LASPP Conference Program

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24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference

March 27 - 28, 2019

The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh welcomes faculty and students to the 24th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference on March 27th and 28th, 2020. At the conference, researchers can present their scholarly work related to social and public policy in Latin America.

Our team is focused on assuring a high-quality and open environment for the exchange of ideas and the improvement of works in progress. Following the multidisciplinary tradition of CLAS, we are interested in facilitating dialogue, theoretical perspectives, and methodologies across disciplines. In that spirit, we encourage the organization of panels around problems, rather than disciplines, and welcome submissions from the social sciences, arts, humanities, and cultural studies. We are particularly—but not exclusively—interested in the discussion of policy design, implementation, and impact in a wide array of areas, including:

Economic development; inequality and social inclusion; democratic governance and institutional change; human rights; health; education; LGBTQ and gender studies; ethnicity; race studies; environmental studies; urban development; violence and crime; conflict resolution; social movements and political parties; technological innovation; migration; political behavior; Latinx studies; elites; public administration and corruption; sustainability; innovation; and transparency.


Thursday, March 26th, 2020

6:00 p.m., Location TBA

Statistics & Chance: A Documentary about Carmelo Mesa-Lago


Friday, March 27th, 2020

Location and time: TBA

Keynote Speaker for this year is:

Carmelo Mesa-Lago

Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh


Saturday, March 28th, 2020

Location and time: TBA

Special Roundtable: Applied Medical Anthropology and Public Policy in Latin America

Speakers:

Kathleen Musante: Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh

Cesar E. Abadia-Barrero: Director of Undergraduate Programs, Human Rights Institute | Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Human Rights, University of Connecticut


Relevant dates:

  • Abstract submission: January 18,2020
  • Deadline for full paper submission:
    February 24, 2020
  • Pre-conference Documentary:
    March 26, 2020
  • Conference: March 27 and 28, 2020

John Frechione Travel Award

This award is named after Dr. John Frechione (Ph.D., Anthropology and Certificate in Latin American Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1981; and CLAS Associate Director [1987-2015]). Dr. Frechione retired in 2015, after 32 years as a CLAS staff member. However, he remains an active supporter of CLAS and its activities. This award bears his name in recognition of the worthwhile support that he has contributed to CLAS—and especially to students—over the years.

This award will cover lodging for the duration of the conference (starting March 26, 2020). Please state whether or not you would like to be considered for the award when submitting your abstract. For additional information, contact the organizers at laspp@pitt.edu.

Program and schedule of events forthcoming.