Our understanding of the world is transformed by our vision of it. Whether the visionary individual providing hope for the future, or the historian gazing at the past, our vision connects times, places and people. As noted by Smith’s (1960) work on colonialism in the Pacific, a gaze is framed by preconceptions of others as well as thoughts of the other in general. A gaze remains an act of engagement though, as people respond, perform and contest the view of others. A vision offers a moment of disruption that departs from the present in the hope of a world made anew or a past reimagined.

The conference ‘Visions’ seeks to explore the possibilities of seeing Iberian and Latin American worlds through different eyes. It embraces the sense of unsettlement that a vision brings, while understanding the possibility and promise that can derive from that moment of exchange.

Such moments of encounter have proved transformational to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. They have transformed the lives of First Peoples with whom colonial powers interacted, and who continue to affirm their own cultural, economic and political possibilities. The effects of these interactions extend beyond Latin America, Portugal and Spain, and demand reflection as to the legacies of their colonial encounters in Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region.

Papers are welcome in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Papers and panels should consider the following themes within regions of Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. We also welcome consideration of the effects of Iberia and Latin America in Asia, Africa and the Pacific:


  • Performance and creative practice

  • Conflict, violent change and resistance

  • Heritage and sites of encounter

  • Interventions and knowledge across history and cultures

  • Imagining lost or alternative futures

  • Literary and filmic encounters with the other

  • Embodiment and embodied interventions

  • Social movements to affect or resist change

  • Religious and charismatic leadership

  • Language, and communication of the ‘world that might be’

  • The struggle for social justice