Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage | Conference 2022

La Politiquera: Recovering Politics/Recovering Political Voices

April 7-9, 2022  ·  Virtual Conference 

We are pleased to announce the XVI Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference will convene virtually April 7-9, 2022. The meeting theme, La Politiquera: Recovering Politics/Recovering Political Voices, seeks to highlight voices in the archives that chronicle the agency of individuals and communities in navigating complex political environments and events, especially in the context of barred access to democratic institutions such as the courts and voting. What counts as politics when communities are deemed unrecognizable as a legitimate, enfranchised citizenry? Apart from the politics that appear in contesting the settler policies of a white, nationalist, Anglophone hegemony, what are other debates, controversies and ideologies that inform recovered archives? How do scholars approach and assess archives when politics in the past often underwrote issues, social practices and belief systems our communities no longer uphold?

Archivists, librarians, linguists, historians, critics, theorists and community members are invited to share examples of the legacy they are recovering, preserving and making available of Hispanic peoples—whether residents, immigrants or exiles—of the United States over the past centuries. We seek papers and posters in either English or Spanish that highlight these many contributions, but also offer critical ways to rethink issues of agency, gender, sexualities, race/ethnicity, environmental justice, class and power.

Registration and Membership

Presenters must register and be Recovery members. All attendees must register for the conference. If you experience technical difficulties, please email us at:

Your membership fees fund Research Assistant fellowships, scholarships and the infrastructure to publish Recovery books. Your registration fees help pay for the conference's virtual platform, student bursaries, featured speaker honorarium and translation/transcription applications and services.

Membership Fees

  • Professional/Faculty: $75
  • Students and community members: $35
  • Lifetime: $1,000

Registration Fees

  • Professional/Faculty: $50
  • Students and community members: $25


All times will be posted in Central Time. 

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Welcome video

Watch Day 2 Welcome video here! 

Manos a la obra Pre-conference workshops on Digital Humanities and Archives

April 1, 2022

Additionally, the XVI Recovery Conference will offer two US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH; #usLdh) pre-conference workshops open to conference attendees and members of the public. The workshop themes are: 1) Using archives for digital scholarship (theory, overview of applications, project, data management and creating digital timelines) and 2) Hands-on introduction to Digital Humanities (mapping and digital collections). Pre-registration is required, a limited number of spots will be available.

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