchange of ideas about the distinctive cultures, racial identities and relations, as well as concerns of subaltern ethnic groups in the region, particularly indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants. The conference provides an opportunity for convening an international and broad interdisciplinary forum for scholars to explore related social, economic, political, historical, and cultural issues.

"Communities, Circulations, Intersections" evokes the scope of the 2015 ERIP conference. Panel and paper proposals related to this motif, as well as to all topics related to the section’s mission and areas of interest in Latin American and Caribbean studies, are welcome and encouraged.

Proposal deadline: June 15, 2015
Contact information:
G. Antonio Espinoza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Latin American History
Department of History
Virginia Commonwealth University

Edward Abse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
School of World Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University
Additional information: Conference website:







  • Saturday May 2nd, 2015
  • 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Rosenwald Hall, Room 011, 1101 E. 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Organized by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Co-Sponsor: Center for International Studies, University of Chicago.

  • Offered to K-14 School Educators, Teachers and Librarians
  • Professional Development Teachers' Workshop provide up to 6 CPDU credit hours
How have cities shaped past and presents societies in Latin America? How can we study history, art, literature, memory, and economics through the way cities are built, appropriated, and transformed in time?
Intended primarily for high school and community college educators (but open to all interested parties), this workshop will incorporate perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and
architecture to explore cities, urban experience, and the built environment in Latin America. By approaching the city as “a living history textbook,” the workshop will discuss how Latin American
cities can be lenses through which we can better understand the region’s history, politics, and arts and provide examples of how this can be translated into classroom instruction. The workshop will also
explore how urban planning can change the way we approach urban problems such as inequality, violence, and poverty, and reflect on the challenges of creating cityscapes inspired by ideas of justice and tolerance.


If you have any questions, please contact
Alejandra s-Seufferheld, Outreach Coordinator
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
202 International Studies Building, 910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign, IL 61820
(217) 244-2790. Email:

Steven Schwartz, Outreach and Campus Program Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago
5848 S University Ave, Kelly Hall, Chicago, IL 60637
773.702.8963. Email:



Floods in Chile and landslides in Peru after heaviest rain in 80 years

Minister of Economy causes controversy by saying that Rousseff is not always effective

Venezuela recorta su envío de crudo a Petrocaribe y Cuba

Argentine Government suspends Citibank to operate in capital markets

Angelina Cotler, Ph.
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
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