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 Posted on LSA Website on October 16, 2020
Volume or Conference Title: Race and Racism in an Age of Colorblindness
Deadline: October 31, 2020
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Description (no more than 1,000 words)   This seminar centers the contemporary phenomenon of colorblindness to query how in times marked by police killings, Black Lives Matter activism, and the mass maiming of detained migrants, it is critical race theory that the Trump administration calls “divisive” and “un-American.” As critical race theorists Ian Haney López and Neil Gotanda respectively assert, legal colorblindness in a post-Civil Rights era renders racism “any and every use of race” which “legitimates racial inequality and domination,” perpetuating a deadly contradiction between racist violence and race-free discourse. In response, we ask: What forms do race, racism, racialization, and anti-racist work take under colorblindness, and how do they relate to class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and the notion of personhood itself? How have racialized subjects, including those outside the Black-white binary like Latinx, Asian American, and Indigenous people and collectives, been affected by the advent of colorblindness and how might they resist it? What different terms, frameworks, and methods address the specific violences generated through and by colorblind racism, and what’s at stake in thinking across fields? How does colorblindness manifest beyond US borders and how do transnational, postcolonial, and hemispheric frameworks reposition it? We welcome proposals from all disciplines that contend with race and its emergent forms in a variety of media, including (for example) cinema, literature, and visual art.    
 Posted to LSA Website on September 18, 2020
Volume or Conference Title:  MLA 2021
Deadline: September 21
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Description (no more than 1,000 words)   MLA 2021 (January 7-10, 2021, on Zoom)- Just-In-Time Proposed Session Keywords: Black, Latinx, Hemispheric, Atlantic, Latin American    CFP: “Dos Hemisferios”: the Americas and Europe in Black and “Hispano-Americano” Writing   How have transatlantic imaginaries and networks played a central role in the construction of hispano-americano and Latinx identities? How and under what sorts of circumstances have these identities embraced the political causes of the black diaspora, like antislavery and civil rights? To what extent did artists, writers and activists triangulate the Americas, Europe and Africa in their transatlantic imaginaries?     This panel takes its title and inspiration from two antislavery and anti-imperialist newspapers in Paris, El eco de ambos mundos (1852-1855), which the Spanish government banned from all of its dominions in 1852, and its competitor and successor, El eco hispano-americano (1854-1872), both of which convened migrant writers from Spain and the Americas as they called for an alliance of Spanish-speakers in what the first paper termed “los dos hemisferios.” The Cuban writer Andrés Avelino Orihuela wrote in the “Revista Americana” section of El eco hispano-americano on April 1, 1854 that its agents and booksellers in the Americas reported that they obtained the bulk of their news about other Latin American countries from European rather than Latin American periodicals because of the great distances separating the republics of the Americas. Ironically, then, Europe played a key role in facilitating the construction of the Latin American imaginary.   Accordingly, this panel proposes a long historical look at various forms of cultural production by Blacks, hispano-americanos and Latinx from the nineteenth century to the present who sought to link the Americas and Europe in order to move beyond Eurocentrism and to oppose racism and imperialism.   The impetus for this panel emerges from hemispheric studies and global South studies scholarship (Anna Brickhouse, Kirsten Silva Gruesz, Rodrigo Lazo, Laura Lomas, Anne Garland Mahler and Josefina Saldaña Portillo) as well as from Cuban Studies scholarship focusing on blackness (Alberto Abreu Arcia, Ada Ferrer, Aisha Finch, Sara Johnson, William Luis, Ifeoma Nwankwo and Matthew Pettway). It differs from these studies by focusing on the pivotal role of Europe as a key node in the construction of latinidad, taking its cue from the writings of European scholars on the Americas like Paul Estrade and Paul Gilroy.   This proposed Just-in-time session at MLA 2021 will be a 75-minute session. Each of the three presenters will speak for 15 minutes (45 minutes). There will be 20-25 minutes left for discussion after the talks.    Please send abstracts of no more than 500 words along with a brief bio of expertise and scholarship of 100 words or less to by Sept. 20, 2020.  David Luis-Brown, Departments of Cultural Studies and English, Claremont Graduate University.      
 Posted to LSA Website September 14, 2020
Volume or Conference Title: In the Long Run: Luis J. Rodriguez’s Life and Literary Legacy
Deadline: October 20th, 2020
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Description (no more than 1,000 words) Luis J. Rodriguez’s first collection of poetry, Poems Across the Pavement, was published in 1989, with journalism and individual poem publications preceding this book. His subsequent testimonio, Always Running–La Vida Loca: Gang Days in LA, released in 1993 in the aftermath of the LA uprising, garnered Rodriguez widespread national and international attention. Always Running is renowned for its candid and meta-critical account of violent gang life in East LA in the 1970s, which the author experienced alongside his participation in the tail end of Chicano Movement and subsequent political work as a union organizer, journalist, and community-based activist intellectual. Throughout his literary career, Rodriguez has published 17 books of poetry, short stories, young adult literature, testimonio, anthologies, and a novel in addition to producing related multimedia works, which has led to him being dubbed “a superhero in Chicano literature.” Rodriguez also collaboratively established Tía Chucha’s Cultural Center in southern California as a catalyst for writers, activists, and community members. He subsequently received the “Unsung Hero of Compassion” award from the Dalai Lama. Rodriguez’s accomplishments, acclaim, and ongoing activism have led to extensive critical scholarship, but the complexity and diversity of his life and work have yet to be fully assessed. This anthology seeks proposals for scholarly essays, critical testimonial reflections about substantive issues, and additional creative-critical explications of Rodriguez’s life and work. We especially seek research that assesses works by Rodriguez that have not been subject to sustained scholarly inquiry, such as his children’s and young adult literature, fiction, journalism, video poems, and spoken word CDs, in addition to his collaborative literary and community activities, including his political activism. Above all else, this anthology is designed to critically appraise the impact and contributions, as well as the complexities and contradictions of all of his literary works and extraliterary activities. We encourage proposals that consider: •          Global reception of Rodriguez’s work (e.g., translations, reading tours, etc.) •          National reception to his works (e.g., canonization, banned books, etc.) •          Comparative approaches to his works •          Role of Indigenous histories and cultures in his life and writings •          His depictions of family, gender and sexuality •          Masculinity in Rodriguez’s works •          Spatial studies (e.g., life in Los Angeles and Chicago, and writing about other locales) •          Work as Poet Laureate of Los Angeles •          His literary awards (among non-literary honors) •          His role as a publisher, editor, and collaborator •          His work with Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural and Bookstore •          Rodriguez’s Marxist formation and organizational experiences •          Contributions to theatre and film as script writer, script doctor, and consultant •          His political “career” (e.g., 2014 run for California Governor) •          His role in US prisons (edited collection Honor Comes Hard, workshops, readings, re-entry programs) •          His negotiation of gender stereotyping, and theme of gendered bodies as receptacles of violence •          His role as a “red-carpet celebrity” despite his rebuttal of fame •          His use of digital technologies/social media (blog, twitter, podcast etc) as extensions of literary works Please submit a 250 word abstract for 5,000-7,000 word essays/chapters, or creative-critical pieces of 3,000-5,000 words, along with a 2-page CV, to and by October 20, 2020. We aim to respond by November 20, 2020. The date for selected contributors to submit their full drafts will likely be April 2021. We welcome proposals from postgraduates and independent scholars across the globe. Contact co-editors if you have any questions about the project and please share this CFP.