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InterAmerican Studies / Estudios InterAmericanos

International Congress for Inter-American Students: (Des)conexiones en las Américas (June, 6th, 7th and 8th, 2018)

The Americas is a sui generis space where there is and there has been a multiplicity of interactions between the actors and groups that compound it.

For a time, the dominant approach of its study was based on fixed blocks or regions, namely North America and Latin America. However, during the last decades, different political, social and epistemological crises have shown that this dual approach is not enough to explain the phenomena that take place in the region. Thus, Inter-American Studies emerge as a possible answer to this crisis by changing and broadening the approach with which they are discussed in order to somehow try to face the intellectual, political and cultural movements and fluctuations that go beyond borders formally and arbitrarily established..

However, this process of constant entanglements faces a problem: lack of entanglements. Therefore, it is equally important to ask ourselves in which way these disconnections are created and how they play a critical role in the space of the Americas.

The congress aims to generate discussion and diffusion spaces for young researchers as well as to create a space to question how these social, political, rhetorical, and narrative connections, as well as disconnections, work in relation to the systems of knowledge created in the continent. By taking this into account, the Congress will be divided into three sections:

  • Narrative - Linguistics
  • Politics and Society
  • (Inter)-American Thinking

  • Application process

    The call is specially opened for Master and Ph.D. students of related areas; however, every researcher and/or social actor that would like to participate is welcome.

    The abstracts should be individual and cannot exceed 300 words. They can be sent in German, Spanish, English, and Portuguese until February 15th, 2018 to the email address congresobielefeld2018@gmail.com. They should have the author´s name and academic affiliation. On March 5th the selected abstracts will be informed via email.

    After the congress, a special edition of the electronic journal "fiar-forum for Inter-American Research" of the International Association of Inter-American studies will be published with the most distinguished presentations.

    For more information:
    Fachschaft InterAmerikanische Studien

    (Des)conexiones en las Américas