LASA2018 / Latin American Studies in a Globalized World

About LASA2018

LASA2018 / Latin American Studies in a Globalized World

XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association

LASA President

Aldo I. Panfichi Huaman
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Program Co-Chairs

Charles F. Walker
University of California/Davis

Marianne Braig
Lateinamerika Institut der FU Berlin

Congress Theme

Latin American studies today is experiencing a surprising dynamism. The expansion of this field defies the pessimistic projections of the 1990s about the fate of area studies in general and offers new opportunities for collaboration among scholars, practitioners, artists, and activists around the world. This can be seen in the expansion of LASA itself, which since the beginning of this century has grown from 5,000 members living primarily in the United States to nearly 12,000 members in 2016, 45 percent of whom reside outside of the United States (36 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean). And while the majority of us reside in the Americas, there are also an increasing number of Latin American studies associations and programs in Europe and Asia, most of which have their own publications and annual seminars and congresses.

Several factors explain this dynamism. Perhaps the most important is the very maturity of our field. Various generations of Latin Americanists have produced an enormous, diverse, and sophisticated body of research, with a strong commitment to interdisciplinarity and to teaching about this important part of the world. Latin American studies has produced concepts and comparative knowledge that have helped people around the world to understand processes and problematics that go well beyond this region. For example, Latin Americanists have been at the forefront of debates about the difficult relationship between democracy, development, and dependence on natural resource exports—challenges faced around the globe. Migration, immigration, and the displacement of people due to political violence, war, and economic need are also deeply rooted phenomena in our region, and pioneering work from Latin America can shed light on comparable experiences in other regions today. Needless to say, Latin American studies also has much to contribute to discussions about populism and authoritarianism in their various forms in Europe and even the United States today.

With these contributions in mind, we propose that the overarching theme of the Barcelona LASA Congress be “Latin American Studies in a Globalized World”, and that we examine both how people in other regions study and perceive Latin America and how Latin American studies contributes to the understanding of comparable processes and issues around the globe.

Program Tracks

Names of Program Committee members are provided for information only. Direct your correspondence to the LASA Secretariat ONLY.

AFR / Afro-Latin/Indigenous Peoples
Sofía Venturoli - Università di Torino

AGR / Agrarian and Rural Life
Guadalupe Rodríguez-Gómez - Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Occidente
Évelyne Mesclier - Institut Français d'Etudes Andine and Institut de Recherche pour le Développement

ALA / Asia and Latin America
Ignacio López-Calvo - University of California, Merced
Shigeko Mato - Waseda University
Guo Jie - Peking University

ART / Art, Archaeology, and Architecture
Alessia Frassani - Universiteit Leiden
Ananda Cohen-Aponte - Cornell University

BIO / Biodiversity, Natural Resources and Environment
Avecita Chicchón - Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation
Franck Poupeau - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique

CIT / Cities and Urban Studies
Omar Pereyra - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Jesús M. González Pérez - Universitat de les Illes Balears

COL / Social Research in the Era of Analytics and Big Data
José Manuel Magallanes - University of Washington and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Ernesto Calvo - University of Maryland

CSS / Civil Society and Social Movements
Gonzalo Delamaza - Universidad de Los Lagos
Adrian Gurza Lavalle - Universidade de São Paulo

CUL / Culture, Power and Political Subjectivities
Patricia Oliart - Newcastle University
Carles Feixa - Universitat de Lleida

ECO / Economics and Social Policies
Erica Simmons - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Lindsay Mayka - Colby College

EDU / Education and Educational Policies
Norberto Fernández Lamarra - Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero
Lorenza Villa Lever - Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

ENE / Energy, Commodities and Development
Maritza Paredes Gonzales - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Matthew Amengual - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

EUR / Europe and Latin America
Robin Cavagnoud - Ponticia Universidad Católica del Perú
Hans-Jürgen Puhle - Goethe University, Frankfurt

FIL / Film Studies
Michael Lazzara - University of California, Davis
Pablo Piedras - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, and Universidad Nacional de las Artes

GEN / Gender and Feminisms
Jelke Boesten - King's College London
Michelle McKinley - University of Oregon

HIS / History and Historiography
Antonio Escobar Ohmstede - Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, Ciudad de México
Natalia Sobrevilla Perea - University of Kent

HUM / Human Rights and Memory
Maria Eugenia Ulfe - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Valérie Robin Azevedo - Université Paris Descartes

ILS / Interrogating Latin American Studies
Ignacio Sánchez Prado - Washington University, St. Louis
Cristián Castro - Universidad Diego Portales

INQ / Global Inequalities
Sérgio Costa - Freie Universität Berlin
Lena Lavinas - Universidade Federal do Río de Janeiro

INT / International Relations
Sebastien M. Adins - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Cintia Quiliconi - Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Ecuador

LAB / Labor Studies and Class Relations
Paulo Drinot - University College London
Delphine Mercier - Laboratoire d'Economie et de Sociologie du Travail and Aix-Marseille Université

LAW / Law, Rights and Citizenship
Jorge González-Jácome - Universidad de los Andes
LaDawn Haglund - Arizona State University

LSN / Literary Studies: Colonial and 19th Century
Vanesa Miseres - University of Notre Dame
Ivonne del Valle - University of California, Berkeley

LST / Literary Studies: Contemporary
Claudia Salazar - The City University of New York, Brooklyn College
Susanne Klengel - Freie Universität Berlin

LTC / Literature and Culture: Interdisciplinary Approaches
Maricruz Castro-Ricalde - Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Paola Cortés-Rocca - Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas

MAS / Mass Media and Popular Culture
Susana Kaiser - University of San Francisco
Mariana De Maio - Lehigh University

MBD / Migration, Latinos, Diásporas
Jorge Durand - Universidad de Guadalajara
Sònia Parella Rubio - Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

OTS / Otros Saberes and Alternative Methods
Mariana Mora - Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social, Mexico
Angela Stuesse - University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

PER / Performance and Visual Culture
Lisa Blackmore - University of Essex
Liliana Gómez-Popescu - Universität Zürich

PIP / Political Institutions and Processes
Ezequiel Gonzalez Ocantos - Univesity of Oxford
Julio Ríos Figueroa - Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas

PPP/ Politics and Public Policy
John Polga-Hecimovich - United States Naval Academy
Lorenza Fontana - Harvard University

REL / Religions and Spirituality
Jennifer Scheper Hughes - University of California, Riverside
Valentina Napolitano - University of Toronto

SAS / Sport and Society
David Wood - University of Sheffield
Pablo Alabarces - Universidad de Buenos Aires and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas

SLS / Sexualities and LGBTQ Studies
Joseph M. Pierce - State University of New York, Stony Brook
Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel - Rutgers University

SMP / States, Markets and Political Economy
Eduardo Dargent - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Alisha Holland - Princeton University

TRA / Globalization and Transnationalism
Ana Melisa Pardo - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Petra Rivera-Rideau - Wellesley College

VIO / Violence and (in)Security
Sebastian Huhn - Osnabrueck University
Angelika Rettberg - Universidad de los Andes
Lucía Dammert - Universidad de Santiago de Chile