Mapping Geographies of Self: Woman as First Environment (July 30th -August 2, 2014)
Northern New Mexico College // Española, New Mexico
Call for Papers Announcement
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) invites submissions for its annual Summer Institute to be held this year at Northern New Mexico College in Española, NM from July 30-August 2, 2014. This year’s theme is “Mapping Geographies of Self: Woman as First Environment.” MALCS invites conference participants to submit proposals for papers, workshops, posters, and performances that relate to this year’s theme.
Española, New Mexico is ninety miles from Albuquerque to the El Rito campus of Northern New Mexico College. To the West is the Rio Grande; to the East are the Sandia and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. These mountains cradle the entire route as it snakes North into the geographic landscape of northern New Mexico. Four sacred peaks mark this landscape, tracing P’o (water and time). Etched into the countless volcanic rocks surrounding the trails of the North are millions of images recording time immemorial –histories of the Old Ones and the Mother from whom they emerged. She is the origin; she is the first environment. While this concept is not particular to northern New Mexico, to the Southwest or to the Americas, it is a critical component of our experiences and our stories as Chicana, Afro-Latina, Asian- Latina, and Indigenous women.
Northern New Mexico has remained a rural and heavily agricultural area of the U.S. Southwest. Consequently, farming and sustainability are key elements of our lifeways. At the same time it has also engaged in the complexities of technological and health advances that have driven the U.S. economy. We are a sited people, whose spirit of place influences our work, our art, our communities, our lives. Attentive to Nambi Nava (our land), mind, body and spirit and carrying on the tradition of Las Vegas, New Mexico partera Doña Jesusita Aragón, we choose “Mapping Geographies of Self: Women as the First Environment” for the 2014 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute theme. We bring together Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept “the geography of self” and Mohawk activist and mid-wife Katsi Cook’s “woman is the first environment.”
We invite proposals focused on, but not necessarily limited to, the following topics:
Health (physical and emotional)
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health (STEM-H)
Trauma (physical and emotional)
Knowledge in the Digital Age
Education, Literacies, and Critical Pedagogies
Migration and Technology
Healing, Religion, Spirituality and Indigenous World Views
Access and Inequality
Identities, Hybridity, Intersectionality and Invisibility
Power, Community, Social Activism and Decolonial Politics
Latinas & Indígenas in Transnational and Global Contexts
Theater and Social Performance
Research Focused on Underrepresented Populations in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Health/Medicine
Gender, Sexualities, Queer and Trans Movements and Belonging
Support Networks and Best Practices
All materials must be electronically submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 15, 2014
Notifications of acceptance will be made by April 30, 2014
Questions about the submission process may be sent to: email@example.com
Proposals must include the following:
1) 100-word abstract suitable for publication in the conference program book
2) 250-word proposal narrative
Submissions for Panels must include proposals and abstracts for each paper
and the name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and affiliation of each participant
3) Audio/visual needs
4) Contact person’s name, address, phone number(s), e-mail address, and
affiliation (if applicable)
Mapping Geographies of Self: Woman as First Environment
July 30th-August 2, 2014
Northern New Mexico College
Española, New Mexico
It is ninety miles from Albuquerque to the El Rito campus of Northern New Mexico College. To the West is the Rio Grande; to the East are the Sandia and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. These mountains cradle the entire route as it snakes North into the geographic landscape of northern New Mexico. Four sacred peaks mark this landscape, tracing P’o (water and time). Etched into the countless volcanic rocks surrounding the trails of the North are millions of images recording time immemorial –histories of the Old Ones and the Mother from whom they emerged. She is the origin; she is the first environment. While this concept is not particular to northern New Mexico, to the Southwest or to the Americas, it is a critical component of our experiences and our stories as Chicana, Afro-Latina, Asian- Latina, and Indigenous women.
Northern New Mexico has remained a rural and heavily agricultural area of the U.S. Southwest. Consequently, farming and sustainability are key elements of our lifeways. At the same time it has also engaged in the complexities of technological and health advances that have driven the U.S. economy. We are a sited people, whose spirit of place influences our work, our art, our communities, our lives. Attentive to Nambi Nava (our land), mind, body and spirit and carrying on the tradition of Las Vegas, New Mexico partera Doña Jesusita Aragón, we choose “Mapping Geographies of Self: Women as the First Environment” for the 2014 Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social Summer Institute theme. We bring together Gloria Anzaldúa’s concept “the geography of self” and Mohawk activist and mid-wife Katsi Cook’s “woman is the first environment.” This framing will allow us to engage in conversations regarding agriculture, gender, sexuality, health (physical and emotional), sustainability practices, Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health (STEM-H) and trauma (physical and emotional). Within each of these subjects, there are myriad possibilities for exploration and discussion. We think of our identities as synergetic – like the braiding of air, land, water. As has been done for thousands of years, we will join the migrations of many; respect the places of emergence of all. With our voices, our bodies, our spirit, and our work, we will transform, inspire and empower one another. We look forward to working together as we develop the Summer 2014 Institute.
** Call for papers will be send out in Jan, 2014. Keep an eye out!!!
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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2013 MALCS TORTUGA AWARD
History of Tortuga Award
The Tortuga Award originated in 2004 when Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) recognized the need to formally acknowledge the tremendous professional accomplishments and contributions of its members. Annually, this award is given to a MALCS member who has used her expertise, experience and commitment to support and advance the MALCS mission. The Tortuga Award is a token of appreciation for making MALCS a stronger organization.
Previous recipients include Ada Sosa-Riddell, Elisa Facio, Norma Alarcon, Inés Talamantes, Karen Mary Davalos, Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, and Gloria Cuádraz, scholars and administrators whose work has made a difference in their respective academic and administrative fields, whose work has cleared the educational path for many women of color, whose work established and stabilized MALCS.
Annually, there are two awards that are presented at our annual MALCS Institute. The first award acknowledging the work of a local person is nominated and determined by the Institute Site Committee. The Site Committee determines the criterion for nomination. The second award acknowledges the work of a MALCS member and is determined by the Executive Committee. This year marks the second year for this nomination process.
Nominations for MALC Tortuga Award
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) invites nominations for the 2013 Tortuga Award. The award recognizes the achievements, and contributions of members of MALCS. To ensure the special quality of the award, the nominee must be a member of MALCS. Nominations can only come from MALCS members.
The nomination must be limited to the nominee’s CV, a two-page letter of nomination describing how the candidate meets the criterion, and two additional letters of support written by other MALCS members.
To be considered for the Tortuga Award, nominating letters should speak to these criteria:
1. A commitment to interdisciplinary Chicana, Latina, Afro-Latina, Native American and Indigenous feminist scholarship, cultural productions, and activism (belief in the scholar-activist model).
2. A member’s history of involvement and significant contribution to the MALCS organization.
The deadline for nominations is July 10th. Please submit an electronic nomination packet (CV, nomination letter, and two letters of support) to Marivel Danielson, MALCS Membership Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions regarding the process may be addressed to Lupe Gallegos-Diaz at email@example.com.Filed under Announcements, General News, MALCS Summer Institute | Comment (0)
MALCS Executive Committee Officer Elections to be held at the 2013 Summer Institute
At this year’s Summer Institute, we will elect officers for four positions on the organization’s Executive Committee: chairperson elect, treasurer, recording secretary, membership coordinator. We will also be electing three at-large representatives for the Coordinating Committee. With the exception of the Chairperson-elect, who serves a three-year term (Chairperson-elect, Chair, Ex-Officio), all elected officers serve two-year terms.
We invite all members to participate in the elections this year and to consider running for office. MALCS needs your energy, talent, and skills! Given the considerable leadership experience among our membership, we hope that elections will showcase this wealth.
Currently, our Nominations Committee is composing a slate of candidates for the election. Members may also self-nominate. Below, please find descriptions for each of the positions up for election.
If you have any questions, you may contact any member of the Nominations Committee (Ella Diaz, Brenda Sendejo, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, Monica F. Torres, Lupe Gallegos-Diaz) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please submit a statement of interest to Nominations Committee at email@example.com by Monday, July 1, 2013. The statement should be one-paragraph introduction (no more than 250 words) and should articulate your interest in and qualifications for serving MALCS in this position.
Candidate statements will be distributed to members in advance of the Business Meeting at the 2013 Summer Institute at OSU.
MALCS Executive and Coordinating Committees: Position Descriptions
Election to this position means a three-year commitment on the MALCS Executive Committee–as chair-elect, chair, and ex-officio. The Chairperson-elect shall
- support the chair in the implementation of the policies and procedures of the organization;
- assume the duties of the Chairperson, in the absence of the Chairperson;
- in consultation with the webjefa and communications team, be responsible for making recommendations to the Executive Committee on editorial policy, publishing and functionality of the MALCS’ digital presence and for working with webjefa and communications team to assure implementation of said decisions;
- be responsible for promoting MALCS’ digital publications and recruiting writers for those publications;
- call a meeting of the Executive Committee for the purpose of determining whether the Chairperson is unwilling or unable to perform the duties of the Chair; such a meeting must be called in writing with no less than five (5) days notice, and only when the Chair-Elect has a good cause to believe that the Chairperson is unable or unwilling to perform the duties of the Chair;
- assume the duties of Chairperson if so directed by the Executive Committee;
- assume the office of Chairperson when the Chairperson’s term expires.
The Treasurer shall
- in collaboration with the Administrative Coordinator, regularly review, report, and reconcile financial documents and statements for the organization;
- in consultation with the Administrative Coordinator, advise and consult with the Executive Committee regarding budgetary constraints, financial policy, audits, development strategies and activities;
- make recommendations on all routine and non-routine financial matters;
- review any items or requests with financial implications that are made to the National Office, Executive Committee and/or Coordinating Committee;
- chair the Funds Development Committee;
- in the absence of Chair, Chair-Elect, the Ex-Officio, the treasurer will facilitate meetings.
The Recording Secretary shall
- keep the minutes of all regular and special meetings of the Executive Committee, Coordinating Committee, and national business meeting;
- distribute minutes to the Executive Committee and the membership within (30) days after adjournment of each meeting;
- in collaboration with the Chair, prepare the agenda for all meetings;
- compile, organize, and deliver all documents to Administrative Coordinator and to the MALCS archives at UCLA;
- collect and keep contact information on chapters, caucuses, officers and awards.
The Membership Coordinator shall
- conduct a yearly membership drive before the Summer Institute;
- in collaboration the Communications Committee and Webjefa, be responsible for making recommendations to the Executive Committee on the uses and functionality of the listservs and email lists and other social media;
- be responsible for maintaining moderation of public and member listservs;
- work in consultation with webjefa to create and maintain the content of the MALCS website’s membership section;
- serve as a liaison between MALCS Executive Committee and the Historian;
- serve as a liaison between MALCS Executive Committee and chapters including soliciting reports and chapter activities for publication on MALCS website.
- be elected at the Summer Institute and serve two-year terms with staggered start dates and end dates to ensure office continuity;
- attend the Summer Institute;
- attend meetings of the Coordinating Committee scheduled at the Summer Institute;
- recommend and organize workshops, panels, and themes for future institutes;
- identify pertinent topics in relation to their special interest and regions;
- prepare, report, and submit reports to Secretary;
- submit announcements and items of interests from their region for publication on the MALCS website or other digital venues;
- elected at-large representatives will train incoming at-large representatives in duties;
- keep the chair and recording secretary informed of current contact information.
Dr Luzma Umpierre Herrera is a foremost figure within contemporary Puerto
Rican literature and culture. Dr. Umpierre’s most recent work is “I’m Still
Standing: Treinta años de poesía / Thirty Years of Poetry.” This volume
serves as a lasting proof of Umpierre’s dedication to her life’s work in
the areas of poetry, immigration studies, LGBT advocacy, Caribbean, Latin
American, and Latino Studies
Dr. Luzma Umpierre-Herrera will be featured reading from her new book “I’m
Still Standing: Thirty Years of Poetry” at the following venues and dates:
Friday May 17th at De Paul University Student Union, Room 312, 2550 N
Saturday May 18th as part of the Butterfly Poetry Project at Calles y
Suenos, 1900 S Carpenter, 2-4pm
Saturday May 18th, En Las Tablas Performing Arts Center, 4111 W Armitage
Ave. 1st Floor, 7-9pm
All three events are free and open to the public. Books will be available
for purchase and signing.
Dr. Luz María Umpíerre-Herrera will read from her newest complete work,
I’m Still Standing: Treinta Años de Poesía/Thirty Years of Poetry. “I’m
Still Standing…is complex, interdisciplinary in scope, and a must read for
students of Latin American Studies, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and
Transgender Studies, Puerto Rican Studies, and Women Studies, just to name
a few, as well as for those who have an insatiable thirst for eloquent
poetry… Once you start reading this poetic memoir, you will not be able to
put it down. Umpierre’s poetry is original, absolutely exquisite!”
–Dr.Cheryl Keyes, Professor of Folklore & Ethnomusicology,
Don’t miss the rare opportunity to experience the brilliant work of this
iconic figure of twentieth century Puerto Rican literature.
These events are sponsored by the Center for Latino Research and the
Women’s Center, De Paul University, The Butterfly Poetry Project, Casa de
Cultura Calles y Suenos, En Las Tablas Performing Arts Center, Voces
Primeras and the LBTQ Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women.
For more information: 773-998-8902
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Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social invites your participation in the Writing Workshop at the 2013 MALCS Summer Institute at The Ohio State University, July 17 and 19, 2013.
One Writing Workshop will be offered this summer:
The Academic Article: A Writing Workshop, facilitated by
Prof. Karen Mary Davalos, former editor of Chicana/Latina Studies.
BOTTOM LINE: The deadline for submission for the Academic Article is postmark June 15, 2013.
WHEN: July 17 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. and July 19 at 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Participants may arrive on Tuesday July 16, but must contact the Site Committee to arrange housing.
WHAT FOR: Feminist collaboration for publication!
The Writing Workshop is one of the Journal’s formal methods of creating a feminist editorial process. Following the spirit and mission of MALCS, the journal’s editors offer the workshop in order to energize through collaboration, programmatically link scholarship and leadership, and institutionalize mentorship. Participants bring their work-in-progress and depart with clearrecommendations for meeting internal criteria of Chicana/Latina Studies, specific direction about revision, andfirst-hand knowledge about our feminist editorial production process.
To create an intellectual community, prior to the workshop, participants read and commented on the material of the other writers. Attending both two-hoursessions (the first on Weds. July 17, and the second on Friday July 19) is required.
WHY: It really works!
Past participants who have been published in the journal are: Dora Ramirez-Dhoor (5:1), Rosalia Solorzano Torres (5:1), Ann Marie Leimer (5:2), Patricia Trullijo (6:1), Carmelita “Rosie” Castañeda (7:2), Marivel Danielson (7:2), M. Bianet Castellanos (8: 1 & 2), Rosa Furumoto (8: 1 & 2), Irene Mata (10:2), Ella Diaz (11:1), Marci R. McMahon (11:1) and more!
WHO: The editors encourage applications from writers at all professional levels, including tenured or mid-career professors.
Due to the goals of the workshop, we cannot accept submissions of dissertation chapters. Dissertation writers are not suited for the workshops since the dissertation style, genre, and goals are distinct from those of the academic article. Ideally, graduate schools and faculty should offer the type of mentorship offered in MALCS Writing Workshops. Facilitators of the workshopstrongly urge dissertation writers to demand, negotiate, and mobilize for such support.
HOW MANY: The workshop has space for 8 participants, who must register for the Summer Institute and be current MALCS members.
FINE PRINT: Acknowledge the labor of others.
Although participation does not guarantee publication, the information and experience facilitates the submission and double-blind-peerreview process. Our track record speaks for itself—see above partial list of workshop participants who have been published in the journal.
Although MALCS supports the publication activities of its members, it cannot misappropriate the labor of its editors. Therefore, participants are required to sign an agreement that guarantees the journal’s Right of First Review of the material developed through the workshop. The agreement allows authors to compensate participants and editors for their labor and guarantees that the author will formally submit the work to Chicana/Latina Studies for consideration of publication. It also requires the author to acknowledge the assistance of the participants if the work is published elsewhere. The Right of First Review is understood as an aspect of feminist practice, accountability, and leadership and scholarship.
HOW TO APPLY FOR
The Academic Article: A Writing Workshop
DEADLINE: Postmark of hardcopy package: June 15, 2013.
WHERE: Postal and email of documents to
Dr. Karen Mary Davalos, Prof. and Chair
Chicana/o Studies Dept.
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Dr., University Hall, Ste 4400
Los Angeles, CA 90045
WHAT TO SEND:
Please submit a cover letter describing the project and the author’s goals for publication (audience, timeline, etc.), the author’s contact information for various media and technology or the lead author’s contact information, and one copy of the scholarly article of 5,000 words or 25 pages (not including tables, notes, or references). All submissions should conform to the journal’s style and the text must be double-spaced.
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MALCS will awarding 4 scholarships to attend its 2013 Summer Institute in Columbus, Ohio: ¡Aquí Estamos! / We Are Here!: Movements, Migrations, Pilgrimage and Belonging, Thursday, July 18, 2013 – Saturday, July 20, 2013.
To apply for the scholarship, you must:
- Be a current MALCS member
- Submit a letter of interest and why you are applying to the 2013 Summer Institute scholarship,
- One letter of recommendation—one from the advisor and/or from a MALCS member in good/current standing.
- Attach a current copy of your transcripts for students (cumulative GPA of at least 2.57) and for graduates students/others – resume and/or cv.
- Include a name of paper and/or workshop title that you will present, with evidence of and travel arrangements to Ohio.
All materials and questions should be sent to:
MALCS Executive Administrator, Lupe Gallegos-Diaz at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: May 30, 2013.
If selected, you will be notified no later than June 6, 2013.Filed under Announcements, General News, MALCS Summer Institute | Comment (0)