Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Calls for Papers and Conferences 


Western Regional International Health Conference, University of Washington
Conference Dates: April 4 - 6, 2014

Venue: University of Washington Husky Union Building (HUB)

11th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference

Uncensored: Gender, Sexuality, & Social Movements in Global Health

The WRIHC Student Committee welcomes you to participate in our 11th annual conference, featuring dynamic discussions on gender, sexuality, and social movements; networking with experts and colleagues; and the opportunity to challenge our assumptions and expand the scope of global health.

More information at:


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Globalizing Discourses in Luso-Hispanic Contexts, the 17th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium, Ohio State University
Conference Dates: April 11-12, 2014

The aim of the symposium is to unite various vantage points from which to view the role of globalization in the intersection of Luso-Hispanic cultures with the rest of the world in order to promote a critical, cross-disciplinary network of scholarship. How has technology shaped the power of discourse? How can we see the multidirectional flow of knowledge and culture through the process of globalization? Where and why are these exchanges asymmetrical? What types of patterns, anomalies or problems emerge within these contact zones? Which contemporary theoretical approaches could benefit from studying globalizing discourses that span the Luso-Hispanic speaking world? These are only a few possible questions to consider as participants prepare submissions for this symposium. 

For more information: please contact the symposium organizers: Alicia Miklos (, Jessica Rutherford (, or Kristina Soric (, or

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Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale University 

Conference Dates: Saturday, April 12 -  Sunday, April 13, 2014

Presented by Unite For Sight, 11th Annual Conference
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

The Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world's largest global health conference and social entrepreneurship conference. This must-attend, thought-leading conference annually convenes 2,200 leaders, changemakers, students, and professionals from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Register by January 31 to secure the lowest registration rate:

Interested in presenting at the conference? Submit a social enterprise pitch abstract for consideration.

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Latino Health Conference
Subsidy to help w/ travel or registration costs, apply by March 7, 2014
Conference dates: April 17 - 18, 2014


Latino Health Research, Practice, and Policy:
Identifying our Strengths and Growing our Collaborations
April 17-18, 2014
Only 100 seats available— register today!
Need a subsidy to help with travel or registration costs? Apply here by March 7.

WHAT: The first-ever Latino Health Conference for the WWAMI region (WA, WY, AK, MT, and ID)
WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. │ Friday, April 18, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Reception Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m. to launch the University of Washington's new Latino Center for Health
WHERE: Seattle, WA │ University of Washington Medicine, South Lake Union Campus
REGISTRATION: $240 │ Register onlinePreliminary conference programTravel, accommodations, etc.
PLENARY TOPICS: Behavioral & Mental Health │ Health Policy │ Chronic Diseases

As Latino communities in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) continue to grow, so does the need for high-quality, community-engaged health research. Please join us in Seattle for a unique opportunity to connect with community leaders, researchers, health care providers, and policymakers who want to promote healthier Latino communities in our region by generating and implementing scientific discoveries. We will exchange ideas, create professional networking opportunities, and develop new research collaborations focused on chronic disease, behavioral health, and health policy issues.
We hope to see you there! Register online.

Leo Morales, MD, PhD
Associate Investigator, Group Health Research Institute
Associate Professor, Health Services, University of Washington
Gino Aisenberg, PhD
Associate Dean, The Graduate School, Community Partnerships and Diversity
Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington


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Young Scholars Symposium, Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame
Symposium Dates: April 23-25, 2014


The Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce our inaugural Virgilio Elizondo Distinguished Visiting Professorship named for our esteemed senior ILS colleague, Fr. Virgilio Elizondo. Notre Dame's inaugural visiting professor is Dr. Arlene Davila, Professor of Anthropology, Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. 

Professor Davila's activities on the Notre Dame campus will include a symposium for advanced doctoral students and pre-tenured professors. We seek applications from young scholars who are working on a dissertation, a book, or another research project. Successful nominees will attend Professor Davila's public lecture and participate in a symposium at which they will present a dissertation chapter or essay draft for discussion with Professor Davila and ILS faculty fellows. ILS will cover all expenses and offer an honorarium of $500 to each young scholar selected to participate in these events which will take place at the University of Notre Dame. 

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Urban Explorations: Latin America’s Cities, Past & Present Conference—The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center at SUNY Stony Brook

Conference Date: April 25, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Brodwyn Fischer (University of Chicago)

Since the conquest, Latin America has been a distinctly urban region, and yet urbanization has always been a process fraught with ambiguity and contradiction. From Pre-Columbian times, urban centers have served as central arenas for the contestation of political power, cultural legitimacy, economic development, and social hierarchy. Latin America’s cities have stood at the nexus of regional and transnational forces. They have served as both geographic and intellectual meeting places, where vibrant and often restive rural cultures have come into contact with forces that reach well beyond the boundaries of the nation-state. As a result, scholars across the disciplines have long grappled with how to understand urban space in Latin America.  


For more information, click here.



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ESTC14 Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference
Conference Dates: April 27-30, 2014

The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), organized by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), is a unique annual conference focused on the advancement of sustainability goals for the tourism industry.


In 2014, the ESTC will be held in Bonito, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil from April 27-30, and will bring together 600 professionals from around the world, with a strong focus on highlighting and promoting ecotourism's role in sustainable development.


ESTC Highlights

›› Innovative Sessions on Sustainability as a Market Driver

›› Network with Key Industry Players in Travel & Tourism

›› Latest Sustainability Tools, Solutions & Best Practice Ideas

›› Industry-Focused Round Tables, Workshops & Exhibits

›› Social Events Highlighting Local & Global Opportunities

›› Inspiring Keynote Speakers, Eye-Opening Stories

For more information, click here.

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LASA International Congress for 2014

Conference Dates: May 21-24, 2014

Latin American Studies Association | Palmer House Hilton Hotel
Chicago, IL

The Latin American Studies Association would like to invite you to the upcoming LASA International Congress for 2014, which will take place in Chicago at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel from May 21st to May 24th, 2014.


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Eastern Regional Conference of the National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies
Abstract Deadline: Wednesday April 30, 2014

Conference Dates: July 31 - August 3, 2014


University of Washington participants will receive 10% reduction in the registration fee. For more information on this price reduction, email:

July 31 - August 3, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel
Tampa, Florida

Call for Papers: Abstracts not to exceed two (2) pages, should be submitted that relate to any aspect of the Hispanic and Latino experience. Subjects may include, but are limited to: literature, demographics, history, politics, economics, education, heal care, fine arts, religion, social sciences, business and many other subjects. Please indicate the time required for presentation of your paper (25 minutes OR 45 minutes).

Abstracts with title of paper, presenter's name, home and institutional/organization postal mailing address and email should be postmarked by Friday: April 18, 2014.

Send abstracts to:

Dr. Lemuel Berry, Jr.

Executive Director, NAAAS & Affiliates
PO BOX 6670
Scarborough, ME 04070-6670
Tel: 207-839-8004
Fax: 207-839-3776



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Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Box 353650, 122 Thomson Hall
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 685-3435
Advising: (206) 543-6001

Dr. Josť Antonio Lucero

Gai-Hoai Nguyen
Assistant Director

Dr. Linda Iltis
Academic Advisor
(206) 543-6001

Joni Marts
Academic Advisor
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Deb Raftus
LACS Librarian