to Dec 22

CfP: The Legacy of 1968 in Latin America: Making the Personal Political

Workshop (April 2018, date TBC) & Symposium (18th May 2018)

2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the incorporation of the Spanish & Latin American Studies section to the University of Leicester’s School of Modern Languages (now part of the School of Arts), and half a century since the events of May 1968 shook up the world, generating the establishment of interesting, if short-lived, synergies between different groups (industrial workers, students, academics, feminists). Underlying these partnerships was a shared understanding of the personal as political; a recognition that imagination and lived experience should play a role in shaping the political agenda, and that politics, in turn, had a direct and tangible impact on individuals’ everyday lives.

Exploring these socio-political shifts, as well as key cultural responses to them, these events will examine manifestations of the personal as political in various artistic productions from Latin America over the past 50 years. Papers will be presented by colleagues working on Latin American Studies in the Midlands and beyond, on a range of topics to include, though not limited to:

 The cultural legacy of the 1968 events in Latin America

  • Gender, the body, and its interplay with political discourses
  • The personal versus the collective
  • First person accounts/autobiographies and their connections to socio-political contexts
  • Narratives exploring the somatic effects of political change
  • The embodied dimension of memory and memory politics


A key aim of this event is to facilitate articulations of the ways in which academia, and the critical thinking that resides at its heart, touch base with the subjective and the personal. Therefore, a workshop for undergraduate and postgraduate students will facilitate discussion of their own lived experiences of the personal as political, with a focus on the role of gender in contemporary daily life, and, crucially, on how their engagement with the field of Latin American Studies as academic discipline enables socially valuable understanding about our own and others’ lives. The workshop activities will involve the collaborative creation of artistic artefacts in text and image formats, drawing upon the actions of the student movements of the time. Invited speakers (TBC) will participate alongside the student attendees, providing an extremely valuable point of exchange between research and pedagogy.

The planned workshop – free for the students of the existing ‘Midlands Three Cities’ partnership between the universities of Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham  – is intended to enable us to make sure that this event also promotes Latin American studies to future generations of scholars, providing both undergraduate and postgraduate students with the opportunity to engage their own understanding of the connection between the political and the personal – so important in the current global climate –, by applying their disciplinary knowledge and critical skills, but also bringing their personal experiences to bear in a vibrant collective activity


Confirmed speakers: 

Professor Michael Chanan (Roehampton University)

Dr James Scorer (University of Manchester)

Dr Enea Zaramella (University of Birmingham)

Dr Pablo Piedras (CONICET, UBA, Argentina)

Dr Philippa Page (Newcastle University)

Dr Javier Campo (CONICET, UNICEN, Argentina)

Dr Cecilia Sosa (Conicet-Argentina/Nottingham University)

Dr Tomás Crowder-Tarraborelli (Soka University of America, USA)

Dr Dunja Fehimovic (Newcastle University)

Dr Mariano Paz (University of Limerick)

Dr Kristi Wilson (Soka University of America, USA)

Professor Sarah Barrow (University of East Anglia)


A CFP is now open until 22nd December 2017. Please send abstracts (max. 250 words) and queries to:

Dr Clara Garavelli -

Dr Emma Staniland -


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to Jan 21

CfP: Revolutions in Bolivia

Revolutions in Bolivia

A conference organised by the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and the Anglo-Bolivian Society, to mark the Society’s 25 Anniversary.

16th March 2018, Senate House, London

Call for papers


January 2018 will mark twelve years since the inauguration of Evo Morales, leader of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS), as President and the start of one of the longest continuous periods of government in Bolivia’s history.  The twelve years of MAS rule is not however unique, and finds precedent in the twelve years of Movimiento Nationalista Revolucionario (MNR) rule, 1952-1964.  We take this opportunity to place Bolivia’s current processes of change in historical context.  We invite papers that reflect upon the similarities and differences between these two periods of revolution, as well as those that take a long view of MAS policies and the striking period of economic, political and social change that Bolivia has experienced since 2006.  The conference seeks to explore the shifting meanings of revolution, nation, social class, ethnicity and transformation in Bolivian history, and the elements of continuity and change in:

Power and Governance

-          political parties, elections and populism

-          constitutional law and structures

-          citizenship rights and territorial governance


Culture and Society

-          identity, ethnicity, ‘race’, generation and gender

-          social movements, inclusion/exclusion

-          media and popular culture



-          natural resources, business and technology

-          informality, illicit trade, organised crime and corruption

-          land use and reform, climate change

We welcome papers, performances and interventions from academics, policy makers, artists, business people and activists, and we are open to a range of potential formats – panel sessions, round tables, film, Q&As etc.

Please send your proposal, maximum 200 words, to by  15th January 2018.

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to Jan 2

Job opportunity: Lecturer in Latin American Studies at UCL Institute of the Americas

UCL Institute of the Americas is pleased to announce that we are seeking to appoint an exceptional scholar to take up the position of Lecturer in Latin American Studies from September 2018. UCL-IA is a leading multidisciplinary specialist institution for the study of Latin America, the United States, the Caribbean and Canada. The post is available as a full-time, open-ended contract. The postholder will play an integral role in the administration and teaching of the new BA in History and Politics of the Americas, as well our suite of Master’s programmes. We particularly welcome applicants with a research background in social science, including International Development Studies. A research interest in development issues as they pertain to Latin America would be welcome. A research agenda that includes Brazil would fill a gap in our current provision. We also welcome applicants with expertise in quantitative methods.

The preferred candidate will have a PhD and research and teaching knowledge in Latin American Studies. He/she will also have experience of researching, teaching or other employment in Latin American Studies. The postholder will have the capacity to teach and give other forms of public presentation, including undergraduate courses, core research methods for Master's students, and specialist postgraduate taught modules, in addition to experience of supervising academic work by university students, and of conducting high quality research as reflected in the authorship of high quality publications or other research outputs.

The salary is based on the grade 7 scale which is £38,581 to £41,864  per annum inclusive of London Allowance. The deadline for applications is midnight on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.  Interview date to be confirmed.  Further details regarding the job description and application process can be found here.

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to Dec 15

CfP ALASRU 2018 - Ruralidades en América Latina: convergencias, disputas y alternativas en el siglo XXI

Call for Papers - Asociacion Latinoamericana de Sociologia Rural (ALASRU)

“Ruralidades en América Latina:

convergencias, disputas y alternativas en el siglo XXI”.

25 al 30 de noviembre de 2018 - Montevideo, Uruguay


En el marco del X Congreso “Ruralidades en América Latina: convergencias, disputas y alternativas en el siglo XXI” se llevará adelante la conmemoración de los 50 años de nuestra asociación. Durante este medio siglo de existencia ALASRU ha sido un foro de estudio y discusión de las transformaciones rurales de nuestro continente, en donde académicos y académicas se han dado cita junto a organizaciones y movimientos sociales para analizar y debatir alternativas que contribuyan a mejorar las condiciones de vida en las poblaciones rurales.

En este Congreso buscamos redoblar estos esfuerzos analizando y debatiendo los desafíos en los que se encuadran hoy los mundos rurales del continente, ante el avance del capitalismo sobre sus territorios y los fuertes cambios en la geopolítica mundial que tensionan a nuestras sociedades rurales, sus formas de producción y su sustentabilidad.

En las dos primeras décadas del siglo XXI se están viendo los efectos de un crecimiento económico controlado por las empresas trasnacionales y grandes cadenas globales que han llevado a profundizar las desigualdades en los mundos rurales, produciendo más exclusión, violencia y destrucción de los recursos naturales y los patrimonios colectivos poniendo así en peligro a las próximas generaciones.

Los cambios en el sistema agroalimentario mundial y el deterioro de la soberanía alimentaria de los países de la región pone en riesgo el acceso a una adecuada alimentación de nuestros pueblos, mientras la vida de millones de campesinos y campesinas, agricultores y agricultoras familiares, jornaleros y jornaleras y comunidades indígenas ven cada día reducir sus posibilidades de seguir manteniendo sus tierras, sus formas de vida, sus culturas, sus identidades.

En este escenario, son varias las regiones del continente que dan cuenta de la fuerte resistencia de múltiples movimientos sociales rurales a estos embates. En algunos países estos movimientos han logrado avances importantes en el reconocimiento de sus derechos y han mostrado una gran capacidad para conjugar sus intereses con los de otros movimientos sociales, estableciendo alianzas nacionales y continentales contra las formas de producción y distribución que impone el modelo de capitalismo financiero globalizado.
Estos sujetos colectivos han planteado alternativas a esta forma dominante de pensar la sociedad y la ruralidad abriendo un fructífero debate sobre las otras formas de pensar los problemas del desarrollo rural y la relación con la naturaleza.

En este marco de tensiones y conflictos en varios países de la región, especialmente en el sur, se han hecho intentos para avanzar con diferente grado y vigor en políticas públicas inclusivas y de promoción de derechos. Si bien en algunos casos se ha logrado mejorar la situación inicial de muchos segmentos de las sociedades rurales, estas políticas no han logrado ser del todo efectivas y han alimentado la ya creciente inconformidad de vastos sectores de la ruralidad continental con este modelo de desarrollo.

En algunos países, la continuidad de los modelos de cuño neoliberal han profundizado la pobreza, la violencia, el narcotráfico y la destrucción ambiental derrumbando los pilares de la vida rural y destruyendo los lazos sociales básicos para la construcción social de los territorios.

En este período, en medio de estos procesos, han emergido vigorosos debates conceptuales y nuevos enfoques que abren nuevas perspectivas para comprender y enfrentar los múltiples desafíos y oportunidades a los que se enfrenta hoy el desarrollo rural.

Ante esta realidad, convocamos a los sociólogos y sociólogas rurales y al conjunto de cientistas sociales al más amplio debate sobre los desafíos de “La ruralidades en América Latina, sus convergencias disputas y alternativas en el S XXI”.

Con este objetivo se han diseñado veinte grupos de trabajo que recogen los principales ejes del debate que se dará en nuestro Congreso y que ponemos a su disposición para presentar sus contribuciones y avances de investigación, con apertura a todos los puntos de vista y con respeto a la diversidad y pluralidad teórico metodológica.

Con la realización de este X Congreso nos proponemos contribuir al fortalecimiento de los estudios rurales, de su espíritu crítico y a su reflexión activa, para poder reafirmar en este evento el compromiso de miles de intelectuales en la construcción colectiva de nuevas formas de abordaje de los problemas agrarios y rurales de nuestra América Latina.

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to Dec 1

CfP Workshop King's College - Modern-Colonial Geographies in Latin America: The Mirage of The Civilizing City and The Archaic Countryside

London (King’s College London) 5-6 April 2018

Wanting to be modern seems crazy: we are condemned to be so, given that the future and the past are prohibited’ (Octavio Paz, 1966: 5)


Invitation to International Workshop

The production of colonial landscapes has affected the ways in which ‘modern’ space is imagined, narrated, and exploited. Moreover, the materiality of colonial and postcolonial practices has further contributed shaping hierarchical relationships across Latin American societies. As a result, urban and rural spaces, rather than being thought of as linear and dualistic forms, seem to constitute a contradictory and problematic relationship.

The workshop encourages to engage with social, political, and cultural aspects which are capable of reflecting upon the complexity of Latin America’s rural and urban geographies. On the one hand, the continent has been traditionally imagined as a rural space due to both its essential role as world exporter of primary resources and to its formidable peasantry struggles in the twentieth century. On the other hand, paradoxically, ever since the colonial period, cities have represented the core of the social and political organization, eventually becoming a strategic tool to ‘modernize’ and ‘civilize’ the postcolonial countries. This controversial urban/rural relationship was originally investigated in the 1960s and 1970s by the ‘Dependency Theory’ thinkers, who analyzed the dramatic growth experienced by Latin American cities from the beginning of the twentieth century onwards (Quijano 1967, 1977; Schteingart 1973; Cardoso 1975; Hardoy 1975). However, over the last decades, such systematic approach to the urban/rural question seems to have lost its centrality, even in those studies which critically investigated Latin America such as, but not only, ‘Postcolonial’ (Rodríguez 2001; Rivera Cusicanqui et al. 2010) and ‘Decolonial’ Studies (Dussel 1995; Lander 2000; Quijano 2000, Mignolo 2000; Escobar 2004).

As Mignolo suggests, the visibility of the ‘colonial difference’ emerges with the independence movements from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries (Mignolo 2000: 36). The myth of modernity appears when the Western hemisphere became something in itself – capitalism and modernity appear to emerge from Europe becoming the center of the world – and the colonized periphery re-emerges, in its redemptive sacrifice, as civilization (Dussel, 1993: 65). This intricate violent relation between the core and the periphery, between colonial violence and modern space, was foundational in articulating the new global geographies of power and its resistances. Highlighting the geographical dimension of social resistance, the socio-territorial movements (Fernandes 2006) put under tension the traditional urban/rural divisions in their articulation from the margins, therefore constituting themselves a crucial opportunity for the subversion of entrenched geographies of power. The workshop invites to discuss these ‘colonial grounds’ (Machado Aráoz 2014) which characterize the modern experience of the entangled geographies of urban and rural Latin America. In so doing, this workshop aims to move beyond the binary division between rural and urban studies, exploring instead their connected emergence and dialectical transformation within colonial and postcolonial systems of power. Through discourses and material enactments, the workshop attempts to recover the historical foundations of modernity and its contested contemporary forms and investigate how colonial relationships become spatialized in Latin American territories.

 The event aims to gather early scholars and PhD students and discuss the proposed themes. The workshop’s objective is to organize a special issue to be published in a journal relevant to the field. The organization will provide grants (8 to 12, up to €500) to cover part of the expenses. To be considered for a grant, please write a few lines justifying your request when submitting an abstract. There is no registration fee.

The workshop welcomes contributions from any critical perspective and focuses on three main areas:

(a) Infrastructures and systems of circulation: between weaves and grids, movements and fixity. This section focuses on how materiality affects the production of space and social relations (Blomley 2007; Federici 2004; Katz 1998). We ask how these material devices are used for resistance under extractive capitalism? And historically what devices have managed to discipline population and how they have been transfigured?

(b) Extractive geographies: the docile city and the violent countryside. This section is interested in exploring the dilemmas of environmental degradation and development (Gudynas, 2009). We are interested in exploring the changing relation between urban and rural discourses under the expansion of extractive capitalism (Gago & Mezzadra 2015; Webber 2015; Svampa 2013).

(c) Citying failure: architecture as colonial violence and its resistance. This section considers a broad range of architecture topics, from subaltern modern forms of livelihoods to historical role of colonial and global city ports (Codebò 2015; Gordillo 2017; McGuirk 2014) in relation to urban/rural planning. We explore the narratives and strategies which have been shaping Latin American urban geographies

Keynote Speaker: Bernardo Mançano Fernandes Professor of Graduate Program in Geography of the Universidade Estadual Paulista – UNESP (São Paulo State University).

For details on the call for papers go to

  • The format of the workshop will consist of a paper presentation (20min) followed by a collective discussion (10min).

How to apply

  • We welcome submissions of abstracts of no more than 500 words to be sent to Mara Duer and Simone Vegliò to by 1st December 2017.
  • If accepted, full papers must be submitted by 1st March 2018
  • The workshop is funded by The Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory (, promoted by University of Bologna, Duke University, University of Virginia.
  • Organizers: Mara Duer (University of Warwick), Simone Vegliò (King’s College London)
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CfP Fourth International Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts: capitalism crisis, new and old forms of protest

Call for papers

Fourth International Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts: capitalism crisis, new and old forms of protest


10-13 July, 2018


The Fourth International Conference Strikes and Social Conflicts will be held at the University of São Paulo in July 10-13, 2018. Its purpose is to discuss the proliferation of protests in contexts of capitalist crisis. In these contexts, the articulation between labor conflicts and other social conflicts becomes more evident; Ethnic, gender and generational issues become more complex and renew interest in collective mobilizations, carrying theoretical and analytical challenges to researchers.

The relationship between crisis and protest is not only established in the present but goes back to the past and points to the future. How do recurring crises of capitalism, which not only have an economic but also a political and ideological dimension, impact strikes and social conflicts? In what way do they affect capital-labor relations, urban and rural demands, gender, ethnic and national identities, struggles around sexual orientation, or environmental issues?

These and other issues can be discussed from different disciplinary areas and theoretical traditions, covering a diversity of movements, historical times and territories.


I. Working groups

1. Protests against the economic, political and ideological crisis

The relationship between protests and crises, past and present. The causes of the protests and their short- and long-term impacts in contexts of crisis. The main requests, the repertoires of collective action and the actors mobilized, on a local and a global scale. The popular resistances and the reactions of the right. The growth of conservative movements.

2. Urban social movements

The configuration of the city and the problems of urban life. Neighborhood and housing (homelessness, squatting) movements, for the improvement of public services, against the eviction of populations, against the genocide of populations. The role of youth in urban movements.

3. Peasant struggles and rural mobilizations

Analysis of social conflicts in the countryside. Disputes over land and access to natural resources (water, gas, minerals, seeds, plants) involving landless populations, rural workers, landowners. The struggles against the expropriation and control of the common goods by the market. The reactions of the agrarian bourgeoisie.

4. Ethnic and national identities and social conflicts

How social conflicts shape and transform identities over time. Ethnic uprisings against colonialism and "criole" oppression, indigenous struggles for self-determination, for plurinational states and land demarcation, black movement struggles for the recognition of civil, political and social rights.

5. Migratory processes and social conflicts

The impact of migratory processes on the social structure. The emergence and transformation of conflicts. Analysis of the dynamics of socio-cultural integration, the construction of ghettos, xenophobia, racism, etc.

6. Sexual orientation and gender identity movements

The emergence of feminist organizations and discourses, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements, their debates and their relationship with other social movements.

7. The emergence and transformation of protest in socialist states

The experience of protests in Eastern European countries, as well as in other socialist states. Their characteristics and particularities in seemingly "classless" societies.

8. Social movements and political change

The interaction between social movements and political transformations during periods of transition from dictatorship to democracy or in revolutionary processes.

9. Environmental protests

The struggle for the preservation of the environment, its relation with economic policy, with cultural traditions and identities.

10.  Labor conflicts and trade unionism

Union conceptions and strategies, strikes and other forms of labor conflict, protests of precarious and disorganized workers, the role of women and youth in labor conflicts.


II. Rules for the submission of papers and important deadlines

There are two types of registration:

1. Individual communication

2. Round tables: collective registration of 3 or 4 communications


The submission deadline is January 10, 2017. The proposal must be submitted via submittable website: Eventually, the Organizing Committee may reshuffle the distribution of the proposal from one group to another.

The researcher interested in attending the conference should provide a summary of up to 4,000 characters. In the case of round tables registration, the table organizer should present a summary of all the communications (within the limit of 4,000 characters each), together with the data of their authors, in a single file. He or she should also include the title of the round table, as well as a description of its purposes (within 500 characters). Whether in individual or round-table inscriptions, we encourage proposals that combine theoretical and empirical perspectives, avoiding simple description of cases or abstraction. The Conference will accept abstracts and works in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


The disclosure of accepted proposals will be communicated on February 09, 2018. The deadline for submitting the complete text of the communications expires on April 30, 2018.

The communication text, whether individually or as part of a round table, should contain between 24 and 40 thousand characters (including spaces and notes), making a maximum of ten pages, in Times New Roman 12, space 1.5, margins 2.5. The text should clearly define the topic to be examined, the methodology used in the research, present its theses and arguments and explain the debate (theoretical, historiographical or political) in which the work is inserted. Unsent communications will not be included in the event’s schedule, will not be published in the annals and will not have the right to presentation or a certificate.


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to Dec 15

CfP III Congreso Latinoamericano sobre Conflitos Ambientales

Estructura del Congreso

Cómo es tradición del CoLCA, el evento  incluirá un curso previo de Ecología Política, Conferencias, Talleres, Simposios, Giras de campo y otras actividades tendientes a fortalecer el trabajo académico y el diálogo con la comunidad involucrada en los Conflictos Ambientales en Latinoamérica y el mundo.

Giras de Campo

Para efectos de entender en contexto la temática del Congreso, se realizarán giras de campo a zonas representativas de estudios de caso de alta conflictividad, para ver de primera mano los conflictos socio-ambientales y las soluciones que se han adoptado.

Seminario de Pensamiento Ambiental Latinoamericano


  • Paneles de debate de la situación latinoamericana: en sesiones plenarias se expondrán resultados de investigación que caractericen las problemáticas a nivel latinoamericano con la participación de conferencistas, organizaciones sociales, representantes de la gestión pública y del sector privado.
  • Sesiones de ponencias, posters, audiovisuales
  • Conferencias magistrales
  • Talleres: Estudios de caso con participación de actores locales.
  • Simposio: Organizaciones sociales, Medios de Comunicación y otros.
  • Presentación de libros

Curso latinoamericano de Ecología Política:

  • Perspectivas en Ecología Política
  • Perspectivas en Economía Ecológica
  • Resistencia por el agua
  • Actividad minera
  • Espacios naturales protegidos
  • Conflictos socioambientales

Fechas importantes

15 de diciembre 2017 – Límite para la recepción de propuestas para Simposio
23 de marzo 2018 – Límite para la recepción de resúmenes de ponencias, posters/afiches, audiovisuales
1° – 5 de Octubre de 2018 – Congreso y Curso de Ecología Política


Inscripción temprana hasta el 31 de julio

y curso

ParticipantesUS$120US$ 80US$ 180

EstudiantesUS$ 60US$ 30US$ 75

Miembros de organizaciones socialesUS$ 50US$ 30US$ 65


(Habrá un cupo de media beca para estudiantes y miembros de organizaciones sociales)


Inscripción a partir del 1 de agosto 2018

y curso

ParticipantesUS$ 144US$ 96US$ 216

EstudiantesUS$ 72US$ 60US$ 90

Miembros de organizaciones
socialesUS$ 72US$ 60US$ 78


Modalidades de presentación de trabajos


  • Las propuestas de los temas y participantes en estas reuniones se recibirán hasta el 15 de diciembre 2017.
  • Registrar Resumen de 200 palabras del tema por analizar, y los nombres de los participantes que intervendrán.


Los Posters tendrán orientación vertical (90 x 100 cm), se expondrán en la sesión asignada durante el Congreso.

Lineamientos para los resúmenes

En todos los casos se deberá presentar un resumen siguiendo los siguientes lineamientos:

  • Resumen de 300 a 500 palabras conteniendo: Título, nombre de los autores, institución y/o asociación, correo electrónico, Introducción, objetivos, metodología, resultados y 3 Palabras clave.
  • Idioma: la presentación deberá realizarse en español o portugués acompañada de un Abstract en inglés.
  • Formato de texto: documento Word, extensión máxima de una cuartilla, letra Times New Roman 12, interlineado sencillo, márgenes de 2.5 cm.


Se dispondrá de 15 minutos para exposición y se realizarán en mesas con moderador-comentarista.


Se dispondrá un máximo de 20 minutos para presentarlo en la sesión asignada durante el Congreso.

Ejes temáticos

  • Conflictos urbanos y periurbanos.
  • Conflictos rurales y vinculados a actividades  productivas.
  • Conflictos por actividades mineras y extractivas.
  • Conflictos derivados de los procesos de cambio climático.
  • Realidad socioambiental y mecanismos de resolución de la conflictividad.
  • Modelos de participación comunitaria y conflictos ambientales.
  • Instrumentos y Metodologías para el análisis de los conflictos.
  • Justicia ambiental, Juridicidad y conflictos ambientales.
  • Conflictos en espacios naturales protegidos.
  • Oportunidades de gestión sustentable a partir de conflictos ambientales

Para inscripción e información sobre Colca 2018

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to Dec 14

CfP ISA-Flacso 2018 Quito - Transnational environmental movements in Latin America: emerging alliances and power reconfigurations from the periphery

Call for papers for the next International Studies Association (ISA)-Flacso joint conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador, from July 25th-27th, 2018.


Panel: Transnational environmental movements in Latin America: emerging alliances and power reconfigurations from the periphery

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

Philipp Altmann – Facultad de Jurisprudencia, Ciencias Políticas y Sociales, Universidad Central del Ecuador


In the 21st century, environmental movements are more and more engaging at the transnational scale in order to strengthen their resources and voice facing more powerful actors including States, international organizations and multinational firms. Various authors have analyzed the strategies and effects of transnational environmental movements regarding a wide range of environmental issues including water struggles, climate change, forests and biodiversity conservation or extractive resources (Swyngedouw, 2005; Perreault, 2005; Boelens, 2008; Bebbington & Bury, 2013; Claeys & Delgado, 2016). Most of the studies focus on socio-environmental conflicts involving these movements in the context of neo-extractivism widely spread in the Latin-American region (Acosta, 2013; De Castro et al., 2015). Moreover, studies adopting an international relations perspective tend to focus on the contestations and activist mobilizations led by transnational environmental movements in international negotiations or decision-making arenas. However, more analyses are needed on the emerging alliances and new forms of collaboration among actors inside and between transnational environmental movements (Bulkeley, 2005; Andolina et al., 2009; Altmann, 2016). Moreover, the transnationalization of grassroots actors traditionally standing at the margins of international studies implies power reconfigurations that need to be further scrutinized (Appadurai, 2000; Batliwala, 2002; Baillie Smith & Jenkins, 2011; Routledge, 2012).

We invite papers that engage with critical international relations theories and methods to analyze the emerging alliances and power reconfigurations linked to transnational environmental movements in Latin America. Both empirical and theoretical proposals are welcome. Possible topics might include, but are not limited to:

·         Emerging alliances between actors inside transnational environmental movements, but also tensions among the wide diversity of civil society and grassroots actors, including indigenous peoples, local communities, unions, water committees, activist associations, social movements, etc.;

·         The new scalar dynamics and forms of regionalization adopted or created by transnational environmental movements, in terms of alternative territorialities based for example on cultural identities or natural resources governance, or regional integration in Latin America;

·         The reconfigurations of power between transnational environmental movements and States, NGOs, international organizations or multinational firms, implying new partnerships, cooperation but also power transfers or the reproduction of conflicts;

·         Theoretical discussions on the implications of considering the active role played by marginalized and grassroots actors for international studies, especially the possibilities to open a dialogue with other approaches such as critical geography, transnational social movements sociology or global political ecology;

·         Original methods adapted for the analysis of transnational environmental movements, such as critical discourse analysis, transnational comparative studies, multi-sited observations or ethnography.


Please send your abstracts (max. 250 words) to and by December 14th, 2017.

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to Nov 30

CfA: WIRL-COFUND | Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Leadership Programme

The second call for applicants is now open until 30th November 2017.

Up to eight fellowships will be available starting in September 2018.

The date for determining the eligibility for the transnational mobility rule will be 7th May 2018. Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work/study etc.) in the UK for more than 12 months in the three years prior that date.

The IAS WIRL-COFUND project has received funding the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions COFUND scheme (grant agreement number 713548) to develop the next generation of research leaders. WIRL-COFUND will build on the successful training model developed in the IAS fellowship programmes to bring together early career researchers from around the world into an interdisciplinary research environment. WIRL-COFUND fellows will be expected to undertake research in an area that is linked to one of the Warwick Global Research Priorities.

Each fellow will participate in the IAS Academic Careers and Leadership (Accolade) Programme, an extensive training programme aimed at building an independent research profile and establishing a research career.

The programme will recruit 30 fellows from around the world over a five year period, and the first cohort started in September 2017. Calls will be open to researchers who meet the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions definition of an Experienced Researcher and conform to the mobility requirements of the COFUND scheme (no more than 12 months spent in the UK in the previous three years).

  1. More information:

Please email any additional queries to

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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 ( 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 (

Ana Patricia Cubillo Guevara – Universidad de Huelva, España ( 


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 (

Antonio Luis Hidalgo Capitán – Universidad de Huelva y FLACSO España ( 

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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:

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

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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:


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:


Alternautas Editorial Board




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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 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

For more information about IPSA, visit

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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] 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:

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




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

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 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 or by August 21, 2017.

For more details on LASA 2018, see:

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 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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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 ( and Maria José Gutiérrez (, 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).

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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:



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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 

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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

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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, 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

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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.

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to Mar 15

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

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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    

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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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 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 <>
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<>
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<>
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<>
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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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 ( 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.

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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:

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