​Building Sustainable Worlds: Latinx Placemaking in the Midwest

How do Latinas/os in the Midwest create communities and environments to sustain themselves, often amidst culturally and socially hostile climates? How are Latinas/os, long drawn to the region for industrial and agricultural work, impacted by the physical and material climate and environments of the region? And how do Latinas/os reflect upon, react to, and transform these cultural and physical environments to create sustainable communities? 

This research challenge will bring together scholars from across the Midwest to explore the significance of Latinx Midwest efforts at placemaking, as these appear in formal and everyday performance, literature, and cultural and arts centers. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Midwest is a twelve-state region; however, our understanding of the Latinx Midwest recognizes the long history of translocal, transregional, and transnational identifications that bind many Latinx communities to other parts of the U.S., and to places and countries throughout the Americas.