The 7th Annual La Academia del Pueblo
Latino/a and Latin American Research Conference

“(De)Colonizing the Mind: Knowledge from the Margins”

April 23, 2016

Wayne State University Student Center

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Call for Papers Submission Form

The 7th 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 centered on "(De)Colonizing the Mind: Knowledge from the Margins," and invites participants to examine knowledge production taking place in the periphery by marginalized groups actively seeking to promote anti-colonial social justice frameworks and philosophies.

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

We would like scholars to consider the following question:

How can we imagine our communities and ourselves without reproducing colonial dynamics in order to produce a more just, equitable and inclusive society?

The conference organizers are particularly interested in receiving proposals that link one or more of the themes from below:

  • Historical and Current Attacks on Ethnic Studies
  • Telecommunications and Social Justice
  • New Media & Knowledge Production
  • Latinization of the U.S.
  • Community Engagement
  • Diaspora, Migration, and Immigration
  • Illegalization/Criminalization of Latino/as
  • Afro-Latino/as and Indigenous-Latino/as Identities
  • Policing Bodies
  • Critiques of Empire
  • Interrogation of Colonized Frameworks
  • Media Representation of Latino/as
  • Youth Activism and Empowerment
  • Economic Development
  • Language Rights
  • Voting Drives: Latino/a Youth & Political Empowerment
  • Trade and Globalization
  • Indigenous Epistemologies & Decolonization of Higher Education
  • Latino/a Health Paradox/Disparities
  • Resistance Through Creative Expression

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.

Key dates

Submissions due: February 29, 2016

Notification date: March 11, 2016

Conference date: April 23, 2016

Click here for the online submission form 


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