2020-21 CLACS Fellows competition announcement


CLACS Fellows
2020-2021 Academic Year

Latin America and the Caribbean in Times of Crisis
Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

The UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) invites applications for its Faculty Fellows program focused annually on diverse themes. Fellows will contribute to scholarly exchanges on the selected topic and will co-plan public engagement activities, to be supported by CLACS as part of its Title VI-funded commitment to teaching, research and public engagement.

Theme (2020-2021):

The theme for 2020-2021 will examine crisis, broadly conceived, as it relates to Latin America and the Caribbean. The region has been home to severe political, economic, environmental, and public health crises, both historically and in contemporary times. The coronavirus pandemic and its related challenges represents just one of the most recent examples crises to affect the Americas. Crises can have enduring effects that limit opportunities for future growth, environmental conservation, and prospects for social inclusion. Yet, times of crisis can also spur innovation, enhance community-building, and further resiliency. CLACS invites applications for research projects or artistic explorations that address the theme of crisis, from historical or contemporary perspectives. Projects can reflect diverse perspectives (individual, community, national, or regional) and can, not only explore consequences of crisis, but also their causes, endurance, and varied meanings.

The Fellows program is open to all UWM faculty. CLACS invites applicants with diverse approaches and research strategies related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Fellows’ topics may explore crisis from any disciplinary perspective. Possible areas of scholarly or artistic expression include but are not limited to: public health; race, ethnicity and gender in society; access to resources and environmental sustainability; migration, political structures, representation, and transitions; cultural and artistic production; social and economic inequities.

Award Amount: Up to three Fellows each will receive $2,000 support, payable after July 1 as summer salary (minus fringes), research/conference travel (when allowable), or S&E.

Individual Commitments: 1) participate in periodic Fellows informal exchanges to discuss work-in-progress; 2) plan one public engagement program with CLACS staff (spring-summer 2021) (virtual or socially distanced). Possibilities might include a brownbag lecture, guest speakers, film screening with discussion, panel discussion, K-12 teacher event.

1. Please include name, departmental affiliation, and a two-page (maximum) CV.
2. Description of how your research interests will contribute to scholarly exchange on the broadly defined topic of crisis (2-page maximum).
3. Description of your interest and/or ideas related to developing public engagement programming (500 words max).

To submit an application or for more information: Natasha Borges Sugiyama (sugiyamn@uwm.edu)