Conference on the Americas 2015
The 13th Conference on the Americas “Borders and Conflict Zones in the Americas” was presented by the Latin American Studies program at Grand Valley State University. Contact zones are places where the powerful and the seemingly powerless encounter one another with a mix of resistance and accommodation, and in the process they alter one another. These zones are where defenders of the status quo wrangle with advocates of novel ideas and practices, changing the differences between the two. They are habitats and terrains that produce and interact with new species or environmental factors.