Latin American and Latino Studies Announce February Precarity Events

The LAS Department of Latin American and Latino Studies has a number of events during the month of February as part of their new Precarity series. Here is a short rundown of the upcoming events:

February 6: 3:30 p. m. – 5:30 p. m. in University Hall 1501
Improving employment protection by means of precarious labor relations? Exploring a Brazilian paradox.  
Presenter: Nadya Araujo Guimaraes

The rise of emerging markets challenges expectations on employment prospects usually shaped by scholarship produced in the developed countries. Brazil presents an intriguing case since the expansion of formally protected job contracts has been occurring amidst a generalized (international) shortage of occupational opportunities. Besides, it correlates with an increasing commodification of job search and recruitment mechanisms, which echoes the recent reconfigurations of job opportunities mainly for younger and better-educated workers, crucial protagonists on recent urban unrest in Brazil.  One main question will guide the presentation: what is new in labor flexibility when it takes place in an already flexible, scarcely protected and highly unequal labor market like that in Brazil?

February 19: 6 p. m. – 8 p. m. at Casa Michoacán, 1638 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, Ill.
Screening and discussion of Silvestre Panteleón a documentary film by Roberto Olivares Ruiz and Jonathan Amith (2011)
Presenter: Jonathan Amith

Silvestre Pantaleón is an elderly man from the Nahuatl-speaking village of San Agustín Oapan, Mexico. The film presents a new twist on a universal tale of aging in a rapidly changing world. Captured from the perspective of an Indigenous man, the film focuses on the challenges faced by small-scale artisans as they cope with competition from mass producers of objects of everyday use.

February 20: 3 p. m. – 5 p. m. in the Institute for the Humanities: Lower Level of Stevenson Hall
Amnesty in Immigration: Forgiving, Forgetting, Freedom
Workshop by Linda S. Bosniak, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University

Professor Bosniak will be discussing a recent paper titled “Amnesty in Immigration: Forgiving, Forgetting, Freedom,” Critical Review of International Journal of Social and Political Philosophy (2013), which deals with the concept of “amnesty” in the immigration setting and beyond. She will be reworking this material as part of her developing book project on claims based on place.

We highly recommend that you read Professor Bosniak’s paper beforehand. It can be accessed on the following link:

Please RSVP to For more information contact 312-996-2445.