Within the context of the Quincentenary of the European expansion to the Americas in 1492, numerous indigenous groups throughout the continent mobilized to denounce the (post-) colonial legacy of present societies and to express their political, economic and cultural needs. The year 1992 can thus be related to a paradigmatic transition in ethnic identity politics. Traditionally restricted to local or national contexts, ethnic identity politics in the 1990s became much more globally connected, expanding into an increasing range of fields of social practice such as economy, law, academia, ecology and medicine. While social movements from a variety of ethnic backgrounds pushed for institutional change by appealing to the international attention markets, they were joined by a growing diversity of social actors in the re-negotiations of ethnicity and cultural difference in the public space. Both the Summer School and the International Conference address this prominent role of ethnic identity politics in the ongoing struggle for defining the principles and boundaries of social inclusion and political participation in the Americas with regard to the historical processes and present situations. The aim is to establish a balance of two decades of intensive and conflictive identity politics in the Americas and to identify new tendencies of the strategic use of ethnicity in politics, economics and culture.
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Call for Papers
For the Conference please send proposals with not more than 200 words no later than January 15th
2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the panel you would like to speak in.
To attend the Summer School and the Conference, or just the Conference exclusively, please fill out the registration forms on: www.uni-bielefeld.de/cias/ summerschool/anmeldung.html or www.kompetenznetz-lateinamerika.de/bielefeld2012_en.html Summer School (including Conference): Costs: 150€ (this includes participation in the Summer School, Conference and inaugural reception as well as lodging costs of a hostel). The participation for students of the Bielefeld University is free.
Registration until May 1st 2012.
International Conference: Costs: 30€ general/5€€ for students (this includes participation in the Conference and inaugural reception). The Network cannot contribute to cover the travelling and lodging costs of Conference participants.
Registration until June 3rd 2012.
Please note that your registration is only valid if you transfer the Conference / Summer School fee within ten days after the online registration.
Summer School and Conference Office: Center for
InterAmerican Studies – Room: S2-211
Bielefeld University – Post office box 100131
33501 Bielefeld, Germany
Research Network for Latin America, General Coordination
Office at the University of Cologne