Call for Abstracts: XXXIV Annual ILASSA Student Conference
Posted: October 17, 2013
The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for their 34th annual conference, Latin American Studies at the Edge: Challenging Regional Margins, taking place February 27-March 1, 2014.
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?
We look forward to discussing these matters and more during the ILASSA XXXIV Conference. We welcome proposals covering this and other topics related to Latin Americanism, as well as comparative studies on non-Latin American regions. Submissions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese may be submitted.