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Poder y cambio en las Américas en el moderna Era-Internacional. Conferencia de posgrado

Convocatoria | Reino Unido - London
End of Call: 15/11/2014
Power and Change in the Americas in the Modern Era-International. Postgraduate Conference

La Red de Investigación UCL Américas invita a los académicos a participar en su primera Conferencia Internacional de Postgrado, que se celebrará en el University College de Londres del 30 de abril al 1 de Mayo de 2015 Esta conferencia de dos días trata de atender a una comunidad internacional de postgrado y a investigadores americanistas que inician su carrera en cualquier ámbito de humanidades y ciencias sociales. Damos la bienvenida a propuestas de ponencias que aborden el tema general de la conferencia: Poder y Cambio en las Américas en la Era Moderna. Geográficamente, incluye todo el Hemisferio Occidental (Central, del Sur y América del Norte, así como el Caribe).

By adopting a broad, hemispheric perspective, we hope to encourage debates that extend beyond the boundaries of the nation-state, and to question the validity of cultural divides that often limit research agendas and enclose perceptions of complex problems and communalities. The conference, organized by UCL Americas Research Network, especially invites doctoral students and early career researchers whose work ranges both geographically and temporally, and will encourage interdisciplinary conversations on national, regional and local topics and those whose focus is comparative, transnational and global.

By facilitating a space to have these discussions, this conference aims to create an ongoing platform and network for collaborative exchange. The structure of the conference consists of three thematic approaches or streams across which different panels will be formed to addressing related topics in an innovative and interdisciplinary manner over the course of the two days.

  1. Representations, Ideology, and Ideas of Change: Evolutionary and revolutionary concepts in post-independence Americas have brought about significant changes to the ways in which actors and groups think, represent, and position themselves and their demands vis-à-vis the formal structures of power. This stream invites papers that address the topics of “change” and “power” in the Americas in its multiple forms of representations, ideas, and ideologies. The underlying tensions and contestations of certain ideas that have a direct impact on our understanding of what power and change means form the major rationale of this inquiry. Developing new modes of thinking continues to be fundamental in the attempt to understand the political in terms of the modern nation and the major forces shaping the lives of subjects in the Americas.
  2. Institutions, The State, and Governments: This second thematic approach focuses on political institutions and the state in the Americas, and addresses the changing parameters of power and the political in modern times. This includes the ways in which the state and its associated institutions (both non-state and governmental) have evolved over time and geographical space; the modes of interaction between states and institutions, both within and across countries; as well as domestic, regional, and transnational actors. This stream invites papers that address themes from across the spectrum of political interactions, encompassing debates around sovereignty and global governance, regional integration and subnational decentralization, and institutional design and practice. We particularly welcome papers that take an explicit comparative and interdisciplinary approach, and that can appeal to students and scholars of the Americas from diverse disciplinary backgrounds.
  3. Contesting Power and Social Practices: This thematic approach is interested in accounting for how different actors, communities, and movements in the Americas engage and interact with multiple-layered power structures, the state and its institutions and wider social systems. Social, economic, and political changes in the Americas are processes in which social actors are both objects and subjects. Confronted with these changes, historical and contemporary subjects have followed distinctive paths, from support and passive acceptance, to engagement in active contestation.

Please submit your abstracts to: uclamericasresearchnetwork@gmail.com NB: This conference will be free to attend, both for speakers and for the general public, though prior registration for attendance without presenting a paper is essential. Details on how to register will follow shortly. Keynote speakers will be confirmed soon.

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