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The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at the University of Pittsburgh, welcomes everyone in the community to the 21th Latin American Social and Public Policy (LASPP) Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March18, 2017.

The LASPP conference is a student-organized event where undergraduate, graduate students, and faculty members can present their scholarly work involving social and public policy in Latin America. This year's presentations will be organized around,but not limited to, the following topics topics:

a) Public and Social Policy: Economics development, health, education, environment energy, gender, urban studies decentralization, LGBT, ethnic policies. 

b) Political systems and institutions: Democratic challenges, political economy, state building, public opinion, social-military relations, civil society, political parties and movements, political history, legislative studies, judicial studies, electoral systems, parties and party systems, comparative politics, ideology, subnational politics. 

c) Social, political and economic instability: Violence and crime, illegal economies, peace and conflict studies, conflict resolution, transitional justice, social movements. 

d) Arts, humanities and cultural studies: linguistics, literature, media & film studies, cultural industry, musicology 

The LASPP Conference was first held in 1996 and has been held annually since then. It has been organized by the graduate students from the LASPP Graduate Certificate Program at CLAS at the University of Pittsburgh. We welcome all students, undergraduate and graduate, and faculty members who are enthusiastic about social and public policy in Latin America to submit paper proposals, panels, posters and participate in the conference. As every year, it is a great space for discussing the current issues in Latin America and get to know more friends and colleagues interested in the region.

To learn more about this year's conference and submit paper proposals, please click here

Please don't hesitate to contact us : 

 Jose Incio  j.incio@pitt.edu; Pamela Loayza pal77@pitt.edu