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2018 Conference | Past Conferences

Each year, CLACS hosts a Graduate Student Conference in the Spring semester on the IU Bloomington campus. The conference provides students with the opportunity to present their research, hone their presentation skills, and exchange ideas with other scholars from around the globe. Students interested in presenting at the conference should respond to the Call For Papers, which is usually sent out every fall.


2018 Graduate Student Conference
The Individual, the People, and the State: Power in Latin America
March 3-4, 2017

Past Conferences

2017 Conference - The Individual, the People, and the State: Power in Latin America

March 3-4, 2016

Conference Program:

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

IU Department of History, IU Department of Folklore & Ethnomusicology, IU Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Latin American Studies Student Association, and the IU Funding Board

2016 Conference - ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South

March 3-5, 2016

The 5th annual CLACS Graduate Student Conference, ACCESS and CONTROL: Resources and Technology in the Global South, is explicitly interdisciplinary and encourages participants to expose past and present challenges that have influenced access to resources and technology throughout the Global South with emphasis on local, regional, and national level state actors.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors

The Dhar India Studies Program, IU Food Institute, Center for the Study of Global Change, IU Department of History, IU African Studies Program, IU Department of Geography, IUSA

2015 Conference: Subestimados: Prospects and Challenges of Social Mobility

Over the weekend of March 6th and 7th, CLACS hosted its 4th annual Graduate Student Conference. Organized by the CLACS' graduate assistants, the Conference is a way for Latin American Studies scholars to meet and learn about each other's current research through presentations. CLACS was delighted to recieve many submissions to the conference, centered around the theme of "subestimados": the underdogs of society. The full title of the conference was declared as "Subestimados: Prospects and Challenges of Social Mobility," and the papers of graduate students were applied to six different panels.

"Artistic Artillery" featured papers on the arts as a method of subverting repression. Jennie Greb's (University of New Mexico) "Painting Resistance: An analysis of Critiques of Neoliberalism in Bogota's Street Art" studied graffiti in Colombia, and Rodrigo Antonio Chocano Paredes (IU) focused more on radio and music in Peru in his paper "Once Criolla, Once Andean and Once Again: Exclusionary Patterns in the Peruvian Musical Industry, 1960-1980", discussed by Dr. Jason McGraw (IU History).

The second panel, "Power in Knowledge" had topics about different forms of education, featuring presentations by Amanda Monroe (University of Florida), Matthew Lebrato (IU) and Stephanie Huezo (IU). The first two presentations covered indigenous education and language, while the third involved revolutionary discourse in FMLN controlled El Salvador. The discussant for the Education panel was Dr. Bradley Levinson (IU School of Education).Friday closed with a keynote speech by Dr. Lessie-Jo Frazier (IU American Studies and Gender Studies) about her own experiences with subestimados, focusing on women in particular.

Saturday began much as Friday ended, with a panel entitled "Women in the Margins." Denisa Jashari (IU) introduced us to shantytown youth in Chile during the dictatorship, and Anna Porter (University of Florida) presented on the Bartolinas in Bolivia and their mobilization. Finally, the panel ended with a discussion on women in the Chilean fruit industry, as presented by Melissa Leonard (University of New Mexico.) The gender panel's discussant was Dr. Lucia Guerra Reyes (IU School of Public Health).

Our fourth panel, "Survival in Conquest," took the attendees back to the colonial period and the importance of carving out identity even under the duress of conquest. We heard from three panelists: Marco Antonio Gramacho Cerqueira (Ohio University), who came to us with a new point of view on La Malintzin; Miguel Nuñez (San Diego State University), who presented on Nahuatl intellectuals; and Paige Wojcik (IU), who gave an anthropological study of Maya Identity in the conquest. The discussant for this panel was Dr. Quetzil Castañeda (IU CLACS).

From conquest, we moved to our next panel, "Development in the Age of Globalization," where we heard papers about several different regions in Latin America. Bryan Rupert (IU) presented on Ecuador's indigenous representation. Emma McDonell (IU) took us to Peru and showed the effects of the quinoa boom on the local economy. Kathleen de Onís (IU) discussed the cross section of environmentalism and nationalism in Puerto Rico in her paper, aptly titled "Es Una Lucha Doble." Finally, we heard from Ricardo Higelin Ponce de León (IU) on Zapotec Market Networks. The discussant for this panel was Rick Wilk (IU Anthropology).

Our final panel, "Subestimados and the State" delved into the political meanings of "subestimados." We heard from Christopher Jensen (University of Utah) on the state, revolution and religion, David Nemer (IU) on the use of social media in favelas, often to counterract violence, and Wynand Kastart (IU) on the legacy of democracy and dictatorship. The final panel was discussed by Dr. Dan Suslak (IU Anthropology).