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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Conference: "XXXIV Annual ILASSA Student Conference—Latin American Studies at the Edge: Challenging Regional Margins"

Fri, February 28, 2014 • TBA

The field of Latin American Studies prospered in the context of the Cold War, sometimes functioning as an instrument to increase the influence of the U.S., and at other times debunking North American misunderstandings of the region. What is certain is that since its outset, Latin American Studies has been far from innocent, and always deeply embedded in (re)producing or challenging regimes of power in the hemisphere.

In the past two decades, Latin American Studies has been at a crossroads, encountering persistent theoretical criticisms and political challenges. Among the many rejoinders to these challenges, we have seen efforts to promote interdisciplinary academic inquiry, to increase dialogue with voices south of the Rio Grande, and new methods that foster collaborations between academics and non-academics. Have these reactions been enough? Have they generated other challenges? Do we need to rethink the idea of Latin American Studies?

For more information, visit XXXIV Annual Student Conference

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