March 6, 2017— University of Oregon professor Lynn Stephen, founding director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, was elected vice-president of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for the term beginning June 1, 2017 and ending May 31, 2018. On June 1, 2018, she will assume the presidency of LASA for a 12-month period, until May 31, 2019. Dr. Stephen holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Department of Anthropology.
“This is one of the highest honors for a scholar working on Latin America. This election is the culmination of Lynn’s many years of dedication and committment with LASA and the larger community of scholars, activists, and peoples in Latin America and the US,” reported Carlos Aguirre, UO Professor of History.
Congratulations to CLLAS executive board member Monique Rodrigues Balbuena, whose book Homeless Tongues: Poetry and Languages of the Sephardic Diaspora is a finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards in the category of Sephardic Culture, sponsored by the Jewish Book Council. The books was published by Stanford University Press in 2016.
Monique Rodrigues Balbuena is an associate professor of literature in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. › Continue reading
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UO professors Erin Beck and Lynn Stephen will discuss their research in a CLLAS Faculty Collaborative Research talk titled “Gender Justice in Guatemala: Advances and Challenges.” The talk will take place in Room 119 in the Erb Memorial Union on January 19, 2017, at 3:30 p.m.
“In Guatemala, a woman is killed every twelve hours and her killer is likely to go unpunished. Feminicide—the killing of women based on their gender in the face of a negligent or complicit state—is the extremity of gendered violence, which includes sexual assault, gender-specific forms of torture, and economic and psychological violence towards women. Our project explores the accomplishments and challenges of Guatemala’s new feminicide law and specialized gender violence courts. We use in-depth ethnographic and qualitative analysis of the participants: judges, social workers, advocates in women’s organizations, those who train judges and advocates about gendered violence and its prevention, and survivors of gendered violence. This presentation will focus on the history of the feminicide courts and use the case study of indigenous Mam women from Todos Santos Cuchamatan, Huehuetenango to explore what the obstacles to women’s access to gendered justice are: including monolingualism, isolation and poverty, regional cultures of competing generational masculinities, and local justice systems that encourage women to reconcile with aggressors.”
Erin Beck is an assistant professor in the UO Department of Political Science. CLLAS founding director Lynn Stephen is a Distinguished Professor, College of Arts and Sciences, in the UO Department of Anthropology.
Their CLLAS-funded research is the first phase of a long-term collaborative project.
Lynn Stephen, professor of anthropology and codirector of CLLAS, combines her research and the refugees’ stories into a powerful petition for political asylum. Read about her work as an expert witness for more than two-dozen refugees from Mexico and Guatemala in: Freedom Fighter | Cascade: University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences.
Kristin Yarris, “The Stress Along the Way”: Medicalization and Transit Migration — Youth Circulations
February 9, 2016—CLLAS Executive Board member Kristin Yarris, a migration scholar and assistant professor in the UO Department of International Studies, comments on representations of Central American and Mexican migrants in the “The Stress Along the Way”: Medicalization and Transit Migration,” the second installment of a conversation with migration scholar Heide Castañeda (University of South Florida) in the blog Youth Circulations.
For the first installment, go to “Visualizing Risk and Potential: Migrants in Zones of Transit.”
Source: Blog — Youth Circulations Post: January 25, 2016
Editor’s Note: CLLAS Executive Board member Kristin Yarris, a migration scholar and assistant professor in the UO Department of International Studies, comments on representations of Central American and Mexican migrants in the blog Youth Circulations. In the post titled “Visualizing Risk and Potential: Migrants in Zones of Transit,” Dr. Yarris writes: “What is the role of the U.S. media, of photographers and journalists working for outlets such as the New York Times, in providing not only coverage of the movement of people across borders, but also an explanation as to why people migrate? In the historical moment we find ourselves in the U.S. today, when xenophobia and social exclusion seem to shade our responses to displaced persons; the potential role of the media in contextualizing the motives for migration, and in humanizing migrants themselves, seems more crucial and essential than ever.”
For the full blog post, go to: http://www.youthcirculations.com/blog/2016/1/25/visualizing-risk-and-potential-migrants-in-zones-of-transit
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