Negotiating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in a New Global Age

Symposium 2015 / Simposio 2015

Location: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, PR

Date: March 6-7, 2015

About the 2015 UPR-UM Symposium:

During the last few decades, scholars have used the categories of race, gender, and ethnicity to understand and incorporate the contributions of populations that were previously marginalized in academic works. These categories have been useful in the analysis of cultural dynamics, socioeconomic transformations, and political struggles. UM graduate students joined colleagues from the University of Puerto Rico to discuss ways in which race, gender, and ethnicity have illuminated larger cultural and political issues in their particular area of studies. With representation from different disciplines and geographic regions, they explored how various peoples, states, communities, and societies have been defining and negotiating identities/subjectivities in a new global age.

With particular interest in presenting and discussing innovative ways in which these three categories of analysis can be integrated into academic curricula and teaching modules, both at the university and K-12 levels, an important part of this conference was to discuss how gender, race, and ethnicity can transform classroom discussions and how we can develop teaching materials and classroom activities from the research projects presented.

The 2015 conference was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the Center for Japanese Studies, the African Studies Center, the Center for South Asian Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the International Institute at the University of Michigan in collaboration with the Facultad de Humanidades, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Facultad de Educación, and the Facultad de Estudios Generales at the University of Puerto Rico.

The participants’ biographies, the abstracts for the papers they presented, and a related resource for educators are available to the public here

Keynote Speakers


MARÍA DEL CARMEN BAERGA, UPR Departamento de Historia

La palabra masculina y los entresijos del honor/deshonor femenino en el Puerto Rico decimonónico

SUEANN CAULFIELD, U-M History, Residential College, Women’s Studies

Jesus v. Jesus: Slavery, Patronage Networks, and the Transfer of Wealth in a Nineteenth- Century African-Bahian Family



MARIE CRUZ SOTO, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Studies

JUAN R. HERNÁNDEZ GARCÍA, UPR Departamento de Historia

LARRY LA FOUNTAIN-STOKES, U-M Romance Languages and Literature, Latina/o Studies

MABEL RODRÍGUEZ CENTENO, UPR Programa de Estudios de la Mujer y Género, Departamento de Historia, Departamento de Humanidades en Estudio Generales

JAMES SEALE, Escuela Secundaria de la Universidad de Puerto Rico



RAFAEL ACEVEDO CRUZ, UPR Departamento de Historia

La definición de lo ‘extremo’ y los límites al giro subjetivo: Notas acerca de los estudios de la memoria

ERIKA ALMENARA, U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Communism, Capitalism, and Imperialism: Homosexuality as a National Threat in Cuba and the United States During the Cold War

LUIS J. BELTRÁN ÁLVAREZ, UPR Departamento de Filosofía

De marginados a sujetos políticos de la contemporaneidad: Un estudio del desarrollo losó co-político del lumpen, lo hetrogéneo y el precariado en la sociedad del Siglo XXI

ANTHONY DÍAZ VÁZQUEZ, UPR Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos

Discurso y género: Estructuras semánticas en el discurso periodístico sobre la víctima de crimen de odio en Puerto Rico

SHARIF EL GAMMAL ORTÍZ, UPR Departamento de Inglés

Pneumatological Testaments: Pariag and Aldrick, Two Practitioners of Natural Writing

NEMESIO GIL, UPR Departamento de Inglés

They are Black…but Beautiful”: Aesthetic (Re)Visions of the Black Subject in Two Colonial Travel Narratives of the West Indies

MICHELLE GOTAY MORALES, UPR Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos

¡Cómo osas ser literato! La narrativa de Eugenio María de Hostos ante el Colonialismo y la Política cultural española en el siglo XIX

LESLIE HEMPSON, U-M Center for South Asian Studies

Approaching Caste through Race and Ethnicity in Twentieth-Century South Asia

JOSHUA A. IRIZARRY, U-M Center for Japanese Studies

Ethnicity, Gender, and the Challenges of Establishing a Global Zen Community

JALLICIA JOLLY, U-M Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Untold Testimonies: Survival Strategies among HIV-Positive Jamaican Women

HAFSA KANJWAL, U-M Center for South Asian Studies

Gender vs. Women’s History: A Case of South Asia

KEVIN KELLY COOKE, UPR Departamento de Inglés

Remembering the Sati: Women Fleeing Death by Immolation

ZOE MCLAUGHLIN, U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Don’t Judge: Jilboobs, Fatwas, and the Place of the Veil in Popular Indonesian Thought

NATALIE NEGRÓN, UPR Departamento de Historia

Mecanismos de violencia hacia los negros esclavos: Castigos, torturas y pena de muerte en el Puerto Rico del siglo XVI


On the Verge of Utterance: Language and Identity in Richard Wright’s Native Son

NICOLE SMOLINSKE, U-M Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Gendered Politics of Exclusion in Modern Myanmar

CARMEN MILAGROS TORRES RIVERA, UPR Departamento de Lingüística

Unsilencing the Afro-Puerto Rican Voice: Afro-Puerto Rican Children’s Literature in the English Classroom