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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2015 LASA Mexico Section Prizes


Calls for nominations
Authors, journals and presses are invited to submit nominations for the 2015 LASA Mexico Section Prizes, in the following categories: Humanities Book; Humanities Essay; Social Sciences Book; Social Sciences Essay; Dissertation. All nominees must meet the eligibility criteria established by each prize. A nomination letter, addressed and e-mailed to the relevant committee chair, following the criteria below must accompany all nominations. Books, essays and dissertations must be sent to each of the committee members, in the manner required by each award. We ask members, presses, journals and friends to distribute widely and to encourage anybody eligible to apply.

For all prizess, letters of nomination must include:
1. The author’s name, current academic affiliation, e-mail and postal address.
2. Statement confirming the author’s membership in LASA and LASA Mexico for 2015. If 2015 membership is purchased after January 1, please attach receipt
3. Full editorial information of the book or article or, for dissertations, title, university where the degree was obtained, date of defense and date of degree.
4. Contact information for a representative of the press or of the journal, or of the director of the dissertation (to inform them of the award).
5. Any clarification regarding eligibility as required by each prize.2015 LASA Mexico Humanities Book Prize

Call for Nominations
The 2015 LASA Mexico Humanities Book Prize awards an outstanding and original contribution to the study of Mexico in book-length academic monographs and works published in 2014, written by members of the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association, in disciplines identified with the humanities. The prize consists in US$500.00 (Five Hundred Dollars, U.S.) and a diploma. Prizes will be formally announced during the LASA Mexico Section Business Meeting in the Annual Conference, which will take place in San Juan, P.R. in late May. Authors of entries will be informed of the outcome no earlier than April 1st, 2015 and no later than April 15th. The prize is indivisible, and the committee may only grant the prize to one winner, although it can grant honorable mentions at its discretion. The committee’s decision, once announced to authors, is final and may not be appealed.

Authors and books must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Books must be scholarly monographs or works with substantial academic research. They may not have more than 3 co-authors. Anthologies, Edited collections, books with more than three authors, works of creative writing (such as fiction or poetry), critical editions and works in non-book format are not eligible. Books must be written in English or Spanish, or provide a translation to English or Spanish if written in other language.
• Humanities disciplines include (but are not limited to): literary studies, film studies, visual culture studies, media studies, cultural studies, music, art history, philosophy, critical theory, post-humanities fields (such as disability studies, animal studies and cyborg studies) and other disciplines centered in textual and/or cultural analysis. Historians and members of other disciplines bordering with the social sciences may choose in which award to compete, but may not compete in both book awards.
• Books must have a publication date of 2014 and they must be first editions. Books with a publication date of 2013, but published in 2014 may participate with proof of date of actual publication (such as Amazon date, or certification by the publisher) attached to the letter of nomination. Books with a publication date of 2015 must wait for the 2016 competition even if actually published in 2014. Translations of books published prior to 2014, reprints, expanded editions, re-editions or any new version of a book prior to 2014 are not elegible. Books that compile scholarly essays of a single author are eligible as long as the contents were not published in book form prior to 2014.
• Authors must be members of the Latin American Studies Association and the Mexico Section for 2015, and they must become members no later than February 1, 2015. • If the book has a physical edition (hardcover or paperback), a physical copy must be mailed to each one of the committee members to their respective addresses below. Electronic submissions are not acceptable for books available in physical form. If a book was published solely in electronic edition, it is eligible, but the committee chair must be notified prior to submission and a verification of this must accompany the nomination.
• All submissions must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2015. In cases of books lost in the mail or any other reason that may cause a small delay, the committee chair may provide latitude at his discretion.
• There are no exceptions to any of the eligibility rules. Any questions not covered by these rules will be resolved at the sole discretion of the committee chair.

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, Committee Chair
Washington University in St Louis
1 Brookings Drive .
Campus Box 1077/ 310 Ridgley Hall
St Louis, MO 63130 USA
isanchez@artsci.wustl.edu

Beth Jorgensen
Rochester University
Modern Languages and Cultures
Box 270082
Rochester, NY 14627
USA

Tatiana Flores
5400 Alta Vista Rd.
Bethesda, MD, 20814
USA


Steven Bunker
University of Alabama
Department of History
Box 870212
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
USA

2015 LASA Mexico Humanities Essay Prize
Call for Nominations The 2015 LASA Mexico Humanities Essay Prize awards an outstanding and original contribution to the study of Mexico in scholarly essays and articles, written by members of the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association, in disciplines identified with the humanities. The prize consists in US$250.00 (Two-Hundred and Fifty Dollars, U.S.) and a diploma. Prizes will be formally announced during the LASA Mexico Section Business Meeting in the Annual Conference, which will take place in San Juan, P.R. in late May. Authors of entries will be informed of the outcome no earlier than April 1st, 2015 and no later than April 15th. The prize is indivisible, and the committee may only grant the prize to one winner, although it can grant honorable mentions at its discretion. The committee’s decision, once announced to authors, is final and may not be appealed.
Authors and Essays must meet the following eligibility:
• Essays must be published in a scholarly journal, scholarly book or equivalent publication, and must not be longer than 70 published pages. They may not have more than 3 co-authors. Essays must be written in English or Spanish, or provide a translation to English or Spanish if written in another language.
• Humanities disciplines include (but are not limited to): literary studies, film studies, visual culture studies, media studies, cultural studies, music, art history, philosophy, critical theory, posthumanities fields (such as disability studies, animal studies and cyborg studies) and other disciplines centered in textual and/or cultural analysis. Historians and members of other disciplines bordering with the social sciences may choose in which award to compete, but may not compete in both essay awards.
• Essays must have a publication date of 2014 and they must be the first published version of the work. Essays with a publication date of 2013, but published in 2014 may participate with proof of date of actual publication (such as certification by the publisher) attached to the letter of nomination.
Essays with a publication date of 2015 must wait for the 2016 competition even if actually published in 2014. Translations of articles published prior to 2014, reprints, expanded versions, re-editions or any new version of an article published prior to 2014 are not eligible.
• Authors must be members of the Latin American Studies Association and the Mexico Section for 2015, and they must become members no later than February 1, 2015.
• All submissions must be made electronically, in PDF format, with no password. The PDF must be a scanning of the version of record (i.e. the version actually published by the journal or book) or the final version as rendered in scholarly databases such as Project Muse or JSTOR.
• All submissions must be e-mailed no later than February 1, 2015, along with the letter of nomination, to all members of the committee.
• There are no exceptions to any of the eligibility rules. Any questions not covered by these rules will be resolved at the sole discretion of the committee chair.
Committee members:
Yliana Rodríguez González. Committee Chair. El Colegio de San Luis.
yrodriguez@colsan.edu.mx
Ana Laura Zavala Díaz. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
alzavalad@yahoo.com
Niamh Thornton. University of Liverpool. N.Thornton@liverpool.ac.uk
Yanna Hadatty Mora. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. yanna@unam.mx


2015 LASA Mexico Social Sciences Book Prize
Call for Nominations
The 2015 LASA Mexico Social Sciences Book Prize awards an outstanding and original contribution to the study of Mexico in book-length academic monographs and works published in 2014, written by members of the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association. The prize consists in US$500.00 (Five Hundred Dollars, U.S.) and a diploma. Prizes will be formally announced during the LASA Mexico Section Business Meeting in the Annual Conference, which will take place in San Juan, P.R. in late May.
Authors of entries will be informed of the outcome no earlier than April 1st, 2015 and no later than April 15th. The prize is indivisible, and the committee may only grant the prize to one winner, although it can grant honorable mentions at its discretion. The committee’s decision, once announced to authors, is final and may not be appealed.
Authors and books must meet the following eligibility:
• Books must be scholarly monographs or works with substantial academic research. They may not have more than 3 co-authors. Edited collections, books with more than three authors, critical editions of primary sources, works of creative writing (such as fiction or poetry) and works in nonbook format are not eligible. Books must be written in English or Spanish or provide a translation into English or Spanish if written on a different language.
• Social sciences include (but are not limited too): political science, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, archeology, law, linguistics, communication studies, education and any other discipline based on quantitative data analysis or fieldwork. Historians and members of other disciplines bordering with the humanities may choose in which award to compete, but may not compete in both book awards.
• Books must have a publication date of 2014 and they must be first editions. Books with a publication date of 2013, but published in 2014 may participate with proof of date of actual publication (such as Amazon date, or certification by the publisher) attached to the letter of nomination. Books with a publication date of 2015 must wait for the 2015 competition even if actually published in 2014. Translations of books published prior to 2014, reprints, expanded editions, re-editions or any new version of a book prior to 2014 are not eligible. Books that compile scholarly essays of
a single author are eligible as long as the contents were not published in book form prior to 2014.
• Authors must be members of the Latin American Studies Association and the Mexico Section for 2015, and they must become members no later than February 1, 2015. • If the book has a physical edition (hardcover or paperback), a physical copy must be mailed to each one of the committee members to their addresses below. Electronic submissions are not acceptable for books available in physical form. If a book was published solely in electronic edition, it is eligible, but the committee chair must be notified prior to submission and a verification of this must accompany the nomination.
• All submissions must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2015. In cases of books lost in the mail or any other reason that may cause a small delay, the committee chair may provide latitude at his discretion.
• There are no exceptions to any of the eligibility rules. Any questions not covered by these rules will be resolved at the sole discretion of the committee chair.
Committee members:
Dr. Jason Dormady, Presidente
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553

Dr. Raymond Hall
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544

Dr. Maria Cruz Torres
Arizona State University
15078 E. San Blas Circle
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Dr. Monica Orozco
Santa Barbara Mission Archives
5119 San Vicente Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

2015 LASA Mexico Social Sciences Essay Prize
Call for Nominations
The 2015 LASA Mexico Social Sciences Essay Prize awards an outstanding and original contribution to the study of Mexico in scholarly essays and articles, written by members of the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association, in disciplines identified with the humanities. The prize consists in US$250.00 (Two-Hundred and Fifty Dollars, U.S.) and a diploma. Prizes will be formally announced during the LASA Mexico Section Business Meeting in the Annual Conference, which will take place in San Juan, P.R. in late May. Authors of entries will be informed of the outcome no earlier than April 1st, 2015 and no later than April 15th. The prize is indivisible, and the committee may only grant the prize to one winner, although it can grant honorable mentions at its discretion. The committee’s decision, once announced to authors, is final and may not be appealed.
Authors and essays must meet the following eligibility:
• Essays must be published in a scholarly journal, scholarly book or equivalent publication, and must not be longer than 70 published pages. They may not have more than 3 co-authors. Essays must be written in
English or Spanish, or provide a translation to English or Spanish if written in another language.
• Social sciences include (but are not limited too): political science, anthropology, sociology, economics, geography, archeology, law, linguistics, communication studies, education and any other disciplines based on quantitative data analysis or fieldwork. Historians and members of other disciplines bordering with the humanities may choose in which award to compete, but may not compete in both book awards.
• Articles must have a publication date of 2014 and they must be the first published version of the work. Articles with a publication date of 2013, but published in 2014 may participate with proof of date of actual publication (such as certification by the publisher) attached to the letter of nomination. Articles with a publication date of 2015 must wait for the 2015 competition even if actually published in 2014. Translations of articles published prior to 2014, reprints, expanded versions, re-editions or any new version of an article published prior to 2014 are not eligible.
• Authors must be members of the Latin American Studies Association and the Mexico Section for 2015, and they must become members no later than February 1, 2015.
• All submissions must be made electronically, in PDF format, with no password. The PDF must be a scanning of the version of record (i.e. the version actually published by the journal) or the final version as rendered in scholarly databases such as Project Muse or JSTOR.• All submissions must be e-mailed no later than February 1, 2015, along with the letter of nomination, to all members of the committee.
• There are no exceptions to any of the eligibility rules. Any questions not covered by these rules will be resolved at the sole discretion of the committee chair.
Committee Members:
Celia del Palacio. Committee Chair. Universidad Veracruzana. celiadelp@yahoo.com.mx
Alberto Olvera. Universidad Veracruzana. aolveri@yahoo.com.mx
Gabriela Gómez Rodríguez. Universidad de Guadalajara. Gabygomez79@gmail.com
Salvador de León Vázquez. Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes.

2015 LASA Mexico Dissertation Prize
Call for Nominations
The 2015 LASA Mexico Dissertation Prize awards an outstanding and original contribution to the study of Mexico in a dissertation at the doctoral level, written by members of the Mexico Section of the Latin American Studies Association, in any discipline. The prize consists in US$500.00 (Five-Hundred Dollars, U.S.) and a diploma. Prizes will be formally announced during the LASA Mexico Section Business Meeting in the Annual Conference, which will take place in San Juan, P.R. in late May. Authors of entries will be informed of the outcome no earlier than April 1st, 2015 and no later than April 15th. The prize is indivisible, and the committee may only grant the prize to one winner, although it can grant honorable mentions at its discretion. The committee’s decision, once announced to authors, is final and may not be appealed.

Authors and dissertations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Dissertations must have been written for the purposes of completing a degree at the Ph.D., doctorado or the highest degree of the relevant discipline at an institution of higher education. The dissertation must result in a degree granted in any term of the year 2014. Dissertations defended in
2014, but with degrees granted in 2015 must wait for the 2065 competition. Dissertations defended in 2013, but with degrees granted in 2014 may compete, provided that they did not compete in the 2014 LASA Mexico Dissertation Prize. Defense and degree dates must be clearly stated in the nomination letter.

• Authors must be members of the Latin American Studies Association and the Mexico Section for 2015, and they must become members no later than February 1, 2015.
• All submissions must be made electronically, in PDF format, with no password. The PDF must correspond to the final version as submitted to ProQuest or any relevant institutional repository for dissertations.
• All submissions must be e-mailed no later than February 1, 2015, along with the letter of nomination, to all members of the committee.
• There are no exceptions to any of the eligibility rules. Any questions not covered by these rules will be resolved at the sole discretion of the committee chair.

Committee Members.
Brian L. Price. Committee Chair. Brigham Young University. brian_price@byu.edu
Rebecca Janzen. Bluffton University. janzenr@bluffton.edu
Andrea Noble. University of Durham. andrea.noble@durham.ac.uk

Barry Carr. La Trobe University. b.carr@latrobe.edu.au

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

LASA Mexico Section: Premio de Libros / Book Prize

Premios LASA Sección Mexico 2015 Convocatoria


La sección México de LASA invita a autores/as, revistas y editoriales a nominar candidatos para los Premios LASA Sección México en las siguientes categorías: Libro en Humanidades; Ensayo en Humanidades; Libro en Ciencias Sociales; Libro en Humanidades; Tesis doctoral. Todos/as los/as nominados/as deben cumplir los criterios de elegibilidad establecidos para cada premio. Todas las nominaciones deben venir acompañadas por una carta de nominación que siga los criterios descritos abajo, dirigida y enviada por correo electrónico al/a presidente/a del comité relevante. Solicitamos a los miembros de la sección, editoriales, revistas y amigos/as que distribuyan este documento ampliamente y que animen a cualquier persona elegible a participar.

Para todos los premios, las cartas deben incluir:

1. El nombre del/la autor/a, afiliación académica actual, correo electrónico y dirección postal.
2. Declaración confirmando la membresía del/la autor/a en LASA y en LASA México para 2015. Si la membresía de 2015 fue adquirida después del 1 de enero,
por favor adjuntar recibo.
3. Información editorial completa del libro o artículo o, para tesis doctorales, título, universidad en la que se obtuvo el grado, fecha de la defensa, y fecha de titulación.
4. Información de contacto de un representante de la editorial o la revista, o del/la director/a de la tesis doctoral (para informarles del premio).
5. Cualquier aclaración referente a la elegibilidad según lo requerido para cada premio.

Premio LASA México 2015 para Libro en las Humanidades
Convocatoria


El Premio LASA México 2015 para Libro en las Humanidades reconoce una contribución destacada y original al estudio de México en monografías académicas y trabajo con extensión de libro publicados en 2014, escritos por miembros de la Sección México de la Latin American Studies Association. El premio consiste de US$500.00 (Quinientos Dólares de los Estados Unidos) y un diploma. Los premios se anunciarán formalmente durante la Reunión de Negocios de la Sección México de LASA durante el congreso anual, que tendrá lugar en San Juan de Puerto Rico en mayo. Los/as autores/as de los trabajos nominados serán informados del resultado entre el 1º y el 15 de abril del 2015. El premio es indivisible, y el comité podrá entregar el premio a sólo un ganador/a, pero puede otorgar menciones honoríficas a su discreción. La decisión del comité, una vez anunciada a los autores/as, es definitiva e inapelable. Los/as autores/as y libros deben cumplir los siguientes criterios de elegibilidad:

• Los libros deben ser monografías académicas o trabajos con investigación académica sustancial. No pueden tener más de tres co-autores/as. Las antologías y colecciones editadas, libros con más de tres autores, libros de escritura creativa (p. ej. De narrativa o poesía), ediciones críticas y trabajos en formatos que no sean libro no son elegibles. Los libros deben estar escritos en inglés o español, o proveer una traducción al inglés o español si están escritos en otras lenguas.
• Las disciplinas en humanidades incluyen (pero no se limitan a): estudios literarios, cinematográficos, de cultura visual, de medios, culturales, música, historia del arte, filosofía, teoría crítica, campos post-humanísticos (como estudios de la discapacidad, estudios de los animales y estudios de los cyborgs) y otras disciplinas centradas en análisis textual y/o cultural. Los historiadores y especialistas en disciplinas fronterizas con las ciencias sociales pueden escoger en cuál premio concursar, pero no pueden competir en dos premios.
• Los libros deben tener fecha de publicación de 2014 y deben ser primeras ediciones. Los libros con fecha de publicación de 2013, pero publicados de hecho en 2014 pueden participar con prueba de fecha real de publicación (como la fecha de Amazon o un certificado de la editorial) adjunta a la carta de nominación. Los libros con fecha de publicación de 2015 deben esperar la competencia de 2016 aún si fue publicado de hecho en 2014. Las traducciones de libros publicados antes de 2014, reimpresiones, ediciones ampliadas, reediciones o cualquier nueva versión de un libro publicado antes de 2014 no son elegibles. Los libros que compilan ensayos de un solo autor son elegibles, siempre y cuando los contenidos un hayan sido publicados en forma de libro antes de 2014.
• Los/as autores/as deben ser miembros de la Latin American Studies Association y de la Sección México para 2015, y deben hacerse miembros a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015.
• Si un libro cuenta con una edición física (en pasta dura o blanda), una copia física debe ser enviada por correo a cada uno de los miembros del comité a las respectivas direcciones indicadas abajo. Los envíos electrónicos son son aceptables en el caso de libros disponibles en edición física. Si un libro fue publicado exclusivamente en edición electrónica, es elegible, pero el presidente del comité debe ser notificado antes del envío y una verificación de este hecho debe acompañar la nominación.
• Todos los envíos deben ser recibidos por la oficina postal antes del 1 de febrero de 2015. En el caso de libros extraviado en el correo y alguna otra razón que cause un breve retraso, el presidente del comité puede proveer cierta flexibilidad a su discreción.
• No hay excepciones a ninguna de las reglas de elegibilidad. Cualquier pregunta no cubierta por estas reglas será resuelta a discreción exclusiva del presidente del comité.

Miembros del comité:

Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, Committee Chair
Washington University in St Louis
1 Brookings Drive .
Campus Box 1077/ 310 Ridgley Hall
St Louis, MO 63130 USA
isanchez@artsci.wustl.edu

Beth Jorgensen
Rochester University
Modern Languages and Cultures
Box 270082
Rochester, NY 14627
USA

Tatiana Flores
5400 Alta Vista Rd.
Bethesda, MD, 20814
USA


Steven Bunker
University of Alabama
Department of History
Box 870212
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
USA


LASA México 2015 para Ensayo en las Humanidades
Convocatoria

El Premio LASA México 2015 para Ensayo en las Humanidades reconoce una contribución destacada y original al estudio de México en ensayos y artículos académicos publicados en 2014, escritos por miembros de la Sección México de la Latin American Studies Association. El premio consiste de US$250.00 (Doscientos Cincuenta Dólares de los Estados Unidos) y un diploma. Los premios se anunciarán formalmente durante la Reunión de Negocios de la Sección México de LASA durante el congreso anual, que tendrá lugar en San Juan de Puerto Rico en mayo. Los/as autores/as de los trabajos nominados serán informados del resultado entre el 1º y el 15 de abril del 2015. El premio es indivisible, y el comité podrá entregar el premio a sólo un ganador/a, pero puede otorgar menciones honoríficas a su discreción. La decisión del comité, una vez anunciada a los autores/as, es definitiva e inapelable. Los/as autores/as y ensayos deben cumplir los siguientes criterios de elegibilidad:

• Los ensayos deben ser publicados en una revista académica, libro académico o publicación equivalente, y no deben contar con más de 70 páginas publicadas. No pueden tener más de tres co-autores/as. Los ensayos deben estar escritos en inglés o español, o proveer una traducción al inglés o español si están escritos en otras lenguas.
• Las disciplinas en humanidades incluyen (pero no se limitan a): estudios literarios, cinematográficos, de cultura visual, de medios, culturales, música, historia del arte, filosofía, teoría crítica, campos post-humanísticos (como estudios de la discapacidad, estudios de los animales y estudios de los cyborgs) y otras disciplinas centradas en análisis textual y/o cultural. Los historiadores y especialistas en disciplinas fronterizas con las ciencias sociales pueden escoger en cuál premio concursar, pero no pueden competir en dos premios.
• Los ensayos deben tener fecha de publicación de 2014 y deben constituir la primera versión publicada del trabajo. Los ensayos con fecha de publicación de 2013, pero publicados de hecho en 2014 pueden participar con prueba de fecha real de publicación (como un certificado de la editorial) adjunta a la carta de nominación. Los ensayos con fecha de publicación de 2015 deben esperar la competencia de 2016 aún si fue publicado de hecho en 2014. Las traducciones de ensayos publicados antes de 2014, reimpresiones, versiones ampliadas, reediciones o cualquier nueva versión de un ensayo publicado antes de 2014 no son elegibles.
• Los/as autores/as deben ser miembros de la Latin American Studies Association y de la Sección México para 2015, y deben hacerse miembros a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015.• Todos los envíos deben ser hechos electrónicamente, en formato PDF, sin contraseña. El PDF debe ser un escaneado de la versión definitiva (es decir, la versión de hecho publicada en la revista o libro), o la versión provista en bases de datos académicas como Project Muse o JSTOR.
• Todos los envíos deben ser hechos por correo electrónico a más tardar el 1
de febrero de 2015, junto con la carta de nominación, a todos los miembros
del comité
• No hay excepciones a ninguna de las reglas de elegibilidad. Cualquier pregunta no cubierta por estas reglas será resuelta a discreción exclusiva del presidente del comité.
Miembros del comité:

Yliana Rodríguez González. Presidenta. El Colegio de San Luis.
yrodriguez@colsan.edu.mx

Ana Laura Zavala Díaz. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.
alzavalad@yahoo.com

Niamh Thornton. University of Liverpool. N.Thornton@liverpool.ac.uk

Yanna Hadatty Mora. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. yanna@unam.mxPremio

LASA México 2015 para Libro en las Ciencias Sociales
Convocatoria

El Premio LASA México 2015 para Libro en las Ciencias Sociales reconoce una contribución destacada y original al estudio de México en monografías académicas y trabajos con extensión de libro publicados en 2014, escritos por miembros de la Sección México de la Latin American Studies Association. El premio consiste de US$500.00 (Quinientos Dólares de los Estados Unidos) y un diploma. Los premios se anunciarán formalmente durante la Reunión de Negocios de la Sección México de LASA durante el congreso anual, que tendrá lugar en San Juan de Puerto Rico en mayo. Los/as autores/as de los trabajos nominados serán informados del resultado entre el 1º y el 15 de abril del 2015. El premio es indivisible, y el comité podrá entregar el premio a sólo un ganador/a, pero puede otorgar menciones honoríficas a su discreción. La decisión del comité, una vez anunciada a los autores/as, es definitiva e inapelable. Los/as autores/as y libros deben cumplir los siguientes criterios de elegibilidad:
• Los libros deben ser monografías académicas o trabajos con investigación académica sustancial. No pueden tener más de tres co-autores/as. Las antologías y colecciones editadas, libros con más de tres autores, libros de escritura creativa (p. ej. de narrativa o poesía), ediciones críticas y trabajos en formatos que no sean libro no son elegibles. Los libros deben estar escritos en inglés o español, o proveer una traducción al inglés o español si están escritos en otras lenguas.
• Las disciplinas en ciencias sociales incluyen (pero no se limitan a): ciencias políticas, antropología, sociología, economía, geografía, arqueología, derecho, lingüística, ciencias de la comunicación, educación y cualquier otra disciplina basada en análisis de datos cuantitativos o trabajo de campo. Los historiadores y miembros de otras disciplinas fronterizas con las humanidades pueden elegir en cual de los premios competir, pero no pueden participar en dos competencias.
• Los libros deben tener fecha de publicación de 2014 y deben ser primeras ediciones. Los libros con fecha de publicación de 2013, pero publicados de hecho en 2014 pueden participar con prueba de fecha real de publicación (como la fecha de Amazon o un certificado de la editorial) adjunta a la carta de nominación. Los libros con fecha de publicación de 2015 deben esperar la competencia de 2016 aún si fue publicado de hecho en 2014. Las traducciones de libros publicados antes de 2014, reimpresiones, ediciones ampliadas, reediciones o cualquier nueva versión de un libro publicado antes de 2014 no son elegibles. Los libros que compilan ensayos de un solo autor son elegibles, siempre y cuando los contenidos un hayan sido publicados en forma de libro antes de 2014.
• Los/as autores/as deben ser miembros de la Latin American Studies Association y de la Sección México para 2015, y deben hacerse miembros a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015.
• Si un libro cuenta con una edición física (en pasta dura o blanda), una copia física debe ser enviada por correo a cada uno de los miembros del comité a las respectivas direcciones indicadas abajo. Los envíos electrónicos son aceptables en el caso de libros disponibles en edición física. Si un libro fue publicado exclusivamente en edición electrónica, es elegible, pero el presidente del comité debe ser notificado antes del envío y una verificación de este hecho debe acompañar la nominación.
• Todos los envíos deben ser recibidos por la oficina postal antes del 1 de febrero de 2015. En el caso de libros extraviado en el correo y alguna otra razón que cause un breve retraso, el presidente del comité puede proveer cierta flexibilidad a su discreción.
• No hay excepciones a ninguna de las reglas de elegibilidad. Cualquier pregunta no cubierta por estas reglas será resuelta a discreción exclusiva del presidente del comité.

Miembros del comité:

Dr. Jason Dormady, Presidente
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7553

Dr. Raymond Hall
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7544

Dr. Maria Cruz Torres
Arizona State University
15078 E. San Blas Circle
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

Dr. Monica Orozco
Santa Barbara Mission Archives
5119 San Vicente Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

Premio LASA México 2015 para Ensayo en las Ciencias Sociales

Convocatoria
El Premio LASA México 2015 para Ensayo en las Ciencias Sociales reconoce una contribución destacada y original al estudio de México en ensayos y artículos académicos publicados en 2014, escritos por miembros de la Sección México de la Latin American Studies Association. El premio consiste de US$250.00 (Doscientos Cincuenta Dólares de los Estados Unidos) y un diploma. Los premios se anunciarán formalmente durante la Reunión de Negocios de la Sección México de LASA durante el congreso anual, que tendrá lugar en San Juan de Puerto Rico en mayo. Los/as autores/as de los trabajos nominados serán informados del resultado entre el 1º y el 15 de abril del 2015. El premio
es indivisible, y el comité podrá entregar el premio a sólo un ganador/a, pero puede otorgar menciones honoríficas a su discreción. La decisión del comité, una vez anunciada a los autores/as, es definitiva e inapelable. Los/as autores/as y ensayos deben cumplir los siguientes criterios de elegibilidad:

• Los ensayos deben ser publicados en una revista académica, libro académico o publicación equivalente, y no deben contar con más de 70 páginas publicadas. No pueden tener más de tres co-autores/as. Los ensayos deben estar escritos en inglés o español, o proveer una traducción al inglés o español si están escritos en otras lenguas.
• Las disciplinas en ciencias sociales incluyen (pero no se limitan a): ciencias políticas, antropología, sociología, economía, geografía, arqueología, derecho, lingüística, ciencias de la comunicación, educación y cualquier otra disciplina basada en análisis de datos cuantitativos o trabajo de campo. Los historiadores y miembros de otras disciplinas fronterizas con las humanidades pueden elegir en cual de los premios competir, pero no pueden participar en dos competencias.
• Los ensayos deben tener fecha de publicación de 2014 y deben constituir la primera versión publicada del trabajo. Los ensayos con fecha de publicación de 2013, pero publicados de hecho en 2014 pueden participar con prueba de fecha real de publicación (como un certificado de la editorial) adjunta a la carta de nominación. Los ensayos con fecha de publicación de 2015 deben esperar la competencia de 2016 aún si fue publicado de hecho en 2014. Las traducciones de ensayos publicados antes de 2014, reimpresiones, versiones ampliadas, reediciones o cualquier nueva versión de un ensayo publicado antes de 2014 no son elegibles.
• Los/as autores/as deben ser miembros de la Latin American Studies Association y de la Sección México para 2015, y deben hacerse miembros a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015.
• Todos los envíos deben ser hechos electrónicamente, en formato PDF, sin contraseña. El PDF debe ser un escaneado de la versión definitiva (es decir, la versión de hecho publicada en la revista o libro), o la versión provista en bases de datos académicas como Project Muse o JSTOR.
• Todos los envíos deben ser hechos por correo electrónico a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015, junto con la carta de nominación a todos los miembros del comité.
• No hay excepciones a ninguna de las reglas de elegibilidad. Cualquier pregunta no cubierta por estas reglas será resuelta a discreción exclusiva del presidente del comité.

Miembros del comité:

Celia del Palacio. PResidenta. Universidad Veracruzana. celiadelp@yahoo.com.mx
Alberto Olvera. Universidad Veracruzana. aolveri@yahoo.com.mx
Gabriela Gómez Rodríguez. Universidad de Guadalajara. Gabygomez79@gmail.com
Salvador de León Vázquez. Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes.
sdeleon.uaa@gmail.com

Premio LASA México 2015 para Tesis Doctoral
Convocatoria

El Premio LASA México 2015 para Tesis Doctoral reconoce una contribución distinguida y original al estudio de México en una tesis a nivel doctoral, escrita por miembros de la Sección México de la Latin American Studies Association, en cualquier disciplina. El premio consiste de US$500.00 (Quinientos Dólares de los Estados Unidos) y un diploma. Los premios se anunciarán formalmente durante la Reunión de Negocios de la Sección México de LASA durante el congreso anual, que tendrá lugar en San Juan de Puerto Rico en mayo. Los/as autores/as de los trabajos nominados serán informados del resultado entre el 1º y el 15 de abril del 2015. El premio es indivisible, y el comité podrá entregar el premio a sólo un ganador/a, pero puede otorgar menciones honoríficas a su discreción. La decisión del comité, una vez anunciada a los autores/as, es definitiva e inapelable.

Los autores y tesis deben cumplir con los siguientes requisitos de elegibilidad:
• Las tesis deben haber sido escritas con el propósito de completar un grado de Ph.D., doctorado o el grado más alto de la disciplina relevante en una institución de educación superior. Las tesis defendiads en 2014, pero con titulación concedida en 2015 deben esperar a la competencia de 2016. Las tesis defendidas en 2014, pero con fecha de titulación de 2014 pueden competir, siempre y cuando no hayan competido en el premio LASA Mexico 2014. Las fechas de defensa y titulación deben estar claramente declaradas en la carta de nominación.
• Los/as autores/as deben ser miembros de la Latin American Studies Association y de la Sección México para 2015, y deben hacerse miembros a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015.
• Todos los envíos deben ser hechos electrónicamente, en formato PDF, sin contraseña. El PDF debe corresponder a la versión final enviada a ProQuest o a cualquier repositorio institucional para tesis doctorales..
• Todos los envíos deben ser hechos por correo electrónico a más tardar el 1 de febrero de 2015, junto con la carta de nominación a todos los miembros del comité.
• No hay excepciones a ninguna de las reglas de elegibilidad. Cualquier pregunta no cubierta por estas reglas será resuelta a discreción exclusiva del presidente del comité.
Miembros del comité:

Brian L. Price. Committee Chair. Brigham Young University. brian_price@byu.edu
Rebecca Janzen. Bluffton University. janzenr@bluffton.edu
Andrea Noble. University of Durham. andrea.noble@durham.ac.uk
Barry Carr. La Trobe University. b.carr@latrobe.edu.au

Friday, November 21, 2014

Puzzle Complete! Three Cheers and a Graham Cracker for Mary Anastasia O'Grady

The WSJ attack dog on Latin America Mary Anastasia O'grady has finished her floor puzzle. When in October of last year O'Grady went after Bolivia as some sort of commie-narco-fascist state, I mentioned that:

My guess is that O'Grady finally worked her way down as far as Bolivia with her Fisher Price "Nations of South America" floor puzzle and so decided to drop her discounted and tired theories on Bolivia.  Look out, Chile, she's coming for you next.


Congratulations, Mary! This autumn Michele Bachelet - elected for a second time after a failed experiment with rightist policies after her first presidency - is O'Grady's commie boogie-man. O'Grady lays out the case that because Bachelet is looking to lower the cost of education in Chile, it is stifling innovation and driving off investment, killing the "Chilean Miracle." If we peg Chile's economic "woes" (which they hardly are) singly to the president in charge (which I think is naive and foolish thinking for any political group to do), then we might need to take into account that:

- Chile's real economic "miracle" occurred with the return to democracy and the electoral success of center-left and leftist parties.

- Under Bachelet's first presidency, Chile experienced steady growth in exports, investment, and GDP.

- The economic "disaster" in Chile started under the Sebastián Piñera term which only ended in March of 2014.

Simplistic and foolish reflections like O'Grady's lead to knee-jerk reactions and, judging by the comments on her column in the WSJ, the auto-politico-erotic stimulation of reinforcing views already held on domestic economic disputes. Nothing learned, nothing studied, everything gambled.

I'd suggest that looking at a longer string of charts on Chile we see steady growth since the return to democracy (unlike the incredible late 70s early 80s collapse under Pinochet) with occasional market corrections. I'd suggest that the center-left and left investment in a social safety net that is turning poor Chileans into consumers has been helpful.  I'd also suggest that the domestic unrest experienced under Piñera warned off investors who are unrest-averse (as O'Grady herself keeps yammering on about regarding the rule of law in Latin America). That, and a number of difficult domestic natural disasters during Piñera's presidency have also caused economic challenges. Perhaps I should blame the "unlucky" Piñera for those, too - since we're down with O'Grady-style magical thinking these days.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

EPN, Isn't It About ... Time

It seems that the Time magazine cover for President Enrique Peña Nieto more prescient than it was given credit for. EPN seems to be all about the time these days.

He has time to lounge around in a mansion given to his wife by his Salinista cronies in the railroad business.

He has time to make promise after empty promise about changing the quality of education for Mexican students.

He has time to wait eleven days before addressing the murder of the missing students of Guerrero and thirty-three days to address the families. I guess he hasn't had time to learn the theater of politics from his wife or his padre politico Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

Doubtful it will happen, but it would be nice if the congress gave him a wee bit more time and asked for his resignation under Article 86 of the Constitution.

Then it might be time for an effective truth and reconciliation commission to investigate every Mexican president from Luis Echeverria to EPN to air the dirty laundry of one of Latin America's longest running dirty wars and bring it to a halt.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Honduras Murder Rate and Venezuela's Almost Coup

Back in April the UN put out a report that the murder rate in Honduras was the highest in the world. Close (90 per 100,000 vs. 53) to double that of Venezuela. This list has been shooting around the internet and news sources for months now - for good or evil.

The folks over at American Stinker Thinker (is that Uncle Sam sitting on an inodoro on their home page?) want to point out, however, that things in Honduras are not that bad, and that the kids coming north are certainly not migrating because of any push-pull factors (it's all that jerk Obama's fault, they argue, just sittin' on his White House porch suckin' kids north). They offer a graph of El Salvador (avg. 41.2) and Guatemala (avg. of 39.9) with lower murder rates, conveniently leaving Honduras off the chart but adding an aside that if they were to add Honduras, its murder rate would "present a similar graph." Well, at over twice the average of the other two they would have to double the height of the graph, but other than that, just the same.

So, I'm not here to bellyache about kids at the borders. My beef is this: Between January and April, the neocon right in the United States had their knickers in a twist about the violence in Venezuela that was "plunging the nation into chaos." Opinion journalists like Frances Martel (an avid National Enquirer reader) wrote in Breitbart (yep, that far right) that President Maduro had "catapulted" Venezuela into a high murder rate. This came with near daily slams at Venezuela and stories that Venezuelan applications for asylum were WAY up and that torture and violence were off the charts - as proven by pictures of four guys with black eyes and some cuts.  Well, we assume they are from Venezuela, at least. Maduro had to go. Venezuelans needed asylum. The US needed to invade. The people of the middle-class Venezuelan twitterverse had spoken on the oppression of long lines for food and college kids with contusions and it was time for intervention and change.

Meanwhile, in Honduras where the gangs and cartel thugs chop off arms and legs, the paleoconservative magazine "The American Conservative" notes that our Drug War has been a failure and that the US has plunged that nation into incredible violence. The right leaning mag goes on to say (back in October 20 friggin 12:

Just this week, the Associated Press reported an “unprecedented surge” of unaccompanied children jumping our southern border to get into the U.S from Central America, and Honduras in particular. Many of them don’t make it, and are sent back to lives made untenable by brutal poverty, gangs, and neglect.
These are our drug war orphans, made in part by failed policies that ignore the historic folly of prohibition.

Sigh. So why is Venezuela ripe for coup and invasion and their citizens worth of asylum because it is tough getting eggs and milk, while Honduras is "not so bad" and really "not our problem"? Back in 2008 the French ambassador felt Honduras was slipping into a narco state, and I'd argue the coup that ousted Zelaya has only accelerated that process. I'll see your coeds with black eyes in Venezuela and raise you piles of bodies in Honduras. If only Honduras had oil we didn't control, then maybe we'd care.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Bolivian Narco-Islamo-Commie State: Folks at WSJ are Bored This Week

Somebody let Wall Street Journal fiction writer Mary Anastasia O'Grady slip the leash this week and she's arguing that Bolivia has become a narco-islamo-communist terror state.  She tried before to argue that Nicaragua and Venezuela were harboring terrorists headed to the U.S. (all tosh) and now she's put Bolivia in her rifle scope of malarkey.  My guess is that O'Grady finally worked her way down as far as Bolivia with her Fisher Price "Nations of South America" floor puzzle and so decided to drop her discounted and tired theories on Bolivia.  Look out, Chile, she's coming for you next.

So, what is the evidence.  Well, the phrase "unconfirmed reports" most certainly make an appearance, so let's skip those moments. She also states that there is a narco problem because a Bolivian headed for Lebanon was detained by Bolivian officials for trying to smuggle 392 kilos of cocaine to Lebabnon.  Wait... the so-called narco-terror state arrested a guy for smuggling and that is proof of a coordinated state-run cocaine money for shoe bombs operation?  Never mind her confusion of the use of the coca leaf for daily use and the refinement of coca for cocaine.

She also quotes "global security specialist" Joseph Humire's testimony before the U.S. Congress that Iran is using its embassy to convert people to radical Islam and smuggle people.  It may be uncomfortably straw-man, but Humire is a former Koch brothers employee and currently a member of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation which is dedicated to the spread of free-market growth around the world.  With Bolivia sitting on vast deposits of lithium set to fuel Bolivia's quasi-socialist dream with minimal U.S. involvement and profits (they are dealing with China, Japan, Korea, and the Netherlands), angling for reasons to make Bolivia a target of U.S. security paranoia is a comfortable fit for Humire (and, frankly, O'Grady).

Read the "article" here, and take a look at the comical video below where the closest we get to sourcing is the "I've heard stories" trope.

 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Prosecution, Isn't it About ... Time.

Efrain Rios Montt is finally on trial in Guatemala for genocide.

Por fin. 

Read more here:
http://www.voxxi.com/rios-montt-trial-guatemala-genocide/