UCL Institute of the Americas, London

3rd Annual Conference 11-12 May 2017

Keynote Speakers: Prof. Cathy McIlwaine (QMUL) & Dr. Nick Witham (UCL-IA)

Following the success of our 1st and 2nd International Conferences, the UCL Americas Research Network invites postgraduate students and early career researchers working on any aspect of  the Americas to participate in our 3rd International Conference: ‘Nationalism and Transnationalism in the Americas.’

As a leading postgraduate hub for studies of the Americas in the UK, we believe it is vital to showcase and bring together the latest research being conducted by postgraduates in a friendly and welcoming environment. Although based in the heart of London at UCL, we are foremost an international conference which aims to bring together scholars working on the Americas from all around the world.

For a long time, transnational trends have inspired social, political, economic and cultural transformations across the globe. In the Americas, there have been numerous examples of bridge-building across borders. From solidarity movements to class-based alliances, to trade agreements, building bridges between nations has been seen as a means of progress across the Americas. Parallel to these, we also witness more ‘centrifugal’ tendencies towards isolationism and nationalism. Propelled by complex social phenomena such as migration, human displacement, economic instability and political upheaval, many are turning to the erection of barriers -real and imagined- as a means to cope with uncertainty.

In light of these themes, our first call for papers invited postgraduate and early career research papers from any discipline related to the physical, political and cultural formation of transnational bridges and construction of national borders. However, we now send out this second call and broaden our scope to include a secondary round of paper and panel proposals from postgraduates working on any aspect of the Americas. This might include, but is in no way limited to:


National identities

Migrant communities across the Americas

Gender and sexuality


Foreign policy

Social movements

Race and Racism

Political Cultures

Please send your abstracts of between 250-300 words together with a short biography to ia.americasresnet@ucl.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 13th January 2017.