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The LSA conference is an exciting event, held every two years during the summer at different geographic locations across the United States. The conference draws together over 500 academics, students, artists, writers, filmmakers and community activists whose work is dedicated to supporting, understanding, and engaging issues relevant to Latino/a/x people in the United States. The conference provides a generative and creative space for fostering community and broadcasting the lively and critical work that defines the field of Latina/o/x studies.

Each conference is slightly different depending on contemporary challenges facing Latina/o/x communities, the scholarship surrounding those issues, and the location of the conference. Plenary sessions are integral aspects of the conferences as well as presentations. Presentation formats include regular panel presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, poster sessions and other creative venues depending on the interests and needs of the membership. Professional development workshops and panels on recent books in Latina/o/x studies are likewise integral to conference proceedings. In 2018, a subcommittee of the Program Committee formed the LSA Plaza as a dynamic space to get together with long-time friends and colleagues – and find new ones – over coffee and conversation. The community building inherent in the LSA Plaza includes a chance to browse and buy books, meet acquisition editors from different presses, watch films and meet filmmakers, listen to live music, attend poetry and book readings, experience local Latinx art, and interact with a variety of community groups. The Poetry en la Plaza events, which highlighted a series of poets reading from their work over several days, proved to be very popular and may become a permanent – and prominent – feature of the LSA Plaza.

Participants at past conferences have noted their unique character, particularly the sense of support and comradery among participants. Bringing together a diverse group of people in the community allows members to have conversations across disciplinary and institutional borders. The conference affords those interested and engaged in Latina/o/x Studies the opportunity to share work, exchange views, and share in meaningful conversations with scholars, teachers, students, writers, artists, and community activists in the field.

The 2022 Conference Site Committee


Marisel Moreno, Ph.D.

Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor

Romance Languages and Literatures

University of Notre Dame

343 O’Shaughnessy Hall

Faculty Fellow, Institute for Latino Studies

Faculty Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Concerns

Faculty Fellow, Initiative on Race and Resilience

Affiliated Faculty, Gender Studies and Africana Studies



Paloma Garcia-Lopez

Associate Director, Institute for Latino Studies

President, Adelante ND: Latinx Staff & Faculty Association

Diversity Catalyst, College of Arts & Letters

University of Notre Dame

315 Bond Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556


Honorary Chair & Host of LSA 2022 Conference

Luis Ricardo Fraga

Rev. Donald P. McNeill, C.S.C., Professor of Transformative Latino Leadership

Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science

Director, Institute for Latino Studies

Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives

Institute for Latino Studies

316 Bond Hall

Department of Political Science

2074 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 46556




Francisco E. Robles

Assistant Professor

Department of English



Tatiana Reinoza, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Art History

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Latino Studies

University of Notre Dame

Office: Decio 410



Oliver Lopera Ortega

PhD Candidate

Department of English

Communications Assistant Institute for Latino Studies

318 Bond Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556



Xavier Navarro Aquino, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing

Department of English

University of Notre Dame

233 Decio Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

Centering Blackness, Challenging Latinidad was held at University of Notre Dame South Bend, IN on July 11-14-2022. [2022 PROGRAM]

Latinx Studies Now was held in Washington, DC from July 11-15, 2018. [2018 PROGRAM]

Deliberating Latina/o Studies: Promiscuity, (In)Civility & (Un)Disciplinarity was held in Pasadena, CA, from July 7-9, 2016. [2016 PROGRAM]

Imagining Latina/o Studies: Past, Present, and Future was held in Chicago, IL, from July 17-19, 2014. [2014 PROGRAM]

The LSA thanks our participants, sponsors, and hosts at Notre Dame for a hugely successful 2022 LSA Conference: Centering Blackness, Questioning Latinidad. See you  in 2024!

2022 Conference Sponsors
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