The Latin American Association of Asian and African Studies (ALADAA)

Costa Rica Chapter


Second call to the XVIII ALADAA International Congress

Which will take place at the University of Costa Rica (Rodrigo Facio campus) and the Universidad Latina (San Pedro campus) in San José, Costa Rica between November 20 and 24, 2023


Asia and Africa and their contemporary challenges in the globalized world




The era of globalization, which has already been widely discussed, has generated significant transformations in contemporary societies. The dimensions of the challenges are planetary, but the way in which they impact various societies has characteristics that differentiate them from each other. The mobilization of capital, international migrations, climate challenges, are some of the aspects that are reflected in this complex process.

We have almost reached the first quarter of the 21st century, so the discourse can no longer refer to what the century may bring, with all the uncertainty that that meant at the end of the 20th century. Therefore, the call to discuss the challenges must be considered based on the conditions that the world presents in the 21st century, as has been seen with what happened, for example, with the COVID-19 pandemic.


The XVIII International Congress of ALADAA, to be held in San José Costa Rica between November 20 and 24, 2023, will be the ideal setting for the scientific, artistic, diplomatic, business community and the general public to have the stage to delve deeper in explaining the challenges that the 21st century has brought to Asian and African societies, as well as their diasporas. In this way, the Congress will allow us to discuss as a community that focuses its interest on the societies of both continents.





The Latin American Association of Asian and African Studies (ALADAA) was created in 1976 during the celebration of the XXX International Congress of Human Sciences of Asia and North Africa held at the Center for Asian and African Studies (CEAA) of El Colegio from Mexico. Since then, the Association has spread throughout much of Latin America and currently has national chapters in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, with chapters in training in Paraguay, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.


The objectives of ALADAA are:



  • Exchange academic experiences among its members.
  • Collaborate with higher education centers in Latin America for the training of teaching staff and researchers.
  • Exchange information.
  • Disseminate studies on ancient and modern Asia and Africa and in general everything that contributes to the knowledge of Asia and Africa in Latin America.


Thus, the Association brings together graduates, students, teachers, researchers and those interested in the topics addressed.






  • Provide spaces for dialogue and exchange of ideas around Asian and African studies among members of the national chapters of ALADAA.
  • Generate spaces for conversation between academia and the public and productive sector in favor of advancing the relationship between Latin America and the Caribbean with States and continental associations of Africa and Asia.
  • Strengthen knowledge networks and collaborative exchange between ALADAA academics and students interested in Latin America on topics linked to Asia and Africa.
  • Build bridges of dialogue between diverse fields of knowledge, as well as fields of artistic production that take Asian and African societies and their diasporas as one of their spaces of interest.






El Congreso Internacional de ALADAA tendrá lugar en San José, Costa Rica entre los días 20 y 24 de noviembre de 2023 con la presentación de ponencias, conferencias magistrales y la presentación de libros cuya selección será llevada a cabo por los comités organizador y académico. Las ponencias y las presentaciones de libros serán incluidos en una de las áreas temáticas en las que se dividirán las mesas de trabajo. Las conferencias magistrales, por su parte, serán ubicadas en horarios donde todos los participantes puedan asistir en auditorios, ya sea de la Universidad de Costa Rica o de la Universidad Latina. Asimismo, de acuerdo a las propuestas presentadas a los comités organizador y académico, se organizarán conversatorios sobre temáticas más específicas que tengan como eje de análisis las realidades de diversos entornos de Asia o África o de la diáspora de ambos continentes. 


El Congreso Internacional está dirigido a los investigadores miembros de los diversos capítulos nacionales de ALADAA, así como aquellos estudiantes de posgrado y profesionales quienes centran sus áreas de trabajo en los estudios centrados en Asia y África, así como de la diáspora de ambos continentes en América Latina y otras latitudes. De esta manera, el Congreso mantiene el espíritu inclusivo a nivel temático y de investigadores que caracteriza a ALADAA como asociación que tiene como prioridad la expansión de proyectos de investigación y de otro tipo (acción social, docencia, entre otros) para fomentar el conocimiento de las realidades asiática y africana, considerando además la condición diaspórica de muchas de las culturas de ambos continentes. 






  • February 17, 2023

            Deadline for sending proposals for thematic table

  • March 17, 2023

            Publication of the list of accepted thematic tables

  • April 14, 2023

            Deadline for sending presentation proposals

  • May 19, 2023

            Publication of the list of accepted papers

  • September 15, 2023

            Deadline for sending the final text of the presentations

  • November 20-24, 2023

            Congress to be held in San José, Costa Rica

  • December 31, 2023

            Delivery of the final version to be published in the Congress dossiers





The thematic lines presented below are part of the central structure of the International Congress. People interested in participating may present their work according to the thematic axis proposed for the table. However, if additional thematic tables emerge, they may be presented to the academic committee that will ultimately evaluate their relevance. Additionally, only papers that meet the quality standards set by the organizer and the academic committee and that fall within the geographical object proposed by the Congress will be taken into account: Asia and Africa and their challenges in the global world.


  • Globalization and Economy (GE)
  • Political Culture and Government (CPG)
  • International Relations (RRII)
  • Diasporas and Transnational Phenomena (DFT)
  • Gender (G)
  • Environment and Social Movements (MAMS)
  • Material and Immaterial Culture (CMI)
  • Other topics (OT)
  • OT-01: Additional proposed topics


Note: The Other Topics table will be established if there is sufficient quantity of work to carry it out.





In line with the guidelines established by ALADAA International, proposals must contain the following information:






  • Table title
  • Names of table coordinators (minimum two and maximum 3 coordinators) and contact information: email and telephone.
  • Institutional affiliation of each coordination of the thematic table.
  • Description of the proposal (200-500 words).
  • People interested in participating in the table must send their proposals for presentations and list the name of the table.







  • Title of the presentation
  • Theme or thematic table in which the presentation is framed
  • Name of the authors of the paper and contact information: email and telephone.
  • Description of the proposal (200-500 words)
  • The proposal must be sent in Word format, Arial 12 font, single space. For the citation, the parameters established by the APA or Chicago system will be used.
  • To be included in the event proceedings, the length of the presentations must not exceed 7000 words (the bibliography will not be counted within this total number of words).






The coordinators of the proposals for thematic tables and the presentations must be sent, within the corresponding deadlines, to the following email: In the subject they must clearly indicate the code of the referenced topic in accordance with the nomenclature presented above.





The organizing committee has decided to propose the publication of the papers presented at the XVIII ALADAA International based on the following two conditions. Firstly, the papers will be published in dossiers alluding to the Congress in four magazines from three Costa Rican universities: the International Journal of Asian Studies of the University of Costa Rica ( riea/index), the Studies Magazine of the School of General Studies of the University of Costa Rica (, the Gaudeamus Magazine of the Universidad Latina (, and the Journal of International Relations of the National University ( . Secondly, authors who are willing to publish in these dossiers must submit their presentation to a review by blind peers who will be assigned by the organizing committee. Likewise, each author must follow the Instructions and Publication Standards of each of the Journals that will have a Congress dossier. Finally, the author who wishes to participate in each dossier will be contacted to inform him that his work has been subjected to review and will be published in the respective Journal.




The registration fee has been determined as follows:


Colleagues paying from abroad (academics and independent workers): $20

Active students: $10

National (academics and independent workers): 12,000 thousand colones

Active students: 6,000 thousand colones


You can make the payment online (in the tab that will be enabled you will be told how to do it). In the case of nationals, they may make payment directly at the Institute by means of a debit or credit card.


Registration link:





Coordinator ALADAA Costa Rica

Costa Rica university




Secretary ALADAA Costa Rica

Latin University of Costa Rica




Member ALADAA Costa Rica

Costa Rica university





Member ALADAA Costa Rica

National University




Member ALADAA Costa Rica

Costa Rica university




Member ALADAA Costa Rica

National technical university