LASA announces the winners of the grant FORD-LASA Special Projects 2021

December 2, 2020

LASA is pleased to announce the winners of the fifteenth 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

After the Left Turn: Polarization, Redistribution and the Politics of the New Right in Latin America 

Participants: André Borges, Project Director, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil; Amy Erica Smith, Iowa State University, USA; Carlos Meléndez Guerrero, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile; Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile; Gabriel Vommaro, UNSAM, Argentina; Gabriela Tarouco, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil; Laura Gamboa, University of Utah, United States; Lúcio Rennó, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil; Lucía Selios, UDELAR, Uruguay; Maryhen Jimenez Morales, University of Oxford, UK; Paolo Moncagatta, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador; Ryan Lloyd, Centre College, United States.

The crisis of forced displacement and responses to COVID-19 in Latin America

Responsible Group: Comparative Analysis on International Migration and Displacement in the Americas (CAMINAR).

Participants: Gisela P. Zapata, CAMINAR Research Group; Stephanie López, Grupo de investigación Migraciones y Desplazamientos, Universidad Nacional de Colombia; Marcia Vera Espinoza, School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London; Gabriela Cabezas Gálvez, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales FLACSO Ecuador; Luciana Gandini, Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas – SUDIMER, UNAM; Alethia F. De la Reguera,  Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas – Laboratorio Nacional Diversidades, UNAM; Luisa Feline Feier, Universidad del Pacífico; Cécile Blouin, Instituto de Democracia y Derechos Humanos de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Irene Palla, NGO FOCSIV; Cristina M. Zamora Gómez, Universidad de Sevilla;  Julieta Bengoechea, Programa de Población, Universidad de la República; Victoria Prieto Rosas, Programa de Población, Universidad de la República; Delia Dutra, CENUR, Universidad de la República; Camila Montiel, Asociación Profundación para las Ciencias Sociales.

Indigenous Women and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Supporting an Empowered and Resilient North-South Community

Participants: Pascal Lupien, University of Alberta; Natalia Caniguan, Director, Instituto de estudios indígenas e interculturales, Universidad de la Frontera, Chile; Dolores Figueroa, researcher, CIESAS, Mexico; Soledad Machaca, communication specialist, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia; Wilma Mendoza, comunicadora Mosetén Confederation of Indigenous Women of Bolivia (CNAMIB); Ange Valderrama, Mapuche social activist, Temuco, Chile; Norma Don Juan, comunicadora, Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas (CONAMI); Claudia Riveros, Executive Director, Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council; Carrie Demmans Epp, profesor of Computer Science, University of Alberta; Adriana Rincón, PhD candidate (ABD), UMass Boston.

Institutions & Organizations: University of Alberta (UofA); Yukon Aboriginal Women's Council (YAWC); Yukon Status of Women Council (YSWC); Social Communication Program (CCS), Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, La Paz, Bolivia; Institute of Indigenous and Intercultural Studies (IEII), Universidad de La Frontera, Temuco, Chile; National Rural and Indigenous Women's Association (ANAMURI), Chile; Confederación Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas de Bolivia (CNAMIB); Coordinadora Nacional de Mujeres Indígenas (CONAMI), Mexico; Citizen Lab (CL), University of Toronto; Derechos Digitales (DD), Santiago, Chile.

Selection Committee

The project selection committee in this cycle was presided over by Gerardo Otero, Vice President of LASA and President-elect, Simon Fraser University; Monica DeHart, University of Puget Sound and Tony Spanakos, Montclair State University.

Pascal Lupien,

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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