The Latin American and Caribbean Center at Stony Brook University invites proposals for its 12th annual Graduate Student Conference to be held on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at Stony Brook Manhattan.
From the sixteenth century to the present, Latin America has been profoundly shaped by its relationships with globalization. The material goods and cultural artifacts produced in Latin American regions have connected with different social settings and diverse acts of consumption in the Atlantic world. We use this year’s theme, “Commodities, Capitalism and Culture: Latin America and Global Links” for rethinking the dynamics that have shaped class, gender, and race in the regions where commodities were produced and consumed. Among the questions we ask are:
• How important were class, gender, race, and regional variations in shaping production, marketing and consumption?
• How did global commodities link producers, intermediaries and consumers, even if the actors involved did not always recognize it?
• How were the meanings ascribed to material and cultural products assimilated, translated, and/or reimagined during transatlantic exchanges?
• In what ways did the shifting patterns of consumption manifest and enhance the formation of social classes?
• What were the social, economic, cultural, and environmental consequences at both ends of the commodity chain?
• To what extent did trade in commodities generate long-term economic development?
• How did science, technology and medicine impact the production, circulation and consumption of material and cultural artifacts?
In the spirit of opening dialogue and crossing borders, we welcome submissions from all disciplines on any related topic including, but not restricted to:
Literary, Film and Cultural Studies
Gender and Women Studies
Rural History and Peasant Politics
Environmental and Urban Studies
Regional and Global Studies
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 will also be considered. Please submit proposals electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org (Maria-Clara Torres).
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