UNO Latin American Studies Program Hosts the 2012 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference Next Week

The University of New Orleans Latin American Studies program hosts next Friday the 2012 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference, said Steve Striffler, professor of anthropology and geology and Doris Zemurray Stone Chair in Latin American Studies at UNO.

The 2012 Empire and Solidarity in the Americas Conference is a working conference now celebrating its fifth anniversary. The annual conference takes place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 in UNO's Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center, Room 257.

Participants submitted paper proposals in September and selected proposals will be the center of focused discussion.

“The conference explores the meanings, forms, histories and futures of North-South solidarity in the Americas," according to a call for papers published in Anthropology Report, an online publication. “What kinds of transnational ties have groups from both sides of the North-South divide established with each other? What kinds of strategies have they used, and toward what ends? How have these political projects varied across time and space? In what ways have cross-border solidarities shaped and been shaped by imperial power?"

The conference brings to campus a host of interesting participants:

Katherine Borland, associate professor, Ohio State University, is the author of Unmasking Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Nicaraguan Festival and is currently conducting research on international volunteering.

Brandon Byrd of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is conducting research on Haiti in African-American thought and culture.

Aviva Chomsky, professor of history and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State College, is the author of Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of the Global Working Class.

Kevin Coleman, assistant professor, University of Toronto, is currently working on a history of photography and political culture in a banana-company town on the Caribbean Coast of Central America.

Maria Diaz Montejo, University at Albany, State University of New York, is conducting research on Guatemalan immigrants in Florida.

Tore Olsson of the University of Georgia is working on a dissertation about Green Revolutions in the U.S. South and Mexico.

Lesley Gill, a professor in the anthropology department at Vanderbilt University, is author of The School of the Americas: Military Training and Political Violence in the Americas.

Van Gosse, who is an associate professor of history at Franklin and Marshall College, is the author of Rethinking the New Left: An Interpretive History.

Heidi Krajewski of Tulane University is currently conducting research on North American solidarity with Nicaragua.

Alan McPherson, associate professor at the University of Oklahoma, is author of Yankee No!: Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations.

Fatima Williams Castro of Rutgers University is conducting research on the politics of race in Colombia.