AMERICUS (Jan. 7, 2014)—The Thirty-First Annual Meeting of the Association of Third World Studies (ATWS) was held at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in Chennai, India, on Dec. 28-30, 2013.
The theme of the conference was “Prioritizing the Future: Continuity and Change in the Global South in the 21st Century.” The keynote address, “Re-inventing the Third World: Cultural Dynamics and Economic Power,” was given by Sitakant Mahapatra, an internationally-renowned Indian poet and literary critic.
In addition to the academic discourse, which included fourteen panels and roundtables, participants enjoyed Indian cuisine, toured the churches, temples, beaches and museums of Chennai, and enjoyed a daylong excursion to Mahabalipuram, an ancient historic town and seaport.
ATWS, the world’s largest professional organization of its kind, was founded at GSW in 1983 by Harold Isaacs, Ph.D., professor emeritus of history.
The conference was co-sponsored by Georgia Southwestern State University, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and Louisiana State University Shreveport. The Thirty-Second Annual ATWS Meeting will be held at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Oct. 16-18, 2014.
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