Beyond Borders? New Formulations in Hispanic and Lusophone Studies

deadline for submissions: 
March 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University College Cork

The Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies of University College Cork, with the support of the Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC), has great pleasure in inviting you to the  Beyond Borders?New Formulations in Hispanic and Lusophone StudiesJune 28 - 29, 2018University College Cork This symposium aims to offer postgraduate and early-career researchers the opportunity to gather in a formative space to transverse spatial, temporal, and linguistic borders and perspectives. The current situation of the disciplines beneath the epithets ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Lusophone’, studies, although positively emphasises the common linguistic patrimony of diverse territories, also upholds and reproduces the isolation of the colonised spaces and becomes an artificial obstacle for horizontal communication and collaboration. In a world where this predominantly vertical epistemological framework reinforces the hegemony of the cultural production of the centres at the expense of the cultural diversity of the peripheries and the circulation of their ideas, it is imperative to cross spatial, temporal, linguistic and epistemic borders, not only to answer old questions, but to reformulate new ones and to redefine categories. Inspired by the concept of the circum-Atlantic world as understood by Joseph Roach (1996), and extending this perspective to other border areas, this event will focus on making visible the legacy of horizontal collaborations across territories and languages in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds and beyond. The symposium will enable exchanges with the keynote speakers Professor Janet Polasky from the University of New Hampshire, USA, and Dr Conrad James from the University of Birmingham, UK. Professor Janet Polasky is a specialist in Eighteenth-century Atlantic revolutions, and comparative, urban, and women's history. Dr Conrad James’s research explores cultural production in terms of what it reveals concerning the significance of race thinking, the politics of movement, diaspora creativity, and the emergence of new world philosophies.We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers across the range of disciplines, including but not confined to the following areas:

  • Transnational horizontal collaboration and anti-colonialism
  • Digital and/or intermedial explorations of horizontal collaboration
  • Histories and representation of gender in literatures, visual cultures and politics
  • Transgender and queer sexualities
  • Questions of race and ethnicity in literary and visual cultures, and politics
  • Narratives and/or histories of migrations
  • Diasporas and/or borders subjects
  •  Hybridization, syncretism and/or transculturation
  •  Linguistic and/or cultural translations
  •  Ecocriticism: nature as cultural space
  •  Artistic and literary responses to circum-Atlantic exchanges
  • New articulations of core and periphery

 Please send abstracts (max. 200 words) and a brief biographical note to Important Dates
Deadline for submission: March 30, 2018
Notification of acceptance: April 16, 2018

Organising committee:
Yairen Jerez Columbié
Laura Linares Fernández
Craig Neville
Humberto Saldanha