Latinos and Latinas and the Shifting Meaning of Citizenship in the United States: A Call for Proposals
Call for Papers Deadline:
Latino Studies, a new interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, invites proposals for a special issue on Latinos and Latinas and citizenship in the United States. The purpose of this special issue is to explore and highlight the contribution of the diverse experiences of U.S. Latinos and Latinas to the debates on the changing meaning and social value of citizenship in the United States. Successful proposal writers will be invited to submit papers for discussion at a workshop/conference to be held at the University of Illinois in April, 2003.
The following are some of the assumptions guiding this call:
Latinos’ contemporary experience of citizenship is rooted in a variety of historical encounters and legacies--from conquest and colonialism, to the consequences of U.S. intervention and hemispheric dominance, since the Monroe Doctrine of 1823.
The political status of Latinos and Latinas ranges from naturalized and native-born citizens, to exiles, immigrants, legal residents, and undocumented workers, with every conceivable linkage to the modern state today. Yet this is seldom taken into consideration in academic and policy-related discussions concerning the changing meaning(s) of citizenship for Latino and Latinas in the U.S.
The aim of the proposed workshop is to examine the above assumptions and other political and cultural issues from a variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. Among the questions to be addressed are:
How has the experience of Latinas and Latinos contributed to the development of citizenship in the United States?
How has the post 9/11-assault on civil liberties altered Latinas' and Latinos' understanding of citizenship and access to social rights?
What is the relevance of the Latino experience for the articulation of social change in the contemporary U.S. context?
How do race, class, gender, sexuality, age, shape and differentiate the experience of citizenship for Latinas and Latinos in the United States?
Please send proposals no longer than 5 pages addressing any of the above issues, by December 10, 2002, by email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org; Alternatively, please mail a hard copy together with a diskette to:
Editor, LATINO STUDIES Latin American and Latino Studies Program
University of Illinois, Chicago (M/C 219)
601 South Morgan Street; U-H 1527
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312 996 2281 Email: email@example.com
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