Herman@s y colegas de MALCS:
On behalf of the Board of MALCS, I am excited to inform you of the theme and dates for the 2016 MALCS Summer Institute to be held at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. This year’s theme is “Deconstructing the Equality State: Remnants of Colonialism, Trauma, and Invisibility” and the Summer Institute is scheduled for August 3rd to the 6th, 2016.
The Site Committee, led by CC Aragon and Irlanda Jacinto along with other wonderful mujeres at the University of Wyoming, has developed an exciting and provoking Call for Papers, which you can read below and at CFP2016. The call should elicit and create insightful proposals from the membership about the continued resistance against neo- and not so neo colonialism and its ill effects on our populations. The State of Wyoming purports its logo to be the “the Equality State,” but as our colegas from the University of Wyoming aptly suggest, equality is far from universal and just. This year’s theme asks us to consider to ongoing struggle against imperialist practices that seek to erase our collective and individual selves and our own lived experiences from hegemonic histories and national imaginations. Fortunately, as we gather in Laramie this coming August, we can continue to learn from each other and strengthen our fight for recognition, acknowledgement, and equality. If there is something I have learnt from you all malcsistas is that si se puede.
I invite you all to send proposals and to make plans to join us for this exciting 2016 MALCS Summer Institute at the University of Wyoming. I know that Laramie might seem geographically far away for some of our membership located in Califas, Tejas, and other locations in the Southwest, but let me remind you that Laramie is only 2 hours from Denver, Colorado, and that direct flights served by United Airlines from Denver arrive and depart daily from the Laramie Regional Airport.
The mujeres at the University of Wyoming will be posting detailed information on how to get to Laramie via air and land in the coming weeks – so do not be dissuaded by distance; after all to quote my mentors from MALCS, we chican@s/latin@as and indigenous native folk are diasporic peoples, so a little more travel does good for the soul – especially when at the end we shall arrive to comunidad in every sense of the word. As you know, the MALCS Summer Institute is where we grow and learn from ourselves. I always personally feel I can take one more year (or more) of our struggle after recharging at the Institute – so do please consider joining us in Laramie this August.
Paper, panel, workshop, and roundtable proposals are due on March 15, 2016 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and in the next weeks, we will be releasing information about travel, lodging, and other details about the 2016 MALCS Summer Institute at the University of Wyoming. So please check back at malcs.org for updates and additional information.
Hope to see you in Laramie this August.
Si se puede,
Current MALCS Bylaws (amended August 2014)
1991 Mission statement
Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, Women Active in Letters and Social Change) is an organization of Chicanas/ Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/ Latina and Native American women’s issues. Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women from a variety of institutions gather at this yearly Summer Institute to network, share information, offer support and re-energize. The MALCS Summer Institute is one of the few places Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women can come together without the influence of male and/or Euro-American consciousness or opinion. While some charge that this is separatist, the MALCS reply is not one of apology. This is our space. The dynamics of this Chicana/Latina and Native American woman space is worth guarding, even in the face of criticism from those we respect and work with in our home institutions. Adopted at Laredo, Texas, 1991
June 1983 MALCS Declaración
We are the daughters of Chicano working class families involved in higher education. We were raised in labor camps and barrios, where sharing our resources was the basis of survival. Our values, our strength derive from where we came. Our history is the story of the working class people–their struggles, commitments, strengths, and the Chicano/Mexicano experience in the United States. We are particularly concerned with the conditions women face at work, in and out of the home. We continue our mothers’ struggle for economic and social justice. The scarcity of Chicanas in institutions of higher education requires that we join together to identify our common problems, to support each other and to define collective solutions. Our purpose is to fight the race, class, and gender oppression we have experienced in the universities. Further, we reject the separation of academic scholarship and community involvement. Our research strives to bridge the gap between intellectual work and active commitment to our communities. We draw upon a tradition of political struggle. We see ourselves developing strategies for social change–a change emanating from our communities. We declare the commitment to seek social, economic, and political change throughout our work and collective action. We welcome Chicanas who share these goals and invite them to join us. Adopted June 1983