“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.” The popular rallying cry of resistance has been used recently in protests against family separation at the U.S.- Mexico border and to raise awareness for the Ayotzinapa 43, the 43 students who were disappeared in Iguala, Mexico in 2013. This conference’s theme, “semillas de poder” (or seeds of power), refers to this important slogan, but it also references the very seeds of our Latinx or Chicanx protest history, historical representations, and realities. El Movimiento of the 1960s and 1970s itself was inspired by the pre-Columbian Aztlán, which remains an important symbol and concept for studying our history and enacting change. Leaders and communities asserted their power to gain rights during El Movimiento and they continue to motivate current social movements. Important concepts of La Raza or Latinidad also continue to be useful and inspiring, but sometimes they invite critique as political goals change and groups continue to question borders of land, nationality/nationalities, and identity.
The 2019 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies--Tejas Foco conference is an interdisciplinary conference. We invite submissions that offer insight into past, current, and future strategies of empowerment and resistance within new configurations and redefinitions of self and community, the dynamics of El Movimiento and how we tell our stories, reclaiming our histories, and defining our realities in the 21st century.
We encourage submissions that address to the following questions and topics:
-How have Chicana Feminisms challenged, supported, or changed the idea of poder?
-What kinds of remembrance of past protest and cultural movements are most effective for reclaiming power today? What can we learn from how we memorialize or study the movements of the past?
-How does “semillas de poder” reference land rights?
-What role does history and the practice of “honoring” play in social & political movements and their objectives to educate, empower, and bring about change?
-What iterations of the Chicano/a/x movement formed in Tejas and in what ways did they influence the broader movement?
-How has the LGBTQIA community informed our understanding of resistance?
-How are the terms Chicanx and Latinx a specific and new form of resistance that stems from the semillas of previous forms of resistance?
-What are some of the legal, academic, and community-based avenues of empowerment and resistance for the Chicano/a/x community? How do these different approaches work together? In what ways, do they each bring a unique set of techniques of resistance and empowerment?
We welcome paper presentations and panel submissions, exhibitions, performances, workshops, poetry readings, and other forms of expressions that offer insight on past, current, and future strategies of empowerment and resistance. We also welcome proposals that address the Tejano/a/x experience in general but do not necessarily fall under the conference theme.
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