Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute
Sitio y Curación: Carving Spaces for Cultura and Healing
July 29, 2020 – August 1, 2020
Washington State University, Pullman
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) requests proposals for its Summer Institute to be held at Washington State University, Pullman. MALCS is a national organization supporting the work of self-identified Chicana, Latina, Native American / Indigenous, Afro-Latina, and Asian-Latina mujeres, trans, and gender non-conforming academics, students, artists, and activists.
Pullman is located in Eastern Washington on the ancestral homelands of the Palus people on the traditional lands of the Niimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe. From the time of the first settlers, we have struggled to create spaces where we can flourish, decolonize, and create resistance. Bringing the MALCS Summer Institute to the Palouse can fuel, support, and create such spaces where MALCistas can come together in power.
This year, the Summer Institute theme, Sitio y Curación: Carving Spaces for Cultura and Healing, invites us to reflect on the unique struggles of living in marginalized spaces including, but not limited to, rural, reservation, urban, and borderlands spaces. In order for our communities to survive and flourish we need both sitio y lengua: spaces for healing, belonging, mentoring, and thriving, as well as discourses of resistance and contested or reclaimed languages/tongues (Pérez, 1998). This year we gather in Pullman, Washington and call attention to rural spaces where we are simultaneously very visible and invisibilized. We welcome dialogues about rural locales, as well as other spaces of survival, creativity, and power. This year, we ask our members to consider: How do we build community? What are our strategies for continuing to build on the work of generations before us? How do we carve spaces to heal? How do we keep cultura alive? How do we develop tools for fighting structural violence? How do we navigate decolonizing journeys?
Papers, workshops, roundtables, panels and performances that address the following topics are especially welcome:
Expressions and Practices of Curación, Healing, and Spirituality
Queer Discourses, Spaces, and Identities
Struggles for Belonging: Citizenship, Nationhood, and Sovereignty
Labor, Politics, and/or Identities in Rural Spaces
Decolonial and Indigenous Epistemologies and/or Methodologies
Coalition Building and Cross-Cultural Practices
Resilience and Resistance in Marginalized Spaces
Embodied Memory and Ways of Knowing
Environmental and Reproductive (In)Justice
Language Reclamation and Revitalization
Pérez, E. (1998). “Sexuality and discourse: Notes from a Chicana survivor.” In C. Trujillo (Ed.), Chicana lesbians: The girls our mothers warned us about (pp. 159-184). Berkeley: Third Woman Press.
Abstracts of no more than 250 words. Must include a list of contacts (name, phone, email, affiliation) for all panelists and chairs. All persons presenting must be MALCS members. Proposal deadline is February 07, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.
JANUARY 6 – CFP Announcement
FEBRUARY 7 – Proposal Submission Deadline
MARCH 13 – Proposal Submission Result Announcement
MARCH 27 – Presenters Confirm Participation
APRIL 17 – Preliminary Program Announcement
MAY 29 – Presenters Membership and Registration and Payment Deadline
JUNE 15 – Last Day for Any Changes to Program
JULY 10 – Program Finalized
JULY 15 – Program Printed
JULY 29 – MALCS at WSU!
— WASU Site Committee & MALCS SI Committee