LALISA Conference “Peripheral Mappings: Social and Cultural Geographies from the Underside of Modernity”

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2017 Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies Association (LALISA) Conference

Save-the-date for this conference, which is being cosponsored by the Latin American Studies Program and the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies.

Peripheral Mappings: Social and Cultural Geographies from the Underside of Modernity

From Catalonia to California, Cuba, Chile, to all the many areas impacted by the long Iberian expansion that started in the 15th century, the foundational divisions of center and periphery have constituted cultural and social spaces where languages, bodies, ethnicities, and alternate mappings have resisted colonial hegemonic practices and institutions. According to Mexican philosopher Leopoldo Zea (1912-2004) the peripheral mappings within which Spain and Portugal were placed in the early modern period positioned their colonial territories at “the periphery of a periphery.” Decolonial movements and theoretical discussions have critically revisited the concept of periphery and problematized the discussion with new terms such as Gloria Anzaldúa’s “nepantilism” (“being between crossroads”) and her post-binary discussion of mestizo/a identities. Following on the fruitful discussions of our inaugural conference at Reed College in the spring of 2016, our Second Conference of LALISA at the University of Oregon aims to investigate the validity and contemporary currency of the center-periphery model as a way to understand Latin American, Latino/a, and Iberian cultural productions and social formations. We expect to receive papers from various disciplines across the humanities and the social sciences that will deal with issues related to the central themes of the conference.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: › Continue reading

Monique Balbuena’s book “Homeless Tongues” a finalist for the 2016 National Jewish Book Awards

Monique Balbuena

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

Now available: Winter 2017 CLLAS Notes

0117_cllas_notesWinter 2017 CLLAS Notes

This winter issue of CLLAS Notes does not include some late-breaking news that we will formally announce at the start of our winter term (yes, this is a teaser!).

But what we do have in this issue is a warm letter from interim director Gabriela Martínez that includes a wrap-up of our fall events and a look at coming events, updates on our Research Action Projects, research articles from our CLLAS Graduate Research Award winners, book news and news & updates from our campus community, brief profiles of faculty and staff members who are new to campus, and other exciting bits and pieces about the ongoing work of CLLAS and its community and faculty affiliates.

Those of you on our campus and community mailing list will receive printed copies after the start of winter term.

Meanwhile, we extend warm holiday wishes.

CLLAS Faculty Mixer

February 3, 2017
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

EMU #23
Lewis Room
emu.uoregon.edu/map

Please save the date for the CLLAS affiliated faculty mixer.

CLLAS is pleased to welcome relatively new Latino/a and Latin American Studies faculty and to provide a social space for building community.

We’ll provide light refreshments and music.

Post-inauguration Roundtable: Changing Immigration Rules

January 30, 2017
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

Erb Memorial Union
EMU Ballroom

Town Hall meeting for international, undocumented, and concerned students regarding changes to immigration rules and practices. Faculty, staff and community welcome. A panel of experts, including Professor Maria Blanco, executive director, Undocumented Legal Services Center at UC Davis, will address questions surrounding current immigration policies and proposed changes to legislation. Sponsored by the Office of International Affairs, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, Center on Diversity and Community, and Department of Ethnic Studies.

Event Panelists:

  • Maria Blanco, Executive Director, Undocumented Legal Services Center, UC Davis
  • Betsy Boyd, Associate Vice President of Federal Affairs
  • Rosa Chavez-Jacuinde, Associate Director, Center for multicultural Academic Excellence
  • Jennifer Doreen, International Employment Specialist

CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE: https://calendar.uoregon.edu/event/post-inauguration_roundtable_changing_immigration_rules#.WIpVtZI2KFM

“Undocumented Students in the Age of Trump: What Every Campus Needs to Know”

January 31, 2017
9:00 amto10:00 am

Erb Memorial Union (EMU) 
107 Miller Room
Light breakfast served.

RSVP (required) to Prof Daniel HoSang (Ethnic Studies), dhosang@uoregon.edu 

A Teach-In featuring María Blanco ,Executive Director of the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, UC Davis

DESCRIPTION: The new administration promises dramatic changes to the legal and political status and conditions facing undocumented students. What do faculty, staff and students need to know to navigate this new environment? What steps can campuses take to proactively protect their students? What role might Dreamers and undocumented students play in challenging this new regime?

This teach-in features, María Blanco, Executive Director of the Undocumented Student Legal Services Center, which operates out of UC Davis School of Law to provide immigration-related legal services for undocumented students at the six University of California campuses without law schools. Launched in November 2014, the Center is a pilot project of the University of California Office of the President and works in collaboration with the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic. › Continue reading



Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund

Access the above link for giving to the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies Gift Fund. Online gifts may be made using the form available at this link; all gifts are processed by the University of Oregon Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for receiving and administering private donations to the University of Oregon.

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