Since 2003, CLACSO has attracted growing numbers of international participants and guests to its general conferences. Its most recent Latin American and Caribbean Conference, held in 2015 in Medellin, Colombia, received more than 30 thousand registrations, 18 thousand permanent participants, and more than 600 international guests in its panel discussions, debates, and keynote conferences. The Conference was the most important academic and political event in the social sciences at the international level in 2015.
In 2018, our 8th Conference #CLACSO2018 will also be the 1st World Forum on Critical Thinking, a broad, plural, and open space for the contributions and interventions of world leaders who represent and express the ideals of attaining societies that are more fair and equal; progressive intellectuals from diverse theoretical and disciplinary fields; activists and leaders of social and mass movements; student organizations, networks, and groups of young people who act in the construction, promotion, and defense of democracy, alternative communication, and citizen mobilization; human rights organizations; groups that work for the rights of education and public schools; women’s movements and organizations; those who fight against racism, imperialism, and colonialism; and ecologists, as well as teachers, researchers, and students from all fields of knowledge, especially in the social sciences and humanities.
#CLACSO2018 will offer settings of direct intervention for registered participants as well as lecturers (open panel discussions), special panel discussions with international guests, keynote dialogues and conferences with outstanding figures from political, academic, and social fields who are known for their contribution to the construction of a more democratic, sustainable, and free world.
#CLACSO2018 will be a space for diverse cultural expressions and manifestations, from an international film festival to an international book fair for the social sciences and humanities. In addition, #CLACSO2018 will be the setting of special events such as the China and Latin America Forum, the Russia and Latin America Forum, the Forum of Community Colleges, the Cuba in Buenos Aires Forum and forums based on other topics, to be announced in the coming weeks.
The guest institution honored at our 2015 Conference in Medellin was the House of the Americas (Cuba). In 2018, #CLACSO2018 will honor a special guest, Arab Council for the Social Sciences, based in Beirut.
#CLACSO2018 aspires to express the necessary combination of a large-scale academic event of analytical rigor and theoretical plurality, and a broad forum of debate that is politically committed, progressive, polyphonic, diverse, and open, and that recognizes its roots in the wide experience of the mobilization of global citizens, as represented by the World Social Forum.