In 1970, the Center for Mexican American Studies was founded on the UT campus in response to UT students’ demands, bolstered by the support of community members and Mexican American faculty. Now, more than 50 years later, CMAS is now part of a three-unit Latino Studies collaboration. In 2022, we reflect on the changes that have taken place since CMAS opened up a space to welcome Mexican American students – and studies.

We invite scholars, community members, students, to submit abstracts for consideration. Selected abstract authors will be invited to workshop their submission for publication in an edited volume commemorating the CMAS 50th anniversary. We are particularly interested in submissions that assess changes over time, comparing and contrasting conditions in 1970 to the present.

You may submit a proposal for an entire panel or for an individual presentation. Each panelist must have their own abstract for their presentation. Presentation space is limited, so there will only be a total of six panels (a maximum of 24 individual presentations) over the two days.

These are only a few of the possible topics of interest:

 1.     Demographic changes in Texas/nationally and implications for Latino communities

2.     Political changes, from local, to state, to national

3.     Political consciousness through the years

4.     Latinos/as and the news media, from 1970 to contemporary

5.     Teaching Mexican American/Latino Studies, high school/college, then and now

6.     The state of Latino/a/x research, then and now

7.     Latinos/as in higher education, as students and/or faculty, then and now

Deadline for submissions: Monday, Jan. 31, 2022.

Notification of decisions on proposals: Monday, Feb. 14, 2022