Call for Papers: RELAM Sixth Student Conference

Latin American Studies Network of Montreal

« Advocacy and Solidarity: Latin America in Movement » 

May 8th, 2020

At the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM)

The Latin American Studies Network of Montreal (Concordia, McGill, UQÀM, and Université de Montréal) student committee will hold its sixth student conference on May 8th, 2020 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The theme of this year’s multidisciplinary and quadrilingual (English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese) conference is “Advocacy and Solidarity: Latin America in Movement”.

This conference seeks to tackle how the claims made and the struggles borne by different civil society organizations -within and without institutional frames- have shaped and continue to shape Latin America. These claims are born from the strength of the solidarities and conflicts that sustain them and occur between citizens who hold plural, and at times contradictory, identities. Moreover, the notion of movement prompts us to reflect on the transformations and the political and ideological inertias that emerge from the imbrication of power structures and spaces of protest. The title of this conference thus raises a number of questions with regard to identity, territoriality and collective imagination, but also (and not exclusively), to migration and social movements. These dynamics can be broached through various disciplinary and methodological perspectives. 

Below is a non-exhaustive list of themes that fit into this framework:

  • Solidarity movements at different scales (local, national and international);
  • South-North and North-South relations: migratory dynamics, (inter)regional solidarities, decolonial claims and contentions; 
  • Dynamics of resistance and solidarity in the face of different forms of violence; 
  • The space for legal and juridical discourses in regional struggles and human rights, collective rights and identity rights claims (indigenous, ethnic, social and environmental); 
  • The systems of dominations (economic, policy-state, racial, colonial, patriarchal, etc.) and their impacts on (gender, race, social class, intersectional and other) identities;
  • Solidarities and claims related to the geographic and human territorialities (urban, rural, peripheral, central, etc.) that they occupy;
  • The cultural and social movements and countermovements, their actors and mobilization tools, including feminist (sexual and reproductive rights, recognition of invisible work), ideological-partisan, environmental, LGBTQI2+ movements 
  • The popular representations and real and imagined social constructs related to the claims and solidarities in the region (literary, cultural and mythical) 

The scientific committee is open to any subject likely to fit the reflections surrounding processes of transformation or inertia. We encourage both undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines, or anyone interested, to present their research on Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Students will have the opportunity to present their research in a themed panel moderated by a professor specialized in Latin American studies. This student conference is an excellent opportunity for students to receive feedback on their work and to meet fellow Latin Americanist students and professors.

To participate and present your research, please send an abstract of no more than 200 words to by January 27th, 2020. Please indicate your name, program, department, university, and the language in which you would like to present. Proposals, papers, and presentations can be given in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. Selected papers must be submitted by April 12th 2020 (maximum 8000 words).

Deadline for proposals: January 27th, 2020.

In summary :


Deadline for proposals: January 27th, 2020

Notification of acceptance: February 15th, 2020

Completed research deadline: April 12th, 2020

Student conference: May 8nd, 2020

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