CFP: The Spanish Caribbean: Toward a Field of its Own

The Reflecting on the Spanish Caribbean Working Group of the Inter University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR), the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNYDSI) at The City College, & the Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic invite you to join an international conference on The Spanish Caribbean: Toward a Field of its Own, July 25-26, 20011, at Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Reflecting on the Spanish Caribbean is a working group of the Inter University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) composed of academics whose work focuses on Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and people in the United States who trace their ancestry to those countries.  The group came together a year ago with the main objective of creating an area of study, particularly at the graduate level, specialized in the Spanish Caribbean.  The present conference, The Spanish Caribbean: Toward a Field of its Own, is the first public outreach by the Working Group to a larger community of specialists, students, and people in general interested in the Spanish Caribbean.  The conference seeks (1) to provide a space for conversations centered on research and analysis regarding the peoples of this region and their respective communities in the United States (2) and to create a public platform to talk about the need to create the envisioned field of study. 

Proposals for presentation are welcome in all aspects of the society, history and culture of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.  Comparative perspectives are also welcome.  Proposals for papers and panels should be submitted by April 30, 2011 to:

In the Dominican Republic:                                       

María Elizabeth Rodríguez, Vice Rectora

Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales

Calle César Nicolás Penson, No. 127

Ensanche La Esperilla

Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

Email: m.rodriguez@iglobal.edu.do

In the United States:                                                                                      

Professor Francisco Scarano,

Department of History

University of Wisconsin-Madison

3211 Humanities Bldg., 455 N. Park St.

Madison, WI 53706

fscarano@wisc.edu

Paper proposals should include: Paper’s title, 350-word abstract, mailing and e-mail address, and telephone number, and institutional affiliation.  Panelists will be provided with some meals and local transportation to and from the conference site and hotel.

This international conference will be open to the public free of charge, but registration is required via the conference registration website.  A block of rooms has been reserved at Hotel Embajador at a reduced rate and these rooms will be available for panelists and conference attendees.

Founding members of the Reflecting on the Spanish Caribbean Working Group are:

Sherrie Baver, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, The City College of New York-CUNY

James Biles,  Office of the Dean of Social Science, The City College of New York-CUNY

Jorge Chinea, Center for Chicano and Boricua Studies, Wayne State University

Ada Ferrer,  Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University

Alejandro de la Fuente García, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh

Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, The City College of New York-CUNY

Ramona Hernández,  CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College

Félix Matos,  President, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College—CUNY

Edwin Meléndez,  Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College—CUNY

Marisel Moreno-Anderson, Institute of Latino Studies University of Notre Dame

Lisandro Pérez, Center for Latin American and Latina/o Studies, John Jay College-CUNY

María Elizabeth Rodríguez, Instituto Global de Altos Estudios en Ciencias Sociales

Francisco Scarano, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Richard Turits, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, University of Michigan

Carlos Vargas, Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College-CUNY

Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at The City College

For further inquiries about the conference, please contact Professor Ramona Hernandez at rhernandez@ccny.cuny.edu or Dominican Studies Institute at the City College of New York at dsi@ccny.cuny.edu or (212) 650-7496 

Photo of Calle Duarte in Santo Domingo from http://www.lonelyplanet.com/dominican-republic/images/duarte-avenue-santo-domingo-dominican-republic$3164-20

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