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Latin America has attracted visitors and settlers from around the world since the late 15th century. The news about a continent that offered a wide variety of resources, climates, cultures, and opportunities disseminated quickly. As the popularity of Latin America grew, more and more people from distant regions decided to try out their luck in what was then called the “New World”. Along with these people’s dreams and prospects for a better life, came both the tangible and intangible aspects of their way of living. Consequently, the foreign cultural influences that Latin America has assimilated are significant.


The scope of foreign cultural influences in Latin America encompasses literally the five senses. For instance, the cuisines in different areas of the continent account for the presence of African, Asian, and European ingredients and cooking styles. Mofongo, carapulcra, arroz chaufa (fried rice) and chorizo and salchichas are just a few examples of foreign presence in Latin American foods. Likewise, music genres that have become fixtures of the Latin American repertoire blend rhythms whose origins are found abroad. Samba, tango, zamacueca, valse, and morenada all have foreign influences. However, they constitute an important element of the musical identity of Latin American peoples nowadays. 


Over the years, the foreign influences exerted in Latin America have taken on a wide variety of forms. The spontaneous contributions made by individuals and or collectivities have been replaced by accredited representatives and interests. In that respect, countries from around the world have established new ways of creating bonds and associations with their counterparts in Latin America. 


In the economic field, the impact of large investments has historically had repercussions in other equally crucial realms such as the political and social domains. That is why, foreign economic influence in Latin America is oftentimes synonymous with concomitant concessions made to investing countries. The privileges given to those external bodies range from exclusive exploitation of resources to the use of national territory for geo-military purposes, thus reconfiguring Latin American realities. 


Due to the substantial ways in which foreign influences have reshaped diverse aspects of Latin America in the past two decades, MALAS will offer a venue where to discuss such influences in the 21st century. You are invited to submit a paper that addresses any form of influence that has been exercised in Latin America over individual countries, groups of countries, subregions, or the entire region at any point in time during the 21st century. The 2022 conference theme may be addressed through social sciences, as well as literature, history, arts, and popular cultures, among many other disciplinary or interdisciplinary approaches.


General inquiries regarding the annual conference may be addressed to  Please include "Conference 2022" in the subject line.

Sat, Nov 19

8:00 AM - 9:15 AM (Bolivia GMT-4)

6:00 AM - 7:15 AM (CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 1: Health, Homes, Tourism, and Altruism


Session chair: Allen Zegarra Acevedo

  1. Luis Galanes (University of Puerto Rico, at Cayey), “Residential Tourism in Vieques, 2003-2017 (Puerto Rico)”

  2. Carlos E. Jijena (Universidad Privada Boiviana), “Does altruism improve efficiency in team production?”

  3. Lizeth Melina Reyes Dorado Gutierrez (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “Indice de Protección del Entorno de Hogares en Bolivia ante el COVID-19 según las recomendaciones de la OMS.”

  4. Pamela Cordova, et. Al (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “Academic Stress as a predicator of Mental Health in university students”

9:30 – 10:45 AM  (Bolivia GMT-4)

 7:30-8:45 AM (CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 2: Foreign Influences and National Effects


Session Chair: Patrick Anderson

  1. Patrick Anderson (University of Illinois, at Springfield)  “Is U.S. Influence Eroding in the Quintessential Banana Republics?” 

  2. Glen Duerr (Cedarville University), “ Buttressing the Eagle’s Nest and the Beaver’s Dam: Differing Approaches to Trade and Diplomacy for the United States as a Great Power and Canada as a Middle Power in Central America and the Caribbean.”

  3. Frank Robinson (Vanderbilt University), “Bounded Citizenship: Defensive Nationalism in Panama and the Dominican Republic.”

  4. Jorge Rodriguez (Florida International University), “Impact of Ecotourism on Riverine Communities in the Amazon Basin” 

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM  (Bolivia GMT-4)

9:00-10:15 AM (CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 3: Historical Perspectives on the Built Environment and Agricultural Contexts


Session Chair: Betty Smith

  1. Allen Zegarra Acevedo (University of Florida), "How the Peruvian Agrarian Reform Affected the Human Rights of Peasants" by

  2. Ed Rolison (Southwestern Oklahoma State University), "Murray Colonies, El Gran Chaco, Bolivia."  

  3. Jorge Luis Medina Torrez and Alvaro Moscoso Wayar (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “Analysis de Union Viga-Columna Mediante el Metodo de los Elementos Finitos para Definir un Armado Eficiente.” 

  4. Betty Smith (Eastern Illinois University), "Using Seriation for Relative Urban Housing Quality Classification with Late 20th Century Data in Three South American Cities: Ibarra and Riobamba, Ecuador and Santa Cruz, Bolivia." 

12:30 PM (Bolivia GMT-4)

10:30 AM (CST)



by MALAS President Dr. Francisco Mayorga

1:45-3:00  PM (Bolivia GMT-4)

11:45 AM-1:00 PM(CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 4: Foreign Influences, Migration, and Nationalism


Session Chair: Vanesa Carbonetti-Landrus

  1. Maria E Mudrovcic (Michigan State University), “Manufacturar Disenso: Las intervenciones de National Endowment for Democracy en Cuba.” 

  2. Zaira Martin (New Mexico State University), “Vertical Border: U.S Influence on Mexico’s Immigration Policies and Border Militarization.”

  3. Horacio Estavillo (University of Texas, El Paso), “México; Continuidades Y Cambios TLCAN / T-MEC.” 

3:15- 4:30 PM (Bolivia GMT-4)

1:15-2:30 PM (CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 5: Women, Education, and Movements in Latin America


Session Chair: Adriana Piatti-Crocker

  1. Adriana Piatti-Crocker (University of Illinois, at Springfield),  “Diffusion of #NiUnaMenos: Argentina and Beyond. 

  2. Hinda Seif, (University of Illinois, at Springfield) “Chicago’s Diana Solís & Oikabeth 2, Mexico City: Chicana-Mexican Exchanges & the Roots of Today’s Lesbian Feminist Politics in Mexico.”

  3. Mauro Oscar Lua Delboy Cespedes (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “Determinants of School Attendance rate for Bolivia: A spatial Econometric Approach.”

  4. Hernan Naranjo, et. Al (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “Women in university teaching: an uphill road in Bolivia.”

4:45 – 6:00 PM  (Bolivia GMT-4)

2:45-4:00 PM (CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 6: Between the Lines: Lessons from Latin American Literature


Session Chair: Vanesa Carbonetti-Landrus

  1. Vanesa Carbonetti- Landrus (Eastern Illinois University), “Violencia de género y periodismo autobiográfico en Chicas muertas de Selva Amada.”

  2. Alberto Fonseca (North Central College), “Tres novelas de Tito Gutiérrez Vargas. Narconarrativa boliviana entre la cárcel verde y la crisis del capitalismo.”

  3. Savannah Saavedra (University of Miami), “Defining Home: Arepas, Immigration, and Magical Realism.” 

6:15-7:30 PM (Bolivia GMT-4)

4:15-5:30PM (CST)

1 hour 15 minutes

Session 7: Spaces, Sounds, and Cinema


Session Chair: Aaron Brakke

  1. Andres Laguna-Tapia (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “El imperio contraataca: la influencia de los Estados Unidos en el cine boliviano.”

  2. Clariza Ruiz de Castilla (California State University), “Reggaeton in the Americas.”

  3. Aaron Brakke (Samford University), “New Architecture in the Andes: Layering Indigeneity over Postmodernist Architectural Tropes.”

  4. Luis Brun (Universidad Privada Boliviana), “Un movimiento en dos direcciones, el cine boliviano contemporáneo."

MALAS Conference 2022​

72nd Annual Meeting

Online Sessions

Latin America in the 21st century: Foreign Influences

(América Latina del siglo XXI: influencias extranjeras)

DATESNovember 19th - 21st 2022

LOCATION: Now being held ONLINE

HOST UNIVERSITY: Universidad Privada Boliviana

The 2022 conference marks the 72nd edition of the MALAS conferences. This conference will take place November 19-21, 2022, online and will provide an opportunity for scholars (faculty, researchers and students) in Latin American matters to contribute towards a better understanding of all things Latin American, from literature to politics to human rights, and more.

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