ELECTIONS: Executive Board, 2021 – at the Laredo Conference



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.

President IAS

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.

Executive Director

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).

Treasurer IAS

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 treasurer@interamericanstudies.net 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 zalce@servidor.unam.mx 

- Antonio Barrenechea (University of Mary Washington) at abarrene@umw.edu 

- Alejandra Bottinelli (Universidad de Chile) at alejandra.bottinelli@gmail.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 pisarz@server1.rz.uni-leipzig.de

- Emron Esplin (Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA) at emronesplin@gmail.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.