The Latin American Studies Program at Grand Valley State University is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 12th Conference on the Americas, to be held March 15 and 16, 2013. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for scholars and community organizations interested in topics of research on Latin America, including the experiences of Latin Americans in the United States and Canada. The theme for this year’s conference is “Places, Bodies, and Practices in Latin America.” The keynote speakers are:
Dr. Saskia Sassen (Columbia University). Saskia Sassen's research and writing focus on globalization (including social, economic and political dimensions), immigration, global cities (including cities and terrorism), new technologies, and changes within the liberal state that result from current transnational conditions.
Dr. Ana Rosas Mantecón (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa). Cultural anthropologist Ana Rosas Mantecón will discuss the social impact of cultural access, creativity, and urban cultural policies in Mexico City.
We invite papers that explore the concept of space, bodies and practices from a variety of viewpoints—local or global, rural or urban, natural or man-made, as well as the liminal spaces where boundaries are created and contested. We are also interested in “bodies” as natural and social entities, and in explorations of “practices,” as they relate to particular places and populations.
Topics may include, but are not limited to the following:
Gender and sexualities in Latin America
Natural and social environments
Cultural representations of cities, places, and bodies in art, film, and literature
Local, national, and global migration
Physical and imaginary cities and places
Relationship between spaces and cultural practices
Race, ethnicity, and space
Community programs and initiatives in the US and Latin America
Community Building and Cyber Places
Governments, corporations, and sustainability
Natural resource and natural hazard management
Contesting education: Youth and connections between places and practices
Commodifying bodies and places in Latin America
We welcome proposals that include the use of arts and exhibits, posters, panels, paper sessions, simulations, and pedagogies of all kinds. Presentations may be in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or English (though we cannot guarantee interpreters for presentations in Portuguese and French). Please keep in mind that individual presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, and sessions will be 90 minutes, though the schedule will be flexible to accommodate diverse kinds of proposals. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. The final deadline for submission of proposals is February 1st. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by February 5th. Early submissions are encouraged. Proposal Form (see below) must be submitted via e-mail to both firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
$50 for faculty participants; $25 for graduate student participants.
**Free admission for GVSU students and faculty, for members of the Grand Rapids area community, and for all undergraduates from academic institutions outside of GVSU.
Contact Zulema Moret, GVSU Latin American Studies Program Coordinator, 616-331-2286, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Area Studies office, 616-331-8110, email@example.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.gvsu.edu/las/coa
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