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Two-Day Conference Examines the Field of Chicana and Chicano Studies

Friday February 26, 2010
• San Jacinto Conference Center

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The Center for Mexican American Studies is hosting the 2010 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Tejas Foco Regional Conference on Feb. 26-27 at the San Jacinto Conference Center.

The year 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the formal establishment of Mexican American Studies in the academy in Texas. Since the early 1970s, many approaches have been developed and employed in the field of Chicana and Chicano Studies, some focusing on political economy, others on cultural studies, some focusing on the specificity of the Tejano experience, others focusing on how Texas fits into the larger experience of Mexican Americans in the United States and linkages to Mexico and Latin America. Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas has drawn from many intellectual approaches and fields, and struggled to expand the definition of the academy, activism and intellectual life.

The goal of the 2010 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Regional Conference is to examine questions around a "Texas School" of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Scholars of Chicana and Chicano Studies, members of NACCS, and the general public will engage the question of whether there is (or is not) a Texas-based approach to Chicana and Chicano Studies. Presentations will look at the past, present, and future of Chicana and Chicano Studies in Texas to outline such a "Texas School" of thought or may call into question the very idea of such a proposition. The conference will also consider whether there is more than one school of thought within Texas.

The conference is free and open to the public. Learn more about the event...