Call for Papers 2018

Eluard Luchell McDaniels, Lincoln Battalion, Spanish Civil War Volunteer, Batea, Spain, May 1938

The sixth Radical Americas conference will take place at UCL Institute of the Americas, London on 10th and 11th September 2018. Paper proposals are welcomed on any aspect of radicalism in the Western Hemisphere, as well as on broader Western Hemisphere topics utilising a radical methodology. As ever, we wish for a boldly inclusive programme.

This year sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, as well as the 50th anniversary of the many pivotal events of 1968; thus we would hope to run at least one panel each on Marx’s legacy in the Americas and 1968 in hemispheric perspective. Contemporary events in Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, the United States and Colombia (among many others) should also provide starting points for urgent, dynamic conversations.

Please send abstracts of around 250 words along with a short biography or CV to by 1st June (with acceptance decisions made shortly thereafter). Individual proposals or complete panels (3 x 20m papers) are welcome. All-male panel proposals will not be accepted and we will schedule balanced panels wherever possible (barring late withdrawals). We particularly encourage paper proposals from those groups poorly represented and/or poorly supported by academic institutions. Authors of outstanding papers will be encouraged to submit their work to the Radical Americas Journal, published by UCL Press.

As in previous years, we can offer some financial assistance for travel, aimed at those who need it most. The anticipated cost for the two day event is £75 for those who can afford it (or can expect institutional support), and £35 for those who cannot (a voluntary distinction). This will include frequent and substantial refreshments, though not meals. The conference is self-funding and any revenue accrued above costs is used to assist attendees with travel.

With best wishes
The conference committee
Radical Americas Network