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CLACS sponsors and hosts a variety of academic conferences, lectures, and symposia throughout the year to foster dialogue between faculty and practitioners and to help to promote research in a variety of disciplinary and professional fields related to Latin America and the Caribbean. Our ongoing events include the Latin American Research Forum and the annual Graduate Student Conference. Please sign up for our e-newsletter Novedades for more related events on the IU campus or surrounding community.

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Upcoming Events

June 5th - July 28th, 2017

Haitian Creole Summer Language Workshop
Indiana University-Bloomington

Program Summary: The intensive, proficiency-based Introductory Haitian Creole curriculum features 20 contact hours weekly and a rich co-curricular program, including language tables, films, clubs, cooking demonstrations, and lectures with area studies specialists. Participants study in small, student-focused classes with highly qualified instructors from around the globe, while preparing for study abroad or foreign service by working with authentic materials and gaining cultural proficiency. Classes are held on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, IN, with morning sessions Monday-Friday and extracurricular activities in the afternoons. Program participants earn transferable IU credit and have access to university libraries, recreational facilities, and public transit. On-campus housing is available but not required. Graduate students, undergraduates, and professionals from the United States and abroad are welcome to participate. Summer Language Workshop staff work with international graduate students to help arrange necessary visa support.
Application & Deadline: The Summer Language Workshop application and program information is available online here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 1, 2017. All courses are contingent upon enrollment.
Tuition & Fees: All participants in the Workshop pay in-state tuition rates. Applicants should refer to the SWSWEEL website for further information:

September 29th-30th, 2017

A Hundred Years of Migration (1917-2017): Stories of Caribbean Exile and Diaspora
School of Global & International Studies Building

For more information schedules and the conference in general, please visit the conference website here.

With refugee crises in Europe and other parts of the world changing the political landscape of nations and given current U.S. American debates on travel bans and border enforcement, this conference studies the cultural, political, and economic impact of migration in North America and its geographically closest region, the Caribbean. It focuses on one hundred years of Caribbean migration to point out the need for studying migration as a long term, recurrent phenomenon that has shaped nation states and hemispheric relations decisively. The Jones-Shafroth Act of 1917 represents for us more than a legal measure declaring Puerto Ricans citizens of the U.S. while maintaining their cultural and political separateness. It stands for the way in which neo-colonial power has brought generations of migrants from south of the border to the U.S., challenging at home and abroad notions of national space, economic and political sovereignty, linguistic unity, and acculturation or assimilation. Caribbean migrants have come to the U.S. propelled by special circumstances, yet their stories can tell us something about the long history of forced and unforced displacement and its effects on nation states, both on the sending and the receiving side. This international conference will bring together renowned scholars from the social sciences and the humanities and policy experts to study the long-term effects of migration, exile, and diaspora cultures on the Caribbean as well as the United States and Canada. It will focus on five themes: diaspora and exile cultures vs. the nation state, bi-lingualism, colonialities, cultural remittances, and a comparative approach to the Caribbean and Mexico.

Panels will touch on topics such as the construction of racial difference; the new wave of Cuban migration; Puerto Rican migration to Florida; visual iconography and media representation of migration; language policy and practice in Haiti and its diaspora communities, and public policy, institution building, and voting rights among migrants. Speakers are drawn from the fields of Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Africana and Diaspora Studies, and Public Policy.

Our goal overall is to advance the scholarly and public discussion on migration and on the place and importance of diaspora and exile cultures in the Western hemisphere. In order to disseminate the results of this conference, we ask participants to give 30 min. long original presentations at the conference and to submit a finished 25-30 pp. essay ca. six months after its conclusion, for publication in an anthology edited by us.

"A Hundred Years of Migration" will bring together Caribbeanist and Latinx studies scholars from the United States and abroad. There is little truly interdisciplinary research on the long-term effects of migration on both migrating subjects and receiving countries. This conference is meant to create the foundation for such a collaborative research project here at Indiana University, using the Caribbean as a case in point.

Outside Event Promotion Policy

CLACS will gladly help promote events/opportunities via the CLACS e-mail list as long as the following criteria are met:

  • The event/opportunity is about or related to Latin America or the Caribbean AND
  • The person advertising the event is affiliated with CLACS
Events/announcements that do not meet the above criteria may be submitted for our weekly newsletter, Novedades/Novidades, which is sent out weekly on Wednesdays.

For inclusion in Novedades/Novidades:
Events or announcements to be included in Novedades/Novidades must be sent to by 5pm Tuesday. Priority for inclusion is given to those events and announcements related to Latin American or the Caribbean. CLACS reserves the right to exclude any events/announcements that are not relevant or appropriate for inclusion in the newsletter.