Changing Landscapes: The Intersections of Culture, Politics, and Environment in Latin America.The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center at SUNY Stony Brook invites presentation proposals for its annual graduate student conference to be held on April 8th, 2011.
Using the theme, “Changing Landscapes: The Intersections of Culture, Politics, and Environment in Latin America”, the conference seeks to open interdisciplinary discussions regarding environmental problems caused by ecological imbalance and natural disasters, economic and political cataclysms, and the resulting kafkian metamorphosis in the sphere of the imaginary. Since the 19th century nature has been understood as a static place meant to be transformed by the “civilizing action” of humans and this clear-cut divide between human and nature was mirrored in the work of scholars. This conference aims to explore the strengths and limits of traditional views while also foregrounding alternative interpretations.
· How have Latin American social and political institutions responded to ecological and geographic change in both moments of rupture and over the longue durée and how does geographical and ecological change play out along racial, political, and economic boundaries?
· What new and old moral geographies of space emerge resulting from the sweeping regional changes?
· How have efforts to adapt and alter the region’s climate and landscape led to unintended consequences and legacies?
· What roles have institutions of learning, science, and technology played in ecological change?
· How, and to what extent have changing landscapes been represented, contested, and explored by artists, writers, intellectuals, filmmakers, and performers?
· How have art and culture shaped and responded to changes in landscapes?
By stimulating cross-disciplinary discussions, the conference invites graduate students to examine and transcend the boundaries of their own academic fields. The multi-disciplinary nature of this conference also provides an opportunity for graduate students to interact with other scholars outside their traditional fields of study and academic specialties.
Presentation proposals should be 200 to 300 words in length, in either Spanish or English, and should include a cover page with name, academic affiliation and contact information. Panel proposals and alternative, non-paper presentations will also be given consideration.
Please submit proposals electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference directors: Carlos Gómez & Anna Shilova
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2011
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