Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

The 2016 Lozano Long Conference — Derechos en Crisis: Refugees, Migrant Detention, and Authoritarian Neoliberalism

February 24-26, 2016
The University of Texas at Austin

This conference will convene scholars from diverse disciplines, along with migrant and refugee advocates from across the Americas, to debate and discuss the politics of asylum, migrant detentions, and the structural conditions displacing forced migrants from the Mesoamerican region.

Faculty Organizers

Alfonso Gonzales is an assistant professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at UT Austin. Gonzales’s scholarly interests are in Latino and Latin American politics, migration control, and migrant social movements in the United States, Mexico, and Central America. He is particularly interested in what the politics of migration control—which, broadly conceived, includes policing, asylum, detention, and deportation—means for democracy, human rights, and justice. In pursuing this research, Professor Gonzales has relied on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, including political theory, global political economy, critical ethnography, discourse analysis, and critical race theor

Rebecca M. Torres is associate professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at UT Austin. Her experiences as both a development practitioner and an academic have provided her with the opportunity to work with diverse topics related to rural/community development and poverty reduction in Latin America and the US South. Specifically, she is interested in migration and rural restructuring; agricultural change; and the intersection between tourism, poverty, and development.

Conference Resources 

2016 Lozano Long Conference Program (PDF, 123K)
Participant Bios (PDF, 72.7K)
Refugee Services in Austin, TX (PDF, 37K)

Parking Information

The conference proceedings will take place in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection located in Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 1 (SRH). 

Parking is available in the UT Manor Garage located at the corner of Clyde Littlefield Drive and Robert Dedman Drive. Please note that parking fees vary from $3 to $18 depending upon the length of time. Metered parking is available on Red River Street and Dean Keaton Street, but space is limited.  View the parking map.

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Lozano Long Conferences

To learn about past Lozano Long conferences, visit the LLILAS Conference Proceedings Archive.


  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    SRH 1.310
    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712