Monday, February 25, 2008

New book by Steve Ellner

Rethinking Venezuelan Politics: Class, Conflict, and the Chavez Phenomenon

Steve Ellner

Lynne Rienner, January 2008/260 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-58826-560-9 HC $55.00

In this fresh look at Venezuelan politics, Steve Ellner emphasizes the central significance of the country s economic and social cleavages. Ellner's journey through modern Venezuelan history—observing popular masses and social actors as much as political elites and formal institutions—fundamentally informs his analysis of Hugo Chávez's presidency and the "Bolivarian Revolution" at its core. Perhaps equally important, as he explores the rise of Chávismo, opposition within the country and abroad, internal tensions in the Chávista movement, and the trajectory of the Chávez government domestically and on the international stage, he sheds new light not only on Venezuela, but also on the recent political turmoil elsewhere in Latin America.

Foreword—Kenneth Roberts.
Introduction: Rethinking Venezuelan Politics.
From the Colonial Period to 1958: A Brief Overview.
Venezuela's "Model" Democracy, 1958-1989.
Neoliberal Reforms and Political Crisis, 1989-1999.
The Four Stages of the Chávez Presidency.
Conflicting Currents in the Chávez Movement.
The Chávez Movement's Top-Down and Grassroots Approaches.
The Chávez Government in the International Arena.

Friday, February 22, 2008

U of Maryland - Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Post-Doctoral Fellowships 2008-2009

The Latin American Studies Center at the University of Maryland, College Park, is pleased to announce the competition for residential fellowships for Fall 2008 and Spring 2009. For this round, the Center will particularly welcome proposals that address culture and democracy, governance and civil society, literature and ethnicity, and migration from Asia to Latin America.

Fellows (one for Fall and one for Spring) are required to be in full-time residence at the University of Maryland during the period of award (Fall: late August-mid December, Spring: end of January-mid May). They will be asked to teach a seminar within the unit appropriate to the Fellows' discipline.Resident fellowships are limited to post-doctoral applicants (Ph.D. or equivalent). Senior and junior scholars from any country are eligible. Applicants do not need to be affiliated to an academic institution. Fellows receive $20,000 for one semester.

LASC is committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity.Applications for resident fellowships must include: 1) The Application Form 2) A description of the proposed research (2,500 words approximately) that defines the project to be carried out while in residence 3) Samples of pertinent publications if available (non returnable) 4) Curriculum Vitae 5) Three letters of reference.

Complete applications are due March 15, 2008. Announcement of awards will be made in April, 2008.

For further information and applications contact: The Latin American Studies Center 0128-B Holzapfel University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742. Phone: (301) 405-6459 / Fax: (301) 405-3665 E-mail:

To download the application form and for more information, please visit:

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

FORD-LASA Special Projects

(From Joy Langston, LAPIS Secretary):

LASA is pleased to announce the fourth cycle of the Ford-LASA Special Projects competition, made possible by a contribution by the Ford Foundation to the LASA Endowment Fund. Funds provided will support such activities as trans-regional research initiatives, conferences, working groups, the development of curriculum and teaching resources, and similar projects organized and carried out by LASA Sections or by ad hoc groups of LASA members. Proposers are encouraged to think creatively about how this funding might be used to advance the principles of hemispheric collaboration among Latin American Studies scholars and teachers. Proposals that do not assign priority to this objective will not be considered for funding.

Proposals should identify the participants in the proposed activity, the objectives of the project, and the process by which those objectives are to be achieved. The total amount requested in each proposal may not exceed $12,500. Grants may be combined with other sources of funding, and may be used to initiate projects that continue with funding from other sources. No project or group will be funded more than once.

Proposals of no more than five (5) single-spaced pages in length must be received by the LASA Secretariat by March 15, 2008. Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of four LASA members appointed by the President for each program cycle, chaired by the Vice President of LASA. Applicants will be informed of the results within two months after the submission deadline.

Preference will be given to projects that involve trans-regional collaboration in the Western Hemisphere, and which are intended to result in publication of project results. It may be possible for LASA to disseminate project results, including conference papers, through its website, which would not preclude eventual publication in other media. Project directors are encouraged to consider submitting a panel proposal based on their work for presentation at the June 2009 LASA Congress. Within 18 months of the announcement of the award recipients, the project directors will be required to submit a report on the activities undertaken with Special Project funding, suitable for publication in the LASA Forum.

If you have any questions about this competition, please write to Milagros Pereyra-Rojas (

INDEC controversy

There has been some interesting discussion on the LAPIS listserv regarding the Argentine government's recent "manipulation" of economic indicators at INDEC (Instituto Nacional de Estadísticas y Censos de Argentina). I would invite some of that debate here, in this forum. Meanwhile, the LAPIS section head (Anibal Pérez-Liñán) is drafting a formal statement.

You may comment in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

LASA 2009

Dear members of LAPIS:

This is just a reminder that the deadline for submissions for the next LASA Congress in Rio is March 28, 2008. You may find the forms at:

LAPIS currently has 150 members and is entitled to three panels (or round tables). I encourage you to send me panel proposals that you would like to see sponsored by our Section. The Section proposal submission forms are available at:

Please send me your proposal before March 1. Only section chairs and co-chairs may submit the proposals for the sections, so this deadline will give us enough time to select the three proposals and submit the rest through regular channels. We will try to give priority to proposals that include young members of our Section and members from Latin America.

Best, Aníbal