- THE CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES AND THE LEMANN INSTITUTE FOR BRAZILIAN STUDIES 2014 NEWSLETTER IS HERE TO READ
- READ HERE THE NEW ISSUE OF CORREO DE LINGUISTICA ANDINA http://www.clacs.illinois.edu/quechua/documents/CorreodeLinguisticaAndina38.pdf
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- 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
- · 8-WEEK COURSE
HIST 362 "HISTORY OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL TO 1808”
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.
- HISTORY JOB TALK
Professor CLAUDIA BROSSEDER, Heidelberg University
MONDAY, MARCH 9
Room 223 Gregory Hall
“THE ANDEAN WORLD IN TRANSITION: ANDEAN RELIGIOUS SPECIALISTS, RITUALS, AND THE POWER OF HUACAS IN COLONIAL PERU”
- THE DEPARTMENT OF LATINA/LATINO PRESENTS:
"CONTEMPORAY ART IN A CHANGING CUBAN SYSTEM"
TUESDAY, MARCH 10
12-1:00pm (lunch provided)
La Casa Cultural Latina, 1203 W. Nevada
Eduin Perez Fraga, Cuban artist
Christn DePouw, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Through Fraga's paintings and collages, we will discuss the economic and political systems in Cuba and their impacts on the Cuban people. Fraga's art employs Cuban newspapers within the paintings in order to expose the contradictions and struggles of the average Cuban. Further, he does this with complexity and nuance so as to avoid the rigid polarization of viewpoints that are so typical in discussions of Cuba. Dr. DePouw will talk about the implications of recent changes in relations between the U.S. and Cuba, and how these changes can be read within the context of a long history of U.S. imperialism and anti-Communism in addition to a more current embrace of neoliberalism.
7:OOpm, Tuesday, March 10 @ La Casa Cultural Latina
EXHIBIT, RECEPTION & SALE OF FRAGA'S ART. ORIGINAL ART AND PRINTS WILL BE FOR SALE. THE EXHIBIT WILL BE UP FROM MARCH 10 TO APRIL 3.
For more on Fraga, visit www.eduinfraga.com
Co-sponsors: La Casa Cultural Latina and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies
- LEMANN STUDIES FR BRAZILIAN STUDIES
TUESDAY, MARCH 10
101 International Studies Building
IAN READ, Associate professor of Latin American Studies. Soka University of America
BRAZIL’S ERA OF EPIDEMICS: HOW DISEASE SHAPED A NATION
This book-length project argues that changing transportation technology and oceanic movements of goods and peoples inserted Brazilians into circuits of unfamiliar, epidemic diseases that had been previously confined to the North Atlantic.
Beginning in 1849 and lasting for five decades, public health worsened because of plagues, even though many endemic causes of death declined.
Not until more powerful state governments were created with the new Republic could Brazil's wealthier states begin to manage more effective public health programs and policies.
Brazil's "era of epidemics" and state's response to epidemic disease in during this period had a deeper influence than historians have realized and helped shape the more populated, urban, and regionally unequal country Brazil has become.
Ian Read (Ph.D, 2006, Stanford University) is Associate Professor of Latin American Studies at Soka University of America, where he has taught since 2008.
He is author of The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888 (Stanford University Press, 2012).
His research has been divided between two overlapping research areas, the history of slavery and the history of disease and medicine in Brazil.
The first area produced "Off the Block but in the Neighborhood: Local Slave Trading in São Paulo" (Slavery and Abolition, March 2012) and "Sickness and Recovery among the Enslaved and Free of Santos County Brazil, 1860-1880" (The Americas, June 2008). In the second area of research, he wrote "A Triumphant Decline? Tetanus among Slaves and Freeborn in Brazil" (História, Ciências, Saúde - Manguinho, December 2012)
and is at work on a book-long project exploring the causes and consequences of Brazil's "era of epidemics" (1849-1909).
- CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES
RETHINKING THE NARCO-STATE IN COLOMBIA
FORREST HYLTON AND LINA BRITTO, Department of History, Northwestern University
THURSDAY, MARCH 12
101 International Studies Building
Scholarly literature on the narcotics business and state formation in Colombia is largely social scientific, rather than historical. We argue for the need to situate both in the context of Cold War counterinsurgency: more than a narco-state, beginning in the late 1970s under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Julio César Turbay, Colombia became a counterinsurgent garrison state that was partially funded by the US. Ever since, militarized anti-narcotic interventions allowed the Colombian state, in alliance with the U.S., to extend its sovereignty to peripheral regions in order to exercise control over their populations and natural resources, frequently through alliance with rightwing paramilitary death squads. In response to the state’s narcotization and militarization of counter-insurgency, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the main insurgent group in Colombia, became more narcotized and more militarized as well. As the FARC threatened to convert its growing military and economic power into political power in the 1980s, counterinsurgent forces within the state helped organize rightwing paramilitary forces whose ties to the highest levels of the cocaine commodity circuit were much more intimate than those of the FARC. As U.S.-backed Plan Colombia went into effect in 2000, in alliance with the Colombian armed forces and intelligence services, narco-paramilitary mafias began to capture the state regionally and locally, a process that accelerated once Álvaro Uribe was elected on a counterinsurgent program in 2002, and abated only slightly once paramilitaries demobilized and top paramilitary commanders were extradited to the U.S. to face narcotics charges in 2008.
Forrest Hylton (Ph.D. New York University, 2010) is an historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, specifically republican Bolivia and colonial New Granada. He has lived and worked in Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia on and off for over a decade. His work focuses on indigenous sovereignty and politics in relation to markets and the formation of states and empires, as well as race and ethnicity. He is currently revising a manuscript entitled Reverberations of Insurgency: Indian Communities, the Federal War of 1899, and the Regeneration of Bolivia, and is working on another project tentatively entitled Atlantic Borderlands: Sovereignty, Empire, and Revolution in the Guajira and the Dairen, 1720-1831. He has received numerous prizes, awards, and fellowships.
With Sinclair Thomson, he is co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics, which has been translated into French, and the author of Evil Hour in Colombia, which has been translated into French and Portuguese. With Thomson, Sergio Serulnikov, and Félix Patzi, he is an editor of and contributor to Ya es otro tiempo el presente: Cuatro momentos de insurgencia indígena. He has taught at Harvard University and the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). At Northwestern, he will teach courses on U.S.-Latin American relations; literature, film and revolution in Latin America; the social and cultural history of tropical commodities; and Native Americans in the Age of Revolution.
Lina Britto (Ph.D. New York University, 2013) is an historian of modern Latin America and the Caribbean. Her work situates the emergence and consolidation of illegal drug smuggling networks in the Caribbean and Andean regions of Colombia, particularly marijuana, in the context of a growing articulation between the country and the United States during the Cold War. She was awarded grants from the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies and Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Charlotte Newcombe Foundation and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. She received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, and her dissertation won a Martin Diskin Dissertation Award honorable mention from the Latin American Studies Association in 2014. She has published in Revista Contemporánea—from the Grupo de Estudios Interdisciplinario del Pasado Reciente (GEIPAR)—, the Hispanic American Historical Review (spring 2015), North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and El Espectador (Colombia). She is preparing a book manuscript on Colombia’s marijuana boom in the 1970s based on extensive fieldwork and oral history in the Colombian Caribbean, as well as archival research in Colombia and the United States. Her courses at Northwestern focus on the hemispheric history of narcotrafficking, the war on drugs, popular music, and oral history.
- THE DEPARTMENT OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE
THURSDAY, MARCH 12
Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building
ANNE GARLAND MAHLER, Spanish and Portuguese, University of Arizona at Tucson
THE COLOR OF RESISTANCE: RACE AND EMPIRE FROM THE TRICONTINENTAL TO THE GLOBAL SOUTH
Co-Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
· 2015-16 FULBRIGHT-HAYS DOCTORAL DISSERTATION RESEARCH ABROAD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
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.
- TWO TEACHING ASSISTANT POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR AY 2015-16
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 (email@example.com)
- Cover letter stating your interest, qualifications and contact information
- Current CV
- Graduate Transcripts (non-official)
- One letter of reference (can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org)
DEADLINE: Monday, April 27th
- The Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE)
2015 GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PAPER AWARD COMPETITION
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.
First prize $600 & up to $600 for domestic travel or $800 for overseas travel.
Second prize $150 & up to $600 travel.
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
- IPRH PRIZES FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES, 2014–15
IPRH has recognized outstanding humanities research in numerous ways since its inception. The IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities allow us to celebrate excellence in humanities scholarship, and we are pleased to solicit submissions and nominations for the 2014–15 academic year. These prizes recognize outstanding humanities research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with awards given at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. The awards will be presented at a reception in early May of 2015.
Eligibility: The awards are open to all full-time Urbana campus students and tenured and tenure-track faculty.
Application deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.
Submission procedures: All submissions must be accompanied by a completed nomination form, which can be downloaded from the IPRH website. The submissions must contain NO references to the applicant’s name or other identifying details. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified from consideration.
Please email the submission and the nomination form as two separate attached pdf documents to email@example.com. Please note that scans of journals or book pages are not acceptable. Submissions should be in manuscript form, double-spaced, with all identifying details removed, and conform to the length limitations. For specific funding information and application guidelines for each application category, please consult the IPRH website.
Selection: The applications will be read by a selection committee comprised of members of the IPRH Advisory Committee, one or two invited members of the faculty, and the IPRH Director and Associate Director (both of whom serve on the committee in an ex officio capacity). Submissions will be judged in a blind review process; names and other identifying details must not be included in the essay itself. The essays will be evaluated on their scholarly merit, the intellectual rigor of the questions being posed, and the quality of the writing.
For a list of past winners visit the IPRH website.
Questions about these awards and the nomination procedures should be addressed to Nancy Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CONFERENCES/CALL FOR PAPERS
- BRASA- BRAZILIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION
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 www.regonline.com/BRASA15-16
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 email@example.com.
Call For Papers MLA Special Session: Echo/Ethno and Techno-Poetics in Luso-Brazilian Literature
Submission requirements: Abstracts, 350.
Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2015
Description: By considering sonic aspects of literary narratives with origins in performance or ethnography, this session engages literature through technological and social practices of listening.
Contact person information: Rebecca A. Lippman (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Marilia Librandi-Rocha (email@example.com)
4th CONFERENCE ON ETHNICITY, RACE, AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
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
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: erip.vcu.edu
IN THE MARKET
Visiting Professor, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University
Tulane University invites applications from mid-career scholars in Latin American Studies conducting interdisciplinary research in the Arts, Humanities, or Cultural Studies to spend one or two semesters as a Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies. One or two scholars-in-residence will be selected for appointment for AY2015-2016. We seek scholars studying the politics of Latin American contemporary theatre, performance, or media and/or gender and sexuality studies. The Greenleaf Scholar-in-Residence teaches one upper level seminar course (in English, Spanish, or Portuguese) per semester and pursues research while in residence on campus.
Associate Professor status and a distinguished record of publication.
Please submit a CV as well as a letter describing how residence at Tulane will aid in advancing your research. Also, please provide a title and brief description of a course (or courses) you would be interested in offering. Review of materials will begin on
March 15, 2015 but the position will remain open until filled.
To apply for this position, please visit Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/28472
CICLO DE CINE ARGENTINO/ ARGENTINEAN MOVIE SERIES
Presents: El ultimo Elvis/ The Last Elvis
FRIDAY, MARCH 13
Lucy Ellis Lounge
- SPANISH STORY TIME
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
Urbana Free Library
IN THE COMMUNITY
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS SPECIAL EVENT:
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- Executives Are Jailed in Chile Finance Scandal http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/08/world/americas/executives-are-jailed-in-chile-finance-scandal.html?ref=americas&_r=0
- Mexico’s Most Wanted Drug Lord Captured http://globalvoicesonline.org/2015/03/07/mexicos-most-wanted-drug-lord-captured/
- Peru to withdraw ambassador from Chile because of alleged military espionage http://en.mercopress.com/2015/03/09/peru-to-withdraw-ambassador-from-chile-because-of-alleged-military-espionage
- Unasur announces parliamentary elections in Venezuela for next September http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http://infolatam.com/&sl=es&tl=en&hl=&ie=UTF-8
- Nicaragua. El poder queda en familia http://internacional.elpais.com/internacional/2015/03/08/actualidad/1425841264_576914.html
- Colombia and FARC agree to clear minefields; 11.000 people killed in 15 years http://en.mercopress.com/2015/03/09/colombia-and-farc-agree-to-clear-minefields-11.000-people-killed-in-15-years
- Is Ecuador's Correa blurring the lines between religion and politics? http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2015/0305/Is-Ecuador-s-Correa-blurring-the-lines-between-religion-and-politics
- The United States and Brazil: On Reaping What You Sow https://nacla.org/news/2015/03/06/united-states-and-brazil-reaping-what-you-sow
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