Call for Proposals

“Cultura y corazón: Local Knowledge and Community Engagement”

February 22-24, 2024

San Antonio, Texas

300-word abstract due September 1, 2023

In 2020, Manzo provided a model for engaged scholarship and research that centers on Cultura y Corazón as a model that centers our work with the community as informed by them. Their methodological approach is as follows: 1) create equal partnerships with communities; 2) recognize, validate, and integrate the cultural assets and funds of knowledge with respect and integrity; and 3) provide the foundation for long-term sustainable collaborations that provide communities with practical application to address their needs (p.5). With this in mind, we encourage critical reflection about how our work in Spanish as Heritage Language can incorporate community engaged practices that model our commitment to our students, their communities and the communities our universities serve.

We are pleased to invite submissions for our upcoming conference, “Cultura y corazón: Local Knowledge and Community Engagement.” The conference will be rooted in our community, taking place in San Antonio, Texas at the campuses of Texas A&M University–San Antonio and The University of Texas- San Antonio (UTSA). The symposium will be held in person following the regular format of keynotes, conference presentations, academic panels, and workshops to allow attendees to share ideas and knowledge about the different aspects of Spanish heritage language teaching, practices, and research.

We invite scholarly papers, workshops, panels, and performances.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Chicana/o/x/e, Latina/o/x/e, and Indigenous approaches in HL classrooms
  • Decolonial/Borderlands pedagogies
  • OER projects
  • Multiliteracies and translanguaging
  • Folklore, culture, and tradition
  • Antiracist, decolonial, culturally sustaining pedagogy
  • Curriculum (re)design
  • Bilingual or dual immersion settings
  • Teaching HLL
  • Pedagogical resources
  • Language and translation
  • Community-engaged scholarship and practice

Proposals, in Spanish, English, and Spanglish, should consist of an anonymized abstract containing the presentation or panel's title (300 words maximum excluding references, tables, figures, and title). Interested contributors should submit a 300-word abstract, by September 1, 2023

Please send any questions to , Stephanie Gonzalez , or Elena Foulis

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