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General Program and Its Structure

Keynote speakers

Juan Luís Sariego Dr. Sariego is a distinguished anthropologist at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Chihuahua.

Sofía Villenas Dr. Villenas, anthropologist at Cornell University, is co-editor of the Handbook of Latinos and Education and co-author of “Critical ethnographies of education in the Latino/a diaspora.”

Invited Roundtables

In one or two panels, invited scholars will lead a discussion of the symposium themes.

Parallel Sessions

The available time and space limits the Symposium to a maximum of 75 papers presented in parallel sessions. To encourage greater communication during the small sessions, we propose to provide ample time to facilitate the international exchange through translation or summaries offered ​​by bilingual aides and session participants. Given this structure, two-hour sessions will have a maximum of three speakers and an organizer/moderator.


The final day will be devoted to workshops among the participants to deepen discussion of themes and common problems

Funding and the future

As with early Symposios, this one will be organized by a group of volunteer scholars, with institutional support from the current institutional site, UCLA. We have applied for grants to support simultaneous Spanish-English translation during the Keynotes and Invited Roundtables and to pay travel expenses for guest/invited speakers. We have likewise sought funding to cover the costs of coffee breaks and noontime meals, and to subsidize the participation of some of the graduate students who are accepted to present. As our funding applications are still pending, the registration fee will be determined once we have confirmed financial support—with the goal of making it as low as possible.

The conference structure, particularly the workshops, will facilitate planning for future collaboration. In addition to promoting academic exchanges and potential comparative projects on specific topics, we propose the publication of an anthology that addresses the challenges of comparison in ethnographic research.