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Call for Papers
Please Distribute Widely
The Association for Jotería Arts, Activism and Scholarship (AJAAS) invites proposals for our 3rd National Conference:

Amor Eterno: Manifesting Generational Love, Queer Sanctuaries, and Radical Solidarities
Minneapolis, MN
October 6-8th, 2017

Extended deadline for proposals: April 30, 2017
Submit proposals here: http://bit.ly/2lo7iBd

As Jotería, we organize. We write. We protest. We create. We teach. We do so because our lives depend on it. More importantly, however, we do so because our love—for the multiple communities to which we belong, for social transformation and justice, and for ourselves—cannot be sustained without creative forms of resistance, solidarity, and sanctuary. Against all odds, against bullets, against increased repression, we have sustained ourselves and resisted annihilation.

On June 12, 2016 one of the deadliest shootings in the United States occurred. A total of forty-nine people were killed at Pulse, a gay Orlando nightclub. The world took notice as many of us felt the pain and heartache in mourning the death of our familia. As artists/activists/writers, we took refuge in lovers, families, comunidades, and in our own hearts. Some of us felt anger, cautious of the mainstream media’s use of Black and Brown bodies to fuel hatred against Muslim communities. As queer Latinx people, we were fearful of the continued erasure and whitewashing tendencies of the LGBT community to misrepresent the incident. But, most of all, we felt a stronghold in our almas, we saw ourselves in Orlando. Since June, the thousands of deportations and redadas we have witnessed and the loss of black, trans, queer, and afro-latinx lives at the hands of police and ICE officials have also repeatedly reminded us that our very existence threatens people.

This year’s conference Amor Eterno: Manifesting Generational Love, Queer Sanctuaries, and Radical Solidarities is organized with the acknowledgement that trans and queer people of color have been at the forefront of our liberation. We draw inspiration from Juan Gabriel’s unapologetic queerness, his creativity, and his diva attitude. He taught Latinxs, straight and queer alike, to embrace their queer potential. We reference his song “Amor Eterno,” not as an attempt to romanticize our visions of love, but to engage critically with the possibility of love without fronteras. We manifest radical queer love in the way that we build movements, resist power, and love fiercely.

We invite jotería and allies to join us in weaving webs that bring forth a love that might extend across generations, harnessing the lessons and life experiences of our ancestors, elders, and youth. We believe in building movements that honor their lucha. The time is now. Let us work to create queer sanctuaries to collectively build spaces of transformational healing. Let us creatively think about the ways we use our minds, bodies, and souls to shape these spaces for ourselves and others. We imagine queer sanctuaries as both institutional and personal spaces that honor our multiple identities, embodiments, and politics.

We invite brujxs, healers, activists, feministas hociconas, scholars, writers and artistas to create strong alliances, to envision together. To generate strategies against white supremacy, xenophobia, heteropatriarchy, settler colonialism and capitalism. Finally, we urgently call for radical solidarities. Solidarities rooted in critical reflection, difference and vulnerability. In acknowledging the messy process, we seek to disrupt power and privilege while resisting oppression olympics. We call for models of accountability, healing, and radical self-care. We seek proposals that highlight, complicate, and address the intersections of issues pertinent to Latinx, indigenous, Black, Brown, Afro-Latinx, queer, trans, Muslim, immigrant and working-class communities.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Queer/Intersectional activism, resistance, and social movements
· Queering sanctuary and queer sanctuaries
· Queer geographies
· Making home in unsafe places
· Moving beyond despair
· Genealogies of radical solidarity
· Queer and trans solidarity
· Black, Brown, and Indigenous solidarity
· Afro-Latinx sexualities
· Queer Diasporas and journeys
· Transnational organizing
· Organizing with faith based communities, across faiths, and resisting islamophobia
· Surviving the Trump era, strategies for resistance
· Liberating imprisoned/detained communities
· On being refugees, displacement, and radically harboring/sheltering refugees
· Opening borders, breaking walls, living sin fronteras
· Queer migrations
· Being ungovernable
· Queer and trans pleasure and joy
· Cross-generational storytelling
· Recording/documenting histories
· Generational work
· Young people and safe space making
· Healing, medicine making, trauma care, and emotional justice
· Decolonial love
· Pedagogies of love, of solidarity
· Crip jotxs, disability, and accessibility
· Queer Latino Epistemologies
· Critical fat studies, bodies of excess
· Organizing against colonialism while being on occupied land
· Police states and state sanctioned violence
· Demilitarization
· Reflections on Pulse Nightclub
· Radical representation
· Queer Brujeria
· Afro-latinx visibility and subjectivities
· Jotx futurity
· Midwest jotx and trans histories
For more information please email ajaasmn@gmail.com or visit http://www.ajaas.com/

 

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Call for Submissions: Building Latina/o Studies In the 21st Century
Essay/Commentary Length: 500 – 2000 words
Send submissions to: mujerestalk@gmail.com
In this century we have witnessed the growth of small and large Latina/o Studies programs and institutes in universities and colleges across the country as well as shifts in older and more established Chicana/o, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican Studies departments and programs to incorporate research and teaching on multiple Latinidades. As a whole, higher education experiences new challenges and struggles in relation to Latina/o Studies, including the following:
• Many of the universities and colleges where we labor claim severe budget constraints in the face of demand for greater institutional status and stability for Latina/o Studies in the form of departments and centers.
• Questions about the creation, maintenance or growth of humanities departments and/or interdisciplinary Latina/o Studies or Ethnic Studies Departments amidst institutional shifts to prioritize the expansion of STEM education and fields.
• The desire to pursue transnational and hemispheric lines of inquiry in research and teaching have opened up conversations among Latina/o Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, Dominican American Studies, American Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies, and Latin American Studies on shared projects, curriculums, and resources.
• The recruitment and admission of Latina/o students (including indigenous students) to universities and colleges, though on the rise, continues to lag behind their numbers in the population.
• The expansion of diversity and student life programs that extend ethnic studies curriculums and projects.
These changes occur as demographers report that the growing presence and influence of a diverse Latina/o population in the U.S. is not an anomaly but a new population trajectory, one that is unsettling for some – witness the hostility, racism, and attacks directed against Latinas/os, most especially immigrants in daily events, public policy, and political and social discourse – but welcome for many others.
However, now more than ever, interdisciplinary Latina/o Studies scholars continue to demonstrate their vitality, energy, insight; to generate new and groundbreaking knowledge; to build associations, journals, publication series, and online venues; to recruit and train future scholars; and to collaborate with community partners to assist Latina/o communities.
In this new 21st century climate, what are best strategies for building interdisciplinary Latina/o Studies departments in institutions of higher education? What are best practices for interdisciplinary Latina/o Studies departments and programs? What difference have research centers made in the growth of the field? What does a 21st century Latina/o Studies curriculum and pedagogy look like? How do you construct a program of study and/or an institutional site attentive to all sides of transnational and hemispheric research? How does the work of a hemispheric focused department or program differ from that of a global or international studies centered department or program? How significant are gender, sexuality, issues of identity (including indigeneity), and language in Latina/o Studies curriculums? What is the best approach to incorporating language in Latina/o Studies curriculums? What is the relationship between growing Latina/o Studies scholars and student life programs? Why does there appear to be a presumption that saying yes to STEM means saying no to Latina/o Studies and how can we change this thinking? What are some of the achievements and obstacles of locating Latina/o Studies in a traditional disciplinary department? What are effective ways of building collaborations with multiple departments, including feminist and women and gender studies programs? What is the state of your program and those in your region?
We hope to generate submissions that might become a series, providing a platform for our readers to share information and dialogue about our fields, disciplines, and intersections in ways that can help us all to build strong programs that are beneficial to Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous scholars and communities.

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