PILAS 2021 Virtual Conference – Call for papers

I, We, They, the Other: Deconstructing Identity in

 Latin America’

 1- 2 July 2021


Deadline for submissions: 19 April 2021

Keynote speakers (TBC) + Workshop on skills for academic publishing + Virtual pub quiz

This year’s topic, ‘I, We, They, the Other: Deconstructing Identity in Latin America’, invites us to explore the concept of identity with renewed interest and to tease out its multiple interrelations to a wide range of spheres: political and economic regimes, social structures, public health, and the environment, to name a few. With this, we want to look at the big picture of Latin America and the multiple ways identity and belonging are expressed, researched, argued or neglected. We want to analyse identity from different angles and multi-scalar perspectives. This approach will be useful for promoting multi-disciplinary conversations that engage with the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the Latin American region – past, present, and future. Examples of contributions could involve social struggles and civil rights movements, gender and ethnic identities, state and national identities, migration and mobilities, art and culture movements, climate change and the ecological crisis, racial and extractive capitalism, and many more. Overall, we approach identity as an umbrella theme in order to encompass the numerous aspects of affinity, belonging and marginalisation.

We invite abstracts on topics and disciplines including, but not limited to:

  • Visual Cultures
  • Literature, Languages and Translation Studies
  • Political and Social Sciences
  • International Relations and Development Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy
  • Geography and Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Queer Studies and Estudios Cuir
  • Performance Studies
  • Race and Indigenous Studies

Furthermore, proposals may explore the social, cultural, economic and political effects of Covid19 in Latin America, or the ways in which the pandemic intersects with race, ethnicity, gender and citizenship.

We invite individual proposals as well as proposal for panels. Individual papers should include a title and abstract for the presentation (max 300 words), a brief biography and 3 to 5 keywords. Panel conveners should submit a panel title and abstract (max. 200 words) around a well-defined topic, as well as the title and abstract for each presentation (max. 300 words) and brief biographies of the panel members. Please send your proposals to pilasconference@googlemail.com by 19 April 2021. We will respond to you about the selection of papers by 28 May 2021.

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