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Latin American Studies Association invite to submit a paper or panel proposal addressing either the Congress theme or any topics related to the program tracks.

Toward a Third Century of Independence in Latin America

A number of Latin American countries already are celebrating, or soon will celebrate, the achievement of 200 years of national independence. The bicentennial commemorations represent not only an opportunity to convey and promote a sense of national unity based on collective accomplishments, but also an occasion for political, intellectual, and cultural reassessments of the past and present. In general, they are characterized by more complex views of the meaning of the revolutionary wars and of the scale of the social, economic, and human costs of nationbuilding and modernization, especially in relation to indigenous and other subaltern populations.

The result of this reconsideration is a relatively more diverse and inclusive notion of collective identity—one that takes into account the coexistence of many different (at times antagonistic) ethnic, sexual, and social histories. Although deep social inequalities still persist, the celebrations also coincide with an unprecedented period of democratic rule. The bicentennials offer an excellent opportunity for a multidisciplinary discussion about the multiple ways of constructing the past and forecasting the future; the new meanings of “independence,” “revolution,” and “national identity;” the role of Latin America in the new global economic order; and the transformative power and limitations of democratic institutions in Latin America’s third century of national independence.

You are invited to submit a paper or panel proposal addressing either the Congress theme or any topics related to the program tracks.

LASA also invites requests for travel grants from proposers residing in Latin America or the Caribbean as well as from students. Visit the LASA website for eligibility criteria. All proposals for papers, panels, and travel grants must be submitted electronically to the LASA Secretariat by April 1, 2011.


The deadline to submit proposals is April 1, 2011. Proposal forms and instructions are available on the LASA website:

No submissions by regular mail will be accepted. The Secretariat will send confirmation of the receipt of the proposal via e-mail.

All participants will be required to pre-register for the Congress.

LASA 2012 – XXX International Congress

inscription dates
in 01/04/2011

Andrea Giunta
University of Texas at Austin


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