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Conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS)



Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to Friday, June 3, 2016


See pages 46-47 in the Congress Guide

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About the conference

The annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is the largest Canadian gathering of experts on all aspects of Latin American society, culture, politics, history, economics and development. With participants from Canada, the United States, and several Latin American countries, it is a unique opportunity to reflect on the issues that have shaped this region and that will shape it in the future.

The theme of the conference of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is Hybrid Communities, Societies, Spaces, and Subjectivities. Many of our papers focus on the mix of Indigenous, African and European influences that produced hybrid Latin American and Caribbean societies. From food, music, and language to literature and religion, hybrid heritages are deep and rich. Hybridity is not only a product of mixed societies, but also a perspective from which people in the region view the world: not as a lesser form of established ideas, but as a generator of new ones. In this spirit, we aim to reflect on and foster hybridity in a wide range of contexts and disciplines. This aim is part of the University of Calgary’s commitment toward “Energizing communities” through Congress 2016, “rooted in the belief that knowledge and understanding are created through associations of shared values, grounded in respect for difference and diversity among all peoples.”


Featured speakers

Dr. Sara Castro-Klaren, The Johns Hopkins University, will deliver the opening keynote address to a joint session of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) and the Canadian Association of Hispanists (CAH). She will speak on the topic of “Latin American Studies in the Crossroads of Globalization.” 

Ing. Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas (Fundación para la Democracia), former mayor of Mexico City and three-time Mexican presidential candidate, will deliver a keynote address to CALACS entitled “Mexico's Struggle for Sovereignty, Democracy, and Equality.”

Featured CALACS panels supported by the International Development Research Council focus on “Contemporary Indigenous Issues,” the impact of the upcoming Olympic Games on Rio de Janeiro (“A Legacy for Whom? Mega-Sporting Events, City-Staging, and Urban Inequalities in Brazil”), and Migration. 

Featured events

Roundtables on Student Issues: 

  • Tips for Writing a Successful Thesis 
  • Getting Your Writing Published 
  • Navigating the Academic Job Market in Shifting Economic Times 


Only those people who are registered for Congress 2016 and have added the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS, #76) to their Congress registration may attend this conference. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.

About the association

For more information about membership or this conference, please contact the association directly at the contacts listed below.

  • Program Chair: Hendrik Kraay, University of Calgary
  • Local Arrangement Coordinators: Hendrik Kraay, Monique Greenwood-Santos and Elizabeth Pando Burciaga, University of Calgary
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