"The Language of Resistance" November 11,12,13, 2010

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Texas A & M University Hispanic Studies Graduate Association
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First Annual Texas A&M Department of Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Symposium:
In homage of centenaries of Julio Herrera y Reissig (1875 – 1910), Miguel Hernández (1910 – 1942) and José Lezama Lima (1910 -1976)
The graduate students of the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, invite you to submit abstracts for the First Annual Texas A&M Department of Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Symposium to be held on November 11th, 12th and 13th, 2010. This symposium has as its purpose to commemorate the centennial of the death of Julio Herrera y Reissig, and the centennial of the births of Miguel Hernández and José Lezama Lima. These three distinguished writers are honored collectively not only for their contributions to the genre of poetry, but also for their contributions to the essay, short story and novel.
Julio Herrera y Reissig was a marginalized poet in the Uruguayan society of his time; Miguel Hernández died in a prison cell under Franco's regime; José Lezama Lima was not allowed to leave Cuba during Castro's revolutionary period. For each, writing was an act of resistance, a source of sustenance from which these writers drew strength to endure the circumstances that surrounded them. This symposium invites papers on the theme of resistance and its relationship with artistic-cultural production in literature, cinema, poetry, linguistics, and other relevant fields.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Centennial celebrations
• Literature & Art Studies
• Philosophy
• Translation
• Journalism
• Film
• Race, Class and Ethnicity
• Sustenance
• Revolutions and revolutionaries
• Patriotism and the politics of culture
• Queer sexualities
• Representations of Violence/Trauma

Invited scholars and guests include: Gwen Kirkpatrick (Georgetown University,) Randolph Pope (University of Virginia), Gustavo Pérez Firmat (Columbia University), Enrique Fierro (University of Texas-Austin), and Ida Vitale, winner of the Octavio Paz Prize in poetry, 2009.

Proposals of no more than 200 words may be written in Spanish or English and should be sent in PDF form, with participant name and university affiliation in the left top corner to hgssymp@libarts.tamu.edu by August 15th, 2010. Potential conference participants will be notified by September 15th, 2010. Please indicate whether you will need a projector and screen for your laptop. For more details about the conference, please visit the conference website at: http://hisp.tamu.edu/hgssymp.html

An invited scholar to address the issues at hand will moderate each panel. In addition, interactive discussion groups will be formed to converse on issues relevant to the symposium topic.