Call for 2020 CLLAS Graduate Grant Proposals

The Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS) Announces 2020 Field Research Grants in Latin America (Tinker-like grant) 

CLLAS invites graduate students to submit proposals for field research in Latin America (Spanish or Portuguese speaking countries). We expect to award at least three grants for up to $3,300 each to advance research for either master’s or pre-dissertation doctoral candidates. See criteria in the linked PDF: 2020 Call for Tinker like Proposals Final

The Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies (CLLAS) Announces Graduate Student 2020 Summer Research Grants 

In order to encourage and support interdisciplinary graduate student research in the areas of Latinx and Latin American Studies, CLLAS announces a program for summer research support. We expect to award up to two summer grants for $1,500 each to advance research for either master’s or doctoral candidates. The award will support research-related activities carried out from July 1 through September 30, 2020.∗ We are especially interested in projects that link Latinx Studies or Latin American Studies with other disciplines. See criteria in the linked PDF: 2020 Call for Grad Proposals Final

Application Deadline: 12:00 pm (noon), Friday, March 6, 2020 Applicants will be notified by April 3, 2020.

Award winning documentary filmmaker Almudena Carracedo coming to UO Jan 13-14

January 13, 2020
6:00 pm
January 14, 2020
6:00 pm

Emmy and Goya-award winning documentary filmmaker Almudena Carracedo is coming to campus for two special screenings of her critically acclaimed films. Carracedo will present the films and hold a Q and A.

Made in LA

Screening: 156 Straub Hall Jan 13 @ 6pm

Made in L.A. is an Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. In intimate verite style, Made in L.A. reveals the impact of the struggle on each woman’s life as they are gradually transformed by the experience. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.

The Silence of Others

Screening: 156 Straub Jan 14 @ 6 pm

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

CLLAS Research Grant Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

January 16, 2020
12:00 pmto1:30 pm

Jane Grant Room
330 Hendricks Hall

CLLAS Professional Development Series

Grant-Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies will hold its annual Grant Writing Workshop targeted toward graduate students on January 16, 2020.

CLLAS staff members Eli Meyer, director of operations, and Feather Crawford, event planner & project manager, will share tips and strategies for writing successful research grant proposals. This will be an opportunity to learn more about CLLAS’s summer 2020 grants for graduate students. For more information, please contact cllas@uoregon.edu.

Tracing the journeys of the Caribbean’s first people

Reprinted from Around the O
https://around.uoregon.edu/content/tracing-journeys-caribbeans-first-people

Caribbean Digging at Grand Bay

January 6, 2020—People first settled the Caribbean thousands of years ago, but their exact migration routes have long remained a puzzle. Now, a new study coauthored by eight UO researchers is piecing that puzzle together through a rigorous reexamination of archaeological data.

Published in the journal Science Advances, the study reports evidence that the first Caribbean islanders traveled directly from South America to the northern Caribbean beginning about 5,800 years ago, initially settling Cuba, Hispaniola and Puerto Rico in the Greater Antilles and smaller islands in the northern Lesser Antilles before further colonizing islands to the south.

“This scenario contradicts a competing ‘stepping stone’ model that many archaeologists still subscribe to, which asserts a south-to-north settlement beginning in the Lesser Antilles,” said Matthew Napolitano, the study’s lead author and a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology

Critics of the stepping stone model point out that trade winds and ocean currents in the region would have made travel toward the southern Lesser Antilles difficult for expeditions from the South or Central American mainlands and that early seafarers would likely have been attracted to the larger, more productive islands of the Greater Antilles, settling those first before gradually migrating southward.

The new study is the culmination of a graduate student project supervised by Scott Fitzpatrick, associate director of the UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History and a professor in the Department of Anthropology. Conducted over a four-year period by Napolitano and Fitzpatrick along with graduate students Robert DiNapoli, Jessica Stone and several others, the project was designed to put the stepping stone model and other Caribbean settlement hypotheses to the test.

The north-to-south pattern was borne out in the team’s research, which involved tracking down and reevaluating nearly 2,500 radiocarbon dates reported from cultural sites on 55 Caribbean islands.

The authors assessed each date’s reliability using strict criteria related to the geologic and archaeological contexts of the dated material, the quality of the samples and the lab conditions under which the materials were analyzed. The dates were then subjected to rigorous statistical analyses, resulting in a new and exceptionally robust colonization model.  

“By carefully applying these criteria, we were able to improve confidence about the reported dates, as well as whether the dated materials actually relate to human activity,” Fitzpatrick said.

To the researchers’ surprise, just over half of the analyzed radiocarbon dates passed muster, despite more than 50 years of archaeological scholarship in the region.

“Our analysis of the resulting acceptable dates, which represent human occupations on 26 islands, provides the first reliable model for initial arrival in the region,” said Fitzpatrick, an expert in island and coastal archaeology whose research focuses on the Caribbean and Pacific.    

The study has also resulted in the largest publicly accessible database of radiocarbon dates for the region.     

“Human colonization of the Caribbean is one of the least understood population dispersals in the Americas,” Napolitano said. “This work helps solve some of the mystery while providing a ‘best practices’ approach to collecting and reporting radiocarbon dates.”  

—By Kristin Strommer, Museum of Natural and Cultural History

RELATED LINKS

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Department of Anthropology

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Gender and Sexuality in Latin America Graduate Colloquium

January 21, 2020
12:00 pm

Browsing Room, Knight Library, 1501 Kincaid St.

Photo by Emily Masucci

Winter Graduate Research Colloquium
a CLLAS Research Series event 

  •  “The Role of Inner Exile in Racial, Sexual, and Gendered Minority Community Formation and Sustenance in Chile And Argentina,” Jon Jaramillo, Romance Languages
  •  “LGBTQ+ Migrants: Strategizing Survival and Love at the U.S.-Mexico Border,” Polet Campos-Melchor, Anthropology
  • “’A Luta Continua:’ Gender-based Violence and the Politics of Justice and Care in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” Emily Masucci, Anthropology

Moderated by Gabriela Martinez, School of Journalism and Communication.

The research presented at this  CLLAS Research Series event was funded by the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Tinker Foundation. All events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments to be served. Please call (541) 346-5286 or visit cllas.uoregon.edu for more information. EO/AA/ADA Institution; Committed to Cultural Diversity.

Winter 2020 CLLAS Notes

Winter 2020 CLLAS Notes

The 2020 winter edition of CLLAS Notes, our twice-yearly newsletter, is now available online. Print edition will be available after January 1.

Gabriela Martínez, CLLAS director and SOJC professor, revisits our fall events. Fall saw the kick-off of a new two-year theme, “The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance.” CLLAS organized several fall events, including partnering with the UO Common Reading program and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art this fall to host a brunch with Helena María Viramontes, author of Under the Feet of Jesus.

Read about award-winning poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva’s visit to UO on October 9, which included a poetry slam and a teach-in where guests teamed up to compose original poems. Learn about CLLAS-funded faculty and graduate research on topics ranging from agricultural practices in Amazonian Ecuador to gender-based violence in Brazil. 

The 2020 winter edition of CLLAS Notes, Volume 11, Issue 1, includes:

  • Letter from Director, Gabriela Martínez
  • “Poet Melissa Lozada-Oliva a Big Hit with UO Students”
  • Graduate Research—“Transmission of Traditional Botanical Knowledge among the Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador”
  • Graduate Research—“Recalling Runaways: Studies of Slavery and Absenteeism in Cuba”
  • Graduate Research—“The Struggle Continues: Gender-based Violence and the Politics of Justice and Care in Urban Brazil”
  • Faculty Research—“Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre, and Latinx Literature”
  • News & Book Notes
  • Event Reports



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CLLAS Common Reading Brunch with author Helena María Viramontes / Photos by Mike Bragg / Courtesy of the UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

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