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2nd Undergraduate Student Conference on Mexico
April 27, 2013

Call for Papers

Are you currently doing research—or have you recently written on Mexico or the Mexican diaspora?
If so, you have the opportunity to present at a spring academic conference that will also feature a dialogue on Mexico’s place in the world with two towering figures in Mexico studies:

  • Mexico

    Mexican democracy advocate Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas, whose 1988 presidential run opened up the political process in Mexico

  • Oxford University scholar Alan Knight, one of the world’s leading historians of Mexico

And…your paper will be in the running for the “Best Paper on Mexico, 2012–2013” award, which carries a $250 cash prize!

To apply: Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Prof. Jaime Pensado ( no later than Tuesday, March 19.

Conference themes: Scholarly work from all disciplines on Mexico-related issues is welcome.

  • In particular, the conference will focus on themes generated by the 2012 return to power of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which highlighted powerful continuities and massive changes in contemporary Mexico, leading to questions such as:

  • How will remnants of an old regime adapt to the new rules?

  • Once a revolutionary inspiration and a cultural powerhouse, what does Mexico represent in the world today?

  • How will a culture that emphasizes ever-present history combine with ever-increasing globalization to define what it means to be “Mexican,” both at home and abroad?

Paper selection: We will select 9–12 papers for conference presentation. If your abstract is chosen, the final draft of your paper will be due Friday, April 19. Each undergraduate panel will include 3–4 ten-minute presentations moderated by a graduate student.

Questions? Contact cochairs Prof. Jaime Pensado or Prof. Allert Brown-Gort

About the conference: Held biennially, Notre Dame’s Undergraduate Conference on Mexico is a forum for undergraduate and graduate students, resident faculty, and outside scholars to engage with Mexico’s rich mixture of history, politics, economics, and culture. Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the conference is organized by the Mexico Working Group.







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