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Latinidad in a Globalized World

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Organizer: Luz Angélica Kirschner

Co-Organizer: Elisa Sampson Vera Tudela

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Scholars have challenged the democratic pretensions of the notion of Latinidad in the Americas and instead underlined its profoundly stratified and conflictive nature since the formation of colonial societies in the western hemisphere.  Seeking to promote an “unessential Latinidad” - or indeed ‘Latinidades’ - that can be a unifying force of coalition-building in struggles against racism, (hetero) sexism, nativism, ethnocentrism, radicalization of identities, religious intolerance, classism, etc. this interdisciplinary panel welcomes contributions from all fields that engage the historical and current challenges of ‘Latin’ identities in the 21st century.  
 
Papers may address, though not exclusively, the following subjects:

How do the experiences of rootlessness and multi-lingualism of Latin Americans of African, Asian, Indigenous American, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, or non-Catholic ancestries in the western hemisphere (as well as of US Latinx - Hispanics) speak to today’s contexts of migration and hybrid identities?
How do Latino/a writers from nations outside the US (e.g. Canada) engage with the stories and myths of what it means to be ‘American’ in the western hemisphere?  How far do other constructions of Latinidad around the globe contribute to complicate/transform/affirm discourses of Latinx (Hispanics) in the US?
How are Haiti, Spain, Portugal, the Philippines, and Brazil theorized within discourses of US Latinidad? Are Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad, Guyana, Surinam, and Belize, borrowing Juana María Rodríguez’s words, part of  “el mundo latino”?  What challenges and possibilities do their inclusion or exclusion delineate for Latinx Studies?
What role do advertising, marketing and the media play in the construction of a sense of Latinidad both in the US and globally? Does contemporary Latino/a engagement with this market mean a withdrawal from politics or is consumer citizenship possible?

 
 

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