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RAFAEL REYES-RUIZ

encountersj@gmail.com

EDUCATION

Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research, New York, NY, USA. Department of Anthropology. PhD, 2001.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Culture and Globalization, Cultural Translation, Literary Translation, Creative Writing, Latin America, Latinx Literature.

TEACHING AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2006–2017. Zayed University, Dubai, UAE (Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education, USA) Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

2004–2006. Zayed University, Dubai, UAE, Assistant Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2001–2004. Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio,  Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

1999–2001. Eugene Lang College, New York, NY, Adjunct faculty, Spanish

BOOKS

The Samurai (self-translation of El samurái). La Casita Grande Editores, forthcoming 2019.

The Shape of Things (novel, self-translation of La forma de las cosas). La Casita Grande Editores, forthcoming 2019. (Accepted for publication in March 2017). 

El samurái (novel, 215 pages). La Pereza Ediciones, Miami, May 2018. 

La forma de las cosas (novel, 221 pages). Ediciones Alfar, Seville, Spain, November 2016. The novel is partially based on ethnographic fieldwork in Japan in 2009 and 2015. Reviews: Narrativa: Revista de Narrativa Contemporánea en Castellano, +Jerez, Colofón: Revista literaria, Chasqui, revista de literatura latinoamericana. 

Las ruinas (novel, 179 pages). Ediciones Alfar, Seville, Spain, September 2015. The novel is partially based on ethnographic fieldwork in Japan in 2005 and 2009, and historical research on the Portuguese empire. Reviews: Narrativa: Revista de Narrativa Contemporánea en Castellano, Resonancias.org, ABC Sevilla, and +Jerez.

The Ruins (novel, 175 pages). Latin American Literary Review Press, Pittsburg, PA. April 2014 (self-translation of Las ruinas). Reviews: Kirkus, Rain Taxi, Latino Book Review, The Kyoto Review, Asiatic: Journal of English Language and Literature.

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

“Negotiating Latino Social Space in Japan.” Asian Journal of Latin American Studies. Vol. 26, No 4, 2013, pp 1-18.

“El Ámbito Cultural Latino en Japón.” Crítica Contemporánea. Revista de Teoría Política (Contemporary Critique. A Journal of Political Theory. ISSN 1688-7840. This is an expanded version of “The Latino Culturescape in Japan, translated into Spanish). Vol. 1, No 2, 2012, pp. 1–16.

“The Latino Culturescape in Japan.” Diaspora, A Journal of Transnational Studies. Vol. 14, No. 1, Spring 2008, pp. 137–156.

“Construcciones Japonesas” (Japanese Constructions). Antípoda: Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). No.1, September 2005, pp. 173–183. 

“Music and the (Re)Creation of Latino Culture in Japan.” Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. Vol. 14, No. 2, August 2005, pp. 223–239.

“Creating Latino Communities in the Tokyo–Yokohama Metropolitan Area.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Vol. 31, No. 1, January 2005, pp. 151–169.

EDITED BOOKS

Antología de escritos de ficción en el golfo persa/árabe. Anthology of Short Stories about the Arab Gulf. Co-edited with Claudia Mejia (NYU AD). CanArabia, Madrid. Approx. 165 pages. July 2018, CantArabia, Madrid.

Engaging Otherness (Encounters One), Dubai, UAE: Zayed University Press, 2009, 2010 (reprint).   

Bajo el Sol Naciente, Cuentos Latinoamericanos en Japón (Under the Rising Sun: Short Stories by Latin Americans in Japan). Co-edited with Narciso Hidalgo (University of South Florida), Editorial Fridaura, Mexico 2007.

CHAPTERS AND ESSAYS IN EDITED VOLUMES

“Prólogo,” in Antología de escritos de ficción en el golfo persa/árabe. (Introduction to an Anthology of Short Stories about the Arab Gulf). Claudia Mejia and Rafael Reyes-Ruiz, eds. Forthcoming March 2018, CantArabia, Madrid.

“Homenaje a Montse Watkins,” in Vida y Obra de Montse Watkins, edited by Elena Gallego Andrada and Shoji Bando, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Publications, May 2016, pp. 83-89.

“Latino Transnational Culture and Identity in Greater Tokyo,” in Japanese and Nikkei at Home and Abroad, edited by Nobuko Adachi, Amherst, NY: Cambria Press, 2010, pp. 165–185.

“Introducción Crítica,” in Bajo el Sol Naciente, Cuentos Latinoamericanos en Japón” (Under the Rising Sun: Short Stories by Latin Americans in Japan), Editorial Fridaura, Mexico, 2007, pp. 7–26.

“Latinos in Japan,” in Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures around the World, edited by Melvin Ember, Carol R. Ember, and Ian Skoggard. Kluwer/Plenum Publishers, 2004, pp. 1019–1026.

SHORT STORIES AND TRANSLATIONS

“A plena vista,” in Antología de escritos de ficción en el golfo persa/árabe. Claudia Mejia and Rafael Reyes-Ruiz, eds. July 2018. CantArabia, Madrid.

Translation. “Un sueño en el desierto,” Catalina Marín, in Antología de escritos de ficción en el golfo persa/árabe. Claudia Mejía and Rafael Reyes-Ruiz, eds. July 2018, CantArabia, Madrid.

“The Shape of Things,” novel excerpt, self-translation of “La forma de las cosas,” La Casita Grande Lounge online, July 2017.

 “Apuntes del viaje a Orissa.” Narrativa: Revista de Narrativa Contemporánea en Castellano. ISSN 1886-2519, Number 37, April-June 2015, pp 28-31. 

“La forma de las cosas.” Kantō: Arte, Cultura, Literatura, Comunicación, Number 8, May 2015, pp. 24-29.

“Sombras.” Kantō: Arte, Cultura, Literatura, Comunicación, Number 4, March 2014, pp. 14-17. 

“Detrás de la Puerta II” in Bajo el Sol Naciente, Cuentos Latinoamericanos en Japón (Under the Rising Sun: Short Stories by Latin Americans in Japan), Editorial Fridaura, Mexico, 2007, pp. 63–69.

“Roppongi Crossings.” Pan-Japan: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora, Vol. 4, Nos. 1 & 2), Spring/Fall 2006, pp. 72–80.

“Friday Night.” Pan Japan: The International Journal of the Japanese Diaspora, Vol. 3, Nos. 1 & 2. Spring/Fall 2004, pp. 111–117.

Translation. “Literature and the Press in Colombia,” Santiago Gamboa. Boston Review, Summer 2001.

“Translating Affairs.” Janey (publication of the Janey Program for Latin American Studies at the New School for Social Research [NSSR]), No. 15, 2000.

“Roppongi.” Janey. No. 14, NSSR, 1999.

“Migrant Migranes.” Janey. No. 10, NSSR, 1997.

Six short stories in Zero. Tokyo, Japan. 1996–1999.

BOOK REVIEWS IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNALS

Review of Arlene Davila, Latinos Inc: The Marketing and Making of a People (California University Press, 2002). American Anthropologist, March 2003, Vol. 105, No. 1, pp. 183–184.

Review of Daniel Touro Linger, No One Home: Brazilian Selves Made in Japan (Stanford University Press, Journal of Asian Studies, August 2002, Vol. 61, No. 3, pp. 1065–66.

OTHER ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

“Representing Japan.” Janey (publication of the Janey Program in Latin American Studies at the New School for Social Research [NSSR]). No. 12, NSSR. Fall 1998. New York, NY, USA.

“Investigando Latinos en Japón” (Researching Latinos in Japan).  Janey. No. 10, NSSR. Spring 1998.

Several essays on Japanese history, politics, and contemporary culture in International Press, Version Español(Spanish-language newspaper published in Tokyo). Tokyo, Japan. 1994–1996.

“Voices from Japan: A Report on Crossing Cultures.” MA thesis, UMI. 1995.

“Natsume Soseki: A Modern Writer.” NHK newsletter. October 1992. Yokohama, Japan.ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS

Director, producer, and co-editor of Latino Japan, April 2004. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgTlVzBl8gQ

Co-producer of Latinos at Oberlin. Camera, production, and direction by students of ANTH 218 (Latin/o Communities in the United States), Fall 2004.

Technical advisor of a documentary on Latina sex workers in Japan. Co-produced by CNN and German Television. Broadcast in Germany and the United States, September 1996.

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

“Lo transnacional y lo local en la diáspora latina en Japón.” 28th Meeting, Confederación Académica Nipona, Española y Latinoamericana, Spanish Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, May 14-16, 2016. 

“Translating the Self.” International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL) 37th anniversary conference, Singapore, June 2013.

“Social Network Services and (Re)Articulations of Culture and Identity within the Latin American Community in Japan.”  International Association for Philosophy and Literature (IAPL) 36th anniversary conference, Tallin, Estonia, June 2012.

“Culturescapes: Transcending Conventional Concepts of Areas and Cultures.” International Association for philosophy and Literature (IAPL) 35th anniversary conference, Tainan, Taiwan, May 2011.

“Negotiating Latino Social Space in Japan.” American Anthropological Association Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2007.

“Transnational Latinidad.” American Anthropological Association Meeting, San Jose, California, November 2006.

“Cultural Flows.” Second Zayed University Media Center Research Seminar, Dubai Media City, February 22, 2005.

“Globalizing Social Spaces.” Globalisation and Representation Conference, University of Brighton, England, March 2005.

“Latino Japan: A Documentary.” Ethnographic Film Festival, American Anthropological Association annual meeting, Atlanta, December 2004.

“Latinos Beyond the Americas.” Latin American Studies Association, Las Vegas, October 2004. 

“The Politics of Music: The Latin Grammys and the Identity Question.” Café Latino Lecture Series, The Hispanic House, Oberlin College, October 2003.

“Latin American Social Networks in Tokyo,” part of the invited session, “Unsung Pasts, Unimaginable Futures, and the Ongoing Negotiations of Human Rights: Japanese Transnational Migrants and their Descendants in a Globalized World.” American Anthropological Association annual meeting, New Orleans, November 2003.

“Navigating Tropicalizations.” Midwest Popular Culture Association meeting, Milwaukee, October 2002.

“Producing Cultures in Public Spaces.” Crossroads in Cultural Studies in Lampere, Finland, July 2002.

“Globalization in Latin/o America.” Café Latino Lecture Series, The Hispanic House, Oberlin College, March 2002.

“Latino Identities and the Question of Area Studies.” Colloquium on Hispanic Identities, Oberlin College, March 2002.

“Rethinking American Studies.” American Anthropological Association annual meeting, Washington, DC, November 2001.

COURSES TAUGHT (Selection)

Anthropology of Tourism Anthropology and Literature World Regions, Latin America Film and Literature Comparative Sociology The Politics of Identity Latin American Culture and Politics (Graduate level) Popular Cultures of the World: Japan Geography: People, Places, and Power Cities, Culture, Space, and Sustainability Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Methods Capstone Seminar Comparative Sociology Freshman English Composition Windows to U.S. Society The Politics of International Intolerance (Penn State, Brandywine) Anthropology and Film (Oberlin College) Sociology of Sexuality (Mercy College) Race, Culture and Ethnicity (Mercy College) Psychological Anthropology (Oberlin College) Social Psychology (Mercy College, Zayed University) Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Oberlin College) Introduction to Four Fields Anthropology (Wagner College) Latin/o American Communities (Oberlin College) Latin American Cultural Studies (Oberlin College) Introduction to Asian Studies (NYU) Spanish I, II and III (Eugene Land College) 

AWARDS and GRANTS

Provost’s Research Award. Zayed University (2009) Small Grant for Basic Research. Zayed University (2005, 2015) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship. Oberlin College (2002–04) Scholar in Residence Fellowship. Oberlin College (2001–02) Powers Travel Grant. Committee on Research and Development. Oberlin College 2002 McNair Faculty Allowance (for supervising student research). Oberlin College (2003) Dean’s Office Travel Grant (for fieldwork). Oberlin College  (Summer 2002) Mellon Travel and Research Grant. Oberlin College (Summer 2002) New School Fieldwork Grant. New School for Social Research  (1998–1999) Janey Summer Grant. New School for Social Research (for fieldwork, 1999) Stanley Diamond Fellowship. New School for Social Research (1997–1999) Graduate Faculty Scholarship. New School for Social Research  (1995–1998)

ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Accreditation Committee, College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities, Zayed University, Dubai, UAE, 2015

Editor-in-Chief, Zayed University Press, 2009–2013.

Editor, Encounters: An International Journal for the Study of Culture and Society, 2008–present.

Interim Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Zayed University, Dubai, Fall 2008–Spring 2009.

Assistant Chair, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,  Zayed University, Dubai, 2007–2008. 

Editorial board member, Antípoda: Revista de Antropología y Arqueología, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. (Journal of Anthropology and Archeology), 2006–2010.

Research Associate, Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2003–present.

Committee on Human Subjects, Zayed University, Dubai, 2004–2007.

Committee for International Studies (curriculum design and development), Zayed University, Dubai, 2004–2009.

Leadership ZULO (Zayed University Learning Outcomes) Task Force Zayed University, Dubai (Spring 2006).

Faculty advisor, “Japan Club,” Zayed University, Dubai (Fall 2005).

Global Awareness Outcomes Committee for the Colloquy of Integrated Learning, Zayed University, Dubai (Fall 2005–2008).

Global Awareness Assessment Committee, Zayed University, Dubai (Spring 2006).

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Council of Editors of Learned Journals American Anthropology Association Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

REFERENCES

Steve Caton Professor, Anthropology Department Harvard University Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138 (617) 495-1886 Caton@wjh.harvard.edu

Patrick O’Connor Associate Professor, Hispanic Studies Oberlin College, Ohio, USA (440) 775-8922 Patrick.OConnor@oberlin.edu

Deborah Poole Professor, Anthropology Department Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland, USA (410) 516-5228 Dpoole@jhu.edu

Anke Reichenbach Associate Professor Zayed University, Dubai +971 4 4020000 anke.Reichenbach@zu.ac.ae