CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Revisiting Greater Mexico (11/1/08; ACLA 2009)
Revisiting Greater Mexico (11/1/08; ACLA 2009)
The concept of â€œGreater Mexico,â€ as defined by AmÃ©rico Paredes and later
explored by JosÃ© LimÃ³n in American Encounters, â€œrefer[s] to all Mexicans,
beyond Laredo and from either side, with all their commonalities and
differencesâ€ (3). In this seminar we seek both to expand and to
problematize this construct: what is at stake in imagining a
transnationality whose locus lies south of the US-Mexico border? We are
interested in papers that offer a local view of Greater Mexicoâ€"e.g.
analyses of the borderlands and of specific locations, events, and
cultural productions in the US and in Mexico itselfâ€"and in approaches
that reveal the constructâ€™s possibilities and limits in other spheresâ€"
e.g. the borderlands between Mexico and Guatemala, Mexican communities in
Canada, and global uses of Mexican culture.
Paper topics might include:
*What are the languages and locations of Greater Mexico? Is Greater
Mexico ever described in Spanish; is it ever theorized in Mexico?
*How do particular events in US-Mexican history (e.g. the Treaty of
Guadalupe Hidalgo, Pershingâ€™s expedition, NAFTA) create, affect, and/or
challenge the construct of Greater Mexico?
*How is Greater Mexico developed and/or disputed in literature, film,
music, the media?
*How does Greater Mexico facilitate and/or hinder the construction of
Latino/a identity and/or political and economic power in the US?
*What role does Mexican culture, broadly conceived, play in the formation
of Greater Mexico? How does the construct of Greater Mexico facilitate
and/or hinder our understanding of assimilation, transculturation,
Kennesaw State University
John Alba Cutler
To submit a paper to this seminar, follow these steps:
1. Visit the 2009 conference page on ACLAâ€™s website
2. Click on â€œPropose a Paper or Seminarâ€
3. Click on â€œSubmit a paper proposalâ€
4. Enter personal/academic information, a paper title, and an abstract of
no more than 250 words then click â€œSubmit paperâ€.
Submissions are due via the ACLA site by November 1, 2008. After that
date, we will evaluate the proposals and notify the authors as to whether
or not their submission has been accepted for the seminar.
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