Around the Corner: The 9th Conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association

The 9th Conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA)—Cuerpos vigilados y castigados: Resistance and Empowerment in the Body Rican—will be held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut, from October 21 to 23, 2010. The deadline for submission is February 10, 2010.

Brief description:

For over three centuries, Puerto Ricans have been subject to—and involved in—various types and levels of surveillance and persecution, and have developed a variety of creative approaches to oppose, resist, engage or live with them. Going against the established juridical-political order; resisting socio-economic conditions; being poor and/or nonwhite; being positioned outside the law when trying individually or collectively to survive; not being an adult male, and/or not identifying as heterosexual; as victims of disease or as persons themselves seen as embodying disease (physiological, mental, or social); speaking the “wrong” language or speaking the “right” language the “wrong” way; having too many children or actively deciding when not to have a child; wanting to live in an unpolluted environment; playing and dancing to the “wrong” music; praying and speaking to the “wrong” God(s); being too loud or refusing to be a spectacle; being in the wrong place at the wrong time; or just simply being. Each of these, severally and apart, has served as provocation, cause or justification for supervision, accusation, and penalty.

In 2010 our conference theme centers on these and other sites of discipline and punishment, as well as on strategies of coping, opposition and resistance. Carried out by foreigners and by our compatriots, by strangers and by our own kin, by others and by ourselves, these varied practices and instances of penalization have occurred both formally and informally, publicly and privately, overtly and covertly; with the use of force and/or by instilling efficient behavior and a lucrative obedience, episodically and in the historical long-term. This year’s conference will also explore the ways in which Puerto Ricans have created and can continue to create critical, social, cultural, political and economic opportunities for civic action.

For more information, see http://www.puertorican-studies.org/

See preliminary program at http://www.puertorican-studies.org/docs/2010PRSAPrelim.pdf

You may also contact the PRSA Secretariat at prsa@cornell.edu

See hotel information at http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bdldt-hartford-marriott-downtown/

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