MALCS SI Virtual 2021

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Day 1: Monday, July 26, 2021

9:30AM – 11:00AM PST

MALCS Welcome, Blessing,
and Book Session

Yvette Saavedra, MALCS Chair
Sandra M. Pacheco, MALCS Treasurer,
Aida Hurtado, MALCS Chair-Elect

Session Description:
The Opening Session is composed of two parts: The Opening Session, which includes the Blessing, and The Book Session titled “Engaged Conversations.” The conference blessing will be conducted by Dr. Sandra Pacheco. The Book Session will engage authors who published books during the COVID-19 pandemic and did not have an opportunity to participate in the usual book presentations. The conversations with authors and subjects of the books will provide a forum for discussion and exploration of the two books highlighted: Colonial Legacies in Chicana/o Literature and Culture: Looking Through the Kaleidoscope (University of Arizona Press, 2020) and Chicana Feminisms: Sitios y Lenguas ( University of Arizona Press, 2020).

 Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Vanessa Fonseca-Chavez, Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University
Martha Gonzalez, Associate Professor of Chicanx and Latinx Studies, Scripps College
Andrea Guajardo, dancer, choreographer, and co-director of Ballet Nepantla, New York City.

11:00AM – 12:30PM PST

Uplifting the Next Generation of Scholars: A plática on dreaming for radical futures, healing, and femtorship

Organized by MALCS Graduate Caucus
Marcela Rodríguez Campo, MALCS Graduate Caucus Representative

Session Description:
Panelists will discuss their educational journeys, strategies for managing & thriving in graduate school, and building community. This session is designed to be a platíca, so participants will be invited to submit questions in advance and will be able to engage in dialogue with the panelists.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Erika Abad, UNLV, Dept. of Gender & Interdisciplinary Studies
Yomaira Figueroa Vásquez, MSU, Dept. of English
Maria Chaves-Daza, SUNY Oneonta, Africana & Latino Studies  Dept.

1:00PM – 2:00PM PST

Graduate Caucus Meeting

Organized by MALCS Graduate Caucus
Marcela Rodríguez Campo, MALCS Graduate Caucus Representative

Session Description:
Meeting to convene the Graduate Caucus and those interested in joining the Graduate Caucus. New leadership for the Graduate Caucus will be selected during this time by the members of the caucus.

1:00PM – 2:30PM PST

Healing in the Time of Corona: Understanding Acute COVID-19 Long Haul Symptoms Utilizing Plant and Ancestral Medicine

Yadira Tellechea, Undergraduate Caucus Representative

Session Description:
Xochitl Palomera, of WOCSisters Collective and 7 Generations Herbal Healing, will share the ways she utilized plant medicine during and after contracting COVID-19. She will share ways to better understand long haul COVID-19 symptoms and the plant medicine that can aid in the healing process. This session will be in the style of a healing circle in which Xochitl will facilitate and answer questions from folx who want to get further in touch with plant medicine for holistic healing of the bodymindspirit.

 Presenter Names and Affiliations/ Institutions:
Xochitl Palomera, WOC Sisters Collective and 7 Generations Herbal Healing

3:00PM – 4:00PM PST

Undergraduate Caucus Meeting

Organized by MALCS Undergraduate Caucus Representative
Yadira Tellechea, MALCS Undergraduate Caucus Representative

Session Description:
Meeting to convene the Undergraduate Caucus and those interested in joining the Undergraduate Caucus. New leadership for the Undergraduate Caucus will be selected during this time by the members of the caucus. 

Day 2: Tuesday, July 27, 2021

9:00AM – 10:00AM PST

MALCS for Beginners

Moderator: MALCS Executive Committee

Session Description:
In this session we will cover the herstory of MALCS, our refereed Chicana/Latina Studies/MALCS journal,
our collective structure and the various ways of how our MALCS members can engage with the organization.
We will also have time for questions and time to get to know each other.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Lupe Gallegos-Diaz, MALCS Administrator 
Sandra Pacheco, MALCS Treasurer 
Sonya Aleman, MALCS Journal Editor
Martha Acevedo, MALCS At large Representative

10:00AM – 11:00AM PST

Chicana/Latina Studies:
Tips for Publishing in C/LS during a Pandemic

Moderator: Sonya Alemán, C/LS Lead Editor

Session Description:
Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social has served as the only peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary academic journal of Chicana/Latina scholarship. In addition to validating the knowledge produced by the Chicana, Latina, and Indigenous epistemologies, methodologies, and theorizations of its contributors, the editors draw from these very frameworks to forge a feminist editorial praxis that allows them to mentor the scholars who aspire to publish their work in the journal. This workshop will discuss the criteria and principles guiding the review and production process. It will provide steps, guidelines, and tips for submitting to Chicana/Latina Studies for graduate students, community members, creative writers/artists, emerging scholars, and senior scholars.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Sonya Alemán, C/LS Lead Editor
Larissa Mercado-Lopez, C/LS Book Review Editor
Grisel Acosta, C/LS Creative Writing Editor

6:00PM – 7:30PM PST

Strong, Indigenous, Resilient: Indigenous COVID Activism in Norte America

Moderator: Delphina Thomas, Arizona State University
Lettycia Terrones, Cal State University Los Angeles
Gabriela Spears-Rico, University of Minnesota

Session Description:
Research in the United States has shown that COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted American Indian tribes. American Indians were infected at a rate 2.8 times higher than the general population, were hospitalized at a rate 5.3 times higher and died at a rate 1.4 times higher than the general population. Though data collection on how the pandemic has been impacting Indigenous communities in Latin America is scarce, we know that the impact has also been disproportionate through stories of structural inequalities and notable loss that have been covered in the media. Both American Indian nations and Indigenous communities in Mexico and within our migrant diasporas have experienced devastating losses of elders, language speakers, mothers, leaders and community members. Recognizing the roles of Indigenous women, femmes and two spirit people in organizing mutual aid and educational campaigns to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to support impacted community members, this panel will discuss Indigenous approaches to surviving a modern pandemic as well as stories of community survival and cultural resilience in the midst of quarantine and isolation.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Daisy Baez, Ireta P’urhepecha
Olga Prado Leo, Ireta P’urhepecha
Ginger Sykes Torres, Navajo Nation
Marlon Footracer, Navajo Nation

Day 3: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

11:00AM – 12:30PM PST

LBTQ Identity at the Intersections

Moderator: Carmen Rivera, LBTQ Caucus Representative

Session Description:
The LBTQ community is not a monolithic community and the intersections of identity have a tremendous impact on individuals both within and outside of our community. This session will be focused on specific intersections including gender, parenting, and sexuality. The panelists will share their areas of expertise and then a facilitated discussion will take place after their presentations. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and share in this interactive session.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/ Institutions:
Jack Caraves, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Sciences, San Jose State University
Joanna Nuñez, Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow,  Santa Clara University
Marivel Danielson, Associate Professor, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University

1:00PM – 2:00PM PST

LBTQ Caucus Meeting

Moderator: Carmen Rivera, LBTQ Caucus Representative

Session Description:
Meeting to convene the LBTQ Caucus and those interested in joining the LBTQ Caucus. New leadership for the LBTQ Caucus will be selected during this time by the members of the caucus. 

Day 4: Thursday, July 29, 2021

10:30AM – 12:00PM PST

Navigating the World of Archives and Archival Research

Moderator: Daisy Herrera, MALCS Herstorian

Session Description:
In this workshop, Librarian and Archivist Xaviera Flores will demystify the archive and archives. She will talk about what are archives (the materials); how to navigate archives (as a place); who works in archives (the people); how to do archival research (methodology); and how to archive (training skills, tips, and tricks). In learning about the different ways we connect and use archives, Flores will also address the political nature of the archive; traditional (western) archival practices and new efforts to decolonize the archive; and the challenges around access to archives. She will also provide resources on digitization and preservation, specifically how to care for your archival materials. This workshop is aimed at graduate and doctoral students, professors, community historians, and organizers. It is meant for people at all skill levels and abilities. Foremost, it is an opportunity to find support and learn more for your own journey into archives.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Xaviera Flores, Archivist, UCLA 

12:00PM – 1:30PM PST

Nuestras vidas Negras important/Our Black Lives Matter: Addressing anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community

Moderator: Celine Ayala, Afrolatinx Caucus Representative

Session Description:
The goal of this session is to call out the anti-Blackness that is deeply embedded Latinx communities. Too often Afrolatinx bodies are erased, abused, and displaced and this needs to be called out. Anti-blackness is embedded in the music we listen to, in the phrases we use, and in media outlets and organizational structures where Latinx representation excludes the voices of Afrolatinx folk. This session may be uncomfortable for some, but it is in that discomfort that we all will learn. This session aims to make it so that individuals are knowledgeable of the anti-Blackness within themselves, within their family and within the community so that we may all start doing the work to dismantle it.

Presenter Names and Affiliations/Institutions:
Dr. Angel Jones, George Washington University
Dizzy Jenkins

1:45PM – 3:05PM PST

AfroLatinx Caucus Meeting 

Moderator: Celine Ayala, Afrolatinx Caucus Representative

Session Description:
Meeting to convene/celebrate the AfroLatinx Caucus. Meet the new leadership and discuss future events for the caucus.

Day 5: Friday, July 30, 2021


12:00PM – 1:00PM PST

WINC Caucus Meeting

Gabriela Spears-Rico, University of Minnesota

Session Description:
Meeting to convene the WINC Caucus and those interested in joining the WINC Caucus. New leadership for the WINC Caucus will be presented during this time by the members of the caucus. 

WINC Caucus Meeting will be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4:00PM – 5:30PM PST

MALCS SI Tortuga Ceremony
and Closing Pachanga

Moderators: Aida Hurtado, Chair-Elect
Emcee: Rita Urquijo-Ruiz

Join our celebration of the 2021 Tortuga Award winner, member accomplishments, the introduction of incoming Executive Committee and Coordinating Committee officers and close out the conference with music and poetry!