IAPSS Conference in Latin America (ICLA) 2015

“Contemporary Challenges in Latin America”

Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) | Quito, Ecuador

November 18-21, 2015

The Call for Papers has been closed by September 5

(Convocatoria en español aquí)

The Theme

For decades the Latin American region has been neglected in political and social science research and teaching. The continuing consolidation of the political science discipline in Latin America, as well as its internationalization, have shed light on past and present developments as much as on emerging trends in the region – from trade to integration, from social reform to human rights, from party politics to democratic transformation.

Contemporary political issues range from the rise of leftist and populist governments, to societal reconciliation and the rapprochement between Cuba and the United States. Environmental issues touch upon the question of how to cope with the region’s ever-growing middle class, while fluctuating commodity prices affect resource-rich economies, prompting questions of economic diversification. Furthermore, Latin America’s geopolitical alignment is concerned by a shifting global balance of power and its future political and socioeconomic development will depend on policy-making addressing, among other things, inequality and wealth distribution, participation and the inclusion of the region’s indigenous peoples, social movements and violence. Meanwhile policy innovation, such as Brazil’s Conditional Cash Transfer Programme and Ecuador’s Open Border Policy are winning converts worldwide.

Call for Papers

The first IAPSS Conference in Latin America seeks to provide a platform to investigate the tremendous variety of Contemporary Challenges in Latin America, to challenge conventional perceptions and to offer the space and the opportunity to present the innovative research of young political scientists from Latin America and beyond.

We welcome papers from undergraduate, graduate and PhD students and from young researchers. Papers can draw on issues in political science and its sub-fields, including comparative politics, political theory, policy analysis, political economy, political behavior, international relations, peace, conflict, security and war studies, as well as from neighboring disciplines, such as public policy and administration, area and development studies, law, anthropology, human geography, sociology, gender studies, and others.

Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Transnational and regional cooperation;
  • Challenges to domestic, transnational and regional security;
  • Political parties, institutional stability and legitimacy;
  • Evolution of political, institutional and cooperative norms;
  • The role of non-state actors;
  • Challenges to and the state of democracy;
  • Public administration, goods and services;
  • Economic models, the welfare state and international financial institutions;
  • Social movements, civil unrest, political protests and revolutions;
  • Political, societal and social violence;
  • Socioeconomic inequality and disparities;
  • Justice and political, social and indigenous rights;
  • Trauma, identity, rehabilitation and reconciliation;
  • Migration, refugees and asylum;
  • Human trafficking, modern slavery and labor rights;
  • Gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights;
  • Environmental degradation and protection, exploitation of natural resources;
  • Drug trafficking and drug-related conflicts

Guideline for Abstract / Paper Submissions

Please send us your abstract of no more than 250 words by submitting an online form (multiple abstracts can be submitted per author, but separately). This form also includes your name / the authors’ names, the title of the paper, a maximum of five keywords, your / the authors’ institutional affiliation (home university / institute), and your / the authors’ email address(es). Abstracts were to be submitted until September 5, 2015 through the form provided below.

All selected applicants have been notified. Full papers shall be submitted via the Online Paper Submission Form between November 1 and November 10, 2015. Later submissions are acceptable, but will not qualify for the IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence. All papers will be featured in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper Room.

Chairs & Discussants

All panelists can apply for chair and discussant positions at the panels featured at ICLA 2015. Applications shall be submitted until October 25, including a recent CV. Please send your application by e-mail to Daniela Davila at icla-program@iapss.org.

Conference Registration (Tickets)

In order to present a paper, presenters were required to purchase a ticket for the Conference until October 25. Later ticket purchase has been granted only on the basis of timely notification to the IAPSS Congress Management. Exclusively for students of USFQ, tickets (65 EUR / ca. 73 US$) are available until November 10 in the MyIAPSS Web Store. Get your ticket here.

Please note that IAPSS Membership is required in order to participate in ICLA 2015. Membership costs only 10 / 15 EUR a year (depending on your country of origin) and offers you a wide range of benefits. There are discounted rates available for 2-year memberships.

Program Overview

A detailed overview on the program – including all lectures, panels and social events – can be found here. All papers featured at ICLA 2015 are available in the ICLA 2015 Online Paper Room. Please note that both pages do not include all details, but are updated regularly.

The IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence

IAPSS will grant the IAPSS Award for Academic Excellence to the best paper presented during the IAPSS Conference in Latin America 2015 in Quito. The winner will be announced during the festive closing session on November 21. Please note: only papers submitted until the official deadline of November 10, 2015 will be considered for the award.

Key Dates

July 1              –                  Registrations open

August 31       –                Notification on selection to all paper submitters (if submitted until August 15)

September 5        –         Deadline to submit abstracts

September 15      –         Sale of Early Bird Tickets ends (from August 16 only for panelists)

September 20      –         Notification on selection to all paper submitters (if submitted until September 5)

October 25     –                Registrations close for non-Ecuadorians and for all paper presenters

October 31     –                Registrations close for Ecuadorians

November 10     –          Registrations close for USFQ students

November 10     –           Deadline to submit full papers via the Online Paper Submission Form

More About ICLA 2015

Find detailed information on the the program and social events, the venue, recommendations for travel and accommodation, and more here.

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Questions & Inquiries?

Then contact,

for abstract, paper and panel related inquiries: Daniela Dávila at icla-program@iapss.org

for academic programme inquiries: Daniela Dávila at icla-program@iapss.org

for registration, visa and other administrative inquiries: Nabih Dahik at icla-administration@iapss.org

for IAPSS Membership inquiries: Andrea Kovarova at secgen@iapss.org

for ticket and payment related inquiries: Catherine Mackay at finances@iapss.org

for other inquiries: Michael Valdivieso at icla@iapss.org

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the IAPSS Conference in Latin America – 2015, in Quito, Ecuador!