Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. South:
Immigration, Integration, and Identity
A Conference and Call for Proposals
Deadline: November 15, 2009
Latino Studies, in cooperation with the University of Alabama, invites proposals for a special issue on Latinas and Latinos in the U.S. South, with a general focus on inter-ethnic/inter-racial relations. The purpose of this special issue is to explore and highlight the growing social, political and cultural significance of Latinos in the region referred to as the Nuevo New South.
Successful proposal writers will be invited to submit article-length papers and participate in a conference and workshop to be held at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, on February 19-20, 2010.
The aim of the proposed conference and special issue of the Journal is to examine historical and contemporary issues related to the experiences of the growing population of Latino/as in the Nuevo New South, and to explore the changing nature of racial and ethnic relations in the region, from a broad variety of theoretical and disciplinary perspectives. In addition to documenting the presence of Latino/as in the South, this conference aims to address such questions as:
∗ To what extent is the growing presence of Latinas and Latinos contributing to change the political, socio-economic and cultural life in the U.S. South?
∗ In what ways is the presence of Latinos and Latinas impacting on traditional race relations and meaning(s) of race and blackness in the South?
∗ How do Latina and Latino experiences in the Nuevo New South compare to those in other regions of the U.S.? Is such a comparison useful?
∗ To what extent and in what ways have governments, business leaders and other community sectors in the Nuevo South, embraced or rejected the growing Latino populations at the local level?
Co-sponsored by the University of Alabama, Latino Studies, and John Jay College (CUNY), this conference is open to the public and will bring together leading scholars and community organizers in the US South. It will take place at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Please send proposals no longer than 5 pages by email attachment to Suzanne Oboler, Editor, Latino Studies, at email@example.com. The deadline for submission is November 15, 2009.
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