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Latin American Studies Program and the Department of Spanish Conference 2022

father and daughter overlooking pollution
Photo: Flor Ruiz; Date: February 7, 2011.

Defending the Land:

Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas

In the face of profound uncertainties as to the future of planet Earth, the present historical moment calls for revisiting the multi-layered relationships that are at the origin of socio-environmental conflicts on a local, national, and global scale. In response to some of the most pressing issues of our time, the Latin American Studies program and the Department of Spanish at Villanova University invites researchers, graduate students, educators, artists, and activists to submit their proposals in English or Spanish for its conference Defending the Land: Socio-Environmental Conflicts in the Americas (April 22-23, 2022).

This call plans for an in-person conference, however, if the evolution of the global health situation does not allow this face-to-face meeting, we will move to online or hybrid participation.

The deadline to submit proposals for individual presentations and panels is January 31, 2022.

Please send proposals to

To submit proposals, please read the full Call for Papers.

Keynote Speakers

Gabriela Valdivia photo

Gabriela Valdivia is a Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Assistant Dean in Honors Carolina. She is a feminist political ecologist examining the relationship between resources and socio-environmental inequities, with a focus on environmental injustices in Latin America. Gabriela is an author of the digital project Crude Entanglements, which explores the affective dimensions of oil production; a co-author of Oil, Revolution, and Indigenous Citizenship in Ecuadorian Amazonia; and a co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Critical Resource Geography.

Jaskiran Dhillon photo

Jaskiran Dhillon is an anti-colonial scholar and organizer who grew up on Treaty Six Cree Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. Her work spans the fields of settler colonialism, anthropology of the state, environmental justice, anti-racist feminism, colonial violence, political ecology, and youth studies. Her writing has been published in The Guardian, The Nation, Cultural Anthropology, Feminist Formations, Environment and Society, Social Texts, and Decolonization among other venues. She is the author of Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (2017) and co-editor of Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement (2019). Her new book, Notes on Becoming a Comrade: Solidarity, Relationality, and Future Making is forthcoming in 2022. Jaskiran is an associate professor of global studies and anthropology at The New School and served as the founding president of The New School's AAUP Chapter. She is also building a radical, community bookstore in West Philadelphia

Invited Artist


Ana Llácer is a Spanish/American journalist and independent documentary filmmaker particularly interested in stories with an environmental justice focus and rooted in the vindication of human rights. Her recent works include the short films NO FATE (2015) and ROYALTY (2020), and the documentary UMA: A WATER CRISIS IN BOLIVIA (2020), winner of the Best Documentary Feature Award at the Red Nation International Film Festival (2020) and the Best Indigenous Film Award at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (2020).

Contact Information

Program Director
Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández, Ph.D. Associate Professor,
Romance Languages & Literature