“Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration” – Conference CUNY – Call for Papers

Conference: “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration”
Friday, May 10, 2013

Organized by the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies
Hosted at John Jay College/CUNY
524 W 59th St., New York, NY 10019

Call for papers:
The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies invites abstracts for our annual conference on Mexican studies. The 2013 conference focus is on “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration”. Abstracts of 250 words along with a 150 word bio are invited in all disciplines. Abstract submission deadline is Feb. 15, 2013. Please email abstract to mexican.studies@lehman.cuny.edu. As many as ten abstracts will be selected for participation and other presenters will be invited to participate. Selected participants will be notified by February 28, 2013 and will be expected to submit finished manuscripts of conference papers by April 15, 2013. Please specify if work is eligible for publication (original research, not previously published). Limited funding for travel and accommodations may be available.

The CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies will host a one-day conference on May 10, 2013, “Mexico-NY: Thirty Years of Migration.” This conference will be a major gathering of scholars from Mexico and the United States to disseminate research on three decades of migration between Mexico and New York. The proceedings will be simultaneously available on the web and then will be archived and available on the Institute of Mexican Studies website. Additionally, an edited volume of selected papers will be prepared and published to further disseminate the results of the conference.
The conference will build on the accomplishments of the 2012-2013 yearlong Mexico-NY interactive web based seminar, or Virtual Seminar Series the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies is coordinating between Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) and the City University of New York (CUNY).


Our primary goal is to promote a dialogue on research related to diverse aspects of transnational migration between Mexico and New York by creating a forum where US and Mexican academics can engage with one another. Mexican migration to New York originated more than three decades ago and this conference will be a landmark event, reflecting on the growth of a community, its contributions to New York, and challenges that persist. While scholars in Mexico and the US have studied this population, to date there has been no academic conference that has deliberately sought to draw together the pioneering and emerging scholars who have worked specifically on Mexico-NY migration in a binational dialogue.

The Need for Dialogue on Migration between Mexico and New York and information on the Institute of Mexican Studies
To more fully understand migration issues between Mexico and New York, a transnational perspective needs to be employed since communities are changing on both sides of the border.

Mexicans constitute the fastest growing national sub-group in New York City, due to high rates of immigration and high births. If these rates remain the same, the Mexican population will surpass that of other Latino groups in New York City by the year 2024. [1] The number of Mexicans living in New York City has grown 57.7% in the last decade. The Mexican population in New York City is 319, 126 according to U.S. Census data for the most recent year available, 2010. 2 However, due to undercounting, the population is much greater.
The newly created CUNY-wide Institute of Mexican Studies at Lehman College (launched Spring 2012) serves to bridge scholarly networks in Mexico and the United States who share related research agendas.

Dissemination of Results
Video and audio of the conference proceedings will be broadcast live via web and then be archived on the CUNY Institute for Mexican Studies website.
Additionally, a volume of selected papers from the conference will be published.

Conference Organizers:
Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

Leslie A. Martino-Velez
Associate Director, CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies

With conference planning team: Isabel Martínez, David Badillo, Jesús Pérez, Lisandro Pérez.
With support from Lehman College, John Jay College, and Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Jay Hershenson

[1]Bergad, Laird. (2008) ,”Mexicans in New York City, 2007: An Update” Latino Data Project, Report 26, 2008. http://web.gc.cuny.edu/lastudies/latinodataprojectreports/Mexicans%20in%20New%20York%20City,%20 2007%20An%20Update.pdf.

2 US Census, 2010

Alyshia Gálvez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Latin American, Latino and Puerto Rican Studies
Director of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies
Lehman College/City University of New York
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, 288 Carman Hall
Bronx, NY 10468-1589
Tel: (718) 960-5115 Fax: (718) 960-7804
Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers (Rutgers University Press, Oct. 2011)
Guadalupe in New York (NYU Press, Dec. 2009)


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