Program Planning Guidelines

Successful programs sponsored by the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) are planned carefully. Such planning involves extensive communication among Board members and with the general membership. Program committee members and related personnel are encouraged to follow this guide as they prepare for the next convention. See the CLAG Committees section of the CLAG Board Handbook for further details.

Program Personnel:

  1. Local Arrangements Co-Chair. The Local Arrangements Co-Chair is a member of the Board of Directors or a person designated by the Chair of the Board to be responsible for on-site arrangements and facilities, including rooms for sessions, planning meal events, ordering audio-visual equipment, organizing local transportation, hosting special guests, planning field study tours, and handling local publicity. This person is also responsible for opening and maintaining a bank account to receive registration fees and for paying convention costs, in consultation with the Presentations Co-Chair.
  2. Presentations Co-Chair. The Presentations Co-Chair is a member of the Board of Directors or a person designated by the Chair of the Board to be responsible for soliciting, processing, and scheduling presentations at the meeting, acknowledging paper abstracts, arranging special speakers and/or major presentations, organizing regular paper and poster sessions, handling national/international publicity, and conducting meeting evaluation.
  3. The Local Arrangements and Presentations Co-Chairs may designate other persons to conduct some of the foregoing activities if the Board is advised of these appointments. Ideally, the Board should be consulted in advance of the appointments.
  4. The Executive Director commonly is the point of contact between program planners and the Board. All program planning personnel are expected to communicate regularly (at least monthly) with the Executive Director to report their progress in planning the meeting and to submit required materials.
  5. The Publications Officer will publish general information, pre-registration forms, and related program materials in the CLAG Communication and other designated publications as directed by the Board.
  6. All Board members will assist in publicity for the meeting in their local areas and encourage members and friends to attend the meeting.

Model Calendar for Convention Planning:

  1. Twelve to ten months before the meeting:
    • Board of Directors receives, evaluates, and chooses site and theme for the next meeting.
    • Convention hotel and caterers are booked; meeting room and meal arrangements are made.
    • Local checking account is opened to receive registration fees and plans made for regular deposits of money.
    • Special speakers are invited and arrangements made for their hospitality.
    • Preliminary announcement and call for papers are published in the CLAG Newsleter, on the CLAG webpage, and other designated media.
  2. Ten to eight months before the meeting:
    • Meeting announcement and call for papers continue to be published in the CLAG Newsletter and other designated media.
    • Receive and acknowledge paper and poster session abstracts and pre-registration materials.
    • Respond to requests for information concerning the program.
    • Arrange for audio/visual recording of sessions (if appropriate).
    • Arrange field study tours and solicit tour leaders.
  3. Eight to six months before the meeting:
    • Meeting announcements and calls for papers continue to be published in the CLAG Newsletter and other designated media.
    • Paper and poster session abstracts and pre-registration materials continue to be acknowledged.
    • Requests for information concerning the program continue to be serviced.
    • Local arrangements are re-confirmed with on-site providers.
  4. Six to four months before the meeting:
    • Meeting announcements and calls for papers continue to be published in the CLAG Newsletter and other designated media.
    • Paper and poster session abstracts and pre-registration materials continue to be acknowledged.
    • Requests for information concerning the program continue to be serviced
    • Additional publicity concerning the meeting is distributed to organization members and others.
  5. Four to two months before the meeting:
    • Meeting announcements and calls for papers continue to be published in the CLAG Newsletter, on the CLAG webpage and other designated media.
    • Paper and poster session abstracts and pre-registration materials continue to be acknowledged.
    • Requests for information concerning the program continue to be serviced.
    • Additional publicity concerning the meeting is distributed to organization members and others.
    • Appoint and notify paper and poster session chairs.
  6. Two to zero months before the meeting:
    • Meeting announcements and calls for papers continue to be published in the CLAG Newsletter, webpage and other designated media.
    • Paper and poster session abstracts and pre-registration materials continue to be acknowledged.
    • Requests for information concerning the program continue to be serviced.
    • Additional publicity concerning the meeting is distributed to organization members and others.
    • Prepare program copy and send to the printer.
    • Design and print or acquire tickets, receipts, name tags, and the like.
    • Prepare registration packets for participants (packets contain paper abstracts folder, registration receipts, name tag, evaluation form, and other like materials).
    • Develop on-site registration procedures and arrange for registration desk personnel.
    • Submit publicity to local news media.
  7. At the meeting:
    • Coordinate on-site registration.
    • Ensure that paper and poster sessions, meals, field study tours, special hospitality, and other meeting events proceed as planned.
  8. Zero to two months after the meeting:
    • Send "thank you" letters to program personnel, presenters, and special guests.
    • Pay all convention expenses, complete all financial transactions, and send final financial statement to the CLAG Treasurer.
    • Review evaluation information and submit to the Board any suggestions for organizing the next meeting.

JLAG's Ten Most Popular Articles by Requests Since 2010

9992 Christopher Gaffney (2010).
Mega-events and socio-spatial dynamics in Rio de Janeiro, 1919-2016
Journal of Latin American Geography 9(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/377416

3350 Jeremy Slack; Daniel E. Martínez; Alison Elizabeth Lee; Scott Whiteford (2016).
The Geography of Border Militarization: Violence, Death and Health in Mexico and the United States
Journal of Latin American Geography 15(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/613266

2741 James Freeman (2014).
Raising the Flag over Rio de Janeiro's Favelas: Citizenship and Social Control in the Olympic City
Journal of Latin American Geography 13(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/539604

2538 Jeffrey Todd Bury (2002).
Livelihoods, Mining and Peasant Protests in the Peruvian Andes
Journal of Latin American Geography 1(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/215262

2418 Cynthia Sorrensen (2005).
Maria Full of Grace (Maria, llena eres de gracia) (review)
Journal of Latin American Geography 4(2). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/189742

2406 Kate Swanson; Rebecca Maria Torres (2016).
Child Migration and Transnationalized Violence in Central and North America
Journal of Latin American Geography 15(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/639098

2406 Dr. Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard (2015).
The Case of the Green Turtle: An Uncensored History of a Conservation Icon by Alison Rieser (review)
Journal of Latin American Geography 14(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/578762

2255 Conor Harrison; Jeff Popke (2018).
Reassembling Caribbean Energy? Petrocaribe, (Post-)Plantation Sovereignty, and Caribbean Energy Futures
Journal of Latin American Geography 17(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/708949

2244 Alexandra Pedersen (2014).
Landscapes of Resistance: Community Opposition to Canadian Mining Operations in Guatemala
Journal of Latin American Geography 13(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/539611

2139 Beth Tellman; Leslie C. Gray; Christopher M. Bacon (2011).
Not Fair Enough: Historic and Institutional Barriers to Fair Trade Coffee in El Salvador
Journal of Latin American Geography 10(2). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/449190

JLAG's Ten Most Popular Articles by Requests in 01/2023

106 Luciene Cristina Risso; Clerisnaldo Rodrigues de Carvalho (2022).
A exibição de antipolíticas indígenas e ambientais orquestrada pelo governo brasileiro de Bolsonaro
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(2). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/866471|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/863335

78 Christian Brannstrom Adryane Gorayeb (2022).
Geographical Implications of Brazil’s Emerging Green Hydrogen Sector
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(1). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/855961

58 Johnny Finn (2005).
Letter from the Editor
Journal of Latin American Geography 4(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/185194

49 Verónica Gago; Liz Mason-Deese (2019).
Rethinking Situated Knowledge from the Perspective of Argentina's Feminist Strike
Journal of Latin American Geography 18(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/736944

43 Jessica C. Hope; Murat Arsel (2023).
Infrastructure and Latin American Environmental Geographies: An Introduction to our Special Issue
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/876758

42 Jessica C. Hope (2023).
Critiquing Sustainable Development as Materially Constituted: Infrastructure, Political Ecology, and Political Ontology in the Amazon
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/876764

36 Felix M. Dorn; Fernando Ruiz Peyré (2020).
Lithium as a Strategic Resource: Geopolitics, Industrialization, and Mining in Argentina
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(4). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/772602

36 Hanna Laako Edith Kauffer (2021|2021).
Conservation in the Frontier: Negotiating Ownerships of Nature at the Southern Mexican Border
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/839946|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/835649

34 Melissa Bayer (2022|2023).
Producing Citizenship Through Infrastructure: The Political Materiality of Water Access in Urban Chile
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/875322|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/876763

33 Danilo Borja; Juan Bay; Conny Davidsen; Traducido por Yulia Garcia Sarduy (2021).
Ancianos amazónicos en la frontera petrolera: La vida y muerte de Nenkihui Bay, líder tradicional Waorani
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/787933

JLAG's Ten Most Popular Articles by Requests in 2023

106 Luciene Cristina Risso; Clerisnaldo Rodrigues de Carvalho (2022).
A exibição de antipolíticas indígenas e ambientais orquestrada pelo governo brasileiro de Bolsonaro
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(2). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/866471|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/863335

78 Christian Brannstrom Adryane Gorayeb (2022).
Geographical Implications of Brazil’s Emerging Green Hydrogen Sector
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(1). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/855961

58 Johnny Finn (2005).
Letter from the Editor
Journal of Latin American Geography 4(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/185194

49 Verónica Gago; Liz Mason-Deese (2019).
Rethinking Situated Knowledge from the Perspective of Argentina's Feminist Strike
Journal of Latin American Geography 18(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/736944

43 Jessica C. Hope; Murat Arsel (2023).
Infrastructure and Latin American Environmental Geographies: An Introduction to our Special Issue
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/876758

42 Jessica C. Hope (2023).
Critiquing Sustainable Development as Materially Constituted: Infrastructure, Political Ecology, and Political Ontology in the Amazon
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/876764

36 Felix M. Dorn; Fernando Ruiz Peyré (2020).
Lithium as a Strategic Resource: Geopolitics, Industrialization, and Mining in Argentina
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(4). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/772602

36 Hanna Laako Edith Kauffer (2021|2021).
Conservation in the Frontier: Negotiating Ownerships of Nature at the Southern Mexican Border
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/839946|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/835649

34 Melissa Bayer (2022|2023).
Producing Citizenship Through Infrastructure: The Political Materiality of Water Access in Urban Chile
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/875322|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/876763

33 Danilo Borja; Juan Bay; Conny Davidsen; Traducido por Yulia Garcia Sarduy (2021).
Ancianos amazónicos en la frontera petrolera: La vida y muerte de Nenkihui Bay, líder tradicional Waorani
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/787933

Los Diez Artículos Españoles Mas Popular de JLAG por Solicitudes Desde 2010

2078 Danilo Borja; Juan Bay; Conny Davidsen; Traducido por Yulia Garcia Sarduy (2021).
Ancianos amazónicos en la frontera petrolera: La vida y muerte de Nenkihui Bay, líder tradicional Waorani
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/787933

1944 Diana Vela-Almeida; Sofia Zaragocin; Manuel Bayón; Iñigo Arrazola (2020).
Imaginando territorios plurales de vida: una lectura feminista de las resistencias en los movimientos socio-territoriales en el Ecuador
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(2). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/749633

1765 Maria Elisa Christie (2002).
Naturaleza y sociedad desde la perspectiva de la cocina tradicional mexicana: género, adaptación y resistencia
Journal of Latin American Geography 1(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/215263

1599 Geobrujas-Comunidad de Geógrafas (2021).
Cuerpos, fronteras y resistencia: mujeres conjurando geografí­a a través de experiencias desde el otro lado del muro
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(2). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/799599

1324 Christian Abizaid; Luis Ángel Collado Panduro; Sergio Gonzales Egusquiza (2020).
Pobreza Y Medios De Subsistencia En La Amazonía Peruana En Tiempos De La Covid-19
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/760940

1150 Diego B. Leal; David S. Salisbury; Josué Faquín Fernández; Lizardo Cauper Pezo; Julio Silva (2015).
Ideas cambiantes sobre territorio, recursos y redes políticas en la Amazonía indígena: un estudio de caso sobre Perú
Journal of Latin American Geography 14(2). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/586857

1138 Colectivo de Geografía Crítica del Ecuador (2017).
Geografiando para la resistencia
Journal of Latin American Geography 16(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/653095

913 Jerónimo Ríos Sierra (2020).
Una aproximación (geo)politológica a la crisis de la COVID-19 en América Latina
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/760939

664 Robert B. Kent (2012).
La geografía en América Latina: Visión por países
Journal of Latin American Geography 11(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/470642

612 Rosa Silvia Arciniega (2012).
Participación de Mujeres en el Mercado Laboral del Estado de México
Journal of Latin American Geography 11(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/470633

Os Artigos Português Mais Populares da JLAG por Solicitações Desde 2010

1608 Rogério Haesbaert (2020).
Território(s) numa perspectiva latino-americana
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/744032

1217 Luciene Cristina Risso; Clerisnaldo Rodrigues de Carvalho (2022).
A exibição de antipolíticas indígenas e ambientais orquestrada pelo governo brasileiro de Bolsonaro
Journal of Latin American Geography 21(2). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/863335|https://muse.jhu.edu/article/866471

704 Joseli Maria Silva; Marcio Jose Ornat (2020).
Geografias feministas na América Latina: desafios epistemológicos e a decolonialidade de saberes
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/744044

604 Joanna Salém Vasconcelos (2021).
Cuba, protestos e caminhos da revolução
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/835650

578 Joana Salém Vasconcelos (2021).
Cuba, protestos e caminhos da revolução
Journal of Latin American Geography 20(3). https://muse.jhu.edu/article/839951

267 Christian Dennys Monteiro de Oliveira; Fabrício Américo Ribeiro; Ivo Luis Oliveira Silva; Luiz Raphael Teixeira Silva; José Arilson Xavier de Souza; Gerlaine Cristina Franco; Marcos da Silva Rocha; Maryvone Moura Gomes; Camila Benatti (2020).
As organizações religiosas brasileiras frente à pandemia de COVID-19
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/760909

210 Vinicius Santos Almeida (2020).
Necromobilidade durante a pandemia da Covid-19
Journal of Latin American Geography 19(3). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/760907

154 Antoinette M.G.A. WinklerPrins (2009).
Cidades da Floresta: Urbanização, Desenvolvimento, e Globalização na Amazônia Brasileira (review)
Journal of Latin American Geography 8(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/260547

117 Jean-Yves Puyo (2008).
Mise en valeur de la Guyane française et peuplement blanc: les espoirs déçus du baron de Laussat (1819-1823)
Journal of Latin American Geography 7(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/232499

113 Raquel de Carvalho Dumith (2014).
Dinâmicas do sistema de gestão na Reserva Extrativista de Canavieiras, Bahia, Brasil: análise da robustez institucional
Journal of Latin American Geography 13(1). http://muse.jhu.edu/article/539607

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