UCL Institute of the Americas


Call for Papers: UCL Americas Research Network Conference: Histories of Inequality | June 2021

18 January 2021

The UCL Americas Research Network is delighted to present its sixth annual conference: Histories of Inequality, to be held virtually on 1 June 2021.

UCL Americas Research Network

The UCL Americas Research Network is delighted to present its sixth annual conference: Histories of Inequality, to be held virtually on 1 June 2021. Join an interdisciplinary group of scholars to debate and discuss the historical antecedents of our era’s entrenched injustices and inequities. We are also excited to announce that Professor Gareth Davies (UCL) will deliver a keynote lecture on the racial politics of US disaster relief.

The conference organizers welcome submissions that detail any facet of the history of inequality, broadly conceived, in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Papers of an interdisciplinary nature are especially welcome, and we invite current postgraduate students and early career researchers alike to apply. We particularly encourage participants to consider the structural injustices that defined and continue to define the overlapping crises of 2020/21, including glaring health disparities, systemic racial inequality, growing economic stratification, and environmental degradation. Topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • The social, political, and intellectual history of Neoliberalism.
  • The idea of inequality and how it has informed political thinking across the ideological spectrum.
  • Historiographies of political economy, global capitalism, and inequality.
  • The hemispheric dimensions of imperialism and capitalism, and how this structures the relationship between the global north and global south.
  • Histories of racial, class, and gendered inequities, and the political movements to overturn them.

We will consider both individual paper proposals and three-person panels. Please include the following information in all submissions:

  • Session type
  • Paper title(s)
  • Session title (only applicable for panel proposals)
  • An abstract of no more than 250 words for individual paper proposals and no more than 500 words for panel submissions
  • Names of participants and their institutional affiliations

All sessions will be hosted virtually and will take place between 9:00 and 17:00 (GMT) on 1 June. Paper and panel proposals should be submitted to the conference’s email address – uclresnet21@gmail.comby 31 March 2021.