El Instituto Tepoztlán para la Historia Transnacional is calling for participants for their 2023 conference in Tepoztlán, Morelos, México on July 19 - 26, 2023


Systems of colonization, of exploitation, of citizenship, and of exclusivity produce responses that can be coded as fugitivity and marronage. Those practices of alterity and freedom seek to elude force and violence, but they also invite new forms of placemaking and inclusivity. Abolition – of policing, of carcerality, of national borders, of hierarchical or privileged forms of citizenship – challenges the entrenched forms of the state and opens possibilities for other imaginaries. The Tepoztlán Institute, in its eighteenth year, asks participants to reflect on fugitivity, marronage, and abolition in their many forms in the past, present, and future. How have these practices of freedom been imagined, lived, contested, extended, and reinvented, from the colonial period to the present, across the Americas?

Scholars, activists, and artists may address any historical period, and approaches may draw from a wide range of fields, including but not limited to, history, literature, cultural studies, media studies, art, art history, philosophy, race and ethnic studies, anthropology, and gender and sexuality studies.

In addition to the themes above, other potential themes might include:

​● ​Enslavement and emancipation
​● Indigenous, Black, and Latinx coalitions
● Indigenous and Black politics, autonomy, sovereignty, flight, refusal, and recognition.
● Incarceration and decarceration
● Abolitionist feminism
● Migration, detention, and deportation.
● Border abolition
● Asylum and sanctuary
● Fugitivity and patriarchy
● Anarchist theories and practices
● Capture and flight in/from the archives
● Law and legal history
● Queer marronage
● Marronage and sovereignty
● Abolition practices
● Abolitionist geographies
● Speculation/imagination as abolitionist practice
● The politics of policing and police abolition
● Infrastructures for abolitionist practice
● Fugitive thought/science/epistemologies
● Slavery and primitive accumulation
● Marronage and illicit, alternative, and informal economies
● Autonomy and autonomous practices
● Ecological and territorial struggles


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