CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Nuestra América in the U.S.? A U.S. Latino/a Studies Conference

full name / name of organization: 
Susan K. Thomas
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Call for Papers
Nuestra América in the U.S.? A U.S. Latino/a Studies Conference

Friday & Saturday, February 8 & 9, 2008

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas


Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2007 (keyword: Latino)


Plenary Speakers

     Helena María Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came
with Them

     Juan Flores, From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino

     Emma Pérez, The Decolonial Imaginary: Writing Chicanas into History

     Roberto Suro, Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America

     Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Doméstica: Immigrant Workers Cleaning
and Caring in the Shadows of Affluence

Saturday Luncheon Speaker

    Suzanne Oboler, Ethnic Labels, Latino Lives: Identity and the
Politics of (Re)Presentation

This interdisciplinary conference adopts José Martí’s expansive
hemispheric conception of “America” to explore implications of the growth
of the U.S. Latino population at the cusp of the 21st century—a century
that has seen Latinos/as become the largest U.S. ethnic minority. How
have these shifting demographics affected communities, labor, politics,
education, and cultural production in the U.S.?

Papers will be considered from all disciplines. We invite submissions
that address issues of:

• migration and immigration

• transnationalism

• pan-ethnicity

• education

• the (re)formulation of racial and ethnic identities

• Latinos/as and labor practices

• militarization of the border

• Latino consumer marketing

• Latino media

• Latinos/as and the law

• political activism and coalition

• immigrant rights struggles

• community organizations serving Latino populations

• the impact of “Latinization” on U.S. culture

Send 200-word proposals by Sept. 15, along with title and institutional
affiliation to:

Marta Caminero-Santangelo

KU Department of English

1445 Jayhawk Blvd.

Lawrence, KS 66045 785-864-2529

Sponsors The Milton & Miriam Handler Foundation; the University of
Kansas departments of English, Spanish & Portuguese, Sociology, Political
Science, History, Public Administration, Religious Studies, and
Anthropology; Office of the Provost; Office of the Chancellor; the Hall
Center for the Humanities; the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; KU
Continuing Education; the School of Education; the School of Journalism;
the School of Social Welfare; the Institute for Policy & Social Research;
the KU Women’s Studies, American Studies, Humanities and Western
Civilization, and Latin American Studies programs; the Center for
Research on Global Change; The St. Anthony Educational Foundation.


In partnership with The Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS)
at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

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