Calls for Papers

Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: Week of December 9th,  2018

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center (LACS) at Stony Brook University in collaboration with the Department of History at Columbia University announce the 18th Annual Latin American Studies Graduate Conference to be held at Columbia University onSaturday, April 27th, 2019. The theme for this year, “Contested Spaces: Where Latin American Histories Meet” provides an opportunity for graduate students and emerging scholars to study how spaces in Latin America are historically produced and how they affect human life.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Vera S. Candiani, winner of the Elinor Melville Prize for her first book Dreaming of Dry Land: Environmental Transformation in Colonial Mexico City(2014). Dr. Candiani is an Associate Professor of History at Princeton University. Her research provides innovative approaches to social, economic, and environmental history, with an emphasis on how these fields intersect with the history of technology. In Dreaming of Dry Land, Professor Candiani looks at the environmental engineering projects in the early modern era that aimed to desiccate the lakes that once surrounded Mexico City.

We welcome papers from a wide range of disciplines, subject areas, and time periods. Potential topics of inquiry may include, but are not limited to:

  •   Natural, Urban, and Rural Environments
  • Public Health and Technology
  •  Commodities and Material Culture
  • Transnational, Borderlands, and Migrations
  •   Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Citizenship
  •  Religion and Sacred Spaces
  •   Policy and Planning
  •  Intellectual Debates and Historiography

To apply, please send an abstract (300 words) with a short list of thematic keywords to help us sort papers into coherent panels; a short CV (1 page); and a short biography (75 words) by January 15th, 2019. Abstracts and Papers can be in English or Spanish.

Note: Participants will have to submit their papers two weeks prior to the conference.


Indiana University Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Student Association is pleased to announce and invite submissions to our 8th annual graduate conference entitled “On Heritage and Struggle: Deconstructing Neoliberal Assumptions and Realities” to take place Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd, 2019. Now, the conference welcomes not only paper applications from graduate students, but also poster submissions from undergraduates and graduate students. Interdisciplinary in its nature, this conference aims to promote inventive discussions and intellectual re-conceptualizations that foster a novel approach to Latin American and Caribbean studies. This conference is designed to showcase research that examines and challenges presuppositions of the diverse social, political, cultural, economic, technological, and environmental themes present in the region. ​


Would you please forward this announcement to undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with Institute of Latin American Studies? Please find the call for papers and posters below for additional information, as well as submission guidelines. Submissions are due November 25th. To submit a poster or paper for this conference, please go to the conference webpage​. For additional questions, please email



Making the Jazz Gumbo: An International Conference on Repertoires that Influenced and were Influenced by Early Jazz

Presented by the Historic Brass Society

With support from the City University Of New York Graduate Center

Marking the 100thAnniversary of the death of James Reese Europe

When: May 9, 2019

Where: CUNY Graduate Center, NYC

Jimmy Owens and Bobby Sanabria – Co-Musical Directors

Jeff Nussbaum and John Graziano – Co-Conference Directors

As with a great gumbo, the creation of musical genres involve the mix of many elements. Some of those elements have been downplayed in jazz history. This conference aims to address those shortcomings and will focus on musical styles that helped create and were influenced by jazz. Special focus will be placed on James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hell Fighters who created a link between ragtime and early jazz as well as what Jelly Roll Morton intriguingly called “That Spanish tinge.” Exploration of cross-influences from Latin American music will be explored, most notably, early Cuban repertoire. Brazilian choro, maxixe and other styles as well as repertoire from Puerto Rico, and Mexico will be included. Music and history of composers such as Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Pixinguinha, and Ernesto Nazareth will also be represented.

The conference will end with a period-instrument concert of the music of James Reese Europe and the Harlem Hell Fighters as well as late 19thand early 20thcentury music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil and works by Gottschalk, Pixinguinha, Nazareth, Jelly Roll Morton, Wm. Tyers, Lucky Roberts and others.

Proposals for papers on those and related topics will be considered for inclusion in the conference.

Send proposals by December 1, 2019




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