VIII Biennial Dominican Studies Association Conference

15th to 17th November 2018
Hostos Community College
City University of New York

CFP Deadline:  15 September 2018

Dedicated to poet Rhina P. Espaillat
Opening Remarks by Daisy Cocco de Filippis, President, Naugatuck Valley Community College

Keynote Speaker: Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor, Arizona Maricopa Community Colleges
Plenary Speaker: Dr. Marcos Charles, former President Bronx County Medical Society, retired Prof Albert Einstein College of Medicine & honorary Prof Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo

Theme: Dominicans on the Map: Heritage, Citizenship, Memory and Social Justice

Born nearly two decades ago, the Dominican Studies Association (DSA) offers its eighth biennial congress as the occasion to usher in the organization and the field of study that it was born to promote to the next level. This eighth iteration looks to examining areas of inquiry, geographies of knowledge, research questions, and critical paradigms that its founders could hardly have fathomed when they first resolved to insist that the scholarly exploration of the Dominican experience merited a place in the US academy. After some trail-blazing, DSA wishes now to serve as a platform to new generations of scholars with quests of their own, which, in a best-case scenario, they will advance by building on the accomplishments and transcending the drawbacks of their precursors, while remaining attached to the founding ideal of using the study of the Dominican experience as a forum to foster the cause of humanity. Care for humanity implies attention to social justice, diversity, and inclusion, inclusion understood not merely as the phenotypes of bodies that differ from ours but also the knowledge that those bodies have produced, all of which we need as no part of our species can believably claim sole possession of the wisdom required for our collective survival.

Call for Papers and Panels on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Citizenship, Belonging, and Dominican Identity Aquí y Allá
  • Dominicans in US Legislatures and the Future of the Community
  • Dominicans in US Higher Education, Secondary, and Earlier Levels of Schooling
  • Negrophobia and Eurocentrism in Dominant Dominican Discourse
  • Civil/Human Rights Activism and the Praxis of Citizenship in the DR
  • Residual trujillismo in Dominican Politics and the Public Sphere
  • Dominicans of Haitian Ancestry and the Challenge of Citizenship
  • Patriotas vs. Antidominicanos Aquí y Allá: Who Does the Defining?
  • Dominican Artists and Cultural Resistance
  • Dominicans of Non-Hispanic Ancestries
  • Rayano and Other Haitian-Dominican Cultural Traditions
  • Dominican Americans and Intergroup Solidarities
  • Dominicans in US Sports and Entertainment
  • Dominican Literature and Culture Writ Large
  • Diaspora Literature and the Land of Origin
  • Dominicans in Europe and other Familiar Destinations
  • Dominicans beyond the Familiar Destinations
  • Unearthing Dominican Legacies of Resistance
  • The Status of Dominican Scholarship
  • Publishing in Dominican Studies
  • Race, Class, Gender, Ableism, and Sexualities in Dominican Studies: Aquí y Allá
  • Queerness and Dominicanness: Aquí y Allá.
  • Recovering Submerged Legacies of Afro-Dominican Resistance: 1502-1844
  • Patriarchy and Misogynistic Legislation in Dominican Society
  • Long-Distance Nationalism in the Diaspora
  • Dominicans in the Era of Internet Communucation, Social Media, and Trolling
  • Haitian Dominican Solidarities in the United States
  • Denationalizing Dominicans in the Name of Dominicanness
  • The Transnationality (Globality) of Hispaniola
  • The Dominican State, the Diaspora, and Cultural Production
  • Entrepreneurship, Economic Advancement, and Civic Engagement
  • Labor, Health, Education, and Social Justice Here and Elsewhere

We invite you to submit your 200-word paper or panel abstract no later than September 15, 2018 by 12 midnight to Professor Lissette Acosta Corniel at with copies to Dean Ana Garcia Reyes at and Professor Silvio A Torres-Saillant at Your submission should include the following information:

  • Paper/Panel title (if panel, identify the proponent’s role in it)
  • Affiliation
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Bio of no more than 100 words for paper presenter or each member of panel

The DSA Program Committee expects to respond to your submission by Sunday September 30, 2018.

Above text adapted from email.