Call For Papers: Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Conference (due May 15, 2014)

Call for Papers (2014)

Prensa, latinidad y legado: Spanish Language Press and Print Culture

Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project Conference

Call for Abstracts

Before the Civil Rights Movement, the only institution that consistently attended to the issues, values, concerns, and politics of Latino/a communities, and did so in ways that we now would recognize as subversive and transnational, was the Spanish-language press. Indeed, the Spanish-language press both helped to underwrite individual Latino/a communities, as well as link those same communities across regional, ethnic, racial, class and gender differences.  From New York City to San Antonio, from Philadelphia to Albuquerque, from Tampa to Los Angeles, the Spanish-language press should be seen as a major legacy of Latino/a community in the United States prior to 1960.

This year’s Recovery conference will explore the press and print culture among Latinos, whether in forging their identity as an ethnic group or nationality, a social or economic class, a race or gender, or as a transnational group, perhaps supporting Pan Hispanism or Pan Americanism. Of particular interest will be the use of periodicals in the creation of a literature, an intellectual tradition and/or a political ideology. Equally of interest are the means of reaching Latino communities through print, such as marketing and distribution, social and political associations and gatherings, exchange circuits and agreements among periodicals, and of course the writers affiliated with the periodicals and the particular genres that were suited to this type of publication.  The means of preserving and making accessible these publications to today’s scholars and students may be discussed, as well as the archival management of these publications.

As always, studies on the following themes, as manifested before 1960, will be welcome:


  • Analytical studies of recovered authors and/or texts
  • Critical, historical and theoretical approaches to recovered texts
  • Curriculum development
  • Religious thought and practice
  • Folklore/oral histories
  • Historiography
  • Language and linguistics
  • Library and information science
  • Social implications, cultural analyses
  • Collections and archives


Deadline for Submissions of Abstract (100 words)

May 15, 2014


For details, contact Dr. Carolina A. Villarroel, Director of Research

University of Houston, Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage

4902 Gulf Fwy., Bldg. 19, Room 100  •  Houston, TX  77204-2004

Tel: (713) 743-3129  •  Fax: (713) 743-2847  •  E-mail:


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