Sunday, February 1, 2009

Multiculturalism and Ethnic Minorities in the Americas: Call For Papers

The objective of the Forum is to explore from a multidisciplinary viewpoint the presently growing ethnic diversity, multicultural and pluricultral practices in the Americas, and the response to the multicultural phenomenon through public policies. We will concentrate on the debates revolving around cultural and political rights of ethnic minorities, the social construction of ethnic and racial identities, the relationship between governments and ethnic minorities, and the public policies designed in order to resolve social conflicts produced as a result of the multiple cultures that constitute multicultural and pluricultural societies.

The panels will be organized according to the following themes:

  • Multiculturalism, ethnic minorities, and political representation.
  • Democracy and human rights.
  • Integration policies and cultural diversity.
  • Majority nationalities in Pluricultural States.
  • Indigenous peoples: inclusion, exclusion, and marginalization.
  • Multicultural citizenship.
  • Double marginalization: ethnicity, race, and multiculturalism.
  • Interculturality and multiculturalism.
  • Cultural identities.
  • Ethnic immigrant minorities.
  • Afroamerica: The third root.
  • Globalization and multiculturalism in the Americas.
  • Minorities and majorities: Ethnic and racial relations.
  • New minorities in the Americas.
  • Immigration and cultural diversity in contemporary Mexico.

Proposals and papers

Please submit a one-page abstract for a 20-minute (7-10 pages) presentation no later than February 13, 2009. Panels will include three presenters. Each one will have 20 minutes to read or present his/her paper. There will be 10-minutes for discussion.

Submit the following information:

  • Title of paper
  • Name/s of Author/s
  • Institution
  • Postal and e-mail addresses
  • Telephone number
  • Key words

The acceptance or rejection of proposals will be notified by March 13, 2009. Those whose proposals are accepted must confirm their participation via e-mail until, at the latest, April 24th, 2009, for their names to appear in the Forum’s program. The proposal’s abstracts will be published in the Forum’s website

Those interested in publishing their work should send a revised manuscript for a book entitled Multiculturalismo y Minorías Étnicas en las Américas. The manuscript should be in Spanish. The deadline for manuscript submission is March 30th, 2009. The essay should not be longer than 25 pages (including tables, graphics, annexes, and bibliography), Arial font, letter size 12, margins 2.5 cm., double space. The papers for publication will be reviewed by an evaluating committee. Only the accepted proposals will be subject to the evaluation for publication.

The list of accepted papers and the participants on each panel will be available in the forum’s website: by the end of April.


The cost of registration for the Forum is 250 Mexican Pesos for presenters and 100 Mexican Pesos for students and the general public. Registration includes free access to the exhibitions, a certificate of participation, the Forum’s poster and proceedings.

Registration will start on May 21st, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. at the University of Colima (the Specific place to be announced later).

The e-mail address for sending papers and manuscripts as well as for further information is:
Dr. Adriana Cruz Manjarrez
Center for Social Research
University of Colima
Ave. Gonzalo de Sandoval 444
Colima, Col. 28040
Phone: 52-312-316-1127
Fax: 52-312-316-1127
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