2018 Grant Recipients

2018-19 CLLAS Graduate Student Research Grants

• “Migration Industry in Oregon: How Contractors Define Living and Labor Conditions of Farmworkers.” Diego Contreras, Sociology.

• “Promotoras de Salud: Addressing Environmental Racism in Southern California.” Cristina Faiver-Sema, Geography.

“Latinx Theatre Commons’ 2018 Carnaval of New Latinx Work.”  Olga Sanchez, Theatre Arts.

2018-19 CLLAS Faculty Collaboration Research Grants

“Why Gwarayos Sing: Conservation of the Cultural and Natural Environment through Musical Ethno-education.” By Ed Wolf, Ethnomusicology and Derrick Hindery, International Studies and Geography.

Studies have shown that one territory entitled to a community of the Gwarayo Indigenous peoples of Bolivia has the most conserved forest in the region, suggesting that the Gwarayo have cultural knowledge that empowers their community to engage holistically with their ecological surroundings. At least one Gwarayo leader from this community is interested in making sure that the traditional music and dance that has helped impart these values to community members is documented and becomes part of a formal education program for Gwarayo youth, directed by Gwarayos themselves. Derrick Hindery, associate professor of international studies, and Juan Eduardo Wolf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, are embarking on a project to assist the Gwarayos make this ethno-education project a reality. This CLLAS grant supports the first step in developing the curriculum for this program by sponsoring the visit by Hindery and Wolf to the region to facilitate workshops with the Gwarayo elders. The workshops will be designed to understand what is important to these elders and what they would like the project to document. In turn, Hindery and Wolf believe that all of humanity will benefit from this work, as all are interconnected through ecological concerns. Preserving the forests on Gwarayo homelands helps to ensure all global peoples have greater access to clean air, water, and ecological diversity.

• “Visual Clave: The Expression of the Latino/a Experience Through Album Cover Art: 1940-1990.” Philip Scher, Anthropology, and Cheryl Hartup, JSMA.
Abstract: An exhibition at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, January 19, 2019 – April 21, 2019. Organized by Philip W. Scher, UO Divisional Dean for Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and Folklore, and Pablo Yglesias, a Cuban-American musician, historian, writer, artist and DJ based in Northampton, Massachusetts, “Visual Clave” investigates the evolution of Latin music album cover art with particular focus on the United States market. It pays critical attention to issues of identity, race, gender, sexuality violence, protest, and migration through depictions of Latinx culture, with an emphasis on historical context and the aesthetic choices of visual artists. The exhibition weaves a compelling narrative of resistance, self-determination, cultural pride, and social commentary through the display of 78 RPM album jackets from the 1930s and 40s, LP covers from the 1960s-90s, and original artworks used to create the final packaging. The exhibition’s premise is that the record jacket is a visual carrier of the shifting concerns and challenges facing diverse Latinx populations at various times and in different regions of the U.S.

2018-19 CLLAS Inaugural Latinx  Studies Seed Grant

• “A Child Should Not Long For Its Own Image: Literature and Visual Media for Queer Latinx Youth.” Ernesto Martinez, Associate Profesor, Ethnic Studies.  “A Child Should Not Long for Its Own Image: Literature and Visual Media for Queer Latinx Youth” is an applied-research storytelling project that responds to the severe underrepresentation of queer Latinx youth in contemporary cultural production. Our first short film, La Serenata, will be will be directed in summer by the Los Angeles-based Chicana feminist director Adelina Anthony and scored by the Grammy-nominated composer/producer Hector Pérez.”

2nd Year Tinker Foundation Grants

The Tinker Field Research Grants are open to students across all academic disciplines and graduate degree programs to assist master’s and doctoral students with travel and field-related expenses for brief periods of field research in Latin America. Administered by CLLAS, the grant program is funded by the Tinker Foundation, with matching funds from the UO Office of Academic Affairs and the Graduate School.

2018 – 2019 Recipients

• “Scientific Diplomacy as an Interdisciplinary Logic: A Case Study of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research.” Lourdes Ginart, Geography. 

• “Propaganda and Persuasion at Argentina ’78” (renamed from “Mass Media and Activism in Argentina”). Liam Machado, Art History.

• “Environmental Justice and the Local Effects of Glacier Melt: A Case Study in the Peruvian Cordillera Huayhuash.” Holly Moulton, Environmental Studies.

• “State Responses to Gendered Violence: Lessons Learned from a Comparative Case Study of Costa Rica and Guatemala.” Caitlin O’Quinn, Political Science. 

• “Indigeneity and mobilization: ¿How do collective identities of lowland indigenous nations in Bolivia influence their strategies to implement their right to self-determination and cultural promotion?” Maria Pomes Lorences, International Studies.  

• “Sounds of Power — Peruvian colonial pipe organs in the interplay of cultures.” Natascha Reich, Musicology. 

• “Indigenous Maya Labor in the World Heritage site of Chichén Itzá.” Sofia Vidal, Anthropology.