The Old and the New: Communities of Practice and Shifting Borders in US Spanish

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Call for Papers
March 5, 2020 to March 8, 2020
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies, Borderlands

51st Convention, Boston-NeMLA

“The Old and the New: Communities of Practice and Shifting Borders in US Spanish”


The session seeks papers that examine Spanish in the United States (Mexican, Caribbean, Latin American) as it relates to old and new Hispanic community practices and border crossing (geographical, political, ethnic, social, perceptual, historical, religious, etc.). It intends to bring together interdisciplinary research from various theoretical and methodological perspectives in the humanities and social sciences on Latino/Hispanic communities in the United States.  By doing so, it hopes to broaden the discussion on the use of Spanish in different contexts from more than one perspective such as sociolinguistics, literary theory, discourse analysis, cultural studies and other related disciplines. Papers that address the theoretical and empirical relevance of the concept of community of practice and border to research in language variation and change from interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome. 

Please send 300-word abstracts by September 30 to Augusto Lorenzino,  


Contact Info: 

Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Temple University

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