Two years after Anzaldúa’s untimely death in 2004, the Society for the Studey of Gloria Anzaldúa (SSGA) was born to provide a space for students, scholars and communities to come together to continue with Anzaldúa’s vision and passion. In 2007, UTSA's Women's Studies Institute (WSI) became the SSGA’s academic home.
Since 2009 SSGA and WSI have co-sponsored the El Mundo Zurdo conference in hopes that others may enjoy celebrating the life and work of one of our Tejana sisters, whose words have touched the world. The conference is hosted every 18 months, alternating between November and May.
enjoy celebrating the life and work of one of our Tejana sisters, whose words have touched the world. The conference is hosted every 18 months, alternating between November and May.
The world has changed in the years since we established the SSGA: our community resists the vicious attacks on Ethnic Studies and on Latin@ culture and literature, through such as the legal actions in Arizona and other states. We yearn for the transformation of our society and of our world so that indeed no one will die, no one will suffer, no one will be considered less because of the color of her/his skin, sexuality, language, culture, or place of origin. So, we continue our work remembering Anzaldúa’s dictum to do work that matters.
El Mundo Zurdo was created in response to the current climate in our country and in the world, bringing together scholars, artists, performers, community activists and students to share their vision of transformative social action. Without the scholars and students whose continued engagement with Anzaldúa’s work energizes and gives SSGA life, without the community’s desire to remember and keep Anzaldúa’s life and work at the center of much needed work for social change, SSGA would not exist. El Mundo Zurdo would not exist.
The Organizing Committee: Norma Alarcón, Norma E. Cantú, Antonia Castañeda, Anel I. Flores, Christina Gutiérrez, Larissa Mercado-López, Carolyn Motley, Elvia Niebla, Elsa C. Ruiz, Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Rita Urquijo-Ruiz