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GSN MONDAY MAILER AUGUST 20 2012

Posted by on Monday, August 20, 2012 in News, Uncategorized.

1.       CFP FOR SESSION ON LATIN AMERICA/ CHINA DEVELOPMENT RELATIONS FOR LASA 2013

2.       CFP FOR LASA WORKSHOP ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IN GUATEMALA

3.       CFP FOR LATIN AMERICA/ CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE AT YORK UNIVERSITY

4.       CFP AND WEBSITE INFO FOR SLACA CONFERENCE IN MERIDA

5.       LINKS TO INTERESTING PIECES ON CANADA AND MINING IN GUATEMALA

 

 1.       CFP FOR SESSION ON LATIN AMERICA/ CHINA DEVELOPMENT RELATIONS FOR LASA 2013

 

LASA 2013 Call for Papers

 

Transpacific Encounters: The micro-politics of China-Latin American development relations

 

While interest in China-Latin American relations has increased significantly over the last few years in light of the booming economic relations between the two regions, little research exists on how  those relations play out in terms of the nature and effects of specific interregional initiatives or development encounters on the ground.

  This panel seeks empirical studies of China-Latin American encounters from throughout the region in order to illuminate the diverse qualities of these encounters and their potential effects on macro-level transpacific political relations.  What do these encounters tell us about how China’s presence in Latin America is materializing? Which sectors or initiatives are significant spaces of exchange? How are these  encounters structured, and which actors are central to these processes?

 

Ideally, proposals would build upon and engage field research on specific development and cultural initiatives in Latin America and their  reception/negotiation by particular constituencies.  Current panel papers include research on Chinese diasporic politics in Cuba and Chinese development initiatives in Costa Rica, so proposals from other Latin American countries are especially encouraged.  

 

Please send queries and/or submit your proposals to

 

Monica DeHart

 

mdehart@pugetsound.edu

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Director of Latin American Studies

University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

 

2.       CFP FOR LASA WORKSHOP ON THE SOCIAL CONTRACT IN GUATEMALA

 

Good morning,

In the last Guatemalan scholar meeting at LASA , several participants mentioned policy changes currently taking place under the Perez Molina administration, that influence the respective communities and fields they study. LASA’s 2013 topic: "Towards a New Social Contract?" , and the fact that it will be held in Washington DC, invite us to look at these policy shifts in relation to both the new administration, and the context of what we can call “a new social contract “ in Guatemala: the Peace Accords and the democratization process.

The Guatemalan peace accords 1994-1996 represented the aspiration to reform relationship between state and society. As Guatemala enters its fifth administration under the peace accords, we would like to ask which new policies and strategies have been instituted to promote human rights, to develop identity and rights of indigenous people, to advance a more equal socio-economic distribution, and to strengthen civilian power and democratic society. Further, we would like to discuss—and question—the implementation process of these policies and corresponding changes in social consciousness and popular culture; i.e, to ask if the peace accords yielded a new social contract.

 
The workshop will aim to include scholars studying different fields in Guatemala that will give 5-7 min presentations on particular changes and shifts of policies, and will later engage in a wider discussion about the greater societal implications of these specific changes, as well as in relation to regional policies and politics. 

 

If you are interested to participate, please contact Tal Nitsan at talnitsan@gmail.com by Aug 22nd. 

 

Have a great day, 

Tal  

 

Tal Nitsan

PhD. Candidate, Department of Anthropology
University of British Columbia
 

Liu Scholar, Liu Institute for Global Issues

 

3.       CFP FOR LATIN AMERICA/ CARIBBEAN CONFERENCE AT YORK UNIVERSITY

 

International Graduate Student Conference

 

 

  on Latin America and the Caribbean

 

*CALL FOR PAPERS*

 

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Forging ahead with its commitment to promote interdisciplinary research concerned with the economic development, political and social organization and cultural and artistic contributions of Latin America and the Caribbean, York University’s Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is hosting its 3^rd Graduate Student Research Conference on *March 15^th and 16^th , 2013 at York University in Toronto*.

 

This conference brings together scholars working on Latin America and the Caribbean to share their research in a collegial, professional and friendly environment. The conference organizing committee welcomes papers, presentation proposals and panel proposals on research focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. We are seeking a broad range of playful, critical, engaging, diverse, and dynamic themes that span across various disciplines including, but not limited to, social sciences, humanities, fine arts, environmental studies and law and business.Themes from previous conferences include indigeneity, literature, inter-state relations, violence, identity, language, development, gender, fair trade, diaspora, memory and neoliberalism.

 

All modes of presentations are welcome, including papers, posters, film and other creative expressions and may be presented in any language of the region, while abstracts must be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish by *September 30, 2012*. We particularly encourage applicants to coordinate panels around a particular topic or theme. If you’re interested in organizing a panel and would like to include the call or abstract for it on our website, please contact lasconf@yorku.ca <mailto:lasconf@yorku.ca>.

 

 

*_Contact/Submissions:_*

 

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Please visit http://www.yorku.ca/cerlac/grad-conf2013 to obtain the required conference application form and for further information. The form includes a request for a 250-word (maximum) abstract for papers or alternative presentation proposals. Applicants who wish to form a panel may use the panel proposal form also found on this website and are encouraged to contact us early so that the panel abstract and call may be included on the conference website.

 

The deadline for applications is *September 30, 2012*; however, those planning to present in artistic/alternative formats (e.g. film, dance, visual arts, music, etc.) are encouraged to contact us earlier for logistical/planning purposes.Inquiries and completed application forms may be sent to lacsconf@yorku.ca <mailto:lacsconf@yorku.ca>. Successful applicants will be notified by December 1^st , 2012.

 

Those whose proposals are accepted will be asked to submit a final or near-final draft of their full papers/presentation material by January 30, 2013. This will facilitate a thorough review by the panel discussant and therefore guarantee you detailed feedback; this element of past conferences has proven very valuable to participants, helping them to refine their research questions and to develop their papers into publishable form.

 

 

4.       CFP AND WEBSITE INFO FOR SLACA CONFERENCE IN MERIDA

 

Queridas y queridos miembros de SLACA,

 

En mi rol de co-organizadora del congreso de primavera 2012 de SLACA en Mérida, Yucatán, he creado un sitio web que espero que ustedes nos ayuden a promover, invitando a sus colegas y amistades:

https://sites.google.com/site/slacaspringmeetings2013/.

 

La página será puesta al día cuando seleccionemos los resúmenes de los trabajos que se presentarán en el congreso, y luego cuando tengamos el programa preliminar y una lista de hoteles a precios de descuento para quienes participen en el evento.

 

Por favor tengan presente que no tienen que registrarse para el congreso si su resumen no fue seleccionado.  En este momento todo lo que necesitamos son sus resúmenes, que deben ser de 450-500 palabras.

 

Que tengan una semana preciosa,

 

Gabriela

 

Gabriela Vargas Cetina

Professor of Anthropology

Facultad de Ciencias Antropológicas

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Campus de Ciencias Sociales

Carretera a Tizimín Km. 1

Mérida, Yucatan 97305

Mexico

Tel. +52 999 930 0090

gabriela.vargas@uady.mx

http://antropuntodevista.blogspot.com

http://sites.google.com/site/representacionesculturales/vargas-cetina

 

 

5.       LINKS TO INTERESTING PIECES ON CANADA AND MINING IN GUATEMALA

 

http://rabble.ca/news/2012/08/mining-repression-and-rhetoric-democracy-and-rule-law-guatemala

 

http://www.ledevoir.com/international/actualites-internationales/355269/canada-guatemala-et-crimes-de-guerre

 

 

 

 

Thomas A. Offit Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Baylor University

(254) 710-6226