Putting favelas on the map.

Rio’s famous favelas finally claim their proper place on the city’s and Google’s maps. By Juliana Barbassa, Associated Press.

Look at most maps of Rio de Janeiro. The beaches are easy to spot, as are the iconic ocean-front neighborhoods of Copacabana and Ipanema. In the middle is a vast forest. What’s less identifiable are the blank swaths with no streets, landmarks or other signs of human habitation.
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Short Courses on Research Methods (SCRM) – Apply now through February 15, 2013

Supported by the National Science Foundation

Now in its ninth year, the SCRM offers a program of intensive, five-day courses on research methods in cultural anthropology. The program is directed by H. Russell Bernard and a board of advisors, including Jean Ensminger, Jeffrey Johnson, Carmella Moore, Eric Smith, and Susan Weller, with support from the National Science Foundation. The SCRM courses are held at the Duke University Marine Laboratories in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Since 1999, the Duke Marine Lab has hosted the NSF-supported Summer Institute on Research Design in Cultural Anthropology (SIRD), for graduate students in cultural anthropology, directed by Jeffrey Johnson and East Carolina University, with Susan Weller and H. Russell Bernard as co-directors. That three-week program on research design, now in its 18th year, is only for Ph.D. students in cultural anthropology.

The SCRM program is for colleagues who already have the Ph.D. in anthropology and who want to broaden or improve their skills. Because the program is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, eligibility is restricted to colleagues working in the U.S. (regardless of citizenship) or to U.S. citizens working abroad. The program covers room, board, and tuition. Participants are responsible for costs associated with travel to and from the Institute and required textbooks.

Read more: http://qualquant.org/methodsmall/scrm/


Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO Ecuador – Vacante Docente

Associate Professor

Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, FLACSO Ecuador

Posted: January 16, 2013

Description: FLACSO Sede Ecuador requiere los servicios de una profesora para trabajar con dedicación exclusiva por un año (con posibilidad de renovación de contrato):

Deadline: January, 31

Minimum Requirements:

  •         Ph.D. en Ciencia Sociales, Ciencia Política o Sociología  con especialización en el estudio y la investigación de las relaciones entre sociedad y política, y de modo más específico en algunas de las siguientes áreas temáticas: democracia y conflictos sociales; procesos políticos y transformación del Estado; ciudadanía y política; cultura, sociedad y política.
  •          Ser especialista en América Latina y/o el área andina.
  •          Al menos cinco años de experiencia docente, incluida dirección de talleres de tesis, a nivel de postgrado.
  •          Alto profesionalismo en la actividad académica, valores éticos y capacidad para trabajar en equipo.
  •           Experiencia en investigación interdisciplinaria y comparativa.
  •          Acreditar publicaciones en revistas indexadas, libros o capítulos de libros.
  •          Dominio de los idiomas castellano e inglés.
  •          Disponibilidad a partir de marzo de 2013

Preferred Qualifications:

Documents Required:

  •          Hoja de vida de acuerdo al formato adjunto.
  •          Dos cartas de recomendación.
  •          Una descripción de motivos y proyección académica de no más de 2000 palabras. Incluir en la carta la fecha de disponibilidad más próxima.
  •           Una de sus publicaciones académicas (de preferencia un artículo).

Contact Information: estudiospoliticos@flacso.org.ec



“Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration” – Conference CUNY – Call for Papers

Conference: “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration”
Friday, May 10, 2013

Organized by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies
Hosted at John Jay College/CUNY
524 W 59th St., New York, NY 10019

Call for papers:
The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies invites abstracts for our annual conference on Mexican studies. The 2013 conference focus is on “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration”. Abstracts of 250 words along with a 150 word bio are invited in all disciplines. Abstract submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. Please email abstract to mexican.studies@lehman.cuny.edu. As many as ten abstracts will be selected for participation and other presenters will be invited to participate. Selected participants will be notified by February 28, 2013 and will be expected to submit finished manuscripts of conference papers by April 15, 2013. Please specify if work is eligible for publication (original research, not previously published). Limited funding for travel and accommodations may be available.

The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies will host a one-day conference on May 10, 2013, “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration.” This conference will be a major gathering of scholars from Mexico and the United States to disseminate research on three decades of migration between Mexico and New York. The proceedings will be simultaneously available on the web and then will be archived and available on the Institute of Mexican Studies website. Additionally, an edited volume of selected papers will be prepared and published to further disseminate the results of the conference.
The conference will build on the accomplishments of the 2012-2013 yearlong Mexico-NY interactive web based seminar, or Virtual Seminar Series the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies is coordinating between Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and the City University of New York (CUNY).


Our primary goal is to promote a dialogue on research related to diverse aspects of transnational migration between Mexico and New York by creating a forum where US and Mexican academics can engage with one another. Mexican migration to New York originated more than three decades ago and this conference will be a landmark event, reflecting on the growth of a community, its contributions to New York, and challenges that persist. While scholars in Mexico and the US have studied this population, to date there has been no academic conference that has deliberately sought to draw together the pioneering and emerging scholars who have worked specifically on Mexico-NY migration in a binational dialogue.

The Need for Dialogue on Migration between Mexico and New York and information on the Institute of Mexican Studies
To more fully understand migration issues between Mexico and New York, a transnational perspective needs to be employed since communities are changing on both sides of the border.

Mexicans constitute the fastest growing national sub-group in New York City, due to high rates of immigration and high births. If these rates remain the same, the Mexican population will surpass that of other Latino groups in New York City by the year 2024. [1] The number of Mexicans living in New York City has grown 57.7% in the last decade. The Mexican population in New York City is 319, 126 according to U.S. Census data for the most recent year available, 2010. 2 However, due to undercounting, the population is much greater.
The newly created CUNY-wide Institute of Mexican Studies at Lehman College (launched Spring 2012) serves to bridge scholarly networks in Mexico and the United States who share related research agendas.

Dissemination of Results
Video and audio of the conference proceedings will be broadcast live via web and then be archived on the CUNY Institute for Mexican Studies website.
Additionally, a volume of selected papers from the conference will be published.

Conference Organizers:
Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

Leslie A. Martino-Velez
Associate Director, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

With conference planning team: Isabel Martínez, David Badillo, Jesús Pérez, Lisandro Pérez.
With support from Lehman College, John Jay College, and Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Jay Hershenson

[1]Bergad, Laird. (2008) ,”Mexicans in New York City, 2007: An Update” Latino Data Project, Report 26, 2008. http://web.gc.cuny.edu/lastudies/latinodataprojectreports/Mexicans%20in%20New%20York%20City,%20 2007%20An%20Update.pdf.

2 US Census, 2010

Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies
Director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies
Lehman College/City University of New York
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, 288 Carman Hall
Bronx, NY 10468-1589
Tel: (718) 960-5115 Fax: (718) 960-7804
Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers (Rutgers University Press, Oct. 2011)
Guadalupe in New York (NYU Press, Dec. 2009)

CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF LATIN AMERICA will be held October 24-26, 2013, at the University of Texas at Austin

Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America, The University of Texas at Austin
The sixth CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES OF LATIN AMERICA will be held October 24-26, 2013, at the University of Texas at Austin. We invite the submission of abstracts on research about any aspect of Latin American indigenous languages. Already published papers will not be accepted. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Grammar Typology
Linguistic Anthropology Sociolinguistics
Language Planning Language Politics
Linguistic Theory Historical Linguistics
Language Vitality Discourse
Indigenous Literatures Cooperation with the Community
Spanish is encouraged for presentations; English and Portuguese are also acceptable.
Jonathan Amith, Gettysburg College and Smithsonian Institution
Félix Julca, Universidad Santiago Antúñez de Mayolo
Enrique Palancar, SeDyL-CELIA (CNRS) and Surrey Morphology Group
Francesc Queixalós, SeDyL-CELIA (CNRS)
Speakers are allowed 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Papers will be selected based on the evaluation of an anonymous abstract, which may not exceed 500 words. Electronic submissions are encouraged. We cannot accept more than one paper as principal author.
SUBMISSIONS: Deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 1, 2013. Please send your abstract to nengland@austin.utexas.edu, Subject: CILLA VI abstract. Please include in the following order (in your message, but NOT in the abstract, except for the title):
1. Title of the paper
2. Author’s name
3. Author’s affiliation
4. E-mail address at which the author wishes to be notified
5. Equipment needs for the presentation.

6. An abstract of 500 words maximum. Name of file: Lastname_Firstinitial_CILLAVI.
Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent by May 31.
REGISTRATION: (at meeting, no credit cards)
$20 students; $40 non-students; registration scholarships for speakers of indigenous languages
Nora England
University of Texas at Austin
e-mail: nengland@austin.utexas.edu
Previous CILLA papers: http://www.ailla.utexas.org/site/events.html

CONGRESO DE IDIOMAS INDÍGENAS DE LATINOAMÉRICA – Universidad de Texas en Austin – Octubre 2013

Centro para Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica, la Universidad de Texas, Austin
El sexto CONGRESO DE IDIOMAS INDÍGENAS DE LATINOAMÉRICA se llevará a cabo el 24-26 de octubre del 2013 en la Universidad de Texas en Austin. Se invitan resúmenes/abstractos sobre investigaciones de cualquier tema acerca de idiomas indígenas. No se aceptarán ponencias ya publicadas. Los temas pueden incluir, pero no se limitan a:
Gramática Tipología
Antropología Lingüística Sociolingüística
Planificación Lingüística Políticas Lingüísticas
Teoría Lingüística Lingüística Histórica
Mantenimiento O Pérdida Lingüística Discurso
Literatura Indígena Colaboración con la Comunidad
Se prefiere castellano para las presentaciones; también se aceptan inglés y portugués.
Jonathan Amith, Gettysburg College y Smithsonian Institution
Félix Julca, Universidad Santiago Antúñez de Mayolo
Enrique Palancar, SeDyL-CELIA (CNRS) y Surrey Morphology Group
Francesc Queixalós, SeDyL-CELIA (CNRS)
Las ponencias son de 20 minutos con 10 minutos para preguntas y comentarios. Se seleccionarán con base en una evaluación anónima del resumen/abstracto, el cual no debe exceder 500 palabras. Se prefieren resúmenes enviados electrónicamente. No se acepta más que una ponencia como autor principal.
RESÚMENES: La fecha límite para recibir los resúmenes es el 1 de mayo de 2013. Favor de mandar el resumen a: nengland@austin.utexas.edu. Sujeto: Resumen CILLA VI. Favor de incluir la siguiente información (en este orden) en el mensaje pero NO en el resumen, excepto el título:
1. Título
2. Nombre y apellidos del autor
3. Afiliación institucional del autor
4. Correo electrónico donde se puede mandar la notificación
5. Equipo necesario para la presentación
6. Un resumen/abstracto de no más de 500 palabras. Nombre del archivo: Apellido_Inicialdenombre_CILLAVI.
Se manda notificación de aceptación o no el 31 de mayo.
INSCRIPCIÓN: (en el Congreso, no se aceptan tarjetas de crédito)
Estudiantes US$20; no estudiantes US$40; hay becas de inscripción para hablantes de idiomas indígenas.
Nora England
University of Texas at Austin
correo electrónico: nengland@austin.utexas.edu
Ponencias de los CILLA anteriores: http://www.ailla.utexas.org/site/events.html

The Past for Sale? The economic entanglements of cultural heritage

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage & Society is pleased to announce its Third Annual International Heritage Conference

The economic entanglements of cultural heritage

May 15-17, 2013
UMass Amherst Campus, Amherst, MA USA

Extended Deadline
February 15, 2013

The Challenge
The economic valuation of cultural heritage-whether protected and developed or illegally looted and exported-is among the most pressing practical research questions in the fields of both Cultural Heritage Studies and Community Development. What price in dollars or social value does heritage have in the 21st century? How is heritage marketed and sold in an era of rampant globalization and neoliberalism?

On the one hand, nations, regions, cities, and even small towns are investing significant public funds in the development and public presentation of archaeological sites, historic monuments, and historic districts in the hope of economic revitalization through tourism or increased property values. On the other, unprecedented diplomatic and legal measures are being taken to repatriate looted cultural property and put an end to the enormously profitable antiquities trade. What is happening on the ground? What types of heritage are being marketed, returned, or sold, and for what purposes? Who stands to gain from these processes?

Major Themes and Suggested Topics
The goal of this conference is to bring together a wide range of academics, economists, heritage professionals, development experts, government officials, and community leaders to examine the economic impacts of cultural heritage and its implications for contemporary society. Yet rather than seeing heritage-based tourism, urban redevelopment, and antiquities looting as distinct economic instances involving monetary profits or losses, we hope to encourage a trans-disciplinary discussion of the overlapping economic entanglements of cultural heritage and the broader social implications.

Themes to be explored in this conference will include:

Tourism: How has the need to market cultural heritage shaped communities, landscapes, and historic centers? Do common methods for drawing tourists (seeking UNESCO World Heritage status, creating destinations, building new museums, etc.) actually increase tourism? What kinds of social or economic costs does tourism give rise to, and who or what bears the burden of these costs?
Urban Revitalization: How does the promise of heritage tourism revenues lead to new ways of marketing or packaging the city? What types of (mega)projects does heritage tourism give rise to? Does it lead to ‘economic revitalization’? Who ultimately profits? And what impacts does it have on the fabric of the city?
Archaeological Looting, the Antiquities Market, and its Costs: What does looting tell us about the needs of the communities who live on and near archaeological sites? What is the larger socio-economic context of looting in the global antiquities market? Who benefits from the movement of archaeological material from field to lab to museum?

Specific topics under these themes may include:

The role of heritage in economic development
Negotiating the relationship between outsiders and stakeholders in economic development projects
Assessing the value of intangible cultural heritage
The complexities of repatriating museum artifacts
The impacts of tourism on historic sites and landscapes
Changes brought about through the revitalization of urban centers
The Disneyification of heritage sites: the balancing of profit, entertainment, and education
The unique challenges of heritage management in developing countries
The issues surrounding archaeological looting and/or the antiquities market

Abstract submission has been extended to February 15, 2013. Selected papers will be published in Heritage & Society, a peer-reviewed journal, whose editorship has been assumed by the UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society.

Plenary Speakers
GJ Ashworth Emeritus Professor of Heritage Management and Urban Tourism at the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen, and Visiting Professor at University of Brighton (UK) Tourism and Research Group and NHTV Breda (Netherlands)
Françoise Benhamou Professor of Economics at Sciences Po-Paris, President of the Association for Cultural Economics International (ACEI), and Commissioner of the ARCEP
Neil Brodie Senior Research Fellow, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow
J.P. Singh Professor of Global Affairs and Cultural Studies at George Mason University

Submission of Abstracts
Abstracts for poster presentations, research papers (20 minutes), demonstrations, workshops, roundtables, and organized sessions or symposia on the conference themes will be accepted until February 15, 2013. They should be a maximum of 300 words in English with a maximum of one illustration or screenshot. Note to session organizers: if you are proposing a session or symposia, you are responsible for submitting each paper abstract (or discussant slot) individually and repeating the session information on each form verbatim.
Please submit abstracts online at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/ir_submit.cgi?context=hightechheritage.

Notification of acceptance will be sent in March.

For questions or requests for additional information, please contact Grace Cleary (gcleary@anthro.umass.edu<http://us.mc1616.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=gcleary@anthro.umass.edu&gt;). Details for registration and accommodations will be announced soon. We hope you will find this conference to be of interest and look forward to seeing you in Amherst next May!

The new issue of URBANITIES – Vol. 2, No 2, November 2012 – is available on-line


Urbanities – The Journal of the IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology

ISSN:  2239-5725

URBANITIES is an on-line, open-access peer-reviewed academic journal. It was founded in 2011 and is published twice a year (in May and in November). The journal’s scope is to provide a forum for debate on issues of scientific and public interest worldwide. It aims at providing the scientific community and the general public with up-to-date news on urban research and its relevance in understanding the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental changes of today’s world.

URBANITIES aims at publishing original articles on research at the forefront of the discipline, at exploring new trends and debates in Urban Anthropology that promote critical scholarship in international anthropology and at highlighting the contribution of urban research to the broader society. Articles published in the journal are ethnographically based and address theoretical, methodological or public issues concerning all aspects of urban research. URBANITIES is also committed to promoting comparative debate and research between socio-cultural anthropology and other cognate disciplines.

URBANITIES  welcomes contributions from new and established scholars, researchers and practitioners who can make a valuable contribution to the subject matter and to international urban ethnography.

Alongside scientific articles, URBANITIES publishes review articles, book reviews and news on research done and in-progress and on recently completed doctorates in urban anthropology. In order to stimulate debate, URBANITIES encourages publication of letters and comments. It also publishes brief announcements of forthcoming conferences and other relevant events, conference reports, University courses and jobs; announcements from Publishing Houses.

For details on how to submit, please visit the journal’s website:


Manuscripts should be sent to the Editorial Board at: urbanitiesthejournal@gmail.com

Dr Giuliana B. Prato Chair, Commission on Urban Anthropology, IUAES School of Anthropology and Conservation, Marlowe Building University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NR, UK

SAW Internship Program

SAW Internship Program

The Society for the Anthropology of Work welcomes applications from pre-doctoral students for a paid internship for 8 weeks during the summer of 2013 at United Workers (www.unitedworkers.org), a community-based, labor rights group in Baltimore, Maryland. The SAW scholar would work with the community group on their ongoing qualitative research. Specifics of the summer project would depend upon the intern’s particular research interests and on negotiations with United Workers, but the SAW Intern would be expected to summarize their work on the SAW website and in a column for Anthropology News.  The stipend for the summer would be $2000, with housing possible through United Workers.

Interested applicants should send a narrative of no more than 3 pages outlining their interest in the anthropology of work and their goals for the summer internship, a c.v., an official transcript from their doctoral program and a sealed recommendation letter from a faculty advisor (this may be sent separately).

Please address all application materials and questions to:

Samuel Collins

Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Towson University

8000 York Rd

Towson, MD 21252


The Royal Geographical Society – Annual Conference 2013 Call for papers – Session title: Resistance in public spaces – Questions of distinction, duration and expansion

This is a call for papers for the annual conference of the RGS-IBG in London, 28.-30. August 2013.


Session Title: Resistance in public spaces – Questions of distinction, duration and expansion

Organisers: Lars Frers (Telemark University College), Lars Meier

(Technical University of Berlin)

In this session, we want to discuss the limits of resistance in public places in the context of artistic practice and political movements.

While actions such as impromptu performances, entities such as flash mobs or practices like street art are often referred to as instances of opportunities for social change, their actual effects remain understudied. If the ‘right to the city’ is at stake here, however, it is necessary not only to reflect about possibilities for alternative development or about artistic ideals. It becomes necessary to study the manifold ways in which such practices, entities or events enter the practices of those who are in the places where they occur. We would propose that three distinct dimensions are important in this undertaking:

Distinction: Understood in a Bourdieuan sense, what are the positions of those who enact and those who perceive artistic expression or countercultural performance? Where in the social and cultural fields are they located and how do they present themselves in relation to everyday culture and the avant-garde? How will people with different taste be emotionally affected by performances and will the experience change or stabilize their aesthetic preferences? Do artists/protesters bridge social distinction or do they perhaps even enforce or solidify it?

Duration: How long does the event last? When do the last traces of an act of resistance disappear? Here, it becomes important to think both about the materiality of places and about memory, the duration of

sensual impressions, both on a social and individual level. In addition, the role of recording technologies is complex: while they do serve to extend the time frame in which the event can be ‘witnessed’, they also fundamentally change the access to an event, which is now mediated in a different way and also accessed by a different set of people (youtube users instead of passers-by etc.).

Expansion: What is the spatial scale of the act, entity or performance? Does it affect only a very limited space or is the reach much wider? The geography of resistance is of crucial importance if one wants to

understand its spatial implications. Accordingly, we would like to invite presentations to examine the sensual and material extension of practices of resistance.

We especially want to encourage people to consider connections of art and resistance with current political movements and protests like in Arabian countries, Russia or China or the economical and political crisis in Europe.

We would like to invite presentations that use concrete instances as the basis of arguments about how resistance plays out in public places and where it fails to bridge socio-cultural divisions. We are particularly interested in the limits of resistance and in the ways in which these limits could be extended. At the same time, it remains an open question to us if an extension of limits is actually to be wished for or not, since such an extension might also serve to water down the intended effect itself. In short, we are looking forward to explore the ambivalences of resistance together with the other presenters and with the audience.

Please send abstracts of around 200 words to Lars Frers (lars.frers@hit.no) until 27th of January 2013.

Lars Frers (Dr. phil.)

Associate Professor

Telemark University College

EFL – Social Sciences

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