Monday, December 14, 2015

December 7, 2015- CLACS/LEMANN News


-Research Travel
-Course Development
-Study Abroad

Deadline is Monday, January 25, 2016
Any Questions contact Angelina Cotler

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.

Watch our video for the Tinker Workshop 2014:


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 Fellowship


    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.

    • 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:



    June 10-12, 2016
    The University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus, Tokyo, JAPAN
    An increasing number of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences are dealing with the concept of “memory.” How we remember the past has far-reaching implications for politics, society, and culture. Scholars now recognize that memory is not only a personal faculty but rather is a key process in social stability and change. For instance, ethnic minorities unify and mobilize by way of the histories they recount of their roots. Establishing the true history of civil wars or military regimes is the work not only of historians but also of those pursuing reconciliation. In this sense, memory is power. A principal goal of this conference is to explore issues of memory with a special emphasis on Latin America, which has always been at the center global historical developments such as colonialism, nationalism, and neoliberalism. By what mechanisms does collective memory gain power? What are the differences and commonalities among various practices of collective remembering in Latin America? What are the best methods or theoretical tools for comprehending memory’s role in social and political processes?
    Proposal deadline:  January 31, 2016 (24:00 GMT)
    Additional information: 
    Carlo Severi (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) 
    *honorary chair
    Marco Antonio Estrada Saavedra (El Colegio de México)
    Takeshi Wada (The University of Tokyo)
    Ayako Saito (The University of Tokyo)
    Yutaka Aida (The University of Tokyo)

    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:



    • 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”.

    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.



    Havana, June 6-26

    The course will be taught in Spanish, so 4 semesters of college level Spanish (or equivalent) is a pre-requesite for participation. The attached flyer has some additional information. Interested students should also visit the study abroad website for information and application procedures: 

    • Call for applications

    Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2016-2017

    Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to select two Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Bio-Humanities for the 2016–17 academic year.
    Bio-humanities is an emerging field distinguished by its critical and creative appropriation of findings in the biological sciences for the purpose of reimagining and reconfiguring our sense of human being and of the meaning and significance of human undertakings.
    The IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in all activities of the Bio-Humanities Research Group, as led by the IPRH-Mellon Faculty Fellow in Bio-Humanities, Professor Samantha Frost. In addition to pursuing bio-humanities-related research projects of their own, the IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in a seminar aimed at developing methodologies for bio-humanities research.
    Advanced PhD students from all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of bio-humanities, are encouraged to apply.
    IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Bio-Humanities receive a $25,000 stipend with tuition and fee waiver, and a $2500 research fund. Only Urbana campus PhD students are eligible to apply. Applicants must be “ABD” (i.e., have completed all requirements for their doctoral studies, save the dissertation) and should be ready to work on their dissertation projects during the span of the fellowship year.
    Application Deadline: January 15, 2016
    Detailed eligibility requirements and application guidelines can be found at
    Applications must be submitted online at
    Applications must be submitted through the online application system. No paper or e-mailed applications (or letters of support) will be accepted. The submission period opens October 15, 2015.
    Please address questions about these fellowships to: Dr. Nancy Castro, Associate Director of IPRH, at or (217) 244-7913.


    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.




    2015 ANNUAL SALE
    Saturday, 12 December, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
    Sunday, 13 December, 1:00-4:00 P.M.
    507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana, Illinois

    CERAMICS AND WOOD CARVINGS from Amazonian Ecuador
    PAINTINGS AND WEAVINGS from Andean Ecuador
    The Sacha Runa Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organization,supports a medical-care delivery program in Amazonian Ecuador
    Background information on the Sacha Runa Research Foundation.
    At the request of indigenous people in Canelos Quichua territory, Amazonian Ecuador, Sibby and Norman Whitten established this foundation in Urbana, Illinois, in 1975 and gained IRS not-for-profit status as a publicly supported institution in 1976. Every year we hold a sale in the Whittens’ home (507 E. Harding Drive, Urbana) and all proceeds are used for a medical-care delivery program for participants in the program in Amazonian Ecuador. We offer very high quality indigenous arts together with handicrafts and other objects of interest.
    For more information call: (217) 344-1828 or e-mail



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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