“Rethinking Social Justice in Latin America: From the Vatican to the Street” Call for Papers

Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS) Annual Conference – Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, March 7-8, 2014

The Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies will hold its annual meeting at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, College Avenue Campus, on March 7-8, 2014.  The Program Committee invites faculty, students, and practitioners to submit individual papers and panel proposals that address the theme “Rethinking Social Justice in Latin America: From the Vatican to the Street.”  The first pope from Latin America has proposed that social justice be a central concern of the Catholic church.  At the same time protest movements throughout the hemisphere are contesting neoliberal global structures.  Latin American art, cinema, and literature continue to provide spaces for imagining and expressing alternative configurations of power.  Through these types of conversations, Latin Americanists are rethinking the role of social justice in the hemisphere, integrating analyses at the global, national, and community levels.  In addition to work that addresses this year’s theme, papers dealing with all other aspects of Latin American Studies are also welcome.  Additionally, the organizers will consider workshop proposals that aim at informing faculty and students on practical issues such as study abroad programs in Latin America, academic publishing, the road to tenure, and effective pedagogical techniques for the Latin American Studies classroom, to name a few among many possibilities.

Please submit a 250-word abstract for individual papers, workshops, or complete panel proposals (one 250 word abstract for the panel, plus titles of individual papers) in English or Spanish by January 1, 2014 by filling out the form, http://www.maclas.org/conferences/maclas-2014-cfp .   Presentations at the conference should be between 15 to 20 minutes.  Please be sure to include a title, your name (and the name and paper titles for all participants if a panel), your institution and your position (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student, or other title).  Full panel proposals are welcome to include a discussant if they wish, but are not required to do so.

The 2014 conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. David Sheinin, Professor of History at  Trent University, based on his Whitaker prize-winning book entitled, Consent of the Damned: Ordinary Argentinians in the Dirty War (University Press of Florida, 2012).  The conference will also feature a plenary panel entitled “Justice and the Church in Latin America in the Era of a Jesuit Pope”, chaired by Rev. David Orique, O.P, Ph.D, Director of the Latin American Studies Program at Providence College. 

MACLAS offers prizes for the best book and best article or chapter published by a member in the last two years, as well as prizes for the best undergraduate and graduate papers presented at the conference.  Please see the website www.maclas.org for details and deadlines.

Finally, graduate students are encouraged to apply for a Christina Turner Graduate Student Travel Award to help defray travel and lodging costs for the conference.  Information on the Turner Travel Awards is available on the MACLAS website.


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