In his most recent work, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009), José Esteban Muñoz proposed queer utopianism as “an idealist mode of critique that reminds us that there is something missing, that the present […] is not enough.” Muñoz’s call to imagine that which is not-yet-conscious compels us to let our dissatisfaction with a corruptive social stasis resharpen our critical endeavors and re-direct our interpretative lenses toward more liberatory and affirming futures. Latina/o Utopias take up Muñoz’s invitation, indeed, his imploration to reconceive the trajectories of Latina/o literary studies by welcoming submissions to the 2015 Latina/o Utopias conference. As a germinative concept, rich in the kind of interdisciplinary and theoretical sophistication that defines Muñoz’s work, queer utopia provides a radical hermeneutic capable of tracking what he called the “anticipatory illumination” that abounds in Latina/o literature.

Latina/o Utopias honors the spirit of José Esteban Muñoz’s audacious and provocative scholarship and wishes to celebrate the indelible imprint that his intellectual legacy has left on the field of Latina/o literary theory and criticism.

In addition to two days of panels by scholars from around the country, this conference will include the following special events:

Thursday April 23, 2015
5:00 p.m. – Introductory Remarks, Richard Pérez & Belinda Linn Rincón
5:15 p.m. – Welcome Address, President Jeremy Travis
5:30-6:00 p.m. – Keynote Address, Laura Lomas, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
6:00-7:30 p.m. – Opening Reception

Saturday April 25, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., Room: Gerald Lynch Theater
Sandra Cisneros, author of Have You Seen Marie?; Caramelo; Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories; and The House on Mango Street
Nelly Rosario, author of Song of the Water Saints
Iris Gomez, author of Try to Remember
Lyn Di Iorio Sandin, author of Outside the Bones and Professor of English at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center
Sonia Saldivar-Hull, moderator, Professor of English and Director of the Women’s Studies Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio

All presenters and attendees must pay the registration fee in order to be admitted into the conference and receptions. You will be able to register at the conference site – in cash or by credit card. The registration desk will be located on the first floor in the Westport building. Attendees who have registered online should also come to the registration table upon arrival in order to pick up their conference bag and program.

All panels will be held in Westport. The Westport building is located at 500 West 56th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. The keynote address, literature roundtable, and opening and closing receptions will be held in the New Building. The New Building is located at 524 West 59th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.