Genealogies of Latinx Eco-Media

deadline for submissions: 
November 17, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Latina/o Studies Association Biennial Conference / Washington, D.C. / July 11th-15th, 2018
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This panel explores the genealogies of Latinx eco-media, defined broadly to include literature, visual art, film, music, and everything in between. As Euro-American fantasies like the pristine wilderness and the balanced ecosystem become increasingly untenable, it looks to Latinx eco-media for aesthetic, conceptual, and political alternatives. And as the effects of climate change become increasingly pervasive, it recovers Latinx strategies for reimagining—and ultimately, transforming—human communities and nonhuman environments.

This panel centers on an open-ended provocation: is it possible to theorize “Latinx eco-media,” or do we need to distinguish between national traditions (i.e. Chicanx vs. Puerto Rican), historical periods (i.e. nineteenth century vs. twenty-first century), and aesthetic forms (i.e. texts vs. images)? Beyond that, it raises a series of historical questions: How have Latinx authors and artists developed new ways of representing environments, and how have they drawn on preexisting conventions? How have Latinx literature and art illuminated environmental crises, and how have they reproduced ideological blind spots? How have Latinx eco-media supported social movements, and how have they developed unconventional strategies for socio-ecological struggle? How have diasporic webs depicted environmental issues that permeate across space and proceed over time, and how have deeply-rooted communities taken up site-specific concerns? Finally, how do the preceding inquiries reveal possibilities and/or problems at the intersections of Latinx Studies, the Environmental Humanities, and other intellectual formations?

As it recovers the past, this panel orients itself towards the future. Putting the “Now” in “Latinx Studies Now,” it asks how literature, art, and other media can help us engage with droughts along the U.S.-Mexico border, climate disasters in the Caribbean, and environmental conflicts throughout the Americas. Even as the new paradigm of the Anthropocene asks us to think as a species, then, this panel tries to learn how Latinx writers, artists, and culture-makers have imagined social and ecological change. 

Please submit a 300-word abstract and brief bio to Carlos Alonso Nugent (carlos.nugent@yale.edu) by November 17th, 2017.