2020 Meeting

We are committed to building and maintaining collaborative and convivial scholarly communities. However, given the economic and social challenges, the 2020 meetings will take place virtually. In lieu of the traditional in-person seminar hosted in the American Southwest, the Southwest Seminar will collaborate with the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona to organize a series of online workshop meetings carried out over the month of October 2020. 

Call for Proposals

The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America invites proposals for the annual meeting in autumn 2020. Seminar participants will share materials and meet virtually for group dialogue and discussion.

The online discussions will take place over multiple meetings across the month of October 2020.  Each meeting will focus on individual or collaborative works-in-progress and be led by leading scholars in the field, who will serve as conveners and discussants. The chapter length, works-in-progress will be pre-circulated among the participants and will receive substantial and supportive commentary and discussion during the online meetings. The Seminar has well renowned record of advancing innovative approaches to the field and welcomes works that apply new approaches to old questions, old approaches to new questions, and everything in between.  We anticipate that the online meetings will host a wide range of participants, from senior scholars and specialists to graduate and undergraduate students to interested members of the public. Scholars from all disciplines and ranks are invited to apply to present and engage as audience participants.

Please send proposals consisting of an abstract (no longer than three hundred words) and an abbreviated CV (no longer than two pages). We welcome proposals from scholars at any career stage. Papers may be in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. For full consideration, please submit an abstract and abbreviated CV by July 15, 2020 to theSouthwestSeminar@gmail.com.  

About the Seminar

The Southwest Seminar is a collaborative effort among specialists from across the American Southwest dedicated to promoting innovative approaches to the study of colonial Latin America. Members of the seminar welcome proposals from scholars of colonial Latin America from across academic disciplines and ranks. From graduate students to senior faculty, we welcome proposals for works in progress, including dissertation chapters, articles in development, or pieces of larger works. 

The Seminar’s annual meetings are conceived as welcoming and supportive venues to exchange ideas and to encourage collegiality and conviviality among colonial Latin Americanists of varied backgrounds and diverse research interests. In particular, the Seminar serves as supportive space to present works in progress on new research on the study of colonial Latin America from a variety of fields, including Anthropology, Art History, History, Linguistics, and Literature.  Supporting innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the field, the Southwest Seminar has hosted the leading and immerging scholars in the field of colonial Latin America since 2014. The Southwest Seminar is currently hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona as a consortium supported by the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, University of Arizona, University of California-San Diego, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Texas, San Antonio, and Utah Valley University.  The Seminar works in coordination with Routledge Press and invites participants to contribute individual or collaborative works for the New Colonial Histories of Latin America book series.   


For additional information, please contact the seminar organizer, R.A. Kashanipour at rykash@arizona.edu.