Coloured Hat On A Grey Day by Tobias Mayr, CC2.0The Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) was founded in 1969 with the following purposes in mind:

  • To facilitate networking and information exchange among persons, in Canada and abroad, engaged in teaching and research on Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • To foster especially within Canadian universities, colleges, and other centres of higher education, the expansion of information on and interest in Latin America and the Caribbean; and
  • To represent the academic and professional interests of Canadian Latin Americanists.

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CALACS Announcements

CfP: Mexican human rights crisis

Dear colleagues:

Activists and human rights defenders in Mexico have been documenting and denouncing the persecution and systematic violation of the human rights of populations on the margins of the State and in at-risk geographic zones for more than a decade. The severe humanitarian crisis in the country is experienced in bloody ways by a diverse group of civilian victims who are caught in the crossfire of State forces and organized-crime organizations. Finding mechanisms for accessing justice, rebuilding social structures and forging a reflexive understanding of the violent events are some of the urgent tasks that need to be addressed.

Following its vision to disseminate and mobilize knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean through networks and partnerships in Canada and abroad, the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) wishes to foster a deeper understanding of this complex and difficult process.

Consequently, in the context of its Annual Conference, to be held at the University of Québec at Montréal May 16-18, 2018, CALACS will host a series of panels on all aspects of the Mexican human rights crisis, including but not restricted to its political, historic, economic and cultural dimensions. We also encourage comparative discussion with other regions in Latin America and the Caribbean affected by drug trafficking related violence.