Call for Abstracts: XV Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference

Histories and Cultures of Latinas: Suffrage, Activism and Women’s Rights

February 20-22, 2020
University of Houston
Houston, Texas

The XV Recovery conference will convene in Houston from February 20 to 22, 2020 to continue the legacy of scholars meeting to discuss and present their research. The conference theme invites scholars—including archivists, librarians, linguists, historians, critics, theorists and community members–to share examples of the cultural legacy they are recovering, preserving and making available about the culture of the Hispanic world whose peoples resided here, immigrated to or were exiled in the United States over the past centuries. This conference foregrounds the work of Latinas that focuses on women’s rights, suffrage and education as we usher in a new phase of feminist critical genealogies. The convenors seek papers, panels and posters in either English or Spanish that highlight these many contributions, but also offer critical ways to rethink issues of agency, gender, sexualities, race/ethnicity, class and power. Of particular interest are presentations about digital humanities scholarship, methods and practices on these themes. 

The end date for Recovery research and themes will now be 1980 in order to give scholars, archivists, linguists and librarians the stimulus needed to begin recovering the documentary legacy of the 1960s and 1970s, which is fast disappearing. The convenors encourage papers or panels that make use of archival research that provokes a revision of established literary interpretations and/or historiographies. Papers on locating, preserving and making accessible movement(s) documents generated by Latinas and Latinos in those two decades will be welcome. Studies on the following themes, as manifested before 1960, will be welcome:

  •     Digital Humanities
  •     Analytical studies of recovered authors and/or texts
  •     Critical, historical and theoretical approaches to recovered texts   
  •     Curriculum development: Integrating recovered texts into teaching at university and K-12 levels
  •     Religious thought and practice
  •     Folklore/oral histories
  •     Historiography
  •     Language, translation, bilingualism and linguistics
  •     Library and information science
  •     Social implications, cultural analyses
  •     Collections and archives: accessioning and critical archive studies   
  •     Documenting the long road/struggle toward equality
  •     1960-1980 only movement(s)-related research

Additionally, XV Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference will offer two US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH; #usLdh) pre-conference workshops open to conference attendees and members of the public. The workshop themes are: 1) Using Recovery archives for traditional scholarship and 2) Introduction to Digital Humanities. Pre-registration is required, a limited number of scholarships may be available. The convenors welcome general audiences including undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals for poster presentations. Submit your 250-word abstract and vitae to Conftool by August 31, 2019.

For details, email the convenors at

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This CfP has been issued by the
University of Houston, Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage
4902 Gulf Fwy., Bldg. 19, Room 100 – Houston, TX 77204-2004