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Spring Graduate Research Colloquium II: Resilience in Transnational Communities

April 28, 2022
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

CLLAS Research Series

125 McKenzie

Alejandra Pedraza (Global Studies)

“The expansion of caregiving during the COVID-19 pandemic: Insights from a migrant-sending community in rural Mexico” 

Alejandra Pedraza is a second-year graduate student in the Global Studies department. She received her B.A. from the University of Colorado Boulder in Environmental Studies and Biology. During her undergraduate career, Alejandra immersed herself in various conservation and sustainability projects in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. This is where her passion for international development and Latin American affairs first developed. Upon graduating, Alejandra joined Peace Corps Mexico, where she worked until the COVID-19 pandemic forced her evacuation. 

For two years, Alejandra called a remote Mexican village in the Sierra Madre Occidental home. Through integration in an isolated village entirely dependent on remittances and living alongside the people directly impacted by the dynamics of transnational family life, particularly the women and children that remain behind, Alejandra discovered her passion for understanding Mexican American migration, transnational families, and the gendered costs of migration.  

Alejandra is currently working on a qualitative research study seeking to elucidate the ways the COVID-19 pandemic is expanding gendered caregiving responsibilities in remittance-dependent households in rural Mexico. In her research, Alejandra forefronts the social conditions of migration that have been exacerbated during the pandemic and the deep wellbeing implications these changes have for the mothers in her sample.  

David Peña (School of Art and Design)

“Ecotone” 

David Peña is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and cultural organizer from the border region between Tijuana and San Diego. I use the visual vocabulary of patterns as a way to contemplate personal and public occurrences and as a point of collaboration. I seek to connect my visual practice with my commitment to people and place, exploring ways to bridge community. I use my work as a vehicle for collaboration with artists engaged in diverse media, students and the general public. These collaborations have been realized as interventions with text, photography, murals, and self-publishing. 

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Spring Graduate Research Colloquium I: Tension, Gender, Poetry, and Song in Latin American Literature

April 14, 2022
3:30 pmto5:00 pm

CLLAS Research Series

125 McKenzie

Marina Penalosa (Romance Languages)

“An Intellectual Field in Tension. The Other Borges”   

Marina Penalosa is a PhD candidate in the Department of Romance Languages. Her dissertation “An Intellectual Field in Tension. The Other Borges” explores how Jorge Luis Borges’ lectures shaped him as a canonical Argentine writer, through the global evolution of his role in the intellectual field. The project seeks to address Borges’ efforts to occupy a privileged position in the public sphere in the microcosm of the cultural field. I analyze the context of the cultural events from the 1920s to the late 1980s in Argentina through the lenses of literary analysis and cultural sociology. Her presentation is the result of the archival work she did in Buenos Aires. With the support of the CLLAS scholarship she worked on the archives of the National Library to find traces of the cultural events of the public lectures in the city during the 1920’s and 1930’s. 

Elizabeth Sotelo (Romance Languages)

“Beyond Gender: Inequalities and Invisibilities Among Female Literary Chroniclers in Peru and Mexico”  

Elizabeth Sotelo is a Ph.D. candidate in Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. She obtained an M.A. degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of California Riverside and a B.A. in Spanish literature and linguistics from California State Polytechnic University Pomona. Her research interests are Latin American literature and culture from the 20th and 21st centuries (emphasis on Peru and Mexico), the chronicle genre, postcolonial studies, critical race studies, critical theory, feminist studies, and narratology. Currently, she is working on her dissertation “The Urban Literary Chronicle in Peru and Mexico (1999-2021): Inhabitants, Peripheries, Epistemic Decolonization”, which focuses on how selected chronicles render visible a decolonizing and political stand through their writing. 

Magela Baudoin (Romance Languages)

“Poetry and Popular Song in Matilde Casazola and Violeta Parra: The Journey of the Seed”   

Magela Baudoin is a Bolivian writer and journalist, author of the books “Mujeres de Costado” (Plural 2010), “El sonido de la H” (National Novel Award 2014-Bolivia), “La composición de la sal” (Gabriel García Márquez Hispano-American Short Story Prize-2015), and “Vendrá la muerte y tendrá tus ojos” (finalist for the VI Ribera del Duero-Páginas de Espuma Award in Spain-2020). Her work has been translated into English, Italian, Portuguese and Arabic. Together with Giovanna Rivero, she directs Editorial Mantis, specialized in publishing the work of Spanish-speaking women. In 2021 she received the Anna Seghers award. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Literature and Romance Languages at the University from Oregon (USA).

 

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CLLAS Graduate Student Research Grants

March 4, 2022
12:00 pm

CLLAS calls for proposals for the 2022 Field Research in Latin America and 2022 Summer Research grants. You can watch a recording of our grant-writing workshop here.

2022 Field Research in Latin America

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 students and doctoral candidates. Find the full call at this linked PDF: https://cllas.uoregon.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2022-Call-for-Latin-American-Field-Research-Proposals-.pdf

2022 Summer Research Grant

In order to encourage and support interdisciplinary graduate student research in the areas of Latinx and Latin American Studies, CLLAS offers summer research support. We expect to award up to three summer grants for $1,500 each to advance research for either master’s or doctoral candidates. We are especially interested in projects that link Latinx Studies or Latin American Studies with other disciplines. Find the full call at this linked PDF: https://cllas.uoregon.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/2022-Call-for-Grad-Proposals-Summer-Research-Grant.pdf

Application Deadline: 12:00 pm (Noon), Friday, March 4, 2022

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Grant-Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

February 1, 2022
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

Event Video

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies held its annual Grant Writing Workshop targeted toward graduate students on February 1, 2022. This workshop was led by CLLAS Director Chris Chávez and the CLLAS team.

You can watch a recording of our grant-writing workshop here.

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Grant Writing Workshop for Graduate Students

February 3, 2021
12:00 pmto1:00 pm

VIRTUAL EVENT

CLLAS Professional Development Series

The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies will hold its annual Grant Writing Workshop targeted toward graduate students on February 3, 2021, 12:00-1:00pm.

This is a virtual event. To join our email list and receive login information, please follow this link: https://oregon.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_23iO14izFbuzbrn

CLLAS Director Gabriel Martinez will lead the workshop. 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 2021 grants for graduate students. Find our grant RFPs here. For more information, please contact cllas@uoregon.edu.

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