to Oct 10

2018 IPSA World Congress Website is now available!

Dear colleagues,

The website for the 25th IPSA World Congress of Political Science, to be held in Brisbane (Australia), 21-26 July 2018, is now available!

Please visit the website wc2018.ipsa.org for details on the World Congress theme, and program, important deadlines and submission guidelines, the venue, the procedure to apply for an Australian visa, as well as useful information about Brisbane.

Proposals for panels and papers on any subject within political science will be welcome. The Congress Theme “Borders and Margins” will be featured in specially organized topical sessions and events.

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Opens:            10 May 2017

Proposal Submission Deadline:  10 October 2017

For more information about the 25th IPSA World Congress, visit wc2018.ipsa.org

For more information about IPSA, visit www.ipsa.org

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to Oct 20

Call for Papers - 56° Congreso Internacional de Americanistas


El próximo año, se organiza el 56° Congreso Internacional de Americanistas (ICA) en la Universidad de Salamanca (España) del 15 al 20 de julio 2018. Se trata de un importante evento académico interdisciplinario articulado en torno a 19 ejes temáticos (http://ica2018.es/simposios/). Les invitamos a presentar una(s) ponencia(s) en uno de los siguientes paneles: 


(enviar ponencia a este simposio) 

Este simposio propone brindar un espacio de análisis, debate y reflexión sobre los vínculos a nivel global y local en la construcción discursiva y emergencia del buen vivir. Pretendemos analizar cómo el buen vivir se inserta en una red discursiva global, como resultado de un proceso ‘de afuera hacia adentro’ (outside-inward), mediante el cual ciertos discursos globales buscan un anclaje territorial, y ‘de adentro hacia afuera’ (inside-outward) mediante el cual se constituye el buen vivir como una forma de vida y visión del mundo específicamente local que, desde esta particularidad, busca influir los discursos globales. Con ello se trata de reflejar el diálogo entre distintos discursos de transición o de transformación, dar cuenta de las coaliciones discursivas y los puntos de intersección más claros entre tendencias, corrientes y contextos (trans)territoriales y (trans)sectoriales, así de los actores y el papel desempeñado por éstos, que permiten comprender la emergencia del buen vivir. 


Julien Vanhulst – Universidad Católica de Maule, Chile (julien.vanhulst@gmail.com)

Ana Patricia Cubillo Guevara – Universidad de Huelva, España (anapcubillo@telefonica.net) 


EJE TEMÁTICO 17 - "Movimientos Sociales" 


(enviar ponencia a este simposio) 

Los movimientos sociales alternativos vinculados con el Foro Social Mundial vienen desarrollando desde comienzos del siglo XXI un paradigma cultural o cosmovisión, denominado transmodernidad, que pretende ser una alternativa a la premodernidad, la modernidad y la postmodernidad. Dicho paradigma cultural tiene el transdesarrollo como paradigma de bienestar, del cual forman parte el decrecimiento europeo y el buen vivir latinoamericano. En este simposio pretendemos debatir sobre las alternativas transmodernas al desarrollo, procedentes tanto de América Latina como de Europa y otras artes del mundo, que vienen siendo impulsadas por los movimientos sociales alternativos, por algunos intelectuales y por algunos gobiernos progresistas. 


Adrián E. Beling – FLACSO Argentina (belingadrian@yahoo.com.ar)

Antonio Luis Hidalgo Capitán – Universidad de Huelva y FLACSO España (alhc@uhu.es) 

Más información: http://ica2018.es

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to Jun 1

New Special Issue Journal of Agrarian Change - Open Access for a limited time!

We would like to share with you the new Special issue of the Journal of Agrarian Change: 'Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-Wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions'. The issue has been edited by Prof. Cristóbal Kay and Dr. Leandro Vergara-Camus and is free to access on the link below until May 31, 2017. 

See also a video introducing the special issue here in English and Spanish


Journal of Agrarian Change
Volume 17, Issue 2: April 2017

Peasants, Agribusiness, Left-Wing Governments and Neo-Developmentalism in Latin America: Exploring the Contradictions' (Free access till May 31, 2017)


Agribusiness, peasants, left-wing governments, and the state in Latin America: An overview and theoretical reflections Leandro Vergara-Camus and Cristóbal Kay

Women's land rights, rural social movements, and the state in the 21st-century Latin American agrarian reforms Carmen Diana Deere

A coup foretold: Fernando Lugo and the lost promise of agrarian reform in Paraguay Arturo Ezquerro-Cañete and Ramón Fogel

The political economy of rentier capitalism and the limits to agrarian transformation in Venezuela Thomas F. Purcell

The political economy of the agro-export boom under the Kirchners: Hegemony and passive revolution in Argentina Pablo Lapegna

Evo Morales, transformismo, and the consolidation of agrarian capitalism in Bolivia Jeffery R Webber

Neo-developmentalism and a “vía campesina” for rural development: Unreconciled projects in Ecuador's Citizen's Revolution Patrick Clark

The Frente Amplio and agrarian policy in Uruguay Diego E. Piñeiro and Joaquín Cardeillac

Agrarian policies in Nicaragua: From revolution to the revival of agro-exports, 1979–2015 Salvador Martí i Puig and Eduardo Baumeister

The political economy of land struggle in Brazil under Workers' Party governments Sérgio Sauer and George Mészáros

The agrarian political economy of left-wing governments in Latin America: Agribusiness, peasants, and the limits of neo-developmentalism Leandro Vergara-Camus and Cristóbal Kay

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to Jun 26

PhD Course: Social Protection for Development in the Emerging Welfare States of Latin America and the Caribbean

Social Protection for Development in the Emerging Welfare States of Latin America and the Caribbean

PhD course – call for applications

University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
25-27 October 2017

The application deadline is Monday 26 June 2017.
More details available on the Course website: https://t.co/kuNq0RCisZ

No course fees apply. Early application is recommended due to space limits.

This 3-day PhD course brings together a group of renowned experts and young scholars in the broad field of social policy. Economists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and other social scientists are invited to examine from a multidisciplinary perspective the mechanisms in which social protection promotes development in the emerging welfare states of Latin America. The course will discuss the following aspects of social protection and welfare in the Latin American region:
•    Role of the social welfare programs to reduce poverty and inequality
•    Historical development of the Latin American social welfare systems since the 1920s
•    How to build universal social policy in the region?
•    Cash transfer design looking at gender equality initiatives and social accountability
•    Social pensions as a tool to guarantee the wellbeing of the older-age in an ageing population
•    Welfare regimes and the welfare-mix between the state, market and the family
•    What can be learned from the welfare systems in the Nordic region?

•    Prof. Armando Barrientos, Professor of Poverty and Social Justice at the Global Development Institute of the University of Manchester.
•    Prof. Maxine Molyneux, Professor of Sociology at the Institute of the Americas of the University College London and Editor of the Palgrave/Macmillan Studies of the Americas Series.
•    Dr. Diego Sánchez Ancochea, Director of the Latin American Centre and Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America at the University of Oxford.
•    Prof. Morten Blekesaune, Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Agder.
•    Dr. Stephen Kidd, Director / Senior Social Policy Specialist at Development Pathways
•    Dr. Gibrán Cruz-Martínez, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning of the University of Agder, Kristiansand.

PhD course format
There will be a maximum participation of 20 students, and the language of instruction will be English. PhD students’ presentations will be intercalated with lectures/seminars from guest lecturers. The course will be organised according to Walter Korpi’s Rules to encourage lively discussions and scholarly critical exchanges.

Course participants will receive a Course Certificate, which recommends either 10 or 3 ECTS credits. Please consult the section on ‘Credits’ in the course description.

Lunches and coffee/tea will be provided thanks to the funding given by the Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet) and the Department of Global Development and Planning (University of Agder).

Should you have any practical enquiries, please email the course organiser Gibran Cruz-Martinez at gibrancm@uia.no

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to Apr 30

Alternautas Blog @LASA – Meeting of Editors and Friends

Estimad@s amig@s y colaboradores,

Quisieramos extenderles la invitación a nuestra reunión anual de amigos de Alternautas en el marco de la conferencia de LASA en Lima. Pasen por favor para intercambiar novedades y quizás compartir una copita antes la salida al Gran Baile el mismo día:

803 // MTG - Meeting - Sunday, 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm, A205
Alternautas Blog @LASA – Meeting of Editors and Friends


Espero que nos vemos pronto en Lima!

Más Información: https://ep70.eventpilotadmin.com/web/page.php?page=Session&project=LASA17&id=239824


Dear friends and colleagues, 

We would like to extend our invitation to our annual reception in the Latin American Studies Conference (LASA) in Lima Peru. If you are in Lima, come and join us before heading to the Gran Baile!

803 // MTG - Meeting - Sunday, 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm, A205
Alternautas Blog @LASA – Meeting of Editors and Friends

Hope to see you in Lima!

More information:  https://ep70.eventpilotadmin.com/web/page.php?page=Session&project=LASA17&id=239824


Alternautas Editorial Board




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to Sep 12

Call for Papers, PERIPHERIE, No. 150/151- 'Development'? Alternatives to 'Development'?

Call for Papers, PERIPHERIE, No. 150/151 (due out August 2018)
'Development'? Alternatives to 'Development'?

'Development' is multi-faced and multi-facetted: In Western style social science, the concept stands, since the 19th century, for a change in societies, their mode of production and techno-logical level that follows a definite in pre-set pattern. This has resulted in inter-linked ideas about industrialised societies of Western Europe and North America standing at the cutting edge of evolution; that societies should be transformed, in 'rational' ways, on the basis of expert knowledge: that less developed national economies or states were facing 'developmental backlogs' and needed to catch up. Under colonialisms this line of thinking was applied to colonised society which, however, would now have to be 'developed' from the outside, rather than 'developing' out of themselves.
Since the mid 20th century, a field of experts, organisations, ministries and volunteers has coalesced around the buzzword of 'development', aiming to 'develop regions and societies' in the Global South. In this context, 'development projects' take on multiple forms, such as the construction of roads and dams or schools and hospitals, programmes to boos agricultural productivity, political participation or women's literacy, measures to protect biodiversity or the distribution of contraceptives.
Since the close of the 20th century, critics of globalisation, feminist and decolonial movements as well as theoretical currents have advanced a critique of developmental thinking. This thinking is seen here as an ideology which presupposes Eurocentric standards, legitimises relations of domination, de politicises inequality, construes societies as seemingly homogenous entities and obliterates transnational contexts of a colonial economic world system. A current now known as 'Post-Development' sees no longer a future for 'development' and calls for alternatives, to be found in the real world above all in the strategies of local, indigenous communities as well as in some grassroots movements in the Global South which militate against 'development projects'. An immiserated impoverishment predicated on dependency on money and commodities is set against a frugal and sufficiency oriented way of living as a desirable alternative. The South American debate on 'Buen Vivir' has given prominence of this thinking, and similar concepts may be found in many places across the globe.
Nevertheless, despite all criticism 'development' remains, for most people in the Global South, their model image of a better future. People are by no means always of one mind how this future should look like: Government elites, indigenous people and plantation workers, aspiring IT entrepreneurs and street peddlers, World Bank managers and NGO activists certainly often do have quite diverse ideas about how a better society would look like and about how it might be achieved. In such contexts, 'development' talk frequently functions as a productive misunderstanding which shrouds from viewing social conflicts: Since many people relate positively to 'development', and all can fill this blank notion with goals desirable to themselves, it can act as a common denominator to facilitate co operation between actors who hold quite diverse 'ideas of development' or otherwise, ideas about social goals and interests. However, such co operation will not be without its frictions. Some derive from such expe-riences their resolve to terminate talking about 'development'.
Yet if we decide to no longer talk about 'development', what then are our goals instead: a just mode of globalisation or local autonomy, a redistribution of wealth or the dismissal of capitalism, global public goods or a solidary and convivial world? How might the 'good life for all' look like? And are alternative concepts such as Buen Vivir or Ubuntu in their turn used in the legitimation of relations of dominance? How should we term the debates and struggles about directional change, positive social change and societal goals, which always involve, at the same time, political power, economic class relations, international relations and conflict?

In the envisioned issue of PERIPHERIE we would like to peruse the many faces and facets of 'development' and ask questions about possible alternatives to that 'development'. In this, it remains our concern to 'think the world from the margins'. Consequently, we are not only interested in diverse perspectives on theory, practice and critique, but we would like in partic-ular to give voice and space to actors who belong, in the postcolonial capitalist world system, to the less privileged, to those who are pushed to the margins.
In order to be able to reflect a large range of perspectives, we would like to ask for com-paratively brief comments of no more than 20,000 characters or about 3,000 words, and contributions from the Global South are particularly welcome. These essays will not be subjected to the usual external referee system but will be evaluated by the editorial board. All texts tendered in other languages will be translated into German. Besides, full-length papers (5 6,000 words) are also welcome and will be processed by the usual referee system after an initial evaluation by the editors.

For this special issue, we are interested in particular in the following topics:

  • Multidimensional meanings of 'development' as a constructive opportunity.
  • 'Development': of what? For whom? By whom?
  • Subversive appropriation of hegemonic conceptions of 'development'
  • The good life? Conceptualising alternatives to 'development'
  • Translating, or the difficulty to translate indigenous concepts of a good social life
  • Neo-colonialism by 'development projects', incapacitation by 'development experts'?
  • Abolishing or transforming 'development co operation'
  • South-South co operation as a decolonial strategy?
  • International solidarity, social movements and power relations in civil societies
  • Incoherence in Northern policies for the South: agriculture, trade, armaments, foreign relations, development policy
  • Competition for 'development' on regional and national scales

The closing date for first drafts will be 4 September 2017.

Please direct manuscripts as well as questions about proposed contributions and any further inquiries to info[at]zeitschrift-peripherie.de. You can find our style sheet and further directions for authors on our website here.

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to Sep 4

CFP - Critical Geography in Latin America

CALL FOR PAPERS (Spanish and Portuguese below)


Coordination: Sofía Zaragocín (Universidad de Cuenca), Melissa Moreano and Soledad Álvarez Velasco (King’s College London)

Papers submission period: from May 15th until September 4th, 2017

Publication date: May 2018

Papers reception: Through the online platform of Iconos, journal of FLACSO-Ecuador: www.revistaiconos.ec

Critical geography, a branch of human geography, emerged in the Anglophone world in the late 1960s, seeking to analyze how conflicts of power in capitalism reconfigured space. It has since emphasized that spatial differences between geographic regions cannot be understood as natural orders but as product of unequal power relations. Space is then assumed as socially produced and profoundly political, as a social construct that involves decoding social relations that produce and reproduce it. The production of space critique has been key in discerning that unequal geographical development affects political relations at multiple scales. As such, critical geography embeds a commitment to critical social theory (post-colonialism, feminism, marxism, queer theory); adopting a researcher’s subjective positioning for the purpose of unveiling the mechanisms of power and inequity; and a progressive praxis committed to social change.

In Latin America, critical geography has been mainly developed by the Brazilian Geography intellectual tradition, established in response to positivist physical geography, which as elsewhere, had been at the service of the consolidation of nation-states. The "new geography", or Brazilian critical geography, in constant dialogue with the social movements concerned with territorial disputes, provoked a multi-dimensional and multi-scalar analysis defying the hegemony of the State as the unique producer of territory. In contrast, the new geography of the Brazilian tradition defines territory as the dimension of space, appropriated by different subjects and/or social groups through the embedding of symbolic relationships as well as material / functional relationships on space.

In Latin American, recent critical human geography analysis have emerged. Marxist geographies have analyzed uneven geographical development and the production of space from historical-geographical materialism and territorial autonomy. Meanwhile, postcolonial and indigenous geographies are challenging political processes that are mapping out difference such as plurinationalism. It is within this context, that we seek to provoke and make visible the production, articulation and reproduction of space in Latin America.

This dossier seeks to highlight the relevance of critical geography for Latin America, while updating the field from empirical studies that emphasize social cartography,  ethnographies and other spatial methodologies that reveal unequal power structures that are both spatially sustained and reproduced. This dossier seeks research based on empirical evidence on the following topics:

- Critical geography and colonial frameworks (indigenous, postcolonial, decolonial geographies).
- Geographies of Inequality, Mobility and Global Border Regime
- Critical geography, territory conceptualization and/or political ecology.
- Feminist, Queer, and Sexuality geographies.
- Geographies of Migration (translocal – transnational).

Contributions will be accepted in Spanish, English and Portuguese, however selected papers will only be published in Spanish. The journal will clarify doubts until the beginning of the submission period.

The articles submitted must conform to the journal’s peer review rules, editorial policies and publication norms (available at www.revistaiconos.ec).




Coordinación: Sofía Zaragocín (Universidad de Cuenca), Melissa Moreano y Soledad Alvarez Velasco (King’s College London)

Recepción de artículos: desde el 15 de mayo al 4 de septiembre de 2017

Publicación: mayo 2018

Envío de artículos: a través de plataforma de gestión de Íconos, Portal de revistas de FLACSO www.revistaiconos.ec

La geografía crítica, rama de la geografía humana, surge en el mundo anglosajón a finales de la década de 1960, buscando analizar cómo los conflictos de poder en el capitalismo re-configuraban el espacio. Desde entonces, se ha puesto el acento en comprender que las profundas diferencias espaciales entre regiones geográficas y al interior de las mismas no pueden entenderse como órdenes naturales sino como producto de relaciones de poder desiguales. El espacio es entonces asumido como socialmente producido y profundamente político, es decir, como un constructo social que supone decodificar las relaciones sociales que lo producen. La crítica a la producción del espacio, también ha sido clave para discernir que el desarrollo geográfico desigual tiene efectos en las relaciones políticas locales -globales, en la reconfiguración de espacios urbanos, en la relación con la naturaleza, en las relaciones institucionales, y en general, en las relaciones cotidianas. La geografía crítica plantea entonces varios retos: el compromiso con la teoría social crítica (poscolonialismo, feminismos, marxismos, teoría queer); el posicionamiento subjetivo de quien investiga para develar los mecanismos de poder e inequidad; y la praxis progresista comprometida con el cambio social.
En América Latina esta perspectiva ha sido desarrollada en particular por la escuela geográfica brasileña. Una tendencia que se estableció en respuesta a la geografía física positivista, la cual ha estado al servicio de la consolidación de los Estados nación, teniendo como base la representación del espacio y la delimitación de fronteras. La “nueva geografía”, o geografía crítica brasileña, en diálogo constante con los movimientos sociales de reivindicación territorial y con la ciencia política, emprendió una explicación de las relaciones de poder espaciales desde una perspectiva multidimensional y multiescalar que desafía la hegemonía del Estado como único productor de territorio. En contraste, la nueva geografía define al territorio como aquella dimensión del espacio que es apropiada por distintos sujetos y/o grupos sociales mediante el establecimiento de relaciones simbólicas y relaciones materiales/funcionales con el espacio.
En esta línea, recientemente han surgido análisis que se podrían situar dentro de la geografía humana. El primero, de raigambre marxista, analiza el desarrollo geográfico desigual y la producción del espacio desde el enfoque del materialismo histórico-geográfico y la autonomía territorial. El segundo se nutre de las geografías postcoloniales e indígenas, donde se pone en cuestión las políticas que intentan mapear el espacio en relación a procesos políticos como la plurinacionalidad; razón por la cual es necesario promover mayor reflexión sobre la configuración, producción y articulación del espacio desde América Latina.
Este dossier busca resaltar la relevancia y actualidad de la geografía humana de corte crítico en la región a través de estudios de campo, cartografía social y etnografías que revelen cómo y por qué las relaciones sociales y políticas son necesariamente relaciones espaciales que reproducen a su vez inequidades históricas y sistémicas. Específicamente, interesan para este dossier investigaciones empíricas que presenten estudio de caso sobre los siguientes temas:

- Propuestas que aborden la geografía crítica y marcos de colonialidad (geografías indígenas, poscoloniales, decoloniales).

- Análisis de la geografía de la desigualdad y régimen de control de la movilidad.

- Estudios que promuevan la relación entre geografía crítica, conceptualización de territorio y/o ecología política.

- Investigaciones que profundicen sobre geografías feministas, queer y de la sexualidad.

- Propuestas que apunten hacia geografías de las migraciones (translocales - transnacionales). 

Se recibirán contribuciones en español, inglés o portugués, no obstante, los artículos seleccionados se publican en español. La revista aclarará dudas o contribuirá a perfilar las propuestas hasta el inicio del período de recepción de contribuciones.

Los artículos deben ajustarse a la política editorial y a las normas de publicación de la revista (disponibles en www.revistaiconos.ec). Para la selección de artículos se utiliza un sistema de evaluación por lectores pares (peer review).

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to Aug 21

Call for Papers LASA - Community-based Natural Resources Governance in a Globalizing World: Emerging Geographies, Identities and Modes of Cooperation

XXXVI Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

May 23-26, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain

Call for Papers

Panel: Community-based Natural Resources Governance in a Globalizing World: Emerging Geographies, Identities and Modes of Cooperation

Emilie Dupuits – Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Laura Sauls – Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, United States

Community-based natural resources governance has been widely studied in the Latin American region. Studies have considered a range of different types of natural resources and common goods (water, forests, irrigation, etc.) and scales of action (local, regional, national). However, these resource governance systems are facing increasing pressures, especially from globalized demands on specific territories, including from neo-extractivist politics and international environmental agreements. The ways in which global demands on geographies where community-based natural resources governance has been operating interact with these systems are varied and sometimes unexpected, requiring further scrutiny. Moreover, the ways in which the community-based organizations that govern these resources confront or adapt to these demands are similarly diverse, with implications for environmental and well-being outcomes. This panel aims to analyze how this interaction produces new geographies, identities and modes of cooperation for resource governance. For example, these innovations can range from transnational community networks to international advocacy to public-community partnerships. This objective will provide new insights into emerging forms of natural resource governance as well as contribute theoretically to discussions on the role of resource governance in identity and territorial formation in Latin America.

We invite papers that engage with the ways in which collective or community-based resource governance are interacting with ongoing and emerging globalizing claims. Both empirical and theoretical proposals are welcome. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

·         Cases of how community-based resource governance is resisting globalized demands on space, and the resulting emergence of new geographies

·         The interaction between national resource-based development policies and indigenous or community land/resource use

·         Conflicts generated by governance of different types of resources, especially mineral and non-mineral

·         How international environmental governance regimes (biodiversity, climate change, water) conflict with or support community-based resource governance

·         Cases of new resource governance rules and modes of cooperation emerging in areas with a history of confrontation or conflict

·         The role of social movements and regional cooperation in community-based resource governance systems

·         Implications of emerging community-based governance formations for human well-being and identities

Please send your abstracts (max. 250 words) to emilie.dupuits@unige.ch or LSauls@clarku.edu by August 21, 2017.

For more details on LASA 2018, see: https://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/

Relevant literature

Bebbington, A. and J. Bury (Eds.). 2013. Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America. Austin: University of Texas Press. 

Boelens, Rutgerd. 2008. “Water rights arenas in the Andes: Upscaling the defence networks to localize water control.” Water Alternatives 1: 48‐65.

Bulkeley, Harriet. 2005. “Reconfiguring Environmental Governance: Towards a Politics of Scales and Networks.” Political Geography 24 (8): 875–902.

Duffy, Rosaleen. 2005. “The Politics of Global Environmental Governance: The Powers and Limitations of Transfrontier Conservation Areas in Central America.” Review of International Studies 31 (2): 307–23.

Himley, M. 2008. “Geographies of Environmental Governance: The Nexus of Nature and Neoliberalism.” Geography Compass 2: 433-451. 

Hoogesteger, Jaime, Boelens Rutgerd, Baud Michiel. 2016. “Territorial pluralism: water users’ multi-scalar struggles against state ordering in Ecuador’s highlands.” Water International 41: 91-106.

Liverman, Diana. 2004. “Who Governs, at What Scale and at What Price? Geography, Environmental Governance, and the Commodification of Nature.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 94 (4): 734–38.

Perreault, Thomas. 2005. “State restructuring and the scale politics of rural water governance in Bolivia.” Environment and Planning A 37: 263-284.

Ribot, Jesse C., Arun Agrawal, and Anne M. Larson. 2006. “Recentralizing While Decentralizing: How National Governments Reappropriate Forest Resources.” World Development 34 (11): 1864–86.

Romano, Sarah. 2016. “Democratizing discourses: conceptions of ownership, autonomy and ‘the state’ in Nicaragua’s rural water governance.” Water International 41: 74-90.

Swyngedouw, Erik. 2005. “Dispossessing H2O: the contested terrain of water privatization.” Capitalism Nature Socialism 16: 81-98.

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to Apr 24

CfP: Radical Americas Conference 2017

Radical Americas 2017: Legacies

Call for Papers

The fifth Radical Americas conference will take place at UCL Institute of the Americas, London on 11th and 12th September 2017. The conference falls in a year of many anniversaries, offering an opportunity to examine the legacies of various radical movements, events, writers, artists and activists. Yet the careful examination of the past should not distract us from the urgent tasks of the present, and we will consider the challenges for radicals in the Americas in the current conjuncture.

- Two hundred and fifty years ago, the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish Empire; a century ago, Oscar Romero was born. These anniversaries might prompt us to reflect on several kinds of relationship: between church and state; between radical and conservative elements within the church; between the clergy and indigenous groups. 
- Mexico celebrates one hundred years of its radical constitution - this exemplary document has provoked much debate, often around the question of provision versus implementation.
- We will also mark the hundred years since the birth of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonius Monk, and the fifty since John Coltrane’s death.
- It is fifty years since Che Guevara was killed fomenting revolution in South America; what relevance do his ideas and actions have today? 
- That same year, the Black Panther Party published its Ten Point Program and Mohammed Ali refused military service, explicitly linking the African-American struggle to that of anti-imperialists overseas. It is also fifty years since the Summer of Love - but were hippies radical?
- Twenty years have passed since Chedi Jagan and Michael Manley died; we can look back on Caribbean socialisms and ask whether the traditions Jagan and Manley represented still have currency.
- And looming over all other anniversaries this year, surely, is the centenary of the Russian Revolution; we will consider its impact and legacy in the Americas.

Paper proposals are welcomed on any aspect of radicalism in the Western Hemisphere, as well as on broader Western Hemisphere topics utilising a radical methodology. As in previous years, we hope that the conference will stretch the imagination of traditionally-defined revolution in ways that allow for a rethinking of what is meant by radical thought, struggle, and genealogies, and thus might include topics ranging from Cold War anti-imperialism or alternative economies to avant-garde performance or trans solidarities. We wish for a boldly inclusive radical programme.

Some regions have been underrepresented at previous conferences and we would especially like to hear from scholars or activists working on the Andean Region, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America. We welcome papers from scholars and activists working in a range of disciplines, including history, sociology, ecology, politics, the arts, economics, geography and anthropology.

Please send abstracts of around 250 words along with a short biography or CV to radicalamericas@gmail.com by 24th April. Individual proposals or complete panels (3 x 20m papers) are welcome. Authors of outstanding papers will be encouraged to submit their work to the Radical Americas Journal, published by UCL Press. 

As in previous years, we hope to offer some financial assistance to those who need it most. The anticipated cost for the two day event is £75 for those who can afford it (or can expect institutional support), and £35 for those who cannot (a voluntary distinction).

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to Apr 20

CfA: 4 Post-doc Positions in Social Sciences, University of Madrid

The Carlos III-Juan March Institute of Social Sciences (IC3JM) and the Department of Social Sciences at Carlos III University of Madrid seek to appoint up to four post-doctoral positions starting in September 2017. The post-docs will have a double affiliation at the IC3JM and the Department of Social Sciences.

The positions are in Sociology, Political Science, and Economic History. The candidates should be able to teach Sociological Theory [Sociology], International Relations (Security, Conflict or International Political Economy) [Political Science] and World Economic History [Economic History] respectively.

Applicants must have received a PhD after September 1st, 2014 or completed by September 1st, 2017. The appointment will be for two academic years. The positions have a teaching load of three courses per year. The annual salary is 32.540,38 euros (gross).

Applications should consist of a cover letter, curriculum vitae, at least one sample of academic work, and two letters of reference.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to Magdalena Nebreda (secretaria@march.uc3m.es) and Maria José Gutiérrez (magutier@pa.uc3m.es), before April 20th 2017. Reference letters should be sent separately to the same e-mail addresses.

About the IC3JM: The IC3JM is the continuation of the Juan March Institute. It is located at the Getafe campus of Carlos III University, one of the most prestigious Spanish universities, particularly in the Social Sciences. The IC3JM promotes high quality research in the Social Sciences, with a strong emphasis on comparative and analytical approaches. It has a strong international profile and a very prestigious Scientific Council. It offers a number of graduate programs. The research conducted at the Institute, as well as its activities and publications, can be found on its web page.

 About the Department of Social Sciences and Carlos III University: This isan interdisciplinary and young department. It was created in 2013 and it covers three areas, Sociology, Political Science and Economic History. It is an exciting mix of scholars, with a strong international profile and outstanding publications in top journals in the Social Sciences. The research conducted at the Department, as well as its activities and publications, can be found on its web page.

 Carlos III University was created in 1989, it is one of the leading universities in Spain. It appears in the QS Top 50 under 50 ranking (top 50 universities created in the last 50 years).

More info: http://www.ic3jm.es/pdf/CallPostdocs2017-18.pdf

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to Apr 26

Magical Dispossessions: Nature, Capital and Conflict in Colombia

Registration is now open for 'Magical Dispossessions: Nature, Capital and Conflict in Colombia', University of Cambridge, 28 - 29 April 2017.

If dispossession can signal the limits of our self-sufficiency as subjects, it also names the condition of precarity in which many populations find themselves today. Subjects can be “dispossessed” of themselves by virtue of being moved or disconcerted by an encounter with alterity; and yet dispossession is also what occurs when populations lose their land, their citizenship, their means of livelihood. The aim of this one-day symposium is to explore these meanings of dispossession, and in an interdisciplinary manner that addresses the ways in which processes of capital extraction and territorial reorganization currently mediate interlocking forms of political, social, economic and symbolic violence in Colombia. It is also to reflect on the continuities between imperial forms of “primitive accumulation” and neo-imperial forms of “accumulation by dispossession”.

Registration and more information about the event here: http://mapatatz.wixsite.com/despojocolombia



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to Mar 31

Scholarship Programme for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities

The "Coimbra Group Scholarship Programme for Young Professors and Researchers from Latin American Universities" was launched for the first time on January 2004. This initiative, which offers grants to finance short-term research visits, aims at favouring mobility and academic exchange between both regions. 

The call for applications is now open. 

Deadline for applications: 31 March 2017 

More information: http://www.coimbra-group.eu/index.php?page=latin-america-la

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to May 15

Call for papers: Congreso ICA 2018

Congreso ICA 2018: Call for papers

La Universidad de Salamanca y el Instituto de Iberoamérica de la Universidad de Salamanca, en el marco de la conmemoración del VIII centenario de la institución, invitan a la comunidad universitaria a presentar propuestas de simposios para el 56º Congreso Internacional de Americanistas (ICA), que se celebrará entre el 15 y el 20 de julio de 2018. Bajo el lema «Universalidad y particularismo en las Américas», esta edición del ICA llama a la reflexión sobre la dialéctica entre la universalidad y los particularismos en la producción de conocimiento, un diálogo en el que la necesidad de conocer lo característico y específico de los fenómenos sociales, políticos, artísticos y culturales obliga a formular nuevas hipótesis que enriquecen y replantean las grandes teorías generales de las ciencias y las humanidades.
Los simposios deben abordar algún aspecto de las Humanidades y las Ciencias Sociales relacionado con cualquiera de las regiones de América o el Caribe y vinculado a alguno de los ejes temáticos del Congreso. Las propuestas de simposios deben ser impulsadas por dos coordinadores procedentes de distintas universidades o centros de investigación de países distintos. En el formulario de inscripción se debe incluir el título del simposio, los nombres y datos de los coordinadores, el eje temático al que se quiere incorporar el simposio propuesto, un resumen de 250 palabras con los objetivos del mismo. Las propuestas pueden ser presentadas hasta el 15 de mayo de 2017.
Al igual que en las 56 convocatorias anteriores, el Congreso Internacional de Americanistas busca fomentar el carácter interdisciplinario e inclusivo que lo ha caracterizado desde sus inicios en 1875. Para ello buscamos promocionar las redes de investigación y los vínculos entre los académicos e investigadores que estudian el continente americano, desde Alaska hasta Tierra de Fuego, incluyendo el territorio del Caribe, a partir del análisis de su política, economía, cultura, lenguas, historia y prehistoria. Así, el Comité Permanente del ICA y el Comité Local de Salamanca les invitan a presentar sus propuestas y a participar en el análisis y la reflexión sobre las especificidades de las Américas y el Caribe con el objetivo de contribuir al desarrollo de las teorías generales.
Formulario de presentación de propuestas

Fechas importantes:

Final de plazo para la presentación de propuestas de simposios: 15 de mayo de 2017

Comunicación simposios aceptados: 30 de mayo de 2017

Apertura del plazo de presentación de propuestas ponencias: 5 de junio de 2017

Cierre del plazo de presentación de propuestas ponencias: 31 de agosto de 2017

Comunicación pública de las ponencias aceptadas: 15 de septiembre de 2017

Entrega de ponencias completas a través del portal del congreso: hasta el 1 de junio de 2018

Mas información: http://americo.usal.es/iberoame/?q=node/3158

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to Mar 26

CfP: Dossier “Ecología y ecologismos en Venezuela: balances, desafíos y oportunidades”

Dossier “Ecología y ecologismos en Venezuela: balances, desafíos y oportunidades”

Marzo 2017 – No. 1
Observatorio de Ecología Política de Venezuela

El Observatorio de Ecología Política de Venezuela es una plataforma socio-política propuesta para congregar organizaciones ecologistas, investigadores y académicos, periodistas ambientales, comunidades, estudiantes y diversos interesados en la temática socio-ambiental con el objetivo fundamental de visibilizar y analizar diferentes dinámicas políticas y de poder que se producen en la transformación e intervención de la naturaleza, los ecosistemas y los territorios; en la distribución social de los bienes comunes naturales, su relación con el modelo económico dominante y los diferentes impactos socio-ambientales que se producen en el país y más allá de él, que suelen ser sufridos principalmente por grupos discriminados racial y culturalmente y/o por las clases económicamente más desfavorecidas.

En comparación con otros temas de igual trascendencia, el debate ecológico, visto desde la perspectiva social y política, ha tenido escasa difusión y se le ha dedicado poca atención en Venezuela. Dada la expansión de impactos ambientales, de proyectos extractivos y de desarrollo, conflictos territoriales y de carácter ecológico, tendencias de insostenibilidad socio-ambiental, así como la propia crisis integral que se vive en el país, se plantean la enorme necesidad de difundir, ampliar, intercambiar y articular reflexiones, debates y propuestas sobre estos trascendentales temas.

Con miras a construir una mirada colectiva e interpretativa de algunas reflexiones vitales sobre el ecologismo venezolano en la actualidad, los movimientos ambientalistas, sus desafíos, obstáculos y potencialidades, la situación general del tema ambiental en el país, entre otros, el Observatorio de Ecología Política de Venezuela hace un llamado para la presentación de artículos para el Dossier “Ecología y ecologismos en Venezuela: balances, desafíos y oportunidades”.

Con este dossier intentamos dar respuesta a la pregunta ¿dónde estamos y hacia dónde vamos respecto al tema socio-ecológico en el país?, proponiendo algunas coordenadas fundamentales para pensar y accionar respecto a estos horizontes, contribuir a generar un tejido de saberes y experiencias a nivel nacional y sensibilizar al público en general acerca de estos trascendentales temas.

Se trata de breves artículos de reflexión y opinión acerca de tópicos como:

• ¿Podemos hablar de un ‘movimiento ambiental venezolano’?
• Referentes históricos de los movimientos ambientalistas venezolanos
• El rol del tema ambiental en Venezuela
• Organizaciones ambientalistas y ecologismos populares en el contexto del proceso sociopolítico del período 1999-2017.
• Situación general ambiental a escala local, regional o nacional en Venezuela. Diagnósticos de amplio rango u orientados a temas más puntuales como el agua, la biodiversidad, el cambio climático, etc.
• Desafíos y potencialidades para el ambientalismo venezolano en tiempos de crisis

Los artículos deben ser inéditos y con una extensión máxima de 1500 palabras. Los textos deben acompañarse con alguna imagen enviada de manera adjunta. Debe citarse la fuente de la misma, así como la bibliografía utilizada en el artículo. Se requiere también una breve reseña curricular o presentación del o los autores y un correo electrónico de contacto. La fecha tope de entrega es el 26 de marzo de 2017.

Envíe su artículo al correo electrónico ecopoliticavenezuela@gmail.com, especificando en el asunto el título ‘Artículo dossier No.1’.

Para obtener más información sobre el Observatorio de Ecología Política de Venezuela, puede visitar el sitio web http://www.ecopoliticavenezuela.org/.

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to Apr 14

CIIR-UCL Call for a postdoc research position

CIIR-UCL Call for a postdoc research position

The Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research CIIR – FONDAP invites applications for one postdoctoral research position. We are looking for a candidate to work as part of a joint appointment between the Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Research and a team of anthropologists led by Professor Daniel Miller based at the Department of Anthropology, UCL.

The project will comprise ten simultaneous 15 month ethnographies that will focus on three issues. (1) The changing experience and meaning of age for people between 45-70. (2) The impact of the smartphone on this age group, in the context of a general ethnographic understanding of the use and consequences of smartphones today. (3) Commitment to using this ethnographic knowledge in order to consider the social and cultural implications of health apps. This includes becoming involved in a long term participant design process by the in which the anthropologist helps create a linkage between the informants of their fieldsite and professionals involved in improving populations welfare by trying to make health apps more socially and culturally sensitive to the populations of users. The population in this case will be migrants working in Santiago including those belonging to indigenous groups within Chile.

The candidate is likely to be spending some time in London before and after fieldwork. The project starts 1st October 2017 with fieldwork starting 1st February 2018.

Applications are open until April 30, 2017.

More information: http://ciir.cl/en/ciir-ucl-call-for-postdoc-research-position/ 



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CfP: Environmental Justice 2017 – Looking Back, Looking Forward

Monday 6 - Wednesday 8 November 2017

Holme Building | University of Sydney


In 1997, the University of Melbourne hosted a major international conference on ‘Environmental Justice: Global Ethics for the 21st Century’. In 2017, the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney will host an anniversary event, focused on both a retrospective look at environmental justice scholarship and activism and the prospects and themes for current and future work in the field. What have we learned, and what are the challenges, trends, and directions for environmental justice theories, movements and campaigns, and institutions and politics?

The 2017 conference, like the earlier one, will have a global and interdisciplinary focus, and will also bring together scholars and activists addressing EJ in human communities and those focused on nonhuman nature.

Paper proposals are welcome in any area of environmental justice research and practice, though we encourage work that combines the ‘looking back, looking forward’ theme.

Other themes may include the following, many of which were on the original Melbourne agenda:

  • EJ As A Global Ethic: 20 Years Later
  • Agricultural and Food Justice
  • Climate Justice
  • Comparative EJ and the Australian Case
  • EJ and Black Lives Matter
  • EJ and Environmental Health
  • EJ and Environmental Governance
  • EJ, Extraction, and Resource Colonialism
  • EJ in the Anthropocene
  • EJ and Greening Cities
  • Feminism, Ecofeminism, and Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Perspectives of Justice and Nature
  • (In)Justices Of Infrastructure and Supply Chains
  • Justice, Capitalism, and the Environmental Crisis
  • Justice In Disasters, Adaptation and Resilience
  • Justice, Transition, and Transformation
  • EJ in Policy, Law, Institutions and Administration
  • Methodologies and the Study of EJ
  • Multispecies Justice: Nonhuman Animals, Species, Ecosystems
  • Scholars and Activists – Strategies and Practices of Working Together

Key dates
Call for Abstracts open – Thursday 1 December 2016
Abstract submission deadline – Wednesday 15 March 2017 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)
Author notification – Friday 31 March 2017
Author registration deadline – Friday 1 September 2017

More information: http://sydney.edu.au/environment-institute/events/environmental-justice-2017-looking-back-looking-forward/

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to Apr 1

CfP: PILAS Annual Conference 2017 “Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”

PILAS Annual Conference 2017

“Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”

26 and 27 June 2017 at The University of Leeds, UK

Call for Papers and Panels

The deadline for proposals submission is 1 April 2017 (papers and panels). [Updated: 2/3/17]

Latin America is one of the world regions in which borders are malleable or fragile, yet resistant. As its nations seek to establish and assert themselves on a continental and global stage, challenging, and being challenged by, outside influences, historical, political, geographic and economic fault lines often appear to check progress and modernization. One only has to think of Brazil, which recently hosted a truly global mega-event, with its citizens being keen to present their best face to a watching world after years of economic progress. However, this center stage international performance threatened to be undermined by the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and worries over the Zika virus. This multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore the discontinuities and resistance in Latin America from a critical perspective.

The Postgraduates in Latin American Studies (PILAS) Committee invites postgraduate researchers and junior academics from the arts, humanities and social sciences fields to present their work, engage in debate, and share their research on Latin America.

PILAS Annual Conference 2017 will be held at the University of Leeds on the 26 and 27 of June 2017. The Conference is free to attend and will include keynote speakers, a masterclass and engaging social activities.

Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó (University of Oxford), Professor Julio Ortega (Brown University), Professor Manuel Barcia (University of Leeds) and journalist Patricia Simón (Professional Women in Media Spanish Association Prize Winner) have already confirmed their attendance. 

A roundtable discussion held by the Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies will be attended by Dr Thea Pitman (contemporary Latin American cultural production, especially digital culture), Professor Stephanie Dennison (Brazilian film culture and the broader context of World Cinema), Professor Richard Cleminson (Labour movements, medicine and sexuality in Argentina), Dr Paul Melo e Castro (Lusophone literature, film and visual culture), and Dr Rebecca Jarman (eco-catastrophe and protest in contemporary Latin American film and literature).

The theme of the conference is “Discontinuities and Resistance in Latin America”.

We welcome proposals from all fields for this interdisciplinary event. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  1. Race, Ethnicity, and Religion.
  2. Gender and Sexuality.
  3. Political Activism, Conflict, and Violence.
  4. Nationhood and National Identities.
  5. Migration, Geographical and Cultural Borders Studies.
  6. Inter-Cultural Dialogue and Polemics.
  7. Literary and Cultural Criticism.
  8. Literature, Culture, and Translation.
  9. Economic Policies and Economic Inequalities.
  10. Communication and (Digital) Media.
  11. Climate Change and Environmental Crisis.

The conference will consist mainly of traditional panels of 90 minutes, allowing for three papers of 20-minute each, followed by a 30-minutes Q&A. Papers will be presented preferably in English, although presentations in Spanish and Portuguese will be also considered. Panels proposals should allow three papers of 20 minutes each or four papers of 15 minutes each.

Paper proposals should include: (deadline:  1 April 2017) [Updated: 2/3/17]

  • Name of the author/s and institution/s.
  • Short academic biography of the author/s.
  • Title of the proposed paper.
  • Short abstract (max. 250 words).

Panel proposals should include: (deadline:  1 April 2017)

  • Title of the proposed panel.
  • Short description of the panel’s theme, (max. 250 words).
  • Name and Institution of the Chair and/or Discussant.
  • Name of the authors of the papers and their institutions.
  • Short academic biography of the authors (max. 250 words).

In case of any doubt, you can contact us at pilasconference@gmail.com    

Download printable pdf version of this call for papers and panels. 

Accepted papers and panels will be announced before the 1st of May 2017.

PILAS offers a limited number of accommodation grants for accepted delegates attending our Annual Conference 2017. Single ensuite rooms for 3 nights and breakfast will be provided by PILAS Committee at Storm Jameson Court, University of Leeds. Apply here for PILAS Conference Accommodation Grants.

PILAS Annual Conference 2017 has the support of the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), The School of Languages, Cultures & Societies of the University of Leeds, the Bulletin of Latin American Research, the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), Leeds City Council, The Instituto Cervantes, Liverpool University Press, Readex – Thompson Henry, The Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, The Centre for the History of Ibero-America (CHIA), The Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies  (HLCS) and the research group ‘Ideas and Identities in the Atlantic World’.

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to Mar 8

CfP: Histories of Race, Popular Culture, and Identity in the Andes

Histories of Race, Popular Culture, and Identity in the Andes

Deadline Extended! Abstracts Due March 7
Conference: Histories of Race, Popular Culture, and Identity in the Andes
When: 10am-6pm on Monday, May 15, 2017
Where: Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU

On May 15, 2017, the Institute of Latin American Studies at the School of Advanced Study in London will host a conference on the history of race, culture, and identity in the Andes, exploring moments in which cultural constructions of the indigenous and the other have profoundly shaped Andean political, economic, and social life.

This conference will bring together scholars of anthropology, history, and literature in the Andes to answer questions such as:

How have Andean peoples used the tools of culture (for example: music, dance, clothing, theatre, architecture, literature) to fashion national or regional identities, forms of resistance, and political movements? How have Afro-Andean, indigenous, mestizo and creole communities differently navigated cultural integration and autonomy historically and in the present? How have cultural practices been used in the past or present to mock, denigrate, or punish communities and individuals in the Andes? How have certain cultural practices travelled across or subverted spatial and temporal boundaries, including rural/urban, highland/lowland, colonial/national, indigenous/modern? How have cultural manifestations of race been used to perform or transcend class, gender, or sexual identities? How have struggles over patrimony and heritage defined or expanded definitionsof Andean culture? How have Andean communities incorporated social and economic concerns through cultural practices?

We welcome abstracts of 300 words from postgraduate, early career and established scholars that address these and other questions. Please send abstracts, CVs, and inquiries to elena.mcgrath@sas.ac.uk by March 7th

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to Mar 27

PhD and Post-Doc Positions at Norwegian University of Life Sciences

PhD and Post-Doc Positions at Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Noragric, the Department of International Environment and Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, has the pleasure to announce three vacant PhD positions and one Post-doctoral position.
All positions are financed by the university. For more information see the announcement texts linked up below.

Please forward this to anyone it could be of interest for.

3 PHD Positions

Climate, conflict and food security <http://bit.ly/2l2H6rF>
Priority will be given to creative and innovative proposals addressing “climate, conflict and food security” within or across the following thematic foci:

1)      Sustainability, climate resilient development pathways, and food security

2)      Political change, contestation and conflicts in the context of climate stressors and climate measures

3)      Social, political and cultural dimensions of agricultural transformation

Norms and knowledge in global environmental politics<http://bit.ly/2lhuY8H>
Priority will be given to creative and innovative proposals addressing “norms and knowledge in global environmental politics” within or across the following thematic and theoretical foci:

1)      The power of norms and knowledge related to environmental politics and to actors such as civil society, scientists, cities, religions, bureaucrats or other

2)      Critical research on normative change with a focus that includes but is not limited to global agri-food, sustainable development or climate change governance

3)      Science-policy interface and the politics of knowledge and expertise in global governance

Values and institutions for environmental justice<http://bit.ly/2l2sMQ4>
Priority will be given to creative and innovative proposals addressing “values and institutions for environmental justice” within or across the following thematic and theoretical foci:

1)      Unequal distribution of socio-environmental damages from development projects.

2)      Enforcement of distributive justice in access to socio-environmental benefits.

3)      Role of power relations in the distribution of environmental benefits and burdens

Application deadline 2 April 2017

1 Post-doc Position

The political Ecology of the Green Economy<http://bit.ly/2moTabk>
The department hereby invites proposals for a Postdoctoral fellowship attached to the project ‘Greenmentality: A Political Ecology of the Green Economy’. The geographical focus of this project is East Africa and India.

Application deadline: 17 April

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to Mar 31

Call For Papers - Special Issue in Ecology & Society: Seeking Sustainable Pathways for Land Use in Latin America

Special Issue in Ecology & Society - Editors: Miguel Carriquiry, Néstor Mazzeo, Matías Piaggio and Juan Carlos Rocha

Natural resources and ecosystems are under increasing pressure as human demands for food, water, fiber, and energy expand in an accelerating pace. In response, the allocation of resources and in particular land has been shifting along with agricultural production systems. These changes have the potential to lead to profound changes on the functioning of ecosystems, as well as the services they can provide. The full impact of these changes, and the speed at which they can occurs is difficult or impossible to predict given the complexity of these processes, including nonlinearities and tipping points. A significant amount of work has been done documenting some of the changes in the use of resources, most notably land, and observed impacts. Salient among these are the studies on the deforestation of the Amazon biome, which has social and environmental impacts at multiple scales of time and space.  The focus is on land-use as the natural link between global drivers, decision makers, and ecosystem changes.

Latin America is unique, in the sense that multiple heterogeneous stakeholders are involved in land use decisions. Production models are wide, going from small scale subsistence household to large scale farmers and multinational companies. Every specific case has different drivers to deal with pressures at local and global scales.

The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainable Studies (SARAS2) is coordinating a special issue in Ecology & Society looking to highlight the research for Seeking sustainable pathways for land use in Latin America produced in the region. The special issue will contain 6 to 8 papers, and is aimed at tackling any of the following relevant topics and questions:

  • Drivers of land use decision making process framed in a social-ecological systems.
  • Land use and ecosystem services
  • Biophysical, economic and governance interrelationships for resilient based management of natural resources
  • How heterogeneous land use productive systems are affected by external (natural and non-natural) shocks? Which are the determinants of the heterogeneous impacts?

We encourage scientist from different disciplines to submit their manuscript. Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged, but disciplinary approaches will also be considered. An email of intent, including and abstract and the call reference N° CP-002-17 should be sent to Matías Piaggio (opencall@saras-institute.org) by March 31st, 2017. Six to eight papers will be invited to submit a full paper. The deadline for full paper submission is August 1st, 2017. Manuscripts should not exceed 5000 words. Submitted papers will be sent to reviewers.

More information: http://www.saras-institute.org/index.php/en/component/k2/item/225-call-for-papers-n-cp-002-17-seeking-sustainable-pathways-for-land-use-in-latin-america

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to Feb 15

CfP: Decolonising Nature in the Anthropocene: emerging conceptualisations of nature & their challenges

Final CfP: Decolonising Nature in the Anthropocene: emerging conceptualisations of nature & their challenges

RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2017: ‘Decolonising geographical knowledges:
opening geography out to the world’. London, 29th August – 1st September

Session Convenor: Jessica Hope, University of Cambridge

Session Sponsor: Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

The Anthropocene has posed a challenge to Nature as ‘a pure, singular and stable domain removed from and defined in relation to urban, industrial society’ (Lorimer 2012). It has prompted its rethinking and the re-theorisation of relationships between humans and natures, animals and humans, as well as humans and the non-human (see Whatmore, 2006:
Bingham and Hinchliffe, 2008; Lorimer 2012). However, post-colonial scholars have argued that dominant explorations into such multi-natural ontologies fail to adequately address not only the harm that Nature has caused as an ‘artifact of Empire’ (Stoler 2008) but also continue to ‘subordinate other forms of knowing’ (Sundberg 2014) - namely the ontologies of nature being developed and articulated by indigenous and peasant movements, as well as by post-colonial and decolonial scholars (Collard, Dempsey and Sundberg 2015).

However, recognising the diversity of indigenous and peasant movements (and the sites of contradiction and contestation that can exist between and within movements) demands that attention is also paid to the political context of these new natures–  for example, how they negotiate, challenge or are challenged by claims for development. This session will thus explore the ontologies of nature being proposed by indigenous and peasant movements, as well as locate these ontologies in their wider political context. This will enable the critical evaluation of their power, as well as the ways they intersect with wider indigenous, peasant, environmental and development politics.

We seek contributions that explore (but are not limited to) one or more of the following themes:
•       the ontologies of nature being developed and articulated by indigenous
and peasant movements and what these contribute to rethinking nature in the Anthropocene.
•       how indigeneity is being articulated in relation to nature and
development, including moments of conflict and contradiction.
•       the ways indigenous and peasant ontologies of nature are being both
challenged and supported, for example by wider development processes.

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words and full contact details to Jessica Hope by Tues 14th February 2017.

Jessica Hope: jch84@cam.ac.uk

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I Convocatoria Internacional 2017

I Convocatoria Internacional 2017

La Universidad Técnica del Norte, situada en la ciudad de Ibarra, Ecuador, requiere contratar docentes a tiempo completo (40 horas) en las siguientes àreas de conocimiento: 

Administración de Empresas - Contabilidad - Derecho - Diseño Gráfico - Economía - Educación Inicial - Electricidad - Enfermería - Epidemiología - Gastronomía - Ingeniería Automotriz - Ingeniería Electrónica - Ingeniería Industrial - Ingeniería en Sistemas - Ingeniería Textil - Mecatrónica - Mercadotecnia - Museología - Neurociencias - Pedagogía de las Artes - Psicopedagogía - Salud - Turismo

Más Información


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to Mar 1

Special Issue of Communication Theory

Special Issue of Communication Theory

“Latin American communication theory today: charting contemporary developments and their global relevance”

Guest Editors: Florencia Enghel (Stockholm University, Sweden) & Martín Becerra (Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina)

This Special Issue aligns itself with Communication Theory's intention to encourage "authors and editors to highlight the historical, cultural, and political contexts in which theoretical approaches are articulated" (Wilkins, 2016)[1]. Its goal is to address the paucity of Latin American theorization in the journal[2] with a focus on state-of-the-art theoretical contributions beyond the much referred-to "Latin American tradition"[3]. To this purpose, we invite contributions that provide an update of the outstanding theoretical developments produced by Latin American communication scholars in the past ten years (2005-2015) and examine their relevance to the global field of communication studies.    

Contributions from the Global South have been rather absent from communication journals published in English in recent years. Graham, Ojanperä and De Sabbata's (2015) analysis of “the geography of knowledge” reveals that most submissions to SAGE journals in 2014 came from the Global North, and that most countries in the Global South had very low acceptance rates for the small amount of articles submitted.[4] By presenting the region's recent theoretical production and unpacking its critical relevance to transnational debates, we expect that the Special Issue will contribute to de-westernizing communication studies (Waisbord & Mellado, 2014), and in the process expand Communication Theory's coverage to Latin American countries that have been absent from the journal in terms of their theoretical production and/or the affiliation of contributing authors.

The Special Issue welcomes substantial updates of the Latin American contributions to the theorization of communication and media in recent years combining rich descriptions of conceptual advances well-grounded in the wider sociopolitical contexts in which they have developed, with critical analyses of their significance to global debates.  

The Special Issue invites papers that address the following questions:

1.      How has communication theory developed in specific Latin American countries in the past ten years (2005-2015)?
2.      Which lines of research have been in the foreground, and in which ways is their prominence linked to wider country and/or regional sociopolitical trends and events?
3.      To what extent have scholarly agendas been promoted by national research systems, distinct academic units, the private sector, civil society and/or social movements?
4.      To what extent have changes in media technologies impacted the development of new concepts and theories?
5.      What continuities and discontinuities can be observed in comparison with the region's theoretical production in the late twentieth century?
6.      How do theorizations originated in the region in recent years engage with theoretical developments in other parts of the world?
We particularly encourage papers from communication and media scholars based in Latin America, as well as from Latin American scholars affiliated with institutions abroad.
The deadline for submission of full paper proposals is March 1st, 2017.
For submission guidelines, see http://www.icahdq.org/pubs/commtheory.asp. To submit, go to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/comth. For queries regarding the Special Issue's theme, please contact Florencia Enghel (florencia.enghel@ims.su.se) and Martín Becerra (aracabecerra@gmail.com).
[1] See Wilkins, K. (2016) “Introduction to editorship 2016” in Communication Theory, Vol. 26, Number 2, 103-105.
[2] See Scholz, 2016; Davis, 2015; Vásquez & Cooren, 2013; Block, 2013; Ceisel, 2011; Sypher, McKinley, Ventsam & Elías Valdeavellano, 2002; Rodríguez, 2001; and Lozano, 1992 for the eight (8) articles that engaged with Latin America in substantial ways between 1992 and early 2016. The search was conducted in the online archive of Communication Theory accessed viahttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezp.sub.su.se/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-2885. The following keywords were used: Latin America(n), Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, Venezuela, Mexico. The results obtained for each keyword were manually searched in order to identify references to Latin America in titles and abstracts.
[3] See Lie & Servaes, 2015; Mattoni & Treré, 2014; Couldry & Hepp, 2013; Ganesh & Zoller, 2012; Murphy, 2011 for recent contributions to the journal where references to Latin American theory draw on said tradition as represented by Jesús Martín-Barbero, Néstor García Canclini and Paulo Freire
[4] See http://geonet.oii.ox.ac.uk/blog/the-geography-of-academic-knowledge/

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CfA: Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies

Job Reference : 00661

Closing Date : 29/01/2017

Salary : £34,030 (pro-rata) per annum

Employment Type : Fixed Term (part-time)

Department : School of Advanced Study

Division : Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) - academic

Hours Per week : 21 hours per week

We are seeking a suitably experienced individual to survey the holdings on the Caribbean in Senate House Library, and the libraries of the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (FCO Commonwealth collection) with the aim of producing an online presence for these collections and identifying resources for digitization. The appointee would be expected to promote the collections through social media and a launch event for embassies, Caribbean support groups, and other stakeholders. The post is part-time (0.6FTE) and the normal hours of work are 21 per week.

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)

The Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) was established in 1965 following a government review conducted by the historian Professor John H. Parry that identified a national need to develop Latin American studies in the UK. The Parry Report initiated a ten-year programme aimed at developing the field focussing on the creation of five centres of Latin American studies at Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge, Glasgow and London, after which other significant centres emerged at Essex and Warwick among others. The Institute of Latin American Studies became the flagship for the discipline.  In terms of the library, it housed the main reference collection for the UK and was at the forefront of coordinating Latin American studies libraries in the UK, publishing regular handbooks on Latin American studies, as well as lists of degree programmes and theses in progress. It has also been the administrative home of the Journal of Latin American Studies since it was established in 1969.

In 2004 the Institute of Latin American Studies merged with the Institute for United States Studies to form the Institute for the Study of the Americas and joined the School of Advanced Study.   At that time the reference and research library of ILAS was incorporated into the Latin American Studies Library at Senate House. Latin American library now contains over 90,000 volumes of research level  material focussed on the humanities and related social sciences and is one of the most important Latin American libraries in the UK. It constitutes a major attraction to overseas scholars from the region. In 2012 the Institute ceased to have responsibility for the support of US studies and once more became the Institute of Latin American Studies.

In 2014 the School of Advanced Study established the Centre for Integrated Caribbean Research with the aim of developing a programme of research promotion and facilitation that focussed on relations within the Caribbean, including its fringing mainland, from prehistory to the present day, crossing national boundaries and linguistic affiliations. This is administered by the Institute of Latin American Studies on behalf of the School. 

The Role

As the Postdoctoral  Fellow in Caribbean Studies, you will, in close liasion with the Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies in ILAS, and the subject librarians in Senate House Library, IALS and IHR, analyse their Caribbean collections for their coverage and strengths. You will also promote scholarly awareness of the library collection in the field of Caribbean studies available across the Senate House Libraries. You will analyse exisiting digital resources and digitised materials relevant for Caribbean studies and will identify any areas where there may be gaps with potential for further digitisation . You will engage with networks and key collaborative activities in the field of Caribbean studies (e.g. the Society for Caribbean Studies, Caribbean Studies network; CARISCC) to determine their needs for research support. 

To be considered for this position, you must have a PhD in a subject relevant to the study of the Caribbean. You will have experience of working in an academic or Caribbean-related library or a similar environment.  You will bring significant experience in the use of library resources, (including digital resources) to the position and will have an in-depth knowledge of Caribbean research communities and current areas of research. We are seeking an individual with an aptitude for creative thinking, excellent analytical skills and experience of engaging in scholarly networks and collaborative activites. 

For a full job description and person specification, please download the recruitment pack below. 

Further Information: https://www.jobs.london.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=672&source=externaluolsite

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter before the close date. The close date for this role is midnight on Sunday, 29 January 2017. Interviews  are  scheduled  to  take  place  in  the  week  commencing  13  February  2017  and applicants are recommended to ensure their availability during that period.

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Cfp Decolonising Latin Americanist Geographies


Recent debates in Area Studies have linked the production of academic knowledge to larger paradigms of colonialism and neo-colonialism (Sidaway et al. 2016; McClennen 2007). As English has become the dominant language of the academy in the 21st century, English-language journals have assumed a hegemonic role as arbiters and disseminators of expert knowledge. This is particularly true in geography, where the dominant journals are based in the United States and the United Kingdom.

JLAG grew out of the area studies tradition, and scholars resident in North American and European universities produce the vast majority of its content. While we strive to publish scholarship in Spanish and Portuguese, these represent only 20% of articles in an average issue. Even though the content we publish is intended for diverse audiences, our 2015 data show that 85% of our article downloads came from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, and Holland. Only 3% were from Latin America. This is due to a number of factors including pay walls, lack of access to digital resources, different research methodologies, and a lack of mutual engagement – all indications of an imbalance in academic knowledge production about the region.

We are concerned that the Journal of Latin American Geography is contributing to the colonisation of academic knowledge and the continuation of Latin American Studies as a problematic conceptual architecture. This special issue on “Decolonising Latin Americanist Geography” seeks to address the prevailing imbalances by calling for academic articles, essays, and commentaries written by scholars in or from Latin American territories on the following themes:

• The concept of El Norte / Lá Fora (Global North, USA/Canada, Western Europe), the value of thinking about El Norte as an Area, and its meanings and manifestations in Latin America.
• The influences of Yanquis, Gringos, and northern Others on/in the region´s architecture, urban form, public policies, environment, culture, etc.
• The impacts of public policy, trade, diplomacy, and/or military intervention del Norte on Latin American bodies, territories, and spaces (Plan Colombia, NAFTA, USAID, Peace Corps, BID, IMF, World Bank, etc.)
• The utility of “Latin America” as an analytical category
• Any area of geographic research undertaken in “foreign” territories by Latin American scholars (here, we would consider articles written by indigenous scholars on so-called national cultures and spaces, as well as Latin American scholars researching within the region, e.g. Hoffmann 2015).
• The relations of knowledge production and exchange between Latin American scholars and their Northern counterparts
• Teaching about El Norte / Lá Fora in Latin American universities

These contributions can take the following forms:

• Academic Article (8,000 words) – A piece of original scholarship that contributes to the geographic literature and advances understanding of a given issue.
• Annotated Essay (3,000 – 4,000 words) – An exposition that builds an argument around a central theme, using citations less amply than a traditional academic article but with sufficient documentation for fact checking.
• JLAG Perspectives (1,000 – 1,500 words) – An opinion piece that reflects on contemporary events, contains hyperlinked references to news items, reports, and personal experience.

Potential contributors are asked to send an extended abstract (500 words) in Spanish, Portuguese, or English by January 20, 2017 to: jlag@clagscholar.org. Please use “JLAG Special Issue” in the subject heading. The editorial board will evaluate the abstracts, communicating with authors regarding the composition of the issue. If accepted, we would ask for completed articles to be delivered by April 30, 2017.

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CfA: Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

 Fellowships in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

These two-year fellowships, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will provide recent Ph.D.s with professional development, education, and training opportunities in data curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The fellows’ work must draw upon their disciplinary expertise in order to help advance data curation practices and services at their host institutions. For this program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies encompass modes of inquiry from numerous fields, including history, sociology, art, archaeology, literature, political science, geography, gender studies, and economics. The fellowships are designed to support international partnerships in the service of cross-disciplinary humanities research and in building greater capacity for digitizing original materials, for sharing related digital data, and for developing humanities computing infrastructure to sustain these resources.

Key Dates

  • September 2016: Host and fellowship application period opens.

  • October 10, 2016: Host applications due by 5:00 pm EST.

  • November 2016: Job descriptions to be posted on CLIR's website.

  • December 30, 2016: Fellowship applications due from candidates. Review of fellowship applications begins at CLIR.

  • February 2017: Applications from qualified candidates will be forwarded to host institutions.

  • June 1, 2017: Target deadline for all 2017 postdoctoral fellowship positions to be filled.

  • July 23 - 29, 2017: Introductory seminar for all 2017 postdoctoral fellows at Bryn Mawr College.

More information: https://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/info/fellowships-in-data-curation-for-latin-american-and-caribbean-studies

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CfA: Visiting Scholar from the Global South Fellowship - UNSW, Australia

Applications are invited for the first Visiting Scholar from the Global South Fellowship to be hosted by the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW Australia.

The School of Social Sciences is currently seeking applications for the Visiting Scholar from the Global South Fellowship (VSGSF). The VSGSF will fund a full time faculty member from a university in the Global South to participate in the academic life of the university for a period of six months. The scholar will make contributions to teaching in the areas of their expertise, enhancing the learning experience of undergraduate and postgraduate students. The scholar will join a vibrant research environment, presenting research papers and meeting with academics sharing common research interests.

It is expected that the relationship developed during the term of the fellowship will continue after the scholar returns to their home university, paving the way for future cooperation in initiatives such as international learning experiences and internships valued by UNSW students. For the purposes of the fellowship, we identify institutions belonging to the Global South as characterized by a lack of resources that would enable their academic staff to engage in international exchanges. Visiting scholars are expected to be continuing employees (tenured) in their home institution, taking leave (such as sabbatical leave) during the duration of the fellowship. The fellowship will provide:

• Return travel (ground transfers and airfares)

• Accommodation

• Health insurance

• A daily stipend of AUD $124.00

To be eligible to apply for the fellowship you will:

• Be an established scholar employed by a university in the ‘Global South’

• Have a track record of high quality research outputs and/or evidence of research leading to social or policy impact

• Have 3+ years of experience teaching at either the undergraduate and/or postgraduate level

• Have experience successfully mentoring and supervising research students

• Be proficient in both written and spoken English

• Have a PhD in a relevant discipline

More information:  https://socialsciences.arts.unsw.edu.au/media/SOSSFile/Visiting_Scholar_from_the_Global_South_Fellowship_Advert_9_Nov_2016.pdf

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Congreso Internacional El Extractivismo en América Latina: Dimensiones Económicas, Sociales, Políticas y Culturales

El extractivismo, explotación y apropiación de la naturaleza (minerales, petróleo, agricultura intensiva), constituye la base de economías exportadoras en muchos países de América Latina, con importantes repercusiones e impactos económicos, ambientales, políticos y culturales. El objetivo del Congreso es presentar y difundir estos impactos, creando un espacio de debate en el que intervendrán expertos y estudiosos del tema, desde un enfoque transdisciplinar que exige el diálogo entre la economía, la ecología, la sociología, la historia, la antropología y las ciencias políticas y jurídicas.

Organizan: Instituto Universitario de Estudios Sobre América Latina (IEAL-US), Grupo para el Estudio de las Identidades Socioculturales en Andalucía (GEISA-US), Grupo Análisis Regional y Economía Andaluza (AREA-US), Universidad de Sevilla.

Días 11 y 12 de Mayo de 2017 en el PARANINFO de la Universidad de Sevilla (Rectorado), Sevilla, España.

Plazo para mandar resumes: 5 de Diciembre 2016.


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Convocatoria becas posdoctorales trAndeS

Para postular a la beca posdoctoral trAndeS, debe enviar lo siguiente:

  • Un proyecto de investigación enmarcado en las líneas de investigación trAndeS. Extensión máxima: 5000 palabras (excluyendo bibliografía).
  • Una carta de intención. Extensión máxima: 500 palabras.
  • Certificar el conocimiento a nivel avanzado del inglés o del español, según corresponda.
  • Una carta de recomendación.

Los documentos tienen que ser enviados en formato PDF a la siguiente dirección electrónica: trandes@pucp.edu.pe

Fecha límite para el envío de postulaciones: 30 de enero 2017.

Las estancias (largas y cortas) se llevarán a cabo durante el año 2017.

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América Latina presenció, en la primera década y media del siglo XXI, una expresiva concentración de sus sistemas de protección social, con impactos relevantes en los indicadores sociales de la región. Se ampliaron las garantías jurídicas y los recursos gastados, se fortaleció la institucionalidad de las políticas públicas y la referencia a los derechos sociales se concentró en toda la región. La inclusión de grupos más vulnerables, resultó de la ampliación de la cobertura de los programas condicionados de transferencia de renta. Pero, efectivamente, los efectos fueron más amplios. Pese a las significativas diferencias entre los casos nacionales, como enfatizan los estudios comparados sobre regímenes de protección social en la región, los avances implicaron en una ampliación de la responsabilidad pública sobre los temas de la pobreza y del bienestar.

No obstante, los desafíos continúan explícitos. En un contexto de disputas en torno al contenido de proyectos de desarrollo y a dinámicas inclusivas en la región, los patrones de desigualdad que caracterizan el continente siguen activos, expresándose en disparidades de renda y servicios y favoreciendo fenómenos como la violencia, el racismo y la inmigración. Sujetos a una ciudadanía frágil o limitada, la protección social aún actúa con reducida capacidad redistributiva y poco armoniza las jerarquías sociales y los patrones segmentados del mercado de trabajo. Contando con apoyos políticos no consensuales y con constreñimientos al proceso de crecimiento económico, enfrentando la ampliación de reclamos por acomodos residuales y de baja desmercadorización, las políticas sociales enfrentan también restricciones referentes a sus funcionamientos, limitaciones de capacidades estatales e impedimentos para la ampliación de la regulación pública.

La Revista de Estudios e Pesquisas sobre as Américas propone, con esta edición, abrir un espacio para el debate interdisciplinar sobre las políticas sociales en nuestro continente, buscando ampliar los análisis sobre sus trayectorias recientes, así como sobre sus desafíos y perspectivas. Para este número, se pretende destacar los caminos y las reformas de los regímenes de protección social y de sus políticas de salud y de asistencia social, de jubilaciones y pensiones, contributivas y no contributivas, programas de transferencias de renta, además de políticas urbanas y de políticas dirigidas al mejoramiento de la integración al mercado de trabajo. Cabe igualmente destacar las nuevas demandas sociales, incluyendo las relacionadas a raza, género, vejez, dependencia y cuidados. Se trata, como cuestión central, de pensar las políticas sociales en su potencial para ampliar o enfrentar las desigualdades.


La revista acepta artículos escritos en español, inglés, y portugués. Para este número especial, los artículos deberán tener entre 20 y 50 mil caracteres (con espacios), y para reseñas, entre 10 y 20 mil caracteres (con espacios).

Las informaciones sobre referencias bibliográficas, normas de citaciones y directrices para los autores pueden ser obtenidas en el sitio web de la Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas Sobre as Américas:   http://seer.bce.unb.br/index.php/repam


Los artículos para este dossier deben ser sometidos hasta la fecha límite del 25 de septiembre de 2016, a las 24 horas, a través del email: revistaceppac@gmail.com o podrán ser enviados directamente a la web de la revista: http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/repam/author/submit/1

Dudas sobre la llamada podrán ser esclarecidas a través del mail: revistaceppac@gmail.com


La Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre as Américas (ISSN 1984-1639), es exclusivamente on-line, y está indexada en bases de datos nacionales e internacionales, como: LATINDEX, DOAJ, Sumários e periódicos CAPES. En la clasificación de QUALIS da CAPES está situada como B1 en el área Interdisciplinar.  






Deadline: 25th September 2016



Deadline: 25th September 2016

In the first decade and a half of the 21st century, Latin America witnessed a considerable intensification of its social protection systems, exercising a significant impact on the social indicators in the region. The legal safeguards and resources spent increased, the institutionality of social policies strengthened and the reference to social rights in the region was deepened. The inclusion of vulnerable groups stemmed from the broadening of the conditional cash transfer programs coverage, but went far beyond. Despite the significant differences between national cases emphasized by the comparative studies on social protection schemes in the region, the advances resulted in an expansion of public responsibility on the issues of poverty and welfare.

However, the challenges are striking. In a context of disagreement over the orientation of the content of the development projects and the dynamics of inclusion in the region, the patterns of inequality characterizing the continent persist, translating into income and service disparity and favouring phenomena such as violence, racism and immigration. Anchored in weak or limited social citizenship, social protection still operates with reduced redistributive capacity and little impact to face social hierarchies and segmented labour market patterns. Dependent on non-consensual political support and the process of economic growth, but also facing the expansion of claims by residual arrangements and low decommodification, social policies are confronted with restrictions concerning their financing, constraints on state capacity and vetoes on the expansion of public regulation.

With this special issue, Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre as Américas aims to open a space for interdisciplinary debate on social policy on our continent, seeking to engage both in the analysis of the recent trajectories as well as in its challenges and prospects. This number seeks to highlight the paths and reforms of social protection schemes and their related contributory and non-contributory policies, including health and social assistance, pensions, income transfer programs, besides urban policies and policies targeting the improvement of labour market integration. At the same time, the arising social demands should be emphasized, including those related to race, gender, age and care. In its core, the central issue is to think social policies in their potential to address inequalities.


The journal welcomes unpublished papers in English, Portuguese and Spanish. For this special issue, papers should contain min. 10.000 characters and should not exceed 20.000 characters (incl. space characters) and for reviews min. 10.000 characters and should not exceed 20.000 characters (incl. space characters).

For further information on bibliographic references, rules regarding quotations and general guidelines to the authors, please visit the website of the Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas Sobre as Américas: http://seer.bce.unb.br/index.php/repam


Papers for the special issue should be submitted until the deadline date 25/10/2016 (24h00) to the following e-mail address revistaceppac@gmail.com or submitted through http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/repam/author/submit/1

For any further enquiries, please contact:



The journal Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre as Américas (ISSN 1984-1639) is an online journal indexed in Brazilian and international databases such as LATINDEX, DOAJ, Sumários and periódicos CAPES. In CAPES´ QUALIS classification indexation, it classified as B1 in the interdisciplinary field.

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EADI General Conference combined with Nordic Conference on Development Research

Call for Panels and Ad-hoc Working Groups

Deadline for submissions of interest: 17 October 2016


Call for expressions of interest for panels and Ad hoc Working Groups

On 20 – 23 August 2017, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), in cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Development Research (NFU) and the University of Bergen (UiB) will host its triennial General Conference in Bergen, Norway. With more than 400 participants the EADI NORDIC 2017 offers unparalleled opportunities to network with the main actors indevelopment research across Europe. It encourages joint working and fosters synergies.

The conference also offers innovative forms of conferencing to integrate and promote especially young scientists.

Call for Panels: The organisers cordially invite expressions of interest from interested institutions, researchers, NGO- and academic networks and study/research consortia and EADI working groups to organize a panel.

Types of panels

  • Academic panel:
    Each panel session is expected to consist of three academic papers, a chair and a discussant. The regular time for a panel is two hours; however larger panels may be accommodated over two sessions. A panel can also issue its own call for papers, which will then follow the rules given for the general call for papers.
  • Policy-oriented panel:
    Each panel session is expected to consist of a maximum of three speakers, a chair and a discussant. The regular time for a panel is two hours; allow a minimum of 30 minutes for interaction with attendees.

Panel principles

Each panel should include at least one researcher/speaker from the Global South. Panel organizers are encouraged to focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the conference. Multi-institutional, interactive panels will be encouraged. Please foresee enough time for questions and answers. The moderator has a key role in facilitating interactivity among panelists and between them and the audience.


For the EADI NORDIC 2017 Conference, we will adopt a “crowd-funding” approach. All working groups and institutions presenting in a panel and attending the Conference will be expected to be self-funded. This refers to the payment of the registration fees, the arrangement of travels with speakers from the Global South and possibly shared costs for the organisers of the panel for the provision of the necessary technical equipments. We provide an online paper and panel management system to all panel organizers and working groups, in order to create an online conference programme with all papers and presentations available for download.


Panel organisers will be notified by the beginning of December 2016 about the acceptance of the proposal. After that, a full panel description for publication on the conferrence website has to be sent to the organisers by the end of January 2017.

Contact: team@eadi-nordic2017.org

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Several positions at the UNAM

Invitación para nuevas plazas de investigador en las áreas siguientes:

Cambio climático, desastres socio-ambientales y resiliencia
Cohesión social y su impacto en la desigualdad
Derechos y ciudadanías: nuevas expresiones religiosas, culturales y sexuales
Dinámicas de la familia: cambios y tendencias futuras
Políticas públicas para la reducción y prevención de la criminalidad
Procesos sociales y culturales en la producción de la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación
Redes socio-digitales y procesos de acción y cohesión socio-política
Renovación del Estado y la política en un contexto de crisis e incertidumbre social

Para mayor información consulte: http://www.iis.unam.mx/indexcontent.php?_module=1282


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