Conference 2021 - About

2nd UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies International Graduate Student Conference


April 7 - 9, 2021
Via Zoom  |  UC Santa Barbara
Cecilia Méndez – Department of History, UC Santa BarbaraCecilia Méndez 
Director of the UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program
Join us, via Zoom, for the biannual UC Santa Barbara Latin American and Iberian Studies International Graduate Student Conference! In 2021 the conference will explore the theme of borders, and its relationship to power and transgression, in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
A border is what separates things, and the border’s very existence is inseparable both from the power that sustains it and from the possibility of its transgression. In recent years, the relationship between borders—political, geographical and symbolic—and State power has taken on a special significance in the public arena. Transgression, for its part, is an ambivalent term, as it may encompass very different ideas—from resistance against oppression to the erosion of institutions on behalf of authoritarianism or corporate profit. Analyzing borders and power must take this ambivalence into account.
In this conference graduate students from the US and the world will discuss borders as a broad and fluid concept, encompassing not only geographical or political boundaries, but also questions like gender, race, ethnicity, discursive practices, and more broadly, notions like limit, frontier, division and critique. There will be contributions from a variety of disciplines in the social sciences, the humanities and the arts. 

Please join us Wednesday, April 7, through Friday, April 9, 2021!