Specifically, the Latina/o Studies Association supports: Organizing a biennial conference of scholars whose research focuses on the history, culture, and latest data relative to Latina/o populations; Publishing and/or supporting efforts to publish materials, including but not limited to academic journals, that will further LSA’s mission; Actively encouraging and supporting the involvement of students and community members in the LSA; and Engaging in the public sphere and advocating on behalf of Latina/o Studies and the Latina/o community at large.

In 2022, LSA has partnered with the University of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies to host the biennial conference at the Duncan Student Center and Debartolo Hall. This year’s title of the conference is: Centering Blackness, Challenging latinidad, University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, July 11 – 14, 2022.

This topic is timely due to ongoing calls for racial justice, accountability, resistance, and representation, which have a long history in this hemisphere, have strongly reverberated across Afro-Latina/o/x communities, prompting LSA to confront the colonial legacy of enslavement and anti-Black racism prevalent in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the U.S. The racial justice protests that erupted across the United States after the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 re-energized the Black Lives Matter and similar movements worldwide, including in Latin America, in the fight against global anti-Blackness. Blackness inevitably challenges the white-centeredness that undergirds historic conceptions of latinidad. The phrase “Challenging latinidad,” not only points to this, but also hints at a decolonial approach by inviting us to consider how marginalized identities destabilize this concept.

The conference will convene 350 scholars in the field of Latino Studies nationwide. The registration fee covers the costs of the conference including three meals, coffee stations, two evening receptions with appetizers and drinks, as well as a movie and over 96 scholarly presentations, panels, performances, and professional development sessions to choose from in a three full-day format. Participants are invited to both register for the conference at Experience ND (below) and become a member of the Latino/a Studies Association by visiting https://latinxstudiesassociation.org/home/mission-statement/ . Membership in LSA is not a prerequisite for attendance for the conference in July. Those who are speaking or presenting on a panel must be LSA Members.