2023-24 CLACS Faculty Fellows

Competition Announcement

CLACS Faculty Fellows
2023-24 Academic Year

Building Bridges, Pushing Boundaries
in Latin America and the Caribbean

Application Deadline: June 15, 2023

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.

This year’s theme – Building Bridges, Pushing Boundaries – invites fellows to consider how their research and/or artistic expression challenges conventional approaches, pushes boundaries of inquiry and in doing so creates new opportunities for dialogue across communities.

Fellows’ may explore the theme from any disciplinary, interpretive, creative, or analytic point of view. While applicants may consider “building bridges, pushing boundaries” in terms of physical space, (e.g. geographic borders and connections between communities), the call for proposals also invites applicants to consider the theme broadly. For instance, applicants may address the ways their research challenges: cultural, ethnic, or political divides; bridges disciplinary or sub-disciplinary analytic traditions; connects academic communities to the broader public; reimagines the scope of scholarship; redefines community; reconceptualizes belonging; extends Latin American Studies to other regions of the world.

Some possible topics include: access to resources and environmental sustainability; race, ethnicity, and gender in society; memory and public history; communication and media; migration, political structures, representation, and transitions; linguistic expression; cultural and artistic production; social movements; diaspora studies; democratic decline.

The Fellows program is open to all UWM faculty. Preference will be given to new applicants.

Award Amount: Up to three Fellows each will receive $2,000 support, payable after July 1 as S&E.

Individual Commitments: 1) participate in periodic Fellows informal exchanges to discuss work-in- progress; 2) plan at least one public engagement program with CLACS staff (2023-2024). Possibilities might include a brownbag lecture, guest speakers, exhibition, film screening with discussion, panel discussion, K-16 teacher event.

1. Please include name, departmental affiliation, and a two-page (maximum) CV.
2. Description of how your research will contribute to scholarly exchange on the broadly defined topic (2-page maximum). Be sure to explain how your research connects with Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the CLACS mission.
3. Description of your interest and/or ideas related to developing CLACS public engagement programming (500 words max). For more on the Center’s mission and public engagement work, please see: clacs.uwm.edu .

To apply or for more information, contact CLACS Director Natasha Borges Sugiyama (sugiyamn@uwm.edu)