2019 Biennial PRSA Symposium Graduate Student Workshop

Call for Participants: PRSA Graduate Student Workshop

The University of Texas at Austin

October 25, 2019

In line with the Puerto Rican Studies Association’s 2019 symposium theme, “Puerto Rican Studies at 50: Engaging the Past and Building the Future of U.S. Ethnic Studies,” we will be organizing a pre-symposium workshop geared towards graduate students working on dissertation projects that represent the future of Puerto Rican studies and ethnic studies scholarship. It is our hope that the PRSA will continue to be an organizational home for junior scholars producing cutting-edge work in the ethnic studies tradition.

As part of the workshop, students will have an opportunity to share a written work-in-progress (dissertation chapter or journal article) with an assigned faculty mentor and receive feedback. In addition to one-on-one mentorship opportunities, students will also be able to present in a small panel setting and receive additional feedback from peers and faculty in attendance.


A small cohort of students will be selected on a competitive basis to participate in the workshop and will be given travel grants to help defray the cost of attendance. We hope to award approximately five travel grants to graduate student participants. Students must be ABD (past comps/exams) at the time of the workshop in order to participate. Students may apply to both the symposium and the workshop, but students selected to present their work at the workshop will not be assigned to panels at the symposium.


To be considered for a spot in the graduate student workshop, please send the following for consideration: 1) a  C.V. and 2) 1000 word (max) abstract describing your dissertation project or the work in progress you hope to present, and your contribution to the fields of Puerto Rican and Ethnic Studies.


The deadline for submissions is August 1, 2019. Upon acceptance, participants will be required to pay their membership dues and register for the symposium.

2019 Biennial PRSA Symposium Graduate Student Workshop

PRSA Membership

The Sponsoring Institutions and Symposium Site:

The Puerto Rican Studies Association was founded in 1992 to promote scholarship on the Puerto Rican experience and is currently the most important academic and professional association addressing the Puerto Rican experience. Membership is open to the public and it currently boasts one of the largest memberships of Puerto Rican scholars in the United States. For more information please visit the PRSA website: https://prsa.uconn.edu/.

The mission of the UT Austin Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies is to create a new generation of scholars, practitioners, and activists to research and analyze the life, history, and culture of Mexican-origin and Latina/o (Central, Caribbean, and South American) populations within the state of Texas, the United States, and their diasporas. Our academic program centralizes the interdisciplinary study of peoples’ movement along the Mesoamerican migration corridor that runs from the tip of the Southern Cone, through Texas, and into Canada. In addition, the field of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies historicizes the significance of centuries-old Indigenous and African migrations to the Americas. At the forefront of innovation, MALS faculty and affiliates are leaders in the study of immigration, race, gender, sexuality, social class, and health science humanities.

Other sponsors include:

The Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin