Call for Papers: Social Movements

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    María Gil Poisa
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    TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY’S FOURTH HISPANIC STUDIES ANNUAL GRADUATE CONFERENCE

    Translating Social Movements

    Friday March 21 – Saturday March 22 2014

    The relationship between intellectual discourse and grassroots social movements has long been a contentious and conflictive one, but it is also one that has been shaped by mutual interaction. Just as the production of knowledge has formed and informed the direction of social movements, so have social movements themselves shaped the direction of intellectual activity throughout the years. In our global times, we are witnessing the explosion of social movements that operate outwith the traditional modes of representational politics that has defined western modernity. So-called global justice movements such as Occupy, the Spanish indignados and Non-Governmental Organizations, local movements of a political nature such as the Zapatistas and MST, or trans-national ones such as the Arab Spring, global networks of commercial insurgency and crime, such as represent the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, even the expansion of religious and cultural fundamentalisms. As a border zone where, in the words of Gloria Anzaldúa, the third world grates against the first and bleeds, Texas is intersected by many such types of movements, by what Toni Negri calls the movement of movements.

    The 4th Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference seeks to take an interdisciplinary approach to the conditions which concern the translatability of such movements, movements which often exceed and challenge the apparatuses which try to understand, control or intervene in them. Such approaches may include, but are not limited to, any of the following intersections:

    Cultural treatments of social movements past or present, whether in the plastic arts, literature, film or music

    Linguistic approaches which may include, but are not limited to, translating the needs of particular social groups

    The relationship between academic knowledge and social movements, in fields such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology or political sciences

    The role of history and the complexity of historicizing social movements

    Perspectives from ethnic and racial, queer, gender and/or indigenous studies.

    Keynote Speakers:  Glenn Martínez (linguist, Ohio State University) and Cristina Rivera Garza (writer, University of California San Diego).

    SUBMISSIONS: Participants may submit either panel proposals or individual paper submissions. Panel proposals should include the proposed name of the panel, the organizer, and individual paper abstracts for each presenter. Abstracts for individual papers should be of no more than 250 words and include the participant’s affiliation. Please send your proposals for panels or individual papers by January 15th 2014 to María Gil Poisa, at mariapoisa@neo.tamu.edu.

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