Dominican Studies Association
When: Fri, Aug 21 2020 12:00am
DSA2020 Virtually@Hostos: IX Biennial Dominican Studies Association Conference
4-5 December 2020, Hostos Community College, CUNY, Bronx, New York
Call for Proposals (Papers and Panels)
Crisis of Truth, State of Emergency, and Social Responses:
The Urgency of Dominican and Ethnic Studies in the Present Hour
Research on the experience of people of Dominican ancestry—in Hispaniola/Dominican Republic, the United States, and elsewhere in the world—has produced indispensable bodies of knowledge and critical perspectives in multiple disciplines and inside and outside the academy internationally. On this 9th iteration of its biennial conference, the Dominican Studies Association (DSA) seeks to stimulate dialogue among scholars, artists, and cultural activists working on Dominican subjects across the world on the contributions which their distinct field has made toward greater awareness of the complex issues of social relations in countries across the Western hemisphere to this day. Has the field shed further light on the inequity prevailing in the Americas in connection with class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexualities, politics, disability, claims to national belonging, citizenship, and cultural heritage, among other sites of injustice and exclusion?
The current global pandemic has required us to hold this DSA conference on a virtual platform. When applicable, prospective presenters may use this juncture to foreground issues in the present health crisis that rise to visibility in distinct ways when seen from the perspective of Dominican studies or related fields. That is, we invite colleagues to share work that they were doing prior to the advent of the health crisis, and we welcome work that could contribute insights into our COVID-19 panorama. However, a focus on the pandemic is not required, and proponents of panels or papers wishing to share work that is prompted specifically by COVID-19 should formulate their research questions in a manner that makes clear their link to Dominican studies.
DSA2020 Virtually@Hostos is pleased to invite paper and panel proposals on topics linked to the conference theme, including, but not limited to, the following:
History, Citizenship, and Belonging
Alternative Facts and Historical Memory in Peril
The Assault on Truth and the Classroom
Social Media as Enablers or Deterrents of Inclusive Publics
Digital Surveillance and Democracy under Siege
Scholarly Truth vs Viral Falsehoods in Cyberspace
Independent Press and Critical Citizenship
Ethno-Racial Antipathies Promoted from Above
Critical Patriotism and Inclusive Nationalism
Inclusive Paradigms of Citizenship
The Enduring Appeal of Cultural Trujillismo
Dominican Scholarship and Civic Engagement
Advances in Citizenship and Belonging in the Diaspora
Earth Sciences, the Climate Crisis, and Predatory Public Policy
Climate Crisis: Environment, Global Health, and the Future of the Species
The Growing Disappearance of Green Spaces
The Cession of Protected Areas to Polluting Industries
The Humanities, Education, and the Arts
Literature and Humane Solidarity
Dominicans in the Theater, Film, and TV Industries
Dominican Entertainers in Alternative Venues and Media
Education and Humane Solidarity
Museums, Visual Arts, and Inclusive Publics
Diaspora, Economy, Empowerment
The Dominican Presence in Business and Finance
The Dominican Presence in US Legislatures
Dominicans and the Law: From Behind Bars to the Bench
Does Voting Yield Empowering Public Policy Always?
Assessing the Gains/Losses of Dominican Empowerment
The Status of Ethnic Studies in the Ivy League
“Dique hablamo’ mal”: Language and Identity in Dominican Society
Labeling Social Justice Advocates anti-dominicanos and traidores.
The Language of Dominicanyorks in the eyes of the DR Middle Class
Dominican Studies in the Wake of COVID-19:
- COVID-19’s Impact on Existing Structural Barriers Affecting Poor Communities
- The Technology, Education and Employment Gap vis-à-vis the Global Pandemic
- Asthma, Diabetes, Obesity, Poor Diet, Mental Health in a Global Pandemic
- Dominican Women as First Respondents in the Global Pandemic
- Death, Funeral Rites, Mass Burial, and Absent Bereaved in the Pandemic
- COVID-19 as Great Equalizer (i.e., even Boris Johnson can get it)
- COVID-19 as Great Divider (i.e., racism against Asian-descended people)
Please submit a 300-word abstract of your paper or panel in English or Spanish by 21 August 2020 using the form provided here (https://form.jotform.com/201528715360047). Proposals should include institutional affiliation (if any) and current contact information for each participant. You will know by September 15, 2020 if the Program Committee has accepted your proposal. Notices of acceptance will include details about the virtual platform used by the conference and the technology relevant to your paper or panel. If you need further information, you may reach us at DominicanStudiesAssociation@gmail.com.
This year, due to the biennial’s online format, we are offering the conference free of charge for both participants and panelists. Instead, we are kindly asking for a $30 donation to help offset the cost for the 2022 DSA Biennial Conference. Your donation will help cover costs for venue rental, security, lunch, reception, among other expenses incurred in the planning of our conference.
You may also opt to become a DSA member now at $_______.
Information and links to donate are forthcoming.