Click here to view the finalized schedule for the Environment and Conflict in Latin America Film Series and Symposium.
Deadline approaching: January 31 for abstracts for presentations by faculty and students; please share widely
Call for Papers
Environment & Conflict in Latin America
Symposium and Film Series
organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Colorado State University
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Friday, March 2, 2018
For centuries, Latin America has been a region exploited for its natural resources: silver, gold; fertile soil for the production of sugar, fruits, coffee, chocolate, coca, poppy, and marijuana; rubber and guano; its biodiversity in the form of ‘exotic’ animals and woods; oil; water for dams; or lands for cattle farming. The extractive and exploitative practices have often led to violent conflict: clashes between different groups, between states, and between humans and the natural world. Over the recent years, numerous environmental activists in Latin America have been killed trying to defend the natural world and their communities. This symposium, organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at Colorado State University, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Department of Political Science, and sponsored by multiple CSU entities, brings together academics, activists, and students to discuss the interrelated variables and aspects of environmental conflict in Latin America and their cultural representation. In accordance with CSU’s land grant mission, a particular focus will be placed on two topics with broad relevance to Colorado: mining and fracking.
Máxima Acuña, 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient from Peru
Rogel del Rosal Valladares, Mexican Alliance against Fracking, Coordination of Peasant and Indigenous Organizations of the Huasteca Potosina
The event features a film series with movies and documentaries about topics related to environmental conflict as well as a symposium with presentations and roundtable discussions by faculty members from the Front Range, activists from Latin America and Colorado, and presentations from graduate and undergraduate students. We welcome submissions from all disciplines, but we are particularly interested in proposal that approach the topic from a literary or cultural perspective, providing innovative approaches within #environmentalhumanities or #ecocriticism. We welcome submissions about the following topics:
-literature & environment
-wildlife & biodiversity
-environmental conflict, justice, and ethnicity
-environmental conflict and governance
We invite the submission of abstracts for the following modalities by January 31, 2018:
-faculty panel: 15 min presentation (200 word abstract)
-graduate panel: 15 min presentation (200 word abstract)
-undergraduate: poster exhibition (100-200 word abstract)
Please send your abstracts in English or Spanish to: CLA_LACS@mail.colostate.edu
(please include rank and institutional affiliation and your department)
Organizing Committee: Sophie Esch, Stephen Mumme, Fernando Valerio-Holguín
Sponsors to this date:
College of Liberal Arts, School of Global Environmental Sustainability,
Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Department of Political Science, Department of Economics, Department of Sociology, Department of History, Department of Ethnic Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of Journalism and Media Communication, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, The Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Office of International Programs, Public Lands History Center
Full schedule for the Symposium on Borders and Borderlands Culture, Society, and Economics during Changing Times (Morgan Liberary Event Hall April 20, 2017). Click here.
The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program is looking for papers for the “Borders and Borderlands: Culture, Society, and Economics during Changing Times” symposium. The event will Thursday, April 20, 2017. Paper abstracts are due February 28, 2017.
Click here for more information about the symposium.
This symposium will offer the Fort Collins community a diverse perspective on Cuba. Cubans have been at the center of extraordinary historical events, and despite their isolation, they continue to inspire people around the world with their culture, music, and ideas. This event looks at the effects of economic and political change on Cuban society, especially on the lives and bodies of women.
Click here to see the full program for the Symposium “Cuba in Transition: Society and Culture during Changing Times.”
The talk examines the history of female prostitution in Havana from 1600 to the present. While Cuban women used sexual labor to support their families, to attain financial independence, and to buy their freedom from slavery, it is only with the advent of state-regulated prostitution that a discursive regime developed to create and solidify the prostitute identity. This presentation will provide a brief overview of sex work in Havana followed by a discussion of sex workers’ lives during the colonial and anti-colonial periods.
Dr. Amalia L. Cabezas is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside and the Author of Economies of Desire, Sex Tourism in Cuba and the Dominican Republic