|The Latino/a American Graduate Students’ Organization at the University
of Massachusetts Amherst–LAGSO was created in 2005 with the purpose
of stimulating exchanges between students, scholars, activists, cultural
workers, and public in general about the meaning, practices, and experiences
of the extended Latin America.
LAGSO decided to launch an interdisciplinary journal to invite exploration
on different topics about the extended region of Latin America. The journal
has the purpose of fostering an exchange between scholars and activists
working from and on what we call the extended Latin America, that is,
the region traditionally known as Latin America, as well as those areas
where the Latino/a presence has become so important that they can validly
be considered a part of the history and experience of Latin America (i.e.,
New York, Los Angeles, Madrid). The purpose of this exchange is to build
networks of knowledge and activism that will contribute to the cause
of social justice in the extended Latin America.
Following scholars like Enrique Dussel, Walter Mignolo, Anibal Quijano,
and Arturo Escobar, whose work stresses the importance of understanding
modernity and the modern world system from a perspective that incorporates
the experience and history of the peoples of Latin America, Al Reverso
expects to engage with various knowledge producers working from and on
Latin America. The existence of a geopolitics of knowledge has led to
the academy in the region to work and analyze the/their world in terms
of the European and U.S. forms of knowledge. In order to incorporate
other knowledges and experiences otherwise we invite activists and scholars
to participate in any form that expresses their understanding and experience
of latinidades in the modern colonial world system.
AL REVERSO is a free online interdisciplinary journal. It will publish
articles, reviews, and interviews in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.
The site will be based at the Center for Latin American, Latino and Caribbean
Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. AL REVERSO accepts
submissions in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Each issue of AL REVERSO
will usually collect a number of articles around a central theme. Contributions
on various topics not related to the issue's theme are also welcomed
and included. Contributions to AL REVERSO might be in different formats,
including essays, interviews, reviews, as well as in various literary
or artistic forms that reflect on the proposed topics.
The first issue of AL REVERSO will be The Latin American Intellectual.
Future issues will include: The idea of Latin America; art and social
activism; the coloniality of power in Latin America; music, literature
and social movements.