Special note from the conveners: The conference will be mainly in-person. However, conveners may accept virtual contributions (panels, presentations) and, if necessary, even change the conference in-person to digital format due to the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021. Participants will be informed timely of any changes. Stay safe, and we hope to welcome you next June!
With the turn of the century, Latin American democracies seem to have entered a new phase of intense fluctuation. Political, economic and cultural developments have been disrupted by precipitous crises and countermovements, such as Argentina’s political and economic collapse in 2001 and its contested process of restoration, the rise and violent fall of Evo Morales in Bolivia, the peace agreement in Colombia, Chile’s ostensible stability and the recent protests against its economic inequality and state violence.
In cooperation with the GSGAS and the ReCentGlobe, the CEL-LE invites researchers to explore the roots and dynamics of recent disruptions in Latin America from a global perspective. As disruptions, we understand moments of disordering, whose outcomes and meaning are yet unforeseeable. Disruptions might be temporary disarrayments but may also anticipate structural change and advancement towards new political and economic orders. Based on this understanding, we aim to explore and relate both potentially destructive and productive impulses emanating from fluctuations, turmoils, and hindrances faced by the subcontinent since the 2000s.
The conveners invite researchers in the humanities and social sciences, and especially young scholars – Ph.D. researchers and Post-Docs – working on or interested in Latin America to address and discuss the following questions: Which are the main conflicts that Latin America has faced in the last decades? How do they relate to each other? What are the roots of these disruptions, and what impacts do they have at the regional level? How are the Latin American political regimes and communities responding to disruptions? How do disorders in Latin America relate to current challenges to democracy in other world regions?
The conference invites scholars from different academic fields who are currently working on the following topics:
- Challenged democracies: illiberal state and non-governmental actors, such as Bolsonaro and the role of Pentecostal Church in Brazil, parliamentary takeovers in Brazil and Bolivia, creeping authoritarianism in Venezuela and Nicaragua, the role of military and police forces in political crises in Bolivia and Chile
- Violent democracies: police brutality, forced disappearance and femicides in Mexico and Argentina, political repression in Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela
- Transregional migration crisis: Venezuela emigration, Colombia’s change from sender to receiver, Mexico as Latin America’s northern border
- Politics of ecological crisis: extractivism in the Amazon, privatization of water resources in El Salvador, illegal burning of protected areas for property projects and crop plantations in Argentina
- Disruptive media: Oligopolies, state regulations of the press, fear-mongering by the media, political uses of media coverage of elections and protests
- Democratic disruptions in Transatlantic Perspective: Political disruptions, civil discontent and disobedience, and democratic backsliding in a transregional perspective
We welcome proposals for individual presentations or panels. We ask those interested in participating to submit abstracts for individual presentations (max. 250 words) or panel proposals (max. 200 words) before February 28th, 2021, in English, Spanish, German or Portuguese.
We plan different panel formats:
A. Keynote roundtable (online/onsite)
C. Workshop panels moderated by experts, where participants can discuss research circulated beforehand (online/hybrid)
Conference languages are English and Spanish. The conveners will try to accommodate the language wishes of invited speakers. However, speakers might be asked to change the language of their presentation to accommodate the panels.
Conference registration fee: 30 Euros (On-site participants). Depending on funding possibilities, we will support travel and accommodation expenses for some participants requiring financial assistance. Virtual participation is free of charge.