Tinker Visiting Professor Teaching Assistantships

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The Center's most robust visiting scholar program is its Tinker Visiting Professorship, which has brought more than 100 distinguished scholars to teach and conduct research at the University of Chicago since being endowed by the Edward Larocque Tinker Foundation in 1981.

Each academic year the Center for Latin American Studies brings 3-4 Tinker Visiting Professors to campus to teach courses in a variety of disciplines and topics. To support their courses, CLAS appoints advanced doctoral graduate student teaching assistants through an internal competition.

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Teaching Assistants complete all reading assignments, attend class lectures, hold office hours for students where needed, and provide course support through assisting with course design, arranging for library course reserves and text copies, assisting with and managing the Chalk site, assisting with grading, and other relevant course duties as assigned and approved by CLAS. 

Students whose disciplinary training or academic interests align with the Tinker Visiting Professors and/or their courses are encouraged to apply.

2017-18 Tinker Visiting Professor Courses

Autumn 2017
Tamara Kamenszain, Tinker Visiting Professor, English
LACS 2/35115 (SPAN 2/35117) Nuevas formas de la intimidad en las escrituras latinoamericanas actuales

La literatura del siglo XX se caracterizó por poner el foco en el “yo” del escritor. Ya sea para ocultarlo, para mostrarlo tímidamente o para exhibirlo sin prejuicios, lo cierto es que ese “yo” se transformó en el protagonista de los cambios literarios que apuntaron al siglo XXI. Este fenómeno, que se produjo tanto en la poesía como en la narrativa y en el teatro, permite hoy el surgimiento de formas nuevas que descolocan los viejos géneros literarios. Formas donde los restos de las novelas en primera persona, del “yo lírico” de la poesía, del viejo diario íntimo, de las autobiografías, de las crónicas, se pueden encontrar insertados en nuevas escrituras del presente que operan más a la manera de la producción escrita en las redes sociales, que con el protocolo estético de lo literario. Este curso se propone analizar el recorrido de estas verdaderas transformaciones subjetivas, en relación directa con los contextos históricosociales en los que se producen. Para esto se trabajarán textos narrativos, poéticos y teatrales de diversos creadores latinoamericanos contemporáneos.

Spring 2018
Miriam Escudero, Tinker Visiting Professor, Music
LACS 2/35114 (MUSI 2/33718) Research and Performance: Latin American Baroque Music
This course will examine the musical document as a source of musicological studies and its relationship to performance. We will look at various types of documents and assess specific problems of each age and geographical area. Topics include: major reservoirs of music documents in Latin America; the early music ensemble, Ars Longa, and the rescue of opera ominia; recording and performing Cuban and Latin American music in a historically informed way; the Sacred Music Collection from eighteenth century Cuba. There is a performance component to this class. Students are encouraged to have some background in music or Latin American history prior to entering the course. PQ: Recommended background of MUSI 153 or MUSI 272 OR SPAN 203 plus a course in Latin American history or literature

SPRING 2018
Olivia Gomes da Cunha, Tinker Visiting Professor, Anthropology
LACS 2/35116 (ANTH 2/33061) The Maroon Societies in South America

This course will examine recent ethnographies on slave descendants societies in South America. Its main purpose is to explore current anthropological studies of the Maroon experience, focusing on new approaches on the relations of these communities with Ameridian, peasants, and other neighboring populations, as well as theirtheir dialogues with other non-human beings who inhabit their existential territories.