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39th ILASSA Conference: Latin Americas at a Crossroads

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Project ended on December 06, at 09:00 AM CST
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39th ILASSA Conference: Latin Americas at a Crossroads

For the past 38 years, The Institute of Latin American Studies Student Association (ILASSA) has organized the longest running student organized conference on Latin America in the country. The ILASSA Conference offers students from multiple disciplines at UT Austin as well as other institutions in the United States and abroad the opportunity to present their research in the style and atmosphere of an academic conference. Hosting the conference gives ILASSA a unique opportunity for leadership and a chance to share that special Austin and LLILAS warmth. This academic year we are planning for the 39th Annual ILASSA Conference that will take place in the Spring of 2019.


The conference theme for this year is "Latin Americas at a crossroads: Rethinking Methods, Languages, and Generations." We are expecting the attendance of 100 guests including a keynote speaker from Guatemala, panelists, and participants from UT Austin, other institutions in the United States, and around the globe. Your contribution will greatly support our efforts in producing a conference that students and scholars will deeply be impacted by. Given the current sociopolitical climate across the globe and in particularly in Latin America, it becomes necessary to forge new connections and solidarities between different cultures, knowledges, and life projects. The particular context of Latin America and the U.S. can be defined by its diversity. At the same time such variety has the potential to construct other worlds based on social justice and equality. The latter requires us to push and cross borders in order to build bridges with others, and to build connections at different levels. In this sense, we look forward to use the conference as a space to question practices and normalized discourses and to dispute binary conceptions of gender, politics, sexuality, immigration, etc. In other words, the ILASSA student conference has been a space for sharing experiences and constructing knowledges. Thus, this edition convenes diverse groups of people from different locations and disciplines to challenge our ways of thinking, building connections and networks, and pushing ourselves to grow as individuals and as as a community of learners. 


What is ILASSA? We are the longest running student organizations at UT Austin. ILASSA is a graduate student organization affiliated with the prestigious Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at UT Austin. ILASSA was created to encourage LLILAS students to actively take part in issues concerning Latin American Studies not only in LLILAS but also in campus affairs, and to provide a voice in the direction of the LLILAS program as well.


How can you help? 

  • Please consider making a contribution for the 39th ILASSA Conference. 100% of your donation will directly support the production of this student organized conference. The more we receive, the broader an audience we can attract to our conference.  
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This level helps support our mission and goals for the conference. With $25 we are able to pay for 5 ILASSA Conference journals. The ILASSA Conference Journal will include essay submissions from our conference participants. Along with your donation, you will receive a thank you post in our Facebook page!



This level of contribution helps us preserve the legacy of our conference through photography and video. Along with your donation, you will receive a handwritten thank you card.



This level helps us cover the costs of printing posters, and programs for our conference packets. Along with your donation, you will receive a thank you card signed by the co-chairs and by many of the conference panelists!



This level helps us cover the full cost of our ILASSA Conference Journals. This journal is meant to document and highlight important issues conference participants will discuss during the conference. Along with your donation, you will receive a thank you video made especially for you by the staff during the conference!



Helps provide food for half of the duration of the conference so they are focused and ready to learn from our amazing speakers and guests. Along with your donation, you will receive an invitation to dinner with the ILASSA 39 co-chairs and with our amazing keynote speaker!



This level covers the total expenses for our keynote speaker. Our keynote speaker is meant to reflect the theme of the conference and present relevant issues happening in Latin America. Along with this donation, your name will be printed on the final programs of the conference and you will be mentioned especially at the opening and closing of the conference!

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