Call for Papers

Legacies of the Tricontinental, 1966-2016: Imperialism, Resistance, Law


22-24 September 2016

University of Coimbra, Portugal


Keynote speakers include Vijay Prashad, Robin Blackburn, Richard Drayton and Benita Parry. More speakers to be confirmed soon.


Deadline for abstracts: 1 May 2016


The conference organisers invite paper proposals for a transdisciplinary conference marking the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Tricontinental Conference. The conference aims to reflect on the Tricontinental’s enduring political, legal and economic importance, while also bringing together academics and activists to reflect on broader issues of imperialism and anti-imperial resistance.


We welcome papers on both the Tricontinental itself and related topics. Topics include, but are not limited to:


  • The history and significance of the Tricontinental
  • Theoretical and historical legacies of the Tricontinental and ‘tricontinentalism’: Third World Marxisms, Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL), postcolonialism, global subalternity
  • Anti-imperialist struggle then and now
  • Imperialism and international law
  • Theorists and activists of the Third World: Cabral, Ben Barka, Guevara, Castro, Fanon, et al.
  • The non-aligned movement and the New International Economic Order (NIEO)
  • Black Power and the Third World
  • Race, racism and international relations
  • Feminism and the Third World
  • Theories of imperialism
  • Imperial geographies
  • South-South cooperation and solidarity
  • Human Rights, International Criminal Law and imperialism
  • Neoliberalism and imperialism
  • Imperial violence and revolutionary violence
  • Democracy after decolonisation


We seek contributions from scholars and activists with an interest in imperialism and anti-imperialism, regardless of disciplinary affiliation.


We welcome both paper and panel proposals. Abstracts of up to 250 words should be sent to by no later than 1 May 2016. For panel proposals, please include a brief description of the proposed panel as well as contact information and abstracts for all participants.


Conference organisers are in contact with publishers and selected papers will be invited for publication in a special journal issue and/or edited collection.


Organising committee: Teresa Almeida Cravo (Coimbra), Tor Krever, (LSE/Coimbra), Robert Knox (Liverpool), Luis Eslava (Kent), Christopher Gevers (KwaZulu-Natal), Christine Schwöbel-Patel (Liverpool)