The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) has signed a new exchange agreement with the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico, creating exciting opportunities for student and faculty exchange and innovative collaborative research with one of Latin America’s foremost centers for the study of the social sciences.
CIESAS faculty from Mexico City, Oaxaca, and San Cristóbal will join LLILAS counterparts in Austin at a workshop to present recent research projects in linguistics, history, ethnomusicology and anthropology on April 7-8. They will discuss the latest advances in Mayan linguistics, rural Mexico and the post-Revolutionary era, community music organizations in Oaxaca, and the culture of violence in Mexican border cities. The visit will conclude with a meeting to explore ways to expand the exchange.
The exchange agreement was initiated by LLILAS Director Charles R. Hale, an anthropologist with longstanding ties to CIESAS. While teaching as visiting professor at the center’s Oaxaca campus in 2009, he began to consider the rich possibilities for collaboration in the fields of anthropology, sociology, and ethnomusicology, all particularly strong programs at both institutions, as well as in other areas such as linguistics and history.
The workshop follows one last May in Oaxaca that brought together LLILAS and CIESAS faculty to discuss their research, as well as an Oct. 2009 visit to the university by a delegation of CIESAS doctoral students from Mexico City.