jueves, 5 de noviembre de 2009

CLAS Weekly Update


Center for Latin American Studies

Upcoming Events




The 2nd Annual “The Americas—in Concert”

One of the most sought-after Tango pianists of our times, Octavio Brunetti, will interpret Tangos by Argentine composers with his band, the Octavio Brunetti Quintet.

Created in 1998 in Argentina by pianist and arranger Octavio Brunetti, the Octavio Brunetti Quintet represents the tradition of Argentine Tango in its purest form—a passionate and fascinating music, combined with the new, electrifying Tango from the 21st Century. The Octavio Brunetti Quintet transmits the mystery and magic of the Argentine Tango and the avant-garde music that plays in the heartbeat of present-day Buenos Aires.

Sponsored by Med Health Services and the Pittsburgh Cardiovascular Institute.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University of Pittsburgh.

Free & Open to the Public

For more information: contact CLAS, 412-648-7392, clas@pitt.edu



CLAS Conference

2010 Student Conference on Latin American Social and Public Policy

The purpose of this conference is to provide an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students to present papers, works-in-progress (including term papers, dissertations, and conference papers, etc.), and other academic work with relevance to Latin American social and public policy.

If you are writing a paper on any aspect of Latin American social and public policy, we invite you to submit your work for consideration. You may also propose to form a panel for presentation and discussion.

To propose a paper presentation or a panel, please submit your topic with a brief description (approximately 75 to 100 words) to Luis Bravo, International Relations and Fellowships Coordinator (CLAS), by November 8, 2009. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by December 7, 2009. The deadline for submission of final papers will be January 12, 2010. Individually submitted papers will be presented in panels arranged around common themes, with each participant having up to 15 minutes for presentation.

Final papers must be in English and approximately 15 to 30 double-spaced pages. To submit the abstract through our online form, go to: http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/clas/events/laspp/lasspform.html

Conference dates: February 19-20, 2009



Upcoming Lectures/Seminars


“The Rise of Latin Americanism: Colonialism, Managerial Discourses, and the Uses of Literature” a lecture by Fernando Degiovanni

Fernando Degiovanni is the author of Los textos de la patria: Nacionalismo, políticas culturales y canon en Argentina (Beatriz Viterbo, 2007) and of numerous essays, including “Shifting Hegemonies: The Cultural Politics of Empire” (in Sara Castro-Klarén’s Companion to Latin American Literature). He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, and is an associate professor of Spanish at Wesleyan University.

Date: Friday, November 6, 2009

Time: 4:00 p.m.

Location: 142 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh

For more information: contact lud3@pitt.edu

Sponsored by The Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, The Center for Latin American Studies and the Borges Center


"Cuba: apuntes para la historia de un escenario actual" a lecture (in Spanish) by Dr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas

Mr. Eduardo Torres Cuevas is the Director of the José Martí National Library of Cuba. He is a historian from the Universidad de La Habana, with a long teaching trajectory at several Cuban academic institutions.

As Visiting Professor he has lectured in France, Germany, and Spain, and actively participates in international History conferences and LASA congresses. He regularly contributes articles to several academic journals and is a member of a number of professional associations in Cuba and abroad.

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh (refreshments will be served)

For more information: contact amaguina@pitt.edu


International Education Brown Bag Lecture on "The World Bank and Education Reform in a Small Island State: The Case of the Commonwealth of Dominica" by Ted Serrant (doctoral student in social and comparative analysis in education at the School of Education)

Date: Wednesday, November 11 2009

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Location: 4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh 

For More information: contact Jorge Delgado at jed41@pitt.edu

The International Education Brown Bag Series are sponsored by the Global Studies Program and the Institute for International Studies in Education


El luto humano: Arte y política de la melancolía en José Revueltas” a lecture (in Spanish) by Maria del Pilar Melgarejo

This presentation argues that the family of prose works known as "the novel of the Mexican Revolution" is governed by an aesthetics of melancholy. José Revueltas' “El luto humano” (1943) stands as the highest expression of this literary tendency. Rereading his work in this light not only reveals the limits of Revueltas's highly politicized discourse, but also obliges us to reconsider the relation between the historical fact of the Mexican Revolution and the literary work that helped make it famous. Maria del Pilar Melgarejo is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she specializes in Latin American narrative fiction and its relation to political philosophy, with particular interest in Mexico and Colombia. This lecture will be in Spanish.

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: 313 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh (reception to follow)

For more information: contact jkl7@pitt.edu


“The Feminine Life of Masculine Power:  Patriarchal Domination and Feminine Struggle in 19th Century Ecuadorian Culture” a lecture by Juan Carlos Grijalva (Assistant Professor, Assumption College)

This talk will explore the deep interconnections between masculine public authority and feminine subjectivity in 19th century Ecuadorian culture, but the interpretation developed by the presenter could just as well be applied to discussions of theocratic discourses in present-day Iran or Afghanistan. By affirming the centrality of the female to the very existence of patriarchy itself, Dr. Grijalva argues the perpetuation of a “totalizing” kind of patriarchy through the “transvestite ventriloquism” of the feminine voice or the existence of a feminine defense of patriarchalism in national literature, newspapers, magazines, public education, and moral-religious principles. He also extends his analysis to the dynamics of the response (i.e., resistance, struggle) on the part of rebel women.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2009

Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Location: 207 College Hall, Berger Gallery, Duquesne University (refreshments will be served)

For more information: contact CIQR Coordinator Fred Evans,evansf@duq.edu) or visit CIQR website, www.ciqr.duq.edu.

Sponsored by Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR -seeker"), Duquesne University.



Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano Fall 2009 Film Series

Today Latin American film is among the best in the world. This Fall 2009 (September 9 – December 10), Amigos del Cine Latinoamericano presents genre films (cine de género) including Science Fiction, Author Films (Cine de Autor), Psychological, Social and Historical Drama, Comedy, and masked wrestler (películas de luchador).

Most films will take place on Thursdays @ 7:30 p.m. in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, University Pittsburgh.

Some films are adult in nature and may not be appropriate for young audiences.



In November

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Film: La Niña Santa – Dir. Lucrecia Martel (Argentina - 2004)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Film: Los Andes no creen en Dios - Dir. Antonio Eguino (Bolivia – 2007)

For more information: amigoscinelatinoamericano@gmail.com, and for updated film titles and descriptions, go to http://amigosdelcinelatinoamericano.blogspot.com/

Sponsored by: the Center for Latin American Studies, Department of Hispanic Languages & Literatures, Eduardo Lozano Latin American Library Collection


Ethics and Regulation of International Research

This interactive workshop is designed for faculty, staff, and students at the University of Pittsburgh who are interested in or are conducting research in an international setting. Register via e-mail to cgh@pitt.edu or telephone to 412-648-6985. Registration deadline is November 11, 2009. Continuing Medical Education Credits and Continuing Education Units will be awarded. This workshop is an approved INCIGHT co-curricular.

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Graduate School of Public Health, Room 109, Parran Hall, University of Pittsburgh

For more information go to www.GlobalHealth.pitt.edu or telephone Judi Steenson at 412-624-6985

Jointly sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and University of Pittsburgh Center for Global Health.



The Global South 4.1 (Spring 2010) – Latin America and Globalization

Abstract Deadline: November 10, 2009

The Global South is an interdisciplinary journal, published semiannually by Indiana University Press. The journal focuses on how world literatures and cultures respond to globalization. Its premise is that the various Souths—from the North American South to the European South, Latin and Central America, Africa, Asia, and Australia— share comparable experiences that differentiate them from mainstream and hegemonic cultures in their locations. Since many of these Souths share not necessarily a common wealth, but various issues of marginalization and inadequate access to means of production and amenities under globalization, TGS is concerned with the intersections among their experiences. The journal is interested in how authors, writers, and critics respond to issues of the environment; poverty; immigration; gender; race; hybridity; cultural formation and transformation; colonialism and postcolonialism; modernity and postmodernity; transatlantic encounters, homes, and diasporas; resistance and counter discourse; among others under the superordinate umbrella of globalization. The current Call for Papers is for a special issue on Latin America.

                   This Special Issue of The Global South is scheduled for publication in March 2010. Please submit abstracts along with a short bio by November 10, 2009, final drafts of essays by December 31, 2009, and inquiries to Adetayo Alabi. Essays should be 25-35 double-spaced pages long and should follow the MLA style.

For more information about The Global South at http://inscribe.iupress.org/loi/gso



Program Director, Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

CIEE is looking to hire a Program Director for the Latin America and Caribbean region.  This position has overall business management responsibility for a set of CIEE programs in his/her region(s) requiring the delivery of high-quality operations and related services. The Program Director oversees the administration of study abroad programs and works closely with other managers to deliver faculty and other special programs (Teach in Chile, Teach in Dominican Republic) at the CIEE Study Centers. The Program Director achieves objectives through the supervision and management of resident staff as well as through strong collaboration with other business units in CIEE that directly impact successful delivery - Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, U.S. Institutional Relations, Human Resources, Finance, IT, Marketing and Participant Services.  This position plays an integral role in the overall management of the global, not-for-profit business, contributing in all key areas of business and financial management, as well as development and strategic planning. It requires the use of superior judgment and making key decisions relative to (but not exclusive of) policy, timing, and implementation in all areas of responsibility and continually, (and often immediately) applying sound judgment and knowledge to the expedient resolution of a broad range of issues relative to (but not exclusive of) individual students, program/Center staff, emergencies, and the like.

Please see http://www.ciee.org/about/careers.aspx for a complete job description.



New Post-Doctoral Position Search

The Center for Economics and Politics of the Public Sector – CEPESP at the Getulio Vargas Foundation – FGV is searching for candidates for a postdoctoral position to investigate the determinants of the choice of legislators’ career and legislative performance at the subnational level in Brazil. This search is attached to a thematic research project entitled “Political Institutions and Public Expenditure: An Assessment of the Brazilian States” funded by the Sao Paulo Research Agency – FAPESP.

This investigation explores the causes and patterns of professionalization and institutionalization in the Brazilian subnation legislative arena and their impact on the choice of political career and legislative performance. To what extent is legislative professionalization driven by legislators’ career goals and ambition or vice versa? Do reelection oriented legislators have more incentives to increase the internal complexity of the legislative body? Legislative professionalization is an essential part of democratic consolidation since it creates conditions of institutionalizing a system of rewarding politicians’ work. Professionalized legislatures create career stability, policy expertise, and legislative independence from Executive. All of these can promote a stable and representative legislature that is active in policy development and capable of countering executive power. This proposal will investigate the relationship between professionalization and choice of career and legislative performance, focusing on the period that covers the first election after the redemocratization (1986) to the next legislative election in 2010.

The successful candidate is expected to participate in all aspects of this investigation under the supervision of Professors Carlos Pereira (carlos.pereira@fgv.br) and George Avelino. Specific task will include writing reports, preparing datasets, attending workshops/conferences, and assisting with the preparation of manuscripts publications. The FAPESP post-doc fellowship runs for 12 consecutive months with a monthly payment of R$ 4.508,10 Reais (free of tax) and, eventually, can be renewed for more 12 months.  

Interested applicants should send a cover letter clearly stating a preliminary proposal and the curriculum vitae to CEPESP, Rua Itapeva, 474, 12º. andar, Sala: 1200, São Paulo-SP 01332-000. Applications could also be sent by e-mail to Prof. George Avelino (george.avelino@fgv.br). The application deadline is November 30, 2009. The selected candidates will be eventually interviewed personally or electronically.




The following list of events is provided as a service to the community by the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), University of Pittsburgh. CLAS neither recommends nor endorses these events and activities. Please address questions or comments about the events to the contact provided and not to the Center.



Salud para Niños - Birmingham Clinic

Free Pediatric & Flu Immunization Clinics

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Care Mobile

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2009

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: Salvation Army, 54 S. 9th Street, Southside

For more information: http://www.chp.edu/spanishclinic, 412-692-6000 (option 8), http://www.chp.edu/saludparaninos  



If you have an announcement related to a Latin American/Caribbean activity taking place that you would like to share with others interested in the region, please send details no later than Tuesday of the week prior to your event or deadline:

Center for Latin American Studies

University of Pittsburgh

4200 Wesley W. Posvar Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-648-7392; Fax: 412-648-2199; e-mail: clas@pitt.edu




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