XXVI Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference – Call for Proposals: Soundscapes of México

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese at U.C. Irvine and U.C. Mexicanistas announce the twenty-sixth Mexican Studies Conference to be held on April 28-30, 2022. This conference brings together academics from Mexico, the U.S., and other parts of the world who are conducting research on related themes. After two years of silence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will study and celebrate the various Soundscapes of México. Unless circumstances change, our conference will be in-person. All participants must show proof of vaccination. Our primary goal is to examine how both oral and auditory traditions can lead us to reflect in innovative ways on sensory experiences, embodied memories, as well as suggest new forms of creation, experimentation, and critique.

We encourage submissions from across disciplines, including but not limited to: literary, visual, media, and performance studies, as well as sound studies, history, and anthropology. We are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in papers or panels that address the following themes:

• Spoken word
• Oral traditions
• Sound and indigeneity
• Music—composition, representation, reception
• Radio, podcasting
• Sound and film
• Dance, performance, and other embodied interpretations of sound
• Textual representations of sound
• Dissonances
• Silences

Keynote Speakers TBA.

Papers should be written in either Spanish or English. Presentations are limited to no more than 20 minutes (8 pages double-spaced). If you are interested in reading an original paper, please submit a 200-word abstract electronically by the deadline of Monday, January 31, 2022. Proposals should be submitted via Google Forms: submit your abstract HERE. Include the following information: Title of the presentation, name of the participant, affiliation, academic status, short-bio, telephone number, and email. If you have any problems with the submission process, please email: ucimexconf@gmail.com The selection committee will respond to all proposals by Monday, February 28, 2022.

This year’s conference fees will be $45 US DLLS for students and independent scholars and $55 US DLLS for faculty until March 28, 2022. Afterward, the cost will be $55 and $65 respectively.

If you have any questions, please contact:


Jacobo Sefamí (jsefami@uci.edu) or Viviane Mahieux (vmahieux@uci.edu)