The Center for Puerto Ricans Studies (Centro) seeks original research proposals that result in unpublished academic papers for a symposium, and their consideration for ultimate publication in CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, a peer-reviewed publication.
This book project will focus on the creation of Puerto Rican Studies and its founding leaders; its birthing of academic journals, the Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños (Centro)/Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, and the Puerto Rican Studies Association; its often misunderstood mission to study the stateside Puerto Rican diasporic experience as connected to Puerto Rico, the Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and Latin America; the forging of a space within the “Ivory Tower” academy; its survival tactics in the face of austerity and elimination; its current status; and its future in the 21st century.
Hurricane Maria and the enduring economic crisis have thrown into sharp contrast the forms of insecurity that many Puerto Ricans on the archipelago and in the diaspora live with. The 2018 conference of the Puerto Rican Studies Association Conference asked how insecurity may be considered a persistent aspect of puertorriqueñidad. Colonial rule, military service, migration, natural disasters, low wages, unemployment and recurrent debt crises have generated immediate and lasting forms of insecurity for Puerto Ricans. The conference invited submissions that discussed how Puerto Ricans experienced, negotiated, challenged, and/or prevailed over conditions of insecurity both historically and in the contemporary moment
The Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Centro) seeks original research manuscripts for their consideration for publication in CENTRO Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, a peer-reviewed publication.