[UPDATE] Deadline Extended for Latino Cultures of NYC Conference

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New York Institute of Technology announces its seventh interdisciplinary conference, "Latino Cultures of NYC." Scholars from a range of disciplines are invited to interpret the theme broadly for this one-day conference at NYiT's Columbus Circle campus on Friday, March 4, 2011. The confirmed speakers for this event are Carmelita Tropicana, Laura Lomas, and Claudio Remeseira.

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on the Latino cultures of New York City and its surrounding areas. At a moment when Latino migration to the United States has become a hot-button political issue and Latino culture continues to exert phenomenal worldwide influence, we propose to examine and discuss the historical and current role New York City, or other urban spaces, play in Latino culture, and how Latino migration has changed the way such sites are conceived. We welcome paper proposals that analyze these issues from both geopolitical and rhetorical perspectives; we are particularly interested in fresh readings of Latino cultural objects (defined widely–either produced by Latino subjects or focusing on Latino culture), including literature, film, music, visual art, websites, video games, or television.

Sub-topics may include:

■Bilingual and Multilingual culture
■Native and aboriginal cultures and immigration to NYC
■Latino panethnicity
■The marketing and branding of Latino identity
■New York City as exemplar or exception
■Comparative approach to NYC and its environs, or to NYC and other major metropolises
■Class, race, and/or gender concerns
■NY Latino cultures as paradigms of diaspora/migration
■Legacies of U.S. imperialism
■Ethnic studies and its discontents
■N.Y. Latino response to state immigration laws
■NYC neighborhoods in history and in transition
■Aesthetic experimentation and politics
Papers will be limited to 20 minutes and should be delivered in English. Proposals for
non-traditional presentations are also welcome.

Please submit abstracts of approx. 250 words and a 1-page vita by 12/15/10.

All submissions will be considered individually; however, you may indicate whether separate submissions are intended to compose a panel.

To submit, go the conference website: http:www.latinoculturesnyc.com .