Social Struggles for Land in Latin America

A historical, comparative and global analysis

On June 24 and 25, 2015, the Communities, Comparisons and Connections Research Group of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies will hold an interdisciplinary conference, bringing together academic researchers and social and indigenous organizations, in Lima (Peru), co-organized by the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos and the Red Muqui–Proposal and Action Network. 

For centuries, the struggle for land has been a dominant factor in the shaping of Latin-American society and the formation of dynamic social movements. The central goal of this conference is to bring together both historical and contemporary perspectives and analyses on the struggles for land in Latin America. We aim to create a more profound dialogue between researchers, institutions and social and indigenous organizations (which include rural communities), between historical and contemporary perspectives, and between comparative (cases of different countries) and global views, on change and continuity in rural Latin America.

We invite paper proposals that discuss the social struggles for land in Latin America in the last few centuries from a multitude of perspectives. These include land reforms and agrarian reforms; states and social movements; social, solidary and popular economic practices; different forms of extractivism (land, water, minerals); food sovereignty; leadership and social-economic organization of rural communities and indigenous peoples; migration; gender and generations, etc. We especially encourage submissions from scholars working within a historical and/or comparative and global perspective.

To propose a paper, send an abstract of maximum 500 words together with a short bio and institutional affiliation before February 10, 2015 to

Notices of acceptance will be sent by March 1, 2015.

The working languages of the conference are English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Costs of lodgment and boarding will be financed by the organizers. There are fixed travel grants for selected presenters without means to cover their travel to Lima (please mention the approximate cost of travel).

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