The LASA president invites you to participate in LASA2023

August 12, 2022

LASA returns to on-site Congress and maintains virtual component

Receive a warm greeting from me and the LASA2023 Congress team, composed of professors Yanina Welp (Argentine political scientist), David Smilde (American sociologist) and Emilia Simison (Argentine political scientist, assistant of the team). We hope you are having a nice summer/winter break.

As you already know, the call for papers is open to propose panels, presentations, workshops and other activities for the upcoming LASA2023 Congress to be held in Vancouver between May 24 and 27. The theme of our congress will focus on democracy and human rights, covering a very wide spectrum of subtopics in all disciplines of Social Sciences and Humanities. With the title "América Latina y el Caribe: Pensar, Representar y Luchar por los Derechos, the Congress will seek to make visible academic answers to questions such as: how to preserve rights when institutions do not guarantee them, how to make them effective in contexts of high inequality. Further, what are the alternatives to the nation-state as we know it to address these problems, and what is the capacity of Latin America and the Caribbean to intervene in a global context where the region seems less and less relevant.

We want to invite you to participate most actively in this in-person conference, after three years at a distance. The Executive Council, the Executive Director and the staff have made a very praiseworthy effort to reduce the costs of registration through an All Access model that responds to the demands of the membership, given the setbacks in academic support for attending these events.

We encourage you to participate with enthusiasm in this Congress, to take place in the Canadian spring, and to spread the information among your networks to make it an unforgettable event. The deadline for receipt of proposals is September 8. We will continue to report new developments.

Kind regards,

Margarita López Maya
President of LASA

PhD in Cs. Ss. and professor at Universidad Central de Venezuela

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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