Third International Conference of the “Local Action in Response to Migration” Network

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Call for Papers
July 15, 2016
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Human Rights, Immigration & Migration History / Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Borderlands

Call for Papers


Third International Conference of the

“Local Action in Response to Migration” Network

22 and 23rd of September 2016

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN.


The new debates that are being generated from the migratory panorama of the Central American-Mexican-United States-Canada corridors require a reexamination of migration from perspectives that include the effective protection of human, civil, labor, and political rights.  They must also take into account the voices that are counteracting violence against immigrants, promoting support programs, and generating better access to public services.

                  New debates and trends in the local and national politics of social inclusion of migrant communities are being accompanied by the rise and consolidation of actions by civil society, including the artistic and intellectual community. The politics are centered in and informed by academic institutions as well as governments – state and local -- that carry out concrete actions in favor of the migrant population, and families within these communities.

This conference is designed to share the experiences arising from local action with regard to migration.  It will support the examination of key efforts in response to migration and migrants in the framework of the most recent challenges to the dynamics in the movement of peoples that unite Mesoamerica and North America as well as their transnational effects.


The academic bodies “Procesos Transnacionales y Migración” of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla BUAP-CA-230, “Estudios Interdisciplinarios en Ciencias Sociales” of the Universidad Autónoma de Chiapas UNACH-CA-87 and the Human Rights Programs of the University of Minnesota make up the “Local Action in Response to Migration” Network (la Red “Acciones locales en materia migratoria”).


Call for Papers


To persons and institutions of academic, artistic, social and private fields with commitment and interest in the local approaches to migration to participate in the Third International Conference of the “Local Action in Response to Migration” Network that will be held on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2016 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, presenting papers or presentations with findings of investigative work and/or related intervention to two topics:

-Migration and human rights

-Migration and testimonial/artistic/cultural practices

In both cases we are interested in work that focuses on the human rights of migrants in different contexts, the importance of support organizations to migrants, the analysis of politics and programs of support of migrant populations, the role of testimonial, artistic, and cultural practices in the aperture of new areas of debate, and the transformations, conflicts, and cultural challenges that they highlight. Some of the possible themes include: violence against migrants, young migrants, migrants and gender, migrant political participation, local developments of migrants and families, state and local legislature in migratory matters, cultural practices that denounce violence and abuses against vulnerable populations, and migrants and health.




Important Dates:

The submission of proposals must be before the June 15th, 2016 to this email address:


The acceptance of papers will be sent on July 15, 2016.

The extensive list of accepted papers will be sent out before August 30th, 2016.

The tentative program will be sent to presenters before July 30th, 2016.


Proposal Guidelines:

1.     Title of paper/presentation  (14 point Arial font, bold)

2.     Subtopic to which it corresponds (14 point Arial font, bold)

3.     Name of author(s) (14 point Arial font, bold)

4.     Affiliated institution(s) (14 point Arial font, bold)

5.     Email of author(s) (12 point Arial font)

6.     Abstract (Maximum of 200 words, 12 point Arial font)

7.     Curriculum vitae (Maximum of half page for each author, 12 point Arial font)

  1. Proposal submissions should occur before July 15th, 2016 to this email address:




·         It is recommended that each presentation be adjusted to a maximum 20 minutes per presentation for slow but clear speech. If you are using a PowerPoint presentation, this should be sent to, before September 10th, 2016.

  • The presentations may be in English or Spanish.


Publication of papers:

Those presenters interested in their papers being included as part of the proposal for the volume to be considered for publication in Hispanic Issues On Line should send their revised and corrected works no later than August 10, 2016. The length of the works for publication will be 15 to 20 pages and should conform to the editorial norms of HIOL. Only those works that have been refereed and given positive confirmation will be published. This publication will be exclusively in Spanish.

HIOL: Hispanic Issues On Line is an open-access, refereed scholarly electronic publication. On Line are indexed by MLA Bibliography, Dialnet, and other academic databases. The LOCKSS system preserves Hispanic Issues On Line at worldwide research libraries. ISSN 1931-8006.



Programa de Derechos Humanos, Universidad de Minnesota, Estados Unidos.

Cuerpo Académico “Procesos Transnacionales y Migración” BUAP-CA 230, FDCS.

Cuerpo Académico “Estudios Interdisciplinarios en Ciencias Sociales” UNACH-CA 87.

Contact Info: 

University of Minnesota Human Rights Program:

Nico Ramos Flores (Department of Spanish and Portuguese U of Minnesota):

Tim Frye (Department of Spanish and Portuguese U of Minnesota):

José Aguirre (Department of Spanish and Portuguese U of Minnesota): aguir073


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