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Interdisciplinary Research and Training Working Groups

Would you like to collaborate with faculty and graduate students from different disciplines who share your passion for a focused research topic related to Latin America and/or the Caribbean? Would you like to participate in seminars, conferences, and professional development workshops with colleagues from both Duke and UNC campuses? Would you like to invite cutting-edge intellectuals in your field of study to your campus/courses, complete a group publication, or present your own graduate work for feedback from your peers and professors? All of these possibilities exist in the interdisciplinary Working Groups sponsored by the Consortium. Open to Duke and UNC faculty and graduate students from all disciplines

Interdisciplinary Working Groups Call for Proposals 2013-2014

(Deadline Friday, April 19. 2013)

The UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2013-2014 Working Group Program. The Working Groups provide one of the principal means by which the Consortium discharges its missions to promote interdisciplinary research and innovative scholarship, enhance the experience of graduate education, and disseminate knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean to the wider university community. The program supports collaboration among faculty and graduate students from different departments, professional schools, and curricula on both campuses.

The Consortium will consider proposals that promote interdisciplinary collaborative and creative projects among Latin American and Caribbean faculty and graduate students at UNC and Duke University. Successful proposals will need to demonstrate strong faculty leadership and involvement. Please note that under this program, the same Working Group will be funded for a maximum of three years – however, an annual evaluation will take place (working groups can lose funding). Proposals will be considered in the following priority order:

• Joint Duke-UNC: Led by 2 faculty members (one from each campus) with at least 4 graduate student participants (some from each university).


• 2-campuses: Led by 1 faculty member (from either campus) with at least 4 graduate student participants (some from each university).


• 1-campus proposal: Led by 2 faculty members representing different disciplines at one campus and a minimum of 4 graduate student participants from either university. Every effort will be made to maintain parity for single-campus proposals between UNC and Duke.

In all cases, at least two disciplines must be represented.

Funds will be awarded competitively to no more than four (4) Working Groups on an annual basis within a budgetary framework up to $5,000 per year. We accept proposals that extend the range of work up to two years and envision a community / academic / exhibit / performance / publication event in the second cycle of the grant.

Proposals must include:

(1) Application Form (see attached)

(2) Proposal narrative (see instructions and outline to be followed on application form)

(3) Itemized budget request (see attached budget form)

(4) Groups that were funded in 2012-2013 and are requesting funding for 2013-2014 must also complete a reporting form (see attached)

Please submit your proposal as an e-mail attachment (Word documents are preferred) to Miguel Rojas-Sotelo (mlr34@duke.edu) no later than Friday, April 19. 2013.

* Note that this is an absolute deadline, and late submissions will not be considered. Funding will be ready starting the fall semester 2013.

If you have any questions about this process,please do not hesitate to contact Miguel Rojas-Sotelo.

Note: Working Group events must be open to the public and thereby serve as a way to increase public awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean, past and present.

*for those groups re-applying please complete de Working Groups Reporting Form.



Current Working Groups (2012-2013)


Working Group on the Environment in Latin America (WGELA)

Coordinated by Professor Elizabeth Shapiro (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke, elizabeth.shapiro@duke.edu), Professor Jennifer Swenson (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke, j.swenson@duke.edu), Nairuo Zhu (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke, nairuo.zhu@duke.edu), Marta Darby (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke, marta.darby@duke.edu), and Susan Sandford (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke, susan.sandford@duke.edu)

The Working Group on the Environment and Latin America (WGELA) is a collaborative effort between Duke University, UNC, and NC-State undergraduate and graduate students to promote a rich comprehension of environmental issues in Latin America through interdisciplinary collaboration. WGELA hopes to encourage collaboration between individuals with similar goals but different training and methods. WGELA promotes the awareness and understanding of the environmental issues of Latin America through an array of activities, including presentations by student and faculty group members, invited guest speakers, symposia, film screenings, and community outreach events.  They also look forward to inspiring new initiatives, collaborative research, and capacity building.

Working Group on Queer Latin@ Migration/Studies and Performance

Coordinated by Professor Jules Odendahl-James (Department of Theatre Studies, Duke, jules.odendahljames@duke.edu), Professor Joseph Megel (Department of Communication Studies, UNC, megel@email.unc.edu), Professor Thomas DeFrantz (Dance Program and Department of African & African American Studies, Duke, t.defrantz@duke.edu), Brittany Chavez (UNC, bchavez@email.unc.edu) and Raul Ferrera-Balanquet (Department of Romance Studies, Duke, raul.ferrera.balanquet@duke.edu)

The objective of this working group is to unite scholars and artists around issues of queerness and queer theory, performance studies and performance as research, and Latin American Studies/Latino Migration Studies through dialogue, writing, performance, workshops, presentations, and collaborations across multiple disciplines. The group will seek to bring in some of the leading scholars and artists in these fields to expose those involved in and/or interested in the group to the current work being done around these issues. They will also seek to expose the larger UNC and Duke communities to these artists and scholars.


Working Group on Reproductive Justice and Migration in the Americas

Coordinated by Professor Clare Barrington (School of Public Health, UNC, cbarring@email.unc.edu), Professor Krista M. Perreira (Department of Public Policy/Carolina Population Center, UNC, perreira@email.unc.edu), Raul Nechochea (School of Medicine, UNC, raul_necochea@med.unc.edu), Jason Cross (Global Health Institute, Duke, jason.cross@duke.edu), Cydney Justman (Global Health Institute, Duke, cydney.justman@duke.edu), Chelly Richards (School of Public Health, UNC, richarcr@live.unc.edu), and Laura Villa Torres (School of Public Health, UNC, villal@live.unc.edu)

This working group intends to increase awareness of students, faculty members and the academic community at large about issues related to migration and reproductive justice in the Americas. Using the Reproductive Justice framework, developed in the USA by a social movement led by women of color, SisterSong, the group facilitates discussions and activities around overall conditions affecting the sexual and reproductive health of migrant women and men across the Americas. These activities will create academic- and research–oriented bridges among diverse disciplines. They also intend to broaden perspectives around migration by looking at it as a regional and global process, in which the different migration patterns are interlinked and share common characteristics and challenges, for migrant populations themselves, public policy makers, researchers and communities.  The group will hold monthly research-oriented seminars; meetings with community members working on migration, refugees and reproductive health in NC.  They will also host guest speakers, and engage in blogging on discussions from their seminars (http://reproductivejusticeandmigration.blogspot.com/).



2009-2010 Working Groups (pdf)
2010-2011 Working Groups (pdf)