12th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas
California State University, Fresno
Virtual conference: Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13, 2021
This year's featured speakers: Gerald Vizenor and Monica De La Torre
Delaney R. Whitebird Olmo
Hector Tapía III
Dr. William Arcé
Dr. Melanie Hernandez
Dr. Samina Najmi
About the Conference
Founded in 2010, UCMLA has featured more than 100 undergraduate student presenters.
The Undergraduate Conference on Multiethnic Literatures of the Americas was founded in 2010 to provide undergraduate students with a professional venue in which to present their research and to foreground the increasingly significant study of multiethnic literatures, particularly the interconnectedness of those literatures across cultures, nations, and languages.
Undergraduate students gain experience in writing abstracts, presenting papers, and engaging in scholarly debate and discussion. The presentation of their research also serves to enhance the curriculum of Fresno State’s English Department.
The conference is organized by the department’s graduate students and faculty advisers.
In 2017, the 8th annual UCMLA conference was dedicated to the memory of Mireyda "Mia" Barraza Martinez and opened with a tribute to her.
Mia was a beloved student, scholar, poet, and activist who believed deeply in the UCMLA mission. As an undergraduate, she presented papers on Wendy Rose (2013) and Andrés Montoya (2014). As a graduate student, she volunteered her time and talent to design the conference programs, and she served on the conference organizing committee in 2015 and 2016.
Mia died in a car accident in November 2016, one semester away from graduating with her MFA in creative writing. She was 29.
2021 — Gerald Vizenor and Monica De La Torre
2020 — Erika L. Sánchez and Ishmael Reed
2019 — Maxine Hong Kingston and Elda María Román
2018 — Reyna Grande and Gary Y. Okihiro
2017 — Wendy Rose and Arturo Arias
2016 — Saïd Sayrafiezadeh and Michele Elam
2015 — Manuel Muñoz and Marilyn Chin
2014 — Roxane Gay
2013 — Samiya Bashir
2012 — Hayan Charara and Jorge Huerta
2011 — Cherrie Moraga
Call for Papers
Deadline to submit: Jan. 25, 2021. Download the 2021 Call for Papers. (doc, 30kb)
Focus of Conference
This conference focuses on the multiethnic literatures of North America, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Students from any major may submit abstracts. We encourage analytical papers on any thematic or formal aspect of a text or group of texts, including film and other cultural productions. The argument should illuminate the work(s) in original ways while drawing on available scholarship to make its case.
We invite current undergraduate students and those who have graduated within the past year, as well as first-year graduate students, to submit a 250-word abstract (summary) of their papers. Students whose abstracts are accepted will present their papers at the conference.
We hope that by presenting at the conference or attending some of the panel discussions, many undergraduates will find themselves interested in the possibility of graduate school and that many others will discover the rewards of being part of a community of scholars.
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
Help with Your Abstract
Need advice or help on writing your abstract? The UCMLA committee offers the following opportunities.
Workshop on writing abstracts:
Friday, Dec. 11, 2020 from 3 to 5 p.m. Online. Email Dr. Melanie Hernandez for the Zoom link.
Graduate students will be available to provide advice and guidelines for writing abstracts, to answer questions, and to provide examples.
Early submission of drafts of abstracts:
If you submit a draft of your abstract by email by Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, you will receive feedback by email and will have time to revise and polish your abstract by the Jan. 25, 2021 deadline.