CLAS Weekly Update May 30

University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies



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    Center for Latin American Studies
    Undergraduate School Visit Internship Opportunity for Fall 2017

    Do you have a passion for Spanish and/or Latin American studies?
    Are you interested in education?
    Do you like kids?

    The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh is currently recruiting undergraduate students for its fall 2017 school visit internship course ARTSCI 1900 (3 credits) which may apply toward the CLAS certificate in Latin American Studies. Students develop lessons on topics relating to Latin America for K-12 classrooms in the Pittsburgh area. Although not required, some background in Spanish or Portuguese is recommended. Scheduling is done according to the student’s availability, but most school visits occur between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Interns complete a final reflection paper summarizing the topics researched and containing lesson plans and resources

    Apply  by June 16, 2017. Send the following to  

  • A statement in English of no more than 350 words explaining why you are interested in the internship and indicating your level of Spanish, Portuguese or Quechua.
  •  A tentative schedule of your classes for the spring semester
  • An unofficial copy of your transcript

    For more info contact: 

  • Karen S. Goldman,  Assistant Director
    Center for Latin American Studies
  • 4205 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA 15260

 Faculty Opportunities 
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If you are interested in organizing a Latin American/Caribbean-focused conference or symposium at the University of Pittsburgh that will take place during academic year 2017-18, please submit a proposal to the Center for Latin American Studies by June 26, 2017
CLAS will give priority to those proposals that encourage interdisciplinary research and/or cross-regional comparative work. Please note that this ‘call for proposals’ does not apply to individual invited lecturers.
To assure wide distribution of funds, grants will be limited to a maximum of $4,000 (and we appreciate smaller requests). 
To apply, please send a brief synopsis of the event, proposed date and budget to Angelina Cotler, Associate Director at no later than June 26, 2017.


The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. This year there are over 50 awards available in the Western Hemisphere: Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada. These opportunities allow faculty and professionals, at all stages of their career, to teach and/or conduct research in their discipline. We will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 5, at 2pm EDT to review these opportunities, and encourage registrants to submit questions in advance.
Opportunities that may be of interest to your faculty and staff include:
North America: Fulbright – Carlos Rico Award in North American StudiesFulbright Scholar Border Program (Mexico)
Caribbean: The BahamasGuyanaHaiti and Suriname 
Central America: El SalvadorHonduras and Panama
South America: ArgentinaDistinguished Chair in International Relations (Brazil), Ecuador and Paraguay

For eligibility factors, detailed application guidelines and review criteria, please visit our website

Scholars may also wish to register for one of our other webinars on BrazilCanadaMexicoHidden Gems in the region or Virtual Advising. We also encourage scholars to join My Fulbright, a resource center for applicants interested in the program. 
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the current competition will close on August 1, 2017.

For questions contact

Hilary Hartley 
Regional Lead, Western Hemisphere
Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
Council for International Exchange of Scholars 
Institute of International Education (IIE)
1400 K Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
Phone +1.202.686.6243 | Fax +1.202.686.4029 |


 Student Opportunities    (Back to top)

Open Competition for New Fulbright ETA Awards in Brazil – February 2018!!*
    Special application open May 2, 2017- July 14, 2017

    With funding from the Brazilian government, the Fulbright Brazil ETA
    Program is expanded for the Program Year *2017-18* with 76 additional
    grants to be offered.   A special open application period will be held
    from May 2 to July 14, 2017. 
    The deadline is Friday, July 14 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
    To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen and hold a bachelor’s
    degree by July 14, 2017*.  Additional requirements/preferences for this
    program include:
       * Must available for the full grant term: mid-February to November, 2018.
       * Cannot be residing in Brazil for more than three months in the 12
         months prior to the grant start. Exception can be made for language
         immersion program enrollment.
       * Proficiency in a Romance language at the intermediate level
         (equivalent to 2-years college level study) is required at the time
         of application.
       * Experience working in an educational environment, specifically with
         classroom teaching or leadership is strongly preferred..
    Persons who applied for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program in the fall
    2017 but did not receive a grant offer for 2017-18 are also eligible to
    apply for this opportunity.  In this case, candidates will create a new
    application account in Embark *with a different email address* and
    complete the full application—respond to all questions, revise and
    upload new essays, request new Reference Forms (2 are required for this
    competition), request a Foreign Language Evaluation in one of the
    required languages, and upload the most recent transcript(s) of all
    degree level course work. *_However, the Campus Committee
    Interview/Evaluation will not apply._*
    For further information after May 1, please refer to the _Brazil Country
    Description_.  (link to
      If you have specific questions about this opportunity, please feel
    free to contact Jody Dudderar (
    <>, 845-212-5565 <tel:(845)%20212-5565>) at
    IIE.*Please note there is a separate application for this award that
    will be found in the country description. Applicants must apply through
    the appropriate portal to be considered. *
    *2018- 2019 Competition:*
       * Application cycle opened: April 3, 2017
       * /*Opening of the Competition Press Release available on the FPA
         Resources Section of the website under General Information*/
    Updated Embark Login Site for Students:
    National Deadline: October 6, 2017 5pm ET


 Community Events    (Back to top)


Teach-In Building Unity Against Hate:
How the prison industrial complex impacts our communities & what we can do to change it

Saturday June 17 10:00AM-1:00PM
United Steelworkers Building (Stanwix St. and Blvd. of Allies, Downtown Pittsburgh)
Call for Volunteers
A number of activist groups in Pittsburgh are coming together to examine the inter-connections of struggles against growing police repression and criminalization of people of color in our nation and community. We want to explore new and better ways to strengthen our collective resistance and to improve our ability to protect the human rights of all people in our communities. We are seeking volunteers to help with the following important tasks that will help make this event a success:

  • Set-up/Clean-up
  • Refreshments committee
  • Notetaking
  • Outreach-help us spread the word about this event-help design or distribute fliers, share links with your networks, etc.
  • Interpretation/ translation (Spanish-English)—help non-native English speakers participate fully in this event, or assist with translation of outreach and educational materials, including the website.

Resources and more teach-in details at our Website and Facebook event page
Please email your availability and interests to
 Teach-In: Building Unity Against Hate: How the prison industrial complex impacts our communities & what we can do to change it
Saturday June 17, 10:00AM-1:00PM
United Steelworkers Building (Stanwix St. and Blvd. of Allies, Downtown Pittsburgh)

  • Why do people facing greatest employment and housing insecurity—low-income, people of color, immigrants, and youth—are also disproportionately subject to arrest, imprisonment, and abuse by police?
  • Why are politicians simultaneously gutting funding for public services while dramatically increasing spending on prisons?
  • Is it just a coincidence that governments are relying more on prisons, police, and militaries at a time of slowed economic growth and rising unemployment?
  • Did you know that the United States has been coming under growing international scrutiny for human rights abuses, most notably in regard to its criminal punishment system?

Join us for a panel discussion and information-sharing sessions with local organizers working on these issues. We aim to enhance understandings of how policing and prison policies impact individuals and communities and help residents learn more about how groups in our region are working to promote change. We aim to move from merely reacting to threats to advancing a more proactive set of demands that would advance human rights and dignity for all of us.

Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival

Sunday, June 18: 6:00 – 7:15pm

The Spanish Harlem Orchestra is on a mission to keep the musical legacy of salsa dura (hard salsa) alive and well. After 15 years together, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra is the tightest salsa band working today. These 13 world-class musicians and vocalists bring an authentic and musically precise, yet fresh and exciting take on the music. The two-time Grammy Award Winners have had each one of their four releases nominated for a Grammy. They recently released their fifth CD featuring special guests Chick Corea & Joe Lovano and are planning a late Spring 2017 release. Together, these thirteen world-class musicians and vocalists create an unparalleled musical experience!


July 29th 9am-2pm
Latino Family Center
5450 2nd Ave




 Call for Papers    (Back to top)

(Des) Articulaciones 2017
6th Biennal-International Symposium
(Des) Conceptualizations: Beyond Identity, Coloniality and the Subaltern
October 20-21, 2017
University of Pittsburgh

Deadline for Proposals : July 1st, 2017

Fourth Annual International Conference. Latin America: Tradition and Globbalization in the 21st Century 
August 3-4, 2017
Cuernavaca, Mexico

Deadline: June 15, 2017
More information:

Call for Papers
Culture, Theory and Critique
Special Issue: “The Social Life of Corruption in Latin America”
Issue Editors:
Donna M. Goldstein and Kristen Drybread
The aim of this special issue of Culture, Theory, and Critique is to examine the social meanings and effects of corruption in Latin America. While remaining attentive to the enduring and pronounced forms of corruption in the region, we seek to explore how recent political, financial, and media events signal the emergence of novel forms of white collar crime and corruption, which require us to rethink the operation of state (or state-like) power in Latin America (Aretxaga 2003).
Questions of interest include, but are not limited to the following:
  •       General consensus holds that corruption runs counter to the principles of democracy. Yet, within Latin America’s young democratic states, charges of corruption can be strategically leveled to promote—or to thwart—ideological and social projects that further equality. How do accusations of corruption reveal tensions between the democratic promise of equality and the realities of pervasive social and economic hierarchy in particular Latin American contexts?
  •       In what ways do millennial and post-millennial forms of capitalism and the culture of neoliberalism (Comaroff and Comaroff 2001) intersect with old and new, left and right, individual and party forms of corruption in the Latin American region?
  •       How do racial categories and stereotypes configure the multiple facets of “crime” and “corruption” and the ways in which they are framed in particular local and national contexts? In what ways are practices of corruption and its exposure gendered?
  •       How have recent political events opened a space for new forms of academic activism, or for more politically engaged instantiations of disciplinary praxis? By the same token, how are anthropologists and other scholars of diverse identities and positions working in Latin America constrained in their representations of corruption at local, national, and global levels?
  •       How is white-collar corruption framed in this newest iteration? Does white-collar crime and corruption in Latin America share characteristics with white-collar crime and corruption in other developing, or developed, democracies?

With humility and sympathy given our own ongoing and current North American instantiations of corruption, we call on scholars of Latin America—from the region and beyond—to contribute
Submit 500-word abstracts to Donna Goldstein ( and Kristen Drybread ( by June 15, 2017. Special issue editors will make initial acceptance decisions. Once a decision made based on the merits of the abstract, authors will be invited to submit full papers of 8000 words or less by the deadline of November 15, 2017 for publication in the journal Culture, Theory and Critique (CTC) in the late Fall of 2018.
CTC uses the Scholar One website and will be uploaded to that system once accepted for review: ScholarOne  All paper submissions will be subject to the normal double blind peer review processes at Culture, Theory and Critique. Essays should be no more than 8000 words, including notes and bibliography. Style guidelines can be found here:


China in Latin America Working Papers Series

The Asian Studies Center (ASC) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh jointly invite submissions for a series of working papers about the role of China in Latin America. The intent of the series is to promote research and dialogue across disciplines on the varied impacts of China’s involvement in the region. Possible themes include but are not limited to the following:
-The history of relations between China and Latin America, both modern and pre-modern
-Analyses of flows of culture and ideas between China and Latin America, including effects on consumption patterns, popular culture, and tourism
-The repercussions of China’s activities in the region upon geopolitical interests and diplomatic relationships
-The implications of Chinese investments and trade for national economies, regional economic integration, and Latin America’s capacity to compete globally
-China’s demand for primary and energy exports and the economic, political, and environmental implications of that demand
-Chinese aid packages and loans and their contrast with traditional western donor strategies of tying aid to economic reforms, human rights, democracy, and transparency
-Migration, both legal and illegal, and related questions of diasporas and trafficking
-Security issues, such as money-laundering, supply lines for the production of illegal narcotics, and illegal mining
-Other transnational questions involving China and Latin America
Papers should be appropriate for academic exchange and based on original research. We are particularly interested in papers based on empirical, textual, or archival analyses. Selected papers will be published and promoted on University of Pittsburgh websites and authors will receive feedback from a group of academics associated with ASC and CLAS. Papers may be considered for additional publications such as edited volumes as the series progresses.
Submission guidelines:
Abstract: Less than 250 words describing the topic, its significance for the field, and research methods.
Paper: Generally under 10,000 words including notes and references. Longer papers may be acceptable. 
Kindly submit MS Word or MS Word compatible files.
Deadline: Ongoing
Please direct inquiries and submissions to Megan McLean, editor, at

BRASA The 14th International Conference of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA)
 July 25 and July 28, 2018 at PUC-Rio (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro) 
Guidelines for proposals:

 1. Participants need to be BRASA members in order to submit a proposal. This is a departure from BRASA’s previous more flexible policy. Please upload the confirmation page of your membership together with your proposal.
To become a member of BRASA or to renew your membership, please visit
2. BRASA accepts two types of proposals:
a) Individual papers, which in the case of acceptance, will be assigned by the program committee to a panel with similar topic.
b) Complete panels, for which all participants are already included in the initial proposal. Besides the regular presenters, a panel may also include the following roles:
i. Chair (required) – Someone who leads the panel and who is responsible for communicating with Congress organization. The chair may or may not present a paper in the panel.
ii. Moderator (optional) – Someone who will discuss the presentations by the end of the panel. The moderator should not be one of the presenters in the panel.
Each panel will last for about 2 hours, and should include at least 30 minutes for discussion immediately following the presentations. BRASA suggests panels to have four or five papers. Panels with fewer participants may have other individual papers added to it by the committee. Panels with 5 or more papers are suggested to be divided into multiple panels.
All proposals must be submitted through the portal http://

The Program Committee will not consider proposals submitted in any other format. Please check the step-by-step instructions for single paper and for panel submission.
3. Each participant may submit only one proposal and present only one paper in the Congress. However, a participant can also serve as chair or moderator in different panels.
4. The Program Committee will give preference to complete panel proposals with participants from different universities and that have an interdisciplinary focus.
5. The deadline for proposals is May 31, 2017.
6. In case of questions, please contact the BRASA secretariat at

Black Resistance and Negotiation in Latin America:

Runaway Slave Communities. Colloquium and Special Issue
Afro-Hispanic Review Special Issue Call for Papers:

This special interdisciplinary issue of the Afro-Hispanic Review examines maroon communities in Latin America to reassess the concept of “maroonage,” escaping slavery, negotiation with slave-based and racist systems, and resistance against oppression from colonial times to the context of our globalized world. Taking as point of departure recent literary, cultural, linguistic, historical, archeological, and anthropological studies, this issue will problematize the ideas of resistance and negotiation within Afro-diasporic studies at large, thus including material culture, social movements, and postcolonial studies. The issue celebrates UNESCO’s designation of 2015-2024 as the Decade of the Afrodescendant, bringing together representatives and works from various regions of Latin America. Editor William Luis and Guest Editors John Maddox and Graciela Maglia invite submissions of articles (20-30 pages, 2016 MLA Style [8th ed.]) by 1 August 2017. Submissions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese will be considered. Editors will also consider relevant creative writing, interviews, book reviews, and unpublished materials. Please submit articles in Microsoft Word as attachments sent to Please contact the guest editors directly at or with any inquiries regarding this special issue on runaway slave communities.

Call for Applications:
Curriculum Development Grant for the America’s Book Award
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies & Collections of the University of Texas at Austin announces a call for applications to design a lesson plan(s) on a book or group of books that have been awarded the Américas Book Award, Honorable Mention, or Commended Title. Curriculum will be created for widespread public use and shared on the Américas Book Award website ( UT LLILAS Benson public engagement website, e-bulletins, and other distribution networks.
The curriculum resource should act as a one-stop shop and be easily usable for teachers who want to teach this book (or group of books) in their classroom.
Due to grant funding requirements, the curricula must include at least one book with content related to Latin@s and Latin America outside of the United States.  Applications proposing curricula proposed for books that do not already have a curriculum guide on the Américas Award Teacher Resources page, or that are based off of the subject guides on this same page, will be given preference.  Applications for bilingual units (Spanish/English) and that use the “windows, doors, and mirrors” approach are strongly encouraged.
Compensation: $500 ($750 if bilingual Spanish/English)  
Applications are due June 1, 2017 by email to  For more information and how to apply, view the full call for proposals


 Job Opportunities    (Back to top)

Latin American Studies Association (LASA) positions:

Office Manager
Latin America Research Commons Managing Editor / Production Manager
Director of Operations
Director of Communications and Marketing
Membership and Development Director:

John Hopkins
International School for Advanced International Studies
Latin American Studies Program
Program Coordinator

Program Coordinator- Latino Cultural Center
Purdue University
Deadline : Open until Filled

Indiana University
Director, Indiana University Mexican Gateway

Deadline: Priority given before May 26th, 2017




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