With much sadness, I write of the passing last night of historian Camille Guérin-Gonzales, in Madison, Wisconsin.
As many of us remember, Camille helped found MALCS, was active during a stint spent at UC Davis and later, while on the faculties of UCLA (founding member of what is now the Dept. of Chicana/o Studies there), Colorado/Boulder, and Madison. She provided insights at our many gatherings about class, labor, especially women’s labor, and wrote passionately about these subjects in comparative perspective (as noted in her bio below).
After facing bravely and courageously a life-threatening illness, she and her partner, Susan Johnson, also of UW-Madison, lived married life fully and joyfully. Please remember Susan, their three adult surviving children, many grandchildren, and one great grandchild that Camille was able to meet on her last trip to California, in your blessings, prayers, and ceremonies. Please bring your memories or photos of Camille to MALCS/Albuquerque in late July and we can celebrate her life there, too.
Deena J. González
Biography (September 2014)
Camille Guérin-Gonzales is Professor Emerita of History at UW-Madison. She joined the faculty of the Chicana/o Studies Program in 2001, and became director of the program in 2003. During her years as director, the Chicana/o Studies Program became the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program and attracted 15 new faculty affiliates. As a result of this redesign and growth, over the next half-decade, the average number of students pursuing a Certificate in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies increased by more than 250 percent, from about 3 each year to about 16 each year. In addition to her work with the Program, she also served as Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Chair of UW’s Department of History.
Professor Guérin-Gonzales received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Riverside, in 1985. Before arriving in Madison, she taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, at Oberlin College, and at the University of California, Los Angeles. At the University of Colorado, she served as Faculty Advisor to El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), and at Oberlin she was Faculty Advisor to La Union de Estudiantes Latinos. At UCLA, she was among the six founding faculty of the new César Chávez Center for Interdisciplinary Chicana & Chicano Studies (now a full-fledged department) established in 1996. She also served as Chair of that unit.
Professor Guérin-Gonzales has centered her research, teaching, and service on labor and working-class history and on the history of race and nationalisms. She is the author of Mexican Workers and American Dreams: Immigration, Repatriation, and California Farm Labor, 1900-1939, and the coeditor of The Politics of Immigrant Workers: Essays on Labor Activism and Migration in the World Economy. In recent years, her scholarship has focused on the comparative history of coal mining communities in Appalachia, South Wales, and the U.S. Southwest. For that work, she received grants and fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW, from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and from the Ford Foundation. Before her retirement, she taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level on U.S. labor and working-class history, on social movements, on comparative race and nationalisms, on Chicana/o and Latina/o history, on immigration history, and on the history of the U.S. Southwest. She has spoken to community audiences gathered by humanities councils, labor unions, student organizations, and Latina/o advocacy groups. In addition to her many professional affiliations, she is a founding member of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), and of the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).
Beyond all of this, Professor Guérin-Gonzales is the mother of three adult children, the grandmother of seven, the great-grandmother of one, and the spouse of Professor Susan Johnson, who is also a faculty affiliate of the Chican@ and Latin@ Studies Program. Professor Guérin- Gonzales is a manita from northern New Mexico, and her life’s work has been dedicated to an understanding of difference and power in all their complexity, and to the pursuit of social justice that flows out of that understanding.Filed under Announcements | Comment (0)
MALCS Webjefa job position
MALCS seeks a volunteer webjefa to manage our website (www.malcs.org). The Webjefa is appointed by the Executive Committee, is a member of the Coordinating Committee, and serves for 3 years with possibility of reappointment.
*Maintain, update, and manage the MALCS website. Specifically, the Webjefa will:
- Perform regular maintenance including updating specific webpages as needed, deleting outdated content, and adding new content as directed by the Executive Committee.
- Look for and fixes errors, repairs broken links, making certain that all pages are correctly formatted, and other basic upkeep.
- Create new webpages as directed by the Executive Committee that may include forms, menus, tables, frames, graphics, and other elements as needed.
- Maintain the website structure and organization including backing up the website, deleting unused files and organizing directories.
- Make recommendations for design changes to the website as needed
*Serve on the organization’s Communications Team with the MALCS Chair-‐elect and the Administrative Coordinator.
- The Communications Team is tasked to develop and recommend to the Executive Committee a strategic and implementation plan to ensure a stable and vibrant community employing communication technologies.
*Coordinate Chicana/Latina Studies journal webpage updates with the Lead Editor(s) or her/their designee.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience Desired
- Webpage design experience and knowledge of good web design (including accessibility)
- Website maintenance experience
- Familiarity with WordPress platform or other comparable platforms
- Ability to communicate technical information to a non-‐technical audience
- Ability to take direction and work following feminist principles
- Ability to work independently and organize workflow efficiently
- Your own computer with necessary software and hardware
- Attendance at monthly virtual meetings with Coordinating Committee
Work Location: Anywhere
Time Commitment: 3-‐4 hours/week on average, with 8-‐10 hours during membership drives and lead up to annual Summer Institute
- Letter of interest which includes information on past webjefa experience
- Webpage portfolio
Please send application materials to Dr. Nohemy Solórzano-‐Thompson, Communication Committee Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line WEBJEFA APPLICATION – “your last name”
Application review begins June 16th; open until filled.Filed under Announcements, MALCS business | Comment (0)
Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social invites your participation in the Writing Workshop at the 2014 MALCS Summer Institute at Northern New Mexico College.
One Writing Workshop will be held this summer:
1) The Academic Article, July 30 and Aug. 1
BOTTOM LINE: The deadline for submission for the Academic Article is postmark June 25, 2014.
WHEN: July 30 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. and Aug. 2 at 8:00-10:00 a.m.
Participants may arrive on Tuesday July 29, but must contact the Site Committee to arrange housing.
FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Karen Mary Davalos email@example.com
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 clear recommendations for meeting criteria of Chicana/Latina Studies, specific direction about revision, and first-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-hour sessions (the first on Weds. July 30, and the second on Friday Aug. 2) 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 chapters 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 workshop strongly 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. Proof of membership is required.
FINE PRINT: Acknowledge the labor of others who assist your development.
Although participation does not guarantee publication, the information and experience facilitates the submission and double-blind-peer review 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 in other venues, 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 25, 2014.
FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Karen Mary Davalos firstname.lastname@example.org
WHERE: Postal and email of documents to
Dr. Josie Méndez-Negrete
University of Texas at San Antonio / Downtown Campus
501 West Cesar E. Chavez, DB 4.346
San Antonio, Texas 78207- 4415
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 must conform to the journal’s style (Chicago Manual of Style with in-text author-date system) and the text must be double-spaced.
Also send the package via email.
FOR QUESTIONS: Contact Karen Mary Davalos email@example.com
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Need a little inspiration for your writing, research, art, or organizing? Wake up each morning and sip coffee or tea from a MALCS mug, letting the power of the luchadora guide your day.
Limited edition MALCS mugs will be sold at NACCS in Salt Lake City, Utah for a low price of $10.00. Unable to attend NACCS, we will also be selling mugs for $12.00 at the MALCS Summer Institute in El Rito, New Mexico. All proceeds to benefit MALCS. Artwork by Alma Lopez (2005).Filed under Announcements | Comment (0)
For those wishing to further explore the uniqueness and cultural heritage of Northern New Mexico, Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito campus is offering heritage arts workshops prior to the conference, Monday July 28 and Tuesday July 29. Packages including class fee, meals and lodging are available at a special rate to Summer Institute attendees. Choose from the following:
Introduction to Weaving
Individuals will emphasis on shuttle techniques, block designing using dovetailing, Rio Grande multi-color bands. Individuals will design a beautiful block pattern jerga rug.
Introduction to Spanish Colonial Woodworking
Individuals will learn gluing, sanding, and finishing. Individuals will show evidence of a fully completed project with a Spanish Colonial design.
Introduction to Retablos
Individuals will learn basic techniques that include development of skills for choosing appropriate wood; painting in the northern New Mexico tradition using homemade materials such as gesso and piñon varnish.
- Two day package deal: $250.00 (Includes: Class fee, meals and room (2 nights stay)
- Three day package deal (for those arriving on Sunday, July 27): $295.00 (Includes: Class fee, meals for two days and room.
Updates and information about registration can be found here (Pre-Conference Heritage Arts Workshops)
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 EXTENDED: APRIL 7, 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)
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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