Conference 2020 - About



2nd Latin American and Iberian Studies International Graduate Student Conference


Short Courses April 30  |  Presentations May 1 - May 2
West Campus Conference Center and via Zoom  |  UC Santa Barbara
Cecilia Méndez
Director of the UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program

Join us in Santa Barbara, CA for the biannual Latin American and Iberian Studies International Graduate Student Conference! In 2020 the conference will explore the theme of borders, and its relationship to power and transgression, in Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

A border separates two things. Its existence is inseparable from both the power that sustains it and the possibility of its transgression. In recent years the relationship between borders—symbolic, political and geographical—and state power has taken on a special significance in the public arena. Transgression, an ambivalent term, encompasses diverse ideas, from resistance against oppression to the erosion of institutions on behalf of authoritarianism or corporate profit. Analyzing borders & power must take this ambivalence into account.

Although this regional focus is specific, we consider “borders” a broad and fluid concept, encompassing not only geographical or political boundaries, but also questions about gender, race, ethnicity, discursive practices, and more broadly, notions of frontier, division and critique. We welcome contributions from all disciplines.

Please submit your paper proposal no later than January 15, 2020.

If your proposal is accepted you will be notified by February 1st. You will then be asked to submit a draft of your paper by April 1st. Abstracts and papers may be in English or Spanish.

Submit your proposal HERE: