PRSA 2nd Biennial Symposium @ Rutgers University

Puerto Rican Studies Association

2nd Biennial Symposium

Rutgers University – Newark Campus

18 October 2013

9:30 – 4:00

Shifting Territories and Geohistorical Locations of Puertorriqueñidad:

In and Beyond Place

Please join us at the Puerto Rican Studies Association Symposium and Business Meeting

Rutgers University Robeson Multipurpose Room (2nd. Floor), 350 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Newark, New Jersey

Demographic shifts in the new millennium prompt us to consider how Boricuas and other border crossers inform our understanding of the Puerto Rican Diaspora and other latinidades. The temporal and spatial reconfigurations of sites that once served as identifiers of puertorriqueñidad enable increasingly fluid community formations. These community formations, in turn, trigger a reconsideration of the trope of the “nation-divided” (trans-nation, ethno-nation, nation on the move, etc) as well as of the complex and vexing politics of colonialism and nationalism(s), whether local or transnational, within the context of major hemispheric shifts.

This coming fall, PRSA will bring together scholars to address the shifting territorialities of puertorriqueñidad by examining the socio-cultural elements (factors) sustaining these new demographic configurations. Taking as a point of departure the experiences of Puerto Ricans in the city of Newark, cultural critics, community leaders, ethnographers, and historians will meet to discuss how Puerto Ricanness is lived and articulated in and beyond traditional notions of locality and place.

2nd Biennial Symposium Panels:


Morning Panel:

Emma Amador, University of Michigan

Wilson Valentín, Hampshire College

Erica Dávila, Arcadia University


Jason Cortés, Rutgers University

Lunch/Business Meeting

Afternoon Panel:

Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Rutgers U

Yesenia Lopéz, Puerto Rican Community Archive, Newark Public Library

Ana Yolanda Ramos, Baruch College, CUNY

Maria Vizcarrondo, Executive VP of Vazquez Health Advisors, LLC


Arlene Torres, Hunter College, CUNY

PRSA Business Meeting

The PRSA will also conduct our yearly business meeting during the symposium. While this meeting is for the membership, the public is welcomed to attend and find out more information about the association’s ongoing projects and future plans.

The Sponsoring Institutions and Symposium Site

The Puerto Rican Studies Association was founded to help promote scholarship in the field and offer a place for its scholars to come together. The Association hosts both a biennial symposium and conference in different locations throughout the United States. We maintain a list-serve for the dissemination of news of interest to the membership. For more information on the PRSA please visit our website at: We encourage students, scholars, activists, and others with interests in the island and its people to join and actively participate in the PRSA.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Rutgers-Newark is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the literatures, languages, and cultures of the Spanish-speaking and Lusophone worlds, as well as Latina/o populations in the United States. Our faculty’s scholarship emerges from academic research and a commitment to engagement with a broad public on campus and in surrounding communities. In their research and teaching, they explore topics such as Latino/a culture and literature, Latino bilingualism, Bilingual language acquisition, Latin American and Caribbean literatures, Catalan literature, Feminist and Queer theory, Oral histories of the Ironbound, Performance studies, and Spanish and Basque linguistics.

Graduate Program in American Studies and the Center for Migration and the Global City at Rutgers-Newark

Chancellor’s Latino Faculty Initiative at CUNY

Registration Information

Registration information

For more information, please contact:

Arlene Torres at or

Jason Cortés at


About Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) Blog

Founded in 1992, The Puerto Rican Studies Association for Research Advocacy and Education, Inc. brings together scholars, educators, public policy experts, artists, community activists and students from diverse fields of knowledge whose work focuses on Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans in the United States, or both. Our members work in a variety of institutions, including colleges and universities, research and public policy centers and non-profit organizations located in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean region, Canada and Europe.
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