Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

LAGO 2013 Graduate Student Conference "Decolonizing the Americas"

January 17th, 2013 - January 18th, 2013

Stone Center for Latin American Studies and LAGO (Latin American Studies Graduate Organization) at Tulane University are proud to announce our annual Latin American studies graduate student conference.

“Decolonizing the Americas”

Tulane University
Stone Center for Latin American Studies
LAGO Graduate Student Conference

  • Paper Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2012

Program

Description
The Americas have long been a site of colonial and neocolonial encounters in political, cultural, economic, and intellectual realms. These encounters have
produced inequalities and oppressions, but they have also spurred rich histories of intellectual and political resistance in response to unequal power relations
within and between the countries of the Americas. This conference invites scholars from all disciplines to examine the actors, trends, complexities, and
contentions in the ongoing decolonization of the Americas. We encourage submissions from the liberal arts, social sciences, and professional fields
spanning historical and contemporary time periods to address the process of transcending and dismantling colonialism and neocolonialism. We encourage
participants to utilize various methodologies and lenses to analyze this process.

Final copies of completed papers may be sent by Friday, December 7, 2012 to lago.tulane@gmail.com

There are no specific guidelines as to the format of your paper. However, please keep in mind that presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

Keynote Address

“Decolonization in Theory: The Challenge of Southern Epistemologies”

January 17th: 6:30 PM Stone Auditorium, Woldenberg Art Center
Followed by a reception in Dixon Hall

Decolonization has typically being conceived as eminently cultural and political, but there have also been a number of efforts aiming to articulate it as a form of theory and as an epistemology. Understood in that way, decolonization resists becoming a topic for 20th century area studies, political sciences, literature, or anthropology, and rather becomes a theoretical ground from which those different fields could be rethought. Questions to be considered in this reflection include: What is to be considered as knowledge and how is this knowledge produced when decolonization is understood as theory? What are the main elements of this theory, if there is such, and what are their implications for our usual ways of understanding what we take to be knowledge and science? Are we to conceive regions such as the Americas, or areas, such as Latin America, in the same way as before? These and related questions open up a decolonial field of enquiry that we are still barely beginning in the 21st century.

Keynote Speaker Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies with a joint appointment in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. He is also President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association and board member of the Frantz Fanon Foundation. He is the author of Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), La descolonización y el giro descolonial (Chiapas, Mexico: Editorial de la Universidad de la Tierra, 2011), and he is working on a manuscript entitled Fanonian Meditations. He is also guest editor of special issues in the web journals Worlds and Knowledges, Otherwise, and Transmodernity, and has published essays in the C.L.R. James Journal, Cultural Studies, and the Radical Philosophy Review, among other journals.

Pachanga on the Patio
January 18th: 5-7 PM
Jones Patio

Please join the Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO), the
Tulane Undergraduate Latin American Studies Organization (TULASO), and
the Stone Center for Latin American Studies for the last Pachanga on
the Patio of the 2012-2013 academic year. The pachanga will feature
refreshments and live music by Chegadão, New Orleans’ only samba-funk
and forró Brazilian/American conglomeration.This event is free and
open to the public. Please contact David McCoy for more information,
dmccoy1@tulane.edu.

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