CfP: Immersive Pedagogy


Immersive Pedagogy: A Symposium on Humanities Teaching and Learning with 3D, Augmented and Virtual Reality Carnegie Mellon University, June 27-28, 2019

Call For Proposals

3D, augmented, and virtual reality technologies are becoming increasingly useful for advancing humanistic inquiry and pedagogy through immersive visualizations of spaces, artifacts, and data. Although some academic institutions offer technical support for specific tools, a range of obstacles still deter researchers and students from experimenting with these emerging technologies as teaching and learning tools. As a result, critical engagement with 3D and XR technology remains embryonic.

Immersive Pedagogy: A Symposium on Humanities Teaching and Learning with 3D, Augmented and Virtual Reality, hosted at Carnegie Mellon University on June 27-28, 2019, seeks to bring together librarians, educational technologists, students, scholars, and artists to generate accessible, scaffolded pedagogical materials that integrate scholarly inquiry with technical training. Alongside multiple keynote speakers, during the day-and-a-half symposium participants will collaborate through creative exercises and peer workshops to develop and revise pedagogical material for immersive technology, including lesson plans, learning exercises, course syllabi, and disciplinary curricula.

We invite proposals from scholars across the humanities focused on pedagogically oriented projects, particularly in the fields of Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies. Proposals should showcase how 3D/XR technologies and related digital humanities and data curation practices intersect with methodologies derived from the following studies:

● Community archives
● Critical digital studies
● Cultural heritage
● Disability studies
● Intersectional feminist theory
● Immigration and migration
● LGBTQ studies
● Minority/underrepresented archives
● Postcolonial/decolonial theory
● Public humanities
● Race and ethnicity

To apply, please submit a 500-word proposal along with a cover sheet with your full name and contact information to Applications are due by February 1, 2019. Questions can be sent to the same email address.

Submissions should engage with the pedagogy of 3D/XR technology. They may describe 3D/XR projects for scholarly or public engagement, lesson plans, course syllabi that use existing 3D/XR projects or resources, or theoretical and scholarship on pedagogical practices with 3D/XR technology, among other relevant topics. No previous experience with immersive technology is required to apply, but applicants should specify their level of experience and their reasons for working with the technology from a pedagogical, humanistic, and decolonial perspective. Participants acknowledge and accept that pedagogical materials produced for the conference will be made available to the public under Creative Commons (cc) license.

Participants will be credited by name unless otherwise requested. This symposium is supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

For more info:

Breaking Barriers Latinx Youth Conference

In the event there are any youth out there…


Breaking Barriers/ Rompiendo Barreras

Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10 AM – 6 PM

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

600 River St, Austin, Texas 78701
Breaking Barriers Latinx Youth Conference is a day of art, music, and community dedicated to Latinx youth, presented by the teens of the ESB-MACC Caminos Teen Leadership program. On February 9th, teens will collaborate with emerging artists and cultural activists to facilitate exploration and self-expression around the theme of “breaking barriers”.

Latinx teens may face barriers including cultural sterotypes, negative self-image, gender discrimination, family structure hierarchy, as well as wider issues such as gentrification, language barriers, education roadblocks, immigration status challenges, and even the physical barrier between México and the U.S. How do we break these barriers? How can we build resilience and empower our youth to share their voices? What can we offer to our fellow teens to help us suceed at our personal, professional, and artistic goals?
Conference activities will include screen printing, an open mic stage, self-published zines, live mural painting, a mosaic art project, and teen-facilitated discussions. This event is uniquely created BY teens, FOR teens.

Schedule: 10am – 6pm, with a live music performance by the Tiarra Girls at 5pm.

This event is free for any teen age 13-19 who wants to connect with others through art and culture. Please RSVP on Eventbrite or Facebook. RSVP not required to attend, but those who RSVP will be guaranteed a spot.

What to bring: A blank t-shirt for screenprinting. Snacks are provided and it is recommended to bring $10 for lunch at on-site food trucks. Please come willing to share your voice. To participate in the open-mic, bring any needed instruments. Free parking is available on-site. Students may earn volunteer credit at their school for attending if they get pre-authorization from their school and bring any necessary documentation for a staff signature. Adults may contact the organizers to volunteer at the event.

More about Caminos: CAMINOS is an immersive paid internship empowering Austin-area Teens to carve their own path in the creative arts. Students apply and are accepted into the program for one year, during which they are actively engaged in the various elements of the program which include working with ESB-MACC professional staff; artist mentorships, community engagement, special workshops and cultural events.


More About Tiarra Girls: Multi-Award Winning Best Performing Band. With many musical influences both in English and Spanish which has allowed them to make up their very own unique brand of Alt/Indie/Pop/Rock that is undeniably influenced by their strong family.

CfP: Representations of Afrolatinidad in Global Perspective

Call for Papers

Representations of Afrolatinidad in Global Perspective

University of Pittsburgh

April 11-13, 2019

Conference Convened by the Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative

Contact: Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez, University of Pittsburgh,


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science, Brown University

Dr. Nancy Mirabal, Associate Professor, American Studies, Director of the US Latina/o Studies Program, University of Maryland-College Park



The intersections of race, ethnicity, and representation have shaped historical and contemporary articulations of Afrolatinidad. As an expression of multivalent identity, both shared and unique, Afrolatinidad informs the experiences of over 150 million Afro-Latin Americans and millions more within diasporic communities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and beyond. The conference seeks to foster an international dialogue that addresses regional, national, and transnational links among the ways Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinxs create, sustain, and transform meanings surrounding blackness in political, social, and cultural contexts.


This two-day symposium aims to engage multiple depictions of Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Latinxs – whether self-fashioned or imposed. The varied portrayals in the past and present reflect the ongoing global realities, struggles, vibrancy, and resiliency of Afro-Latin diasporas throughout the Americas and elsewhere. The symposium will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science at Brown University, and Dr. Nancy Mirabal, Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of the U.S. Latina/o Studies Program at the University of Maryland-College Park. Their work on Afro-descendant politics in Latin America and Afro-Latinx discourses of race, gender, and territoriality, respectively, will spark broader exchanges around Afrolatinidad and representation among presenters and attendees.


We invite submissions that address aspects of Afrolatinidad, particularly through ethnicity/race, gender, history, technology, and expressive culture, such as music, dance and art. We are especially interested in papers that analyze these themes across a variety of conceptual frameworks, including Africana Studies, Anthropology, Caribbean Studies, Cultural Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Latinx Studies, Media Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.


Submissions need not be confined to these topics, but, if possible, please indicate at least two themes that correspond to your proposal.



-Slavery and Its Legacies in Latin America

-Politics of Culture/Cultural Expression

-Visibility and Invisibility

-Theorizing Afro-Latinidad

-Race, Gender, and Migration

-Diaspora, Community, and Technology/Social Media


Please submit a title, 250-word abstract, and 2-page CV by January 7, 2019, to If you have questions, please contact Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez at and include “Afrolatinidad Conference” in the subject line. Authors of accepted proposals will be contacted by January 31, 2019, and paper drafts are due March 28, 2019 for pre-circulation with discussants and panelists. In addition to invited keynote, roundtable, and community and curriculum speakers, ten to twelve scholars will be selected to present their work at the symposium. Lodging and meals will be covered for all invited presenters.


This event and registration are free and open to the public. The tentative conference schedule is as follows:


Thursday, April 11, 2019

4:00-4:15pm   Welcome

4:15-5:00pm   Keynote-Afro-Latin America

5:15-5:30pm   Q&A

5:30-7:00pm   Post-Keynote Reception


Friday, April 12, 2019

8:45-10:00am – Session 1

10:00-11:45am – Session 2

Buffet Lunch

1:00-2:45pm – Session 3

2:45-4:15pm – Session 4

4:15-5:15pm – Pre-Keynote Reception

5:15-6:30pm – Keynote-Afro-Latinx


Saturday, April 13, 2019

9:00am-10:45am – Session 5 – Curriculum and Community

10:45am-12noon – Session 6 – Wrap Up Roundtable


Cosponsors: University of Pittsburgh Office of the Chancellor, Afro-Latin American and Afro-Latinx Studies Initiative, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, Year of Pitt Global, Humanities Center, Center for Latin American Studies, and the Department of Africana Studies

CfP: The Latina/o/x Literature & Culture Society Conference

Call for Papers:
The Latina/o/x Literature & Culture Society
of the American Literature Association
30th Annual Conference: May 23-26, 201
Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA

Deadline: January 2, 2019

In the past, the Latina/o/x Literature and Culture Society has organized panels that focus on literary genre, single authors, children’s literature, speculative fiction, comparative analyses, as well as cultural studies approaches. This year, we welcome a variety of theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches, as well as a variety of panel types, including traditional paper sessions, roundtable discussions, and sessions dedicated to the teaching of Latina/o/x literature. Given the location of the Conference in Boston, we solicit proposals focused on Latina/o/x experiences in Boston and the East Coast more broadly.

Topics for proposed sessions are open. In the spirit of community building, the Latina/o/x Literature and Culture Society attempts to build sessions that bring together participants at various stages of their careers.

Please submit proposals for individual papers as well as full panel and roundtable sessions.

• For individual papers, send a short abstract (150 words) with title, along with institutional affiliation, academic title, and contact information.
• For panel proposals, send paper titles, short abstracts for each paper, (150 words), along with institutional affiliation, academic title, and contact information for each panelist and the panel chair.


Please submit proposals and inquiries to:
Cristina Herrera

For information about the Latina/o/x Literature and Culture Society, visit us online at:

For more information about the ALA and the conference, including registration information, please visit:

CfP: Latin American Studies Association

We’re running out of time to get our abstracts in! And yes, they do have a growing Latinx Studies section no matter what anyone tells you!

Congress Theme

Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion

José Martí’s essay “Nuestra América” was published in 1891 in New York and Mexico City in response to the first Pan-American conference in 1890, which proposed Pan-Americanism as a way to connect North and South America. We invoke and expand the message of “Nuestra América” to promote a hemispheric vision of justice and inclusion in an era when global politics is too often built around walls and securing borders and not on fostering social justice and democracy. Our congress takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, the site of key events in the revolution that resulted in U.S. independence and—along with other momentous episodes in the “age of revolutions,” including the Haitian revolution that abolished slavery— laid the basis for contemporary ideas of democracy and justice.

“Nuestra América: Justice and Inclusion” signals the challenges of social, economic, racial, ethnic, gendered, sexuality-based, and other forms of inequality; the need to promote creative solutions for overcoming them; the importance of scholarship, activism, and policy in this regard; the relevance of changed demographics that make historically marginalized peoples a majority in the continent and recognition of their wide-ranging cultural, linguistic, political, social, and economic contributions; an inclusive definition of justice that relies on truth and facts and incorporates respect and dignity for all peoples; and a broad understanding of rights, both collective and individual.

Hemispheric interactions and cooperation also inform our efforts to connect the 2019 LASA congress to the Latin American and Latino communities in Boston and the Northeast as well as to the rich mix of academic, creative, community, and policy institutions and organizations found there. In the same vein, we want our 2019 congress to be seen, and function as, a bridge to LASA 2020 in Mexico, thus symbolizing the unity and mutual dependence between the different parts of our America. From Mexico, LASA will continue to meet outside the U.S. until a significant shift in climate occurs for immigrants and international visitors and scholars. In submitting proposals for sessions (panels, roundtables, and workshops) LASA members are strongly encouraged to assure diverse representation through the inclusion of minorities, women, graduate students, and to reflect the regional and disciplinary diversity of LASA’s membership. Track co-chairs will use diversity and inclusion as important criteria when evaluating session proposals.

CfP: American Literature Association Conference

If you’re in the New Mexico area and/or can get there for this Symposium coming up in November, check it out! Also, the Latina/o/x Literature and Culture Society can organize 1-2 sessions for this symposium, so if interested in doing so or finding out more, please email Cristina Herrera, LLCS current chair of our society and dean of the universe, at

Sights and Sites:
Vision and Place in American Literature

November 1-3, 2018

Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe
828 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Conference Director:
Alfred Bendixen, Princeton University

Keynote Speaker: Karen Kilcup,
University of North Carolina, at Greensboro

For our 2018 Fall Symposium, the American Literature Association will head to beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Drury Plaza Hotel offers both an excellent location right near the central plaza and excellent rates. Single and double rooms will be available for $129 a night plus taxes; this rate includes not only a free breakfast and wireless access, but also an afternoon “kickback” every evening at 5:30 featuring hot food and cold drinks. Valet parking will be $10 per night.

Sights and Sites: Vision and Place in American Literature: What does it mean to envision the American landscape? What are the philosophical, psychological, and political factors that shape how writers look at a place and transform their perceptions into works of fiction, poetry, drama, travel writing, and autobiography? How does race, class, and gender influence the perception of natural and social sites? These and other related questions should provide for a lively weekend of literary exploration and good conversation. We welcome proposals for individual papers, complete panels, and roundtable discussions on any aspect of this important subject.

Please send all proposals to the conference director at
as soon as possible and no later than September 15, 2018.
Conference Details: Sessions run Friday and Saturday, November 2- 3, 2018. There will be an opening event and welcoming reception on Thursday evening, November 1; The Conference Fee will include at least one lunch as well as the receptions.
Individuals may propose papers or panels by emailing the conference director, Professor Alfred Bendixen ( no later than September 15, 2018 and preferably earlier. The proposal should include the title of the presentation or panel, an abstract that provides a clear idea of the material that will be covered, a brief vita or description of the presenter’s qualifications and email addresses for all participants. The proposal should be both pasted into an email and sent as an attachment (preferably in WORD). All emails will be acknowledged in a timely manner.
The conference director welcomes proposals for roundtables and panels that deal with the development of important genres, literary movements, themes, and issues related to the symposium topic.
Those proposing papers and/or panels will be informed of acceptances by September and hotel reservations will need to be made before October 1.. Participants will be asked to make their hotel reservations immediately and to pre-register on-line. A program will be placed on the ALA website prior to our meeting, and printed programs will be available at the symposium.
ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair. This permits time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or nine typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits. Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit. We prefer that chairs not present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at an ALA symposium.
The conference fee covers the costs of the conference. We require all of those who are on the program to pre-register. The conference fee is $125 for all participants. We regret that we are unable to offer a lower rate for graduate students and independent scholars.
ALA Membership: Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper. In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies. Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA, including our symposia and conferences, by checking our website (
Please note that the American Literature Association maintains the lowest conference fees of any major scholarly organization because it operates without a paid staff. If you have any questions that are not answered by this announcement, please contact the conference director, Alfred Bendixen, Executive Director of the ALA, at
Thank you for your interest and your support of the American Literature Association.

CfP: Latino Art Now!

Latino Art Now! 2019
Sight Lines & Time Frames
April 4-6, 2019
Houston, Texas

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The national conference on Latino Art is a program of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and is hosted by the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies and the Smithsonian Latino Center.

The 6th Latino Art Now! will consider a wide range of subjects relating to this year’s theme: Sight Lines & Time Frames. “Sight Lines” refers to the building of critical visual literacy as well as the meaning-making curatorial practice of situating artworks in relation to each other and within multiple (art) histories. “Time Frames” signals that Latino art is an evolving notion traversing multiple generations and varying historical and social contexts. LAN! 2019 seeks to make as many of these practices and contexts as possible visible to one another.

Previous editions of LAN! were held at the University of Illinois-Chicago (2016) and at the Smithsonian Institution (2013) in Washington, DC. As a heavily Latino cosmopolitan city in a border state, and one of the busiest points of exchange between Latin America and the US, Houston is uniquely situated to host LAN! 2019. More than twenty Houston area museums, galleries, universities, and cultural centers will host exhibitions and events alongside the three-day conference. For more information and regular updates visit our website.

All subjects relating to US Latino art may be proposed, with the following topics suggested:

·New directions in Latino/a art: LatinX, Afro-Latinidad, Queer Latinidad

·Puerto Rico post-María and the broader Caribbean

·Indigenous intersections

·Feminisms: past, present, and future

·Anti-gentrification art and practice

·Artistic responses to anti-immigrant discourses

·Museums and Latino art

·Digital humanities

·Latino art before 1960

·Publishing and pedagogy

·Latino and PoC solidarity networks: then and now

·Latino art situated in art history

Non-traditional formats are also welcome.

Please email abstracts (500 words), presenter bios (150 words per presenter), or through descriptions of non-traditional formats along with participant bios to the LAN! Program Committee: by midnight of October 1, 2018.

XI International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies

Is anyone going to be in Spain at the end of May?! Great opportunity for a conference…

XI International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies

original post by Xanath Caraza found here:

The XI International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies, organized by HispaUSA and the Universidad de Salamanca, with the collaboration of the instituto Franklin-UAH, will be held in Salamanca, May 28-30, 2018.

This conference draws attention to the different interpretations of the concept “Latinidad” at the present time, also looking towards the future.  Therefore, “Latinidad” involves the blend of cultures recreating different identities, often forgotten in an exercise of permanent reconstruction.

Durante más de dos décadas un grupo de profesores, académicos e intelectuales españoles y norteamericanos han venido estudiando de forma conjunta la realidad de los hispanos en Estados Unidos.  Es precisamente fruto de este encuentro por lo que surge HispaUSA.  Una asociación sin ánimo de lucro, cuyos fines son estimular, fomentar e impulsar el estudio y la investigación en todas las áreas relacionadas con la cultura y la sociedad hispana en los Estados Unidos; así como fomentar la interrelación entre el mundo hispano de Estados Unidos y España.

HispaUSA tiene su sede en el Instituto Franklin de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, un centro que desde 1987 ha impulsado el estudio de Norteamérica así como la colaboración institucional entre Estados Unidos y España.

Este 2018 en Salamanca del 28 al 30 de mayo se lleva a cabo la XI International Conference on Chicano Literature and Latino Studies.