Call for papers: CERLAC’s international graduate student research conference


The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) is looking for submissions for its fourth international graduate student research conference, (In)dependency and its Tensions: Democracy, Culture and (Post)Development.

The conference will run on May 1 and 2, at York University and will bring together scholars working on the Americas to share their research in a collegial, professional and friendly environment. CERLAC is seeking a broad range of proposals – critical, engaging, diverse and dynamic themes that span across various disciplines including, but not limited to, social sciences, humanities, environmental studies, the arts, education, law and business.

Themes from previous conferences include indigeneity, literature, interstate relations, knowledge and power, violence, identity, language, development, gender, fair trade, diaspora, memory, Latin American and Caribbean thinking, and neoliberalism.

The emphasis of the 2015 conference is on building critical thinking that addresses the structures of (in)dependency at multiple levels – sociopolitical, economic and cultural – for the hemisphere. For a long time, an imaginary of enduring dependency prevailed in and about Latin America and the Caribbean. The past two decades give signs of both emancipation and the persistence of subordinations. This conference will host panels that explore their topics in the light of the north-south relations problematizing and/or proposing new approaches to this geographical divide.

Abstracts must be 300 words maximum and can be submitted in English, French, Portuguese or Spanish by Jan. 15. CERLAC strongly encourages applicants to present panels instead of individual submissions.

To submit proposals or for more information, contact

Applicants will receive confirmation of acceptance by Feb. 15.

To confirm participation, accepted presenters will be asked to submit their papers – or a near-final draft – by March 31.