Conference: Ideas and Transformations in the Americas


April 28 - 29 2016 - UCL Institute of the Americas

Following the success of our first international conference in 2015, the UCL Americas Research Network hosted its 2nd International Conference, ‘Ideas & Transformations in the Americas,’ on the 28th and 29th April 2016. We welcomed 64 panellists from 14 countries across the globe, put on 22 panel sessions over the two days, and were delighted to secure two eminent keynote speakers: Professor Diane Negra (University College Dublin) and Professor Maxine Molyneux (UCL Institute of the Americas).

For more information on the format and content of the conference, please see the full programme (available here). You can also read an attendee review, published by US Studies Online, as well as our organiser report (available here). Below you can find the original Call for Papers and a selection of photos from the event.

Call for Papers

In light of the key elections that took place across the Americas in 2016, the UCL Americas Research Network’s 2nd annual conference was based on a broad theme: ‘Ideas & Transformations in the Americas.

We invited papers from postgraduate students and early career researchers working across the humanities, the social sciences and beyond, and sought to create a dynamic and interdisciplinary conference that would showcase the depth and quality of emerging research on the Americas. This included proposals that explored Central, South and North America, and we especially encouraged participation from researchers who worked on Canada and the Caribbean. In particular, we asked potential attendees to reflect upon and consider how ideas could transform the political, economic, social and cultural landscape of the Americas.

We called for - and received - national, regional, local, comparative, transnational, and global approaches, which enabled us to create both a broad and hemispherically-diverse conference that provoked interdisciplinary conversations which transcended the boundaries of the nation-state.

Some of the suggested topics were:

● The interaction of social, cultural, economic and political ideas

● Regional transformation, cooperation, integration and conflict

● International relations and foreign policy

● History, narratives and identity

● Democracy, human rights and security

● Protest, social movements and regime legitimacy

● Urbanization, ecology, communities and agrarian movements

● Gender and feminism

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