News and Announcements

Apply now for teaching positions in Latin American and Caribbean Studies 2018-19

Applications are now open for the CLAS BA Preceptorship, Latin American Civilizations Teaching Assistantships, and Tinker Visiting Professor Teaching Assistantships. Deadline: March 15, 2018

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Propose your own course on Latin America through the Martín-Baró Prize Lectureship

The application for the 2018-19 Ignacio Martín-Baró Prize Lectureship is now open for UChicago doctoral students. Learn more about the fellowship and the application here. Deadline: March 1, 2018

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New CLAS Working Paper by Visiting Scholar Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak

Carlos Eduardo Suprinyak (Cedeplar/Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) and Ramón García Fernández (Universidade Federal do ABC) contributed a paper on "The ‘Vanderbilt Boys’ and the Modernization of Brazilian Economics" to the CLAS Working Paper series.

Our Working Papers series, launched in 2014–15, focuses primarily on translations of works-in-progress by Latin American scholars who visit the University of Chicago. To access the working papers, please visit our Publications and Videos page.

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Mauricio Tenorio receives Humboldt Award

Former CLAS director Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo (History) has received a prestigious award from a German foundation for his research on Latin American history.

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Daniela Gutiérrez Flores, PhD Student, Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, writes about the tribunal Provisorato de Indios, and a case study of an indigenous woman's confession in eighteenth-century Mexico. Read more here.

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Apply Now for Summer Field Research Support!

The 2018 CLAS Tinker Field Research Grants are now open through February 28. 2018. MA, cotoral, and professional students interested in conducting pre-dissertation fieldwork in Spanish-and Portuguese-speaking countries of Latin America are encouraged to apply!

More information about information sessions and the application process can be found here.

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Explore indigenous languages of Mexico through the papers of anthropologist and linguist Norman McQuown

The Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce that the professional papers of anthropologist and linguist Norman McQuown and the records of the University of Chicago Chiapas Project have been organized and are available for research.

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CFA: FLAS Fellowships, Summer 2018 and AY 2018–19

FLAS Fellowships are awards for graduate students concentrating on modern foreign language and international/area studies.

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Chris Gatto, PhD Candidate in History, writes about the difficulties that archival research faced during the September 7 2017 earthquake, in the southern states of Mexico. Read more here. 

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Agnes Mondragon Celis Ochoa, PhD student in Anthropology, explores themes of violence and the practices surrounding la Santa Muerte in Mexico in her Contextos blog post, ""The Aesthetics of Communal Survival: Recasting the Relation between Santa Muerte and Violence." Read more here.

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Franco Bavoni Escobedo, MAPSS AM’16 and Program Manager for the Katz Center for Mexican Studies, delves into Mexican Chicago and its soccer culture in "Exploring Mexican Chicago through Soccer." Read more here.

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The PATHS/Area Centers Public Lectureship Prize

Are you a Ph.D. student working on Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, or Eastern Europe and Russia/Eurasia? Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills by presenting your research to community audiences? Apply for the PATHS/Area Centers Public Lectureship Prize to share your global research with local populations. Recipients will receive a $200 stipend and logistical support for planning a talk at a Chicago-area school, public library, or other community venue.

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Larissa Brewer-García in Tableau

CLAS affiliate Larissa Brewer-García (Romance Languages & Literatures) is featured in an article about translation in Tableau, the magazine of the Humanities Division. Read more here.

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Latin America UChicago Now Available

The Center for Latin American Studies is pleased to announce the release of the 2016–2017 edition of Latin America UChicago. This annual publication features news and stories about our affiliated faculty, students, Tinker Visiting Professors, and students, as well as the Center’s academic and public engagement activities. View the newsletter in PDF format.

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2017 CLAS Vistas Competition Now Open

CLAS is now accepting submissions for the 2017 CLAS Vistas student photo competition/exhibition. Students may submit their captivating research/work/volunteer/travel photos to the competition until November 10. Further information about the competition and the application can be found here.

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Disaster Relief

Out of concern for the suffering and despair left in the wake of the Mexican earthquakes and Caribbean hurricanes, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL) and the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) are collecting donations to support relief efforts. In Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, Dominica, Puerto Rico and many other locales, there is a great need for our help and solidarity.  

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New CLAS Working Paper

Hernán Gabriel Vázquez (Universidad Nacional de Rosario – Instituto Nacional de Musicología “Carlos Vega") contributed a paper on "The Adventures of Latin American Music in the Sixties: Gilbert Chase, Alberto Ginastera, and the Fellows of Buenos Aires’ Latin American Center for Advanced Musical Studies" to the CLAS Working Paper series. Vázquez delivered this paper at our Spring 2017 colloquium, "The Worlds of Latin American Music in the 20th Century."

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PhD Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

CLAS is pleased to announce the launch of a PhD certificate program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Designed to support the professional development and interdisciplinary pursuits of UChicago doctoral students, the PhD certificate provides documentation of regional expertise. More information about the certificate requirements and application process can be found here.

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Slavery, Freedom and the Making of Modern Brazil

On June 8–9, we will bring together some of the most important scholars of Brazilian slavery and abolition to collaborate on an English-language book that aims both to advance our understanding of slavery's enduring significance and to bring Brazil's remarkable Portuguese-language historiography to the attention of English-speaking scholars who study the broader Atlantic world. The event is free and open to the public. Registration information and full program are included below.

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Contextos: CLAS Blog Features New Post

Alysia Mann Carey, PhD Student for the Department of Political Science, shares her experiences doing fieldwork at Salvador, Bahia, Brazil  in "‘As we gather, we encounter our force, our power, our ability to live’: Black mothers and the struggle for Black life in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil". Read more here.

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CLAS Announces New Travel Fellowship for Dissertation Research in the Social Sciences

CLAS is pleased to announce its new travel fellowship for Dissertation Research in the Social Sciences—the CLAS Mellon Dissertation Research Fellowship.

The CLAS Mellon Dissertation Research Travel Fellowship, funded with the generous support ot he Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, supports outstanding doctoral students in the Social Sciences who need to conduct dissertation research or fieldwork in Latin America. This fellowship provides support for dissertation research travel from 3-12 months in duration. 

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Senior Lecturer Ana Lima Wins Award from American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese

The Illinois Portuguese Language Connection—coordinated by Ana Lima (Romance Languages and Literatures) along with her colleagues Ana Clotilde Thome-Williams from Northwestern University and Raquel Goebel from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign—has been awarded the 2017 American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese (AOTP) Award for Educational Initiative/Project in the US.

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Latin America in Chicago: Current Events, Activities & Exhibitions

Chicago is the third most populous city in the US and it is widely regarded as an international epicenter for finance, tourism, and culture. This multicultural metropolis is also known for the diversity and distinctive history of its 77 neighborhoods. Since the early twentieth century, Latin America has had a notable and active presence in Chicago. Please visit here for more information about events in Chicago.

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