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Awards, Honours & Promotions

Levi Romero was recently named the Inaugural New Mexico Poet Laureate. He is an assistant professor and Director of the New Mexico Cultural Landscapes Program in Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico.  For more information about his work and the award, see,62291.

Mari Castañeda, former NACCS Chair, has been appointed Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Karleen Pendleton Jiménez has been promoted to full professor in the School of Education & Department of Gender and Social Justice at Trent University and will serve as the director of the Graduate Program in Education.

Spring 2020 – Vol. 45 No. 1


  • Murales de mi tio translated means my uncle’s murals. The uncle and artist featured in this exhibition is Daniel “Chano” Gonzalez, a muralist during the Chicano movement in the 1970s. His nephew, Fresno State instructor Phil Gonzales, has photographed and documented the work on display. This exhibition took place at Fresno State in 2018 and was planned for NACCS 2020. Phil has made a video link available to us to experience the exhibition and presentation:
  • Norma E. Cantú, as the current President of the American Folklore Society, invites NACCS members to the Society’s next meeting that will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 14-17, 2020. Note: AFS Rebooks Tulsa Annual Meeting for 2022 but Continues to Plan for a Smaller Fall Meeting. See:
  • The Tecnológico de Monterrey and la Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla will host a Coloquio Internacional on Gloria Anzaldúa September 23- 25, 2020 in Puebla. Stay tuned for further information.
  • Norma E. Cantú announced that she will no longer be hosting El Mundo Zurdo, the international conference on Gloria Anzaldua held every eighteen months since 2007. More than likely the conference will be held biannually at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Spring 2020 – Vol. 45 No. 1

    Call for Noticias de NACCS Submissions

    Dear NACCS Member,

    I invite you to submit your contribution towards our summer edition of – Noticias de NACCS – NACCS Newsletter.  Submissions due July 1, 2020.

    Types of submissions sought:

    I propose two themes for the newsletter:

    • Chicana/o/x (Studies) experiences, perspectives and contributions during Covid-19
    • Share with us some of what you had wanted to present had NACCS 2020 in Seattle taken place

    In addition, we welcome any of the following:

    • Reports: Please send in any reports (from focos, caucuses, board members) that highlight any of your work and activities during the past year.
    • Regional Conferences/Activities – report with highlights and photographs
    • Member News –  completed a Ph.D., have a new job or a new book? Let’s celebrate!
    • Photos/Artwork
    • News Stories
    • Poetry/Story
    • Obituaries

    Please contact me if you have any questions, and/or submit your entries to by July 1, 2020.

    Submissions received will be selected by the Editor for publication and may be edited for length.

    Spring 2020 – Vol. 45 No. 1

    2020 NACCS Scholar

    Professor Albert M. Camarillo

    At its Midyear meetings in Seattle, Washington, the NACCS Board unanimously selected the Northern California Foco nomination of Dr. Albert M. Camarillo for NACCS Scholar.  Camarillo has been a pillar in the Chicano/a community, training a cadre of Chicana/o Historians and working on the front lines to create and include Chicano/a Studies within the Academy. He was part of the initial wave of Chicanos and Chicanas to attend college in the 1960s before affirmative action programs and laid the foundation for generations of students and faculty.

    Professor Camarillo earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in History in 1975 and promptly became a professor in the Department of History at Stanford University where he spent his entire academic career (42 years) until his retirement this year.  During his tenure at Stanford Dr. Camarillo held numerous academic and administrative positions including Special Assistant to the Provost for Faculty Diversity (2007-2019), Founding Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity (1996-2002), Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies (1992-94), Founding Director of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUP) (1985-88), and the Founding Director of the Stanford Center for Chicano Research (1980-1985).

    Professor Camarillo taught thousands of students at both graduate and undergraduate levels.  Among his students are Antonia Castañeda, (Ph.D. 1990), David G. Gutierrez, Monica Perales, Stephen J. Pitti, Vicky L. Ruiz, George J. Sanchez, and William Deverell.  It is fitting to note that in many ways Dr. Camarillo has paved the way for students to become historians in his numerous leadership roles in the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, the Urban History Association, and in the National Association for Chicano Studies (sic).  He served as a co-editor of the 1979 NACS proceedings “Work, Family, Sex Roles, Language” along with Francisco Hernandez and 1999 NACCS Scholar Mario Barrera.

    His dissertation, “The Making of the Chicano Community:  A History of the Chicanos in Santa Barbara, California, 1850-1930”, was nominated in 1975 as one of the best Ph.D. theses in American History in the nation and augured the impact he would have in documenting Chicana and Chicano History in the future.  Author of multiple books and articles focusing on the experiences of Mexican Americans and other racial and immigrant groups in North American Cities. Dr. Camarillo is widely regarded as one of the founders of Chicana and Chicano Studies history from his very first article and beyond.  

    The NACCS Scholar award was established in 1981 to recognize “life achievement” contributions of scholars to Chicana and Chicano Studies. 

    It is our sincere honor to welcome Dr. Camarillo as the NACCS 2020 Scholar in recognition of his life’s dedication, mentorship, and leadership in the field.  We invite everyone to celebrate Dr. Albert Camarillo in Seattle, Washington at the NACCS 47th Annual Conference during the Awards Dinner on Friday evening.

    Fall 2019 Vol. 44 No. 1


    April 15-18, 2020
    Seattle, WA

    New Fire: The Flowering of a Union of Free Pueblos

    Submit your Proposal Today

     Deadline to submit a presentation for the 2020 conference is November 1, 2019.

    The year 1968 has long been heralded as a year of global revolution. From the Tet Offensive to Tlatelolco, and from Black, Red, Yellow and Chicano Power to Brown is beautiful and the Blowouts, the stage was set for the emergence of Chicana and Chicano Studies. The following year witnessed the Santa Barbara and Denver conferences where, respectively, the blueprint for Chicano Studies and MEChA were born and for the first time Chicanas/os declared themselves a People, a Nation, a Pueblo among other Pueblos, and Aztlán itself as a Union of Free Pueblos. As we commemorate the various 50 th anniversaries of many of these events and accomplishments, as well of several respective departments, let us also heed the call of the Zapatistas for the need to rethink our cartographies and calendars. So rather than the uncritical mapping of Aztlán premised on the national-territorial borders of western colonial nation-states or the marking of yet another decade or half-century as is the hallmark of western temporalities, let us use this upcoming 2020 conference to develop the critical hindsight and conceptual clarity on the need for a New Fire – the ceremonial rebirthing ceremony that occurs every 52 years among several Pueblos of the misnamed territories currently named Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

    Building on last year’s theme to engage with the ways Indigenous knowledge informs our lives and work, we invite further exploration of building relationalities with the diverse Indigenous Nations and Pueblos of las Américas Profundas, Turtle Island, Abya Yala, Pachamama. A New Fire Ceremony is the basis for a rebirth, one that marks the end of four cycles of 13 years, which is integral to the cosmologies of several “Meso-American” and “Southwestern” Indigenous Nations and Peoples. Let us thus disobey the cartographic and temporal conventions of western disciplines and nations and reignite a New Fire within Chicana and Chicano Studies to intellectually, politically, epistemically and spiritually combat the violence, destruction, and displacement that characterize the civilization of death and its various modalities (racism, sexism, compulsory heterosexualism, patriarchy, genocide, classism, coloniality, epistemicide, Christian-centrism, eurocentrism, ableism, ageism, etc) that we have accepted as the norm.

    In 2020, the Peace and Dignity Journeys, an intercontinental spiritual run to reunite Eagle and Condor nations by building on the autonomy and interrelationship of all Pueblos of the northern and southern continent, will devote its prayer to the Sacred Fire. Similarly, Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress has pointed out that, “¡Ha llegado el tiempo del florecimiento de los Pueblos!” – The time of the flowering of the Pueblos has arrived! Chicanas, Xicanos, Chicanxs, Raza of all nations, genders, colors and ages have been part of and accompanied both movements from the start. So let us revisit that original call of our own for a Union of Free Pueblos to think about how Chicana and Chicano Studies can serve to (re)light the embers and kindlings of new temporalities, cartographies, epistemologies and relationalities in Abya Yala.

    Towards these “ends” or rather openings and distinct forms of walking and being in this world, we welcome papers, panels, workshops, and presentations that address the following types of questions and topics, by no means exhaustive:

    • How can we foreground a rigorous, yet combative spirit in our work, without losing sight of a creative and rasquache aesthetics and poetics ?
    • How do we dispense with pretensions to objectivity that continue delimit the possibility of decolonial imaginings and openings in academia?
    • How do we better elucidate the ways Chican@ Studies, Ethnic Studies, Queer Studies, and related fields produce knowledge above and beyond the limited myopic scopes, national imaginaries, disciplinarian divides and accompanying methodologies of traditional
    • How can we re-ignite the fire of action research in defense of our pueblos, barrios, communities, territories, lands, bodies, waters, climate, earth?
    • What might be the bases for a collective and shared understanding and refoundation of a decolonial Chicana and Chicano Studies?

    Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    Unthinking Nation-States
    The history and politics of MEChA
    Bridging or reengaging with our various Pueblos
    Learning from the land
    Indigenous foundations of Chicana/o/x Studies
    Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous Relationships
    Internationalizing Chicana/o/x Studies
    Decentering state-centric migration subjectivities
    Returning to self, ceremonia spirit and healing
    Indigenous Knowledge and Language reclamation
    Decolonizing eating and farming
    Two-spirit identities  
    Autonomies and the politics of naming
    The future of autonomies and sovereignties
    Politics of Recognition and its limits
    Critiques of appropriation
    Practices of reconciliation
    Reconceptualizing Aztlán
    Aztlán as praxis, Chicana/o/x ethnogenesis, emergence and axis mundi
    Aztlán as kinship, migration story, performativity, and queer nation
    Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Indigenous community organizing
    Urban Zapatismo
    Asambleas, caracoles and other social formations
    Collectivity as praxis
    Indigenous theory and research methodologies
    Indigenous feminisms
    Social media and technology
    Danza, Folklórico, and traditional dancing
    Youth and restorative justice
    Decolonizing borders
    The future of Ethnic Studies
    The Works of Early Chicano Thinkers and Writers
    The Historical Moment of Chicana/o/x Studies
    Xican@ Time
    Un Nosotros sin estados
    Xican@ futurities, or, the ashes of Chingon Politics

    Fall 2019 – Vol. 44 No. 1

    Conference Hotel Information

    Sheraton Grand Seattle
    1400 6th Ave
    Seattle, WA  98101
    Conference date: April 15-19, 2020
    Reservation information available soon.

    Conference Dates: Participants can begin their stay at the hotel starting April 13 and/or stay until April 20 with the conference rate based on availability. For additional dates and/or room options, please contact the hotel directly.

    The 2020 conference will be hosted at the Sheraton Grand Seattle
    Located in the heart of downtown at 6th and Pike, the Sheraton Grand Seattle provides a gateway to the diverse sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest.

    Rates: (not including taxes) Reservations must be made by March 15 to guarantee the conference rate.  Room Rate: $159.00. Triple/Quads rooms are limited and are in high demand. Make your reservations early.

    If you plan to travel to Canada before or after the conference make sure to bring your U.S. Passport.  Canada is only a ferry ride away.

    Fall 2019 Vol. 44 No. 1

    The Antonia I. Castañeda Prize

    The award is in recognition of a published scholarly article or book chapter of an historical orientation on the intersection of class, race, gender, and sexuality as related to Chicana/Latina and/ Native/Indigenous women. The piece must have been published in November 2018 – 0ctober 2019 by a woman who is an ABD graduate student, pre-tenured faculty member, or an independent scholar. The award is designed to promote and acknowledge scholarship of an historical orientation by Chicana/Latina and/or Native/Indigenous scholars working on issues of intersectionality. No books or creative writing considered. Deadline: November 1.

    Application/Nominations Process:  Both applications and nominations are encouraged. Submit  a PDF copy of the published manuscript, paper, or article and a two-page curriculum vita of the applicant or nominee.  The submission must include a short letter by the applicant or nominee addressing the merits of the article or book chapter’s contribution to the field.   Applicants are also required to solicit a letter from a third party to that effect (e.g., from an adviser, a chair, a colleague). In all cases, applicant or nominee contact information, email address, telephone number, and mailing address, must be included in the application/nomination letter.  Submissions of all materials shall be delivered electronically by the deadline directly to:

    November 1:  Application due to NACCS at

    Fall 2019 Vol. 44 No. 1

    Immigrant Student Beca Award Extension

    EXTENDED TO JANUARY 15th, 2020

    NACCS Board has agreed to extend the deadline to accept applications for the NACCS Beca Award from students.   NACCS offers scholarships for current undocumented immigrant students who are committed to furthering the well being of Chicanas and Chicanos. Applicants must be members of NACCS, be enrolled in an accredited degree-granting institution and be an immigrant of Chicana/o heritage. The NACCS Immigrant Student Beca Fund was founded in 2008 to help Chicana and Chicano college students complete their education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis for community college, four-year college, and graduate students. Awards range from $100 to $500. Application form at: Link Here

    Fall 2019 Vol. 44 No. 1

    2020 Leadership Nominations

    Nominations sought for 2020-2021 leadership

    The Nominations Committee seeks candidates and/or self-nominations for Chair-elect, Treasurer-elect, Secretary and two At Large Representative. If you are interested in running or want to nominate a candidate, the nomination form includes 3 questions regarding participation in NACCS, in Chicana & Chicano Studies and Community. The contact information you provide must also include a short biographical sketch.

    Preferred/Eligibility Criteria

    • Current membership in NACCS
    • Immediate past membership in NACCS (for Chair-elect/Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer-elect/Treasurer 4 years minimum of past membership; for At-Large Reps two years minimum of past membership)
    • Significant and Demonstrated active participation in NACCS
    • Significant and Demonstrated active contribution to Chicana & Chicano Studies
    • Demonstrated contributions to advance the interests and needs of the Chicana & Chicano community
    • Active participation in NACCS Foco and/or Caucus

    The nomination of any individual is not considered final. Based on the nominations received and/or outreached to, the Nominations Committee will decide on the slate that best represents the diversity (region, interest, and/or research) of the NACCS body. 

    Submit your nomination(s) by November 30, 2019.

    Submit Nomination Here

    Fall 2019 Vol. 44 No. 1

    NACCS Job Announcements

    Employment: Assistant or Associate Professor, Cx/Lx Studies, Sonoma State Univ. see>>

     UCLA, Assistant Professor, Chicana/o Studies see>>

    Employment: Assistant Professor, Gender & Women Studies, CSU Northridge see>>

    Director, Chicano Studies Research Center, UC Los Angeles see>> 

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