Puerto Rican Studies
2nd Biennial Symposium
Rutgers University – Newark Campus
October 18, 2013
9:30 – 4:00
Shifting Territories and Geohistorical Locations of Puertorriqueñidad: In and Beyond Place
Please join us at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Symposium and Business Meeting
Rutgers University Robeson Multipurpose Room (2nd. Floor), 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Newark, New Jersey
Demographic shifts in the new millennium prompt us to consider how Boricuas and other border crossers inform our understanding of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and other latinidades. The temporal and spatial reconfigurations of sites that once served as identifiers of puertorriqueñidad enable increasingly fluid community formations. These community formations, in turn, trigger a reconsideration of the trope of the “nation-divided” (trans-nation, ethno-nation, nation on the move, etc) as well as of the complex and vexing politics of colonialism and nationalism(s), whether local or transnational, within the context of major hemispheric shifts.
This coming fall, PRSA will bring together scholars to address the shifting territorialities of puertorriqueñidad by examining the socio-cultural elements (factors) sustaining these new demographic configurations. Taking as a point of departure the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the city of Newark, cultural critics, community leaders, ethnographers, and historians will meet to discuss how Puerto Ricanness is lived and articulated in and beyond traditional notions of locality and place.
2nd Biennial Symposium Panels:
Emma Amador, University of Michigan
Wilson Valentín, Hampshire College
Erica Dávila, Arcadia University
Jason Cortés, Rutgers University
Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Rutgers U
Yesenia Lopéz, Puerto Rican Community Archive, Newark Public Library
Ana Yolanda Ramos, Baruch College, CUNY
Maria Vizcarrondo, Executive VP of Vazquez Health Advisors, LLC
Arlene Torres, Hunter College, CUNY
PRSA Business Meeting
The PRSA will also conduct our yearly business meeting during the symposium. While this meeting is for the membership, the public is welcomed to attend and find out more information about the association’s ongoing projects and future plans.
The Sponsoring Institutions and Symposium Site
The Puerto Rican Studies Association was founded to help promote scholarship in the field and offer a place for its scholars to come together. The Association hosts both a biennial symposium and conference in different locations throughout the United States. We maintain a list-serve for the dissemination of news of interest to the membership. We encourage students, scholars, activists, and others with interests in the island and its people to join and actively participate in the PRSA.
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers-Newark is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking and Lusophone worlds, as well as Latina/o populations in the United States. Our faculty’s scholarship emerges from academic research and a commitment to engagement with a broad public on campus and in surrounding communities. In their research and teaching, they explore topics such as Latino/a culture and literature, Latino bilingualism, Bilingual language acquisition, Latin American and Caribbean literatures, Catalan literature, Feminist and Queer theory, Oral histories of the Ironbound, Performance studies, and Spanish and Basque linguistics.
Graduate Program in American Studies and the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers-Newark
Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative at CUNY
For more information, please contact:
Arlene Torres at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jason Cortés at email@example.com
Aug 15, 2013, 7:53 PM