The ICLA 2015 program comprises a variety of academic formats – including lectures, documentaries, student panels, a number of special academic sessions – including the Opening and Closing Session, the Keynote Speech and the Oxford Style Debate – as well as daily social events. The following overview does not include all details included in the official guide of the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 which will be available by mid-November 2015.

An overview of all featured panels can be found below. All papers featured at ICLA 2015 are available in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper Room.


Daily Program

Day 0 – Tuesday, November 17

14.30 – 16.30   Optional visit to the Casa del Alabado – Museum of Pre-Columbian Art (1.50US$ per person payable at the museum; guided tour; gathering at 14.15 at the museum; address: Cuenca N1-41, Bolivar, near Plaza San Francisco)

15.00 – 20.00   On-site Conference registration (USFQ Main Hall)

Day 1 – Wednesday, November 18

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Opening Session & Keynote Speech (Calderón de la Barca)

1) Opening session: Addresses by Philipp Aepler (ICLA 2015 Chair), Carlos Montúfar (USFQ Principal), Tamara Trownsell (USFQ IR Coordinator) and Michael Valdivieso (Head of USFQ Student Government)

2) Keynote Speech: H.E. José Ayala, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Ecuadorian Minister of Foreign Affairs and former President of the United Nations Security Council

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Prof. Nathan Sears, Universidad de las Américas: China’s military rise, power transition, and the strategic implications for Latin America (Salon Azul)

2) María Belén Garrido, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador: El fenómeno de jiu jitsu como estrategia de resistencia civil en situaciones de conflicto armado (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

1) Migration and Global Flows | Migración y Flujos Globales  (Einstein PSF 105)

2) The Relation between Development & Dependency | La relación entre el desarrollo y la dependencia (Einstein PSF 107)

3) Political Economy & Local Development | Economía Política & Desarrollo Local (Einstein PSF 202)

4) Political Science through Data | Ciencia Política através de los Datos (Einstein PSF 201)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Student Panels

5) Transnational Politics: Different Approaches | Política Transnacional: Diferentes aproximaciones (Einstein PSF 107)

6) Political Parties in Latin America | Partidos Políticos en América Latina (Einstein PSF 105)

7) Defense & Security: Between Theory and Case Studies | Seguridad & Defensa: Entre la teoría y estudios de caso (Einstein PSF 202)

18.30 – 20.00   Opening Reception (Hall de Tesoreria, USFQ)

Day 2 – Thursday, November 19

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Documentary & Lecture

1) Documentary: Tóxico Texaco Tóxico (Salon Azul)

2) Lecture: Prof. Guillaume Fontaine (FLACSO Ecuador): Causal case studies of public policy: the methodological challenge (Casa Blanca)

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Tamara Trownsell, PhD (USFQ): What does ontological competence do for us in Political Science? (Salon Azul)

2) Prof. Felipe Burbano de Lara (FLACSO Ecuador): Liderazgos políticos y construcción democrática en América Latina: El caso de las revoluciones bolivarianas (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

8) Human Rights & Extractivism in Latin America | Derechos Humanos y Extractivismo en América Latina (Calderón de la Barca)

9) Analysis of the Role of Institutions in Latin America | Análisis del Rol de las Instituciones en América Latina (Einstein PSF 107)

10) Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic Perspective | Política Exterior: Una perspectiva diplomática (Einstein PSF 105)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Student Panels

11) Violence, Alternatives & The Armed Conflict | Violencia, Alternativas y El Conflicto Armado (Einstein PSF 105)

12) New Actors, Challenges & Alternatives to Politics | Nuevos actores, desafíos & alternativas a la política (Einstein PSF 107)

13) The Role of Communication & Media in Politics | El rol de la comunicación & los medios en la política (Einstein PSF 204)

21.00 – open end   Pub Quiz @ The Flying Scotsman (address: Av. Orellana E10-65 y Coruña / map available here)

Day 3 – Friday, November 20

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Documentary & Lecture

1) Documentary: Instantes de Campaña (Salon Azul)

2) Lecture: Prof. Santiago Basabe (FLACSO Ecuador): Los rendimientos del Poder Judicial en el régimen democrático: un estudio sobre la calidad de las decisiones de Cortes Supremas de 11 países de América Latina (Casa Blanca)

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Prof. Ivette Vallejo (FLACSO Ecuador): Ciudades del Milenio en la Amazonía ecuatoriana: configuraciones territoriales hacia una nueva Amazonía? Degradación y protección ambiental, explotación de recursos naturales. | Prof. Iván Narváez (FLACSO Ecuador) Los derechos colectivos indígenas a la autodeterminación, caso Yasuní (en clave neoconstitucional) (Salon Azul)

2) Prof. Gabriel Orozco (FLACSO Ecuador): Retos para la seguridad doméstica, transnacional y regional (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

14) The Paradigms of Geopolitics in Latin America | Paradigmas de la Geopolítica en América Latina (Einstein PSF 105)

15) Women’s Rights In Contemporary Context | Derechos de la Mujer en contexto contemporáneo (Einstein PSF 107)

16) Social & Political Movements in the Region | Movimientos Sociales y Políticos en la Región (Einstein PSF 104)

17) Identity: A Process of Crisis, Violence & Memory | Identidad: Un proceso de crisis, violencia y memoria (Einstein PSF 201)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Student Panels

18) Defense Investment & Concern – Still a viable strategy? | Inversión y Preocupación por la Defensa – ¿Es todavía una buena estrategía? (Einstein PSF 104)

19) Citizen’s Participation as a New Political Process | Participación Ciudadana como un nuevo proceso político  (Einstein PSF 105)

20) Decentralization: Regional Case Studies | Descentralización: Estudios de Caso Regionales (Einstein PSF 107)

21.00 – open end   Bar Night @ The Flying Scotsman (address: Av. Orellana E10-65 y Coruña / map available here)

Day 4 – Saturday, November 21

The IAPSS Info & Registration Desk, located in the Main Hall, is open from 09.00 till 19.00.

10.00 – 11.30   Talk & Lecture

1) Talk: Meet Our Editors & Board: Get Involved With IAPSS Journals & Conferences (Salon Azul)

2) Lecture: Pier Pigozzi, PhD (University of Notre Dame): The human rights idea in the Latin American constitutional tradition (Casa Blanca)

Coffee & Tea Break (Calderón de la Barca)

12.00 – 13.30   Lectures

1) Prof. Andrés González (USFQ): The challenge of good governance: the fight against corruption in Latin American countries (Salon Azul)

2) Prof. Daniela Salazar (USFQ): Ecuador’s migration laws and policies (Casa Blanca)

Lunch Break

15.00 – 16.30   Student Panels

21) Ecuador: Political Analysis & The Status Quo | Ecuador: Análisis político & Status actual (Einstein PSF 105)

22) Gender & Politics | Género y Política (Einstein PSF 107)

23) Social Challenges & Extractivism | Desafíos Sociales & Extractivismo (Einstein PSF 202)

24) Sustainability & Public Policies | Sostenibilidad & Políticas Públicas  (Einstein PSF 104)

Coffee & Tea Break (Einstein PSF Third Floor)

17.00 – 18.30   Clossing Session (Calderón de la Barca)

1) Oxford Style Debate on The Politics of Extractivism: Shall the exploitation of Latin America’s natural resources be stopped? (17.00 – 18.00)

2) Award & Closing Session (18.00 – 18.30)

21.30 – 24.00   Conference Party on Chivas Quitenas (gathering at 21.00 at Plaza de Las Americas, downtown Quito)


Student Panels

All student panels and featured papers will be published in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper Room by November 1.