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NEWS & EVENTS | December 15-31, 2022




UT Representation at the LASA2023 Congress
LLILAS is a Latin American Studies Association (LASA) partner, along other prestigious centers for Latin American Studies across the globe. More than 60 Latin Americanists, including faculty, staff, and students, will represent UT Austin at the 2023 LASA Congress, to be held May 24–27 in Vancouver, B.C. Register here to attend and participate in person or remotely. 


Archiving Black América: New Initiative Will Focus on Afro-Latin America
How does our past, present, and future vision of the Americas change when it is examined by Black cultural producers, activists, and theorists from Latin America and the Caribbean? Archiving Black América, a new LLILAS Benson initiative, will amplify and support teaching, research, and outreach on the UT campus related to Afro-Latin America. Learn more here.

Announcing the Spring 2023 Tinker Visiting Professor Graduate Seminar

Meet Tinker Visiting Professor Daniel Party and learn about his graduate seminar, Activist Arts in Contemporary Latin America, to be offered in spring 2023. Watch clip here.

Writing on the Edge: Professor Adela Pineda Offers Course on Literature and Incarceration
LLILAS Director Professor Adela Pineda Franco will offer a new course in spring 2023 titled Writing on the Edge: Literature and Incarceration. The course is offered to both graduate and undergraduate students, with listings in LLILAS for graduate students and Spanish & Portuguese for undergrads.




Faculty Course Release Program 

LLILAS offers our affiliated faculty the opportunity to engage in research and/or creative intellectual projects, by offering two-course releases for either the fall or spring semester. Visit this link and search Active Calls to learn more.


Archiving Black América Black Diaspora Archive Acquisitions Award 

This award provides UT Austin and Huston-Tillotson University community members engaged in research and/or community development work with supplemental travel funding to develop archival collections documenting Black life in the Americas. Read all details at ABA-BDA Acquisitions Award.

Mellon Faculty Research Grants

An endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides funding for faculty to carry out summer research on topics focusing on Latin America. Visit this link and see Active Calls to learn more.

Visiting Resource Professor (VRP) Program

The LLILAS VRP aims to enhance the international community of scholars working on Latin American topics; establish and strengthen contacts between Latin American institutions of higher learning and UT Austin; and provide visiting scholars with access to research resources, including UT Libraries collections. See Active Calls at this link.


Save the Date: Víctor Jara – Beyond the Martyr

Tuesday, Jan. 17 | 2:00pm  | SRH 1.313 

This presentation by Tinker Visiting Professor Daniel Party is part of a book-length project that seeks to counteract the tendency to interpret Jara’s life and works from the perspective of his death, focusing instead on the multi-dimensional nature of his artistic pursuits and achievements. Learn more here.

Save the Date for the 2023 Lozano Long Conference

Feb. 23–24, 2023 | East Woods Room, UNB 2.102 

The 2023 Lozano Long Conference, "A Water-Centered Perspective on Latin America & the Caribbean," explores the central role water has played and still plays in the evolution of the human/nature-other-than-humans nexus from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Learn more here.


Funding Available to Attend LASA Congress

LLILAS will offer partial travel grants to faculty affiliates who are presenting in person during the upcoming congress, held May 24-27, 2023, in Vancouver, BC. If your proposal for the LASA2023 Congress is accepted, we invite you to submit a travel funding request by midnight CST, January 21, 2023. View request form.


Seth Garfield's Guaraná Receives Three Nominations for Gourmand Awards
Guaraná: How Brazil Embraced the World's Most Caffeine-Rich Plant (UNC Press, 2022), by Professor of History Seth Garfield, has been nominated for 2023 Best in the World Food Culture and Drink Culture/History awards by Gourmand International.


Earliest Known Maya Calendar Found in Guatemala
Evidence for the earliest known Maya calendar was discovered in Guatemala by UT Austin researchers. 
Fragments found by Professor David Stuart (Dept. of Art and Art History) indicate that the calendar was in use as early as 300 B.C., far earlier than previously known. Read more here.


Three Students Represent LLILAS at ALARI Conference

Congratulations to LLILAS PhD students Ana Carolina Assumpção, Denise Braz, and Paula Lezama, speakers at the ALARI Second Conference on Afro-Latin American Studies, Afro-Latin American Research Institute at Harvard University.

"Argentina is Black, Too": Article Discusses Race in Argentina

If you are following the discussion about race in Argentina, we recommend this article of which two of the co-authors are LLILAS alumna Dr. Prisca Gayles and LLILAS PhD student Denise Braz: "Argentina Is Black, Too: Reimagining the Makings of a Nation."



We Want to Connect with Our Alumni

If you completed your BA, MA or PhD at LLILAS, we invite you to stay in touch via the LLILAS alumni LinkedIn group and the Facebook Alumni Group.



Encuentro Interamericano: Guatemala y Paraguay en el Decenio Internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas

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