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

Texas Is Well Represented at LASA Congress in Lima

Tue, April 25, 2017
Texas Is Well Represented at LASA Congress in Lima

The XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) will convene in Lima, Peru, on April 29. As usual, UT Austin will be well represented by faculty, staff, and students from the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Benson Latin American Collection.

This year’s congress theme is Diálogos de Saberes/Dialogues of Knowledge. It builds on multiple transformations that the conference and the field of Latin American studies itself have undergone over the last three-and-a-half decades. As expressed on the congress’s website, fifty years after LASA was founded, its membership has grown from “a core of mainly North American social scientists and historians to an academically diverse organization with notable growth in members from the humanities and the arts.” Today, some 40 percent of LASA members live in Latin America and the Caribbean, and there is a growing indigenous and Afrodescendant presence.

The expansions of LASA are far-reaching. The notes that the podium at scholarly panels is now shared with activists, journalists, and filmmakers. In addition, “the concept of Latin America overflows the traditional geopolitical boundaries of the region with . . . a growing presence of Latin@s in North America and a burgeoning Latin American diaspora in Europe.”

Finally, the website notes, theory produced in the global South, and Latin America in particular, is making inroads, “reversing the traditional directionality in the flow of ideas,” and moving toward acknowledging the knowledge and the voices of those previously excluded from academic dialogues.


This year, UT Austin will be represented by some 70 people, among them over 25 faculty members, top members of the leadership team at LLILAS Benson, several staff members, two of whom are presenting papers, and scores of Latin Americanist students. LLILAS Benson director Virginia Garrard will present a paper titled “Beyond Dominion: Rethinking Pentecostal Politics of Engagement in Latin America.” LLILAS affiliated faculty Juliet Hooker, associate professor in the Departments of African and African Diaspora Studies and Government, will serve as the program co-chair. For a list of presentations by UT Latin Americanists, visit this Facebook link.

Of significance for an academic conference, two LLILAS Benson staff members will also participate on panels: Paloma Díaz, MA (LLILAS Scholarly Programs Director), will present “Using Social Media to Maximize the Impact of Your Research in Latin American Studies”; and Albert Palacios, doctoral candidate (LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator), will present “Authorial Intent (and Other Agendas) in New Spain’s Publishing Industry, 1540–1625.”

This year, LLILAS Benson is a proud co-sponsor of the LASA 2017 Benefit Concert at the Gran Teatro Nacional del Perú. The concert will feature performances by Perú Negro Afro-Peruvian dance ensemble, Cecilia Bracamonte, Bareto, and Magaly Solier.

Read LASA coverage in Spanish on the website of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).

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