Calls for Papers

Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest:

Week of March 13th, 2020

Call for Papers

1. Fuego y Leña // Slow Burn: Food, Justice, and Sovereignty in the Americas Conference

The Latin American Studies Center at University of Maryland is organizing the student conference Fuego Leña // Slow Burn: Food, Justice, and Sovereignty in the Americas.”  Graduate students and advanced undergraduate student submissions from all disciplines are welcome. Abstracts are due March 1, 2020. The 2020 Call for Papers and the flyer are attached The conference is scheduled for April 30 and May 1, 2020, on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, and will include two days of panels, a keynote panel discussion (scholars, activists, and artists), and a music-filled closing reception. We look forward to your participation and attendance.

Slow burn is an image that refers to a careful process of cooking. It represents patience, ancestral knowledge, the simmering pot. This conference invites us to question how slow-burn — as a method– can improve our practices, challenge our politics, slow-down vertiginous modern times to reflect on our historical, present, and future realities. What does it mean for justice to be on a slow burn? How does placing the myriad issues surrounding food on a slow burn move us closer to justice?

We welcome traditional contributions as well as those that take creative, interdisciplinary, and experimental forms. Topics may include but are not restricted to:

  • Food rituals and customs
  • Trade, production, consumption of commodities, and global capitalism
  • Migration, diaspora, and hybridization of culinary cultures
  • Negotiation and ways of resistance: agency in food practices
  • Representation and ideologies: nostalgia, tradition, and authenticity
  • Nutritional, economic, political, and ecological impacts on global foodways
  • Health and food practices
  • Exploitative food systems, hunger, and resilience
  • Land, agriculture, technologies, and natural resources
  • Eating places and spaces: home, restaurant, workplace
  • Gendered practices of food
  • Food and religion
  • Food, literature, and language
  • Food, media, and digital humanities

We invite participants to explore elements of the theme in Latin America, the Caribbean, and among Latin Americans and Latinxs living in the United States or elsewhere in the world. We encourage contributions that propose solidarities between disciplines and types of knowledge.

The conference features a keynote panel with scholars, community members, artists, and activists. It includes graduate and undergraduate student research panels and innovative sessions offering different ways of exchanging ideas.

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Up to 250-word abstract
  • Up to 5 keywords
  • 50-word biography of presenters
  • Indicate the format of your proposed contribution: individual paper, panel, roundtable discussion, artistic performance, or any alternative format.
  • Describe your audio-visual needs

Please submit your proposal by March 1, 2020 to

We welcome contributions in English, Spanish, Spanglish, Portuguese, French, or Creole. Proposal decision notifications will be emailed by March 16, 2020. Inquiries may be sent to the Latin American Studies Center at the University of Maryland,

2. Open Americas

Open Americas is a website that serves as a platform for social and political issues in the Americas. They are currently accepting undergraduate, graduate, and professional work to publish, whether research, literature, of visual media related to the Americas.

Call for submission includes:

Research / Literature / Review / Photography / Opinion / Interview / Translation

Submit to:

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