The Americas Research Group PG Conference – Call for Papers

Divergences and Transformations in the Americas: exploring the reconfiguration of a region.

Venue: The Culture Lab, Space 4 and 5

Date: Friday 21st March 2014

Keynote: TBC

In the recent history of the Americas the geopolitical map of power has been subject to fundamental shifts and instances of radical change. These transformations manifest in diverse ways across the political, economic, social and technological spheres with interconnected ramifications that are felt locally, regionally, nationally and beyond. As crises end, new ones are presented with continual implications for the power balance of the Americas. Vibrant debate has been sparked across numerous academic fields regarding the intricacies and complexities of these dynamics, informing discussions on issues such as resistance, autonomy, dependency, interconnectivity, culture and power. This interdisciplinary postgraduate conference seeks to explore the socio-historical, political, economic and cultural contexts that have given rise to these processes and asks; what are the implications for the present-day? How may they shape future trajectories? And what contradictions remain?

This one-day conference aims to engender interdisciplinary and inter-regional discussion of this broad theme in a friendly, informal environment. The Americas Research group welcomes abstracts from Masters, PhD and early career’s researchers from any discipline working on the Americas (North, South, Central and the Caribbean) and papers could address but are not limited to, the following themes:

– Patterns of historical change
– Emerging economies and shifting power relations
– The social characterisation of protest and collective action
– Insecurity, instability and precarity
– Equality – how has this been achieved/what is still left to do?
– Emerging minority groups
– Identity shifts
– New visibilities and persisting exclusions
– Representations of change and transformation – art, literature, music, media
– The re-signification of place and space
– Innovation in industry
– ICT as an agent of change
– The management of ecological and cultural resources

Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 20th January 2014

For further information about the Americas Research Group at Newcastle University, please visit our website at:

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