I am currently a Board of Directors member, the Elections Officer, and the Chair of the Communications Committe at The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS). We are delighted to invite you to submit a presentation proposal at our 2018 Congress to be held in wonderful Montreal!
The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) invites you to participate in CALACS’s 2018 Conference, to be held at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), May 16-18.
The Americas—One or Many?
The idea of the Americas is shaped by a tension – both creative and disruptive – between what pulls together and what divides social, political, economic and cultural space. On the one hand, the trends towards continental integration, as well as national development projects, inclusive citizenship, and democratic consolidation, call for unity: a common history, a cohesive citizenry, a shared vision.
But the quest for equality and justice, as well as the recognition that identities – even those anchored in history – are fluid and multiple, increasingly highlights the disagreements, asymmetries and gaps that exist in the region. The present time seems to be one of pluralism in all forms, sometimes even at the cost of fragmentation, to the extent that the idea of freedom has become closely intertwined with that of withdrawal into oneself. Yet cohesion, solidarity and a sense of belonging remain strong principles of collective action.
We want to put this issue at the heart of the discussions at the annual CALACS conference. On a very general level, one can formulate questions such as: one nation or several for the same state? A universal citizenship or special rights afforded to different social groups? A single Pan-American system or a set of regional blocs? But the tension between the singular and the plural, between unity and diversity, between what unites and what divides, also underlies phenomena as diverse as artistic production, electoral representation, migration processes, social mobilization, normative frameworks, and education, among others.
In addition to panels, papers, and workshops exploring the abovementioned themes, we invite proposals on any subject regarding Latin America and the Caribbean. Due to the multidisciplinary nature of CALACS, we are especially interested in addressing these topics from an inter- or multidisciplinary point of view. We also encourage submitting individual proposals.
For more information, contact email@example.com.
The deadline for proposals submission for panels, workshops, and individual papers is December 30, 2017 through the conference website.
Proposals (around 350 words) can be submitted in Spanish, English, French or Portuguese.
Please note that you must be a member of CALACS to submit a proposal.
Pictures: Tonantsin Renace, by Evelyn Obamos, Cacao Plant at La Loma Jungle Lodge, by Chris Goldberg, and Favela 01, by Dhani Borges, all CC by NC 2.0