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.

We invite you to submit a proposal on any topic related to the Mexican human rights crisis, whether it be a full panel or a single paper, to the Conference organizing committee. The panels on the Mexican human rights crisis will follow the Conference's regular evaluation procedure (please visit our website:

Questions concerning the Conference as a whole should be directed to the program committee at

To submit a panel, please each panel participant needs to make their individual submission through the webpage system. The panel organizer must then send an email to the program coordinator at indicating the names of the individuals that are part of the same panel by January 31, 2018 (submissions can be in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese).

Please keep in mind that membership in CALACS is necessary to submit a proposal to the Conference.

We sincerely hope that you will join us in Montreal.

Julián Durazo Herrmann, president
Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

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