Last week took place the annual Congress of LASA, the Latin American Studies Association, online from Vancouver. This year's theme was the global crisis, inequalities and the centrality of life. Several of ERIGAL professors participated in this central scientific activity of the Latin American academic world.
First, ERIGAL sponsored a two-part panel organized by Françoise Montambeault & Dan Furukawa Marques entitled "Reshaping the Urban Political Space: Everyday Practices of Engagement and Resistance in Latin America". Our professors both participated as speakers and discussants on this panel, on issues related to informal participation and everyday practices of resistance.
Manuel Balán and Charmain Levy also participated jointly in the panel "Pink Tides, Right Turns in Latin America". The former spoke about the rise of the right wing in Latin America and the potential threats to democracy that it represents, the latter as a discussant and organizer of the panel. She also contributed to the table on "21st century Feminisms addressing the Crises", specifically with a reflection on the relationship between women's movements and the state in Brazil, and to the panel on the broken presidentialism in Brazil, as a discussant. Manuel Balán was also the chair of the panel "Corruption as the new determinant of health: The Latin American context".
Jean François Mayer presented a panel on "Informality of work in Latin America in times of pandemic (work, legislation and social struggles)". He also organized a table on domestic work in the COVID-19 context, between crisis, resistance and transformations. At this occasion, he presented his work on the evolution of resistance strategies of domestic workers in São Paulo since the health crisis.
Tina Hilgers offered a contribution on informal city building in times of crisis in a panel aimed to understand political infrastructures in governing Latin American cities.
Nora Nagels presented her work on the ideas, actors and institutions involved in the gender design of social policies in a panel on new directions in the study of social policies.
Finally, Julián Durazo-Herrmann participated in a workshop sponsored by CALACS entitled "Latin@s in the Americas in the Early 21st Century" as a discussant.
Congratulations to all of you for these great contributions. We are looking forward to share with you the publications that will result from these reflections!