Calls for Papers

Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest: January 22, 2018

Calls for Papers

The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University welcomes submissions for its 5th International Graduate Student Research Conference – Navigating Hot Water: Defiant Pathways Through The Next Millennium
Deadline: January 26, 2018

March 16-17, 2018, York University, Toronto

At the beginning of the twenty-first century–a new millennium–we find ourselves in hot water in the Caribbean and Latin America, and around the world. From inequality, poverty and discrimination; to migration, globalization and urbanization; to corruption, violence and insecurity; to extractivism, exploitation and neo-colonialism; to deforestation, ecosystem degradation, and flooding, we must navigate these uncertain times in order to secure a more prosperous and equitable future for our peoples and our environment. Despite these challenges, we find hope in the emergence of many defiant movements, counter-movements, initiatives and experiences, charting the way through this still-new millennium.

“Although the future is not open, it offers openings. And although the final destination may not be clear, the sense of direction is: toward justice, equality, freedom, diversity, and social and ecological harmony. The Left has no map, but it has a compass.”

Coronil, Fernando. “The Future in Question: History and Utopia in Latin America” (2011)

CERLAC’s 2018 Graduate Student Conference aims to explore contemporary challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, including their historical contexts, and innovative pathways through these challenges moving forward. We welcome submissions from various disciplines, perspectives, narratives and expressions, for papers, panels, workshops, performances and artwork. Guide our collective compass, as we engage with a diversity of praxis to imagine and build upon a future of hope, defiance and determination!

The deadline for submissions has been extended to January 26, 2018. Please submit your proposals here.


We welcome submissions in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Feel free to contact us at with any questions or concerns.

Call for submissions: 2018 Edition of the Peter C. Marzio Award
Deadline: July 30, 2018

The ICAA is proud to invite upper-level undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in universities in the US and abroad to apply for the 2018 edition of the Peter C. MarzioAward for Outstanding Research in 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. Named for the late, longtime director of the MFAH, who founded the ICAA in 2001, the award recognizes new scholarship in the field of 20th-century Latin American and Latino art. A first prize of $2,500 and an honorable mention prize of $1,000 will be awarded for outstanding academic papers based on the primary-source materials available from the digital archive Documents of 20th-century Latin American and Latino Art and its companion book series, Critical Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art. The two selected papers will be published in an upcoming number of the ICAA Documents Project Working Papers series, which is available on the ICAA Documents Project website. The prize is generously underwritten by the Transart Foundation of Houston.

For the official call for participation, please see the ICAA Peter C. Marzio Award page.


Religion in Latin America: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives
Deadline: May 15, 2018

Open Theology” (  invites submissions for the topical issue “Religion in Latin America: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives,” edited by Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College, USA), Marciano Adilio Spica (State University of Midwest of Parana, Brazil), and Agnaldo Cuoco Portugal (University of Brasilia, Brazil).

The aim of this topical issue is to present a panorama of the theological and philosophical reflections on religiosity in Latin America.

The influence of churches and religions on the daily lives of the people of Latin America cannot be denied. In the same way, the great variety of religious and spiritual manifestations cannot be denied. In Latin America, in addition to the Christian majority, we find religions of African origin, religions of Native Americans, Judaism, Islam, Spiritism among others. This diversity cannot be taken as only a variety of dispersed groups that never dialogue. In many cases, we find extremely syncretic religious expressions that involve elements of various religions in order to create a new and rich expression of faith. Given this diversity, it is almost impossible to make a complete map of religiosity in Latin America. But what we are proposing with this topical issue is to advance some theological and philosophical discussions, in order to present a little of this Latin American religious variety and the challenges it brings.

Among the topics we seek to explore are:

  • Religious identity in Latin America;
  • Theology of liberation;
  • Religious syncretism in Latin America;
  • Religious pluralism in Latin America;
  • Religion and Latin American values;
  • Religion and public life in Latin America.

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
  • efficient route to f ast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Publication costs should be covered by so called Article Processing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. To view funding opportunities to cover APC please visit  

Authors who would like to apply for discounts or free publication are asked to discuss it with Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their article.

Submissions are due May 15, 2018. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at:

Please choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Religion in Latin America”.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Dr. Marciano Spica at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at


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