LASA 2018 Panel CFP: Latin America in the Global South

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September 7, 2017
Subject Fields: 
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Literature, Arabic History / Studies, African History / Studies, Asian History / Studies

This panel will explore Latin America’s cultural interactions within the southern hemisphere and the implications of “the global South” as a category for the study of the continent. Originally coined in the 70s, the geo-political term “global South” has been gaining traction in postcolonial and transnational studies for the last two decades. Avoiding teleological narratives of development, it provides new means of entry into globalization debates. In the Latin American context, the term offers new critical angles for the study of nontraditional cultural encounters (e.g. with Africa, the Middle East, or East Asia), post- or anti-colonial resistance across the globe, and the adverse effects of globalization.

We invite papers that focus on Latin American cultural texts (literature, film, art, performance) from a southern-global perspective. How does travel within the South differ from more usual (e.g. West to East, North to South) cultural encounters? What forms of solidarity are possible within the global South? How does south-to-south immigration contest hegemonic articulations of identity and exotic perceptions of the (Asian/Middle Eastern/African) Other? In what ways does “the global South” as a category decenter narratives of influence and imitation prevalent in theories of Latin American cultural production? Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

travel within the South
peripheral cultural interactions
Latin American Orientalism(s)
global circulation of revolutionary movements
post-slavery studies

Abstracts (150-250 words) must be submitted to LASA by September 7, 2017. Please contact Ali Kulez ( with questions and to indicate your desire to participate in the panel.

Contact Info: 

Ali Kulez, Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Southern California

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