The LASA Latinx Studies Section has shared this call for abstracts. Please keep in mind that the deadline is August 31, 2019 (5:00pm).

Next year will mark the 25th Anniversary of the Latino Studies Section at LASA, therefore, we are really excited to circulate the Call for Abstracts for our section’s LASA 2020 panels. Please see all details below. For any questions, please write to

Reflecting on Latinx Studies in the US: 25 years of history within LASA 

Session Organizers: Sarah Quesada (University of Notre Dame) and Veronica Montes (Bryn Mawr College)

Five decades have passed since the birth of Latino Studies as a discipline. Its origins stemmed from the development of Chicana/o Studies and Puerto Rican Studies programs in response to demands articulated by student movements in the late 1960s in the U.S. The first Chicano Studies Department was established in 1968 at California State University, Los Angeles indeed inspired an expansion of Ethnic Studies that would provide a corrective historical version to otherwise insidious Eurocentric narratives across the country. However, the discipline has not been without its institutional and systemic challenges, including in fields within which Latino Studies regularly intervenes, such as American Studies, Latin American Studies, and even Ethnic Studies itself.  In 2020, our Latino Studies section will be celebrating its 25th anniversary. We want to take this opportunity to celebrate but also to reflect on the past, present, and future of the discipline and the inclusion of such section in a Latin American Studies-centered conference. Therefore, this session will look at the relevance of the field/discipline in the current US political climate and Latino population demographic changes; the pros and cons of its multidisciplinary perspective, challenges across US college campuses, etc. Specific topics of interest might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Accomplishments of the discipline against certain institutional/social/discriminatory odds
  • How lessons from civil rights movements that paved the way for Latino Studies are taught and applied today 
  • Inclusivity of perspectives of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, genre and interdisciplinary study
  • Main challenges facing the discipline as a result of current xenophobic rhetoric and attacks on Ethnic Studies in general
  • Latino Studies for whom?
  • Inclusivity of geographical areas and the expansion of the field into other Latino communities such as Central and South Americans, Afro-descendants, and LGTBQ communities.
  • Latino studies and decolonization practices 
  • The application of fieldwork/ethnographic methodologies to literary studies
  • Archival Studies and research in Latino studies
  • Retrospective on accomplishments achieved by creating a LASA Latinx Studies section and current challenges of our section within LASA

This session welcomes abstracts that answer and expand some of these questions. Please submit a 250-word abstract to by August 31st, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST). 

Thinking Latinidad Beyond the U.S. 

Session Organizer: Sharina Maillo-Pozo (University of Georgia)

Discussant: Sarah Quesada (University of Notre Dame)

While research on transnational Latinidad abounds, there is still much to discuss about how global Latinidad culture is created, imagined, and disseminated. This session addresses such questions as: What are the locations of Latinidad beyond the U.S. national boundaries? What forms of internationalisms do US Latinx studies accomplish that is distinct from other fields? What patterns can be identified in the emergence of transnational/transatlantic articulations of Latinidad? What narratives and trajectories are revealed? How does this expansion shift the ontological and epistemological grounds of Latinidad? This session seeks to answer some of these questions and explore new dimensions and directions of this label and its multiple sites. Specific topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Understanding of Latinidad across and beyond the US context
  • Shared global historiography of US Latinidad with Western Europe, Subsaharan Africa and/or Southeast Asia
  • Latinidad for whom?
  • Performative practices of Latinidad
  • Queer Latinidad
  • Undocumented Latinidad
  • Challenges of Latinidad
  • “Doing Latinidad” (Garcia 2019) through the use of language
  • Meaning of Latinidad across generations

This session welcomes abstracts that answer and expand some of these questions. Please submit a 250-word abstract to  by August 31st, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST). 

The State of Mentorship in Latinx Studies: A Workshop for Graduate Students 

Session Organizer: Wilfredo José Burgos Matos, The University of Texas at Austin

Invited mentors: Carlos U. Decena (Rutgers University) and Nicole Guidotti-Hernández (UT Austin)

In the past two decades, there has been a growing number of PhD graduates specializing in Latinx Studies. The majority of these students have navigated complex institutional dynamics to find the appropriate mentors for their dissertation projects. This workshop sheds light on the ways in which graduate students today negotiate their space in the myriad of departments that pursue the mentoring of Latinx Studies projects such as American Studies, English, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, and so on. Through an open discussion engaging the experiences of four graduate students and two experienced advisors, the workshop will convey a series of solutions and ideas that will make more enriching the mentor-student dynamic in a rapidly evolving and interdisciplinary field. 

To be considered for participation in this workshop at LASA 2020, please submit a 250-word abstract of your current project (preferably dissertation) to lasalatinosection@gmail.comby August, 31st, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST). 

[Image above: “To see beyond it and to access the places that we know lie outside its walls,” by Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic/USA).]

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