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. http://www.cvent.com/d/24q7b2
The symposium is open to the public, but you must pre-register. There is a 20.00 fee for the luncheon/business meeting.
Please visit the PRSA webpage for additional details www.puertoricanstudiesassociation.org