“Knowledge and Power”
LAGO Graduate Student Conference
January 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
Tulane University’s Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO) invites paper and panel proposals for our 2017 Graduate Conference: “Knowledge and Power”, to be held January 27-29 in New Orleans. At the conference, we encourage participants to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on subjects related to inequalities in the creation and distribution of information – cultural, historical, empirical, and digital – in the Americas and the Caribbean. In addition to discussing social, economic, and political barriers to knowledge production and access, we seek to highlight a broad range of dialogues that move beyond the boundaries between traditional academic disciplines. Papers from all disciplines that explore any historical or contemporary moment are welcomed.
Conference participants will be able to meet and dialogue with Latin Americanist graduate scholars, faculty, and community leaders from around the world, explore New Orleans, and experience the city’s unique Mardi Gras season.
Thank you for your interest in our event. The submission deadline has passed, but we would love for you to join us in January. The conference will be free and open to the public.
Phillip Boyett is a M.A. candidate in Latin American Studies, LAGO member, and co-founder of a non-profit organization named Ko’ox Boon (pronounced co-osch bone). Ko’ox Boon means “let’s paint” in Yucatec Maya, and the goal of the organization is to promote creativity and self expression of Maya speakers in Yucatan, Mexico.
Ko’ox Boon now has three main initiatives: the flagship program is an annual, six-week arts and creativity camp in the rural town of Yaxhachen, Yucatan free of charge for children ages 4-14. Second, Ko’ox Boon is establishing a casa de cultura [cultural center] in the town as a space for public art projects, hands-on learning experiences, and resources for local embroiderers. Lastly, Ko’ox Boon is marketing a line of fashionable t-shirts by local embroiderers under the brand of “Yaxha.”
In two years, Ko’ox Boon has expanded from a simple community mural initiative to the art camp/cultural center/embroidery model by cultivating over 30 part-time volunteers from Yaxhachen, Mexico, and the United States. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to develop a sustainable model for community development based on local interests and capacities. If you want to learn more about Ko’ox Boon, you can visit their website.
LAGO is excited to announce the addition of a community forum entitled “Locked In, Locked Out: Organizing Across Race in New Orleans” to the LAGO 2015 Conference schedule. The event will take place on Thursday, February 5th at the Ashe Cultural Center at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard from 6:00-8:30PM. Light refreshments will be provided.
Dixie Cotton, American Steel and a Hurricane Named Katrina –
A Reinvention of Bondage
The Workplace Justice Project in cooperation with the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center and the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law invites you to submit a proposal for the 2015 Conference: WORK IN THE SOUTH: Dixie Cotton, American Steel and a Hurricane Named Katrina -A Reinvention of Bondage which will be held on March 6 -7 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Loyola College of Law. Accepted applicants will have their proposals published in the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law and may be offered the opportunity to present their work in one of three conference panels on March 6, 2015.