Subnational Politics and Society

A Section of the Latin American Studies Association

Section Annual Reports

Subnational Politics and Society Section – LASA

Co-chairs: Angélica Durán-Martínez (University of Massachusetts-Lowell) and Juan Cruz Olmeda (El Colegio de Mexico)

Report of Activities during LASA 2020:

At the business meeting held on Friday May 15th, 2020, the Co-Chairs met with 6 current members of the section. We updated our members about the section’s activities during the past year, including holding one sponsored panel at LASA 2020. We informed that once the in-person event in Guadalajara was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, some of the participants in the panel decided not to register for the virtual conference. Therefore, our panel was merged with the one sponsored by the section on “Economics and politics”. We also introduced the new co-chairs, who will be in charge of the section for the period 2020-2022: Linsday Mayka (Colby College) and Tomas Dosek (PUCP). Given the occasion, we discussed with the new co-chairs some of the challenges faced by our section, how to expand membership, and how to use the section as a venue to share research and connect people. In particular, we debated about the potential impact that the COVID crisis might have in our membership, and the ways to deal with that. Following our experience during the previous year, during the meeting we also considered how to increase the use of the section´s social networks (Facebook page and Twitter account) to share section news and also relevant publications and events. During the meeting we also announced the winner of our section´s best paper award. The prize was awarded to the paper “The Power of Human Rights Frames in Urban Security: Lessons from Bogotá” by Lindsay Maika, delivered at LASA 2019 in Boston. Finally, we also informed that we had planned to award a travel grant, but we suspended the process when the in-person conference was cancelled.

Report of Activities during LASA 2019:

BY: Co-chairs: Angélica Durán-Martínez (University of Massachusetts-Lowell) and Juan Cruz Olmeda (El Colegio de Mexico)

1. Business Meeting:

At the business meeting held on Sunday May 26th, 2019, the Co-Chairs met with 3 current and 2 prospective members of the section.

We updated our members about the section’s activities during the past year, including holding two sponsored panels at LASA 2019 (one officially sponsored, another put together by the section chairs but not officially sponsored).

We discussed exactly what the identity of our section is, how to expand membership, and how to use the section as a venue to share research and connect people. Our section, unlike other LASA sections, is connected by a methodological, rather than substantial interest, and therefore it is more challenging to invite people to join. Many of our potential members may belong to other sections due to their substantial interest. Thus, for the next year, our primary goal is to expand the section’s presence in social networks, and use it as a way to share section news and also relevant publications and events. During the meeting, we also honored the publication of a volume edited by two of our current members. We hope that taking this step we can also promote the section as a venue to highlight research and achievements of our section members.

2. Prizes:

Following the tradition of our predecessors, we did not choose paper prizes this year, but we will select paper prizes for LASA 2020. Instead this year we granted two travel awards. The travel awards were chosen by the section co-chairs giving priority to students and members from Latin America.

The winners were:

  • Laura Iesue, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Miami
  • Tomas Dosek, Ph.D Candidate, Universidad Católica de Chile