CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: A Special Issue of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI), Documenting Transborder Latinidades: Archives, Libraries, and Digital Humanities


A Special Issue of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion (IJIDI) 

Documenting Transborder Latinidades: Archives, Libraries, and Digital Humanities 


With the growing prominence of news reporting on the migration of refugees from Latin  America, and ensuing allusions to the invasion of the United States by “foreign” bodies, little, if any, attention is paid to the historical, political, cultural, and diasporic throughlines between Latinx populations stateside, and their relatives and antecedents in the Global South. Confronted with legacies of colonialism and decades of invasion and forced displacement, the mainland United States is compelled to navigate the consequences of its geopolitical machinations, and to reckon with the communities, identities, histories, and hybrid cultural formations that have resulted from its interventions in Latin America, alongside nativist and racist policies that have marginalized and stigmatized U.S. Latinx communities. 

This special issue looks towards these multiple iterations of latinidad as a means to explore how cultural heritage workers, community driven memory projects, archivists, and digital humanists, on both sides of the proverbial border, document and represent the multifaceted nature and dynamism of Latin American and U.S. Latinx life, community culture, migratory experiences, and cultural productions. Crossing cultural, geographic, historical, and digital divides, this special issue will mine the ties that connect families and communities across the diaspora; how they manifest themselves in archives, digital humanities projects, library collections, and community based organizations; and their impact on historical and cultural narratives about the movements, contributions, and communal formations of U.S. Latinx and Latin American populations. 

Aiming to transcend misinformed representations of latinidad, which continue to lack the long view of historical perspective, this special issue seeks submissions that provide a counterbalance to these circumscribed narratives, and which document the resilience, tenacity, richness, and rebelliousness of the Latin American diaspora and U.S. Latinx communities. We welcome submissions on a wide variety of topics, including: 

● Case studies on documenting recent migrations from the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala) 

● Communities and cultural formations on parallel sides of the border 

● Mapping projects that chronicle and visualize the migration process or the historical contributions of Latinx communities in the United States 

● Diasporic cultural, artistic, or literary productions 

● Local collection development initiatives about U.S. Latinx or Latin American communities 

● Digital humanities projects focused on U.S. Latinx or Latin American communities and cultural production 

We invite proposals for the Articles section, as well as shorter submissions for the Special sections: the latter may include opinion/viewpoint pieces, interviews, work in progress reports from the field, doctoral projects, and theory-to-practice essays. 

This issue will be guest edited by: 

Mario H. Ramirez, PhD, Head of Special Collections and Archives, California State 

University, Los Angeles, USA 

And co-edited by: 

Lorena Gauthereau, PhD, Digital Programs Manager, US Latino Digital Humanities, 

Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, University of Houston, USA 


Submission Process – Important Dates 

This special issue of IJIDI is scheduled for publication in Fall 2022. The following 

submission timeline applies: 

January 15, 2022: Abstracts and Expressions of interest (name, role and affiliation: 

extended abstracts of up to 1,000 words for full research papers/articles, and 250-500 

words for contributions to the special section). Please email your submissions to:

February 28, 2022: Notification of acceptances 

May 15, 2022: Full papers due (double blind peer reviewing July - 


Fall 2022: Special issue published 


Author Guidelines and Peer Review Process 

Please consult IJIDI Author Guidelines and IJIDI Peer Review Process at: 

Any questions related to this issue should be addressed to:  


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