Feb
19
to Apr 30

CfP: III Latin American Congress of Political Ecology - Cachoeira and Salvador

Cachoeira and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, November 5th to 9th, 2018.

Call for papers deadline extended: April 30th, 2018. 

 

The Latin American Network of Political Ecology, through the organizing committee of the III Latin American Congress of Political Ecology, invites the academic community and social movements to participate in this meeting, which will be held in Cachoeira and Salvador, in the state of Bahia, Brazil, from November 5th to 9th, 2018.

The main theme of the congress deals with the turbulent times faced by Latin America, with the emergence of authoritarian and neoliberal governments and the acceleration of extractivist policies and the desnationalization of natural resources. Facing this reactionary turn, decolonial insurgences and struggles emerge, regathering emancipatory horizons, new resistance ecologies that reconfigure the liberatory praxis.

With its critical strength, the decolonial latin American political ecology has been an innovative paradigm to resist this reaccionary turn and to empower processes of emancipation  and libertation.

Within this urgent political context, the Congress aims to create a space for encounters and convergences between emancipatory thought and practices, between academy, social movements and activism.

The congress pays tribute to Hector Alimonda (1949-2017), who in his lifetime promoted Latin American critical thought through political ecology and through the struggle against the ‘persistent coloniality that affects Latin American nature. It also homages popular environmental political leaderships that, in their own historical moments and with their own forces, were able to build up collective perspectives of emancipatory ecological struggles. These include Chico Mendes, murdered 30 years ago, on December 22nd 1998, Maria and Zé Claudio, murdered in 2011, and Berta Carceres, murdered on March 3rd 2016.

The congress is organized by the Federal University of Recôncavo da Bahia (UFRB), gathering a network of collaboration with other Brazilian universities (UFBA, UFABC, UNB, UNIFESP), Chilean universities (UCN, FAU-UC) and social movements (MAM, APIB, CNS).

More details: https://congresoecologiapo.wixsite.com/cachoeira/english

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Mar
20
to Apr 25

CfP I Seminario Permanente de Investigación sobre Territorios, Ruralidades, Ambiente y Alimentación en Ecuador

Instituciones convocantes: ASTAC, AVSF, Centro Agrícola de Quevedo, CESA, CONFENIAE, CONFEUNASSC, ECOLEX, ECUARUNARI, FEPP, FIAN-Ecuador, Flacso-Ecuador, Heifer-Ecuador, IEE, SIPAE, Universidad Central del Ecuador (Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, ISIP-FCE) UNORCAC, Universidad Técnica del Norte (en orden alfabético).

Convocatoria a presentar mesas de trabajo y ponencias para el I Seminario Permanente de Investigación sobre Territorios, Ruralidades, Ambiente y Alimentación en Ecuador

Motivados por la investigación-acción de las problemáticas agrarias, y la necesidad de información actualizada debido a la ausencia del censo agrario desde 2001, el Grupo Tierra convoca al I Seminario interdisciplinario permanente de investigación sobre territorios, ruralidades, ambiente y alimentación en el Ecuador. La edición del 2018 tiene cuatro propósitos: 1) hacer un balance de la producción investigativa sobre cambios y continuidades en la problemática territorial, rural, ambiental y alimentaria en el país en lo que lleva transcurrido del siglo XXI, 2) presentar y debatir investigaciones recientes o en curso sobre los temas del Seminario, 3) intercambiar opiniones sobre las necesidades de investigación o demandas de información que tienen las organizaciones sociales rurales, indígenas, negras, de consumidores y ambientales, 4) establecer un dialogo plural, horizontal, trans e interdisciplinario con el fin de elaborar propuestas y promover ideas que permitan aprovechar las oportunidades que se presenten para el mundo rural latinoamericano en los nuevos, inciertos y complejos escenarios internacionales.
El Primer Seminario se realiza como preparación del X Congreso Ruralidades en América Latina: convergencias, disputas y alternativas en el siglo XXI, que se realizará del 25 al 30 de noviembre de 2018 en Montevideo, Uruguay, durante el cual la Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología Rural (ALASRU) celebrará su quincuagésimo aniversario.

¿A quién va dirigido?

  • Profesores, investigadores, consultores y estudiantes de grado o posgrado que hayan o estén desarrollando trabajos académicos (con casos nacionales o con una perspectiva comparada), ya sea con una mirada inter/transdisciplinar o bien disciplinar desde la sociología, ciencias políticas, economía, antropología, historia, etc.
  • Miembros de organizaciones sociales, organizaciones no gubernamentales, etc.

Ejes temáticos

Este primer Seminario tendrá un simposio principal dedicado al balance de las investigaciones realizadas en el siglo XXI y una serie de mesas temáticas específicas donde se presentarán investigaciones nuevas o muy recientes. Los ejes temáticos son:

  • Modelos productivos y sus implicaciones sociales y civilizatorias: modelos tecnológicos, sistemas productivos, las propuestas y prácticas de la agro-ecología, los modelos empresariales, agroindustriales o de agro-negocios, modelos campesinos, de agricultura familiar y de gran propiedad, tenencia de la tierra y estructura agraria.
  • Las articulaciones sectoriales entre el sector agrario, la ruralidad y otras ramas económicas: nueva ruralidad, diversificación productiva y de la comercialización, el papel de la agricultura en el despegue de otros sectores económicos (industria, manufactura, artesanías, turismo, finanzas), la articulación a supermercados, cadenas productivas, acceso a mercados, certificación y consumo saludable y sustentable. Especial mención al extractivismo, especialmente minero y petrolero, sus efectos.
  • Actores sociales rurales: relaciones de género y generacionales, juventud, adultos mayores, élites, campesinado y comunidad, movimientos étnicos, saberes, conocimientos tradicionales e interculturalidad. Especial mención merecen la acción del Estado central y los gobiernos locales, las políticas públicas y de desarrollo.
  • Transformaciones espaciales y de ecosistemas: espacios urbanos y rurales, habitat y vivienda rural, territorios y cambios en las estructuras geográficas, análisis de procesos sociales y productivos en diferentes escalas.

Fechas importantes

  • Hasta el 30 de marzo de 2018: Inscripción de mesas de trabajo.
  • 6 de abril de 2018: Publicación de las mesas de trabajo seleccionadas.
  • Del 6 al 25 de abril de 2018: Inscripción de ponencias.
  • 5 de mayo de 2018: Publicación de las mesas de trabajo y ponencias seleccionadas.

¿Cómo participar en el seminario?

Puedes participar de las siguientes maneras en el seminario.

Como coordinador/a de una mesa de trabajo

Hasta el 30 de marzo de 2018 se puede proponer mesas de trabajo que sea de su interés y que se ajustan más o menos a los ejes temáticos del I Seminario. Los/as coordinadores/as serán responsables de organizar el tiempo de ponencias y de dinamizar el debate en la mesa de trabajo. Para la inscripción de una ponencia se requiere la siguiente información:

  • Título de la mesa de trabajo: Debe describir el contenido de la mesa. Su extensión máxima será de 10 palabras.
  • Resumen: Descripción del contenido con una extensión máxima de 250 palabras.
  • Eje temático: Se deberá señalar el eje temático al que corresponde (ver sección anterior).
  • Coordinador/a principal:  La/el autor/a principal es la persona de correspondencia con el Grupo Tierra y la persona encargada de la coordinación y animación de la mesa de trabajo durante el seminario. Se debe indicar nombres y apellidos, afiliación institucional, correo electrónico y teléfono de contacto.
  • Coordinador/a adicional: Se puede registrar un/a coordinador/a adicional para cada mesa de trabajo. Se debe indicar nombres y apellidos, afiliación institucional y correo electrónico y teléfono de contacto.
  • Un mínimo de 3 ponencias: Para garantizar la realización de la mesa de trabajo propuesta, se debe enviar los nombres de los autor(es), títulos y resúmenes de por lo menos 3 ponencias que se piensa incluir en la mesa.  

Aquí puedes inscribir tu mesa de trabajo (hasta el 30 de marzo de 2018)

Como ponente en una mesa de trabajo

Una ponencia consiste en una presentación concisa y coherente sobre una temática de aprox. 10 minutos. Puede, pero no tiene que ser sustentada en una presentación tipo PowerPoint. Cada participante puede enviar como máximo dos ponencias a dos grupos diferentes. La inscripción estará disponible aquí a partir del 19 de marzo de 2018 y estará abierta hasta el  22 de abril de 2018. Para la inscripción de una ponencia se requiere la siguiente información:

  • Título: Debe describir el contenido de la ponencia. Su extensión máxima será de 10 palabras.
  • Resumen: Descripción del contenido con una extensión máxima de 250 palabras.
  • Palabras clave: 5 términos que describen el contenido de la ponencia, de los cuales dos deberían referirse al ámbito geográfico (Ejemplo 1: Ecuador, Costa. Ejemplo 2: Ecuador, Perú).
  • Mesa de trabajo/Eje temático: Puedes inscribir tu ponencia directamente en una mesa de trabajo. Si no existe una mesa de trabajo que corresponde al tema de tu ponencia, puedes indicar alternativamente uno de los ejes temáticos (ver arriba). Los ejes temáticos son propuestos por los organizadores del seminario (ver siguiente sección) y las mesas de trabajo por las/los participantes. Las mesas de trabajo serán publicadas en este sitio web a partir del 19 de marzo de 2018.
  • Autor principal: La/el autor/a principal es la persona de correspondencia con el Grupo Tierra y la persona encargada de la presentación. Se debe indicar nombres y apellidos, afiliación institucional, correo electrónico y teléfono de contacto.
  • Autores adicionales: Además del autor principal, se pueden registrar 3 autores adicionales para cada ponencia. Estos aparecerán en el programa del seminario, pero normalmente no participan en las presentaciones. Se debe indicar nombres y apellidos, afiliación institucional y correo electrónico.

Aquí puedes inscribir tu ponencia (a partir del 6 de abril)

Como asistente a las ponencias, mesas temáticas, etc.

La asistencia a las ponencias, mesas temáticas, etc. no requiere de ninguna inscripción previa.

Sedes del seminario

Universidad Central del Ecuador, Flacso-Ecuador, Universidad de las Américas.

Costos

La inscripción y la asistencia en el seminario no tiene costo.

Salida de campo

Pendiente descripción de salida de campo a Cotacachi.

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Mar
20
to Apr 30

CfP Caribbean Research Methodologies Conference 2018, Trinidad and Tobago

The Auckland University of Technology (Pacific Media Centre), New Zealand,  and the University of Trinidad and Tobago will be hosting a joint conference on Caribbean Research Methodologies on September 12th and 13th 2018, at the Centre for Education, Valsayn Campus, University of Trinidad and Tobago.

The purpose of this conference is to explore quantitative and qualitative research methodologies that embody and reflect Caribbean culture. The development and use of Caribbean research methodologies are in response to the need to question and challenge the accuracy and validity of traditional Eurocentric and western approaches traditionally employed to study Caribbean peoples and contexts. It is intended to inspire critical thinking, interrogative discourse and rigorous scholarship that address Caribbean-specific ways of knowing.

The conference provides an opportunity to define, explore, develop and promote research methodologies relevant to the Caribbean in order to share knowledge and obtain information in ways that are common and familiar to Caribbean people and their environments. It focuses on research methodologies and includes theoretical frameworks, research planning, research design, data gathering, data analysis, presenting findings, disseminating results and other ways of contextualising research.

This conference will bring together researchers, academics, service and field workers, and policy analysts from a range of disciplines and sectors to share knowledge, experiences, developments and learning on research approaches that are specific to the Caribbean region. 

Abstract submissions related to the following themes are welcome:

  • Research methodologies specific to Caribbean contexts

  • Research studies that employ Caribbean theories and frameworks

  • Mixed method research that combine Caribbean ways of knowing

  • Current and emerging research methodologies that embody Caribbean perspectives and knowledges

  • Transformative research frameworks that engage local and indigenous worldviews regionally and internationally

  • Theories, empirical studies or research frameworks that challenge or question Eurocentric ways of knowing and sharing knowledge

The organisers recognise that some research projects, ideas and developments may extend over more than one of these areas. The conference organisers welcome papers and presentations on research methodologies and methods within and across a range of disciplines though the focus is primarily on the social sciences.

We are taking a broad approach to the terms 'papers' and 'presentations'. These can be reported on in any way appropriate to the theme of the conference and the presenters’ work, including reports, works-in-progress, workshops, poster sessions, individual papers, and pre-formed panels. Presentations that combine different research methods are particularly welcome. We are open to imaginative and interesting ideas that fit within the scope of this call for papers.

 

Abstract Submission

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be submitted by 30 April 2018.  Although a description of the methodology is optional, its empirical applications and the potential advancements that demonstrate its usefulness for research and practice should be emphasised, as should the limitations of the methodologies. A short (80-100 word) biography with your email address, and phone number should be included with your submission. Presentation content will need to be sufficient for a 25 minute session which typically involves a 20-minute presentation followed by 5-minutes for questions.

More details: https://www.crm2018.org/about

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Mar
22
to Apr 30

CfA WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme, Berlin

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018-2019 WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme. The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist residing and working in a low- or middle-income country to conduct research at WZB for up to six months.

Located in the heart of Berlin, the WZB Berlin Social Science Center is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes. The WZB conducts basic social science research with a focus on the problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Around 150 German and international researchers work at the WZB, including sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment, where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

Through their Global Fellowship Programme, the WZB and the ISSC aim to contribute towards building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in low- or middle-income countries, who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems.

Objective

The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early career social scientist (postdoctoral researcher with no more than 5 years’ work experience after their PhD, or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output) residing and working in a low- or middle-income country to conduct research for up to six months starting between 1 October 2018 and 1 March 2019 at the WZB. Besides allowing the fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The fellow will also become a member of the ISSC’s network of early career scientists. The research project of the fellow should focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world with particular relevance to low- or middle-income country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to research conducted at the WZB.

Both the WZB and the ISSC strongly encourage female researchers to apply.

Terms of the fellowship

While in residence, the chosen fellow will be required to:

  • Conduct a public talk or an academic workshop once during his/her residency at the WZB
  • Write or contribute towards an article or discussion paper that will appear in one of the WZB publications.

On return to his/her country of residence, the fellow will be expected to share his/her knowledge with the scientific community there, as well as to contribute to the further development of the local science and education system. This could be achieved, for instance, through teaching Master’s or PhD level courses (where appropriate), based on the research done at the WZB.

In addition, the fellow will be encouraged to keep the WZB and ISSC informed of any publications that result from the research stay in Berlin. The above outcomes will be profiled by the WZB and the ISSC, for example on their websites.

Download more information on the grant conditions and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 30 April 2018. We will endeavor to inform applicants on the outcome of their application 6-8 weeks after this deadline.

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Mar
22
to Jul 23

Job opportunity - Professor, Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios Sobre Desarrollo, Universidad de los Andes

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Development Studies, Cider, at the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia, with the objective of strengthening and unifying its academic and research programs, is opening the selection process for an academic position of one (1) Full-time Professor (full-time contract) with the following profile and interests:
- Theoretical and applied knowledge to analyse and evaluate public policies and programs and the ability to guide masters and doctoral students who employ qualitative and/or quantitative methods.
- Design and deliver postgraduate courses on development theories, institutions and development, and interdisciplinary research methods at post-graduate level.
- Interest in developing a research programme that contributes to our research theme on Institutions, Peace and Development through projects and high-quality publications that analyse national and Latin American issues.

The person selected will be actively involved in teaching, research and extension; will join the Cider’s faculty; and, will become part of the University’s promotion and tenure process.

Applications should be sent to cidersecgral@uniandes.edu.co

Expected starting date: July 23, 2018

For more information on the employment opportunity, visit the website.

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Apr
6
to Apr 30

CfP: II Jornadas de Investigación Internacional de Estudios Latinoamericanos

Desde el Colectivo de Estudios Latinoamericanos de Aragón (CELA) os invitamos a las II Jornadas de Investigación Internacional de Estudios Latinoamericanos a celebrarse el día viernes 5 de octubre de 2018 en la Universidad de Zaragoza.

Esta jornada pretende servir como espacio de intercambio y debate científico desde una perspectiva interdisciplinar, permitiéndonos dar a conocer las últimas novedades en estudios latinoamericanos, tendencias en la investigación y ponerlas en valor en un contexto nacional e internacional. En esta oportunidad hemos querido dar preferencia a ponencias relacionadas con Historia, Filosofía, Comunicación, Literatura y Ciencias Sociales, sin quedar excluida la recepción de propuestas innovadoras de otras áreas de interés.

Para poder participar, sugerimos el envío de un resumen con los principales aspectos de la comunicación, no superior a 600 palabras, el cual será evaluado por un comité científico a modo de pares ciegos que determinará la aceptación, modificación o rechazo de la ponencia. Hemos determinado un tiempo de 20 minutos para cada ponencia con un posterior tiempo de debate. La fecha límite para el envío de comunicaciones será el día 30 de abril.

El mensaje deberá dirigirse al correo: cela.zaragoza@gmail.com, incluyendo un título “Propuesta para la jornada”. En un documento, se incluirá el título, un resumen, el nombre completo de la autora o autor, la adscripción institucional, si la hubiese, email y teléfono de contacto, junto a un breve CV de hasta 200 palabras; en el otro, únicamente figurará el título y breve resumen. Si el comité organizador o científico considerase demasiado breve o poco concreto el resumen propuesto, podría solicitarse otro más detallado previamente a la realización de la jornada. Os animamos a participar.

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Apr
6
to May 7

Job opportunity - Associate Professor in Development Studies (University of Agder)

The University of Agder invites applications for one full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in Development studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Global Development and Planning, located in Kristiansand, Norway.

Description of the position

The department is seeking to expand its teaching and research staff with a permanent position in the field of development. The department has a good research environment and offers two bachelor’s programmes; one in Development Studies, the other in Planning and Communication. It also offers a master’s programme in Global Development and Planning, with two different specialisations, as well as a PhD programme. Applicants should hold a PhD from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university within the field of development studies, but adjoining fields may also be of interest. We are looking for applicants with solid competence in important development topics such as globalisation, social inequality, development aid and religion, gender and health. We are looking for someone who can draw lines between micro and macro approaches to the field of development. A broad experience from practical field work in the Global South is required.

International publishing, good international networks and experience from international cooperation will be emphasised. The appointed candidate must be able to contribute to the long-term development of the Department’s research and have experience from achieving external funding. In addition, documented experience from teaching is emphasised. Since the position involves teaching at the department’s bachelor- and master’s programmes in development studies, it is strongly desired that the applicant masters Norwegian or another Scandinavian language both orally and written. Experience from supervision of students and development of new academic courses is a prerequisite, and experience with coordination of study programmes is preferable.

Qualifications and terms

Applicants should hold a PhD from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university. A comprehensive assessment of the applicants’ scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Associate Professor can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”, available for download at https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/080152471ecf40648b6cec648c2e37bc/forskrift-om-ansettelse-og-opprykk---engelsk-utgave.pdf

Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ teaching qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications, or complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lectures within a period of two years.

In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialization in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching competency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UIA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff is expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of 450 points.

We offer

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours enabling sound work-life balance

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1011 Associate professor, NOK 537.700-673.800 gross per year. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its work force, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointment Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Application

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”. The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Copies of diplomas and certificates
  • List of scientific publications
  • Scientific publications (no more than ten)

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 7 May 2018.

For further information please contact the Head of Department Hanne Haaland, phone (+47) 38 14 23 62, e-mail: hanne.haaland@uia.no

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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Apr
6
to May 7

Job opportunity - Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Studies/Human Geography (University of Agder)

Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Studies/Human Geography

The University of Agder invites applications for one full-time, permanent position as Associate Professor in Urban and Regional Studies/Human Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Global Development and Planning, located in Kristiansand, Norway.

Description of the position

The department is seeking to expand its current interests in urban and rural development with a new post in urban and regional studies, human geography and planning. Relevant subject areas include: Human geography focusing on socio-spatial aspects of cities, regions, place and mobility. Urban studies focusing on everyday city life, urban planning and sustainable urban development, and Regional studies focusing on inter-regional mobility and planning perspectives on urban and rural change and development. The department has a lively research environment and offers Bachelor and Master’s programmes in urban and regional planning studies. The Associate Professor will be expected to contribute to the group’s teaching in the fields of urban, regional and cultural geography and urban and regional planning. The position also includes teaching within introductory topics of human geography for teacher training. 

The position is attached to the bachelor’s programme in planning and communication and the master’s programme in Global Development and Planning.

Qualifications and terms

Applicants should hold a PhD from a Norwegian or accredited foreign university. A comprehensive assessment of the applicants’ scientific qualifications forms the basis of appointment. Information about the appointment criteria for a position as Associate Professor can be found in the “Regulations concerning appointment and promotion to teaching and research posts”, available for download at https://www.regjeringen.no/contentassets/080152471ecf40648b6cec648c2e37bc/forskrift-om-ansettelse-og-opprykk---engelsk-utgave.pdf

Emphasis will also be given to the applicants’ teaching qualifications, teamwork skills and personal suitability for the position. Applicants who lack formal teacher training qualifications will be required to obtain such qualifications, or complete UiA’s Foundation Course in Education for University Lectures within a period of two years.

In the ranking of eligible applicants, emphasis will be given to the suitability of each applicant’s field of specialization in relation to meeting the needs of the Department and complementing the academic staff. Fluency in written and oral English is a prerequisite. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews and a demonstration of their teaching competency, usually in the form of a trial lecture. With the applicant’s permission, UIA will also conduct a reference check before appointment.

Applicants who do not speak Norwegian or another Scandinavian language are expected to acquire the necessary proficiency to lecture in Norwegian. The University of Agder offers Norwegian language courses to international employees with little or no knowledge of Norwegian and facilitates participation in such courses. Permanently employed staff is expected to acquire good command of oral and written Norwegian within a period of two years. This is to be documented by passing the Bergen test with a score of 450 points.

We offer

  • A variety of responsibilities in a large, exciting and influential organization
  • A position with opportunities for personal development in a diverse environment
  • Modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers
  • Flexible working hours enabling sound work-life balance

The position is remunerated within the State salary scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1011 Associate Professor, NOK 537.700-673.800 gross per year. In the case of particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

The Norwegian public service is committed to reflecting the diversity of society in its work force, and the personnel policy of the University of Agder aims to achieve a balanced workforce. All qualified persons are therefore encouraged to apply for the position, irrespective of cultural background, gender, age or disability.

Women are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the public service. Organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. Appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointment Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Application

Applicants must submit their application and CV online. Please use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following documentation should be uploaded as an attachment with the online application:

  • Copies of diplomas and certificates
  • List of scientific publications
  • Scientific publications (no more than10)

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or English. Without complete documentation we cannot, unfortunately, include you in the assessment process.

Closing date: 7 May 2018.

For further information, please contact the Head of Department Hanne Haaland, phone (+47) 38 14 23 62, e-mail: hanne.haaland@uia.no

In accordance with §25 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act, applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the name of the applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.

In case of discrepancies between the Norwegian and the English version of this description, the Norwegian version takes precedence.

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Apr
12
to Apr 23

Public Lecture U. of Warwick - Latin American Debates: Political Regimes, Extractivism and Social Movements

Description

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Maristella Svampa (UNLP/CONICET Argentina) and Prof. Tony Bebbington (Clark University/ University of Manchester)

Maristella Svampa is an Argentine sociologist. She is leading researcher at CONICET (Argentina) and Professor at La Plata National University. In 2016 she was awarded the Konex prize in Sociology. She works on topics related to extractivism, displacement, indigenous politics, dependency, populism, social movements and alternatives to development. Her latest book is titled “From the Change of Era to the End of the Cycle: Extractivism and Social Movements in Latin America” (2017, Buenos Aires: Edhasa).

Tony Bebbington is Higgins Professor of Environment and Society and Director of the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. He is also a Research Associate of the Centro Peruano de Estudios Sociales (Peru) and a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Prof. Bebbington has published extensively on issues of extractive industries, such as oil, mining and gas, and its relation with economic development and social conflict. He has recently published on issues of land governance, politics of natural resource management and inclusive development.

This public lecture will provide an assessment of the current state Latin American politics at a moment in which the so-called “pink tide” appears to be drawing to a close. It will engage with ongoing debates in the region on the role of extractivism for development models and discuss newly emerging social movements in this context.

Prof. Svampa will also be presenting at the University of Cambridge (Thursday 19th April, 4.30pm) and at Queen Mary University of London (Wednesday 25th April, 6.30pm).

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/latin-american-debates-political-regimes-extractivism-and-social-movements-tickets-43889937986

This event is possible thanks to the support of:

Department of Politics and International Studies - University of Warwick

GRP International Development - University of Warwick

Instiute of Advanced Studies - University of Warwick

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Feb
28
to Mar 15

CfP Segundo Colloquio "Pensar el Ecuador desde el Mundo, pensar el Mundo desde el Ecuador" - Berlin, Abril 2018

La asociación Divergence en conjunto con estudiantes e investigadora/es de la universidad Humboldt, de la universidad Libre de Berlín, de la universidad Ludwig-Maximilian de Munich, del International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) de la Universidad Erasmus de Rotterdam, de la École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales de Paris (EHESS) y de la universidad París 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne,  invitan a estudiantes e investigadora/os ecuatoriana/os en ciencias humanas y sociales que se encuentran en el extranjero, y también a investigadores extranjeros que se interesan en el Ecuador a participar en el Segundo Coloquio “Pensar el Ecuador desde el exterior, pensar el Mundo desde el Ecuador” que se realizará el 27 y 28 de abril de 2018 en el Instituto de Estudios Latinoamericanos de Berlín.

Justificación y objetivos:

En Junio 2017, se llevó a cabo en l’EHESS de Paris el Primer Coloquio: “Pensar el Ecuador desde el exterior, pensar el Mundo desde el Ecuador”, cuyo objetivo era abrir un espacio de intercambio y diálogo entre estudiantes e investigadores ecuatorianos en el exterior que permita socializar sus investigaciones, encontrar puntos de convergencias y divergencia y generar un debate académico abierto y de largo plazo.

Los resultados positivos y las sinergias generadas a partir de esta primera experiencia evidenciaron la necesidad de dar continuidad a este proceso. Como ya habíamos señalado en la convocatoria pasada y se corroboró en dicho encuentro, uno de los principales problemas que enfrentamos los estudiantes e investigadores en el extranjero es la falta de canales de comunicación e intercambio que permitan la generación de sinergias y debates al rededor de temas o investigaciones comunes o similares. Nuestro objetivo con esta segunda convocatoria es, por lo tanto, mantener abierto este espacio de diálogo.

Por esta razón, y siguiendo las mismas líneas de trabajo de la primera convocatoria, invitamos a todo/as la/os estudiantes e investigadora/os ecuatoriana/os de ciencias humanas y sociales que se encuentran en el extranjero, y también a investigadores extranjeros que se interesan en el Ecuador, a enviar sus propuestas de presentación para la realización de tres mesas de trabajo:

1° Investigaciones enfocadas en el Ecuador

2° Investigaciones comparativas o globales

3° Investigaciones sobre problemáticas no ecuatorianas.

Esta organización busca dar espacio a todas las propuestas. Sin embargo, dado las limitaciones de tiempo y en función de la cantidad de postulaciones se realizará un proceso de selección basado en revisión de pares.

Modalidad de postulación

Enviar un resumen de máximo 500 palabras, con el título de la presentación, la mesa en que desea participar, áreas o disciplinas de estudios (economía, sociología, historia, antropología u otras) y de 3 a 5 palabras clave.

El resumen debe estar acompañado del nombre del(os/as) autor(es/as), su centro de estudios o investigación y su correo electrónico

La propuestas deben ser enviadas antes del 15 de marzo de 2018 al correo electrónico: coloquio-ecu@gmx.com

Las propuestas seleccionadas serán anunciadas el 30 de marzo de 2018.

Las presentaciones el día del evento tendrán una duración máxima 20 minutos y serán seguidas de 10 minutos de preguntas y discusión.

Las presentaciones pueden ser en Español o Inglés

 

Comité organizador

Belén DIAZ (Freie Universität Berlin, Alemania)

Michelle RUIZ (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Alemania)

Sarah ESPINOSA (Ludwig Maximilian Universität München, Alemania)

Jacqueline GAYBOR (ISS, Holanda)

Sofía ESPINOSA (París 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Francia)

José EGAS (EHESS, Francia)

Henry CHAVEZ (EHESS, Francia)

Mas informacion: https://assodivergence.wordpress.com/2018/02/13/pensar-el-ecuador-desde-el-mundo-pensar-el-mundo-desde-el-ecuador-2da-edicion-thinking-about-ecuador-from-abroad-thinking-about-the-world-from-ecuador-2nd-edition/

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Feb
23
to Mar 17

CfP World Social Science Forum 2018: Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures

World Social Science Forum 2018: Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures

CALL FOR PAPERS for sessions co-organised by CROP

DEADLINE for submission: 17 March 2018

25-28 September 2018 | Fukuoka, Japan


Open Call for Papers as pdfWSSF2018 poster as pdf


CROP: is co-organising two sessions at the World Social Science Forum 2018:

We are interested in receiving paper proposals for both sessions, which can be found under "Parallel Sessions II (Open for Papers)" on the WSSF website. The proposals have to be submitted via the WSSF website.

See the WSSF website for details about how to prepare and submit a proposal.

http://www.crop.org/CROPNewsEvents/World-Social-Science-Forum-2018.aspx

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Feb
19
to Feb 25

CfP IASC Workshop 'Social mobilization and the commons: a virtuous circle?'

IASC Workshop ‘Social mobilization and the commons: a virtuous circle?’ (Barcelona, Spain, June 21-22, 2018)

Theme

The frontiers of theory and research on the commons have notably evolved in the last years. At the forefront of such evolution is the study of political struggles. Social movements are one means through which power and political struggles manifest in commons-management contexts. Even more, social mobilization and community-based management of commons are two paradigmatic instances of collective action, the interaction of which has been barely explored so far. The common pool resource (CPR) tradition has mainly focused on the local conditions under which natural resource users can cooperatively manage their shared resources. The social movement (SM) tradition includes a number of strands concerned with different characteristics of mobilization and their impact on policy. To be sure, CPR and other commons studies reporting on social mobilization processes exist, but there is no systematic dialogue among those studies, nor between those studies and the social movement literature.

Aims and goals

This workshop aims to create a much needed space for knowledge sharing among scholars or non-academics interested in the intersection between social movements and commons. The workshop has been designed to cover a variety of empirical settings, methods and epistemological approaches. The papers may be either conceptual or empirical, and may address questions of general concern to this dynamic, or specifically related to either movements’ influence on commons, or commons’ influence on movements. Questions to be addressed include:

  • Which positive/negative feedbacks exist between the commons and social movements?
  • To which extent can social movement and CPR theory speak to each other?
  • How do social movements influence commons management?
  • Under what conditions do social movements successfully transition into long-enduring community-based commons initiatives?
  • To what extent and how do existing or latent commons serve as the basis for social mobilization?
  • Which configurations of actors, geographies, actions, discourses… characterize “commons-based movements”?
  • Are there fruitful comparisons between commons-based movements in rural and urban contexts?

The workshop aims to accomplish several goals, including

  • high-quality dialogue and collaborative learning that can strengthening participants’ ongoing initiatives on this topic;
  • the compilation of high-quality contributions for a special issue in a top-ranked journal (e.g., World Development, GEC, Journal of Peasant Studies);
  • the drafting of a collective paper synthesizing and setting the agenda for the years to come.

Workshop organization

The workshop will consist of 6 panel sessions, a public opening session including two key note speakers, and a closing plenary including a round table among four invited discussants.

The panel sessions (4 presenters per session) will be sequential and organized to maximize discussion (5 min. presentation + 15 min. discussion per presentation).

  • All attendants will need to commit to give written feedback to the other participants.
  • They will be given 5 minutes to open the discussion of each presenter.
  • They will be also responsible for moderating the corresponding discussion.

The closing plenary will include a round table among three invited speakers who will address key insights from the panels with the aim of setting the agenda for the years to come.

Timeline (changed dates!)

PLEASE NOTE: CHANGED DATES! WORKSHOP WILL TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 21-22, 2018

> February 25, 2018: deadline abstract submission (max. 150 words) via https://www.iasc-commons.org/submit-abstract; if you have any questions or problems submitting your abstract, please contact us via iasc@iasc-commons.org and the organizers (e-mail.
> March 10, 2018: notification of selected contributors and participants (max. of 25 people)
> May 10, 2018: submission deadline full papers/extended abstracts
> May 20, 2018: papers assigned for written feedback to attendants
> May 30, 2018: publication of program

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Feb
1
to Mar 9

III Congreso Latinoamericano sobre conflictos ambientales

III Congreso Latinoamericano sobre conflictos ambientales

Organizan Red COLCA y Universidad Veracruzana

1-5 Octubre 2018, Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico.

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.

Congreso

El congreso contará con un amplio espacio de debate convocando a académicos, miembros de organizaciones sociales, funcionarios de gobierno e instituciones privadas. Las instancias de participación previstas son:

  • 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
  • Simposios
  • Sesiones de ponencias, posters y audiovisuales
  • Conferencias magistrales
  • Talleres de estudios de caso con participación de actores locales
  • Presentación de libros

Fechas importantes

9 de marzo 2018 – Límite para la recepción de propuestas para Simposio
20 de abril 2018 – Límite para la recepción de resúmenes de ponencias, posters/afiches, audiovisuales
1° – 5 de Octubre de 2018 – Congreso y Curso de Ecología Política

Mas información disponible en: http://www.redcolca.org/colca-2018/

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Feb
1
to Mar 4

Roundtable on Vivir Bien. An exchange on 'Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Pradigms'

Great Transition Initiative

Toward a Transformative Vision and Praxis

Roundtable on Vivir Bien

February 2018

An exchange on 'Vivir Bien: Old Cosmovisions and New Paradigms'.

David Barkin
Indigenous communities are constantly forced to accommodate the demands of global capitalism, but they are fighting back. Read

Adrian Beling
Radical social transformation cannot be achieved in one country alone. Transnational collaboration between movements is vital. Read

Ana Estefanía Carballo
The emergence of Vivir Bien has challenged the monolithic nature of development and revitalized the debate around it.Read

Eduardo Gudynas
Vivir Bien blends indigenous and non-indigenous ideas, with its several variants influenced by prevailing ecological conditions and political context. Read

Holly Hanson
The laudable focus on Andean belief systems draws our attention to traditional social structures that foster reciprocity and interdependence. Read

Aaron Karp
We should struggle over the meaning of “development,” not cede its definition to elites. Ultimately, social transformation will require a mass movement for a development that is rooted in the ethos of democracy. Read

Helena Norberg-Hodge
Undoing the psychological damage of globalization requires both community self-reliance and global solidarity. Read

Neera Singh
We have to radically alter the world that we encounter on a day-to-day basis to give alternative values and ways of being a chance to flourish. Read

Author's Response
Pablo Solón addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable discussion. Read

http://greattransition.org/publication/roundtable-vivir-bien

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Jan
28
to Mar 6

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico’s Not-So-Natural Disaster

Latin American Centre, University of Oxford

Date 

Tuesday 06/03/2018 - 17:00 to 18:30

LAC Seminar Room, 1 Church Walk, Oxford 

Convenor 

Dr. Gibrán Cruz-Martínez 

On Wednesday 20 September 2017 the lives of Puerto Ricans on the island and abroad changed forever. Hurricane María hit Puerto Rico as a category four storm (sustained winds of 150mph), leaving the Island in a state of emergency. Essential services such as power, potable water and communication services collapsed. Flooding did not discriminate between marginalized and affluent neighborhoods. But the natural disaster uncovered the soaring levels of inequality and the commodification of disaster-related recovery for Puerto Rican residents. Access to power, adequate food, potable water, among other aspects of life were guaranteed to individuals with access to the market. The wellbeing of the rest of the population rested in the hands of the federal emergency management agencies, and local citizen-led initiatives. Moreover, austerity programmes, a long-term lack of investment in infrastructure and the lack of decision-making power from Puerto Rico´s elected officials magnified Hurricane Maria’s socio-economic impact. .

The main purpose of this roundtable will be to address the disaster conditions, response and consequences of Puerto Rico’s Not-So-Natural Disaster. The conversation will start with a brief overview of the infrastructural collapse and the challenges to rebuilding and reconstructing society (e.g., rapid out-migration, mass unemployment). The discussion will address the following issues:

  • Consolidating the colony? Racial and class dynamics
  • Impact of 12 years economic crisis and bankruptcy in the recovery process
  • Who's in charge?: 'La Junta' vs elected government of Puerto Rico
  • Trump, media responses and the representation of the crisis
  • Community vs state and high -tech capitalist responses: To compensate or complement?

Dr. Laurence Whitehead (Senior Research Fellow, Nuffield College; LAC Associate Member) will be chairing the roundtable with four Puerto Rican academics based in the UK.

Bios

Dr. Patria Roman

Patria, currently a Senior Lecturer in Media & Creative Industries at Loughborough University, first arrived in the UK in 1992 to study at University of Leicester where she obtained her PhD in 1996. Her early childhood was marked by her experience of growing up between the rural town of Moca in Puero Rico and the Latin neighbourhoods of NY, Chicago and Philadelphia. This experience has informed her research with Latin Americans in London and she has built on this to found and direct Latin Elephant, a Charity working to increase participation of migrant and ethnic groups, in particular Latin Americans, in processes of urban change in London. She is the author of The making of Latin London: Music, place & identity (1999) and of numerous articles about urban regeneration and Latin Americans in Elephant and Castle.

Dr. Melissa Fernández Arrigoitia

Melissa, born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, is a Lecturer in Urban Futures at Lancaster University's Sociology Department. Following her BA in Tufts University, she obtained an MSc in International Development and Gender and a PhD in Sociology from the LSE. In between, she worked in international human rights organisations in London, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Melissa's doctoral research focused on the activism surrounding the demolition of one of the last high rise public housing projects in the financial district of Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. She has continued to pursue work on the 'making and unmaking' of homes in other international contexts, including Rio de Janeiro, London, and South Asia, which has led to a number of articles and the co-edited books 'Social Housing in Europe' (Wiley, 2014) and Geographies of Forced Evictions (Palgrave, 2017).

Dr. Janialy Ortiz Camacho

Janialy is a native Puerto Rican social anthropologist currently residing in Cambridge, UK.  Following her BA and MA in Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Toronto respectively, she moved to Barcelona, Spain, to further her studies in the discipline. At the University of Barcelona she obtained a MA in Visual Anthropology, a MA in Anthropology and Ethnography and recently, her PhD in Society and Culture.  Her doctoral research examined how a governmental community development project collided with local notions of wellbeing, progress, and conflict solving methods in an impoverished neighbourhood of Puerto Rico. Janialy has collaborated in ethnographic films and in various projects on social sustainability, moral economies, and civic responsibility.  She is also passionate about expanding fieldwork insights into a more public-democratic platform, using visual and creative writing forms.

Dr. Gibrán Cruz-Martínez

Gibrán is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder (Norway). After finishing his undergraduate studies in his native Puerto Rico he moved to Madrid to pursue a Master and PhD in Political Science at the Complutense University. His research focuses on the development of emerging welfare states in Latin America and the Caribbean, and its relationship to multidimensional poverty and inequality. Gibran is also interested in the role of organised communities in Puerto Rico as alternative welfare providers. A book on the latter entitled ‘Produciendo Bienestar’ was recently published in Spain (Dykinson, 2017).

More information available: http://www.lac.ox.ac.uk/hurricane-maria-puerto-rico’s-not-so-natural-disaster 

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Jan
26
to Feb 1

UF Center for Latin American Studies' 67th Annual Conference Buen Vivir and Other Post-Development Pathways

You are invited to join an exploration of lifeways motivated by desire for human and ecological health, harmony, pleasure, community, and sovereignty. Over the past century, people and places across Latin America have been shaped by national and international efforts toward “development,” conceived as economic growth and assimilation of western institutions and lifestyles. Concomitant loss of biological and cultural diversity, together with increasing environmental degradation, provoke reappraisal of radically diverse paths toward wellbeing. In sync with Latin American Studies Association 2018 theme Latin American Studies in a Globalized World, we consider local visions and practices in the context of south-south conversations and south-north learning and power relations. 

Speakers include Ecuadorian ecological economist Alberto Acosta; Colombian anthropologist Arturo Escobar; Indian environmentalist Ashish Kothari; Ecuadorian feminist Silvia Vega Ugalde; Argentine co-founder of AlternautasAdrien Beling; UF alumna geographer Diane Rocheleau; Senior Fellow at Worldwatch Institute Erik Assadourian; University of Puerto Rico Environmental Planner, Gustavo García-López, and many more. 

Tentative Conference Program

Profile of Participants

Click here to Register!

More information will be added to this page as we get closer to the event.

Conference Coordinator: Maira Gutierrez  mgutierrezra@latam.ufl.edu

Conference Host: Susan Paulson spaulson@latam.ufl.edu 

 

 

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Jan
26
to Mar 20

CfP Congreso Inaugural del CALAS - El pensamiento social latinoamericano frente a la idea de crisis

Congreso Inaugural del Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Avanzados (CALAS):

"El pensamiento social latinoamericano frente a la idea de crisis"

Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, 6 al 8 de septiembre de 2018

Fecha límite: 20 de marzo de 2018

Mandar propuesta a eventos@calas.lat

El concepto de crisis pareciera ser una categoría intermitente que, cada cierto tiempo, aparece en el ámbito del pensamiento social para describir una época, o bien una matriz de inteligibilidad para pensar las tensiones y conflictos que van moldeando los distintos escenarios geopolíticos. Pero este concepto no sólo ha servido para pensar aspectos coyunturales de la economía política de distintos países o bloques regionales, también ha funcionado para hacerlo con la cultura en sus diferentes manifestaciones: política, artes, lengua, entre otras. Es por eso que la noción de crisis abarca problemas tan generales como el destino civilizatorio de una época –con sus enfoques actuales sobre las desigualdades sociales, las crisis humanitarias, medioambientales y representacionales– - o cuestiones más específicas arraigadas en las crisis políticas de un país o región.
Al mismo tiempo, el concepto de crisis abarca una profunda dimensión temporal. No solamente representa un momento de transición entre una era y otra. Más bien enfatiza lo desconocido o abierto, implicando así un continuo riesgo de fracaso. La crisis aparece como una situación liminar, que resulta del derrumbe y del predominio de la incertidumbre, desde la que hay que construir un nuevo orden cuyas modalidades aún no se conocen.
En lo que se refiere a América Latina y el Caribe como lugar de enunciación y producción de conocimiento social y cultural, el concepto de crisis ha estado presente desde las independencias y sus conflictivos y largos procesos de emancipación. Y desde el siglo XIX hasta hoy, se destacan los entrelazamientos y entrecruzamientos de diversas manifestaciones de crisis que coactúan. No sólo se trata de crisis identitarias o económicas, vinculadas a modelos (neo)liberales de desarrollo, o derivadas de factores externos, como la crisis del capitalismo financiero o la caída de las commodities. Además, pueden observarse manifestaciones de crisis claramente derivadas de procesos de violencia política y social. Actualmente, el caso colombiano o el de algunos países centroamericanos parecen los más obvios, pero también resurgen masivamente en países como Bolivia, Chile o Argentina. Hasta cierto punto, algunas de estas crisis derivan del fracaso de nacionalismos homogeneizantes, ya sea de imaginarios nacionales europeístas, ya sea de intentos de blanqueamiento orientados a ocultar las heterogeneidades constitutivas de cada espacio nacional o regional en América Latina. Por otro lado, se producen crisis sociales y políticas derivadas específicamente del agravamiento de las desigualdades y sus conexiones con las crisis de representación política. Otras crisis surgieron a consecuencia de problemas ecológicos, producidos tanto a escala global como a escala local a través de políticas (neo) extractivistas.
En las últimas tres décadas se han elaborado respuestas políticas muy variadas en atención a diferentes clases de crisis en América Latina. Conviene distinguir: (a) las respuestas ideológicas, que apuntan a transformar los modelos de sociedad; (b) las respuestas jurídicas y legales que plasman “modelos”; (c) las políticas públicas llevadas a cabo; (d) las respuestas y demandas populares.
En lo que se refiere al Congreso Inaugural del Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos Avanzados (CALAS), interesa indagar entonces qué conceptos de crisis se elaboran y existen actualmente en América Latina y el Caribe, tanto desde los instrumentos de pensamiento como desde las experiencias. ¿Qué usos se les da a las variantes de crisis en la coyuntura actual, y hacia dónde apunta el empleo de este término? Se pretende prestar especial atención a los distintos ciclos de emergencia del concepto de crisis como matriz explicativa de una realidad dada, y también a la forma en que desde América Latina y el Caribe se ha pensado y se piensa sobre las crisis regionales y globales. Es decir, se trata de considerar a esta región como un lugar de enunciación especialmente capaz de producir explicaciones y modelos de manejar la categoría de la(s) crisis, aunque estas resulten muchas veces disímiles y contradictorias.

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Jan
26
to Feb 15

CfP First North-South Conference on Degrowth, Mexico City

The 2018 First North-South Conference on Degrowth, Mexico City will be a forum to present the latest in thought and practice of degrowth in the world and put it in dialogue with the context of the countries of the global North and South countries in the twenty-first century.

To this goal, the Conference will be organized around a number of topics that reflect its international context (see Thematic axes) and degrowth issues which were highlighted and left open in the 2016 Budapest conference (see Cross-cutting axis), issues that represent challenges or predicaments that need to be addressed by decroissance, decrescita, decrecimiento, postwachstum, degrowth, descrecimiento movements and other close to them. Subthemes have been established for the most part by the experience of previous conferences.

Individual presentations

Individual presentations are conventional presentations of research findings, written by one or more researchers, or philosophical or historical reflections about the basic premises that support technology, economic, political and sociological science, written by one or more philosophers or historians. Only one co-author of the paper may present it. Speakers address an issue of their interest, for instance, a Subtheme or a Cross-cutting axis, linking it to a thematic axis. (There is one axis for every day of the Conference).

Approved individual papers will be classified and grouped according their thematic closeness and will be included in the Conference Program, in the parallel sessions: four presentations in each one; sessions will last in two hours. Each paper must be presented in no more than 15 minutes in order to allow time for other papers and questions from attendees.

To submit an individual presentation it is essential to mention the following data:

  • Addressed thematic axis.
  • Subtheme (indicated or not in the list) or Cross-cutting axis or the personal issue of interest tackled in the presentation.
  • Title of the presentation.
  • Name of the speaker and coauthors, if they exist. Only one coauthor may present the paper.
  • Summary of the presentation in up to 1,700 characters with spaces.

The registration platform for individual presentations is open. Deadline for submissions of individual presentations is February 15, 2018. Selection of the submitted presentations will be informed thereof within 40 days after the deadline for submissions. For your information, the registration platform will include a presentation form here.

Special Sessions

Round tables or panel sessions dedicated to address a key theme/issue for the global North and South countries or an extraordinary, emblematic or inspiring case of degrowth-descrecimiento. Speakers deal with this key theme/issue from different perspectives, linking it with a thematic axis (There is one axis for each day of the Conference).

The Conference will offer the following two formats for special sessions:

  1. Special academic sessions: open to researchers that self-organize to present a Proposal of a Special Academic Session that includes the participation of four speakers that have similar concerns or report related research in order to discuss a key theme/issue. To present or submit this kind of Proposal it is essential to mention the following data.
    • Addressed thematic axis.
    • Tackled key theme/issue.
    • Title of the Session.
    • Titles of the four presentations. These titles must have a close relation with the title of the Session.
    • Name of the Coordinator responsible of the Session.
    • Names and nationalities of the speakers (at least three of them from different nationalities).
    • Summary of the central ideas that will be presented in up to 1,700 characters with spaces.
    • Needed support to get the agreement of some international speakers, if you require it, secretarial support might help coordinators to find speakers from other countries and moderators.

  2. Degrowth in Action Special Sessions: A limited number of spaces will be reserved for special sessions that combine theoretical and research presentations with thematic presentations of practice. These special sessions will deliberately combine research and practice in order to transcend academic enclosures and allow a dialogue that connects the knowledge generated in degrowth thinking and the interventions in the environmental and social tissues that correspond to this knowledge. Four speakers are required to qualify. To present or submit this kind of Proposal it is essential to mention the following data:
    • Addressed thematic axis.
    • Tackled key theme/issue.
    • Title of the Session.
    • Titles of the four presentations. These titles must have a close relation with the title and issues of the Session.
    • Name of the Coordinator of the Session.
    • Names and nationalities of the speakers ( two of them from different nationalities).
    • Summary of the central ideas that will be presented in up to 1,700 characters with spaces.
    • Needed support to get the agreement of some international speakers, if you require it, secretarial support might help coordinators to find speakers from other countries and moderators.

Special parallel sessions will have a maximum duration of two hours. Papers should be presented in 15 minutes in order to allow time for other papers and questions from attendees.

The Registration platform is open. Deadline for submitting of special sessions is February 15, 2018. Selection of the submitted proposals will be informed thereof within 40 days after the deadline for submitting.

For your information, the registration platform will include a presentation form here.

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Jan
26
to Feb 1

Job opportunity: Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies, University of Oxford

Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies

School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Oxford

Grade 8: £39,992 - £47,722 p.a.

 

The School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies is seeking to appoint a full-time Departmental Lecturer in Latin American Studies. Based at The Latin American Centre, Church Walk, Oxford, this is a fixed-term appointment for 4 years.

The appointee will provide teaching and research supervision for the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies at the graduate level, while contributing to examining, admission processes and the administration of the Centre. As well as undertaking independent research in political economy of Latin America ideally with specialisation on Brazil (with an interest on gender issues particularly welcomed). The Latin American Centre organise a range of lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences as part of their programmes and the appointee will be expected to participate and assist in some of these activities

The School is looking for the candidate who most fully meets the following criteria: Doctoral degree in Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Political Economy, History or related discipline with a specialization on Latin America; ideally, research and teaching experience on Brazil; teaching experience at the postgraduate level or an aptitude for teaching and awareness of pedagogic methods; sufficient depth and breadth of knowledge for postgraduate teaching in Latin American Studies, with particular attention to political economy; strong publication record or active research agenda with manuscripts under review; sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research projects and methodologies; experience of qualitative/quantitative research and analytical techniques; evidence of ability to write research proposals; willingness to contribute to administration and research facilitation, including the organisation of conferences and seminars; interest on gender issues is particularly welcomed.

The duties, responsibilities and skills required are described in more detail in the further particulars, which also contain details on how to apply. If you have any questions regarding the vacancy please contact us using the details below.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Thursday 1 February 2018.

Please note that the University of Oxford’s retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening

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Jan
17
to Feb 5

CfA: Research Fellow (Mining Governance)

This position is part of a research team coordinated by Professor Anthony Bebbington and working on his ARC Laureate Fellowship project, “Mining and Society in a Changing Environment: Pathways to Sustainability”.

The role involves original research in Latin America and/or Indonesia, the organization of research workshops, mentoring support to students and a range of communication activities. The position will develop work on extractive industries, environment and society within the School of Geography and the University and contribute to the building a research centre around these issues.

Close date: 4 Feb 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria:  0044319.pdf

For  more information: http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/892166/research-fellow-mining-governance

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Jan
17
to Feb 5

CfA: Research Fellow (GIS & Extractive Industries)

This position is part of a research team coordinated by Professor Anthony Bebbington and working on his ARC Laureate Fellowship project, “Mining and Society in a Changing Environment: Pathways to Sustainability”.

The role involves developing a programme of GIS based and spatial analytic research addressing the relationships between mining and society in Latin America and Indonesia, with a focus on water and climate change issues and with potential extension to other regions.  The position will also mentor students and support other members of the research team with GIS and spatial analysis. The position will develop work on GIS-based work on extractive industries, environment and society within the School of Geography and the University and contribute to building a research centre around these issues.

Close date: 4 Feb 2018

Position Description and Selection Criteria

 0044318.pdf

 

For  more information: http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/892165/research-fellow-gis-extractive-industries

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Dec
21
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

WORKSHOP

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

SYMPOSIUM

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)

******KEYNOTE SPEAKER: DR MARIANO MESTMAN (CONICET, Argentina)******* 

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

Dr Clara Garavelli - cg226@le.ac.uk

Dr Emma Staniland - els15@leicester.ac.uk

 

More information: https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/modern-languages/newsandevents/the-legacy-of-1968-in-latin-america-making-the-personal-political

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Dec
21
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

 

Economy

-          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 anglobolivian@gmail.com by  15th January 2018.

More information: https://ilas.sas.ac.uk/events/event/15174?utm_source=ILAS&utm_campaign=ed16396868-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_44ffae6e4b-ed16396868-524469841

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Nov
22
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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Nov
15
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

Convocatoria

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.

For more details, see: http://www.alasru.org/index.php/congresos

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Nov
15
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 https://moderncolonialgeographies.wordpress.com/

  • 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 moderncolonialgeographies@gmail.com 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 (http://aghct.org/), 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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Nov
15
to Jan 10

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

FFLCH, USP

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: http://www.en.iassc2018.sinteseeventos.com.br. 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.

 

For more details, see: http://www.en.iassc2018.sinteseeventos.com.br/conteudo/view?ID_CONTEUDO=438

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Nov
15
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

Congreso

  • 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

 CongresoCursoCongreso
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

 CongresoCursoCongreso
y curso

ParticipantesUS$ 144US$ 96US$ 216

EstudiantesUS$ 72US$ 60US$ 90

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

 

Modalidades de presentación de trabajos

Simposio

  • 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.

Poster/Afiche

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.

Ponencia

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

Audiovisual

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

colca2018@uv.mx

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Nov
15
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 emilie.dupuits@unige.ch and PhilippAltmann@gmx.de by December 14th, 2017.

For more details on FLACSO-ISA 2018, see: http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/FLACSO-Quito-2018

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Nov
1
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: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ias/wirl

Please email any additional queries to WIRL.COFUND@warwick.ac.uk

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Jul
27
to Oct 20

Call for Papers - 56° Congreso Internacional de Americanistas

Estimado/a,

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

EJE TEMÁTICO 12 - "Estudios Sociales" PANEL 12/17: "DISCURSOS GLOBALES Y LOCALES DEL BUEN VIVIR" 

(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. 

Coordinadores: 

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

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

 

EJE TEMÁTICO 17 - "Movimientos Sociales" 

PANEL 17/20: "TRANSMODERNIDAD, TRANSDESARROLLO, DECRECIMIENTO Y BUEN VIVIR 

(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. 

Coordinadores: 

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

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

Más información: http://ica2018.es

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May
21
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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May
5
to Jun 26

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

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


PhD course – call for applications

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


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

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


Objective
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?

Lecturers
•    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.

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


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


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

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Apr
21
to Apr 30

Alternautas Blog @LASA – Meeting of Editors and Friends

Estimad@s amig@s y colaboradores,
 

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

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

 

Espero que nos vemos pronto en Lima!

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

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Dear friends and colleagues, 

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

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

Hope to see you in Lima!

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

 

Alternautas Editorial Board

 

 

 

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Apr
19
to Oct 10

2018 IPSA World Congress Website is now available!

Dear colleagues,

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

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

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

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals Opens:            10 May 2017

Proposal Submission Deadline:  10 October 2017

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

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

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Apr
8
to Sep 12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr
1
to Sep 4

CFP - Critical Geography in Latin America

CALL FOR PAPERS (Spanish and Portuguese below)

CRITICAL GEOGRAPHY IN LATIN AMERICA

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

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

Publication date: May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CONVOCATORIA A PRESENTAR ARTÍCULOS

GEOGRAFÍAS CRÍTICAS EN AMÉRICA LATINA

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

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

Publicación: mayo 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mar
29
to Aug 21

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

XXXVI Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

May 23-26, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain

Call for Papers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relevant literature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CfP: Radical Americas Conference 2017

Radical Americas 2017: Legacies

Call for Papers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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