Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16-22, 2015

Are you interested in exploring a research project in Latin America during the summer  of 2016?
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 29 at 12pm in Room 200 International Studies Building
Information and requirements about the fellowship:

Deadline: MONDAY February 29, 2015
Any questions contact Angelina Cotler, Associate Director.

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399 / CHLH 494 / ENG 498 / GLBL 499
UP 494
T/Th | 11:00 AM-12:20 PM

This unique course brings together faculty from Engineering, Anthropology, Urban Planning, and Community Health for an interdisciplinary examination of considerations in undertaking international development projects and why development efforts succeed or fail. The focus will be on a specific case: an irrigation project in the highlands indigenous community of Lumbisi, Ecuador, which will be designed by Engineers Without Borders chapters at UIUC and Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador. Participants may participate in summer field research on site for additional credit.
Contact your department or for more information.


CI 590-BT (54375)
Professor Luz A. Murillo
Spring 2016, Mondays, 4:00-6:50 p.m.
This doctoral seminar approaches the study of transnational and im/migrant education from the lens of border theory in order to understand how immigrants use language and literacy in and beyond contexts of formal school and across political, geographic, and temporal boundaries. Borders between languages, modalities of literacy, and academic disciplines will also be considered. Readings include works by Gloria Anzaldúa, Walter Mignolo, Arturo Escobar, Maria Braidotti, Nestor García Canclini, Jan Blommaert, and others.
Students will develop a case study of a transnational/immigrant learner as means of applying border theories presented in the course. Doctoral students and advanced masters students from diverse language, cultural, and disciplinary backgrounds will enrich our collective learning of how transnationalism and migration are changing education and schools in the U.S. and around the world.

Prof. L. Elena Delgado. R: 2-4 pm, G-20 Foreign Languages Building.

In this course we will analyze the role that literature and the arts have played in Spain, from the consolidation of consensual democracy in the 1980s (the period of “democratic normalization”) to the recent  economic and social crisis that has shaken the regime of 1976. We will start by exploring theoretically some key issues that will be examined throughout the semester: the ideas of democratic consensus and dissent; the relationship between aesthetics and politics; the impact of cultural policies on cultural production; the role that artistic practices can play in advancing projects of social justice and radical democracy. Along those lines, we will read works by J. Rancière, Habermas, C. Mouffe, R. Esposito, Laval and Dardot, Martin-Barbero, S. Federici, among others. The course will then focus on the type of national imaginary constructed in canonical works of the democratic period, as well as on recent alternative, often collaborative, cultural practices whose goal is also a different conceptualization of “the common”, unrelated to a specific patrimony or national brand. While the course will be focused on Spanish cultural production, its broader implications lead to a type of inquiry that is trans-national and interdisciplinary (final papers can be adapted to a number of fields and interests).The class will be taught in Spanish.

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate and graduate study in modern foreign languages in combination with area studies, international studies, or international or area aspects of professional studies. The following languages, classified by Center, are approved by the U.S. Department of Education for FLAS fellowships at Illinois. Undergraduate fellowships are only available for intermediate to advanced study of less commonly taught languages, which are defined as modern languages other than Spanish, German or French.
For more details on how to apply visit the FLAS website for UIUC:

Any Questions contact Alejandra Seufferheld

If a language is offered by more than one center, students can apply to all Centers that offer the language. For example, Portuguese is offered by EUC and CGS. If you are applying to study Portuguese you can apply to two centers at the same time. You do not need to submit separate on-line application forms (please simply check all the centers to which you apply on the form) but need to submit a complete set of supporting documents for each center to which you are applying.

Information Sessions
Thursday, December 3
Friday, December 4


  • School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

 Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP) Winter 2016: January 4 - 15, 2016

The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics is offering a unique learning opportunity in the form of the Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program (IFLIP). IFLIP provides language instruction for three hours each day for a two-week period. Classes are taught by advanced graduate students or faculty at the U. of I.

IFLIP classes are open to U. of I. students, faculty, and staff; retirees; and to the general public. No academic credit is given for IFLIP instruction. The cost for U. of I. students is $100; for U. of I. faculty, staff, and retirees, $125; and for the public, $150. Payments must be made at the time of online registration. Courses focus on conversational and language survival skills, and travel preparation.

There will be no refunds after the first day of class, Monday, January 4. Registration by Monday, December 14 2015, is strongly encouraged. Course offerings with fewer than 10 participants as of that date are subject to cancellation.

Registration fees will be refunded in full for classes cancelled due to limited enrollment. Cancellations after December 18 2015, will be assessed a $25 fee.

9:00 am—12:00 pm  Elementary Portuguese
5:00 pm—8:00 pm  Intermediate Portuguese
For online registration and payment, please visit:

GILBERTO HOCHMAN, Professor of the History of Science, Medicine and Public Health at the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz/FIOCRUZ


101 International Studies Building

The presentation will explore the trajectory of a group of physicians and scientists affiliated both to the field of medical parasitology and to the Brazilian Communist Party (PCB) during the Brazilian democratic experience of 1945-64, deeply marked by the Cold War. In particular, it will address the group’s agenda for medical science and public health based on a unique combination of parasitology and socialism that was forged under the leadership of Samuel Barnsley Pessoa (1898-1976), Professor of the School of Medicine, University of São Paulo. An internationalist and communist militant, Samuel Pessoa had formed a generation of scientists and physicians highly recognized (and many times persecuted) in Brazil and abroad. Pessoa and his group were prioritized targets of the first wave of persecutions, imprisonments and suspension of political rights following the 1964 military coup. The trajectory of this group is an important and less known chapter of the Brazilian public health and science in the context of the developmentalism, democracy and the Cold War.

Gilberto Hochman is Researcher and Professor at the History of Sciences and Health Unit of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Rio de Janeiro, and holds a PhD in Political Science. His areas of research and teaching are Social Policies in historical perspective; Global Health, History of Public Health; Health and disease and poverty in the Brazilian Social and Political Ideas. Gilberto Hochman had published articles, chapters and edited volumes on these themes, the most recent of which is “Médicos Intérpretes do Brasil” (Hucitec Editora, 2015).  His ongoing research is on international programs and social policies in Brazil and on the relations between health, democracy and development (1945-64). His forthcoming book “State, Nation and Public Health in Brazil (1889-1930)” will be published by the Illinois University Press.

Llamado a presentar trabajos

Les invitamos a someter trabajos para el primer número de la revista electrónica Investigación Cualitativa (e-ISSN en trámite), publicación del Grupo de Interés Especial (SIG) de Investigación Cualitativa en Español y Portugués de la Asociación Internacional de Investigación Cualitativa (IAQI). La revista Investigación Cualitativa ha sido creada como un espacio pluralista, crítico y democrático que promueve, en nuestros idiomas, la reflexión sobre metodologías cualitativas y la apertura a la diversidad de acercamientos de investigación cualitativa que circulan actualmente en nuestros países en el mundo. Investigación Cualitativa se interesa especialmente en manuscritos que incluyan propuestas metodológicas críticas y experimentales orientadas a la justicia social y a la descolonización disciplinaria. Investigación Cualitativa recibe artículos centrados en aspectos metodológicos y no investigaciones temáticas.
La fecha última para recibir artículos es el 30 de noviembre del 2015. Los trabajos deberán ser enviados al correo electrónico de la revista:, siguiendo las normas que se especifican en el siguiente apartado. La notificación de aceptación para revisión se realizará durante el mes de diciembre de 2015. A más tardar el 15 de febrero del 2016 se notificará si fue o no aceptado. La publicación de este número, será en el mes de abril del 2016.

Información para la preparación de las contribuciones
La Revista Investigación Cualitativa acepta el envío para publicación de manuscritos escritos en español y portugués y que no hayan sido publicados anteriormente en otra revista. Los manuscritos son sometidos a revisión ciega de pares expertos en los distintos enfoques metodológicos de investigación cualitativa. Los pares revisores pueden recomendar su aceptación, su aceptación condicional a cambios propuestos por los pares revisores, o rechazarlos. En cada caso los autores recibirán los comentarios realizados por los revisores, junto con la notificación por parte de los editores, de aceptación, aceptación condicional o rechazo de su manuscrito.

Los manuscritos presentados a la Revista de Investigación Cualitativa deben ajustarse a los siguientes aspectos formales para ser considerados para revisión:

1.      Los manuscritos deben estar escritos en Word office.
2.      Los manuscritos deben estar escritos en letra New Time Roman, tamaño 12, a espacio simple, con márgenes regulares, con texto justificado y en tamaño en página tamaño carta.
3.      El título y subtítulos debe estar centrado, en negritas, y con las palabras principales en mayúscula. Los apartados al interior de los subtítulos deben estar justificados a la izquierda, en negritas y cursiva

4.      Debajo de cada título, subtitulo, y párrafo debe dejarse un espacio antes del texto que le sigue.
5.      Los manuscritos deben ajustarse en sus citas y referencias a las normas APA (Sexta edición).
6.      Debe tener presente que al someter un artículo para su publicación deber contar con los derechos para reproducir cualquier material que sea propiedad de terceros, sean figuras, dibujos, fotografías, música. Esto incluye los materiales publicados en Internet.
7.      En caso de requerirlo, use notas a pie de página y no al final. Solo se utilizarán las notas, para comentar o explicar algún concepto o idea. No para realizar citaciones textuales o contextuales.
8.      Los manuscritos deben seguir la siguiente estructura:
a.       Primera página:
i.       Título en español, portugués e inglés.
ii.       Nombres de él, la, los o las autores o autoras.
iii.       Grado y afiliación institucional de él, la, los o las autores o autoras.
iv.       Dirección postal y electrónica de él, la, los o las autores o autoras.
v.      Breve nota biográfica de él, la, los o las autores o autoras
b.      Segunda página:
i.       Resumen, con una extensión entre 100 y 150 palabras, estar escrito en español, portugués e inglés. Iniciando con el idioma original del trabajo y finalizando en inglés.
ii.       Cada resumen debe ser seguido de 3 a 5 palabras que deberán colocarse inmediatamente después del resumen en la versión del idioma correspondiente.
c.       El texto principal puede variar en estructura debido a la variedad de formas de escritura que hoy en día incorpora la investigación cualitativa. Con todo se recomienda la siguiente estructura: Introducción, texto principal, conclusión.
d.      Las referencias deben ser incluidas al final del artículo.

Cualquier  consulta  en  relación  con  la  revista  Investigación  Cualitativa  deberá dirigirse a nuestro correo electrónico ( )

October 13-15, 2016
Ohio State University

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 29, 2016
The Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America (ILCLA), organized in conjunction to the third Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STLILLA 2016) brings together instructors, practitioners, activists, indigenous leaders, scholars and learners who study indigenous languages and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.
This international symposium engages participants in a hemispheric dialogue and also serves as a permanent forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and research on methodological, theoretical, pedagogical, and practical issues from inter and trans-disciplinary perspectives. This forum will enable professionals from around the world to interact with leading experts in the fields of education, language policy and planning, linguistics, cultural studies, ethnomusicology, anthropology, informatics, and other disciplines. Through different venues such as keynotes presentations, panels, round tables, interactive workshops, poster sessions, and technological tool showcases, this symposium will contribute to the teaching and learning, dissemination and preservation, study and advancement of indigenous languages and cultures of the region. A peer-reviewed selection of the symposium proceedings will be published in alter/nativas, journal of latin american cultural studies.
Confirmed keynote speakers include Luis Cárcamo-Huechante (UT, Austin), and Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino (PUCP, Perú).

March 30- April 1, 2016
Caceres (Extremadura, Spain)

Conference devoted to the study of all aspects of Central American Literature; dialog between scholars and writers
Proposal deadline: January 31, 2016
Contact information: Jorge Roman-Lagunas (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Purdue University Calumet)

Phone Number 219 989 2379; e-mail:

28 - 29 April 2016
UCL Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H OPN
The UCL Americas Research Network invites graduate students and early career researchers working on any aspect of the Americas to participate in our 2nd International Conference: ‘Ideas & Transformations in the Americas,’ featuring keynote speeches by Prof Maxine Molyneux (UCL Institute of the Americas) and Prof Diane Negra (University College Dublin). With important elections coming up across the region in 2015-16 it is essential to pause and consider how ideas can transform the political, economic, social and cultural landscape across the Americas. We welcome papers from international researchers working across the humanities, the social sciences and beyond in order to create a dynamic, interdisciplinary conference that will showcase the depth and quality of emerging research on the Americas.
Proposal deadline: 14 December 2015


  •       ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ANTHROPOLOGY- Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

The Department of Anthropology of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the ICIIS Center invites applications for an appointment as Assistant Professor (junior lecturer) level in Socio-cultural anthropology to begin August 2016 at most. Preferred area of study: economy, ethnicity and globalization. Duration of the post is three years subject to renewal. 

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Social-Cultural anthropology (awarded after 2007). We particularly seek candidates with potential to maintain a successful record of publications, commitment to ethnographic research, skills for teamwork, organizational abilities to carry out administrative and outreach activities and sense of initiative. Dedication and ability to teach undergraduate courses is required (3 courses per year in a semester system; one course in Economic Anthropology, one in Political Anthropology). 

The successful candidate will undertake the management of research projects and will participate in the consolidation of the undergraduate program, which began in March 2013. Fluency in Spanish and English is required. Salary is between US$33000 – US$35000 per annum (tax free in local currency). The appointment begins on August 2016 at the latest. Application deadline is January the 30th, 2016 to ensure full consideration. Short-listed candidates will be asked to submit a sample of their work and will be interviewed. The Department of Anthropology and ICIIS Center will be in charge of the selection process, which will conclude by March the 30th 2016.
Deadline: January the 30th, 2016
Minimum Requirements: PhD in Social or Cultural anthropology awarded after 2007.
Documents Required: Please send (1) CV, (2) personal statement on teaching and research interests (maximum 2000 words) and (3) two reference letters
Contact Information: Send application via email to Catalina Ortúzar: with the following subject “PA001”.

Latin American and Iberian Studies Department 
University of Massachusetts Boston 

The Department of Latin American and Iberian Studies, an innovative and multidisciplinary unit that combines Humanities and Social Sciences, is dedicated to research and teaching that explore the historical, social and cultural diversity of the local, international and transnational communities of the Ibero-American world. We seek a full-time Assistant Professor, to begin September 1, 2016. 

Qualifications include a PhD with specialization in Luso-Hispanic Studies with an Atlantic Studies approach to Colonial Studies (awarded no later than August 2016), and native or near native command of Portuguese, Spanish and English. 

Area of research open, but preference will be given to candidates who show a multidisciplinary approach and an innovative interest in Atlantic/Colonial Studies and the histories, societies and cultures of Brazil, the Iberian Peninsula, Africa and the Americas. Of special interest are the areas of History of Ideas, Cultural Studies and Language pedagogy (Portuguese). 

The University of Massachusetts at Boston is a Carnegie ranked Research-Intensive institution. This position requires a solid commitment to developing a strong, innovative and successful research and publication program at the national and international levels. 

The successful candidate will teach and develop our undergraduate curriculum in Luso-Hispanic Studies and Atlantic Studies in English, Spanish and Portuguese language courses, and must be able to contribute immediately to developing a new minor in Lusophone Studies. The candidate will also be expected to help enhance the visibility internally and externally of the Center for Portuguese Languages–Instituto Camões. 

To apply, send a cover letter, a current CV, official graduate transcripts, sample syllabi of relevance to this position, brief statements about scholarship and teaching and contact information for three letters of recommendation online: 

The University of Massachusetts Boston provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information. In addition to federal law requirements, the University of Massachusetts Boston complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the University operates. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.
Deadline: Dec. 8, 2015
Contact Information:
Apply Here:

The Department of World Languages at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Portuguese, to begin August 2016. The department seeks a specialist in Brazilian literature and culture, to establish a language program in Brazilian Portuguese, and to contribute to dynamic and successful programs in African and African American Studies and Latin American and Latino Studies. Candidates with research and teaching interest in Afro-Brazilian literature and culture, and experience in the development and/or supervision of a Portuguese-language program, are encouraged to apply.

Completed applications received by November 30, 2015 will receive full consideration. Late materials will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position. A first round of Skype interviews will be arranged for mid-January, with campus interviews to follow.

Position requires a Ph.D. in Portuguese or closely related field by 15 August 2016. Successful candidates must demonstrate excellence in teaching and research, with the ability to teach language, literature, and culture at all undergraduate and graduate levels, and also the interpersonal skills and collegiality necessary to build and strengthen our programs. Native or near-native fluency in Portuguese and English is required.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief statement on teaching philosophy and research program, three current job-related letters of reference, and transcripts to For references, candidates will be required to provide either Interfolio document email addresses or individual contact information during the application process, and candidates are responsible for making certain that letters are received.
Contact Information: Steven Bell. Chair, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Arkansas (
The Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Virginia invites applications for a position in Latin American Studies, at the assistant professor (tenure-track) or associate professor (tenured) level. Anticipated start date is August 25, 2016. Applicants must have an excellent record of interdisciplinary research and teaching, with specializations in race, ethnicity, and/or migration in the Americas. This position is part of the Global South Initiative at the University of Virginia, a major interdisciplinary humanities initiative sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  The Global South Initiative is dedicated to innovative research and teaching of border zones and cultural histories of race, empire, and diaspora in the interconnected regions of Africa, Asia, and the Americas.  We are especially interested in scholars of literature and/or culture who conceive the field of Latin American Studies within a Global South framework and in critical dialogue with other transnational fields, including Native/indigenous studies, migration studies, American studies, Asian Pacific studies, African diaspora studies, and studies of ethnicity, race and racialization. The successful candidate will be appointed for the first two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of the Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures, an appointment that will provide one course release per year.

Applicants at the assistant professor rank must be on track to receive a Ph.D. in a relevant field by May 2016 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment. Candidates applying at the rank of assistant professor should provide one journal article and one chapter from a book or dissertation. 

Applicants at the associate professor rank must hold a Ph.D. at the time of application and must have a strong publication and teaching record. Candidates applying at the rank of associate professor should provide two journal articles and one chapter from a book.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVa (, search on 0617532 and attach the following: curriculum vitae, cover letter describing scholarly accomplishments and teaching experience, 1-2 pp. teaching statement, and a representative sample of course evaluations (attach to Other 1). Applicants applying at the assistant professor rank needs to attach 1 journal article and 1 chapter from a book or dissertation (attach to Writing Sample 1 and Writing Sample 2). Applicants applying to the associate professor rank need to attach 2 recent articles (attach to Writing Sample 1 and Writing Sample 2), and 1 book chapter (attach to Other 2).

Under separate cover by mail or email, please arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to:

Gustavo Pellón, Chair of the Search Committee,
Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
P.O. Box 400777, 
Charlottesville, VA 22904

Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 1, 2015 in selecting candidates for preliminary interviews at the MLA Convention in Austin, TX, Jan. 7-10, 2016 or by Skype for selected candidates not attending the MLA. We will notify by Dec. 20, 2015 those applicants the committee has selected to submit additional materials for review. Review of applications will begin on Dec. 1, 2015. The search will remain open until filled.

Questions about applying in Jobs@UVa should be directed to Tally Sanford,

The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida invites applications and nominations of social scientists for a position in Latin American Studies at the rank of Professor or Associate Professor, to begin in August 2016. We seek candidates whose work engages the Caribbean (Cuba is of particular interest), and who will advance the Center’s commitment to cross-disciplinary collaborations among faculty and students, and to transdisciplinary partnerships that extend beyond the academy. Applicants should demonstrate an international scholarly reputation, a record of rigorous field research, sustained external grant/fellowship funding, excellence in teaching, and capacity for mentoring graduate student research across a broad range of topics. We welcome candidates with innovative approaches to research and to undergraduate and graduate teaching, and those with enthusiasm for building programs, including one or more of the Center’s interdisciplinary research and training initiatives. The successful candidate will hold a full-time appointment in the Center and will report to the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, with tenure in a relevant disciplinary department.
The UF Center for Latin American Studies is the oldest and one of the largest Latin American Studies programs in the United States. The Latin American program was formed in the 1930s and renamed the Center for Latin American Studies in 1963. It was among the first institutions in the country to be designated a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and to receive assistance through fellowships and the USDE’s Title VI program. Today, the Center is ranked among the best in the world, and UF libraries host a world-class collection of Latin American and Caribbean materials. Students can choose from among 350 Latin American and Caribbean area and language courses routinely offered by 50 departments at UF. 
The Center offers a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies (MALAS), a Masters of Arts in Sustainable Development Practice (MDP), graduate and undergraduate certificates, an undergraduate minor, and a joint law degree. The Center is linked to departments with strong PhD programs including those where the faculty member for this position will have tenure. More information about the Center can be found at:
Applicants should apply through the University of Florida’s on-line applicant tracking system at: and submit: a letter of interest (indicating research and teaching interests), curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. Review of applications will begin December 15, 2015, and continue until an applicant pool has been established.
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, women and those from other underserved groups are encouraged to apply. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records laws. Search Committee meetings and interviews will be open to the public; and all applications, CV’s and other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a review of criminal records, reference checks, and verification of education.

The position will include teaching responsibilities in both lower division and upper division courses, as well as opportunities to teach in the Spanish M.A. program. Experience with and commitment to teaching heritage language learners and the ability to teach language, literature and culture, as needed. See SSU employment website for complete description.
Deadline: November 30, 2015
Minimum Requirements:
A Latin American generalist with a strong focus in the Colonial period and its relevance to post-colonial contexts. The candidate must have a Ph.D. by time of appointment and two years university-level teaching experience. Evidence of scholarly potential is also required.
Preferred Qualifications:
A Trans-Atlantic specialty with the ability to teach Golden Age Literature is a plus. Experience with and a commitment to teaching heritage language learners and the ability to teach language, literature and culture, as needed. The selected candidate will have some background or interest in interdisciplinary teaching and collaborative curriculum development. The candidate should possess native or near-native fluency in Spanish, evidence of successful teaching experience at the university level, and familiarity with and interest in innovative pedagogies for liberal arts education. The candidate should demonstrate an interest and/or experience in international education, such as study abroad.
Documents Required:
Application letter; Curriculum vitae; Statement of Research Interests; Teaching Philosophy; Student Evaluations; Contact Information for 3 References
Contact Information:
Application procedures available at



  • GLOBAL REARCH AREA STUDIES PROGRAMS (GRASP) . Call for Proposals for Summer 2016
The Global Reach Area Studies Program is a new initiative of the Title VI International Area Studies Centers of the University of Illinois. Open to secondary school students (entering) grades 7-12 as well as recently graduated seniors, the program offers a diverse array of interdisciplinary international area studies courses for 6 weeks in June and July. A new program of the Center for Global Studies (CGS), Illinois-Northwestern African Studies Consortium (CAS-PAS), European Union Center (EUC), and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), GRASP promotes global perspectives, foreign language learning, and cosmopolitan perspectives through an intensive program of academically challenging enrichment offerings.

This new program seeks to use experiential learning, critical pedagogy, and project-based approaches to blend international area studies with STEM, the humanities, social sciences, and the arts for a challenging (credit-bearing) summer college experience that will expand perspectives and give students an advantage in the global marketplace. The program offers four types of courses:
(1)    Intensive, immersion foreign language classes  (offered daily)
(2)    Intermediate International Area Studies classes across the disciplines
(3)    Advanced Area Studies classes across the disciplines
(4)    Practicums that combine area studies and cultural exploration learning with acquisition of research and/or skills for scientific inquiry, or training in the use of technology, grass roots organization, civic activism, etc.

GRASP requests proposals from faculty, advanced graduate students, and academic staff to develop and teach Intermediate, Advanced, and Practicum summer courses. Courses may focus on a single area (region) of the world (e.g., Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America), or take a more global approach (e.g., transnational movements, globalization, internationalization, etc.). Although we are interested in proposals that examine a particular topic, even in a particular culture (e.g., Manga in Japan or German Expressionist Film) courses that take project-based, hands-on approaches to explore transnational issues of global importance are preferred. Priority will be given to proposals that blend serious and advanced study of disciplines with the cultural exploration of real-world problems and dilemmas. We are looking for courses that examine contemporary problems that cross lines of disciplinary study. Some possible examples might include the following:

(1)    “Power Africa”—a course that blends the physics of electrical engineering and electrical grids with the social/political challenges of rural electrification in Africa
(2)    “English Education in Asia”—a course that examines the cultural, political, and economic drive to learn English as an International Language
(3)    “Rule of Law in China”—a cross-cultural comparative exploration of changes to China’s legal system with relation to democratic conceptions of civil society
(4)    “Sustainable Futures”—a course that blends agricultural education, biology, environmental politics, and food security

(5)     “Transnational Musical Movements”—an ethnomusicology approach combined with media and/or communication studies to explore the global impact of musical phenomena
(6)    “Comparative Literature: Poetry and Democratic Movements from Latin America to Asia”
(7)    “H2O, You Don’t Know?”—a course that combines the science and engineering of water purification with study of safe global water programs in developing Latin America, Asia, Africa, and other parts of the world
(8)    “Europe’s Ethnic Minorities in Schools”— a course blending education, sociology, religious studies, and political science
(9)                                    For examples of similar summer programs see:

4 –week Course Options:
·         Intermediate Courses are appropriate for middle school and younger high school students and meet for 8 sessions: 2 days/week for 2 hrs/day for a total for 16 contact hours (no college credit)
·         Advanced Courses are appropriate for high school students and meet for 12 sessions: 3 days/week for 2 hrs/day for a total of 24 contact hours (students can earn 3 college credits)
·         Practicums may be tailored to either middle school or high school audiences (but not both) and meet for 12 sessions: 3 days/week for 3 hrs/day for a total of 36 contact hours (students can earn 3 college credits)

GRASP encourages applicants to be inventive and interdisciplinary and to try new approaches with regard to the format of the course. Incorporating field experiences and visits to or work in University labs, museums, Institutes, and other centers of study are preferred, as are classes that require students to develop research and writing skills. Although courses should be academically rigorous, teachers should be mindful of the age of the audience when designing a course.

Faculty, lecturers/instructors, advanced graduate students, and Academic Staff (academic professionals) holding a PhD are eligible to submit proposals.

Proposals to develop and teach a course in the Summer 2016 GRASP program (roughly 6/15-7/30 with exact dates TBD) are currently being accepted. Length of proposed courses, audience, and contact hours may deviate from the prescribed rubric above provided that a good academic justification is given in the proposal.

Stipends to develop and teach a GRASP course are based on instructor qualifications, experience, and type of course:
(1)    Intermediate Courses:
Faculty; lecturers/instructors/Academic Staff with PhDs: $3,500 Advanced Graduate students: $3,000
(2)    Advanced Courses:
Faculty; lecturers/instructors/Academic Staff with PhDs: $4,000 Advanced Graduate students: $3,500
(3)    Practicums:
Faculty; lecturers/instructors/Academic Staff with PhDs: $4,000

Advanced Graduate students: $3,500
Please use the following proposal format to prepare your submission. Proposals must be submitted electronically to:

Terri Gitler, by Friday, November 20, 2015.
Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of Area Studies Centers affiliate faculty and staff.
July 17th- July 30th.

Currently in Chile, the educational system is going through a period of profound challenges and changes that have implications for all modern educational systems in the 21st century.  Spurred on by the 2011 student movement, educational reform has been placed on the front burner of public consciousness and focus in the country. Young people took to the streets for seven months and they demanded more social justice in education.  There demands have reverberated beyond Chile and into the international arena.  Our study tour of Chile will examine the impact of the students’ demands for change, the new educational environment in Chile, and the structural reforms now being introduced by the new Michelle Bachelet administration.  At stake are the central planks of what was once deemed the “most neoliberal, market-oriented educational system in the world.” Proposed education reforms such as ending profit making in primary and secondary education, the elimination of tuition fee copayments to enter schools that receive public subsidies and tax-based funds, the development of a new teacher professional career as well as the reexamination of standardized accountability in the national evaluation system (SIMCE) have all garnered profound public attention and debate. These issues of educational change have profound significance not only for the Chileans, but also for all global citizens participating in 21st century educational systems that are now being challenged to balance the last few decades’ emphasis on excellence and quality with the powerful resurgence of demands for access and equity.
This year’s GSE study abroad course will take place from July 17th through July 30th. This four-credit course will examine the current educational system in Chile in relation to its history, economy, media environment and political movements. We will be hosted by two important Chilean universities, in two major cities of the country, giving to this study tour a broad perspective about the higher educational system, the diversity of cities on the coast and of the country as well of different perspectives about these educational changes and challenges. Each of these universities has provided us access to leading Chilean scholars, experts and stakeholders. Participants will have the remarkable opportunity to enter into a meaningful dialogue with these academics and policy intellectuals as we actively engage with the material that we will be studying. We will meet with The University of Chile’s Student Federation (FECH), Alto al SIMCE academic and political activists, the National Coordination of Secondary Education (CONES) and Educación 2020 to discuss the current educational movement and policy changes that are being fought for and implemented at this time. Also, we will be visiting schools in these different cities. We will take the opportunity to talk with parents, teachers and principals of rural and urban areas. With these activities, students will experience the diversity and complexity of the public educational system in Chile. Weekend excursions to areas around Santiago and Valparaíso have been planned with the aim of giving participants the opportunity to visit a rich sample of the marvelous cultural and historical sites that exist in these different locations of Chile.

Pre-Tour classes begin April 7th 2016 online
CRN 47135

  • GLBL 298:  Global Studies Seminar Abroad
LAS Global Studies invites proposals to offer a GLBL 298: Global Studies Seminar Abroad (GSSA).  These seminars abroad are special topics courses designed by faculty to enhance undergraduate students’ understanding of a topic or problem of global import through an on-campus course that extends into a field experience abroad with a research focus.  The seminars should foster skills to identify and analyze issues from multiple disciplinary and cultural perspectives, promoting a global mindset and respect for diverse ways of living, thinking and being as a result of cross-cultural exchange.

The seminars begin on campus, usually during the 2nd 8-weeks of a term, and then spend approximately 2-3 weeks abroad after the term in intensive instruction and exploration.  The fall term portion abroad is generally from late-December to mid-January, and the spring term portion abroad is generally from late-May to mid-June. 

Faculty directors indicate that they value their seminars because of the extraordinary teaching experience and the opportunity to develop or strengthen professional relationships and experience abroad.  Students value their seminars abroad because of the enhanced learning environment, high quality interaction with a faculty member, and intercultural experiences.

Candidates with a current teaching appointment with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in one of the following employment categories may submit proposals electronically to:  Valerie Paceley, by Monday, February 1, 2016.

•          Tenured and tenure-track Faculty,
•          Specialized Faculty (PhD preferred),
•          Emeritus Faculty,
•          Academic Professionals (Master’s required, PhD preferred)

Graduate students are not eligible to direct a program abroad, although co-teaching may be considered.  Courses are open for enrollment by undergraduate students at UIUC; graduate students are not eligible to take these courses.

Faculty director costs for travel, including lodging and per diem, related to the course are covered.  Directors on a 9-month appointment receive 1/9th summer salary, not to exceed $10,000.  Directors on a 12-month appointment teach the course abroad on-load, unless they are taking vacation time to teach the course and will receive a 1/12th summer salary stipend for their teaching not to exceed $10,000.  All proposals to teach the course must be approved by the faculty/instructor’s department, and requests to teach the course on-load may be negotiated.

Development Grants
LAS International Programs ( and the Study Abroad Office ( offer a limited number of small grants to develop new courses abroad.  Proposers interested in one of these grants should submit their course proposal, a budget, and short justification for a site visit to these offices.  Other site visit funding sources should also be pursued.

Meeting Expectations
In addition to course planning and implementation requirements, the faculty selected to offer a course abroad will be expected to attend the following meetings (dates subject to change): 
  • Pre-Program Planning, April 2016
  • GSSA Faculty Meeting, September 2016
  • Study Abroad Office Pre-Departure Orientation, mid-November 2016
  • Follow-up Meeting, January or February 2017
  • Global Studies Annual Reception: February 2017
Faculty directors also participate in the selection of course participants and contribute to collective initiatives with other participating faculty.  Faculty directors submit a Program Report upon completion of their program summarizing the experience and learning outcomes. 

For questions and information on the LAS Global Studies Seminar initiative, contact Tim Wedig, Associate Director of LAS Global Studies: or phone: 217-333-0178. 

Proposal Format and Due Date
Please use the following proposal format to prepare your submission. 
Submit proposals electronically to:  Valerie Paceley, by Monday, February 1, 2016.

Proposals are reviewed by the LAS Global Studies Faculty Advisory Committee.




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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