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2021 CLLAS Notes Part 3

CLLAS Impact & Events Report

CLLAS Impact During the Pandemic

During this unprecedented time, we at CLLAS had to reconsider how we evaluate our impact on the community. The center was able to maintain a robust event calendar by transitioning to virtual events. Also, CLLAS hosted Zoom sessions for researchers to learn from each other on how to conduct research during the pandemic and how to deal with uncertainty. The moment presented an opportunity to shift the center’s professional development focus onto working through adversity. CLLAS was even able to bring national and international scholars and activists together in an online symposium.

In addition to events, CLLAS was able to operate on a more limited budget due to the lack of in-person activities. These funds were then used to pilot the center’s first undergraduate award program. CLLAS gave out four awards for outstanding undergraduate coursework. This is a program that we hope to sustain for years to come.  

CLLAS Events, 2020-2021

As highlighted by Gabriela Martínez in her Director’s Letter in Part 1 of this year’s CLLAS Notes, CLLAS held over a dozen remote events during the past academic year. In addition to bringing our Latinx Heritage Month events, Distinguished Lectureship, Symposium, and Undergraduate Award Ceremony to our community via Zoom, we also hosted several remote professional development and research series events. 

During the fall of 2020, CLLAS followed up on the Remote Research event we had offered just a few months after the COVID 19 pandemic shuttered universities across the world. That first conversation had made it clear that faculty and graduate students were both struggling and innovating as they devised new strategies to continue with their research projects. Our follow-up fall conversation, led by Lanie Millar (Romance Languages) and Ricardo Valencia (University of California, Fullerton), was a welcome space to again share research strategies and challenges related to the ongoing pandemic restrictions. Several participants shared their progress in publishing as well as their successes building global scholarly networks from home.

Over the winter term, CLLAS engaged junior faculty and graduate students with grant-writing workshops. Stephanie Wood (Center for Equity Promotion) led a NEH workshop, drawing an enthusiastic audience as she shared her many insights into writing successful NEH grant proposals. The CLLAS team led our annual graduate student grant-writing workshop, focusing on the application process for CLLAS grants as well as more general grant proposal writing tips. This event is a staff-favorite; it’s always a wonderful opportunity for CLLAS to meet graduate students researching Latinx and Latin American studies from departments across campus and to learn about their exciting research projects.

In spring 2021, CLLAS was honored to present the research of our faculty and graduate student grantees. Stephanie Wood (Center for Equity Promotion), gave a well-attended and fascinating WIP report on her research on Aztec hieroglyphs. The CLLAS Graduate Student Colloquium, “Researching Experiences of Uncertainty and Collective Care,” featured presentations by graduate students Polet Campos-Melchor (Anthropology) and Lola Loustaunau (Sociology). John Arroyo (College of Design), shared the final 2021 CLLAS research series presentation, entitled, “Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Settlement and Immigration Enforcement in the Nuevo South,” where he explained how Mexican communities have bypassed historic, urban ethnic enclaves to settle in and physically transform suburban areas of U.S. South.

Latino Roots Update

The CLLAS Latino Roots project has a new and improved website, over a dozen new documentaries, and an expanded panel exhibit! Visit our website to learn more: https://latinoroots.uoregon.edu/

Watch the CLLAS Symposium

The 2021 CLLAS Symposium,Languages on the Move: Linguistic Diaspora, Indigeneity, and Politics in the Americas, was a great success. Recordings of each symposium session are available online. If you were unable to participate or want to watch your favorite session again, please find the panels, keynote address, and musical presentation linked below.

CLLAS Metrics

Funding (2008-2020)

Additional funds since 2008 
resulting from CLLAS research funds
2008 — 2020
  • Graduate Research Grants awarded: 64
  • Faculty Research Grants awarded: 31
  • Funding for Graduate Students: $109,180
  • Additional funding raised by grad students (resulting from CLLAS grants provided): $479,677.00
  • Funding for faculty research projects: $70,998
  • Additional funding raised by faculty (resulting from CLLAS grants provided): $1,510,834.00

Events

  • 2019-2020: 16 with 693 in attendance
  • 2020-2021: 13 with 526 in attendance

Cosponsorships

  • 2019-2020: 10
  • 2020-2021: 3

Communications

  • Email Subscribers: 1,214 
  • Social Media Followers: 830

Undergraduate Engagement, 2020-2021

  • Undergraduate Awards ($250.00 each): 4
  • Undergraduate Employees: 1

Faculty Awards

Faculty Latinx Studies Seed Grant

  • Daniel Gómez Steinhart (Cinema Studies)
    Cross-Border Hollywood: Production Politics and Practices in Mexico

Faculty Research Seed Grant

  • Maria Fernanda Escallón (Anthropology)
    Becoming Heritage: Recognition, Exclusion, and the Politics of Black Cultural Heritage in Colombia

Graduate Grant Recipients

Summer Research Grant Awards

  • Marina Peñalosa (Romance Languages)
    An Intellectual Field in Tension. The Other Borges
  • David Peña (School of Art and Design)
    Ecotone

Field Research Grants in Latin America

  • Alejandra Pedraza (Global Studies)
    Womanhood, remittances, and COVID-19: Insights from a migrant-sending community in rural Mexico
  • Elizabeth Sotelo (Romance Languages)
    Beyond Gender: Inequalities and Invisibilities Among Female Literary Chroniclers in Peru and Mexico
  • Magela Baudoin (Romance Languages)
    Poetry and Popular Song in Matilde Casazola and Violeta Parra: The Journey of the Seed
  • Marena Lear (Comparative Literature)
    Revolutionizing the Revolution: Cuban New Media and Independent Cinema

CLLAS Undergraduate Award Recipients

  • Emily Chavez Romero – Latino Roots Film: Dreams that Cross Borders
  • Thomas Parker – Research Paper: Wild Tales
  • Caitlin Scott – Honor’s Thesis: Reinforcing Push Factors in the Northern Triangle: An Investigation of Trump’s Attempts to Deter Immigration through Humanitarian Aid Reduction
  • Eva Shannon – Art Cover: La cena miserable, Eduardo Kingman, Ecuador

CLLAS Undergraduate Award Honorable Mentions

  • Taylor Henry – Art Cover: Manos de la protesta, Oswaldo Guayamin, Ecuador
  • Adrianna Vaca-Navarro – Honor’s Thesis: Chapter on immigration and border imperialism

CLLAS Events, 2020-2021

  • 10/14/2020 The 2020 Election and the Latinx Community: A conversation with Jaime Arredondo 
  • 10/22/2021 CLLAS Distinguished Lecture: “The Border as a Way of Seeing,” Alex Rivera
  • 10/27/2021 Teach-In with Alex Rivera              
  • 11/16/2020  Lunch-Talk with Nelly Rosario: The (un)Masked Writer: Writing, Language, and Empathy          
  • 1/7/2021  Latinx Studies Celebration     
  • 2/3/2021  Grad Student Grant-Writing Workshop         
  • 2/17/2021 NEH Grant-Writing workshop with Stephanie Wood
  • 3/5/2021  Remote Research: Lanie Millar; Ricardo Valencia
  • 4/7/2021  Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphics with Stephanie Wood
  • 4/22-23/2021  CLLAS Symposium: Languages on the Move: Linguistic Diaspora, Indigeneity, and Politics in the Americas     
  • 5/12/2021  CLLAS Graduate Colloquium: Researching Experiences of Uncertainty and Collective Care with Polet Campos-Melchor and Lola Loustaunau 
  • 5/25/2021  Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Settlement and Immigration Enforcement in the Nuevo South with John Arroyo
  • 6/2/2021  Undergraduate Award Ceremony      

2021 CLLAS Notes Part 1 &2

2021 CLLAS Notes Part 1

2021 CLLAS Notes Part 2

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2021 CLLAS Notes Part 2

Graduate Research Reports

Lola Loustaunau and Polet Campos-Melchor each received a 2020 CLLAS Summer Research Grant.

From Disposability to Collective Care: Experiences of Migrant Essential Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Lola Loustaunau, PhD candidate, Department of Sociology

Fruit packing workers organized in the independent union Trabajadores Unidos por la Justicia pose with researcher Lola Loustaunau after holding a vaccination event at their new union local, Yakima, WA, April 2021.

At the time I was about to begin the field work for my dissertation, COVID-19 became a worldwide pandemic. The workers whose experiences are the focus of my research—migrant women employed in the industrial processing of food including fruit, vegetables, meat, and baked goods—suddenly made national headlines as their workplaces became sites of some of the biggest virus outbreaks. As their situation rapidly changed, so did my own work: the research questions, the data collection methods, and my goals as an activist-scholar.

Working conditions in the food processing industry have historically been poor: long and physically demanding workdays, unpredictable schedules, low wages, and the highest accident rate in manufacturing. As outbreaks led to spikes in the number of infected workers (Dyal 2020; Lakhani 2020; Taylor, Boulos, and Almond 2020), industry and government responded by attempting to maintain the status quo, further deregulating the sector and failing to mandate any protections against outbreaks or infections (Commissioner of Food and Drugs – 2020; Memorandum United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2020; Executive Order 13917 2020).   

Food processing workers soon realized that while their work was essential, they were not. Expected to continue working with little or no protective gear, they faced increased workplace risks, new caregiving responsibilities at home, and limited access to public support or healthcare.

It was at this time that workers started organizing. Conversations on the processing line soon turned into Facebook groups and Whatsapp chats as a platform to share information about the virus, about who was getting sick, what the plant managers were doing or saying, about how to navigate a fragmented benefit system that was ill prepared to aid workers during this crisis. Workers reached out to organizations, advocates, and journalists.

Family members got involved: wives and husbands worried about their partners, young teens worried about their non-English speaking parents, neighbors worried about each other. I soon found myself joining these conversations, going to Zoom meetings with other advocates and organizers, and trying to figure out what my role as a researcher could be. While hesitant at first, I quickly understood that registering the workers’ experiences and their organizing efforts was important not only as part of a broader discussion on the U.S. food supply chain, but because helping workers to get their stories out could have immediate impacts on their situation.

Vegetable processing workers rally outside Twin City Foods, in Pasco, WA, demanding protections and hazard pay, October 2020.

Certainly, doing research during the COVID-19 outbreak had great challenges. For safety reasons I couldn’t do in-person actions with the workers until October; yet in the months prior, I spent most of my time trying to get in touch with workers and organizers, doing phone interviews, and collecting online data. Unlike my previous experiences doing qualitative research, this time around things were put together remotely.

By the time I was able to travel to the sites where most of the organizing was happening, I had established closer relations with some workers and organizations, so my work focused on expanding those connections. I participated in rallies and community forums, went to workers’ homes and met their families, attended testing events, and volunteered at vaccination clinics. I loaned my translation skills and transferred resources from the university to these communities by compensating workers for their time spent collaborating on my research. Instead of focusing on writing an academic article or a chapter, I prioritized putting together a public policy oriented report, which became the basis of my testimony at the Washington State Legislature when the food industry’s pandemic response was under discussion, and which I later presented alongside many of the workers over Zoom.

I found that discourses about essential work did not necessarily translate into making workers feel like heroes, but actually quite the opposite, with many expressing that they felt “disposable.” However, I also found that workers translated this feeling of disposability into an opportunity to struggle for better working conditions and to build new and expansive communities of care.

Workers at Allan Bros in Yakima create an altar for a co-worker who died due to COVID-19, November 2020.

Through my research I captured how workers at different plants experimented with different forms of resistance and organizing: from creating online groups to help each other apply for benefits, to massively walking out of their jobs, to striking for several weeks, to starting their own unions or joining existing ones. Workers built spaces for mourning their co-workers and processing the loss they were collectively experiencing. They helped each other by making and sharing masks and hand sanitizer, preparing food, and coordinating pop-up vaccination clinics and know-your-rights’ trainings. They expanded their networks and built alliances with farmworkers, grocery workers, and multiple community organizations. In so doing, food processing migrant workers reverted the feelings of disposability, fear, and anger brought by the employer’s response during the pandemic and created spaces of collective care. These actions also brought new emotions, this time allowing workers to feel strong, beautiful, energized, and excited.  

Based on this insight, in my dissertation I argue that unpacking the affective dimension of their working conditions and their collective organizing allows for seeing how these workers turned fear and anger into courage, and how they defied the structural oppression that had rendered them disposable. By highlighting the emotional dimension both of disposability and the struggle against it, we are able to gain a deeper understanding of what the past year has been for these workers in the front lines and how they have struggled, and continue to struggle, for their survival and the survival of their communities.

Lola Loustaunau is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on precarity, low-wage migrant workers, emotions, and collective organizing. She has received several awards for her dissertation work and will be a Wayne Morse Graduate Fellow for AY 2021-2022. She has recently co-authored: ‘No choice but to be essential: expanding dimensions of precarity during the COVID-19’ (Sociological Perspectives, 2021) and ‘Impossible choices: how workers manage unpredictable scheduling practices’ (Labor Studies Journal 2019). For a longer report on her work, “Essential Work, Disposable Workers.


Reciprocity in Conducting Fieldwork in Ciudad Juárez

by Polet Campos-Melchor, PhD Student, Department of Anthropology

After my 2019 summer fieldwork at Respetttrans, a trans asylum seeker shelter in Ciudad Juárez, I was inspired to return in summer 2020 to create a lotería with the community and a transfronteriza artist. The pandemic made the return impossible. While my summer 2019 fieldwork examined trans asylum seekers’ practices of care and mutual aid during their experience with the Remain in Mexico Policy in Ciudad Juarez, my 2020 summer fieldwork was set to document the lives of trans asylum seekers being celebrated in Juárez. With the support of the Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies, I was able to finalize transcription from my 2019 research and conduct ten follow-up interviews with my interlocutors. This resulted in my master’s paper, submitted to the Department of Anthropology and approved in December 2020. In this newsletter post, I share an introduction to my 2019 summer fieldwork and how the lessons moved across borders and relations.

About a week into my fieldwork in Juárez, I met Grecia, a mother and nurse and the Rarámuri and Mennonite “mother” of Respetttrans. I had walked through Calle Hospital’s streets with Dr. Yolanda Leyva and Gabriela Muñoz, arriving at a bright pink house with a rainbow and trans flag hanging from the roof. This was Respetttrans, where Grecia had been awaiting our arrival. A tall, pale woman with nineties-style rolled bangs and warm brown eyes, Grecia welcomed us into the space. An active member of the LGBT community in Ciudad Juárez, Grecia told us that her goal is to keep LGBTQ+ migrants off the streets and get them into homes where they feel safe and welcome.

Two shelter members shape each others’ eyebrows. Next to them are the photos of Joha and Fiorela (captioned “No más muertes en el ICE (No moredeaths in ICE). Respetttrans-Ciudad Juárez, 2019.

By working towards building a reciprocal relationship with the LGBT+ community in Ciudad Juárez, I set my intentions on working closely with Respetttrans. Along with this feeling of caring for the house members came the responsibility of returning. After my first visit, I was tasked with bringing back items for the house members. Grecia asked for a new set of clothes for Leslie, a recent deportee, as well as a change of clothes for the two young boys of the house. Wily, a gay boy, also asked for a soccer ball. Two days later, I returned with all the items. One of the women was surprised that I had returned; she said reporters and other visitors do not.

Respetttrans is and continues to be a site that is frequented by nonprofits and government agencies who ask the residents about their struggles and repay them with a meal for their stories. There was a case when representatives from three different organizations arrived at the house on the same day. Community members said they felt like the house was a zoo and they were the animals. Although the girls joked, the sincerity in their eyes showed that they were hurt.

In another case in mid-August, I witnessed first-hand how rare it was for the autonomy or consent of migrants to be acknowledged. I was sitting in the living room with Courtney, Michele, Leslie, Minerva, Aneliz, and Andrés talking about foods we missed from home. Courtney was lying on one of the couches, closely watching Pose on my phone. Andrés continued to bring up chicken gizzards. When three guests entered with Grecia, we suddenly found ourselves in a group interview. The visitors were from an organization in the United States and were looking to fund spaces in Ciudad Juárez. I noted that consent for an interview had not been sought but presumed.

After that particular witnessing of the lack of consent or care given to the house members, I began to take photos of them on my polaroid to provide them with immediate copies. The women would pose, take pictures of each other with my camera, and then use the photos to decorate their living spaces. As I continued to visit them, I learned that collaborative relationships in the field require care and mutual support that center celebrating queer lives in the present.

Polet Campos-Melchor is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and Graduate Certificate student in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon. Her research explores how trans and lesbian migrants and scholars articulate and narrate strategies of love and care, expanding beyond only the imaginary into tangible strategies of survival. Polet is also a UO Promising Scholar. Her research has been funded by the Tinker Foundation, the UO Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, and the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society.

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Spring 2021 CLLAS Notes Part 1

Spring 2021 CLLAS Notes Part 3

2021 CLLAS Notes Part 1

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve published our newsletter exclusively online for another edition. This is the first of three newsletter installments to be published over the next several weeks.

Gabriela Martínez

Director’s Letter
by Gabriela Martínez, CLLAS Director;
Professor, School of Journalism and Communication

This year has been unusual, yet productive and busy for CLLAS. The global pandemic made us shift gears, but it didn’t stop us from carrying out 14 scholarly and creative events and activities. In this letter I will only highlight a few of them. CLLAS also continued its support to graduate students and faculty through what were difficult times for conducting research. 

This was the second and concluding year of our 2019-2021 theme The Politics of Language in the Americas: Power, Culture, History, and Resistance. We got off to a great start addressing the 2020 election cycle with an event focused on the election and the Latinx Community through a public conversation with the executive director of CAPACES Leadership Institute, Jaime Arredondo.  

CLLAS celebrated Latinx Heritage Month in October. Award-winning filmmaker Alex Rivera delivered the CLLAS Distinguished Lecture, entitled The Border as a Way of Seeing. He also led a teach-in where students and other attendees collectively produced a short film about immigration and the border.

CLLAS hosted a successful symposium marking the culmination of our two-year theme. This two-day series of events — Languages on the Move: Linguistic Diaspora, Indigeneity, and Politics in the Americas — included three panels, a keynote address, and several musical performances. You can immerse yourself in the symposium through our symposium videos. I am grateful to our symposium organizers, associate professors Monique Balbuena (Comp Lit), Audrey Lucero (College of Ed), and Gabriela Pérez Báez (Linguistics).  

CLLAS organized a celebration for the launching of the new Latinx Studies minor, headed by CLLAS board member and associate professor Audrey Lucero (College of Ed).

CLLAS closed this academic year by launching a new initiative to further engage UO’s undergraduate student population: Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Project. This Award recognizes undergraduate excellent work in a variety of disciplines where they cover Latinx and Latin American social, cultural, and/or political issues. First year CLLAS Undergraduate Award Recipients are: Emily Chavez Romero – Latino Roots Film: Dreams that Cross BordersThomas Parker – Research Paper: Wild Tales; Caitlin Scott – Honor’s Thesis: Reinforcing Push Factors in the Northern Triangle: An Investigation of Trump’s Attempts to Deter Immigration through Humanitarian Aid Reduction; Eva Shannon – Art Cover: La cena miserable, Eduardo Kingman, Ecuador. CLLAS Undergraduate Award Honorable Mentions are: Taylor Henry – Art Cover: Manos de la protesta, Oswaldo Guayamin, Ecuador; Adrianna Vaca-Navarro – Honor’s Thesis: Chapter on immigration and border imperialism.

In addition to the highlights mentioned above CLLAS also hosted its yearly ongoing Graduate Colloquium and Faculty Grantees Research Presentations. 

CLLAS’s next two-year theme 2021-2023 will be Human and Environmental Crises in the Americas. 

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to say how much CLLAS has enriched my academic and professional life during the years that I have been directing it. I am stepping away from the directorship at the end of June 2021. During my tenure, CLLAS solidified and expanded its presence throughout campus, strengthened its community outreach throughout the state of Oregon, and continued successfully its support to students and faculty bridging Latinx and Latin American Studies. I feel honored to have served as director of this important Center, which has a bright future if the UO administration has the vision and willingness to support its growth. I hope that is the case. 

I’m grateful to all of the CLLAS staff, graduate employees, and student workers who worked during my time as director. I want to acknowledge their outstanding work and commitment to everything CLLAS stands for. I would like specially to thank Eli Meyer, Director of Operations; Feather Crawford, Event Coordinator; Christine Waite, Accountant; and last but not least, Alice Evans, our former Communications Specialist. They all have been excellent to work with, and I feel lucky to have had them as my team. I also want to thank all of my colleagues who served at different moments on the executive board. Their commitment to CLLAS and their advice and contributions helped me enormously as director and strengthened the CLLAS research and programmatic agenda over the years. In particular, I would like to thank executive board members and dear colleagues Lynn Stephen (anthropology) and Carlos Aguirre (history) for their unwavering support and mentorship.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer!

Welcome to Our Next CLLAS Director 

Chris Chávez

I am pleased to welcome the next CLLAS Director, Dr. Chris Chávez. Chris Chávez is professor of Media Studies, Advertising, and Latinx Studies, tenured in the School of Journalism and Communication. He has been involved with CLLAS since he joined the UO in 2013, serving a three-year term as member of the executive board and actively participating in CLLAS research and programming activities. I am sure Chris will further strengthen and expand the significant work the center does on campus and extramural. I am happy to leave the CLLAS in such good hands! 

—Gabriela Martínez, Outgoing Director


Faculty Research

Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs

By Stephanie Wood, Center for Equity Promotion, College of Education

Forms of human expression have long been at the heart of research in the Humanities. Who adopted writing systems—from Mesopotamia to Mesoamerica—-along with explorations of when, where, why, and how, have captured the imagination of scholars for centuries. Yet, many questions remain and cry out for new attention. Maya hieroglyphs, in all their beautiful, three-dimensional, and lengthy texts have received much more attention than Aztec glyphs. 

CLLAS funding has underwritten work on the prototype of a digital collection of Aztec glyphs that will help advance scholars’ understanding of this unique, early writing system and provide a tool for the decipherment of unpublished manuscripts that feature such glyphs. Examples of Aztec hieroglyphic writing do appear on monuments and artifacts that have survived from pre-Columbian times, proving that it existed as a phonetic system prior to contact, but surviving manuscripts that employ a vast number of glyphs are either partially or entirely from post-contact times. For those interested in the revitalization of indigenous languages and in accessing Native points of view about settler colonialism, this body of material offers rich rewards. 

Wonderfully, hieroglyphic writing that is based on the Nahuatl language lived on for generations after the Spanish invaded and seized power five hundred years ago (1521). Dozens or hundreds of manuscripts painted across the sixteenth century by Nahua scribes —even as they also learned to write in Nahuatl using the imported Roman alphabet—remain to be carefully analyzed. If funding can now be obtained from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Visual Lexicon will incorporate thousands of glyphs from a number of manuscripts, such as the Codex Mendoza (from Mexico City, with two examples shown here), the Codex Xolotl (from Tetzcoco), and the Matrícula de Huexotzinco (Puebla). This image data set will facilitate not only an improved and expanded decipherment capability, but also a greater appreciation of the genius of Nahua literacy and its cultural expressions. 


CLLAS News & Updates

Michelle McKinley, Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the UO Law School, received the Provost Senior Humanist Award at the Oregon Humanities Center for Fall 2021, as well as a residential fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Professor McKinley also received a research grant from the American Philosophical Society. All these are for her new project: “Bound Biographies: Transoceanic Itineraries and the Afro-Iberian Diaspora in the Americas, 1550-1750.”

Isabel Millán, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year.

Lynn Stephen, Phillip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology, won the 2020-2021 publication prize of the LASA Expert Witness Section for her article “Fleeing rural violence: Mam women seeking gendered justice in Guatemala and the U.S.,” published in the Journal of Peasant Studies, in 2019. It is one of the pieces Stephen wrote specifically to build an argument to help in gendered asylum cases.


Book Publications

Carlos Aguirre, Professor, Department of History.  Alberto Flores Galindo. Utopía, historia y revolución (Lima, La Siniestra Ensayos, 2020), coauthored with Charles Walker, University of California, Davis. The book addresses different aspects of the work and life of the late Marxist Peruvian historian Alberto Flores Galindo (1949-1990), including his role as a public intellectual, his views about Peruvian independence, his interpretations of political violence in the 1980s, his relationship with the Cuban revolution, and the way in which his passion for literature infused his work as a historian.

Amalia Gladhart

Amalia Gladhart, Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Romance Languages: Her translation of Jaguars’ Tomb, a novel by Argentine writer Angélica Gorodischer, was published in Feb. 2021 by Vanderbilt UP.

Abstract: Jaguars’ Tomb is a novel in three parts, written by three interconnected characters. Each of the three parts revolves around the octagonal room that is alternately the jaguars’ tomb, the central space of the torture center, and the heart of an abandoned house that hides an adulterous affair. The novel is both an intriguing puzzle and a meditation on how to write about, or through, violence, injustice and loss. Among Gorodischer’s many novels, Jaguars’ Tomb most directly addresses the abductions and disappearances that occurred under the Argentine military dictatorship of 1976–83.

Michelle McKinley, Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the University of Oregon Law School. Her award-winning book Fractional Freedoms has been translated into Spanish. The citation is Libertades Fraccionadas: esclavitud, intimidad y movilización jurídica en la Lima colonial, 1600-1700. Valencia: Editorial Tirant lo blanch, 2021. Fractional Freedoms explores how thousands of slaves in colonial Peru were able to secure their freedom, keep their families intact, negotiate lower self-purchase prices, and arrange transfers of ownership by filing legal claims. Through extensive archival research, Michelle A. McKinley excavates the experiences of enslaved women whose historical footprint is barely visible in the official record.

Lynn Stephen, Phillip H. Knight Chair, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences Department of Anthropology. Indigenous Women and Violence: Feminist Activist Research in Heightened States of Injustice. Lynn Stephen (Editor), Shannon Speed (Editor). Indigenous Women and Violence offers an intimate view of how settler colonialism and other structural forms of power and inequality created accumulated violences in the lives of Indigenous women. This volume uncovers how these Indigenous women resist violence in Mexico, Central America, and the United States, centering on the topics of femicide, immigration, human rights violations, the criminal justice system, and Indigenous justice. Taking on the issues of our times, Indigenous Women and Violence calls for the deepening of collaborative ethnographies through community engagement and performing research as an embodied experience. This book brings together settler colonialism, feminist ethnography, collaborative and activist ethnography, emotional communities, and standpoint research to look at the links between structural, extreme, and everyday violences across time and space. 


Journal and Book Chapter Publications

  • Amalia Gladhart, Professor of Spanish, Dept. of Romance Languages; Her short story “Misdirection” (set in the Andes) appears in The Common 21. 
  • Audrey Lucero, Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies Director, Critical & Sociocultural Studies program Director, Latinx Studies Program:
    Lucero, A., Bermúdez, B., Mitteis, M. (forthcoming). Crossing borders: The perspectives of transnational students in one Oregon high school. In R. Bussell (Ed.), A state of immigrants: New research on the immigrant experience in Oregon. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon. 
    Lucero, A., Donley, K., Bermudez Bonilla, B. (in press). 
    Holguin, C.M., Romero Montaño, L., Lucero, A., Dorantes, A., Taylor, A. (in press). Too Latinx or not Latinx enough? Racial subtexts and subjectivities at a predominantly white university. Journal of Latinos and Education. 
  • Michelle McKinley, Bernard B. Kliks Professor of Law at the University of Oregon Law School, “Juana de Godinez,” published in Freedom in Degrees: A Collective Biography of Black Women and Emancipation in the Americas, Tatiana Seijas, Terri Snyder and Erica Ball eds. Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp.110-128. 
  • Bronwen K. Maxson, MLIS, Coordinator, Undergraduate Engagement & Instructional Services Subject Specialist for Latin American Studies, Spanish & Portuguese:
    Hicks, A., Maxson, B. K., & Reyes, B. M. (in press). “Hay muchos Méxicos”: A new approach to designing international information literacy instruction opportunities. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 21(3). https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/25841 
  • Jessica Vasquez-Tokos, Department of Sociology, & Priscilla Yamin, Department of Political Science. The racialization of privacy: racial formation as a family affair Accepted: 7 December 2020/  Springer Nature B.V. part of Springer Nature 2021. https://rdcu.be/cms2d
  • Lesley Jo Weaver, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Department of Global (International) Studies:
    2021 Weaver, Lesley Jo, Nicole Henderson, and Craig Hadley. The Social Meaning of Food Consumption Behaviors in Rural Brazil: Agreement and Intracultural Variation. Field Methods 33(4). https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1525822X21992162

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Spring 2021 CLLAS Notes Part 2

Spring 2021 CLLAS Notes Part 3

Motivations to Help: Local Volunteer Humanitarians in US Refugee Resettlement

Kristin Elizabeth Yarris, Brenda Garcia-Millan, and Karla Schmidt-Murillo recently published an article in Journal of Refugee Studies. Their article, “Motivations to Help: Local Volunteer Humanitarians in US Refugee Resettlement,” began as a CLLAS summer research project, funded by the 2017 CLLAS Collaborative grant. You can read the article abstract here.

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Spring 2020 CLLAS Notes, Part 3

Climate change effects on tropical cloud forests and coffee farms: a social-ecological study

By Adriana Uscanga Castillo

Adriana Uscanga Castillo visited a tropical cloud forest in the Chinantec region of Mexico to study the effects of climate change on small-scale coffee farms.

My field research centers on the Chinantec region in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. This region harbors one of the most biodiverse tropical forests in the country. This landscape is a mosaic of large patches of cloud forest embedded in a matrix of coffee plantations and maize plots which, along with the capricious topography and the cultural and socioeconomic history, create a complex socioecological system. Four communities of the Chinantec region are organized collectively in a forest conservation project known as Comité de Recursos Naturales de la Chinantla Alta (CORENCHI), which has carried out actions that over time have resulted in greater forest cover in the area.

I conducted initial fieldwork in this region in September 2019. My main objective was to establish connections with Chinantec community members and CORENCHI, as well as to evaluate the feasibility of my project and the interest or lack thereof that local people could have on the effects of climate change. The Tinker Field Research Grant helped me to accomplish the following particular objectives: (1) visit three communities in the Chinantec region that are involved in CORENCHI: Santa Cruz Tepetotutla, San Antonio del Barrio, and San Pedro Tlatepusco; (2) Introduce myself to CORENCHI’s president and to other members of CORENCHI; (3) document information about smallholders’ experiences in relation to agricultural production, especially concerning coffee, forest conservation, and climatic changes; (4) determine the most convenient ways of transportation, lodging, and eating in the area for future research stays.

Arriving to the Chinantec region all the way from Eugene involved several flights, buses, and a local special transport that runs among towns in the mountain range and must be booked in advance. I was lucky to be accompanied by a local guide that has worked in the region for several years now and knows people from the community, as well as the best means of transportation. During my stay in the region I met the president of CORENCHI, went to the main office in each community to introduce myself, and talked about my intention of doing research in the region.

Besides talking to the local authorities and asking for permission to conduct my research, I had the opportunity to visit some of the coffee farms, the patches of conserved forests, and maize plots. I was surprised to see how people manage to grow coffee and annual crops in such steep slopes. Although one of my objectives was to talk to coffee producers about their perspectives on climate change and their strategies for climate change adaptation, other topics seemed more important to them which drew our conversations into other matters.

Some topics that came out recurrently were, for instance, problems with the coffee rust and the international price of coffee. This finding resonates with research showing that small-scale coffee farmers are usually more concerned about problems directly related to yield and price, and less so about medium- to long-term problems, as climate change is currently considered. I also found that local people are interested in knowing about the carbon stocks and biodiversity present in their coffee farms, and realized that data about temperature, precipitation, or streamflow is not available at local scales.

These findings have shaped my work moving forward. First, the fact that climatic data is not available closed the possibility of assessing climatic changes at local scales. However, other interesting options arose, like assessing changes in carbon stocks. Furthermore, I realized that learning about the current effects of anthropogenic climate change will probably require a different approach than simply asking whether temperature and precipitation have been changing and affecting people’s lives.

Understanding climate change effects and people’s adaptation strategies requires an approach rooted in daily living experiences. Regardless of whether I will be able to assess this last point, doing fieldwork last summer was fundamental for clarifying the feasibility and scope of my project and to broaden my understanding of the small-scale coffee farmers’ reality in the Chinantec region.

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About the author
Adriana Uscanga is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography working in the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere research lab. She’s interested in the ecology of tropical landscapes and her research focuses on the interaction between land-use change and climate change and their effects on tropical montane forests. Adriana is currently studying carbon and water relations in cloud forests and coffee farms in Mexico.

Winter-spring Events Recap

By Feather Crawford, CLLAS Events Coordinator

While 2020 started with a full event calendar for CLLAS, unpredictable and unprecedented conditions brought dramatic changes for all of us. Here are some highlights.

On January 21, we hosted the CLLAS Winter graduate student colloquium, Gender and Sexuality in Latin America in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Jon Jaramillo, from Romance Languages, spoke about gendered minority community formation in Chile and Argentina, Polet Campos-Melchor, from Anthropology, spoke about LGBTQ+ migrants on the U.S.-Mexico Border and their strategies of love and survival, and Emily Masucci, also from Anthropology, spoke about gender-based violence and justice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In mid-February, CLLAS collaborated with the College of Education to host Bilingualism: Myths Abound!  At this exciting event, students, community members, and educators packed the Gumwood Room in the EMU to share in the expertise of faculty researchers from the College of Education and the Department of Linguistics. Check out the PDFs of their presentations at https://cllas.uoregon.edu/bilingualism-myths-abound/and learn more about their research related to bilingualism at all stages of the lifespan.

On February 20, David J. Vázquez, UO Associate Professor and Head of Department of English and recipient of the CLLAS Latinx Studies Seed grant, gave a presentation of his research, entitled Decolonial Environmentalisms: Race, Genre and Latinx Culture. Professor Vázquez analyzed environmental representations in contemporary Latinx literature and culture that include decolonial and anti-racist forms of thought as well as environmentalism. But then our programming suddenly ceased for two months as we all adapted to the COVID-19 crisis.

By late-April, CLLAS began hosting virtual events on Zoom; this new medium has worked especially well for our final two graduate research colloquia. On April 30, 2020, faculty and graduate students from across campus attended Gender and Climate Crisis in the Americas. Holly Moulton, from Environmental Studies, spoke about the way women in the Peruvian Cordillera Blanca experience their proximity to dramatic ice-loss in that region of the Andes and Adriana Uscanga Castillo shared her research on small-scale farmer’s vulnerability to climate changes in the Chinantec Region, Mexico.

Our Gender and Climate Crisis in the Americas graduate research colloquium, conducted via Zoom, was attended by faculty and students from across campus.

On May 26, in the final colloquium, entitled Politics and Justice in the Caribbean and Central America, Alberto Lioy, in Political Science, spoke about rapid political change and the 1994-1998 story of political collapse in Costa Rica and Carla Macal Montenegro discusses mourning and the search for justice for the 56 Guatemalan girls who were lost in the fire at Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción. All four graduate students who shared their research over Zoom gave powerful presentations and benefited from robust Q & A and discussion with their virtual audiences!

CLLAS rounded out the academic year with two more successful virtual events. The Latino Roots Celebration drew almost one hundred guests on June 3 (more below) and showcased exceptional student work. Our final event on June 9, Remote Research: Sharing Ideas for Domestic and International Research During the Pandemic, was moderated by Professors Erin Beck (Political Science), Audrey Lucero (College of Education), and Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) and graduate student Emily Masucci (Anthropology) and featured important resources and ideas for carrying out research in the era of COVID19. The Zoom video and chat for this event can be accessed from the CLLAS website at https://cllas.uoregon.edu/remote-research-sharing-ideas-for-domestic-and-international-research-during-the-pandemic-2/.

Latino Roots

Guitarist Ricardo Cárdenas performed at our virtual Latino Roots celebration on June 3.

The fifth Latino Roots Celebration took place through Zoom on June 3, 2020. Students of the Latino Roots I & II courses presented their ethnographic documentaries to peers, faculty, staff, and community members.

The virtual events included:

  • Guitar music by Ricardo Cárdenas
  • Remarks by UO President Michael Schill, PCUN Executive Director Reyna López and Latino Roots students Emily Chávez Romero and Jackson McCormick 
  • Symbolic deposit of work in the library with Mark Watson-Interim Dean of Libraries
  • Screening of documentaries and websites in Zoom breakout rooms

Professors Gabriela Martínez (SOJC) and Lynn Stephen (Anthropology) developed the courses Latino Roots I and Latino Roots II a decade ago. Latino Roots I focuses on giving a theoretical, documentary, and ethnographic understanding of the processes of Latino immigration and settlement in Oregon during the past 150 years. Latino Roots II teaches students how to produce a short video documentary from oral history interviews.

To view student documentaries and learn more about the Latino Roots courses and the traveling educational Latino Roots exhibit, please visit https://latinoroots.uoregon.edu/

CLLAS to Host Symposium on Languages and Diaspora in Spring 2021

CLLAS will be hosting its third symposium during spring 2021. The tentative title of the symposium is “Languages on the Move.” The focus will be on linguistic diaspora, indigenous languages, other forms of language (i.e music, audiovisal-films/TV/other), and the politics of language in the Americas. The symposium will be a 1-2 day event during week 4 or 5 of spring term next year.

CLLAS is still working on the details but panel topics may include:

  • Languages in the Pacific Northwest
  • Encountering linguistic diasporas in Latin America
  • Other types of language – music, visuals
  • Political discourse
  • Borders
  • Education

CLLAS would also like the event to have a space for student research and engagement. Other potential activities include music and connections to art. The coordinating committee is Audrey Lucero from the College of Education, Monique Balbuena from the Honors College, and Gabriela Pérez Báez from the department of Linguistics. Please check back on our website at cllas.uoregon.edu for updates as next spring approaches.

2020-21 CLLAS Grant Recipients

CLLAS congratulates its graduate and faculty 2020-21 grant recipients, listed below.

Summer Graduate Research Grant Awards:

  • Polet Campos-Melchor, Anthropology: “LGBTQ+ Migrants: Demystifying Love and Survival in Ciudad Juárez.”
  • Lola Loustaunau, Sociology: “The hands that feed us: analyzing the experiences of migrant Latinas in food processing.”

Graduate Field Research Grants in Latin America:

  • Lindsey Romero, Counseling Psychology: “Sanando las Heridas del Pasado: An Examination of Trauma Healing among Peruvians Post the 20-Year Period of Violence.”
  • Annalise Gardella, Anthropology: “Visibility, Risk, and Violence: Face-to-Face and Online Organizing among El Salvador’s LGBT Organizations.”
  • Alejandra García Isaza, Prevention Science: “Parenting through adversity: Barriers and facilitators of parent engagement among Buen Comienzo families.”

Faculty Latinx Studies Seed Grant Award:

  • Audrey Lucero, Associate Professor of Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education: “Languaging While Comprehending.”

Faculty Research Seed Grant Awards:

  • Stephanie Wood, Director of the Wired Humanities Project and Research Associate at the Center for Equity Promotion: “Visual Lexicon of Aztec Hieroglyphs.”
  • John Arroyo, Assistant Professor in Planning, Public Policy and Management: Book project: “Shadow Suburbanism: Mexican Immigration, Urban Change, and Place in Greater Atlanta.”

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