*First Meeting of the International Congress on**
Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, 19th-21st Centuries.
**Advances**, Perspectives, and Challenges*
* *La Academia Mexicana de Ciencias, El Centro de Investigaciones y
Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, El Colegio de Etnólogos y
Antropólogos Sociales, A.C., El Colegio de Michoacán, A.C., El Colegio de
Sonora, El Colegio Mexiquense, A.C., El H. Ayuntamiento de Oaxaca de
Juárez, El Instituto Cultural Oaxaca, El Teatro Macedonio Alcalá, The
Institute for The Study of the Americas (the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill), The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
(the University of Texas at Austin), La Universidad Autónoma “Benito
Juárez” de Oaxaca, La Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, La Universidad de
Buenos Aires, La Universidad de Cartagena, La Universidad de La Frontera,
La Universidade Federal Fluminense, and La Universidad Nacional de La Pampa.
*First Meeting of the International Congress on “The Indigenous Peoples
of Latin America, 19th-21st Centuries. Advances, Perspectives, and
Challenges,” *to be held from *28-31 October 2013* at the Instituto
Cultural Oaxaca, Oaxaca City, Mexico.
*1. First Call: Call for** Symposium Proposals*
Call for symposia for the *First Meeting of the International Congress on
“The Indigenous Peoples of Latin America, 19th-21st Centuries. Advances,
Perspectives, and Challenges,” *to be held from 28-31 October 2013 at the
Instituto Cultural Oaxaca in Oaxaca City, Mexico.
Describing and understanding the “Other” has been a constant objective for
over 500 years; yet the concepts of the indigenous that were established in
the 16th and 17th centuries are very different to those that were
elaborated in the 18th and 19th century and subsequently reconstructed in
the 20th and 21st centuries. Diachronic and comparative analysis can bring
us closer to these concepts and so help us to understand historical and
contemporary processes, even though our visions of the past and the present
diverge and are often contradictory, both as expressed by contemporary
students of the indigenous question and by social actors themselves.
Nonetheless, it would seem that there is a common goal: that is, to
understand and explain societies which, from the various disciplinary
perspectives of the social sciences and humanities, form a vital part of
the social structure. For all this, the merely partial analysis of a
fragment of a society, in this case indigenous people, creates more
problems for understanding the past, the present, and the prospective
future, given that interactions involving other social component are
lacking. Many of these social components both influence, and are deeply
influenced by their interactions with indigenous people, for example, the
Church, the State, the Army, private landowners, or social intermediaries;
in socio-ethnic terms, we should also include indigenous of partially
African descent, mulattos, *mestizo, *and whites. For this reason, we
should emphasize the importance of these interactions to the objective
study of indigenous peoples, while paying special attention to the
proposals articulated by indigenous peoples themselves and their conception
of society at large, both now and in the past.
This said, we believe that it is important to conduct an analysis of the
political, economic, social, and cultural roles that were played by the
various societies that developed post-Independence from the captaincies and
viceroyalties of Spanish America; this analysis should continue through
Latin America’s many republican phases, address the construction and
gradual recognition of multicultural societies, and register the demands
made by many indigenous organizations and intellectuals as constitutive
parts of a broad contemporary debate about indigenous peoples.
*Call for Symposium Proposals*
The themes around which symposia will be organized are as follows:
– Social Movements and resistance
– Postcolonial Studies
– Agrarian Studies
– Meanings of citizenship
– Natural resources
a) In this first stage, we invite symposium proposals involving a maximum
of five participants, including the coordinator.
Subsequently, we will seek individual paper proposals for consideration and
inclusion in the symposia approved by the Organizing Committee.
b) The coordinators of each symposium will be responsible for
organizing and submitting their proposal and, once the call for individual
papers has been made, for selecting the five members of the symposium.
c) Proposals for symposia must be registered on the Congress
website www.congresopueblosindigenas.org following its publication on
2012 and before 1 February 2013.*
d) Coordinators of symposium proposals will receive a
2. Approval of Symposia
a) Proposals for symposia will be reviewed by an Academic Committee of
recognized specialists drawn from the co-organizing institutions. Proposals
for symposia will be considered on the basis of the Congress’s main themes
and using the following additional criteria: clear argumentation and
thematic development; intellectual coherence; clarity of presentation;
relevance of content.
b) The list of approved symposia will be published on the Congress website
www.congresopueblosindigenas.org on* 1 March 2013*. The second Call for
Individual Papers for inclusion in the symposia will be made on the same
date and remain open until *30 June 2013*. All decisions are final.