Feministas Unidas Inc.

May 2016 Newsletter
 Estimada membresía,
No olviden enviar propuestas para el congreso de la AILCFH, que se celebrará en noviembre en Houston. El plazo para enviar propuestas acaba el 20 de mayo.
También incluyo aquí una serie de paneles para NeMLA organizados por nuestra vicepresidenta.
¡Saludos casi veraniegos!

1. Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras 26th Annual Conference of
The International Association of Hispanic Feminine Literature and Culture Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH)
November 10-12, 2016 Hotel Zaza
Sponsored by The University of Houston

Call for Papers
All proposals are due May 20, 2016 at ailcfh2016@gmail.com

The AILCFH and The University of Houston are pleased to invite you to the 26th Annual Conference of the AILCFH, to take place November 10-12, 2016 at the Hotel Zaza in Houston, Texas.

Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras seeks interdisciplinary proposals focusing on the ways in which the borders of gender and sexuality are being crossed with class, race, ethnicity, popular culture and disability, among others, and their representations in all forms of cultural productions of the Hispanic world.
Keynote Speakers
Cherrie Moraga and María Agui Carter

In addition, this conference will recognize the 400th anniversary of Cervantes’ death with the inclusion of sessions focused on gender in the era of Cervantes and with a

Keynote address by Prof. Anne Cruz of the University of Miami.

We invite the submission of both individual and panel proposals in the following areas:

Artistic Boundaries Genre Boundaries

Gender Boundaries Spatial Boundaries

National Boundaries Sexual Boundaries

Temporal Boundaries

Gender in the age of Cervantes

-Proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish or Portuguese, the three official languages of the AILCFH.

-All proposals are due May 20, 2016 at ailcfh2016@gmail.com
-All proposals should include presenter’s name, title, and abstract of no more than one page, along with a brief description of professional qualifications (1 paragraph).

The registration is $115 US ($60 for students); all participants in the conference must be members of the AILCFH. Renew your membership or join at https://www.2checkout.com/2co/buyer/orderpage?sid=541196
After proposals for the conference have been accepted, the Organizing Committee will forward a list of lodging options at hotels
with conference pricing. A limited number of scholarships will be available for graduate students.


2. Paneles organizados por Hilda Chacón, vicepresidenta de Feministas Unidas para NeMLA 2017, que tomará lugar en Baltimore, auspiciada por Johns Hopkins University, del 23-26 de marzo, 2017. Pueden comunicarse con ella en hchacon6@naz.edu

El sitio de NeMLA para enviar proposals a las sessions que han sido aceptadas es: https://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html
Abajo en esta página hay un link que dice "Call for Papers/Submit an Abstract" ahí es donde se pueden buscar los paneles y enviar una propuesta de paper.

1) "The Female Body in the Public Realm: Territory for Political and Religious Wars" [FemUn Guaranteed Session]
As globalization settles in across the planet, the female body continues to be the territory par excellence where political and religious wars resiliently take place. From the Balkan war, to the femicides of Ciudad Juárez and the women facially disfigured by acid throwing, the female body continues to be a threat in the public sphere. This panel explores scholarly ideas on feminist conceptualizations of the female body in the public realm in Spanish-speaking societies vis-à-vis the above-mentioned context.

2) “Digital Minds: Latin(o) Americans in cyberspace”

This session explores the emergent field of digital narratives with a focus on productions originated in Latin America; the panel will also analyze digital works produced by Latin@s in the United States. As the scholarship of Élika Ortega, Scott Weintraub, Luis Correa-Díaz, Osvaldo Cleger, Carolina Gaínza, and Phillip Penix-Tadsen thoroughly demonstrate, Latin America is currently having an avant-garde role in the production of digital narratives in cyberspace. Interactive novels and poems, as well as online artistic platforms and the creation of video games count among the wide range of cultural artifacts produced in the region to be shared in cyberspace. This is a very new field that is gathering a firm academic attention in the United States and in Latin America.
Co-sponsored: NeMLA Board, Cultural Studies and Media Studies

3) “Interdisciplinary Humanities: The Sciences and the Humanities in Connection”

This session aims to gather scientists, people in the professions (Business, Social Work, etc), and scholars in the Humanities to discuss the value of a formation in the Humanities for their specific fields. The debate aims to explore how careers in the Humanities (Languages, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, etc.) inform current trends and concrete needs in the sciences, and the professions.
The session honors the legacy of former NeMLA president, Daniela Antonucci, who started this discussion trend during the NeMLA 2015 convention in Toronto.

4) “Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in the United States: Cultural Fluency in the Global Era”
This session aims to further a scholarly debate on the reality of multilingualism and multiculturalism in the United States in the context of a globalized market led by the United States. The tragic events of 9/11 brought to the public discussion the United States’ inability to communicate with and comprehend other cultures and other languages. As a consequence, different initiatives emerged even at the Congressional level including legislative proposals to address the deficit in language and international expertise. A report on the theme from the MLA reads, “In the context of globalization and in the post–9/11 environment, then, the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested… At one end, language is considered to be principally instrumental, a skill to use for communicating thought and information. At the opposite end, language is understood as an essential element of a human being’s thought processes, perceptions, and self-expressions; and as such it is considered to be at the core of translingual and transcultural competence. While we use language to communicate our needs to others, language simultaneously reveals us to others and to ourselves. Language is a complex multifunctional phenomenon that links an individual to other individuals, to communities, and to national cultures.” We invite abstract proposals aimed to explore this debate.

Conference theme: “Translingual and Transcultural Competence: Toward a Multilingual Future in the Global Era,”

5) Social Inequality in America: Debates Around The Wire
The popular HBO TV series, The Wire (2002-2008), created and mainly written by former Baltimore police reporter David Simons, comprehends over 60 episodes broadcast in 5 seasons. The TV series has been addressed by main newspapers such as The New York Times, and The Guardian (UK). Pop culture media have rated it as “the best show ever broadcast on American television” (Slate), “the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years” (Vulture), “the greatest TV show of all time” (Complex, Pop Culture). The Wire has also been the main subject of abundant academic essays published in prestigious journals, such as Cultural Inquiry from Harvard University and Critical Inquiry from the University of Chicago, to name a few. It has also been used for teaching purposes, as it is the case in Harvard University (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/09/10/AR2010091002676.html), UC-Berkeley, Duke University, and Middlebury College (http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2010/03/this_will_be_on_the_midterm_you_feel_me.html). Furthermore, it has also been the central theme of scholarly and teaching publications, such as The Wire in the College Classroom; Pedagogical Approaches in the Humanities (Eds. Karen Dillon & Naomi Crummey, McFarland, 2015). The HBO series explores in depth issues of urban life, discrimination, poverty, social inequality and systemic failure of the institutions to address the lack of opportunity in impoverished neighborhoods in the United States.
This session calls for essays on poverty and lack of opportunity, urban life, and pedagogical approaches on teaching the above-mentioned themes based on the premises proposed by this provocative TV series.
This debate is important because concentration of wealth in few hands, discrimination, and impoverished urban life continue to be a societal issue in contemporary United States. Thus the themes proposed by the HBO TV series are still relevant in our society.
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