- Latino Migration Project
The Institute for the Study of the Americas was proud to take part in the September Global Opportunities Reception, an event attended by students and families during the 2014 Family Weekend. Experienced students, faculty and staff shared their global stories and general information regarding remarkable, secure and affordable global opportunities available at UNC Chapel Hill.
This event was organized by the Center for Global Initiatives and Global Relations.
Photo Credit: Robert Berges, ’15.
An interactive collection featuring UNC Communication Studies and Curriculum in Global Studies Assistant Professor Renee Alexander Craft’s field research is featured in Carolina Arts & Science Magazine.
Alexander Craft is the author of “When the Devil Knocks: The Congo Tradition and the Politics of Blackness in 20th Century Panama” (The Ohio State University Press, January 2015).
Her work also includes a collaborative research initiative called The Portobelo Digital Oral History Project, which explores an Afro-Latin community located in the Panama town of Portobelo and the “Congo” tradition. This custom honors the history of the cimarrones, runaway enslaved Africans who fought for and won their freedom during the Spanish colonial period through storytelling and music.
Alexander Craft was selected as the inaugural Digital Innovation Lab/Insititute for the Arts & Humanities Fellow. The Lab is a project-focused hub for collaborative, interdisciplinary discovery, experimentation, implementation, and assessment in the use of digital technologies to advance the work of the Univerisity in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
In responding to a call from the community for greater preservation, Alexander Craft’s field research of interviews, photos, videos, and archival materials are now online at digitalportobelo.org. Read more about Alexander Craft, Portobelo, and the “Congo” tradition here.
For more information on Digital Portobelo, click here.
For more on this project and to see the feature on UNC Global, click here.
We are pleased to share the news that UNC geographer Altha Cravey’s documentary was selected to screen on Oct. 12, 2014 at the Fifth Annual Film Festival of the American Indian Movement, West, in Santa Rosa, California. We hope you enjoy the original article (below)!.
Original publication here.
A documentary by UNC geographer Altha Cravey that explores the connections of the indigenous Otomi people in Durham, N.C., and in their hometown of San Pablito, Mexico, has been selected for an American Indian film festival.
Cravey is an associate professor of geography in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. The film, “Seed Spirits: The Otomi of Carolina del Norte,” will be screened at the Fifth Annual Film Festival of the American Indian Movement West (AIM-West) on Oct. 12 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
The film was supported by the N.C. Arts Council Folklife Division. Additional producers/directors are Elva E. Bishop and Ciro Arroyo Vicente.
The main source of livelihood in the town of San Pablito, a small village in highland Pueblo, is artisanal papermaking. Papel amate was used for creating the ancient Mexican codices. In the last generation, Otomi (who call themselves Hyuhnu) have relocated to Durham, N.C., and are sending remittances back to supplement earnings from papermaking. The documentary focuses on indigenous traditions that mark the cycle of life and the passing of the seasons: Carnaval, a Quinciñera, and Day of the Dead. In addition, Don Alfonso Garcia, a leading curandero (traditional healer or shaman)of San Pablito, speaks about the role of seed spirits cut from sacred paper in his healing work.
Films selected for the AIM-WEST festival exemplify the legacy and spiritual movement of resistance, and the fight for self-determination found among indigenous peoples throughout the globe. Held each year on Indigenous People’s Day, the festival offers an educational alternative to the stories typically associated with Columbus Day and what it means to indigenous people throughout the Americas.
For more on Cravey’s film, visit http://seedspirits.unc.edu/about.html.
For more about the film festival, visit http://bennyjcuellar.wix.com/aim-international-film-festival.
The 2014 NC Latin American Film Festival | SOUNDS & RHYTHMS From Latin America and the Caribbean
Save the dates, September 25 to November 6, 2014.
Festival Week October 4 – 11, 2014.
Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University
Attn: Miguel Rojas-Sotelo. Festival Director
Address: 133 John Hope Franklin Center, Duke University, 2204 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705
From September 25 to November 6, Durham and Chapel Hill will enjoy sounds, rhythms, images, and stories from the Americas. This year the festival focuses on the way music/rhythm is intertwined within the social, cultural, and historical constructions of the region. Sound-scapes and rhythm-scapes that represent the joys and sorrows and the individual and collective voices of peoples across the hemisphere will encapsulate the fundamental relationship between life and music in the Americas. Audiences will enjoy the presence of filmmakers, musicians, and artists. The NC Latin American Film Festival (NC LAFF) is a signature event of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It is also a key “Hispanic Heritage Month” event. Do not miss it!
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This year the festival features 17 feature length films, in addition to a number of short films, and video clips. Also the NC LAFF will feature “live music” by local musicians accompanying some of the films of the festival: Bradley Simmons, the accomplished Afro-Cuban drum player and director of the Duke Djembe Ensemble, together with other musicians, will perform a “live-score” of the film SEMPER FIDEL; Chilean composer and musician Carlos Salvo will feature his new composition honoring Violeta Parra, titled “Allegro con Brio;” finally L.E.T.A.L., a local Latin Rock Band will close the festival with a special “jam-session” for those followers of South American rock music. (See more details in the general program)
Festival highlights include: 10/4. SAT. Richard White Auditorium, Duke. Durham. 4:00pm CHICO & RITA. Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal & Tono Errando / Cuba, Spain, UK, Argentina / 2012 / 94 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Chico is a dashing piano player and Rita is an enchanting and beautiful Havana nightclub singer. When they meet, the sparks fly and they fall madly in love. A tribute to a vibrant and colorful time in the history of both Cuba and jazz. The soundtrack features music of jazz legends Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie and Freddy Cole, performed by Idania Valdés, Carlos Sarduy, Horacio Hernández, Rolando Luna, Germán Velazco and Jorge Reyes.
10/4. SAT. Richard White Auditorium, Duke. Durham. 7:00pm SEMPER FIDEL. Robert Pietri / Cuba, USA / 2014 / 90 min. English and Spanish with English subtitles. Spinning a classic, multifaceted story against an uncommon backdrop, Semper Fidel tells the tale of a U.S. Marine who investigates the life of his father, a Cuban sports star. Stunning scenes against the Cuban landscapes and the city of Havana propel this character-driven drama forward, highlighting the conflict of place and identity the protagonist feels, and allowing the viewer to take the journey alongside him. *Special Screening with live-score performance, featuring Bradley Simmons and participation of the Film Director. Q&A following the screening.
10/6. MON. Carolina Theatre. Durham. 7:00pm VIOLETA SE FUE A LOS CIELOS | VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN. Andrés Wood / Chile / 2011 / 110 min. Spanish with English subtitles. The film tells the story of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation and Chile’s national hero, while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions. Her achievements are suspended in a passionate journey with the characters that made her dream, laugh and cry. *Special musical introduction by Chilean composer and interpreter Carlos Salvo.
10/7. TUE. Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Campus. Durham. 7:00pm BAÍA DE TODOS OS SANTOS | BAY OF ALL SAINTS. Annie Eastman / US-Brazil / 2012 / 74 min. Portuguese with English subtitles. In Salvador da Bahía, next to one of Brazil’s wealthiest cities, generations of impoverished families have lived in a community of palafitas, shacks built on stilts over the ocean bay. Under a government program to reclaim and restore the bay, hundreds of families face forced relocation. Filmed over six years, this extraordinary documentary offers fresh insights into environmental justice and notions of home for citizens bypassed by Brazil’s economic boom.
10/9. THU. Carolina Theatre. Durham. 7:00pm MERCEDES SOSA. LA VOZ DE LATINOAMERICA | MERCEDES SOSA. THE VOICE OF LATIN AMERICA. Rodrigo Villa / Argentina / 2013 / 52 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Journey into the world of Argentina’s most famous musical artist. Over a career that spanned 50 years, Sosa sold millions of records, performed thousands of concerts all over the world, and left behind an incredible legacy as an artist who went beyond the borders of music to become one of the most influential – and loved – personalities of the 20th century.
10/10. FRI. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:00pm PELO MALO | BAD HAIR Mariana Rondón / Venezuela / 2013 / 93 min. Spanish with English Subtitles. A nine-year-old boy, Junior, lives in a Caracas shanty-town; he is obsessed with becoming a singer and having straight long-hair, which elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother. She loves her kids, would endure almost anything for them, but she cannot abide Junior’s preening and fussing over his appearance.
10/11. SAT. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. UNC-Chapel Hill. 4.00pm TROPICÁLIA. Marcelo Machado / Brazil / 2012 / 87 min. English and Portuguese with English subtitles. This carefully researched film investigates the cultural movement dubbed Tropicália, which began in Brazil during the 1960s as a reaction to the popular music and nationalism of the period. Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Zé and others mull over their experiences from that time, while magnificent archival footage brings to life the sheer inventiveness and political reach of “Tropicalism.”
GIMME THE POWER. Olallo Rubio / Mexico / 2012 / 90 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Gimme the Power presents a version of the history of Mexico by using popular culture, in particular the work of the rock band MOLOTOV. The members of the band become informants of such reality by sharing the stories of the lyrics of their songs while they were developed. Both history and story telling (from the perspective of the musicians) are intertwined. A country in constant crisis, a search for a real democracy after the hegemony of the PRI, and a band that gives the ‘soundtrack” of discontent. Additionally the NC LAFF presents a photo exhibit by local photographer and documentarian Charles D. Thompson titled
ROSTROS DEL TIEMPO | FACES OF TIME. September 30 to December 15, 2014, John Hope Franklin Center Hall Gallery. 2204 Erwin Road. Durham, NC. 27705. In conjunction with the exhibit we will host a panel discussion on the history of Braceros on October 8, 2014 as part of the Wednesdays at the Center series, noon-1pm. John Hope Franklin Center, Room 240. And a film screening:
10/8. WED. Nelson Mandela Auditorium. UNC-Chapel Hill. 7:00pm Rostros del Tiempo | Faces of Time. Charles D. Thompson / Mexico, USA / 2014 / 15 min. Spanish with English subtitles. These are the faces of ex-Braceros (or sometimes their widows who stand for them) who worked in U.S. fields, harvesting crops and providing food for American consumers between the years 1942-1964. They gather every Sundayin Ciudad Juárez to protest because they still have not received the retirement benefits they earned half a century ago.
Followed by: VIDA PROPIA. Sarah Garrahan / USA-Latino / 2014 / 52 min. Spanish with English subtitles. Vida Propia is an intimate portrait of Nora Méndez, a 43-year-old mother of three living in Durham, North Carolina. Nora works as a cook in a Latino-fusion restaurant; lately she has started her own food truck business. *Special event with presence of the director and participants of the films, Q&A to follow the screenings.
All Festival activities are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
As in previous years, the Festival will take place in several venues. Richard White Auditorium, Duke University, East Campus. Durham, NC. 27705. Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center, UNC-Chapel Hill. 301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC. 27514. Carolina Theatre. 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, NC. 27701. Educational Resource Center- ERC Auditorium, Durham Technical Community College, Main Campus. Durham, NC. 27701. Farrison-Newton Communications Building Theatre, North Carolina Central University. Durham, NC. 27707. Full Frame Theatre. American Tobacco Campus. 318. Blackwell St, Durham, NC. 27701.
Organized by The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. This event is made possible through funding by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the US Department of Education.
Co-sponsored by the UNC Institute for the Study of the Americas, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke Screen/Society, Duke Center for Documentary Studies, UNC Romance Languages and Literatures, Duke Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South, Duke-UNC Middle East Studies Center, the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke, PRAGDA, North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College, El Centro Hispano, and the Carolina Theatre of Durham.
62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies (SECOLAS)
Francis Marion Hotel
Charleston, South Carolina
March 12-14, 2015
Proposal Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
“Memory and Identity in Latin America”
The 62nd Annual Meeting of SECOLAS will take place at the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, from Thursday, March 12 to Saturday, March 14, 2015. SECOLAS invites faculty members, independent scholars and graduate students to submit panel and individual paper proposals for participation in the conference.
We welcome submissions on any aspect of Latin American and/or Caribbean Studies. We especially encourage papers and panels that address the conference theme (broadly conceived).
Graduate student presenters will be eligible to apply for the Ed Moseley Award for the best paper presented at the SECOLAS meeting.
After the conference, all presenters will be eligible to submit their paper for publication consideration in the SECOLAS Annals issue of The Latin Americanist, an international, peer-reviewed journal published by SECOLAS and Wiley Blackwell.
Send proposals, including a 250‐word abstract for each panel and/or paper and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) for all panelists, to one of the program co-chairs by December 1, 2014:
History and Social Sciences
Department of Management
Central Michigan University
Literature and Humanities
Department of English
Western Carolina University
South Eastern Council On Latin American Studies – SECOLAS UNC Charlotte | Department of History
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Adding to the burgeoning study of medicine and science in Latin America, this important book offers a comprehensive historical perspective on the highly contentious issues of sexual and reproductive health in an important Andean nation. Raúl Necochea López approaches family planning as a historical phenomenon layered with medical, social, economic, and moral implications. At stake in this complex mix were new notions of individual autonomy, the future of gender relations, and national prosperity.
The implementation of Peru’s first family planning programs led to a rapid professionalization of fertility control. Complicating the evolution of associated medical services were the conflicting agendas of ordinary citizens, power brokers from governmental and military sectors, clergy, and international health groups. While family planning promised a greater degree of control over individuals’ intimate lives, as well as opportunities for economic improvement through the effective management of birth rates, the success of attempts to regulate fertility was far from assured. Today, Necochea López observes, although the quality of family planning resources in Peru has improved, services remain far from equitably available.
About the author
Raúl Necochea López is assistant professor of social medicine and adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
See the original article here.
Sponsored by the UNC-Duke Consortium, the Yucatec Maya Summer Institute is open to students, faculty and the public. We followed along as students learned beginning, intermediate and advanced level the instruction of modern Yucatec Maya, and now, we are pleased to share photos from the 2014 Yucatec Maya Institute. We hope you will enjoy!
The Consortium on Latin American & Caribbean Studies founded the Yucatec Maya Institute in 1992. The Institute has trained over 100 scholars from the US, Canada Europe, and Latin America.
Sponsored by the UNC-Duke Consortium, the Yucatec Maya Summer Institute offers beginning, intermediate and advanced level instruction of modern Yucatec Maya. The courses are open to students, faculty, and the public.
The Consortium on Latin American & Caribbean Studies founded the Yucatec Maya Institute in 1992. The Institute has trained over 100 scholars from the US, Canada Europe, and Latin America.
We are pleased to share photos and a video from this year’s students. Enjoy!
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Chapel Hill, N.C.–The University of North Carolina Press (UNCP) and the Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announce a new joint initiative in open-access scholarly publishing.
Studies in Latin America (SLA) is a new series of short works to be published by ISA and distributed by UNCP in digital open-access as well as in print and e-book formats.
Louis A. Pérez Jr., Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas, and J. Carlyle Sitterson Professor of History at UNC Chapel Hill, stated, “The Studies in Latin America series is designed to meet the emerging needs of a rapidly expanding body of social science scholarship on Latin America. The idea is to provide a new venue to disseminate original research in the form of short works of approximately 20,000 up to 35,000 words in length, and thereby offer scholars an opportunity to contemplate a new genre of scholarship coupled with an effective publishing outlet not previously available. The peer-reviewed short works open-access series promises to provide scholars with a vast readership and at the same time offer highly usable classroom texts.”
The Studies in Latin America series will promote new scholarship on Latin America and the Caribbean focusing on the social sciences–principally anthropology, geography, history, political science, and sociology–and featuring diverse methodological approaches and perspectives on vital issues concerning Latin America and the Caribbean, past and present.
The Spangler Family Director at UNC Press, John Sherer, hailed the new initiative as groundbreaking. “This series, which involves a three-way partnership between the Press, ISA, and the UNC Libraries, will be our first open-access initiative. It utilizes our new digital-first workflow to efficiently publish these shorter works, while maintaining the high level of quality and broad scope of dissemination traditionally associated with UNC Press books.”
Open-access content for Studies in Latin America will be hosted on the UNC Chapel Hill Libraries website.
“I am excited about this new venture in open-access publishing,” said Sarah C. Michalak, Associate Provost and University Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill. “The UNC Libraries and the UNC Press have worked together on several scholarly publishing projects aimed at making high-quality academic content broadly available. Studies in Latin America is a creative idea that will successfully advance that important work.”
The series will launch in 2015 with an anticipated two distributed works per year.
Studies in Latin America welcomes English-language manuscripts by senior scholars as well as by junior scholars. Submissions will undergo a formal peer-review process as part of the publication decision. The Institute for the Study of the Americas and UNC Press anticipate a wide distribution of the scholarship included in Studies in Latin America by taking advantage of the digital publishing environment.
For more information and inquiries about submissions, please contact Louis A. Pérez Jr., Director, Institute for the Study of the Americas, at email@example.com or at Global Education Center, CB 3205, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599. Questions may also be addressed to Elaine Maisner, Senior Executive Editor, UNC Press, at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 919-962-0810
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