half a century, Chicana and Chicano Studies remains a site of
fragmented spaces. We continue to confront the legacy of racialized,
classist, homophobic, and sexist certainties. We are in the midst of
great demographic change while encountering major social upheavals such
as globalization, technological innovations, social media, educational
standards, and college access which transform and invent new
inequalities. We exist in the context of the so-called "post-racial"
era. It is fitting then, that we ask of our discipline: Are we
post-Chicanas and Chicanos? How does the idea of post-racial life
affect us? Is this even a valid point in our communities?
April 9-12, 2014
Hilton Salt Lake City Center
Fragmented Landscapes in
Chicana and Chicano Studies:
Deliberation, Innovation or Extinction?
As Chicana and Chicano Studies moves into the depths of 21st
century, we must develop tools to combat the struggles that shaped
Chicana/o Studies in a form that fits the present. Identity,
inequality, racism are more complex in the present. The landscape of
Chicana and Chicano Studies has shifted, fragmented and transformed into
segments of experiences, needs, and objectives. These changes,
however, are deeply rooted and connected to the legacy that shaped
Chicana and Chicano Studies as a field in quest of social justice.
As our communities and we have changed, new tensions have emerged.
Let our 2014 gathering be a space for creating depth in our discourse
with critical narratives for a context of innovation and continuity.
Let us use our space to engage in critical dialogue to make steps for
change and action. We seek actions, not mere words, as we rise to the
challenge of praxis for liberation rooted in our experiences of hope.
NACCS welcomes submissions of papers and panels to present at the conference.
Carlos Reyes Guerrero, Chair-Elect, carlos @ naccs.org
National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies
Submission process now closed as of October 15, 2013.