Feministas Unidas Inc.

June 2017 Newsletter
 Estimada membresía,

Esperamos que el verano esté siendo relajante y productivo.
Aquí hay algunas notificaciones de interés. Por favor, envíenme cfp y otras noticias para Feministas Unidas a acorbalan@ua.edu

Feliz verano!

1. El panel de Feministas Unidas en NeMLA es el siguiente. Se aceptan abstracts a partir del 15 de junio en https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp

Global Spaces, Local Landscapes and Imagined Worlds
Hilda Chacon (Nazareth College)
Notions of “space,” “landscape,” and “world” evolve and transform depending on the time period and cultural context. This panel seeks to address how Latin American and/or Spanish drama, literature and film, of any time period, explore ideas of “space,” “landscape,” and “world” while challenging political, social and ideological contexts. We are particularly interested in how the application of gender and sexuality studies comes to bear on these (con)texts.
Please include name, affiliation, e-mail address and A/V requirements. Panelists must be members of BOTH Feministas Unidas and NeMLA to participate in the panel. Abstracts in English, Spanish or Portuguese (250 words)

2. Call for Papers Detained Voices / Voces detenidas: A Bilingual Anthology

There has recently been a surge of children and adolescents migrating from Central America to the U.S. escaping regional violence, abuse, and deprivation. During 2016 alone, 59,692 unaccompanied adolescents were taken into custody at the U.S./Mexico border (CBP, 2016). The Office of Refugee Resettlement places many in the care of family, friends, or a foster parent while they await immigration court hearings determining their eligibility for special protections, asylum, and other relief from deportation. While many may qualify for relief from deportation, immigrant adolescents are not provided free legal counsel, may not speak English, and are unfamiliar with the U.S. legal system, providing them little hope (Pair Project, n.d.); indeed less than 10% are actually granted relief from removal (TRAC, 2016).

We are seeking short stories and poems (1000 – 6000 words) in English or Spanish about undocumented children (up to 18 years old) in immigration detention centers, immigration facilities, or schools in the United States. The editors of this bilingual anthology, Montse Feu and Amanda Venta, believe that fiction audaciously reframes how we look at the world and nurtures our capacity to engage with reality. We invite detainees, grassroots representatives and volunteers, health and human services professionals, migrants, officers, researchers, teachers, and the general public to submit fictional accounts of the lived experiences of unaccompanied, undocumented children in U.S. immigration custody. We are also interested in the stories of children in their first year in American schools.

No previous writing or publishing experience is required.

Topics invited include, but are not restricted, to:

〉 Texts that contrast life before the

〉 Reflective pieces from professionals − Criminalization of immigration

detention center
〉 Texts that narrate daily life
〉 Dehumanization processes
〉 Othering
〉 Assimilation
〉 Liberating potential of storytelling
about serving immigrant children
〉 Stories behind detention
〉 Solution-driven narratives
〉 Access to justice
〉 Uncertainty
〉 Psychological harm

〉 Standards for wellbeing and treatment
〉 Impact on families and communities
〉 Nostalgia

Please send abstracts up to 500 words for proposed texts, including proposed title and short CV, to both editors, Montse Feu (mmf017@shsu.edu) and Amanda Venta (acv009@shsu.edu) by Aug. 15, 2017. After acceptance by the co-editors, completed submissions along with any illustrations should be completed and sent to the co-editors by Jan. 15, 2018. We will give priority consideration to complete and final submissions received by Jan. 15, 2018. We will not accept work that has been previously published. After acceptance of proposed texts, we will finalize an advance contract with a publishing press. Any questions should be address to both aforementioned email addresses.

3. Me gustaría poner a disposición de la membresía mi artículo “Heroísmo y conciencia racial en la obra de la poeta afro-cubana Cristina Ayala,” que ha sido premiado con el 2017 Premio Iberoamericano de artículo académico del siglo XIX (LASA) y con el 2017 Harold Eugene Davis Prize por la organización Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS). El artículo se encuentra disponible en:
Quedo desde ya muy agradecida.
Un saludo cordial,

Alejandra Aguilar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University at Albany-SUNY, HU 239
1400 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY 12222
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