LACAS fifth BIENNIAL UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE
"Breaking Down Walls: Research, Resistance, and Power"
Date: April 9, 2022
Location: Binghamton University Downtown Center
This year's theme refers to walls both material and metaphorical, physical and conceptual. The LACAS conference encourages participants to think of themselves as active producers of knowledge about the past and present, out of which we generate alternatives for the future. Research can resist and empower. We take what we learn in our research, classes, and personal experiences to think deeply and creatively about important questions facing us today. The conference draws undergraduate students from around Binghamton University and around the Northeast.
Call for Proposals
Submission Deadline: February 15, 2022
The Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies (LACAS) Program invites undergraduate college students to submit proposals for original research and creative presentations at our biennial research conference, to be held Saturday, April 9, at the Binghamton University Downtown Center in Binghamton, NY. See information on the theme below. Students enrolled in any college or university are eligible to apply.
Please submit a brief abstract (about 200 words) of your fifteen-minute presentation through the on-line submission form below.
We welcome submissions on all topics related to Latin America, the Caribbean, and people of Latin American and Caribbean diasporas. We particularly welcome projects that students have undertaken as part of their capstone seminars, advanced coursework, or theses. We welcome works-in-progress and finished projects. For 2022 we strongly encourage in-person presentations but we will also accommodate some virtual presentations.
Theme: Breaking Down Walls: Research, Resistance, and Power.
We refer to walls both material and metaphorical. Walls can divide, exclude, isolate, imprison, and repress, yet walls can also protect and shelter. They can denote possession and dispossession. Walls can distance, isolate, and separate us. Walls can be built, scaled, or breached. They support structures, both physical and social. Walls imply permanence and clarity, but the spaces around and underneath walls often shift, undermining their foundations. Breaking down walls can be a form of resistance against the power they support and shield.
Presentations might address topics related to borders, identities, ecologies, migrations, diasporas, ethnicities, policing, human rights, climate change, indigenous peoples, violence, displacements, media, social movements, labor, sexualities, incarceration, abilities, histories, memory, resistance, language, gender, race, colonialism, disease, nationalities, health, addictions, and more.
The conference encourages students to think of yourselves as active producers of knowledge about the past and present, out of which we generate alternatives for the future. Research can resist, interrogate, and empower. We take what we learn in our research, classes, and personal experiences to think deeply and creatively about important questions facing us today.
For more information please contact LACAS@binghamton.edu.