All Grown Up: The 20th Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement

Call for Papers

All Grown Up:

The Twentieth Anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement

One Day Mini-Conference at California State University Channel Islands (Camarillo, CA)

October 24, 2014

The North American Free Trade Agreement was enacted twenty years ago in 1994. Advocates of NAFTA argued that this free trade bill would enrich the three nations involved: Canada, the US, and Mexico. Proponents argued that lifting government regulations and modifying existing labor and environmental laws would benefit all parties to the treaty. Proponents also argued that NAFTA would deter undocumented immigration. Yet from the beginning there has been wide opposition to the treaty. In Chiapas the Ejercito Zapatista Liberacion Nacional violently opposed the treaty and engaged in battle with the Mexican army. Peasant and labor organizations as well as journalists and academics have criticized aspects of the treaty, from the growth of maquiladoras to its environmental and labor provisions. NAFTA has also been the catalyst for the massive increase in undocumented immigration for the past two decades

This conference will assess the impact of NAFTA over the past twenty years.  Students and faculty are invited to submit proposals for individual papers or full panels on a variety of topics related to NAFTA, broadly understood.  More general research on migration, migration communities, labor laws, protest movements, and trade agreements are welcome.

Possible topics might include:

Labor laws under NAFTA

NAFTA and immigration


NAFTA and the environment

Zapatista guerrilla movement

Women and NAFTA

Indigenous issues

Impact on Canadian policies & culture

Creative forms of protest

NAFTA-inspired artistic expression

NAFTA’s impact on diplomacy

Privatization under NAFTA

Legal enforcement under NAFTA

Agrarian movements

Human rights and NAFTA

NAFTA and the drug trade

NAFTA and human trafficking
Food Justice and GMOs

Please submit a 500 maximum word abstract no later than September 30, 2014 to:

Dr. Mary McThomas

Department of Political Science

CSU Channel Islands


José M. Alamillo

Professor and Coordinator

Chicana/o Studies Program

California State University Channel Islands

Madera Hall 1366

One University Drive

Camarillo, CA 93012

Ph: (805)  437-2685

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