Bayerisches Hochschulzentrum für Lateinamerika


New Perspectives on Transpacific Conncetions: The Americas and the South Pacific in München

International conference at the Ludwigs-Maxilimians University Munich, 25th - 28th of april 2013

Processing Date: 25. - 28. 04. 2013
Venue: Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Institute for Ethnology, room 151, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 Munich
Organizer: Institute for Ethnology, LMU Munich

The aim of the conference is to bring different perspectives on cultural connections between the Americas and the South Pacific into dialogue and to explore a wide range of links between these cultural spaces. It aims to reach beyond Sino-Latin American collaborations and to include these rather neglected Southern linkages. It asks how these connections have developed over time, which local responses they have generated, and what impact these processes have in the region in terms of representational forms and strategies, and new cultural practices (e.g. spirituality, music, food, gender, lifestyle). Such a perspective is essential when discussing mobility and migration as these patterns have changed dramatically in the recent years. For instance, whereas in the past migrants tended to be of lower education and class background, today they are often skilled and economically powerful. As a result, both migration and representation patterns have been transformed.
By extending the focus beyond East Asia to the Southern Pacific region including Island connections with the Americas, this conference aims to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the new dynamics and shifting relations in the region. While it also wants to trace linkages with North America, it is particularly concerned with Latin America and South-South engagements. Furthermore, without neglecting the historical dimensions, the focus is on the diverse and unprecedented contemporary forms of cultural, social and economic encounters, and on the shifting physical as well as virtual representations of Latininamerican and Pacific populations. Central topics to be discussed are:
•    indigenous connections
•    migration and new mobilities
•    political/economical relations
•    historical (dis-)continuities
We particularly invite actor-oriented contributions from anthropology and its neighbouring disciplines dealing with face-to-face encounters, relations from below, and direct transcultural interactions and relationships.
In case we can secure funding, we would cover the costs for travel, accommodation, and conference participation for the presenters.