112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Latina/o Literature and Culture I: Latina/o (Dis-) Locations: Mapping Space and Place

Session 1: Friday 9:00-10:30am
RCC Raincross C


  1. William Mohr, California State University, Long Beach
    This paper will be the first to consider in any detail whatsoever the complex narrative of Manazar Gamboa's book-length poem, Memories around a Bulldozed Barrio. Gamboa's poem serves both as a poignant memoir of his childhood in Los Angeles and a means to critique the dispossession of a community by a corporate franchise of the sports entertainment industry.
  2. Mario Alberto Obando Jr. , "University of Minnesota, Twin Cities"
    Morrissey’s music is part of a lexicon of Latino/a love and his voice, whether placed in the background or in the foreground of our experiences, can serve indeed as a method of contestation crossing the lines of the expected and placing us into the unknown forms of knowing—challenging assumptions regarding race, sexuality, gender, sex, space, class, migration, time and social formations. Mediating on the lyrics, we find that Latinos are challenging capitalist heteronormative time. 
  3. Li Yun Alvarado, Fordham University
    “El Nuevo Ni e’: Ne(i)ther Regions in Josefina Báez’s Levente no. Yolayorkdominicanyork and El Ni ’e Blog” explores DomincanYork author Josefina Báez’s use of print and electronic mediums to portray Dominicanyork women’s lives and by extension articulate the complexities inherent in inhabiting transnational spaces and leading transcultural lives.
  4. Jennifer Avila, University of California, Riverside
    The landscape of sport in Latina/o literature and art is an area of study that deserves much attention. The study of sport humanities is significant because sport, itself deeply embedded in the American psyche, can be seen as reflective of culture and society in a variety of ways. I see matters of sport as central to my engagement with Chicana/o and Latina/o literature and cultural studies because I feel both areas of study can, synergistically, enrich discussions of the body, performance, gender, identity, and sexuality.
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