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May 7, 2012 - Announcing Against the Grain at CALACS 2012

We are proud to introduce at CALACS 2012, AGAINST THE GRAIN: An Artist's Survival Guide to Perú (, a powerful new documentary that has been screening across North America. Recounting 20 years of tumultuous Peruvian history, it shows how former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori controlled expression under his government and how the country has sought to reconcile its past. AGAINST THE GRAIN challenges viewers to re-examine their relationship with art and politics and profiles four artists--a folk artist; a Japanese Peruvian, who suffered the backlash of Fujimori’s presidency; a feminist; and an underground artist—who each defy tyranny and ignite change. Macarena Gómez-Barris, USC professor and author of Where Memory Dwells describes the film as “enormously timely and a must pedagogical tool for students of human rights, sociology, and the Americas.”

The film is recommended for students of Latin American studies, human rights, democracy studies, art history, anthropology and sociology. It can be purchased for academic institutions through New Day Films (, and a free preview is available at For an in-depth article about this film in E-misférica by Gómez-Barris,

April 30, 2012 - Invitation to the Virtual Forum for Consultation and Dialogue: Corporate Social Responsibility and Extractive Industries in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Multi-Stakeholder View From the LAC Region

Beginning on May 1, and running through May 30 CALACS, in partnership with the Bolivian Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies CEBEM invited researchers, practitioners in the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and government officials who are leading processes in CSR and the extractive industries sector from more than 15 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, Canada, Denmark, France, and the U.S. to hold a dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility and the extractive industries in the LAC region. This virtual forum is part of a partnership sponsored by the International Development Research Centre, Canadian Partnerships unit (IDRC). Funding for Virtual Forum has been provided by IDRC through the CALACS-CERLAC partnership project “Mapping Out the New Area Studies for Development.”Visit the following sites for all the details of the virtual forum: (Spanish); (English)

April 27, 2012 - Invitation to the Virtual Forum for Consultation and Dialogue

Beginning on May 1 and through May 15, CALACS will participate in the Virtual Forum "Indigenous Peoples, Self-determination and Autonomy in Latin America and Canada" sponsored by the Bolivian Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies (CEBEM), theInternational Secretary for Human Development, (ISHD)/ York Universityand the Indigenous Studies Program at the University of BritishColumbia Okanagan, (UBCO), invite you to participate in a Forum forConsultation and Dialogue: “Self-determination and Indigenous Autonomyin Latin America and Canada.” This is a follow up to the course “IndianSelf-Determination and Autonomy in Latin America and Canada” which tookplace during July and August 2011 and which was attended by 19 individuals (professionals, academics/policy makers /indigenousleaders/community members) from Argentina, Bolivia, Belgium, Brazil,Canada, Chile, Colombia, Spain, the United States, Honduras and Peru.

April 27, 2012 Dissertation Prizes Announced

It is with great pleasure that the CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize Committee announces the results for the CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2012 and the CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Honorable Mention 2012.

C’est avec grand plaisir que le comité de l’ACÉLAC pour la meilleure thèse de doctorat communique les résultats pour le prix de la meilleure thèse de doctorat 2012 et la mention distinguée pour la meilleure thèse de doctorat 2012.

The awardees are/Les gagnants sont:

CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Prize 2012

(The purpose of the Outstanding Dissertation Prize is to provide recognition to a young scholar who has significantly advanced our understanding of Latin America or the Caribbean)

Bradley Skopyk, Ph.D.
Undercurrents of Conquest: The Shifting Terrain of Indigenous Agriculture  in Colonial Tlaxcala, Mexico
2010, History, York University, Supervisor: Dr. Richard C. Hoffman

CALACS Outstanding Dissertation Honorable Mention 2012

(The Honorable Mention is awarded when a dissertation, despite not having won the prize, still has an outstanding quality that puts it significantly above other nominees)

Tanya A. Chung Tiam Fook, Ph.D.
"Sustaining Indigenous Lifeways through Collaborative and Community-led Wildlife Conservation in the North Rupununi, Guyana"
2011, Environmental Studies, York University, Supervisor: Dr. Leesa Fawcett

April 26, 2012 Anayansi Prado's Paraiso For Sale at CALACS

PARAISO FOR SALE, award-winning PBS documentary about the impact of residential tourism in Panama, will be screening at CALACS 2012.

"This film is about much more than Americans moving to Panama.  Its about politics, indigenous rights, environmental issues, tourism and the future of Panama and other countries around the globe confronting the crises brought about  by the increasing presence of wealthy foreigners." -- Edward L. Jackiewicz, Professor, Department of Geography, CalState Northridge

Preview the film here: For more information, including how to purchase PARAISO FOR SALE, please visit: <>

April 22, 2012 - Announcement Honorary Membership

CALACS will honor John Walker and David Trotman at Congress 2012 with Honorary Memberships

John Walker had a distinguished career at Queen’s University as Professor of Spanish and Italian, and for many years as director of Latin American Studies.  Before coming to Canada, he trained at the University of Glasgow under Donald Shaw.  Professor Walker was a scholar of Latin American literature and culture, specializing in the 20th-century novel and short story.  A founding member of CALACS, John was also involved in the Canadian Association of Hispanists and an active collaborator in the Ontario Cooperative Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (OCPLACS), where his direction of Latin American and Caribbean library acquisitions at Queen’s allowed him to help co-ordinate a complementary, inter-library loans-based acquisitions strategy across Ontario’s universities.  Professor Walker was a great promoter of Latin American studies in Canada during his career (which also saw him coach soccer at Queen’s for 30 years!), and was actively involved in publishing and reviewing in the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Now retired, John still lives in Kingston, reviews work in the field, and closely follows events in Latin America and in Canadian Latin American Studies.

David Trotman is a distinguished scholar of Caribbean Studies who is recognized both in Canada and internationally for his pioneering research on the history and culture of the Caribbean.  His work on the history of crime in Trinidad and Tobago and his scholarship on calypso and other cultural practices have influenced and inspired a new generation of Caribbeanists in Canada and abroad.  David Trotman did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in the United States and has taught in the Department of History and the Division of Humanities at York University for several decades.  He is also the associate director of York University’s Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, a former master of Founders College at York University and a past director of its Centre for Race and Ethnic Relations.  He is also a life-long member of the Casablanca Steel Orchestra.  For over 30 years, Professor Trotman has helped advance Caribbean Studies in Canada and has mentored a new generation of Caribbeanists.  He has provided a model of citizenship both within the university and outside its walls.  His work with York University’s Centre for Race and Ethnic Relations and his involvement with the Toronto Black Education Project, the Ontario Association of Calypso Performers, and Caribana stand as examples of an engaged scholar and member of the wider community.

April 17, 2012 - New Resort Congress Accommodation

Sparkling Hill Resort has extended a rate “Pre, Post and During the Conference, from May 16th through May 22nd”, at the rate will of $169+ tax single or double occupancy.  
These rates include:

  • full hot buffet breakfast daily
  • no fees for internet
  • no fees for parking
  • free local phone calls
  • complimentary access to the 7 steam and sauna rooms, Keipp water pool, indoor and outdoor Infinity salt water pools, hot pool and KurSpa, a 40,000 sq. ft. oasis, the largest in Canada


Sparkling Hill LogoSparkling Hill Resort – one-of-a-kind in the world, the Okanagan’s new crowning jewel and a premier destination that one must visit when visiting the Okanagan.  A place like no other with unparalleled beauty and magnificence - a place to rejuvenate, revitalize and renew. Nestled into a granite rock face on a ridge with sweeping Okanagan lake and mountain views - is a most remarkable hotel and wellness centre with European-inspired design elegance.  Guests are at once captured by grandness and brilliance with award-winning architecture and magnificent crystal chandeliers spanning three floors. The first resort in North America to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design with over 3.5M Crystals, over $10M. Guest rooms bask in light and luxury with floor to ceiling glass, and sliding window wall to fresh air - nature saturates the room.  KurSpa is a whole body, mind and soul experience - a 40,000 sq. ft. spa oasis where guests explore a better level of health from walking on the acres of private hiking  trails, to dining on organic choices, to experiencing 7 unique aromatherapy steam and sauna rooms, and access to over 100 therapies and treatments. KurSpa’s signature treatment and the first in North America, Sparkling Hill’s Cryotherapy Cold Sauna (-110C) <>

  • Competing on the world stage, Sparkling Hill was recently  awarded ‘Best Mountain Spa Resort in the World at the Senses Wellness Awards in  Berlin, March 2011.
  • Sparkling Hill Resort’s signature amenity is KurSpa - a 40,000 sq. ft. spa oasis with 7 unique aromatherapy steam and sauna rooms, salt water pools and access to over 100 therapies and treatments. KurSpa’s signature treatment and the first in North America garnering worldwide media attention, Sparkling Hill’s Cryotherapy Cold Sauna (-110C).
  • The resort’s principal owner is  Mr. Gernot Langes-Swarovski, patriarch of the Swarovski family and former head of the Swarovski crystal company.  The Sparkling Hill Resort features spectacular mountain views and award winning architecture, and  is the first resort in North America to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design with over 3.5M Crystals, over $10M.

For reservations call 1-877-275-1556 or 1-250-275-1556 or email and ask for “CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES (CALACS) UBC Okanagan Conference May 18th - 20th, 2012.

Rates are valid Pre & Post Conference dates also, are based on availability at time of booking, single or double occupancy.  Room upgrades available for an additional fee.

For direct inquiries:  
(250) 541.2152 D | (250) 275.1556 O | (250) 275.1610 F | <>

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