CfP: The Bancroft Seminar on Interdisciplinary Latina/o History

The Bancroft Seminar on Interdisciplinary Latina/o History 2017-2018 Call for Book Manuscripts Selection process begins September 15, 2017
The Bancroft Library Seminar on Interdisciplinary Latina/o History is accepting proposals for its 2017-2018 book manuscript seminar. The seminar is comprised of a collective of northern California faculty dedicated to the interdisciplinary flourishing of Latina/o historiography — from the traditional subfields of social and political history to literary, intellectual, art, film, and beyond. Our primary aim is to provide critical, constructive feedback on book manuscripts with the goal of assisting junior faculty produce cutting-edge work.
In order to ensure that candidates have sufficient time to incorporate the feedback from the seminar into their manuscript, the seminar seeks applications from candidates who have completed a solid draft of a manuscript but whose work will not be published for another year after the seminar meets. The seminar meets twice a year and focuses on one manuscript per session. The seminar begins with the candidate providing brief remarks on the project followed by a faculty member serving as a respondent to the manuscript after which discussion is open to everyone. The seminar concludes with a
sponsored reception and dinner. Under the auspices of the Ethnic Studies Department, candidates are offered lodging during their visit.
The Bancroft Seminar is inspired by the well-known Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino/a Studies, but builds on the strength of Bay Area historians in order to both advance the field of Latina/o studies and raise conceptual questions related to historiography. The seminar meets twice a year, and has met since 2014.
To apply, please email the following information as a single PDF file to
1) a cover page that includes: i) name; ii) email address; iii) academic rank; iv) institutional affiliation; v) where your project is in terms of publication (e.g., Do you
have a book contract? When will you submit your manuscript to publishers?); and vi) when you would be able to present or any restrictions on when you can not present.
Seminars meet once in the fall and once in the spring semester on a Friday afternoon. Flexibility will be greatly appreciated.
2) CV
3) one page proposal explaining the main questions you would like the seminar to consider as we read your manuscript. Please also address your project’s disciplinary and interdisciplinary interventions; and
4) a two page dissertation or book manuscript abstract.
For more information on the seminar, please contact the seminar coordinator Raúl Coronado at

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