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AUGUST 5 - 7, 2015: 10th Annual Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference
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REGISTRATION WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 5th AUGUST 2015

       
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INEQUALITY, INCLUSION AND SOCIAL INNOVATION

10th Annual Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference of the

International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR)/

Décima Conferencia Regional de ISTR para América Latina y el Caribe.

SAN JUAN – PONCE, PUERTO RICO,   AUGUST  5 - 7,  2015

 

 

Conference Program
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Registration Fees

$ 75 - ISTR Members
$ 120 - Non members (fee includes 2015 ISTR Membership)
$ 60 Student Fee (must prove this condition by contacting the organizers)
 
If you are unable to register online, please download the registration form (found here)
and return to the Secretariat; details are included on the registration form. 
Any questions regarding registration may be directed to the Secretariat
at ISTR_Secretariat@jhu.edu

 

Venues of the conference

Day 1 and first part of Day 2: Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, San Juan
Day 2 and 3: Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce

  

Logistics

After arriving in San Juan, participants must go to the University of Sagrado Corazon for registration, to pick up materials, attend the first session and and book into your hotel or at the University if you are a presenter.

On the second day there will be arranged free transportation to Ponce for the second part of the Conference. Accommodation will be provided at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico for researchers presenting papers or moderating sessions (all other attendants are responsible for their booking of hotel). 

 

Visa Information

If you are planning to travel to Puerto Rico, please check to see whether you will be required to have a valid visa/passport documentation.  To learn more, visit http://travel.state.gov/visa or https://puerto-rico.visahq.com/

 

Lodging Information

Hotels in San Juan, Santurce Neighborhood, near the University of Sagrado Corazon,
the site of first half of the event, with a map

 

  

Hotels in Ponce, all are aprox. 1 mile from the University



 
For more information contact: istr@lasociedadcivil.org
Webpage of the Conference: www.istrlac.org

 

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Goals of the 10th Annual ISTR Regional Conference

 

1.   Bring together a diverse, pluralistic and international group of researchers focused on Latin America and the Caribbean who are developing knowledge on regional civil society and the non-profit / third sector.

 

2.   Disseminate advances in research on various aspects of civil society in the region.

 

3.   Establish a fruitful dialogue with regard to advances in research and social, political, economic and cultural processes in the region, with a special emphasis on actions and linkages between civil society sectors in different countries.

 

4.   Strengthen the community and academic ties among researchers and institutions focused on the study of civil society and the exchange and cooperation of these with organizations focused on action.

 

5.   Attract more regional researchers interested and involved in issues related to civil society while promoting linkages.

 

6.   Promote the dissemination of research results to contribute to actions by various civil society organizations and practitioners.

 

 

Why inequality, inclusion and social innovation?

 

The preceding nine ISTR Regional Conferences addressed issues including:  participation and representation; growth and consolidation of civil society; sector cooperation; and civil society self-identity and its responsibility for the development process. In the 10th edition of this regional conference, the challenges of inequality continue at the forefront, and will be addressed in a renewed and updated fashion. Some of the works on poverty state that there is a “hard core” that is difficult to overcome despite the actions of numerous democratically-elected governments and civil society organizations. The failure of social inclusion of certain sectors of the population has lead to new questions and challenges. The old-style dictatorships have not been dominant in Latin America for some time, but the economic foundations for the future are uncertain and challenges persist in political, social and environmental arenas.

 

Latin America has opportunities for its citizens to be critical and, above all, active. The need for citizens to participate in the public agenda has become essentially a consensus for Latin American democracies. The Ibero-American Charter of Citizen Participation in Public Administration[1] states that citizen participation is “consubstantial with democracy.” Thus, the governmental monopoly on public interest and public action has ended. Despite this, bureaucratic inertia, resistance to change, mistrust, a concentration of power and stale institutional designs persist.

 

Civil society seeks to help forge democracies with justice, wellbeing and dialogue for all.  It is also an expression of an active citizenry that acts in terms of social, economic and political realities.  Likewise, civil society is a sphere for social innovation and seeks to further human development and material and institutional capabilities.

 

Internationally, new ways of confronting inequality are being sought, especially for those affected by extreme poverty. Social innovation may be applied in various areas by political sectors as well as by civil society organizations. The study and assessment of experiences may be important inputs to stimulate and disseminate new research efforts.

 

Thematic areas

 

When submitting proposals, conference participants are asked to follow one of the thematic areas listed below for reasons of presentation organization. Traditionally, these areas are the main themes for debate.  Nevertheless, the Academic Committee has the ability to reorganize the presentation of works in light of the results of the selection process.



[1] Adopted by the 9th Annual Ibero-American Conference of Heads of State and Government, December 2009.

 

Without detriment to possible future changes, the thematic areas for papers, panel discussions and conferences are as follows:

 

1.   Relationship among social inequality, citizen participation, inclusion efforts and sustainability promotion.

2.   Social innovation for sustainable development with social inclusion.

3.   Social enterprises, sustainability and new business forms.

4.   Civil society / third sector institutionalization, training and fortification.

5.   Democracy, the struggle against corruption, promoting accountability and civil society.

6.   A changing democracy:  linkages between the state, civil society and business for social inclusion and sustainability.

 

 

Conference organization and work methodology

 

The following activities are planned for the conference:

 

a)    Panel discussions each made up of presentations of three papers that are assigned by the academic committee with regard to thematic area. Pre-existing panel discussions may also be proposed that shall also undergo the review process. Papers are extensive presentations that are presented orally by their authors.

b)    Posters, which are graphical presentations that are displayed for the duration of the conference. Places and times within the program are designated for this form of participation.

c)    Keynote conferences on thematic areas.

d)    Complementary activities including public forums, book exhibits, film and documentary exhibits, photograph exhibits, etc. The inclusion of these activities must be proposed to the organizing committee.

 

Proposal presentation

 

1.          All researchers interested in the Latin American and Caribbean region and civil society and the non-profit sector are invited to present work proposals in the following three formats:

 

a.   Papers (by individual or multiple authors to be presented in conference sessions).

b.   Panel discussions (on issues related to the conference’s central themes) can include up to four papers. The proposal must be made by the person who will serve as the moderator and panel coordinator.

c.   Posters (to be exhibited during the entire conference).

 

2.          Proposals must be made in Spanish, Portuguese or English and must be in the same language in which the oral presentation will be made (if applicable). The deadline for proposal presentation is 28 February 2015.

 

 

3.          The proposal must include:  the title of the work, the applicable thematic area, format specification (paper, panel or poster).  Do not include the name(s) of the author(s). For complete panels, the titles of all papers that comprise it must be included (maximum of four) with their corresponding abstracts.

 

4.   The structure of the abstract must include:

         a. Work objectives

         b. Hypothesis or research question

         c. Methodology

         d. Principal results or contribution

         e. Preferences (background, bibliography, information       sources, etc.)

         f. Maximum abstract length is 800 words.

 

5.          A separate file shall include the title of the abstract and full name and contact information of the author(s) (name, institution, address, telephone and e-mail). Proposals including the two attached files must be sent by e-mail to: istr@lasociedadcivil.org. 

 

6.          All proposals that meet the basic requirements outlined here will undergo a blind review by independent reviewers of various nationalities. Only those proposals that are selected during the review process shall be accepted for presentation at the conference. Following the conclusion of the conference, certain works will be selected, reviewed and published by various means by the organizing committee.

 

7.          Notification of acceptance or rejection will be communicated no later than 31 March 2015.

 

8.          Final versions of accepted work must be sent to the conference organizers for inclusion on the web for access by participants. Papers have a maximum length of 8,000 words. The document must include the title of the work, the full name(s) of the author(s) and an abstract in Spanish and English. The text must be presented in Times New Roman font size 12 with a line spacing of 1.5.

 

                  


 

 


 

Key dates

 

24 October 2014

Conference announcement

28 February 2015

Deadline to receive abstracts

31 March 2015

Notification of acceptance of works

30 April 2015

Nomination for partial grants with delivery of completed work (depending on resource availability)

31 May 2015

Notification of acceptance of requests for partial grants

15 July 2015

Deadline to receive completed papers for inclusion on the official conference website

5 -7 August 2015

10th Annual ISTR Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean

 

Applications for a limited number of small partial travel or study grants must be made within
the stated time period.  The completed work must be delivered and a form must be completed
that will be made available.

 

Questions and comments may be directed to:  ISTR Latin America and the Caribbean:

istr@lasociedadcivil.org  

 

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International Academic Committee

 

 

Argentina        

Beatriz Balián, Catholic University of Argentina (UCA)

Gabriel Berger, University of San Andrés (UDESA)

 

Brazil             
Paula Chies Schommer, Santa Catarina State University (UDESC)
Armindo dos Santos de Sousa Teodósio, Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG)

 

Chile                
Gonzalo Delamaza, De los Lagos University

 

Colombia:        
Fabio Velásquez, Foro Nacional por Colombia (Colombia National Forum)

 

Ecuador           
Daniel Barragán, Centro Ecuatoriano de Derecho Ambiental (Ecuador Center for Environmental
Rights - CEDA)

                      

Mexico            
Alberto Hernández Baqueiro, Monterrey Institute for Technology and Higher Education
Jacqueline Butcher, Centro de Investigación y Estudios sobre Sociedad Civil
(Center for Civil Society Research and Study - CIESC - ITESM)

 

Puerto Rico     
José Frontera, Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PUCPR)

José I. Vega, University of Puerto Rico (UPR)

Alfredo Carrasquillo, Sacred Heart University (USC)

                        

Uruguay       
Analía Bettoni, Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
(Institute for Communication and Development - ICD)

Anabel Cruz,  Instituto de Comunicación y Desarrollo
(Institute for Communication and Development - ICD)

                           


 

 

Organizing Committee

 

José Frontera, Catholic University of Puerto Rico (PUCPR)

José I. Vega, University of Puerto Rico (UPR)

Alfredo Carrasquillo, Sacred Heart University (USC), Puerto Rico

Analía Bettoni, ICD, Uruguay

Anabel Cruz, ICD, Uruguay

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