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As we approach the end of 2017, the nation of Puerto Rico, including its diaspora, is still feeling the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, which cut a destructive path through the Island in late September.
The Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) is the only inter-disciplinary professional organization dedicated solely to the study of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in the United States.

Our biannual conference is scheduled for October 26-28, 2018 and will be held at Rutgers University. The conference will focus on the many challenges facing Boricuas in Puerto Rico and in the United States. We hope to bring together scholars, community leaders and artists to explore solutions.

Many young scholars face delays to their studies because of damage to colleges and universities caused by Hurricane Maria. Please contribute to the PRSA Graduate Student Travel Grant so that we can help subsidize the participation of graduate students in the biennial conference.

To contribute click HERE

Muchas Gracias,
William Vélez

Announcing our 2018 Biannual Conference

Navigating Insecurity: Crisis, Power, and Protest in Puerto Rican Communities

Hosted by the Latino Studies Research Initiative at Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Hold the date: October 26, 27, 28—2018; Arrival and Pre-conference event Thursday, October 25

A formal Call for Papers with deadlines will be issued soon. Submission deadline: Monday February 12, 2018

In the meantime, make sure you are on our email list, become a member, and join our Facebook page: http://prsa.uconn.edu/

Hotels: Heldrich Hotel & Rutgers University Inn (with priority to graduate students and Puerto Rico residents)

Local Arrangements Committee: Aldo Lauria Santiago, Lilia Fernandez (School of Arts and Sciences) and Juan Gonzalez (School of Communication and Information)

Local hosts: Rutgers Latino Studies Research Initiative and the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Latino Studies

Local co-sponsors:  Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Office of Diversity and Inclusion-New Brunswick Chancellor, Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies


Conference committee and local arrangements: Aldo Lauria Santiago, alauria@lcs.rutgers.edu

PRSA secretariat at El Instituto, University of Connecticut: Charles Santiago charles.venator@uconn.edu

PRSA President:  William Velez velez@uwm.edu

#ReBuildPR Symposium 2017

Hurricane Maria caused billions of dollars in damages to Puerto Rico and left 3.4 million island residents without power, potable water, and telecommunications. Recovery is estimated to take years. The question that many ask is “What can we do?” The response to the destruction and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico has been heartening and many support events, fundraising campaigns and other initiatives are under way; but there is so much more to do. More than ever, the Puerto Rican diaspora must play an important role, not just with the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the island and disaster relief for the American citizens of Puerto Rico, but also assist the thousands of people who are relocating to stateside communities.

On Saturday, October 28, meet with key leaders and academics of the Diaspora and Puerto Rico to explore ways how to help #ReBuildPR, not just in the emergency phase, but also in recovery and reconstruction.

See Symposium program here: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/events-news/events/conferences/puerto-ricopuerto-ricans/prsa-program

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-prsa-symposium-puerto-rico-puerto-ricans-prsa-critical-perspectives-on-puerto-rico-tickets-37888950872

Special Issue Centro Journal: Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico

This special issue of the Centro Journal entitled Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico will examine the economic, fiscal, political and unfolding humanitarian crises in Puerto Rico and impacts on stateside communities. Prospective authors are encouraged to present their research at the national conference co-sponsor by the Puerto Rican Studies Association and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies to be held October 28, 2017 at Hunter College in New York City.

More than a year after the enactment of PROMESA, this special issue focusses on the discussion of policy issues regarding Puerto Rico’s economic, fiscal, political and humanitarian crises from the perspective of stateside Puerto Ricans scholars. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Humanitarian crisis: poverty and social safety net, socioeconomic conditions, migration
  • Economic crisis: Jones Act of 1920, revitalization initiatives
  • Fiscal crisis: debt restructuring, PROMESA, fiscal reforms
  • Political crisis: plebiscites, elections, status, U.S. congress and Puerto Rico, diaspora engagement

Guest Editors: Edwin Melendez (Center for Puerto Rican Studies, New York) and Charles Venator (University of Connecticut, Storrs)

Submit 250-word abstract by October 16, 2017

Final Paper Deadline is November 20, 2017

Expected publication date for Centro Journal is Spring 2018

For publications guidelines: https://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/publications/submission-guidelines

Submitted works should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages, including notes and references.

To send submissions or for more information please contact: Charles Venator Santiago charles.venator@uconn.edu


2017 PRSA Symposium: Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans

Puerto Rican Studies Association


Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Avenue (119th Street), NYC
October 28, 2017


Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans PRSA will bring together stateside Puerto Rican academics to examine and gain a broader understanding of the economic, fiscal, political and unfolding humanitarian crises in Puerto Rico. Papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of the Centro Journal on Critical Perspectives on Puerto Rico.

This national conference, a collaboration between the Puerto Rican Studies Association and the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, is part of a series of conferences devoted to broaden our understanding of the economic crisis in Puerto Rico.

One year after the enactment of PROMESA, this conference will be a safe space for the discussion of policy issues regarding Puerto Rico’s economic, fiscal, political and humanitarian crises from the perspective of stateside Puerto Ricans scholars and other stakeholders.

The Puerto Rican diaspora has engaged in a solidarity movement that is unprecedented in our history, and Centro and the PRSA are playing a unique convening, informational, and documentarian role in the process. The conference will provide a unique forum for discussion and education for a broad group of stakeholders. Papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication by the Centro Journal and will serve as a guide toward a deeper understanding of the concerns and interests of the Puerto Rican people and other stakeholders.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Humanitarian crisis: poverty and social safety net, socioeconomic conditions, migration
  • Economic crisis: Jones Act of 1920, revitalization initiatives
  • Fiscal crisis: debt restructuring, PROMESA, fiscal reforms
  • Political crisis: plebiscites, elections, status, U.S. congress and Puerto Rico, diaspora engagement

Deadline for submission of proposals for papers or panels: October 14, 2017

Please send proposals to: Charles Venator Santiago charles.venator@uconn.edu

Conference Registration is available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-prsa-symposium-puerto-rico-puerto-ricans-prsa-critical-perspectives-on-puerto-rico-tickets-37888950872

To become a PRSA Member: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-puerto-rican-studies-association-annual-membership-tickets-5239680024

Conference hotel (Rates TBA): Courtyard by Marriott New York Manhattan/Upper East Side, 410 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

PRSA Executive Council Statement on Charlottesville and White Supremacist Violence

The Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) Executive Council (EC) condemns the acts of terrorism perpetrated by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017. Like many, we are concerned by increasing white supremacist intimidation and violence in the United States. The PRSA EC reiterates its commitment to actively working toward the eradication of racism through education and community engagement. We will continue to support scholars, activists, and artists working to challenge racial hierarchies and structures of inequality within the United States, Puerto Rico, and around the globe.

As an association concerned with Puerto Rico and its diaspora, we especially wish to denounce the actions of those who participated in the brutal assault on De’Andre Harris, a Black educator and activist. Particularly a Puerto Rican man who admitted to participating in the assault, but repeatedly suggested he could not be racist because he is Puerto Rican. Unfortunately, this is a line of thinking with which we are all too familiar. As an association, the PRSA EC will continue to promote scholarship that examines anti-Black racism within Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora. We must be attentive to the ways in which histories of slavery, colonization, and spatial segregation have created and consolidated anti-Black and white supremacist ideologies within the Puerto Rican community that result in the kinds of violence we witnessed in Charlottesville.

We stand with those demanding that monuments to white supremacy be taken down. We support those taking to the streets to send the message that racism and fascism will be resisted and we applaud those fighting for a better and more inclusive future.

Convocatoria IV Coloquio Internacional Latinos en los Estados Unidos

Convocatoria IV Coloquio Internacional Latinos en los Estados Unidos


La Casa de las Américas, a través de su Programa de Estudios sobre Latinos en los Estados Unidos, convoca a su cuarto Coloquio Internacional bajo la temática de Socialización de Latinos en los Estados Unido: educación, religión y medios masivos de comunicación, del 16 al 18 de octubre de 2017. En esta ocasión el encuentro versará sobre los procesos de socialización que influyen en la relación del migrante y de los hijos del mismo con la sociedad estadounidense.

Se reflexionará acerca de la perspectiva del latino en los Estados Unidos como sujeto social inmerso en nuevos espacios de socialización que generan procesos educativos formales que constituyen rupturas en el establishment de esa sociedad, siendo al mismo tiempo partícipes de otros de carácter informal y que se sustentan en agentes como las religiones y sus instituciones, los medios de comunicación y las redes sociales en Internet, así como la música, el deporte; áreas que también deseamos visibilizar y hacer objeto de análisis.

El Coloquio, consecuente con la promesa de su edición anterior de provocar un espacio de acción con la presencia de personas de origen latinoamericano y caribeño vinculadas a las artes, las letras y las ciencias sociales y humanísticas, mantiene la perspectiva de acción dirigida a los enlaces, redes, comunidades y gestores de espacios en los que se eduque y se genere socialización.

Se proponen como ejes temáticos centrales los siguientes:
1. Socialización de Latinos en los Estados Unidos.
2. Procesos educativos para Latinos en los Estados Unidos: estudiantes indocumentados y espacios de formación no formal
3. Esfera pública, imágenes y representaciones de latinos desde los medios masivos.
4. Música y socialización.
5. Las religiones y sus instituciones como espacios para la socialización de Latinos en los Estados Unidos

Además centraremos una de las sesiones de trabajo al análisis de la historia de la migración cubana hacia los Estados Unidos, la inserción de los cubanos y los cubanoamericanos dentro de las comunidades latinas, la influencia de los nuevos escenarios Cuba- EE.UU., y realizaremos un homenaje a la artis cubana Ana Mendieta.

Los interesados podrán presentar ponencias individuales o paneles. En cualquiera de los dos casos deberán seguir las siguientes indicaciones:

– Antes del 20 de julio de 2017 deberá estar en nuestro poder un resumen de 250 palabras, con el título de la ponencia y el nombre y apellidos del/a autor/a y la institución a la que pertenece.

– La extensión de las ponencias no será mayor de 15 cuartillas mecanografiadas a doble espacio, lo que equivale a 20 minutos de lectura oral.

– Las/os participantes deberán traer junto con el texto impreso de su ponencia, en el que emplearán las normas internacionales para notas, citas y bibliografía, el texto en una memoria flash o un CD-ROM.

Para facilitar su traslado y estancia en Cuba contacte a su Agencia de Viajes o diríjase a:

3ª y G, El Vedado, La Habana, 10 400, Cuba,
(537) 838-2706/09, extensión 129. Fax: (537) 834-4554



First Call Up for the IV International Colloquium on Latinos in the United States

Casa de las Américas, through its Program on Latinos in the United States Studies, announces its Fourth International Colloquium on the theme Socialization of Latinos in the United States: education, religion and mass media to be held from the 16th until the 18th of October, 2017. On this occasion the meeting intends to produce a thorough debate regarding the socialization processes that influence the relationship between migrants and their children in the American society.

Participants will reflect on the perspectives Latinos in the United States as social subjects immerse in new socialization spaces that create formal educational processes that constitute breakpoints in the establishment of American society while being at the same time participants of informal processes that are substantiated by other socializing agents such as religions and their institutions, the media and social networks on the Internet, as well as music, sports; areas that we also want to highlight in order to make them objects of analysis.

The Colloquium, consistent with the promise of its previous edition of causing a space of action with the presence of people with Latin American and Caribbean origin linked to the arts, literature and social sciences and humanities, preserves the perspective of action directed to links, networks, communities and managers of spaces were education processes are held and socialization is brought up.

The following are proposed as central themes:

1.  Socialization of Latinos in the United States.

2.  Educative processes for Latinos in the United States: undocumented students and informal educational spaces.

3.  Public sphere, image and representation of Latinos in mass media.

4.  Music and socialization.

5.  Religions and their institutions as spaces for socialization of Latinos in the United States.

In addition, one of the working sessions will be dedicated to discuss the history of Cuban emigration to the United States, the insertion of Cubans and Cuban Americans in the Latino communities, the influence of the new scenarios in Cuba-U.S. relations and tribute will be paid to the life and work of the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta.


Interested in taking part in the Colloquium may submit individual papers or panels. In either case the following guidelines should be followed:

*   An abstract of no more than 250 words should be submitted before July 20th, 2017 with the title and name of the author and institution of origin.

*   The extension of the papers will not exceed 15 pages, double-spaced which is equivalent to 20 minutes of oral reading.

*   Participants should bring along with the printed text of their presentations, making use of the international standards for notes, citation and bibliography, the original text in digital format in a flash memory or a CD-ROM.


To facilitate your transfer and stay in Cuba, please contact your travel agent or:

3ª y G, El Vedado, La Habana, 10 400, Cuba,
Telephone: (537) 838-2706/09, ext. 129. Fax: (537) 834-4554

Emails: latinos@casa.cult.cu<http://www.casa.cult.cu/centroinvestigaciones/eventos/2015/latinos/convocatoria.html>; www.casadelasamericas.org<http://www.casadelasamericas.org/>