These themes will be organized under three umbrella topics that will serve as the point of departure of a great variety of performances, installations, exhibits, roundtables, workshops, keynotes and work groups.

The Memories of Politics and the Legacies of Citizenship

Reflecting on the history and the memory of over two centuries of "independence" in the Americas and its colonial legacy, we ask: Can the rights to memory and to history as cultural demands ever be separate from the exercise of political rights? What is the shape of the struggles over the definition, transmission and control of the past in the public sphere? In what ways do hegemonic mechanisms and institutions highlight, disseminate and legitimize particular narratives and practices, while devaluing, restricting or erasing others?

The Struggles Over Citizenship

The "normalization" of cultural practices in accordance with ideological interests presumes that culture can exist in homogenous and static forms. In such contexts, citizenship is defined in the degree to which subjects are able to obtain "equaility in difference," recognition or identity-based "empowerment." What strategies have individuals, groups and communities deployed to make themselves visible as citizens or, to the contrary, to make themselves invisible as a form of cultural resistance? How may these discursive and performative processes categorized and understood? How do practices repeated upon bodies turn these very bodies into territories of contestation and risk?

Multiculturalism, Interculturality and Migration

Since the 1980's, many countries in the Americas have constitutionally recognized multiculturality, ethnic diversity and differential forms of citizenship while others, like the United States, have moved in the opposite direction. During this same period, diverse forms of violence, forced displacement and migration have intensified both within and across national boundaries. How do these phenomena alter and refine notions of citizenship and belonging? What cultural transformations do they bring with them? How can intercultural dialogue be framed in light of struggles for social justice? What debates emerge about place and territory, about the right to land as a cultural right?

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