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Defining resources in the Americas: policies and politics

Actividad de centro | Reino Unido
Jueves 11 de marzo de 2010

**Postgraduate conference announcement and call for abstracts**

Americas Research Group, Newcastle University

‘Defining resources in the Americas: policies and politics’

Venue: Newcastle University, UK

Date: Thursday, 11th March 2010
Keynote: TBC
Call for Papers

The notion of resources (social, cultural and natural), is highly complex and its uses are always being reconfigured in historically and geographically specific locations. Social and power relations have played a critical role in our understandings of the meanings and boundaries of resources across time and space.

The Americas are particularly pertinent sites to frame debates around these issues, both because of their historical and present-day geo-political positions. In the last two decades, there has been renewed interest in academic and policy focused research, in the socio-political and economic history of the region. Specifically, recent work has examined the connections between social stratification, poverty, political power and economic strategy , and the role of resources, structures and institutions on welfare, economic growth, development and sustainability.

This postgraduate conference aims to contribute to these debates by exploring the diverse definitions of resources (social, cultural and natural) and their uses in the Americas, in a friendly and informal environment. We welcome papers and posters from Masters and PhD students across diverse fields of study and disciplines that focus on the Americas (North America, Latin America and the Caribbean) and address, but are not limited to, the following themes:

Social and cultural resources: how are they defined, (re)defined and used?
National discourses and policies
Indigenous peoples’ social and political movements
Development, neo-liberalism and emerging alternatives
Cultural and social capital, migration and tourism
Institutional and global structures (WB, IMF, WTO, NAFTA, UNESCO, UN)

Exploration and exploitation of natural resources
Transnational corporations and natural resource extraction
Role of the state, national and international actors
Land ownership, displacement and migration
Political economy and new forms of colonialism
Environmental change, toxic imperialism

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to: Gisela Zapata, gisela.zapata@ncl.ac.uk
Deadline: 27th January 2010

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