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Posted to LSA Website on November 10, 2021
Volume or Conference Title: Methuen Drama Handbook on Theatre and Social Action
Deadline: December 1, 2021
Email contact or weblink: Andrew Martinez,
Description (no more than 1,000 words) Theatre and Social Action  Call for Papers for the Methuen Drama Handbooks series  Theaters have closed everywhere. Theaters are reopening. And at the same time, the global pandemic and recent social movements have urgently been measured, mediated, and aided by the arts and theater makers to reshape the way we must now represent, facilitate, and protest.  With a revealing, fatal, and shape-shifting pandemic; street demonstrations; massive accumulations of wealth and simultaneous impoverishments; and an ongoing climate crisis; people around the world are profoundly bereft of resources, cannot access clean water, or feed their children. As these material and moral recessions—corporate high jackings and stealing of public resources in broad daylight—persist, so too may our demonstrations and performances work to implore our governments and institutions to come clean, change, or move aside.  This edited volume brings together writings on some of the most inspiring and innovative theater and performance makers working to change the art form—its structures and distribution networks—and the world in which they work. “Theater and Social Action” is both a philosophy and a call for action. This book will put forward the potential for artistic engagement to support intelligent political change for people whose lives are bearing the brunt of inequalities and who should be the leading voices and shapers of that change, as well as creativity as a tool for connection and celebration. This edited volume may also demonstrate a particular focus on issues of care and mutual aid: how do we—theaters and practitioners— provide for and recognize each other in the context of intersecting concerns, histories, methodologies, research methods, current debates, battlefields, interventions, sites of gathering and convening for theater and social action?  The following topical areas broadly outline some of the subject matter that we see as most relevant to the documentation and analysis of theater and social action around the world. Clearly, each group of activists and practitioners will have their own lists, agenda items, and pressing issues.  Theater and … ·       The impact of the pandemic on theater work ·       theater and #metoo movement ·       theater and Black Lives Matter ·       Climate Crises ·       Water and land rights ·       Health  ·      Immigration ·       Hunger ·       Anti-racism ·       Brexit ·       Refugee Crises ·       Women’s and reproductive rights ·       Mental health ·       Prison/incarceration ·       Voter suppression ·       Applied theater    Submission Process: Expression of interest and short proposal for chapter submissions, no longer than two pages, should be emailed to Andrew Martinez at by December 1, 2021. Author(s) must include all identifying information on the proposal, including name, title, institutional affiliation, and email. After the deadline, we will review proposals and contact authors as to which manuscripts we will pursue for the special issue.       
Posted to LSA Website on June 8, 2021
Deadline: Sept. 10, 2021
To submit proposal:   For more information, email:
LIVING IN LAS AMÉRICAS: POLITICS, HEALTH, and SOCIETY BEYOND BORDERS LATIN AMERICAN, LATINO, AND CARIBBEAN CENTER CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY OCTOBER 13, 2021   The Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Center (LALCC) of Central Connecticut State University invites you to submit proposals for its annual conference, “LIVING IN LAS AMÉRICAS” hosted at CCSU on October 12-13, 2021.  This year’s conference theme is “Politics, Health, and Society Beyond Borders” and covers both Latin American and Latinx experiences, with a focus on the social, political, and cultural impact of social movements and health inequalities across the Américas.  The conference will include plenary lectures, a lunch, and concurrent panels, workshops and roundtables in the morning and afternoon.  Bringing together researchers, teachers, students, and activists from across Connecticut and the nearby region, the event will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences, and perspectives on this important topic for both the state and the nation.   PROPOSALS AND TOPICS:  We welcome paper, panel, workshop, or roundtable proposals in all areas of Latinx and Latin American Studies, from college and university faculty, graduate students, K-12 educators, independent scholars, and community activists. We are particularly interested in topics which illuminate issues specific to Connecticut and the surrounding region, but welcome all research on Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American topics from across the Américas.   Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: All aspects of Latinx communities in Connecticut, New England, and/or the United States, including health policies, health conditions, and health inequalities, history, economic power, activism, political influence, literary and other expressions of resistance, and labor conditions and health; The intersection of the history of diseases and epidemics, colonial, and post-colonial history, and the idea of the ‘other’, and their impact on the current pandemic in realtion to the peoples of the Americas;How the pandemic and other health conditions (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc) among the Latinx community are re/presented in literature, social media, film, television, and print;Health politics and policies in the Americas, historically and currently;Health impact of environmental disasters in Latin and Central America and the Caribbean;Migrations and how the economic and social conditions and wide range of regional and national issues across the Americas that cause migrations are social detereminants of health.   The deadline to submit proposals (approximately 150-300 words) for papers, panels, or workshops on these or other topics is SEPTEMBER 10, 2021. Proposal should include title and a short description of the proposed activity, with titles and brief abstracts for each paper presentation if submitting a complete panel. Please include name, job title, and institutional affiliation of each participant. Sessions will be planned to last one and a half hours and will normally consist of 3-4 presentations, though organizers also welcome alternative formats such as roundtables and workshops. Conference organizers can assist in arranging panels and panel chairs and discussants.   To submit a proposal:    For questions, inquiries, or more information, please email:      
 Posted to LSA website January 22, 2021
The Latinx Experience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Deadline: March 1, 2021
Email contact or weblink: or
Description (no more than 1,000 words)   Working Title: The Latinx Experience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives   Contributions are invited for consideration to be published in a collection of essays giving an overview of critical issues in Latinx Studies with a focus on communities and the shifting contours of Latinx identities, focusing on the heterogeneity and complexity of Latinx identities and experiences. While this volume will center on the U.S. context, we seek global, transnational, and international perspectives, as well. We encourage contributions from scholars in the fields ofSociology, Latinx Studies, Ethnic Studies, Communications, History, Anthropology, Immigration and Diaspora Studies, and Education, among others. Drawing from a range of scholarly perspectives, we also seek to capture human stories not only of hardship and challenges, but of success, joy, and resistance. Although there are a plethora of books in Latinx Studies, many have included gender, sexuality, and other salient identity categories as ancillary considerations, this book moves away from this by making intersectional analysis central to the book. As such, all chapters will include intersectional analysis that does away with the compartmentalized approach that has historically been the norm. Although this book is scholarly in nature, it will be broadly accessible to a wide range of audiences and suitable for use in undergraduate courses in community colleges, four-year universities, and perhaps, high school Ethnic Studies courses.   The Latinx Experience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives is under contract with Sage Publishing and is scheduled to be published in the second half of 2022.    Potential topics include, but are not limited to the following: Racialization of LatinxsCrimimmigrationCriminal Justice SystemU.S-Mexico border and borderlandsAfro-Latinx immigrantsFamily separationImmigrant rights movementsEducationMedia and popular CultureHealth including the COVID-19 pandemic, birthing, community practices, curanderismo, mental healthEnvironmental and climate justiceReligion & SpiritualityLGBTQ +Global Latinxs/ Latinx DiasporasPolitics and leadershipProtest and activismCulture and resistance Please submit a no more than two page abstract (approximately 500 words) of a chapter that you wish to be considered for this collection by March 1, 2021, as well as a curriculum vitae. Please send any questions and your abstract for the chapter you wish to be considered to the volume editors,  Dr. Maria Joaquina Villaseñor ( from CSU Monterey Bay and Dr. Hortencia Jimenez ( from Hartnell College.            
Posted to LSA Website December 11, 2020
Volume  AfroLatinas/LatiNegras Culture, Identity, and Struggle from an Intersectional Perspective  
Deadline:  February 1st, 2021  
Email contact or weblink    Rosita Scerbo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of US Latinx Culture at Allegheny College ( and Concetta Bondi, Ph.D., Lecturer (Spanish/Chicanx and Latinx culture) at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University (     
Description (no more than 1,000 words)   In recent years, numerous instances of anti-Black violence have brought to light a long, complex history of institutional racism and violence in the United States. At the same time, these events have inspired collective action and consciousness across the globe, prompting communities to recognize their own histories of racism, racial inequality, and discrimination as well as their manifestations in contemporary society. In the Latin American context, the effects of conquest and colonization have played an especially significant role in the shaping of social and cultural histories, and identity representations.   This edited volume will offer a close examination of a variety of texts produced by or about people of African descent with identity connections to Latin America. Through the study of the cultural expressions of Blackness throughout different regions of the Americas, the chapter contributors of this book consider the relationship that social and historical processes such as national sovereignty and colonialism have on narrative and cultural production. We aim to analyze a range of power dynamics as represented in different cultural texts of the Afro-Latinx community. With this work we wish to acknowledge that racial and gender equity cannot exist without intersectionality. The volume will serve as a much-needed academic reference, providing a window into the challenges inherent to the Afro-Latina experience in the Americas with a focus on black women generally unrepresented in literary, scholarly, and cultural discourses. We utilize this opportunity to reaffirm our support and commitment to Black-Brown and other minority community coalitions in an effort to combat anti-Blackness sentiments in our own communities.    Faculty researchers, community activists, artistic/culture producers, and advanced doctoral students are invited to submit chapter proposals dealing with cultural and theoretical readings of artistic expressions of Blackness in Latin America. Topics of interest for the volume include but are not limited to: fiction and non-fiction writing, theoretical essays, cultural commentaries and contributions of BIPOC women writers and artists, critical approaches to sex, race, and gender in dialogue with literary and artistic production (cinema, music, podcasts, Latin American/Caribbean dances, photography, murals, digital arts, poetry/poetry slams, and reflection essays) and technical analysis of all these works.   Please submit abstracts for proposed chapters (max 300 words) by February 1st, 2021 to Rosita Scerbo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of US Latinx Culture at Allegheny College ( and Concetta Bondi, Ph.D., Lecturer (Spanish/Chicanx and Latinx culture) at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University (     _______________________   Abstracts should be in English and accompanied by a short biographical statement.         
 Posted on LSA Website on October 16, 2020
Volume or Conference Title: Race and Racism in an Age of Colorblindness
Deadline: October 31, 2020
Email contact or weblink: See CFP here or direct questions to
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
Email contact or weblink
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
Email contact or weblink: and  
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.