The 8th Annual La Academia del Pueblo
Latino/a and Latin American Research Conference

“Charting New Futures: Rethinking Race and Gender in LatinX USA and Beyond”

April 29, 2017

Wayne State University Student Center

Download our Call for Papers (PDF Version)

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan


Call for Papers Submission Form

The 8th Annual La Academia del Pueblo Latino/a and Latin American Studies Research Conference seeks to deliberately establish connections between the academy, engaged citizens, and urban communities. This year’s theme is “Charting New Futures: Rethinking Race and Gender in LatinX USA and Beyond,” and invites participants to envision innovative and nuanced ways of examining LatinX identities within the cultural framework of the United States and the global community, both now and for future generations.

The conference committee invites submissions of abstracts for poster boards and panel presentations from junior and senior faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, artists, filmmakers and community members conducting Latino/a and Latin American research.

We would like scholars to consider the following questions:

1) What are the ways we chart, develop, and maintain an inclusive and equitable future?

2) What conversations, coalitions, and actions are needed at the local and global levels to create a more united and empowered community?

Scholars are invited to incorporate notions of gender and/or race and how they manifest in one or more of the following themes listed below. Please note these are by no means limiting, but meant to promote ideas:

  • Historical and Current Attacks on Ethnic Studies
  • Technology, Social Media, and Social Justice
  • Global/Local Activism and Empowerment
  • Diaspora, Migration, and Immigration
  • Social and Political Context of LatinX
  • Moving Forward through Coalition Building
  • Illegalization/Criminalization of LatinX Identities
  • Afro, Indigenous, and Other Intersectional Expressions of Latinidad
  • Violence and Policing Bodies
  • Media Representation
  • Language Rights
  • New Media & Creative Expression
  • Shifts in Etymologies and Epistemologies
  • Health Standards and Disparities
  • Citizenship and National Belonging
  • Cultural Production
  • Expressions of Gender, Sexuality and Sexual Orientation

Submission Content

Submissions must include:

  1. An abstract of 300 words, consisting of:
    1. statement of purpose
    2. paper description,
    3. your conclusions or final summary and
    4. who will benefit from attending
  2. A brief biography
  3. The details listed on the online submission form.
  4. Should also include audio/visual equipment requests, and special needs if any

Key dates

Submissions due: February 27, 2017

Notification date: February 27, 2017

Conference date: April 29, 2017


For more information, contact Tamara Serrano Chandler via phone at 313-577-4378 or via email at

Click here for the online submission form 


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