RE(IN)VISION of Africa in Contemporary Spanish Texts

full name / name of organization: 
Victoria Ketz, Iona College
contact email: 
vketz1@yahoo.com

Historically Spain has been blessed with the influx of different cultures. However, in recent years there has been an inversion of the Spanish migration flow brought about by the economic crisis of the 1990s. While the number of emigrants fell, the number of immigrants continued to increase at a steady pace. Common in the daily television programs is to see the small North African craft called pateras arrive filled with a dozen or so Arab or Berber laborers. Now the traffic has been industrialized and immigrants come in lothios--or cayucos, larger crafts which hold more than 150 people. These boats are overflowing with dozens of young men hoping to enter the European Union to work illegally. The sharp increase in the number of foreign residents in the last years, has given rise to a polemical debate surrounding the reform the immigration law. The establishment of a political immigration framework known as the Plan Greco has been enacted. This issue is the second most important "national" issue for Spaniards after terrorism. This panel wishes to address how the Africans and immigration are being represented in contemporary Spanish texts. Are these representations of idealized “buen salvaje” or are they more pejorative representations? Do narrators sympathize with the plight of the immigrants? Is there acceptance of their new country?

This panel invites papers that study the representation of Africa/ African immigrants in contemporary literary texts. Papers may focus on: Are these representations of idealized “buen salvaje” or are they more pejorative representations? Do narrators sympathize with the plight of the immigrants? Is there acceptance of their new country? Please send 200-300 word abstracts and brief biographical statements by September 25th (via email) to Victoria Ketz , vketz@iona.edu

cfp categories: 
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
postcolonial
twentieth_century_and_beyond