CFP | The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America | 2023 Meeting | San Antonio, Texas | EXTENDED DEADLINE

R.A. Kashanipour Discussion

Call for Proposals
Annual Meeting of the Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America
Hosted by the University of Texas, San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas
November 9-11, 2023
Cognita, Incognita, Imaginari: Known, Unknown, and Imagined Geographies of Colonial Latin America
EXTENDED Proposal Due Date: June 15, 2023

The Southwest Seminar on Colonial Latin America invites proposals for its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas from November 9-11, 2023. The Southwest Seminar is dedicated to innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of colonial Latin America.  Each year, the seminar moves across the Southwest to bring together anthropologists, art historians, historians, ethno-musicologists, literary scholars, and specialists in a variety of disciplines to present new research on colonialism across the region. This year’s meeting will be hosted by the University of Texas, San Antonio and will take place at the picturesque and historic Southwest School of Art in the heart of downtown San Antonio. 

Cognita, Incognita, Imaginari: Known, Unknown, and Imagined Geographies of Colonial Latin America, the theme of this year’s meeting, focuses on the ways that colonial peoples experienced and imagined their surroundings. From riparian landscapes, tropical jungles, and desert frontiers to urban institutions and built environments, understandings and encounters with geography were central to the colonial experience.  We are particularly interested in exploring how notions and interactions with landscape and geography manifest across Spanish colonial Latin America. Based on the theme, we are planning a volume of interdisciplinary research on colonial geography.  Papers workshopped at this meeting and directly commissioned will be reviewed for publication in this anthology. While we encourage submissions on this year’s theme, proposals on other topics in colonial Latin America will also be given full consideration.

The Seminar’s annual meetings are conceived as a venue to exchange ideas and to encourage collegiality and conviviality among colonial Latin Americanists of varied backgrounds and with diverse research interests. From graduate students to senior faculty, participants are welcome to present new works in progress, including dissertation chapters, articles in development, or pieces of larger works. Housed at the University of Arizona, the Southwest Seminar brings together scholars and member institutions from the Omohundro Institute for Early American History and Culture, Penn State University, Texas Christian University, Texas State University, University of California-San Diego, University of Texas-El Paso, University of Texas-San Antonio, and Utah Valley University. Additional information on the Southwest Seminar can be found at

We invite English- or Spanish-language proposals from domestic and international scholars at any career stage. Submissions should include an abstract (no longer than three hundred words) and an abbreviated CV (no longer than two pages). A selection of scholars will be invited to participate; the Seminar will cover local accommodations and meals. Invited participants will introduce their respective pre-circulated works-in-progress (no longer than 10,000 words) and serve as primary commentators for another participant’s work. Please send proposals to To be considered, proposals must be received by June 15, 2023.

For more information, contact the local host, Juliet Wiersema ( and seminar organizer, R.A. Kashanipour (