Events

LASA-Accepted-Proposals-Announced
NOVEMBER 13TH, 2017 - MAY 23RD, 2018

LASA Accepted Proposals Announced

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Check your inbox for your LASA panel acceptance and make sure to join us for the CLASP-sponsored panels, Business Meeting and Outreach Meeting in Barcelona. Hasta pronto!

ABOUT LASA2018

LASA2018 / Latin American Studies in a Globalized World
XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association

LASA President
Aldo I. Panfichi Huaman
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Program Co-Chairs
Charles F. Walker
University of California/Davis

Marianne Braig
Lateinamerika Institut der FU Berlin

Congress Theme
Latin American studies today is experiencing a surprising dynamism. The expansion of this field defies the pessimistic projections of the 1990s about the fate of area studies in general and offers new opportunities for collaboration among scholars, practitioners, artists, and activists around the world. This can be seen in the expansion of LASA itself, which since the beginning of this century has grown from 5,000 members living primarily in the United States to nearly 12,000 members in 2016, 45 percent of whom reside outside of the United States (36 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean). And while the majority of us reside in the Americas, there are also an increasing number of Latin American studies associations and programs in Europe and Asia, most of which have their own publications and annual seminars and congresses.

Several factors explain this dynamism. Perhaps the most important is the very maturity of our field. Various generations of Latin Americanists have produced an enormous, diverse, and sophisticated body of research, with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity and to teaching about this important part of the world. Latin American studies has produced concepts and comparative knowledge that have helped people around the world to understand processes and problematics that go well beyond this region. For example, Latin Americanists have been at the forefront of debates about the difficult relationship between democracy, development, and dependence on natural resource exports—challenges faced around the globe. Migration, immigration, and the displacement of people due to political violence, war, and economic need are also deeply rooted phenomena in our region, and pioneering work from Latin America can shed light on comparable experiences in other regions today. Needless to say, Latin American studies also has much to contribute to discussions about populism and authoritarianism in their various forms in Europe and even the United States today.

With these contributions in mind, we propose that the overarching theme of the Barcelona LASA Congress be “Latin American Studies in a Globalized World”, and that we examine both how people in other regions study and perceive Latin America and how Latin American studies contributes to the understanding of comparable processes and issues around the globe.

Amricas-Award-Webinar-for-K-12-Teachers
FEBRUARY 8TH, 2018 - MAY 31ST, 2018

Américas Award Webinar for K-12 Teachers

Online
On Thursday, February 8, 2018, join us for a 60 minute webinar/chat to explore the diversity of Cuba with award winning author, Margarita Engle. Engle, the national Young People’s Poet Laureate will discuss her book Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words and share teaching and discussion ideas to explore the story of Antonio Chuffat, a young man of African, Chinese, and Cuban descent who becomes a champion for civil rights.

Link to webinar will be emailed to you once you register here.

Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2018ReadingAcrossCultures. All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST). Sponsored by the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, the South Asia National Outreach Consortium, the Middle East Outreach Council, and Africa Access.

For more information about the webinar series, please visit the Internationalizing Social Studies website.

View the official flyer here.

Free