Call for Papers

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30th Annual AAPLAC Conference
Culture as Collaboration/Culture as Commodity
February 20-24, 2019
Mérida, México

The Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean is pleased to announce our call for papers for our 30th Annual Conference to be held at Universidad Autonóma de Yucatán in Mérida, Mexico, February 20-24, 2019. The deadline to submit proposals is December 1, 2018.

We welcome involvement from all international educators/programmers including study abroad professionals, faculty, international admissions and recruitment specialists, independent scholars, ESL instructors, non-profit professionals, and others interested in promoting increased and improved student mobility in the hemisphere. Interested participants with expertise with programs outside the hemisphere are also welcome.

Related topics of interest for session proposals should link the proposed topic to the theme of the conference, “Culture as Collaboration/Culture as a Commodity”

  • How can study abroad be transformed to avoid turning culture into a commodity?
  • Overcoming cultural barriers that hinder international student mobility
  • Working with friends: Ensuring greater collaboration between different types of international professionals and comparing program experiences and networks from other regions
  • How can/should international educators and organizations like AAPLAC become more involved in political affairs?
  • Study abroad as an exercise in cultural power
  • Open and fair cross-cultural collaborations in the age of Trump
  • What can we do to confront rising global xenophobia?
  • Increasing cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: Increasing collaboration between schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Community-Based Partnerships: How students learn from and engage with local communities and cultures
  • The future of US-Cuba relations and its impact on Study Abroad
  • Is service learning collaboration or commodification?
  • Innovative pre-departure, on-site, and re-entry practices
  • What does Latin America have to learn from our students?
  • Anglo-Hispanic Challenges: Cross-cultural understanding through experiential learning and study abroad
  • Strategic Partnerships: How we can enhance protocols between our schools in the US and those in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Rethinking Mobility: How is the student’s identity compromised/enhanced abroad?
  • Is there such a thing as an authentic culture?

Download Proposal Template

For additional information and guidelines, download the presentation proposal templateWord document.

Important Dates

December 1, 2018 Proposal deadline
January 1, 2019 Proposal responses sent out to presenters from AAPLAC
January 8, 2019 Initial confirmation from presenters to AAPLAC of intention to attend and present
Application deadline for AAPLAC Student Scholarship
January 15, 2019 Final confirmation from presenters to AAPLAC of intention to attend and present. Must have registered for conference by this date (Registration Deadline).
February 20-24, 2019 Conference takes place. Please plan on arriving on February 19th to take advantage of all the activities on the first day.