Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28- October 4, 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

We are pleased to announce new comprehensive research guides for Peru ( and Bolivia ( For questions about these guides or Latin American and Caribbean Studies research at the Library, please contact Prof. Antonio Sotomayor at




Room 103, 1207 W. Oregon, Urbana

Dr. MARLA RAMIREZ, Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Associate


Family storytelling has been at the core of Mexican families for generations and banishment, or as generally known “repatriation,” stories have been passed down over nearly ninety years since the early 1920s banishments of U.S. citizens of Mexican descent. The repatriation records in the early 1900s accounted for over one million Mexicans; a startling sixty percent were U.S. citizen children. Trinidad Rodríguez became one of 600,000 U.S. citizen children unconstitutionally banished from her home country as a result of the repatriation efforts of the Great Depression. This paper focuses on the Rodríguez Molina family, participating oral history interviewees include the son, daughter-in-law, and grandson of a now deceased, Trinidad Rodríguez. My study found that many U.S. returnees and their descendants’ continued struggles to belong in their ancestor’s homeland represent a transgenerational illegality that has been nearly impossible to shake.



Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, El Colegio de Mexico


International Studies Building

My concern is about the new aspects of social inequalities in contemporary El Salvador,
especially considering the way they are modeled by everyday practices. Currently,
El Salvador is characterized by the primacy of neoliberal accumulation model, the rise of an
unprecedented democracy, a reconcentration of capital, the persistence of deep inequalities, increased
social violence and migration. In this context, a “globalized” Salvadoran middle class has emerged.
Studying this group allows us to learn new facets of the neoliberal capitalism in El Salvador, and to identify changes in everyday experiences on socioeconomic inequalities.
Two topics will be analyzed: a) the emergence of the “global” middle class in the Salvadoran
contemporary context, and b) everyday experience of violence in the “global” middle class and their coping strategies. 


In co-sponsor with the Lemann Institute of Brazilian Studies and the Jewish Studies


RAANAN REIN, the Elías Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University.
Member of Argentina's Academia Nacional de la Historia and former Co-President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA).


101 International Studies Building

While most historians would agree as to the centrality of sports in general and of soccer in particular in Latin American societies, very little has been written on ethnicity and sports in such immigrant societies as Argentina and Brazil. As far as the historiography of the Jewish experience in Latin America is concerned, hardly any scholarly works exist that are devoted to popular culture, particularly that of unaffiliated Jews.
My talk focuses on the history of the Club Atlético Atlanta, located in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo. Although populated by various ethnic groups, Villa Crespo has long been considered a Jewish neighborhood. Since the 1950s there has been a conspicuous Jewish presence among the fans, administrators and presidents of the Atlanta soccer club, to the extent that fans of rival teams often chant anti-Semitic slogans during matches.
I examines Argentine football as a space of both prejudice and dialogue. One of my arguments is that for the first immigrant generation, belonging to this club was a way of becoming Argentines. 
For the next generation, it was a way of maintaining ethnic Jewish identity, while for the third one it has become a family tradition.

Rein is the author and editor of more than thirty books and dozens of book chapters and articles in academic journals. His most recent books
include: Fútbol, Jews, and the Making of Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2014), In the Shadow of Perón: Juan Atilio Bramuglia and the Second Line of Argentina's Populist Movement (Stanford University Press, 2008), and Argentine Jews or Jewish Argentines? Essays on History, Ethnicity and Diaspora (Brill, 2010). He is co-editor of Muscling in on New Worlds: Jews, Sport, and the Making of the Americas (Brill, 2015), Rethinking Jewish-Latin Americans (University of New Mexico Press, 2008), as well as the journal Estudios Intersicipilnarios de América Latina y el Caribe (EIAL). The Argentine   government awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Liberator San Martin for his contribution to Argentine culture.

In the English-speaking world, Latin Americans are more often written about than read.  As a result, the educated public in the United States continues to learn most of what it does know about the region from Latin Americanists who are themselves foreigners to the national realities they study. Since October 1990, the UNC and Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies has undertaken an effort to address this imbalance by establishing an ongoing editorial series, “Latin America in Translation/En Traducción/Em Tradução.”
The Latin America in Translation Series is a joint initiative of the UNC and Duke Consortium, Duke University Press (DUP), and the University of North Carolina Press (UNCP) and is directed by an editorial committee of faculty members and editors from the three sponsoring institutions. Since 1993, more than 40 books have been published in the series with more forthcoming regularly.
The UNC-Duke Consortium is pleased to announce the 2015 Call for Proposals
Deadline of October 16, 2015.  Detailed nomination instructions, as well as a link to the new nomination form, can be found at:
To see the list of titles that have appeared in the Series up till now, please go to (for Duke) and (for UNC).
  •      Call For Papers: 2016 LAGO Graduate Conference | Latin American Graduate Organization
January 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2016
Tulane University’s Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO)

Tulane University’s Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO) invites paper and panel proposals for our 2016 Graduate Conference: “Liberalism and Its Discontents.” At the conference, we encourage participants to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on the subject of liberalism in the Americas. More specifically, we seek scholarly works that explore and critique the influence of Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment thought in Latin America and its Diaspora. Through this conversation, we seek to trouble notions of “discovery,” “progress,” “development,” and “democracy” and critically examine how these terms are used in the field of Latin American Studies. Papers from all disciplines that explore any historical or contemporary moment are welcomed. We invite submissions in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Paper topics may include but are not limited to:
·         Economic liberalism and free trade agreements
·         Censorship, surveillance, and borders
·         Contradictions of modern nation state formation
·         Colonialism, neocolonialism, and liberalism
·         Reform versus revolution
·         Liberalism and nationalism
·         Issues of sovereignty
·         Sameness versus difference
·         Institutions and their complicity in violence
·         Contested territory
·         Indigenous and African epistemologies
·         Art and resistance
·         Critiques of modernity
·         Decentralized movements
·         Identity formation & network culture in the digital age
·         Empire and environmental stewardship/conservation

Deadline for Abstract Submissions: November 2nd, 2015.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic and creative individual responsible for conveying the Center’s internal and external messages through an integrated communication strategy. Working with center administration, and faculty, the candidate will update and maintain communications materials using a variety of media channels to support the Center’s mission, raise awareness of Center programs and initiatives, and engage Center constituents.

Job Duties:

Revise and manage overall communications plan for the Center by strategizing how to effectively communicate Center information across multiple platforms.
-Systematically review communications plan to ensure the most recent technologies and approaches are being implemented
Revise and maintain Center website and content. Monitor analytics.
-Make improvements on website to be more user-friendly and navigable
-Regularly review webpages to ensure content is current and error free 
-Coordinate and enhance Center promotional materials including broadcast, print, online, electronic, and direct mail.
-Manage and monitor Center's social media accounts
-Write and distribute press releases on select Center initiatives
-Assist with annual reports, newsletters, and other Center publications
Work with Center administration, faculty, and other stakeholders to explore ways to increase Center visibility and increase engagement with our constituents while following UF branding regulations.
-Serve as liaison with UF media relations
-Collaborate with development officer to enhance relationships with alumni
-Work with faculty to enhance their social media skills to highlight their work

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills, experience working with diverse teams, media production (video)
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, or a related field. 2-3 years experience in this type of position. Strong research, writing and proofreading skills to ensure high quality and accuracy, project management, ability to work independently on multiple projects as well as working on a team.

To access the UF Careers page, please go to:

The Pennsylvania State University Department of History invites applications for a tenure-track position in the history of Modern Latin America (since 1800). The appointment will be made at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, depending upon qualifications, and will begin in August 2016. The successful applicant should be able to enhance the graduate concentration in Latin American history, demonstrate an active research agenda, be able to contribute immediately to both graduate and undergraduate teaching in the department, and be ready to participate in the Latin American Studies program. Candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand at date of application. Prospective candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that describes current and future research, and evidence of teaching effectiveness at Applications may also include up to three offprints or unpublished papers or chapters. Please request three letters of reference be sent to Search Committee, Modern Latin America, Department of History, The Pennsylvania State University, 108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2015, and continue until the position is filled. 

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
Minimum Requirements: Ph.D.
Preferred Qualifications: Enhance graduate concentration in Latin American history
Documents Required:
Letter of Application to include current and future research, current curriculum vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness. Also send three letters of reference
Contact Information:
Search Committee, Modern Latin America, Dept. of History, Penn State University, 108 Weaver Building, University Park, PA 16802
Additional Information:
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nine-month academic year, tenure-track appointment with 65% teaching, 25% research, 5% advising and 5% service
University of Wyoming - Global & Area Studies Program

The successful candidate will be a Latin Americanist teacher-scholar, with interests in interdisciplinary work in the Social Sciences. Responsibilities will include teaching core classes for the program, such as Introduction to Global Studies, important regional classes, such as Introduction to Latin American Studies, and upper division and Masters-level classes in the candidate’s area of specialty. A successful research program must be established by the time of tenure. Preference for a focus on Development and/or Environment and Natural Resources.

Deadline: November 12, 2015

Minimum Requirements: Candidates should have their Ph.D. in a relevant Social Science or international interdisciplinary degree program at the time of appointment, August 2016. Additionally, candidates should have a demonstrated Latin American focus, teaching experience, and experience with research publications and/or presentations.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference for a demonstrated focus on Development and/or Environment and Natural Resources.

Documents Required: Submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that describes current and future research, evidence of teaching effectiveness and the names and contact information of three references to the provided contact information.

Applications via email preferred, paper accepted. Review of applications begins November 13, 2015. Complete applications received at that point will be given priority.

Contact Information:
Dr. David A. Messenger
Director, Global & Area Studies Program
University of Wyoming
Dept. 4299, 1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Additional Information:
More information on the Global & Area Studies Program can be found here: 


  •       IPRH ANNUAL THEME 2016–17:“PUBLICS” 
Ideas about the public (for example, as a constituted body, as an abstract idea, as a spatial realm, as a collective “audience” of discourse or performance) are in constant flux, and in constant circulation. Who is “the public?” How is a public or are multiple publics defined, articulated, shaped, enacted? How is the public domain configured, and how has the meaning of public domain shifted according to the demands of the market and a range of other forces? Who belongs in public space, and whither the public sphere? What rights define public life in various places and times? How is public life defined in relationship to its opposite? How has the notion of the public changed over time? What constitutes acceptable forms of public life now and in the past? How are ideas about the public tied to various notions of citizenship and belonging, or exclusion and discrimination? How may changing modes of circulation shape the social space of discursive publics?  How are various forms of social media shifting ideas about what constitutes public life, and public performance? And who is the “public” we imagine when we consider the “public humanities?”

IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. We invite applications from faculty and graduate students that focus on any aspect of “Publics.” The theme also provides an opportunity for artists to consider the relevance of “Publics” in their creative practice. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work.
All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar. 

Complete fellowship application guidelines for 2016–17 can be found on the IPRH website (Faculty / Graduate Students). Applications must be submitted through an online application portal.  No paper or emailed applications or letters of recommendation will be accepted.
The submission links are as follows:

Applications are invited from full-time, tenured or tenure-track U of I Urbana campus faculty members, and advanced graduate students engaged in dissertation/thesis preparation. Please see complete fellowship application guidelines (Faculty / Graduate Students) for full eligibility requirements. 

Faculty Fellows receive release time for one semester in residence, and $2,000 in research funds to be transferred to the faculty member’s departmental research account. (The department will be compensated $12,000 for releasing the faculty member; in the case of faculty members with two or more percentage appointments, these funds will be distributed in accordance with the department that holds the course offering/s).
Graduate Student Fellows receive a $10,000 stipend and a tuition and fee waiver.

The online application must be completed and submitted no later than midnight on December 4, 2015. Referees must submit their letters of reference by midnight on December 6, 2015.  IPRH strongly recommends, however, that submissions be made prior to 4:30 p.m. on the day of the application deadline, as staff will not be available to assist with troubleshooting after close of business on December 4.
For more information about the IPRH Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowship program, please visit IPRH on the web at Questions about the fellowships may be directed to Nancy Castro at

  •     THE EDUCATION JUSTICE PROJECT (EJP)- APPLICATIONS                                                   
The Education Justice Project (EJP) is accepting applications for Spring 2016, until October 1. EJP offers upper-division courses and other academic programs to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security men’s prison about 35 miles east of campus. Among the programs we’re especially seeking members for this year are: writing tutors, anti-violence education program (CAVE) facilitators, and someone to coordinate our writing workshop program. More information is available on the EJP website at and at the upcoming information sessions.

We are currently accepting proposals for the IIP International Grants Program. Each year, Illinois International offers funding to sponsor international conferences on the Urbana-Champaign campus, as well as international research travel by Illinois faculty. Proposal details and requirements can be found online: International Conference Grants | International Research Travel Grants
We encourage you to forward this message to your colleagues or departments you think would be interested in pursuing these opportunities. Proposals should be submitted electronically at (travel) and (conference). The deadline for proposals is November 2, 2015. If you have questions, please contact Julie Misa, Executive Director for Administration and Management, at (217) 333-9192 or



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UN to Open Human Rights Office in Honduras"

"Wars" Nicolas Maduro and the possible defeat of Chavez in the legislative

Uncertainty dominates Argentina campaign a month before the elections

Deforestation in Peru: Building a dramatic future in the Amazon and the Andean Region


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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