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UTSA to host international conference this November

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHD    |    October 25, 2016

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The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) will host the triennial El Mundo Zurdo 2016: Nepantla: Theories & Practices International Conference on November 3 – 5, 2016 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The conference, which is hosted by the College of Education and Human Development’s Women’s Studies Institute, the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa, and Trinity University, brings together educators, students, scholars, community members, and activists from around the world to discuss the life and work of Chicana scholar Gloria Anzaldúa.

“This international conference brings recognition for the Women’s Studies Institute, as well as for the College of Education and Human Development, and the university as a repository of Anzaldúan knowledge,” said Dr. Sonia Saldivar-Hull, director of the Women’s Studies Institute and professor of English and women’s Studies. “UTSA students who attend the conference will have the opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars and engage in the latest theoretical debates in Chicana feminist studies.”

The conference kicks off on Nov. 3 with a special welcome reception at the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and will also feature an art exhibition at Galleria E.V.A. on Nov. 4 from 6 to 10 p.m.

This year’s conference plenary speakers include Maria Lugones, associate professor of comparative literature at State University of New York, Binghamton, Emma Pérez, professor of ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Isabel Millán, assistant professor of ethnic studies at Kansas State University.

 “It has been a privilege for us at the Women’s Studies Institute to make these forums possible and to witness the ways that Anzaldúa scholarship has developed nationally and internationally in the nine years since the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa’s inception,” said Saldivar-Hull. “As Dr. Lugones will propose in her plenary address, Anzaldúan epistemology traverses borderlands and explores the in-between space that can be a ‘possible place of communality and coalition.’”

Gloria Anzaldúa was a feminist and queer theory scholar from South Texas as well as the author of “Borderlands/La Fontera: The New Mestiza.” The Women’s Studies Institute has housed the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldúa since 2007 and has hosted the El Mundo Zurdo International Conference every 18 months since 2009.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the Women’s Studies Institute website.

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