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Call for Proposals (English)

Third International Symposium on Indigenous Languages and Cultures of Latin America (ILCLA)

This international professional meeting will engage participants in a hemispheric dialogue and also serve as a permanent forum for networking and exchanging ideas, experiences and research on methodological, theoretical, pedagogical, and practical issues from inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. We invite proposals for individual presentations,  group panels, roundtable discussions, interactive workshops, poster sessions, and expositions on pedagogical methods and technologies.

Successful proposals will clearly indicate the relationship of the presentation to the symposium themes identified below. Presentations should provide an opportunity for symposium participants to engage with some of the challenging and fundamental questions at the intersection of research and the teaching and learning of Latin American indigenous languages and cultures.

Thematic tracks

  • Ethnography of Indigenous Languages and Cultures: intellectual, political, and cultural roles of indigenous communities in Latin America; sociocultural practices and knowledge;
  • Indigenous Literature and Culture: cultures and identities;    
  • Film, Performance, and Representation of and by indigenous populations; 
  • Indigenous Peoples and the State: politics and gender; indigenous social movements; political mobilization for democracy, human rights, and alternative epistemologies; indigenous women’s movements;
  • Language Pedagogy:  Best practices, methodologies, and strategies; assessment and evaluation
  • Linguistics and Sociolinguistics: raciolinguistics; language attitudes and ideologies; language contact and hybridity; dialectology and standardization; ideologies of monolingualism, bilingualism, and multilingualism;
  • Indigenous Language Revitalization and Documentation: indigenous languages as first, second, third, heritage, foreign, and global languages; indigenous languages as Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTLs); language policy and planning; Indigenous language databases and digital archives;
  • Latin American Indigenous Heritage in the U.S. and the World: impact of migration/relocation; heritage languages

ILCLA 2021 will also include three special thematic tracks examining current issues and events affecting indigenous communities, researchers, and teachers of indigenous languages.

Special Tracks:    

  • Indigenous public health, including challenges, trends, and community strategies related to the COVID-19 pandemic    
  • Environmental justice: Natural resource management, indigenous organizing strategies, resistance to extractive economies and ecological degradation, indigenous cosmovision and the natural environment
  • Virtual indigenous language education during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond:      media and technology; distance-learning; challenges, opportunities, and post-pandemic implications  


  • Proposal Submission Deadline: January 3, 2021     
  • Accepted Proposal Announcement: February 8, 2021    
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: February 14, 2021    
  • Event Dates: March 19-20 and March 26-27, 2021    


Proposals for presentations in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, or any indigenous language of Latin America are welcomed. All proposals, regardless of type, must be sent in English, Spanish, or Portuguese, and include the following:

  • Name and title of the author/organizer, institutional affiliation, and contact information
  • Title of the proposed presentation
  • Abstract (maximum: 300 words)

Proposals for panels and round table discussions must also include:

  • Name, title, institutional affiliation, and email for each additional participant
  • Proposed topic title to be covered by each additional participant

Submit a Proposal

Please remember that all submissions are final. Once you begin the process, you will not be able to save or edit later. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the call for proposals, please contact us at (or Derek Bentley,


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