Diaspora and Memory in Contemporary Spain - M/MLA Conference Nov. 12-15, 2009 (Deadline 4/20/09)

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Kathy Korcheck, Dept. of Modern Languages, Central College
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This panel examines, with regard to descendants of Spanish exile (1936-1955), Andreas Huyssen's question of whether "it is possible or even desirable for a diasporic community to migrate into the history of the host nation." The so-called "Ley de nietos," a provision that widens the scope of Spain's 2007 Law of Historical Memory, allows for descendants of exile in countries such as Argentina, Cuba and Mexico to apply for and obtain Spanish nationality. Papers are invited on literary and filmic texts dealing with reverse migrations and their potential influence on the recovery and revision of historical memories of the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. Investigations into new media's impact on descendants of exile are particularly welcome. Please send a 500 word abstract to korcheckk@central.edu by April 20, 2009.