NACCS 2021

Call For Papers • Online Conference

submissions due October 15

Love in the Time of La Corona

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In the polymorphous and simultaneous contexts of a global pandemic, economic collapse, increasing political conflict, and ongoing police violence that have disproportionately stricken Black and Brown communities, the work we do in Chicana/o/x Studies — our activism, relationships of solidarity, support, and mutual advocacy — has never been more urgent or more urgently needed. Many of us now move between virtual and literal spaces of family, friends, public protest, artistic media, and academia, struggling to find ways to bring our shared commitments to justice, equality, decolonization, and more to each of those spaces. Many of us have also now been stuck at home, isolated and only tenuously connected electronically to the outside world, as the pandemic has shrunk the horizons of what is possible in a world of disease, panic, risk, and anxiety. The COVID-19 public health crisis has made evident the multiple contexts of systemic inequality— structural racism, sexism, and homophobia; job loss, precarity and illness; collapsing state services and political failure; and the terrifying rise of reactionary forces bearing deadly weapons in the streets. We want to act in ways that will effect meaningful change, while at the same time attempting to care for those we love, including ourselves. It is hard to find safety and care in our new, horrible world. 

We invite you to write about how the multiplicity challenges triggered by the COVID-19 public health crisis have affected our communities, ourselves, and our relations with others, including our colleagues, our families, our loved ones, and our communities. How are we resisting and adjusting to the new COVID-19 reality? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on our mental and physical health and well-being? How is the pandemic undermining the standing of Chicana/o/x Studies programs and scholarly employment, with university furloughs, lay-offs, and terminations based on decreased budgets? What will this mean for the putative future(s) of Chicana/o/x Studies? For our livelihoods? For the promises of higher education for our students? For our varied communities? How has this pandemic moment revealed the buried understructure of inequality, professional decomposition, the academic fetish for the fashionable and novelty, and the rotten core of university politics?

The 2021 NACCS conference invites us to come together to hash things out as we have always done—sharing our work, debating, disagreeing, re-connecting—to find ways of deepening old alliances and forging new ones as we work to move forward through this incredibly challenging time in which there are no easy answers, except perhaps for the knowledge that the struggle continues anew, now more than ever.

Although we cannot come together in a shared physical space this year, we do have new opportunities for connecting and bringing people together who normally cannot travel to the annual conference.  We will be offering panels, workshops, plenaries, and cultural events through mixed synchronous and asynchronous programming.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  •   How do we continue to love in a pandemic? (sexual, social, cultural)
  •   Narratives of disease and dis/ease (historic and contemporary)
  •   Narratives of contagion and containment (historic and contemporary)
  •   The Socio-Cultural Politics of Pandemics 
  •   Comparative Pandemics (AIDS, Tuberculosis, Syphilis, Typhoid, SARS, COVID-19)
  •   Disease as Metaphor (following Sontag)
  •   Chicana/o/x Personal and Professional Narratives of COVID-19 (Our Own Stories)
  •   Disparate Impacts of COVID-19 on Black and Brown Communities
  •   Pandemic Spectacle(s)
  •   The Failure of the US Imperial Health Surveillance State in the face of COVID-19 (CDC, HHS, etc.)
  •   Máscara Rara: The Mask as Politicized Symbol
  •   The New Vocabulary of Pandemic Jargon: PPE, R0, 2019-nCoV, N95, ECMO, Fomite, etc. 
  •   The Extrajudicial State-Sanctioned Murder of George Floyd: The Actualization of Pandemic Public Protest
  •   The Extrajudicial State-Sanctioned Murder of George Floyd as Symbol 
  •   The 2020 Presidential Election: Optics, Strategies, Necessities
  •   Historic and Contemporary Police Violence against Black and Brown communities
  •   State-sanctioned assassination of citizens and subjects of color (historic and/or contemporary)
  •   Cancel Culture in an Age of Resurgent Fascism
  •   Chicana/o/x film and documentary
  •   “Woke” as Tool, “Woke” as Weapon
  •   Impending, Present, Past and Emergent White Fascism(s) in the United States
  •   Decolonizing the Academy
  •   The Multiple and Simultaneous Crises of the Academy in the face of the Pandemic
  •   Possible Futures of Chicana/o/x Studies in an era of institutional contraction and retrenchment
  •   Remote Teaching and Chicana/o/x Studies (technological, pedagogical, practical)
  •   Chicana/o/x Faculty and Students: teaching, access, support in an uncertain time
  •   Self-Care for Chicana/o/x peoples (individuals, communities, collectives)
  •   Pandemic-induced Economic Crises and their Effects on Chicana/o/x communities and individuals
  •   Environmental Racism and Degradation
  •   Chicana/o/x K-12/online/homeschooling during a pandemic
  •   Racial Justice in Healthcare and Health Delivery
  •   Chicana/o/x Resistance Art Forms (multi-genre)
  •   Online Activism
  •   The Collapse of the US Imperial State and its effects on Chicana/o/x peoples and communities
  •   The Hardening of the Border in a Pariah State
  •   Resurgent White Supremacy (multiple focal points)

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