LASA announces the winners of the grant FORD-LASA Special Projects 2020

December 5, 2019

LASA is pleased to announce the winners of the fourteenth cycle of the FORD-LASA Special Projects, a grant possible thanks to the contribution of the Ford Foundation to benefit the LASA Endowment Fund.  

Selected Projects

Young Land Occupations in São Paulo's Zones of Environmental Protection Co-Designing Urban Strategies and Tactical Interventions.

Taubman College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Michigan
LabJuta (Laboratory of Territorial Justice) at Universidade Federal do ABC
Center Gaspar Garcia for Human Rights, based in São Paulo. 

Responsible Group: Ana Paula Pimentel Walker, Taubman College University of Michigan; María Arquero de Alarcón, Taubman College University of Michigan; Benedito R. Barbosa, LabJUTA Univ. Federal do ABC + Centro Gaspar Garcia de Direitos Humanos, Francisco de Assis Comarú, LabJUTA Universidade Federal do ABC and Luciana Nicolau Ferrara, LabJUTA Universidade Federal do ABC.

We award a FORD-LASA grant to this valuable project because of the broad implications of its research findings, because of its innovative research strategy involving education and community empowerment, because of the direct political applications of its investigation and to the professionalism of the application itself.

Setbacks in Reproductive Rights: TransRegional Perspectives on "Victories"of Neoconservative Politico-Religious Movements.

Responsible: Gabriela Arguedas-Ramírez, Directora Posgrado en Estudios de la Mujer, Universidad de Costa Rica and Jadwiga E. Pieper Mooney, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS), University of Arizona.

We award a FORD-LASA funding to this proposal because it proposes an interesting collaborative research and social advocacy project very well crafted that seeks to understand the effects of the emergence of religious movements in spaces of formal politics on the struggles for the sexual and reproductive rights of women and the LGBTI people, in several Latin American countries.

Selection Committee

The project selection committee in this cycle was presided over by Gioconda Herrera, Vice President of LASA and President-elect, and included the participation of Suyapa Portillo, Pitzer College, Maria Josefina Saldaña, New York University, Amy Lind, University of Cincinnati and Santiago Basabe,  FLACSO Ecuador.

About LASA

The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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