Thursday, November 15, 2007

LASA 2009 blogs panel

Greg Weeks (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) is interested in putting together a LASA 2009 panel or roundtable discussion on blogs. Follow the link if you’re interested.

Monday, November 5, 2007

LASA 2009 gender & politics panel

Adriana Ortiz-Ortega (El Colegio de México) is interested in putting together a panel on gender issues and the role they play in Latin American politics. She is working on a paper on the role that abortion politics and same-sex marriage has played in Mexican politics—specifically in Mexico City in the last ten years, but also addressing other states/regions. Please contact her ( if you're interested in helping her form a panel.

Friday, November 2, 2007

LASA 2009 political parties panel

Is anyone interested in helping me put together a panel on political parties in Latin America for the 2009 LASA Congress? I’m currently working on a project on the “migratory patterns” political actors within Bolivian political parties. I’d love to put together a comparative panel based on cases studies of similar (or dissimilar) phenomenon in other countries.

The panel would look at some common themes: Why do political actors migrate (i.e. “cambio de camisetas” or “tranfugios”) to different parties? And what does this say about party systems in Latin America? Are these migrations policy-driven (i.e. do leftist move within the left, centrists within the center, etc.)? Or do they reflect clientelistic wheeling and dealing? How do institutional rules (e.g. electoral systems) and historical legacies affect these migratory patterns?

I’m hoping to draw together a panel that looks at a broad range of countries, using different methods, and from different academic perspectives. Please let me know ( if you’re interested.