Call for Papers: Order and Disorder in Latin America (March 31-April 1, 2017)

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Order and Disorder in Latin America
Graduate Student Conference
Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS)
The Johns Hopkins University
March 31st – April 1st, 2017

Under the surface of interstate peace, Latin America is permeated by dynamics that threaten order, understood as a pattern or arrangement that sustains society’s primary goals. These dynamics range from troubling forces —violence, social and health inequalities, infectious diseases, corruption— to creative energies —social mobilizations, artistic ingenuity, migration flows, policy diffusion. Moreover, the processes of order and disorder in Latin America intricately inform relations with its hegemonic neighbor, the United States, not only as a space for American action, but also as a source of potential ordering and disordering within the American context.

Accordingly, our conference aims to analyze intersecting and diverging systems, processes, narratives, and histories of order and disorder in Latin America. In lieu of chronological or geographical restrictions, the intention of Order and Disorder is to open fresh critical spaces for inquiry across disciplines and fields of study. The goal of the conference is to analyze the various mechanisms and permutations of sequence, disposition, disruption, and dislocation throughout the historically modular economies, cultures, political arenas, and spaces in and of Latin America.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing/Image in Latin America [as] order and/or disorder
  • Colonial and Postcolonial (dis)order in and of Latin America
  • (Geo)Political order and resistance in Latin America
  • Social dynamics (violence, inequality, racism, health disparities) catalyzing order or disorder
  • Policy challenges and innovations (economic growth, education, security, access to health care, infectious and chronic diseases)
  • Political unrests and creativity ordering or disordering public spheres
  • Migration flows within and from the region ordering or disordering societies
  • Theories and methodologies of order and disorder in Latin America

Please send a 250-word abstract accompanied by a short bio and list of required audiovisual equipment for your presentation to by February 28, 2017.

J. Luis Rodríguez & Ian Q. Rogers
Co-Liaisons, PLAS
The Johns Hopkins University