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Call for Proposals

August 31, 2008

El Mundo Zurdo: The First International Conference
on the Work and Life of Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Sponsored by The Society for the Study of Gloria E. Anzaldúa (SSGA)

May 14-17, 2009 at the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Society for the Study of Gloria E. Anzaldúa seeks submission of proposals for papers, panels of 3-4 papers, roundtables, workshops, or performances for its First International Conference on the work and life of Gloria E. Anzaldúa on the fifth anniversary of her passing. Special Events: A visit to Gloria’s home town and her final resting place in Hargill, Texas, is scheduled for Friday May 15, 2009. We will need an early head count so that we can arrange transportation and a visit to the University of Texas at Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, Gloria’s alma mater, for lunch and a session with the leadership of the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Legacy Project.

We welcome proposals involving all facets of Anzaldúa’s life and work. The following tracks are merely suggested conceptual groupings for panel and performance presentations:

· BORDERS—explorations of border theory, borderlands ethos and other concepts of Anzaldúan thought focused on this key concept of her work
· QUEER STUDIES—el mundo zurdo and the atravesados, key to Anzaldúa’s thinking and application of her philosophical work
· EDUCATION—pedagogical concerns surrounding her literary and philosophical works. Some questions that may arise: what are some challenges of teaching Anzaldúa? How does Anzaldúa’s thought apply to teaching?
· INTERNATIONAL AND TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES—What is the status of Anzaldúa studies at the international level?
· SPIRITUALITY—Explorations of Anzaldúa’s spiritual teachings.

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