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Lourdes Portillo: Luchas feministas barriales y transnacionales: Después del terremoto, Las madres y Señorita extraviada (Spanish Edition)
by Norma Angélica Valenzuela

Deadline extended till Friday, January 17, 2014!

XVIIIth International Conference


Arizona State University, February 20, 21, and 22, 2014

Conference Central Theme:

Border Urbanization,  Militarization, and Virtualization



In the context of a possible immigration reform in the United States, which will affect about 11 million immigrants, and a continuing realignment of the world economies world into trading blocs, where the recent world migration of some 214 million migrants is still impacting the borders between nation-States, it is necessary to have, within the conference theme of  Border Urbanization, Militarization, and Virtualization, scholarly discussions regarding the transformation of border regions, the concept of border, of identity, of an interaction between  diverse cultures, and the formation of a complex multi-cultural society. Based on such developments and facts, the study of these phenomena must be addressed from an  interdisciplinary perspective, delving closely into its particular aspects. For example, within the context of a possible immigration reform in the United States, it is worth considering the human condition and the transformative impact of the 11 million immigrants in a struggle  to integrate themselves into a new society, especially if in that massive international immigration, some eight million have migrated from the Americas (Mexico, Central America, South America, Canada, and the Caribbean) and the rest of the other immigrants have migrated from almost all parts of the world such as Ireland, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Arab countries, and Asia; from this last continent, a million and a half form part of the eleven million undocumented people.  At the same time, one must take into account that a possible immigration reform in the United States will take place within a new context of greater urbanization, regularization, and militarization along  the Mexico-United States border, including the use of drone aircraft and the building of hundreds additional miles of border fence as well the deployment of up to 40,000 Border Patrol agents. Such kind of new border may not only increase the virtualization of the border, where the media is incapable of reflecting the total culture of migrants, but could become a future model for the entire world, particularly if we take into account a greater militarization of the border Mexico-Guatemala as well as other borders around the world.  That is, in taking into account the recent migration of the 214 million workers, with females experiencing also sexual exploitation, from poor countries into rich countries, any border in  the world can, ironically, become a new militarized wall, conflict laden, and with much human suffering. 

Arizona State University, the French Alliance in La Paz (Mexico), the Cultural Center Roger de Conicka, la Red Internacional de Investigadores en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades (RIICSH; the International Association of Scholars in the Social Sciences and the Humanities), La Frontera: Una Nueva Concepción Cultural (The Border: A New Cultural Concept), la Université Sorbonne―Paris 3 (the University of Sorborne-Paris 3), and member universities in RIICSH invite specialists and scholars associated with the various disciplines in the Social Sciences and Humanities, preferably from an interdisciplinary perspective or from an interdisciplinary approach, to submit paper proposals for paper or workshop presentations.
    This 18th International Conference will address multiple phenomena, theories, or forms that currently comprise conceptual and empirical research on the border; that is, border relations between neighboring countries, as well as the study of the underlying problems found in any world border whose nature, as seen from all disciplines, is historical, social, economic, gender-related, cultural, political, military, queer, territorial, virtual, or conceptual.


Using it as base, please write your proposal with the list below in mind:

1.- History and historiography of contemporary world borders
2.  History of immigration reforms.
3.  Capital, labor, and culture
4.  Globalization and migratory practices?5.  Economic integration practices and their impact on borders
6.  Daily-crossing border workers
7.  Past and current abuses by agents of the Border Patrol
8.  Border geopolitics: human rights and national security along the border
9.  Community organizations in defense of migrant rights
10.  World Borders and cyclical deportations
11.  Youth deportees and the struggle of the Dreamers
12.  Border regional identity, border culture, and border transculturation
13.  Particular contemporary border identities
14.  Borders and imagined collectivities
15.  Bi-borderlands films and national cinematographic discourse
16.  Border ecology, politics, and governability
17.  Border sustainability: population increases and natural resources
18.  Contemporary border linguistics
19.  Border cultural politics and linguistics
20.  Constructing material and symbolic borders
21.  Virtual borders:  cultural hybridity and national discourse
22.  Queer borders
23.  Bi-borderlands literature: voices from both sides  
24.  New voices, new cultures, new borders
25.  Contemporary border music and food
26.  Religion and the border
27.  Chicano Studies
28.  Theory and methodology for border research
29.  Art, literature, and society as transcultural possibilities
30.  Women’s border culture
31.  Border Studies and Gender
32.  Native Peoples and the Border
33.  Social movements in the border
34.  Studies on Democracy and the Border
35.  Borders, droughts, and international water treaties

―Panels and workshops will provide 20 minutes to each  presenter, reserving 20 minutes for a question and answer period. Four to five researchers will make up each panel or workshop, and presentations will be moderated by a selected member from the group.
Requirements: Title of the panel or workshop. (It does not matter if the title falls within the proposed themes. All titles only have to follow the thematic guidelines of the conference.)
―Please send a description of the panel or workshop and a summary or abstract of each paper.  
―Include author’s name, institution, and e-mail address.  
―Please send the name of the selected moderator.

In a maximum of 500 word each, paper abstracts and workshop descriptions are due by Tuesday, December 31,  2013 (extended) via the following e-mail address: Each type of proposal needs to have the following information: 1) panel title or workshop title, 2) name of each presenter, 3) moderator’s name, presenter’s institution, participant’s email. No individual paper abstract, panel proposal, or workshop proposal will be accepted after Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
On Thursday, December 23, 2013, and thereafter, the Site Committee will notify, by the e-mail address provided, all proposal authors and individual researchers regarding its decision.  A letter of acceptance will be sent as soon as possible and convenient.    

RESEARCH PAPER’S FINAL VERSION:  Each research paper (maximum of 15-typed pages, 1 1/2  spaces) will be allocated 20 minutes for its oral presentation. The final version of such essay must be sent to the Site Committee’s email no later than Friday, January 3, 2014, in order that the research paper may be included in the conference’s CD. Due to editing and ISBN matters, the digital CD will be distributed at the subsequent international conference, 2015.
Official conference languages: English,  Spanish, and French. Please do not  expect simultaneous oral translation due to conference time factors. On the other hand, the translated text can be projected on a screen simultaneously to the oral presentation by the researcher.

―Before Wednesday, January 1, 2014,  presenters pay:  $100 USD.   After such date, presenters will each pay:  $125 USD.  In the case of  co-authors, each will pay his or her own individual registration. For better managing research dissemination, only two co-authors on the same topic will be accepted.  
―Student presenters who pay before Wednesday, January 1, 2014, will be charged only $  80 USD.  Thereafter, he or she must pay:  $95 USD.
―Participants who attend and do not present but do require a conference certificate of attendance, will pay: $ 50 USD.
―Conference registration fee entitles presenter or participant to the following events and publication: a welcoming cocktail, a farewell dinner, a conference folder, a certificate of participation, and a CD with all research presentations received by Friday, January 03, 2014. The CD, with its own ISBN, will be distributed after the annual international conference.  All presentations by the speakers who attend the conference or by those who have already paid the registration fee, but because of some extraordinary reason could not attend, will be included.

Researchers and publishers interested in participating in the exhibition, presentation, and sale of books or videos, please write before the conference’s scheduled  date to the Site Committee in order that we may provide you  a space. Please limit each book presentation to 15 minutes.

Dr. Manuel de Jesús Hernández-G.:  
Dr. Jesús Rosales:
Dr.  José Antonio Sequera Meza:
Maestro Daniel Vargas:

All things not covered in this Call for Papers shall be considered and resolved by the Site Committee.

Published:  Friday, August 16, 2013  via

English, 11 ix 2013