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LASA2019 / Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion

XXXVII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association

LASA President

Lynn Stephen
University of Oregon

Program Co-Chairs

Lorraine Leu
University of Texas, Austin

Carlos Aguirre
University of Oregon

Juan Carlos Moreno-Brid
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Congress Theme

Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion

José Martí’s essay “Nuestra América” was published in 1891 in New York and Mexico City in response to the first Pan-American conference in 1890, which proposed Pan-Americanism as a way to connect North and South America. We invoke and expand the message of “Nuestra América” to promote a hemispheric vision of justice and inclusion in an era when global politics is too often built around walls and securing borders and not on fostering social justice and democracy. Our congress takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, the site of key events in the revolution that resulted in U.S. independence and—along with other momentous episodes in the “age of revolutions,” including the Haitian revolution that abolished slavery— laid the basis for contemporary ideas of democracy and justice.

“Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion” signals the challenges of social, economic, racial, ethnic, gendered, sexuality-based, and other forms of inequality; the need to promote creative solutions for overcoming them; the importance of scholarship, activism, and policy in this regard; the relevance of changed demographics that make historically marginalized peoples a majority in the continent and recognition of their wide-ranging cultural, linguistic, political, social, and economic contributions; an inclusive definition of justice that relies on truth and facts and incorporates respect and dignity for all peoples; and a broad understanding of rights, both collective and individual.

Hemispheric interactions and cooperation also inform our efforts to connect the 2019 LASA congress to the Latin American and Latino communities in Boston and the Northeast as well as to the rich mix of academic, creative, community, and policy institutions and organizations found there. In the same vein, we want our 2019 congress to be seen, and function as, a bridge to LASA 2020 in Mexico, thus symbolizing the unity and mutual dependence between the different parts of our America. From Mexico, LASA will continue to meet outside the U.S. until a significant shift in climate occurs for immigrants and international visitors and scholars. In submitting proposals for sessions (panels, roundtables, and workshops) LASA members are strongly encouraged to assure diverse representation through the inclusion of minorities, women, graduate students, and to reflect the regional and disciplinary diversity of LASA’s membership. Track co-chairs will use diversity and inclusion as important criteria when evaluating session proposals.


Select the most appropriate track for your proposal from the following list and enter it in the designated place in the submission system. It can only be submitted to one track. Names of Program Committee members are provided for information only. Direct your correspondence to the LASA Secretariat ONLY.

AFR / Afro-Latin/Indigenous Peoples
Osmundo Pinho, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia
María Teresa Sierra, CIESAS, Mexico City

AGR / Agrarian and Rural Life
Helga Baitenmann, University of London
Gerardo Otero, Simon Fraser University

ART / Art, Archaeology, and Architecture
Guillermina de Ferrari, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Fernando Lara, University of Texas at Austin

BIO / Biodiversity, Climate Change, and Natural Resources
María Ángeles Cadarso Vecina, Universidad de Castilla–La Mancha, Albacete
Pablo Ruiz Nápoles, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

CIT / Cities and Urban Studies
Paola Jirón, Universidad de Chile
Maria Estela Ramos, União Metropolitana de Educação e Cultura, Lauro de Freitas

CSS / Civil Society and Social Movements
Graciela Di Marco, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Amalia Pallares, University of Illinois, Chicago

CUL / Culture, Power, and Political Subjectivities
Luis Duno-Gottberg, Rice University
Graciela Montaldo, Columbia University

ECO / Economics and Development
Robert Blecker, American University
Esteban Pérez, Universidad de Chile and CEPAL

EDU / Education, Citizenship, and Inclusion
Jorge Gorostiaga, Universidad Nacional de San Martín
Oresta López Pérez, El Colegio de San Luis
María T. de la Piedra, University of Texas, El Paso

FIL / Film, Performance, and Culture
David Garcia, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Charlotte Gleghorn, University of Edinburgh

GEN / Gender and Feminisms
Aída Hernández Castillo, CIESAS, Mexico City
Veronica Schild, University of Western Ontario

HEA / Health Studies
Heide Castañeda, University of South Florida
Mark Padilla, Florida International University
Adam Warren, University of Washington, Seattle

HIS / History and Historiography
Kris Lane, Tulane University
Claudia Rosas, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Javier Villa-Flores, Emory University

HUM / Human Rights and Memory
Emilio Crenzel, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Lisa DiGiovanni, Keene State College

ILL / Indigenous Languages and Literatures
Gloria Chacón, University of California, San Diego
Luz María Lepe, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro

INE / Inequalities: Their Multiple Faces
Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva, OXFAM México
Alicia Puyana, FLACSO México

INT / International Relations
Elsa Llenderrozas, Universidad de Buenos Aires
Andrés Malamud, Universidade de Lisboa

ILS / Interrogating Latin American Studies
Pedro García-Caro, University of Oregon
Junyoung Verónica Kim, University of Pittsburgh

JOU / Journalism, News, and Democracy
Laura Carlsen, The Americas Program, Mexico City
Froylán Enciso, CIDE, Mexico City

LAB / Labor Studies and Class Relations
Graciela Bensusán, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Xochimilco
Jürgen Weller, CEPAL, Santiago de Chile

LPR / Latin America and the Pacific Rim
Kevin Gallagher, Boston University
Carol Wise, University of Southern California

LAT / Latinx Studies
Lorgia García-Peña, Harvard University
Laura Gutiérrez, University of Texas, Austin
Ramón Rivera-Servera, Northwestern University

LAW / Law, Rights, and Citizenship
Rachel Sieder, CIESAS, Mexico City
Bruce Wilson, University of Central Florida

LTC / Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Lena Burgos-Lafuente, Stony Brook University
Tori Holmes, Queen’s University Belfast

LTA / Literature of the Americas
Harris Feinsod, Northwestern University
Edgar Garcia, University of Chicago

MAS / Mass Media and Popular Culture
Dylon Robbins, New York University
James Scorer, University of Manchester

MIG / Migration, Displacements, Diasporas
Deborah Boehm, University of Nevada, Reno
Tanya Golash-Boza, University of California, Merced

OTS / Otros Saberes and Alternative Methods
Jennifer Goett, Michigan State University
Keisha-Khan Perry, Brown University

PIP / Political Institutions and Processes
Margarita Batlle, Natural Resource Governance Institute, London
Raul Sanchez Urribarri, La Trobe University, Melbourne

POL / Politics and Inequality
Elizabeth Kaknes, Marist College
Jana Morgan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

REL / Religions and Spiritualities
Lauren F. Guerra, University of California, Los Angeles
Ana-Maurine Lara, University of Oregon

SLS / Sexualities and LGBTQ Studies
Pedro DiPietro, Syracuse University and FLACSO Argentina
Suyapa Portillo, Pitzer College

SBD / Social Analysis and Big Data
Raymundo Miguel Campos Vázquez, El Colegio de México
Aurora Ramírez, El Colegio de México

SAS / Sport and Society
Brenda Elsey, Hofstra University
Julia Haas, Freie Universität Berlin

VIO / Violence and Insecurities
Marcelo Saín, Universidad de Quilmes

YCS / Youth and Childhood Studies
María Claudia Duque-Páramo, Independent Researcher and Consultant
Lauren Heidbrink, California State University, Long Beach

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