PRSA Biennial Symposium

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The Puerto Rican Studies Association reminds us that their symposium, Shifting Territories and Geohistorical Locations of Puertorriqueñidad: In and Beyond Place, will take place on Friday October 18th from 9am to 4pm at the Paul Robeson Campus Center of Rutgers University-Newark. 

DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS in the new millennium prompt us to consider how Boricuas and other border crossers inform our understanding of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and other latinidades. The temporal and spatial reconfigurations of sites that once served as identifiers of puertorriqueñidad enable increasingly fluid community formations. These community formations, in turn, trigger a reconsideration of the trope of the “nation-divided” (trans-nation, ethno-nation, nation on the move, etc.) as well as of the complex and vexing politics of colonialism and nationalism(s), whether local or transnational, within the context of major hemispheric shifts.

PRSA will bring together scholars to address the shifting territorialities of puertorriqueñidad by examining the socio-cultural elements (factors) sustaining these new demographic configurations. Taking as a point of departure the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the city of Newark, cultural critics, community leaders, ethnographers, and historians will meet to discuss how Puerto Ricanness is lived and articulated in and beyond traditional notions of locality and place.

9:30 a.m. Registration Robeson Multipurpose Room (2nd. Floor), located in The Paul Robeson Campus Center

10:00 a.m. Morning Panel:

Emma Amador, University of Michigan

Wilson Valentín, Hampshire College

Erica Dávila, Arcadia University


Jason Cortés, Rutgers University

12:00 p.m. Lunch/Business Meeting

2:00 p.m. Afternoon Panel Community Dialogue:

Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Rutgers U

Yesenia López, Puerto Rico Community Archive, Newark Public Library

Ana Yolanda Ramos, Baruch College, CUNY

María Vizcarrondo, Executive VP of Vazquez Health Advisors, LLC


Arlene Torres, Hunter College, CUNY

Please pre-register at the following PRSA Cvent website to facilitate your participation.

The symposium is open to the public, but you must pre-registerThere is a 20.00 fee for the luncheon/business meeting.

Please visit the PRSA webpage for additional details

For more information, please contact:  Arlene Torres at or Jason Cortés at

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