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First English translation of Hubert Fichte’s Forschungsbericht

March 11th, 2013 by Michael Winter

Adam Siegel, a librarian in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Government Information Department of Shields Library, has just published the first installment of his translation of Forschungsbericht (Research Report), an ethnographic nonfiction novel by the German writer Hubert Fichte (1935-1986). The initial selection and its sucessors will appear in serial form in the pages of InTranslation. Read the initital installment at:

Exhibit and Symposium: Euclides da Cunha: A Life Between the Disciplines

November 4th, 2010 by David Michalski

The UC Davis Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the UC Davis University Library have collaborated to present a symposium and accompanyin exhibition called,

“Euclides da Cunha: A Life Between the Disciplines”

Exhibit Poster

The symposium, scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2010, will commemorate the life and career of Euclides da Cunha. An accompanying exhibit will be on display in the Shields Library Lobby through Winter Quarter 2011.

Euclides da Cunha (1866-1909), noted Brazilian writer and intellectual, published in 1902 his masterpiece, Os Sertões (Rebellion in the Backlands). Considered to be an outstanding work of Brazilian literature and a major contribution to world literature, Os Sertões is da Cunha’s account of the messianic religious uprising that led to the tragic 1897 Canudos War. Over the past century Os Sertões has influenced both Latin American authors and international novelists, including Mario Vargas Llosa’s La guerra del fin del mundo (The War of the End of the World, 1981), as well as inspired several films and documentaries.

Da Cunha’s interdisciplinary career spanned many fields beyond his work as a journalist employed by the newspaper A Província de São Paulo (Estado de São Paulo) to send back first hand observations from Canudos and the Bahia. Trained as an engineer, da Cunha built sturdy bridges and schools that are in use over one hundred years later. A dedicated essayist, da Cunha published articles on themes that ranged from Brazilian history, geography, nationality, and diplomatic relationships among nations, to topics about Latin American and European history. Da Cunha was a prolific poet with an extensive oeuvre of Romantic poems. A cartographer, da Cunha helped negotiate and demarcate Brazil’s Amazonian border with Peru. An educator, a geographer and an early environmental scientist, da Cunha’s work in the Amazon culminated with the posthumous publication of À Margem da História.

Symposia Program


The Peter J. Shields Library Lobby Exhibit is prepared by Myra Appel, Head, Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Services Department/Bibliographer, Latin American Studies ( and Professors Leopoldo Bernucci and Robert Newcomb (Department of Spanish and Portuguese). Assistance provided by Tim Silva (graphics) and Alison Lanius (display).

Redalyc: Acceso Abierto for Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal

August 3rd, 2010 by David Michalski

The Redalyc academic publishing system has greatly increased access to Spanish and Portuguese language journals, allowing UC Davis researchers even more opportunities for international collaboration. 


Redalyc is a network of academic journals in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. Many of these journals are open access. The project is supported by the State Autonomous University of Mexico (UAEM), with the aim of contributing to the dissemination of scientific activity that occurs in and about Latin America.