2021 Meeting

We are committed to building and maintaining collaborative and convivial scholarly communities. However, given the economic and social challenges of 2020 and 2021, the annual meeting this year 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 day-long online workshop on November 5, 2021. Please join us! 

Call For Proposals (closed August 1, 2021)

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The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America invites proposals for the annual meeting in autumn 2021. The Southwest Seminar is a collaborative effort among specialists from across the American Southwest dedicated to promoting innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of colonial Latin America. Past participants have included renowned historians, art historians, literary scholars, and specialists in language and literature. This year, we invite scholars interested in conceptualizing colonial archives, both in theory and practice. We are particularly interested in works that take new approaches to the archive in terms of method and findings, as well as those that examine existing practices and shape understandings of the colonial period. We welcome works that work to foster greater engagement with archives as historically constructed institutions and as repositories for material and intellectual engagement. While we encourage submissions on this theme, proposals on other topics in colonial Latin America will be given full consideration. In lieu of the traditional in-person seminar hosted in-person at a site in the American Southwest, this year’s virtual meetings will be hosted by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. Seminar participants will share works in progress related to the study of colonial Latin America and meet virtually for group dialogue and discussion. 

The online discussions will take place on November 5 & 6 2021.  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 papers, which should run no longer than 10,000 words, will be pre-circulated among the participants and will receive substantial and supportive commentary and discussion during a series of 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 encouraged to apply.  

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 the abstract and abbreviated by August 1, 2021 to theSouthwestSeminar@gmail.com.  

About the Seminar

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.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 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.