AAPLAC 2021 Call for Proposals

Our 32nd Annual Conference will be hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson and will feature accepted presentations on the conference theme in two formats, a reception, an optional cultural excursion and many opportunities for informal conversation. We anticipate presentations and discussion in Spanish and English, and certain sessions will be live-streamed for registrants unable to travel. View expert roundtables and performances from our virtual conference in February.

We are especially interested in proposals that address the following topics or subtopics:

  • Experiential/Service-Learning and Student Exchanges
    • Happy hosts? Challenges of receiving students
    • From critical service-learning to activism: means and methods
    • Peer collaborations without travel? How campuses, students and colleagues can work better with our peers and institutions across the hemisphere
    • Digital collaboration: transnational classrooms and research connections
    • Gender expression and cultural gender expectations in intercultural experience
    • Religion and spirituality in intercultural contexts and education abroad
    • COVID-19/pandemic models or opportunities for intercultural learning
  • Borders and their Function in a National Security Economy
    • Intercultural pedagogy that meets the challenge of increasing nationalism and national “security”
    • South to North mobility, research and strategic partnerships
    • Migrants, migration—teaching, learning and activism making a difference
  • Racial Repression, Resistance and Education for Social Justice
    • Indigenous initiatives, indigeneity and social justice: theoretical, historical, practical, pedagogical perspectives
    • Anti-racist pedagogy in study abroad
    • Intersectionality: challenges and experience of underrepresented groups seeking to study abroad or undertaking intercultural exchange—students from non-dominant ethnic, racial, linguistic, religious, class, ability and neurodiversity backgrounds; trans and gender non-conforming students; LGBTQ students
    • Heritage speakers and heritage seekers on study abroad
    • U.S. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges going global
    • Indigenous communities, the Caribbean, Brazil—operating outside the Spanish-speaking context
  • Broad-Based Assessment: How to Evaluate Outcomes on Learning, Community Partners, Campuses or Agencies
    • Decolonizing assessment in education abroad
    • The bottom line: funding what we do
    • The Planet: the carbon footprint of immersion study

Submission deadline: July 9, 2021

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Submit Your Proposal

  1. Proposals may be in Spanish or English and should support the conference theme or sub-themes of Cultural Awareness and Social Justice and/or the AAPLAC Mission.
  2. Please use the template provided.
  3. Creativity is encouraged.
  4. All proposals will be anonymized and reviewed before acceptance.
  5. All presenters are expected to register for the conference and appear in person or arrange to present live via virtual means.
  6. You may present in long form (15-20 minutes) or short form (7-10 minutes).

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