Tejas Foco Awards

Tejas Foco

2015 Regional TBA


Chicana/o Studies in Tejas: Transforming our Communities
Northwest Vista College, San Antonio, Tejas February 20-22, 2014

Chicana/o Studies is a field of study that provides students with a comprehensive education. However, some institutions continue to remain reluctant to embrace such programs thus adding to the negations and negotiations within this vital institutional space. The 2014 NACCS Tejas Foco Conference wishes to provide a spaces where teachers, students, researchers, creative writers, artists, activist, and grassroots leaders can come together to produce and promote ideas and knowledge about how Chicana/o Studies can continue to build stronger foundations within the Culture of Higher Education.

NACCS 2014 Tejas Foco Call For Papers:
The NACCS 2014 Tejas Foco Conference Committee invites proposals for papers, panels, exhibits, roundtable, film screenings, and/or creative pieces that will share and/or examine areas of concern and/or positivity that are housed within the Culture of Higher Education. Examples of panels for this conference are: The Arts Community within Chicana/o Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and the LGBTQ Community within Chicana/o Studies; The Dream Act and Chicana/o Studies; Texas Institutional Violence and Chicana/o Studies; and Community Activism and the 21st Century Classroom.

Please submit a proposal that includes:

  • The Title of the presentation
  • Type of Presentation (roundtable, panel, individual paper, etc)
  • A 150 word abstract describing content of presentation
  • Full Contact information for all presenters (name, Institution affiliation, address, email, phone)
    Audio/visual needs

Submit proposal electronically to nvc-tejasfoco@alamo.edu by November 30, 2013.

For more information, please visit the Tejas Foco Conference site at: www.alamo.edu/nvc/tejasfoco/


Chican@ Studies ¡Ahora!  Community Based Pedagogies, Scholarship, and Activism
University of Texas—Pan American
, Edinburg, Texax
February 21-23, 2013

Call for Proposals

Recent attacks on Chican@ and Ethnic Studies programs are reminders of the need for spaces to produce knowledge in, about, and for our communities. This conference provides an environment to encounter and engage recent work by those who situate their teaching, research, writing, creative activities, and advocacy on and beyond an academic campus. This call for proposals centers on the ways in which academic research, creative activities, and pedagogy can directly affect and become embedded in these communities.

The conference seeks to bring together scholars, teachers, artists, activists, and other individuals or groups dedicated to Chican@ Studies and Latin@ Studies. With a trans-/extra-disciplinary approach, the 2013 annual conference will represent areas of concern in Chican@, Latin@, Ethnic, Gender, and Critical Race Studies, History, Philosophy, Art, Literature, Theatre and Performance, Music, Social Psychology, Education, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Economics, and other approaches concerned with social justice. Proposals on the methods and outcomes of participatory or action research are particularly encouraged. The program will feature panels on Human Rights, Critical Pedagogies and Epistemologies, Native Issues, Decolonization / Democratization, Gender and LGBTQ Issues, Race and Racialization, Politics, Language, Transnationalism and Immigration. Those with experience as students, teachers, activists, scholars, artists, and other community members are invited to submit the following types of proposals: panels, papers, performances, posters/exhibits, creative activities, testimonios, round tables, film screenings, workshops, and other innovative presentations.

Professional development workshops related to the conference theme will be offered as part of pre-conference activities on Thursday, February 21.

Submit proposals by December 1, 2012 to mas@utpa.edu. In your proposal, include the type of presentation, title, an abstract of 150-120 words, your full contact information, and any audiovisual requests. Proposals and presentations need not be in English. For additional information: www.utpa.edu/mas


This Is Us: Como Nos Ven, Como Nos Vemos
Changing Chican@ Identity in the 21st Century

Texas State University, San Marcos - March 1-3, 2012

Chicanas and Chicanos are a highly diverse people. Today many of our scholars are engaged in wide-ranging research across disciplinary fields continuously adding to our collective knowledge of who we are. Our artists, workers, professionals, policymakers, grassroots and religious leaders, and others within our communities are doing important work in constructing our diverse cultural realities. Our scholarship and rich community experiences continue to reflect us as a people with many intercultural and transnational complexities. Across Tejas alone, many differences exist, yet more numerous are the commonalities binding us together. As peoples native to this land with a long history of struggle for justice and equality in society, our understanding of how we see ourselves and how others see us has grown and matured.

The 2012 NACCS Tejas Regional Conference Committee therefore invites proposals for papers, panels, exhibits, performances, and other creative means for addressing the many ways we see ourselves as well as how others see us—in the past, present, and our rapidly changing future. We invite Chican@ perspectives on the varied situations where we find ourselves located socially, culturally, educationally, historically, politically—rhetorically. We invite perspectives which best seek to illustrate the conference theme “This Is Us.”

While the primary theme for the conference centers on analyzing and reflecting on Chicana and Chicano perceptions of ourselves, additional topics related to the Chicana/o, Latina/o, or Mexican American experience are also highly welcomed.

We hereby invite you to Texas State University, San Marcos where we can all share our knowledge. Ultimately, it is we who determine who we are, como nos vemos. In myriad ways we are our community's storytellers, teachers, organizers, writers, leaders, and students young and old. With great hope for the future, we seek your voice and participation in elucidating scholarly and rhetorical strategies for gaining a wider, deeper, and richer understanding of all raza in Tejas.

Due Date: Please e-mail 250-word proposals by December 18, 2011 to Dr. Jaime Armin Mejía at jm31@txstate.edu. We welcome questions, comments, and suggestions regarding the conference.



2011 Regional Conference  

"De Diosa a Hembra to Chicana: Celebrating the Last 40 Years of Chicana Activism."

South Texas College, McAllen, Tejas
24-26 February 2011


The Mexican American Studies Program at South Texas College is accepting submissions for papers, exhibits, performances, or cultural productions for the 2011 NACCS Tejas Regional Conference at South Texas College. The year 1971 can be considered a turning point in Chicana activism as a group of Chicana leaders from across the United States came together to voice their concerns as women. These concerns stemmed from discrimination in the home, work place, school, and within the Chicano Movement itself. Other issues addressed at the conference included concerns over healthcare and the relationship to other feminist movements and sexuality. These women, numbering in the hundreds, united and disunited in Houston, and sought various resolutions to their concerns as they strived for social, cultural, racial, gender, and sexual equality. This is the historical spirit that will be celebrated and examined during the 2011 NACCS Tejas Regional Conference that will be held on the 24th through the 26th of February at South Texas College. The NACCS Tejas Regional conference will provide a forum through which we can collectively explore the past, present, and future of Chicana activism.

While the primary theme for the conference centers on analyzing and reflecting on Chicana activism, other topics related to the Chicana/o, Latina/o, or Mexican American experience are also welcomed. A 100-250 word abstract should be submitted for the paper, panel, exhibit, performance, or other.

Deadline for Submissions: December 7, 2010

Send questions and proposals electronically to Victor Gomez at vgomez@southtexascollege.edu


Description of Award: NACCS-Tejas invites nominations and submissions for its 2010 NACCS-Tejas Fiction Award. The 2009 NACCS Tejas Award for Fiction Committee will consider any novel or collection of short stories published in 2009 in Texas or elsewhere.  We will recognize an outstanding work of fiction that best addresses a significant subject in the field related to Texas’s Mexican community.  The award will be presented at the NACCS-Tejas annual conference to be held at the South Texas College in McAllen, TX next spring 2011. There are no restrictions on the number of nominations per press.  Authors may also self-nominate.  Poetry, personal narrative, autobiography, reprints, re-editions of previously published works, translations, or books previously nominated for this award, are not eligible.

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 Pasado, Presente, y Futuro: Forty Years of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas

The University of Texas at Austin
February 25-27, 2010

The year 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the formal establishment of Mexican American Studies in the academy in <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas. Since the early 1970s, many approaches have been developed and employed in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies, some focusing on political economy, others on cultural studies, some focusing on the specificity of the Tejano experience, others focusing on how Texas fits into the larger experience of Mexican Americans in the United States and linkages to Mexico and Latin America. Chicana and Chicano Studies in <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas has drawn from many intellectual approaches and fields, and struggled to expand the definition of the academy, activism, and intellectual life.

The goal of the 2010 NACCS-Tejas Foco Regional Conference is to examine questions around a "<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Texas <st1:placetype w:st="on">School" of Chicana and Chicano Studies. We invite scholars of Chicana and Chicano Studies, members of NACCS, and the general public to submit proposals for papers, panels, or performances that engage the question of whether there is (or is not) a Texas-based approach to Chicana and Chicano Studies. Submissions may look at the past, present, and future of Chicana and Chicano Studies in <st1:state w:st="on">Texas to outline such a "<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Texas <st1:placetype w:st="on">School" of thought or may call into question the very idea of such a proposition. The conference will also consider whether there is more than one school of thought within <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Texas.

Proposals for papers, panels, or performances should include a 250-word abstract (maximum length) and must include full contact information. Paper proposals can come from individuals or co-authors. Panel proposals must list all participants who have agreed to serve on the panel. Performance proposals must provide technical requirements. The deadline for submissions is January 8, 2010.

All proposals must be submitted by e-mail attachment to Luis Guevara at lvg@mail.utexas.edu.



Interdisciplinarity Unbound: The State and Status of Chicana/o Studies in Texas

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will be site for the Tejas Foco Regional Conference, which will take place February 26 – 28, 2009. With a community-academy partnership, this conference promises to examine a multisided view of the issues affecting our community, as we look at the state and status of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas.

We call on all academics and interested individuals to submit presentations, performances, or exhibits for consideration.

This year’s regional conference will be an exciting and dynamic congregation of the alliances among our common interests.

Call for Papers, Presentations and Exhibits
Regional Conference

Submissions of papers, panels, workshops, and roundtable presentations that examine the past, current status, and future of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Tejas are requested. Focus may be on the (1) historical legacy and interdisciplinary trajectory of our discipline; (2) a critical examination and reflection of our interactions and relationships between Chicana and Chicano Studies and other Ethnic Studies programs, including, but not limited to, Latina and Latino Studies, African American Studies, and Native American Studies; and (3) given the organizational design in which our discipline has evolved, with its CMAS structure, and the affiliate approach to imparting disciplinary knowledge, we also encourage discussions about the ways in which our respective units are organized. All papers that engage the interdisciplinary topics of Chicana and Chicano Studies are welcome.

Please submit your proposals no later than January 5, 2008, to Marie.Miranda@utsa.edu or Josephine.MendezNegrete@utsa.edu. Acceptance notices will be sent via email by January 15, 2009. Questions should be sent to Marie “Keta” Miranda or Josephine Méndez-Negrete at the aforementioned emails.



Mi Educación es la Causa: Chicana and Chicano Pedagogy in the 21st Century

NACCS-Tejas Regional Conference
South Texas College, McAllen, Tejas
28 February - 1 March 2008

The 2008 NACCS Tejas foco regional conference steering committee is excited to announce that both Ms. Martha Cotera and Dr. Rodolfo Acuña have agreed to serve as keynote speakers. Both scholars will be discussing the past, present, and future of Chicana/o pedagogy.  Please join us in welcoming both scholars to our conference. 

<st1:date w:st="on" year="2008" day="14" month="1">Program for the regional conference is now available.

Send questions to Victor Gomez at vgomez@southtexascollege.edu  

Dr. Roberto R. Calderón
Department of History
P.O. Box 310650
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas 76203-0650
Phone: (940)369-8929
Fax: (940)369-8838
E-mail: beto@unt.edu


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