ELECTIONS of the IAS EXECUTIVE BOARD – at the Laredo Conference – November 2021 Terms of office – January 2022-2024
The four members of the IAS Executive Board will be elected during the Laredo Conference (11-13 November 2021) – by an open/handraising process, while the candidates will sit in a breakout room during the vote for their respective positions. Each member of the IAS may vote for only one candidate per office.
The candidates who have already registered are listed below.
All additional candidates must have announced their candidacy before or during the IAS business meeting and prior to the beginning of the election process.
Graciela Martínez Zalce (CISAN-UNAM, Mexico)
Graciela Martínez-Zalce Sánchez actualmente es la Directora del Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte de la UNAM. Doctora en Letras Modernas por la Universidad Iberoamericana. Es miembro del Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (nivel II) y de la Academia Mexicana de las Ciencias. Es especialista en el área de estudios culturales canadienses, adscrita a las líneas de investigación de Migración y Fronteras, e Identidades y procesos culturales. Es profesora del Colegio de Letras Hispánicas de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, así como en el Posgrado en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales. Ha publicado libros y artículos sobre cine y fronteras y las relaciones México-Canadá.
Vice President IAS
Luz Angélica Kirschner (University of South Dakota, USA)
Luz Angélica Kirschner is an Assistant Professor in the School of American and Global Studies at South Dakota State University. Her research is located at the intersection of gender, race, human rights, and ethnic studies and focuses on comparative studies from Inter-American and Trans-Atlantic perspectives as it explores how identity formation and difference are mediated through literature and aesthetics as well as impacted by contemporary socio-economic manifestations such as neoliberalism and globalization. Her teaching areas include Latina/o/x Studies, Latin American Literatures and Cultures, US and German Ethnic Literatures, Decolonization, Globalization, Human Rights, Transatlantic
Studies, Transnationalism, Inter-American Studies. The “Introductory Course to Inter-American Studies” that she taught during her tenure at Bielefeld University (2008-2016) successfully helped fortify the Inter American Studies M.A. Program at this institution. Kirschner is editor and author of the volume Expanding Latinidad: An Inter-American Perspective (Bilingual Press 2012). Some of her publications have appeared in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights, The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies, The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature, The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas, and most recently has authored and co-edited the book Human Rights in the Americas (Routledge 2021). Kirschner is currently completing her single-authored monograph with the working title The Persistence of Racialization: Literature, Gender, and Ethnicity.
Wilfried Raussert (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Wilfried Raussert is chair of North American and Inter-Studies at Bielefeld University. He is founder and general editor of fiar forum for inter american research and he is new series editor of the InterAmerican Studies Book Series (University of New Orleans Press / Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. He is co-founder of the Center for Inter-American Studies at Bielefeld University and co-founder and co-coordinator of the CIAS international network The Black Americas / Las Américas négras which pursues a dialogue between scholars, artists, and activists. Since 2019 he has been member of the steering committee of CALAS, the Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies. He was chair of the project Entangled Americas, a project funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education in Germany (2013-2020) and representative of the international committee of the American Studies Association (ASA 2015- 2018). He is author and editor of several books on music and literature in the Americas. Among his recent publications are the edited books The Routledge Companion to Inter-American Studies (2017), The Routledge Handbook to the Culture and Media of the Americas (2020) and the monographs with inter-American perspectives, ‘What’s Going On’: How Music Shapes the Social (2021) and Off the Grid: Art Practices and Public Space (2021).
Astrid Haas (University of Central Lancaster, United Kingdom)
Astrid Haas is currently a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Institute of Black Atlantic Research at the University of Central Lancashire, UK. She holds a doctorate from the University of Muenster and a postdoctoral degree from Bielefeld University (both Germany). She has also researched
and taught American Studies as a research fellow, lecturer, and visiting professor at several universities in Germany. Astrid’s research and teaching interests include transnational North American, Inter-American, and Atlantic Studies, the genres of travel writing, drama and autobiography, the Black and Latina/o/x Diasporas, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the medical and environmental humanities, and US popular culture. She published the monographs Stages of Agency: The Contributions of American Drama to the AIDS Discourse (2011) and Lone Star Vistas: American, Mexican, and German Travel Narratives of Texas, 1821-1861
(2021). Shorter contributions have appeared, a.o., in Comparative American Studies, Transnational American Studies the Journal of American Studies, the American Studies Journal, and FIAR. Her current, EU-funded research is entitled “Black Inter-American Mobilities and Autobiography in the Age of Revolutions (1760-1860).”
NEWS: “Walls, Bridges, and Borders in the Americas, November 11-13, 2021.”, IAS Prize for Best Thesis or Dissertation and IAS Prize for Best Thesis or Dissertation and IAS Prize for Best Essay or Article in Inter-American Studies
“Walls, Bridges, and Borders in the Americas,”
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sixth Conference of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (IAS), “Walls, Bridges, and Borders in the Americas,” at Texas A&M International University was postponed.
The conference has been rescheduled to take place online in November 11-13, 2021.
The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to August 1st, 2021.
Please go to the following site to fill your registration form and send your payment:
Only presenters who have registered by that date will appear on the conference program. Please note that the deadline to benefit from early-bird registration fees is October 31st, 2021.
IAS Prize for Best Thesis or Dissertation and
IAS Prize for Best Essay or Article in Inter-American Studies
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 competition was also postponed. We are now announcing a new deadline for the submissions: June 30, 2021. There are again two awards, one for the best master’s or doctoral thesis and one for the best article or essay in Inter-American Studies completed since December 2018.
Due to the pandemic, the 2020 competition was also postponed. We are now announcing a new deadline for the submissions: June 30, 2021. There are again two awards, one for the best master’s or doctoral thesis and one for the best article or essay in Inter-American Studies completed since December 2018. Submitted work does not yet need to be in print to be considered. Only work in Spanish or in English can be submitted. Each award carries a cash prize of 300 euros (c/330 U.S. dollars).
Contestants who would like to have their work considered will need to join the association. If you would like to do so, please go to http://www.interamericanstudies.net/?page_id=26 (in English) or to http://www.interamericanstudies.net/?page_id=135 (in Spanish).
Please be advised that members with student status may ask for their membership fees to be waived. To ask for a fee waiver, please contact our treasurer, Dr. Astrid Haas at firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of your student status.
1. To submit work to be considered for the award for best master’s or doctoral thesis completed since December 2018, please send your thesis as a WORD and PDF file as well as an abstract of one page or less to the three jury members:
- Graciela Martínez-Zalce (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) at email@example.com
- Antonio Barrenechea (University of Mary Washington) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alejandra Bottinelli (Universidad de Chile) at email@example.com
2. To submit work to be considered for the award for best academic article or essay completed/published since December 2018, please send your article or essay as a WORD and PDF file as well as an abstract of one page or less to the three jury members:
- Luz Angélica Kirschner (South Dakota State University), Chair at Luz.Kirschner@sdstate.edu
- Gabriele Pisarz-Ramirez (University of Leipzig, Germany) at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Emron Esplin (Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA) at email@example.com
Members of the IAS Executive Board and of the IAS Advisory Board are not eligible to participate in the prize competitions. The winners of both awards will be announced at the business meeting of the International Association of Inter-American Studies at the VI Biennial Conference of the IAS at Laredo, Texas, November, 2021. Award recipients who are not present at that meeting will receive their award and prize by mail.