This week: Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America
CLAS is hosting the second Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America (ILCLA), organized in conjunction with the fourth Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America (STLILLA 2018). This symposium brings together instructors, practitioners, activists, indigenous leaders, scholars and learners who study indigenous languages and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Keynote speakers include:
  • Daniel Everett, Dean of Arts and Sciences at Bentley University
  • María Coca Chavarría, Professor, San Marcos University
  • Gaspar Pedro González, Guatemalan Author
Tinker Fellow: Santiago Gualapuro Gualapuro
Tinker Fellow, Santiago Gualapuro Gualapuro, traveled to Ecuador during the summer to study Ecuadorian Kichwa in the pr ovince of Imbabura.

Gualapuro adds, "Being a native speaker to the language and being familiar to the region gave me an enormous advantage in reaching the individuals who were going to be my future informants." He visited the communities of Tocagon, Huaycopungo, Peguche, Libertad de Azama, Gualapuro and Yambiro in the Otavalo area. He chose to work in El Cercado in Cotacachi and in Tocagon, Huaycopungo and Gualapuro in Otavalo. 

Interestingly, Santiago explains that this was the first time that an indigenous PhD student visited the community. His goal was to create a connection between the OSU academic world and Andean communities. The data obtained during this summer-held research will serve as the primary data towards his MA thesis.

Tinker Field Research Grants are awarded to graduate students to support pre-dissertation research travel to and within Latin America. CLAS affiliates will be invited to attend "Tinker Talk" round table events throughout the year that feature the research progress of our Tinker Fellows. 

For more information: Tinker Field Research Grants
K-12 Global Fellowship Program
Join the Area Studies Centers from the The Ohio State University's Office of International Affairs for a four-part Minority Issues Around the World Global Fellowship Program for K-12 teachers. 

The K-12 Global Fellowship Program will engage K-12 teachers in a series of four guided readings, lectures, and group discussions over the course of the 2018-19 academic year. K-12 teachers will explore minority issues in East Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East under the guidance of a regional expert. Teachers may opt to attend individual sessions, or the whole series. Each participant will receive a contact hour certificate for each session that they attend. Readings will be sent to registered participants two weeks prior to each discussion date below.

Enarson Classroom Building*, Room 160, 10:00AM-12:00PM on the following Saturdays:

November 17, Center for Slavic and East European Studies presents:
"Roma and Minorities in Southeastern Europe" by Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang, U. of Cincinnati

February 9, East Asian Studies Center presents:
"Ethnicity in China: Ethnic Minority Cultures in Southwest China" by Dr. Mark Bender, Ohio State U.

February 16, Center for Latin American Studies presents:
"Afro-Brazilian Journeys Towards Freedom" by Dr. Isis Barra Costa, Ohio State U.

March 23, Middle East Studies Center presents:
*Enarson Classroom Building, 2009 Millikin Rd, Columbus, OH 43210. Parking available in the Tuttle Park Place Garage, 2000 Tuttle Park Pl., Columbus OH 43210. Teachers who attend the whole session will be provided with a paid parking token.
Presentation by Jonathan DeVore
Friday, October 26
2:30 PM in 4025 Smith Lab

Please mark your calendar for a special presentation by Dr. Jonathan DeVore, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Miami University

Title: For the Sake of Trees: Conserving Human and Other Nature in Brazil
Presentation by Leandro Rodrigues Alves Diniz
Monday, October 29
11:00 AM in 255 Hagerty Hall

Please mark your calendar for a special presentation by Dr. Leandro Rodrigues Alves Diniz of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

Title: O Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros (Celpe-Bras) como instrumento de política linguística: avaliação e efeitos retroativos na produção de materiais didáticos

The talk will be in English.
University of Florida: Portuguese Language & Culture Lecturer Needed
Location: Gainesville, FL
Application Deadline: November 1st, 2018

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida invites applications for a full-time instructor at the rank of Lecturer in the area of Portuguese language and culture, beginning August 16, 2019. This is a 9-month, renewable, non-tenure-track position.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the departmental website to learn more about the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies.
Andean Action Research: Internship Opportunity/Field Training
The Center for Social Well Being celebrates 18  consecutive years providing an intensive field training course on interdisciplinary  qualitative field methods and Spanish and Quechua language learning in the  Peruvian Andes. This combined undergraduate and graduate level seminar is held at the  center's rural base, an adobe lodge on an ecological ranch in the Cordillera Blanca  mountain range of the Callejón de Huaylas.  Students actively take part in ongoing endeavors in local agricultural  communities to develop effective social interaction, in-field engagement abilities, required  language skills to carry out their own research, as well as placement with appropriate  community programs, if desired. 

InterSession Field Seminar: Thursday December 27th 2018 - Friday January 11th 2019

Application Deadline: October 25, 2018

For an application, e-mail: OR  

To visit their website,   click here
DDRA Fellowship Recipient: Ashlee Dauphinais
Five doctoral candidates from The Ohio State University have been awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education, International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office. One of which is from our very own department. 

Ashlee Dauphinais, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will conduct her dissertation research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 12 months studying Linguistic Practices among Women with Turner Syndrome in Brazil.

Dauphinais will examine the topic of linguistic practices and the construction of womanhood among individuals with Turner Syndrome (TS), one of the most common chromosomal intersex conditions. Her project examines linguistic variation and other discursive practices to explore how TS individuals mitigate personal and group identity in light of larger discourses of womanhood and femininity in Brazil. Her research facilitates insights on intersections of language, the body, health practices, and social conceptions of gender for scholars and medical practitioners.

To learn more about her achievements, along with the other four recipients, click here.
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