11th Annual La Academia del Pueblo: Latino/a and Latin American Research Conference

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Date: April 17, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Category: Conference

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La Academia del Pueblo, an annual academic forum hosted by the Wayne State University’s Center for the Latino/a and Latin American Studies, seeks to establish mutually beneficial connections between the academy, engaged citizens and urban communities. This year’s theme invites scholars to explore historic, contemporary and futuristic technologies influencing Latina/o/x communities. In this age of unprecedented innovation, we are particularly interested in Latina/o/x engagement of technology for empowerment and how the state deploys its authority through technological applications in communities of color. Participants are encouraged to employ analytical frameworks premised upon intersectionality and/or other methodological approaches that shed light on the multiple forces at work, such as class, gender, race and ethnicity. Research proposals that emphasize participatory action and collaboration between the academy and the community are especially welcome.

Guest Speakers:

Tawana Petty is a social justice organizer, youth advocate, poet and author. She is intricately involved in water rights advocacy, data and digital privacy rights education and racial justice and equity work. She is former director of the Data Justice Program at Detroit Community Technology Project, co-founder of Our Data Bodies, a convening member of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition and director of Petty Propolis, a Black woman led artist incubator. 

Iván Chaar López, Ph.D. is interested in the place of Latina/o/xs as targets, users and developers of digital lifeworlds. He is currently working on a book, under contract with Duke University Press, about the intersecting histories of electronic technology, unmanned aerial systems and boundary making along the U.S.-Mexico border. Dr. Chaar López teaches courses on Digital Studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS), and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas. 

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April 2021