Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars


Meet our Visiting Scholars for 2018 / 2019:
Ana Mariella Bacigalupo     |     Francisco Molina Camacho
Guillermo Rosabal-Coto    |    Lucas Viriato

Guide for Prospective Academic Visitors to
the University of Toronto Latin American Studies Program


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Ana Mariella Bacigalupo received her PhD in Anthropology from UCLA and is Professor of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. She has been conducting anthropological research with Mapuche people of southern Chile and Argentina for 25 years. Professor Bacigalupo's research has focused on cultural transformation, systems of knowledge, and power—all from the perspective of Mapuche shamans from Chile and Argentina, their communities, and their critics. She analyzes how and why powerful outsiders imagine shamans as exotic remnants of a folkloric past, as sorcerers and gender deviants, as savage terrorists, or as lacking historical consciousness, and investigates the complex ways in which shamans and their communities challenge, transform, and play off these stereotypes in their discourses and practices for a variety of ends.

Bacigalupo's research has expanded into three areas unrelated to Mapuche shamans. First, she in analyzing the intersection of Chilean state violence upon indigenous Mapuche, the emergence of spirit cults around deceased Mapuche victims, and localized history-making and ethnic politics. Second, she is analyzing how the vulnerabilities produced by climate change enable a rethinking of values and a reconciliation between post-human politics and community activism. Poor Peruvian mestizos offer a model of collective ethics that attaches moral agency to the natural world for the purpose of social and environmental transformation and opens a new kind of political debate. By defining "community" and "well-being" as humans-in-relationship-to-places-as-persons, poor mestizos resignify "nature" itself as an anchor for social justice. Third, Bacigalupo's work has recently taken a legal turn as she has begun to examine the relationships between shamanic notions of justice, LGBT parenting, Chilean family law imbued with Catholic morality, and the discourse of international human rights.

Bacigalupo has published five books and more than fifty sole authored articles and chapters. Her most recent book, published by the University of Texas Press in 2016, is titled: Thunder Shaman: Making History with Mapuche Spirits in Chile and Patagonia. Find more info about the book here
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Molina 2Francisco Molina Camacho is an associate professor at Diego Portales University and a postdoctoral researcher at CIGIDEN, Research Centre for Integrated Disaster Risk Management. He holds a PhD in Human Geography (Kings College London), a master in Anthropology and Development (University of Chile) and a first degree in Sociology (Diego Portales University).

He worked as an advisor in ECLAC (Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean) and as a researcher in RIDES (Resources and Investigation for Sustainable Development), a research NGO that was an active partner of the RING Alliance, the Trade Knowledge Network (TKN), Principle Ten Alliance (PP10) and UNEP-NISD. He has also experience working as a freelance consultant to public and private companies and organizations in subjects related to citizen participation, natural disasters, water resources management, climate change and environmental conflicts in sectors such as mining, forestry, energy and fishing.

Since 2007 he has been doing research in the Chilean Altiplano with Atacamenian communities and since 2016 with Mapuche Lafkenche communities in the Budi Lake (Southern Chile). Currently he is working in the way local knowledge dialogues with current structures oriented to disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Chile (within CIGIDEN Research Centre) and developing a project named ontologies of water, that analyses the relation between socionatural disasters regarding water and the way local knowledge emerge, through an ethnography of everyday experiences with nature. His articles can be found in:




Guillermo Rosabal-Coto is a Professor of Music and Education and Researcher at Universidad de Costa Rica. His focus as arts education practitioner and social researcher traces back to a puzzle that emerged in his own teenage music student body: 'Why does education force me to modify who I am in order to become worthy of certification and social legitimacy?' Guillermo intends to challenge the historical and epistemological Eurocentric narratives of civilization/progress and development/democracy handed down through the national identity of postcolonial nations and their educational apparatus, that coordinate why and how we socialize around music.

He founded Observatorio del Musicar, an interdisciplinary observatory that promotes research, and organizes seminars and teaching sessions to operationalise 'musicking', the concept that cultural critic Christopher Small coined in the late 20th century to respond to cultural homogenization in the Western arts establishment and education. The aim is twofold: to scrutinize agendas and discourses that hegemonic institutions explore, affirm, and celebrate in music socialization, and propose critical pedagogies that stem from goals and needs of individuals and communities in Latin America. Guillermo also designed the current primary and secondary school general music curricula for Costa Rica's public education system, that aims at overcoming social problems in neoliberal times, through music engagements centered on student identities in musicking.

Rosabal-Coto currently studies how colonial macro structures (e.g., family, religion, schooling, national identity, neoliberal market) coordinate the subalternization of people's self-image, thoughts, feelings, and memories through ability-based notions and practices in music socialization based in Eurocentric ideals of Whiteness. He utilizes postcolonial institutional ethnography—his original approach—to analyse such coordination, from the standpoint of music learners. He theorises connections with coloniality in order to explain such coordination, and explains the complexity of individual resistance to colonization in musicking through border epistemology. Lately, he explores border epistemology narratives of musicking in postcolonial contexts, especially in relation to gender and sexuality.

Guillermo holds a doctoral degree in Music (research programme) from Sibelius Academy-Uniarts Helsinki, and served as arts and music education consultant to UNDP, UNESCO, and UNICEF. He has authored book chapters and articles in English and Spanish. In 2017, he guest co-edited the first special issue in Spanish, on the decolonization of music education in Latin America, for Revista Internacional de Educación Musical. Upon invitation by Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education journal, he guest edits a forthcoming multilingual / multinational issue with a similar focus. Rosabal-Coto's published work and projects can be found at:



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Lucas Viriato holds a degree in Literature at PUC-Rio, with specialization in Textual Production, and with additional qualification in Teacher Training from Universidade Cândido Mendes. In 2012, he completed his Master's Degree in Brazilian Literature at PUC-Rio, and in 2016 he enrolled in the PhD in Literature, Culture and Contemporaneity at PUC-Rio, both of which were coordinated by Professor Marília Rothier Cardoso. He regularly works as a teacher of Literature and coordinates poetic workshops, from high school to postgraduate.

Since 2006, he has edited the printed and virtual literary journal "Plástico Bolha", in which hundreds of authors already published their work, including newcomers and consecrated. He is the author of the books: "Memórias Indianas" (2007); "Retorno ao Oriente" (2008); "Contos de Mary Blaigdfield, a mulher que não queria falar sobre o Kentucky — e outras histórias" (2010); "Curtos e Curtíssimos" (2012); "Muestras" (2013); "Corpo Pouco" (2013); "Blue" (2015); "Nepal Legal" (2017); "Índia Derradeira" (2017); and "Poemas da Cor do Sangue" (2018). He translated the book "The Nightmare Before Christmas" by Tim Burton (2016), and the book "Limo", by Néstor E. Rodríguez (2018). Organized the "Antologia de prosa Plástico Bolha" (2010) and the "Antologia de poesia Plástico Bolha" (2014); Had two poems selected for the anthology "É agora como nunca", organized by Adriana Calcanhotto (2017). He works as editor of OrganoGrama Livros, having published more than 20 titles in recent years; and participated in several national and international poetry events.

He is a regular curator and producer, and organized the event "Labirinto Poético" for the City of Rio de Janeiro (2012-2018), and coordinated, with the poet Chacal, the traditional event of poetry "CEP 20.000" (2010-2011). In 2015, he was the curator of the exhibition "Poesia Agora", in which the work of more than 500 poets was brought together at the Museu da Língua Portuguesa in São Paulo and reissued in Caixa Cultural de Salvador (2017) and Caixa Cultural do Rio de Janeiro (2017), being considered one of the most striking records of the contemporary panorama of poetry in the country. He was awarded the Prêmio Agente Jovem de Cultura granted by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil (2012) and recently was appointed as ABRESC's chancellor, the Brazilian Academy of Writers (2018).




Guide for Prospective Academic Visitors to
the University of Toronto Latin American Studies Program

The Latin American Studies program welcomes Visiting Scholars, Researchers and Students (primarily Doctoral) who are interested in conducting research and working with members of the faculty for a limited period of time. Each year, the number of visitors and inquiries from prospective visitors has grown. Office space is very limited and while the Latin American Studies program is generally not in a position to provide office space or other benefits, we make every effort to provide on-line and library access and opportunities for collaboration with faculty.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants may submit their application to visit LAS if the following criteria are met:

  • The visit is temporary and for periods ranging from one week to twelve months.
  • The applicant is not paid by funds administered by the University of Toronto but has obtained his or her own funding for all travel and accommodation expenses.
  • The visit does not involve auditing courses, unless an agreement exists between the University of Toronto and the visitor's home institution.
  • The applicant will be engaged in full-time research.
  • The applicant should demonstrate oral and written English proficiency or will be supervised by a faculty member who is proficient in the candidate's primary language.
  • The applicant is encouraged to contact faculty who might be interested in the visitor's project and ask whether they would serve as their contact person.
  • The applicant is recommended by a faculty member.

Application Process

Applications can be submitted any time but will be considered four times a year: March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Under extenuating circumstances, an applicant may submit a request to have an application evaluated outside of these time frames, especially if the applicant hoped to arrive soon and planned a brief (under two months) visit.
Applications should be e-mailed to our coordinator, Dr. Berenice Villagómez. All candidates will be notified after the evaluation process. Successful applicants will receive an official letter of invitation from the Program Director.

An application consists of:

  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • 250 - 500 words describing the research the student proposes to do during his or her visit;
  • a letter of reference from supervisor (students only);
  • a covering letter, specifying:
    1. the visitor's institutional affiliation and status;
    2. the beginning and ending dates of the planned visit;
    3. what level and kind of funding the applicant has to support the visit; and
    4. at least one University of Toronto faculty member who has been contacted or who works most closely in the same research area as the applicant.

The Letter of Invitation

The invitation letter can be used as necessary at the visitor's home institution or for any visa requirements. The Program Director’s Office will provide the visitor with:

  • Information on how to obtain a temporary library card (T-Card) for the duration of the visit, providing full library privileges.
  • An invitation to attend special lectures and workshop series that are listed on our website.


Can you recommend wireless services?
Yes. Eduroam, or educational roaming, is a secure worldwide access service which allows faculty, staff and students to access wireless services at any participating institution by logging in with their home institution credentials. Visitors to the University of Toronto from Eduroam-enabled institutions must make similar arrangements to configure and test before leaving their home institutions. Not all institutions are Eduroam-enabled. Visitors should contact their home institution's IT support for assistance. More information regarding this service can be found at:

How do I find out about any special lectures and workshops?
Special lectures and workshops take place throughout the academic school year.  Most workshops take place from September to the end of March. Visit the our calendar of events for what is happening during a particular period of time.

Are there on-line maps of the campus available?
The University of Toronto has three campuses. The Latin American Studies program is located in downtown Toronto on the St. George campus.  On-line maps are located at

What information do I need to obtain a visa?
Refer to the Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website at

How do I obtain medical coverage during my visit?
Canada does not pay for hospital or medical services for visitors. Health insurance must be purchased to cover any medical costs.
The University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) website is The plan covers the hospital and medical services of non-resident students, employees and short-term university visitors (see definition below) at Ontario Universities and affiliated colleges and their families.
Short-term university visitors: Individuals who are at a participating university for a brief, defined period of time, not necessarily related to an academic term, that is: visiting scholars, post-doctoral students, international researchers, conference participants.
The UHIP Premium Rates table is located at:

Can you recommend any places where I can live during my visit?
You will find below a brief list of places that offer temporary accommodation for visitors close to the University of Toronto's downtown campus.

1.  Lowther Suites
Offers furnished apartments close to the downtown campus. Detailed information is available at

2. Glen Grove Suites & Condominium Residences
Offers locations in downtown Toronto with fully equipped kitchens. Tell them you will be visiting the University of Toronto so that you can get the University rates. For more information, please visit:

3. 89 Chestnut Residence
Offers hotel-like accommodation for both students and non-students. For information, view their web site at