Call For Papers

The Midwest Association for Latin American Studies invites you to its 71st Annual Virtual Conference: Re-building Latin American in the Covid-19 Era: Emerging Crisis, Activism and National Policy Implications - Reconstruyendo Latinoamérica en la era del Covid-19: Crisis emergentes, activismo e implicaciones de políticas nacionales, being held virtually October 28th – 30th, 2021. MALAS welcomes papers on a broad range of Latin American topics from any discipline. Please visit our website for easy registration:

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 17, 2021

Please send by email the title of paper, 150- to 200-word abstract and contact information (name, affiliation, address, phone and email) to J.D. Bowen at NOTE: To be included in the program, presenters must pre-register by October 15, 2021 and have paid the corresponding fee.

General Information

Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal for the Annual Midwest Association for Latin American Studies (MALAS) Conference titled, Re-building Latin American in the Covid-19 Era: Emerging Crisis, Activism and National Policy Implications. The 2021 MALAS Virtual Conference will take place October 28 – 30, 2021.

The program will consist primarily of presentations selected through this open call for submissions. Depending on the topic to be discussed, the presentations may be in English or Spanish. In addition, there will be invited speakers and panel discussions.

The 2021 conference marks the 71st year of the MALAS conferences. This conference provides an opportunity for scholars (faculty, researchers, students) in Latin American matters to contribute towards better understanding of all things Latin American, from literature to politics to human rights, and more.

General inquiries regarding the annual conference may be addressed to Gregory D. Schmidt (e-mail; phone 915-747-7973, please leave voicemail). Inquiries regarding paper proposals may be addressed to J.D. Bowen (e-mail; phone 314-977-4239).

Proposal Deadline

The deadline for submission is Saturday, September 17, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time

Submission Formats

INDIVIDUAL PAPERS: Individual papers may be submitted for consideration. The presenters will be included as part of a concurrent session according to topic.

CONCURRENT SESSION: Concurrent sessions may involve a minimum of two and up to four panelists in the presentation and should include discussion of content and materials. Concurrent sessions are 90 minutes and may address a multitude of topics about Latin America, as the MALAS conference is multidisciplinary in nature. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and professionals from different campus units/offices and/or with colleagues from other institutions for greater consideration. Potential presenters may submit their papers individually and not as part of a panel per se; the committee selecting the papers will determine in what session to place the presenter.