2017 Conference Program

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Pre-Conference Event

7:00pm: Madison Theater, 1036 Madison Ave

Film Screening and Discussion:  Hija de la Laguna/Daughter of the Lake


Friday, March 3, 2017

2:00pm-4:00pm: Fine Arts 146

Conference opening

Keynote Speaker with Q&A: Prof. Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Rutgers U


4:30pm-6:00pm: Lecture Center 04

(Per)Forming Decolonial Resistance

Luis Paredes, PhD LACS (2015) 

Gabe Sanchez UAlbany


Saturday, March 4, 2017

9:30am-11:00am: Humanities 132

Public Policy and Imperial Undertones

Anyeline Mejia, UAlbany

“Negotiating the Cultural and Legal Boundaries of Blackness in the Dominican Republic”

Emma Mackey, San Diego State

Law 348: The Struggle to End Violence Against Women in Bolivia

Ildefonso Correas Apelanz, UAlbany

“Resolver, Bregar, Resistir: The Manichean World in the Relations of Cuba and the U.S.”


11:15pm-12:30pm: Humanities 133

LGBTQ Activism Here, There, and Everywhere

Gabby Santos- In Our Own Voices, an LGBTQ advocacy group in Albany

Cynthia Melendez, UConn

“Constructing Spaces of Queer Latinidad in Peru through Artivism and Testimonio”

Michael Stephens, Binghamton U

“Run to the Gully: Structural Escape of Jamaican Queer Communities under the Neoliberal Turn”


12:30pm-1:30pm: Lunch


1:30pm-2:45pm: Humanities 132

Rethinking Memories of (Internal) Colonialism

Katrina Abad, UAlbany

“Artistic Film Interpretation of Literary Piece: Yo fumo puros como mi abuela”

Jorge Juan Rodriguez V, Union Theological Seminary

The Gospel of Colonization: The U.S. Colonization of Puerto Rico as a Protestant Missionary Project”

Aminah Wallace, UAlbany

Re-mixing the Revolution: The Garvey Movement, The New Negro Movement and the Making of Contemporary Struggles”


3:00pm-4:00pm: Humanities 133

UAlbany LACS Faculty Plenary

Prof. Pedro Caban, Chair-Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

Prof. Glyne Griffith, Chair-Department of English

Prof. Ruth Felder, Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

Prof. Johana Londono, Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

Prof. Gabriel Hetland, Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies


5:00pm-6:00pm: Hudson River Coffee House, 227 Quail St, Albany

Keynote Performance: Denice Frohman


Call for Submissions-LACS Conference March 2017

Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies

Graduate Student Conference – Call for Submissions

University at Albany-SUNY,  March 3-4, 2017

Creative Revolution(s): Combating Hatred with Justice Across the Americas


All around us we are plagued by episodes of extreme violence and insane bigotry that are very disheartening.  We bear witness to attacks on marginalized identities in different contexts and circumstances that compel us to face our demons and confront the structural injustices that fuel such attacks.  In LACS and many humanities and social science (trans)disciplines, violence against people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and activists is something we focus on in our research and teaching with the hope of developing real solutions.  While we analyze and explore these instances and processes differently we must also see how they are related to one another to comprise a web of exclusion going back centuries.  For this conference we hope to develop dialogue(s) for understanding and tackling violence across the Americas from anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic, to the disappearance of students at Ayotzinapa, to attacks on Latinx immigrants in the U.S., and anything in between.  We are interested in academic presentations such as panels and workshops as well as more creative presentations such as visual art, performances, films, etc. We ask that proposal topics relate to conditions and/or struggles of people in Latin America, the Caribbean, and about Latinxs in the United States.

Some questions or issues we hope to touch upon in these dialogues include but is not limited to:

  • What types of logics and sentiments are at the core of modern bigotry and hatred?
  • What strategies have people developed to cope with and/or combat the violence of structural inequalities?
  • What are the institutions and power systems propagating discourses of exclusion and hatred?
  • How do struggles against marginalization in Latin America and the Caribbean inform and support similar struggles in the United States and vice versa?
  • How does a historical analysis of colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism assist in challenging those very processes?
  • How can the arts or more creative academic endeavors contribute to advancing ideals of inclusion and decolonization?

Featured Keynote Speakers:
Denice Frohman– award winning poet, educator, and lyricist exploring the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.  Famous for her performances on borders, language, and Latinx identity

Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel– Professor of Latino and Latin American Studies, Rutgers University. Author of The Coloniality of Diaspora: Rethinking Intra-Colonial Migrations in a Pan-Caribbean Context  

We invite all types of presentation formats including: panels, paper presentations, workshops, plenary, think tanks, posters, performances, art exhibitions, and other formats.  Please email 250-500 word abstract to lacsgradstudents@gmail.com.  Please refer to our website lacsgradstudents.wordpress.com  for more info. Conference Submissions Deadline: January 13, 2017

See PDF version: cfp-extension-lacs-conference-2017

Graduate Students in the Department of Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies at the University at Albany