Upcoming Events at AILASA

JUL 04

10th Biennial AILASA Conference

bannerCentring the Margins: Reconfiguring the Map of Knowledge in Humanities and Sciences in the Iberian and Latin American Worlds.

X Biennial Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA) 4-7 July, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand. Conference hosted by the Victoria Institute for Links with Latin America (VILLA) at Victoria University of Wellington.

We are currently soliciting paper submissions as well as panel proposals and strongly encourage you to visit You may also wish to attend as a non-presenting participant.

The deadline for submission of abstracts has now been extended to April 30th.

We have some excellent international keynote speakers confirmed including Prof Cristobal Kay (Chile and Netherlands), Prof Gilberto Lopez y Rivas (Mexico), Lourdes Ortiz (Spain) and Prof Lisa Matisoo-Smith (New Zealand). This conference is designed to highlight studies with, on and in Iberia and Latin America and therefore natural scientists with substantive research interests in Latin America are encouraged to participate together with those with social science or humanities interests in Iberia and/or Latin America.

Once again, you are invited to visit to find out full details of registration, fees, locations and themes.

Proposals for panels of 3-4 presenters and/or individual papers of 20 minutes in length are welcomed on any topic with an Iberian and Latin American focus in the humanities and sciences which brings to the fore or reveals ways in which the physical and/or conceptual “margins”, may be reconfigured to the centre of disciplines, perspectives and knowledge.

Possible topics for papers might include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Perceptions and Misperceptions of the “Periphery” Peripheries and Globalisation
  • Globalisation in the Latin American and Iberian Economies
  • Politics and “Peripheries”
  • Literature and film relating to peripheral perspectives, Indigeneity Sustainability and Resilience  Mapping Knowledge Transfer in Technology and the Sciences.
  • Historical Perspectives from the Margins
  • Transnational/regional Latin American identity formation
  • Latin American cinematic co-productions and transnational funding
  • Testimonial and documentary expressions of minority cultures
  • Regional and Global Cultures

Expressions of interest should be directed to the following members of the conference committee:

Brent Alloway (Sciences) –
Paul Bowker (Humanities) –
Nicola Gilmour (Humanities) –

For more on the conference see: