For the most part of the last fifteen years, I have been presenting my research at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference, the world’s largest gathering with a regional focus on Latin America, but this year, it will be a very different experience. LASA was supposed to be held this year, in the beautiful city of Guadalajara, Mexico on May 13~16; instead, it will be held remotely due to physical distancing measures, quarantines, and stay-at-home policies resulting from the COVID19 pandemic.
For those interested in Latin America, this is a great opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and to share research interests with other colleagues. However, at this year’s conference, I will not be able to meet with friends and colleagues from Latin America and beyond during and after panel presentations. Instead, we will attend panels and interact with presenters remotely. I will be co-chairing a panel and presenting a paper about my sabbatical research-also conducted remotely this semester-which deals with a gender parity law in Argentina for legislative candidates, first implemented after the most recent national election of 2019. The panel will meet using zoom and there will be questions and answers after presentations from those attending remotely, and from all corners of the world. As students of Global Studies learn about the world and venture beyond national boundaries, doing so virtually may not be the best way but an alternative way to share learning experiences and remain current and safe at the same time.
Dr. Crocker has a law degree (LLB) from the University of La Plata Argentina and a Ph.D. from Northern Illinois University. She is a Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Global Studies Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. She specializes in Latin American politics and has a strong background in international law. Her research interests include the study of gender quota legislation and other institutional mechanisms for women, and international and regional organizations, particularly those concerned with gender, such as the Inter-American Commission of Women (OAS). She is also interested in the broader fields of human rights and women’s rights. Read more about about Adriana’s teaching and research in “Going global: Argentinian political scientist Adriana Piatti-Crocker brings the world to her classroom and her classroom to the world.”
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