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Tobin Hansen: CLLAS Graduate Grantee presentation

June 6, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

117 Fenton Hall
1021 E. 13th
UO campus

Criminal Alien-Nations: Child Migrants to the United States Deported as “Criminal Alien” Adults

presented by Tobin M. Hansen
PhD candidate, UO Department of Anthropology 

Guards remove handcuffs and leg-irons before deporting a group of men to Mexico.

What are the motivations for and the consequences of deporting long-time U.S. residents as “criminal aliens”? This research examines the exclusionary logics and mechanisms by which some childhood arrivals to the United States are ensnared in crime control regimes and, as adults, are incarcerated, designated “criminal aliens,” and deported to Mexico. It also explores the aftermath of deportation as men forge ahead with their lives in unfamiliar northern Mexico communities. This talk will situate deportation’s social, gendered, and legal processes that render it a forcible sociopolitical displacement. I argue that deportees’ extreme hardship and multiple vulnerabilities recast the moral valuation of “criminal alien” deportation itself.

Tobin Hansen received a CLLAS Graduate Research Grant in support of this work.

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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017 Awards, Events, Research No Comments

Erin Beck’s book now out

How Development Projects Persist: Everyday Negotiations with Guatemalan NGOs
by Erin Beck. Duke University Press (May 2017)

Erin Beck is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Oregon and a member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

Publisher’s Synopsis

“In How Development Projects Persist Erin Beck examines microfinance NGOs working in Guatemala and problematizes the accepted wisdom of how NGOs function. Drawing on twenty months of ethnographic fieldwork, she shows how development models and plans become entangled in the relationships among local actors in ways that alter what they are, how they are valued, and the conditions of their persistence. › Continue reading

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Monday, May 1st, 2017 Advisory Board, Books, Research No Comments

Michelle McKinley receives multiple awards, including UO Law School’s highest teaching honor

Michelle McKinley

Honored for both her teaching and her research, University of Oregon Knight Law School professor and the Center for the Study of Women in Society’s very own director Michelle McKinley is a multiple award winner this spring season. In short order, Dr. McKinley has racked up a teaching award, a book award, and an honorable mention. Dr. McKinley is a CLLAS affiliated faculty member and a former member of the CLLAS Executive Board.

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Sunday, April 16th, 2017 Affiliated faculty, Awards, Research No Comments

UO professor Lynn Stephen to lead world Latin America scholars association

Professor Lynn Stephen (right) in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Editor’s Note: Lynn Stephen is the founding director of CLLAS.

March 31, 2017 (from Around the O) — “UO anthropology professor Lynn Stephen, an internationally known Latin America scholar, is in line to lead the largest association of researchers in the field after being elected vice president of the Latin American Studies Association.

“Stephen will begin a one-year term in June and will then serve as president of the association for a year beginning in June 2018. After that, she’ll spend a year mentoring the next generation of the group’s leaders.

 “‘I am honored by my election as future LASA president,’ Stephen said. ‘I will use the office to continue building hemispheric relations in the Americas and beyond in the face of isolationist policy proposals.’”

For the entire story, go to: UO professor to lead world Latin America scholars association | Around the O

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Monday, April 3rd, 2017 Academics, Advisory Board, News, Research No Comments

CLLAS Receives Tinker Foundation Grant for Graduate Student Funding

University of Oregon is Now a Tinker University

Tinker Foundation logoThe Board of Directors of the Tinker Foundation <http://www.tinker.org> has approved a matching grant of $10,000—renewable for three years—to the University of Oregon to initiate a Tinker Field Research Grants Program within the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS). Thanks to matching funds being contributed from the UO Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School, CLLAS will have $20,000 available each of three years to sponsor graduate student research.

The Tinker Field Research Grants are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs. The grants are to assist master’s and doctoral students with travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of field research in Latin America. A detailed call for proposals will be available soon on the CLLAS website. › Continue reading

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Monday, January 30th, 2017 Funding, Research No Comments

Afro-Aboriginal Women Healers in the Caribbean and its Diasporas

May 17, 2017
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

Erb Memorial Union
EMU 231 & 232 
Cedar / Spruce Rooms

A CLLAS Faculty Grantee presentation by Alai Reyes-Santos (Ethnic Studies) and Ana Lara (Anthropology).

“Women’s Role in Afro-Indigenous Healing Traditions in the Caribbean and its Diasporas” is an interdisciplinary study examining Caribbean women’s roles in Afro-Indigenous healing traditions and how their healing work contributes to their empowerment in their communities. Research sites include the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and the Pacific Northwest. Professor Lara is an anthropology professor and ethnographer and Professor Reyes-Santos is a professor of ethnic studies trained in literary and cultural studies. The study draws on their methodological areas of expertise to incorporate a) analysis of cultural narratives centering Caribbean women healers and b) ethnographic research among Caribbean women healers.




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