Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 7-11, 2016

CLACS Newsletter – Week February 7-11, 2016




R.Tom Zuidema

It is with great sorrow that CLACS announces the passing of R. Tom Zuidema (1927-2016), Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Latin American Studies since 1964. Internationally  reknown for his work on the Andes, especially of the Inca society, gave a presentation on the Inca Calendar last month at the Spurlock Museum, and was to travel to Peru in May to present one of his books. Tom mentored many generations of Andean scholars who are now spread around the world. A still active scholar and frequent participant at the CLACS’ weekly Thursday Brown Bag lecture series, he will be greatly missed.

FROM: The LAS 100 - Gallery of Excellence website of the University of Illinois (http://www.las.illinois.edu/100/excellence/):

R. Tom Zuidema

Anthropologist Is Renowned for His Work on the Inca Empire

As a young man in the Netherlands, R. Tom Zuidema was ready to take a civil service appointment to Indonesia when his plans were upended by Indonesian revolutionaries. Instead, he came to the Americas, and the College of LAS, where he became renowned for transforming our understanding of the Inca Empire.

Zuidema, professor emeritus of anthropology and Latin American Studies, took early written records by Western “witnesses” to the South American empire—including conquistadors, missionaries, and others associated with Spanish colonialism—and interpreted them to gain deeper understanding of Inca social and political life. He extended this painstaking work to cover other aspects of Inca society; in doing so, he became known as one of the leading anthropologists of his generation.

Since joining the College of LAS as a professor in 1964, Zuidema has trained many students who have gone on to be leading scholars in archaeology, ethnohistory, and ethnography, with particular emphasis on life in the Andes mountain range. His own scholarly contributions have been recognized around the world.

He was appointed by Queen Juliana to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and he is the recipient of many honorary degrees from universities in Peru. In 2008, the president of Peru honored him with the Order of “The Sun of Peru,” in the rank of Comendador. The University of Bologna, Italy, where Zuidema has lectured, made him a member of its Center for Advanced Studies.

At home, Zuidema is one of only three anthropologists ever appointed to the U of I Center for Advanced Studies. He retired in 1993, but he has remained an active scholar, continuing with speaking engagements and writing. Just short of 90 years old, he is preparing another book-length study focusing on pre-Hispanic textiles.

El Comercio, Peru
El País, Spain


March 1st-May 31st, 2016
1st Floor, Main Library

The exhibit showcases diverse library resources to study sports in Brazil, as well as some of the material about Brazil’s Olympic Movement in the Avery Brundage Collection at our University Archives.

In 2016, Brazil will host the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, having also hosted the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and the 2007 Pan-American Games. As in other parts of the world, hosting mega-sport events can be a great scenario to highlight a nation’s achievements, but it can also display some of its weaknesses. Noting that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has more nation-members than the United Nations and that the Olympic Games are an immensely popular modern phenomenon, it is pertinent, if not necessary, to use sport as a window to understand the intricacies of modern societies. Given Brazilian’s passion for futebol (soccer) and other sports, the Olympic Movement can be a great window to study Latin America’s largest country.

Our University Library has special and unique resources to study both Brazil and the Olympic Movement. We have been collecting material about and from Brazil since the late nineteenth century. By 1916, our collection had some 500 volumes about Brazil in multiple languages. During the 1950s, Illinois was the academic library in the United States responsible for collecting material from Brazil under the Farmington Plan, which greatly enhanced our Brazilian collection. Today, our collection has approximately 105,000 volumes, and resources can be located through campus and virtually.

An Illinois alumnus, Avery Brundage was a gigantic figure in international sports. He served as President of the IOC from 1952 and 1972, a critical period in the consolidation of the Olympic Movement as a global phenomenon. In this exhibit you will see a small sample of the type of resources available for research and teaching on Brazil through the lens of sport. Materials include books, articles, videos, and original documents on Brazilian Olympism at the University Archives.

The exhibit is located in the North-South corridor of the Main Library’s first floor and will be up until May 31.




Main Library Room 321
" What do the Olympic Games mean for Brazil? Who does they include? Who does they exclude? Do they promise economic gain? For whom? Is the nation prepared to receive so many international guests?

Join our discussion with featured panelists Dr. Werner Baer (economics), Dr. Laurence Chalip (Recreation, Sport, and Tourism), Dr. Synthia Sydnor (Kinesiology), and Dr. John Karam (Spanish & Portuguese). Latin American and Caribbean Studies Librarian Dr. Antonio Sotomayor will moderate.
Light refreshments will be served

PABLO A. PICCATO, Professor of History. Columbia University


Thursday, March 10
101 International Studies Building



    DANIELLA TOSCANO, Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations, University of Brasilia, Brazil


    101 International Studies Building




    Visit Ecuador this summer through study abroad and develop teaching, professional, and cross-cultural skills!

    Students receive 6 credits hours and will enroll in a second 8-week Global Studies class during the spring semester in preparation for the summer program. The application deadline is March 10th. All LAS students will receive a scholarship and other scholarship opportunities are also available through the Illinois Abroad office (http://www.studyabroad.illinois.edu/scholarships#.VtdBqkbzODN).

    If you have any questions, contact the faculty leader Dr. Alicia P. Rodriguez at aprodrig@illinois.edu <mailto:aprodrig@illinois.edu>  or 217-244-9732.

    Wednesday, March 9, 6:30 to 7:30 pm

    Sponsored by OIIR, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange
    Wondering what it is like to study abroad in Latin America?  Want to know more about the college student experience in Latin America?  Come hear from both domestic and international students about classroom culture, extracurricular activities, daily life, and more!  Students will present their experiences in a poster fair style format.  Mingle, learn, and indulge in food commonly eaten in Latin America!

    Friday, March 11, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Illini Union Room 314 AB

    This workshop evaluates some of the difficulties typically encountered by graduate students writing the dissertation and proposes time management and organizational strategies to manage these types of issues more effectively. The workshop will examine how issues like motivation, procrastination and perfectionism affect productivity and progress. The workshop concludes by reviewing a number of strategies for managing large projects and assists workshop participants in determining which may be most effective for them. Dr. Lambeth is a clinical psychologist at the Counseling Center and liaison to the Graduate College.  He completed his graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and has led the Dissertation Writing Workshop on this campus and elsewhere for more than 15 years.
    If you or students in your department have questions about the event, please contact the Graduate College Thesis Office at (217) 333-6278 or thesis@illinois.edu.

    Have you considered a career in the foreign service?  Learn more about this exciting career path where you can travel the globe, problem solve pressing global issues, and experience new cultures.  Gustav Goger, a 1997 alumnus of the College of LAS is visiting  Monday, March 14th and will offer  two information sessions for students to share his experiences and talk about the opportunities in the U.S. Department of State.  Gustav has been posted as a foreign service officer in Vietnam, Colombia, Afghanistan, Thailand, China, and is currently assigned in DC.  He started in the Presidential Management Internship program with the Department of State and USAID/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.

    Join us for this exciting career development opportunity!

    Student Info Sessions with Gustav Goger
    Monday, March 14
    2-3 pm, 1027 Lincoln Hall
    5:30-6:30 pm, 1090 Lincoln Hall

    IPRH has recognized outstanding humanities research in numerous ways since its inception. The IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities allow us to celebrate excellence in humanities scholarship, and we are pleased to solicit submissions and nominations for the 2015–16 academic year. These prizes recognize outstanding humanities research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with awards given at the undergraduate, graduate, and faculty levels. The awards will be presented at a reception on May 2, 2016.
     Eligibility: The awards are open to all full-time Urbana campus students and tenured and tenure-track faculty.
     Application deadlineMarch 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
     Submission procedures: All submissions must be accompanied by a completed nomination form, which can be downloaded from the IPRH website. The submissions must contain NO references to the applicant’s name or other identifying details. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified from consideration.
    Please email the submission and the nomination form as two separate attached pdf documents to iprh@illinois.edu. Please note that scans of journals or book pages are not acceptable. Submissions should be in manuscript form, double-spaced, with all identifying details removed, and conform to the length limitations. For specific funding information and application guidelines for each application category, please consult the IPRH website.
    Selection: The applications will be read by a selection committee comprised of members of the IPRH Advisory Committee, one or two invited members of the faculty, and the IPRH Director and Associate Director (both of whom serve on the committee in an ex officio capacity). Submissions will be judged in a blind review process; names and other identifying details must not be included in the essay itself. The essays will be evaluated on their scholarly merit, the intellectual rigor of the questions being posed, and the quality of the writing.
     Questions about these awards and the nomination procedures should be addressed to Nancy Castro at ncastro@illinois.edu

    ·         Do you have a research paper on an international, global, or regionally focused topic you’d like to develop further?
    ·         Or are you planning or working on a thesis on a topic involving a foreign country or region?

    APPLY today to join the Undergraduate International Area Studies Workshop, May 16-20, 2016
    What you’ll get:
    ·         Close mentoring by an Illinois faculty member and librarians.
    ·         An insider’s view of scholarly publishing.
    ·         An introduction to interdisciplinary area studies research, which means,
    o   Access to new sources and data from other disciplines to address your research problem,
    o   A broader and more diverse perspective on your research,
    o   The chance to advance your project and make it appeal to a wider audience,
    o   Enhanced research skills and experience with vernacular language sources.
    ·         The opportunity to produce a better writing sample for grad school or a thesis that stands out from the crowd.

    ·      A completed copy of the application cover sheet.
    ·      Proposal. A description (200-400 words) of the project you will work on at the workshop: title, topic, discipline (history, sociology, literary studies, etc.), methodology if relevant, course original paper was written for and instructor (if you are revising a course paper), major and advisor for thesis (if the project is a thesis project), and an indication of the current state of the project and any ideas for its further development.
    ·       One letter of recommendation from a professor or instructor (sent directly by the instructor).
    ·       An unofficial copy of your UIUC transcript.
    Deadline: 5 pm CT, Friday, March 25, 2016. 

    The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) are once again looking for qualified candidates for our International Program Summer Internship, based here in Washington, D.C.

    Much of the work that our interns do is focused on Latin American economic and political developments. If you know of students or recent graduates that you think might be interested in this position, we'd appreciate if you could pass this on to them or send them this link: http://cepr.net/about-us/jobs/internships/job-announcement-summer-2016-international-program-intern.

    The deadline for applications is March 25, 2016.



    July 8-9, 2016
    Cusco, Perú

    As many graduate students and senior scholars from various parts of the world travel to the Andes during the month of July to conduct research, we at the University of Pennsylvania have decided to organize an event in Cusco, Peru designed to build on and make visible this exciting scholarly community. The purpose of the Andean Research Proseminar is to create an interdisciplinary space where researchers can share current and ongoing research and writing projects with colleagues from universities in the Andean region and beyond whose research aligns with their own. In addition, the event seeks to offer a more relaxed and amicable opportunity for scholars from different disciplines and residing in different countries to network, get to know each other or reconnect and develop relations outside of the university and conference setting. 

    The event will take place in the city of Cusco, Perú during July 8th and 9th, 2016. During this 2-day gathering, sessions will take place in the following formats: 

    1. Data Analysis wokshops / 2. Work-in-progress paper 

    For more info, please visit the event's website
    Proposal deadline: 
    March 12, 2016
    Additional information: 
    Please send all submissions to Frances Kvietok Duenas at fkvietok@gse.upenn.edu


    8-12 de agosto, 2016
    La Paz, Bolivia
    Son, como su nombre lo indica, jornadas andinas de literatura, pero a lo largo de los años han ido cubriendo la región de América Latina en su totalidad y el espacio de sus preocupaciones actuales excede el ámbito de la literatura para extenderse hacia la cultura en general. Llamamos, por lo tanto, a entender las jornadas que se realizarán en La Paz en 2016 en estos términos, como jornadas literarias y culturales de un modo amplio y cuyo foco es Latinoamérica como un todo. En este mismo sentido, convocamos a participar a los interesados en los temas que esta propuesta involucra cualquiera sea su lugar geográfico o epistemológico de proveniencia.
    Proposal deadline: 30 de abril, 2016
    Contact information: 


    June16-17, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    The Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (NALACS), in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of the Delft University of Technology, is pleased to announce the joint conference, ‘Cities and Citizenship in Contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean,’ which will be held on 16-17 June 2016 in Delft, the Netherlands.
    The 2-day conference will embrace a wide range of topics related to urban development and citizenship in Latin America and the Caribbean. In their pioneering collection of essays Cities and Citizenship, Holston and Appadurai (1999) as well as other prominent scholars stressed the importance of cities in the making of modern citizens. At the end of the twentieth century, they demonstrated that urban environments are salient sites for examining the renegotiations of citizenship, democracy, and national belonging. This is arguably particularly the case in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean, where cities seem to embody the aspirations of citizens and to showcase the best and the worse of their respective societies. It is here that we can observe major opportunities and threats to development, security and human rights, as well as major struggles for rights, inclusion and democracy
    For this conference, we invite individual papers as well as panels proposal that look at the relationship between urban development and practices of citizenship. Conference panels will be organized along four tracks:
     Track 1. Cities and Violence 
    Cities as salient sites where violence and conflict develop and affect the lives of citizens.

    Track 2. Cities and sustainable development

    Cities as salient sites where (spatial) planning and (sustainable) development ideas are applied, and where grassroots and governments alternatingly clash or collaborate in order to simultaneously build cities and structures of citizenship.

    Track 3. Cities and identity

    Cities as salient sites where citizen’s identities and resistances are expressed and repressed.

    Track 4. Open for suggestions

    Cities as salient sites for other themes related to urban life and urban development.

    Individual Paper Proposal Requirements:

    Contact information (name, e-mail address, and academic affiliation of the applicant; Individual proposals featuring more than one author (joint proposals) must include contact information and biographical statements for all authors;
    ·         Track to which the proposal corresponds;
    ·         Paper abstract (up to 500 words) with the title of the paper, references and no more than five keywords;
    ·         Biographical statement (up to 100 words) in narrative form.

    Panel Proposal Requirements:

    ·         Contact information for all panelists (names, e-mail addresses, and academic affiliations; a standard panel format consists of a chair and three or four presenters, with a maximum of five presenters);
    ·         Track to which the proposal corresponds;
    ·         Title and short description of the panel theme;
    ·         Abstract (up to 500 words) for each paper;
    ·         Biographical statement (up to 100 words) for each panelist in narrative form.

    Please send your individual paper and panel proposals to info@nalacs.nl no later than Thursday March 31th, 2016. Notifications of acceptance will be sent before May 1st, 2016.



    •   FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL POSITION-Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)

      The International Relations Department in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University San Francisco of Quito is opening a call for applications for a full-time professorial position with exclusive dedication starting on August 17, 2016.
      Deadline: April 4, 2016
      Minimum Requirements:
      Applications are welcome that include a Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Science or other related field in the social sciences, sufficiency in both English and Spanish and academic activity concentrated in the area of International Relations theories and methodologies. The application content should demonstrate a strong trajectory in both research and teaching.
      Preferred Qualifications:
      Ph.D. in the field of International Relations, Political Science or other related field in the social sciences.
      Documents Required:
      §  CV that includes the list of publications (in Spanish or English)
      §  A letter of interest that includes up to two pages of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and up to two pages about his or her research program (up to 5 pages maximum)
      §  Two letters of recommendation (to be sent separately)
      §  Two samples of publications or written work
      §  A sample syllabus for one of the following courses 1 :
      §  Methodological Debates
      §  Qualitative Research
      §  Quantitative Research
      §  Introduction to International Relations
      §  Contemporary Theories of International Relations
      §  International Conflict
      §  International Political Economy Documents required
      Contact Information:
      Applications and recommendation letters may be sent either physically to 

      Tamara Trownsell 
      Chair, International Relations (N-208) 
      Colegio de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades 
      Universidad San Francisco de Quito 
      Diego de Robles s/n y Pampite Cumbayá, 
      Quito, Pichincha 170157 Ecuador 
      or electronically to ttrownsell@usfq.edu.ec o ir@usfq.edu.ec.
      UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA) is pleased to announce that we are seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Lecturer in Latin American Studies from September 2016. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available as a full-time open-ended contract. The postholder will be required to carry out teaching, research and administration within the Institute, especially in one of its main strategic research and teaching areas. We particularly welcome applicants with a research background in social science, including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Sociology, Development Studies, and Political Science. A research interest in development issues as they pertain to Latin America, or in social policy, would be welcome.
      The preferred candidate will have a PhD as well as research and teaching knowledge in Latin American Studies. He/she will also have experience of researching, teaching or other employment in Latin American Studies. The postholder will have the capacity to teach and give other forms of public presentation, including undergraduate courses, core research methods for Master's students, and specialist postgraduate taught modules, in addition to experience of supervising academic work by undergraduate students, and of conducting high quality research as reflected in the authorship of high quality publications or other research outputs.
      The salary is based on the grade 7/8 scale (depending on experience) which is £37,524 - £ 40,716 (grade 7)/ £41,844 - £49,362 (grade 8) per annum inclusive of London Allowance. The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 22nd  March 2016. Interviews will be held on Monday 18th April. Further details regarding the job description and application process can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/americas/ia-news/lat-am-lectureship-2016


      •       ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF SPANISH (14396)- Lehman College CUNY

      Description: Spanish language and literature (prose)
      Deadline: Open until filled.
      Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Spanish required;
      Preferred Qualifications:
      Expertise in Spanish literature with specialization in transatlantic 19th century narrative strongly preferred. Expertise in 20th century Peninsular Spanish literature. Native proficiency in Spanish and English strongly preferred. Additionally, experience teaching Spanish is preferred. Also required are the ability to teach successfully, demonstrated scholarship or achievement, and ability to cooperate with others for the good of the institution.
      Documents Required: Visit http://www.cuny.edu/employment.html
      Contact Information:
      Prof. Daniel Fernandez at daniel.fernandez1@lehman.cuny.edu
      Additional Information:
      Herbert H. Lehman College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Institution.

      The Latin American Studies 
      Program is seeking to fill the 
      following Lecturer position for 
      Spring Quarter of 2016:
      March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016

      LNST 001 
      Intro to Latin American Studies

      Course Description: LNST 001 Introduction to Latin American Studies (5) Lecture, 3 hours; screening, 1.5 hours; individual study, 3 hours; term paper, 1.5 hours. Introduces key issues in Latin American Studies and how scholars from diverse fields address them. Topics include indigenous cultures; colonial history; poverty; race, gender, and class inequalities; democracy and dictatorship; revolution; and civil war. Integrates film, literature, and music into the course. 

      Total Salary: $5,391.32 / Per Course (Pending Budget Approval)
      Deadline: Applicants should apply by March 26, 2016.
      Minimum Requirements: MA degree required and one year teaching experience at the college level.
      Preferred Qualifications:
      A preferred qualification is familiarity with Latin American Studies areas noted under the course description and a commitment to teaching excellence.
      Documents Required:
      Apply at: https://aprecruit.ucr.edu/apply/JPF00546

      Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching, statement of contributions to diversity, recent teaching evaluations taught at the college or university level, and two to three letters of recommendation that include teaching ability assessment (to be sent by authors).
      Contact Information:
      For more information, please contact at email: kristine.specht@ucr.edu
      •        LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES LIBRARIAN- Northwestern University

      The Northwestern University Libraries seek an energetic, user-focused librarian for the newly created position of Librarian for Latin American Studies. Reporting through the Research & Learning Services (RLS) Work Group within the User Services Council, the successful candidate will work as one of a team of librarians engaged in research, instructional, and collection development services in support of teaching and research needs in the university's interdisciplinary field of Latin American Studies, and in related fields based on the strategic priorities of the campus community and/or the library. The specific programmatic needs will be defined in the larger context of the university's emerging emphasis on global studies. 

      §  Works closely with colleagues both on and off campus to establish library-related relationships in Latin American Studies and related fields.
      §  Develops strategies to understand the information needs of academic departments and programs aligned with Latin American Studies, such as the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program; the Kellogg School of Management's Global Initiatives in Management Program; and relevant areas within the University's Buffett Institute for Global Studies.
      §  Serves as the primary Latin American Studies specialist for research assistance, information, and instructional support.
      §  Provides general point-of-need information services in rotation with other librarians, including weekend and evening hours.
      §  Provides tailored and in-depth research consultation with students and faculty affiliated with the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program.
      §  Strengthens connections with faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students, and other library users in departments, programs, and schools across all social sciences and humanities disciplines, including but not limited to the Departments of History, Anthropology, Spanish & Portuguese, Sociology, Political Science, and Theatre.
      §  Expands undergraduate and graduate-level subject collections for Latin American Studies in social science and humanities disciplines, and as related to specific professional programs across campus.
      §  Builds interdisciplinary collections in all formats from and about Latin America, the Spanish and Portuguese Caribbean, in Spanish, Portuguese, English, and other relevant languages.
      §  Develops strategies for purchasing materials from Latin America, including implementing and managing vendor supported technical services operations in cooperation with central technical services.
      §  Works in concert with the other Subject Specialists/Liaisons to support Northwestern University's global engagement initiatives.
      Minimum Requirements:
      §  ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science (MLS), Library & Information Science (MLIS), or closely-related discipline
      §  Undergraduate or graduate degree in Latin American studies or a related field
      §  Mastery of spoken and written Spanish, conversant in Portuguese
      §  Strong commitment to effective and innovative user-focused services
      §  Proven ability to provide advanced research assistance, select and manage resources for the collections, and participate in course-integrated instruction in all areas and fields of Latin American studies
      §  Teaching/instructional experience in an academic environment
      §  Proven ability to develop working partnerships with campus academic units
      §  Proven ability to work within a team environment, as well as independently, with faculty, students, staff, and colleagues from diverse backgrounds
      §  Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education
      Preferred Qualifications:
      §  Experience working with overseas vendors in support of information resources acquisition
      §  Knowledge of service and collection assessment methods
      §  Experience with fund management and technical services in an academic environment
      §  Proven ability to work in a fluid and dynamic working environment
      §  Advanced degree in a related field
      Documents Required:
      TO APPLY

      Send a PDF-formatted file containing letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references to the attention of Jan Hayes, Director of Organizational Development, to libsearches@northwestern.edu. Applications received by March 25th, 2016 will receive first consideration.
      Contact Information:
      Contact Person: Jan Hayes, Director of Organizational Development 

      Email Address: libsearches@northwestern.edu



      Saturday, Mar 12
      2:30 pm - 3:30 pm  
      The Urbana Free Library, Children's Department, 210 W Green St., Urbana

    • Spanish Story Time is a community event organized by CLACS & the Urbana Free Library, since 2006, and funded the U.S. Department of Education. At this event, children and their parents join to participate in Spanish-English bilingual storytelling, traditional music and art.



    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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