[UPDATE] Tiempos de Cólera: Literature, Linguistics, and Culture in Times of Crisis

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Graduate Student Organization of UCSB

Contrary to growing clamor regarding the increasingly dire state of global affairs, the world has not come to an end, nor has western civilization reached the end of history. History continues to be written and, when necessary,rewritten. Social movements are regaining momentumin a way that has not been witnessed since the Roaring
Sixties and Seventies. These protest movements are not limited to the poor and underprivileged Third World,but extend to the very doorstep of world powers like the United States and Spain. In the crosshairs of such movements is the injustice of economic systems which disenfranchise the majority and threaten the future of our youth to line the pockets of a wealthy few while at the same time devastating the environment and squandering
limited natural resources.

While there are those among the wealthy who provide jobs and promote social good, excessive greed has been widely lambasted as the source of society's ills. This duality is but one of many that characterize the myriad voices of outrage vying for prominence on the global stage. We therefore wish to explore these protest movements and their origins — with a particular emphasis on Spain, Portugal, Latin America and the United States — through a multidisciplinary lens that encompasses literature, linguistics, and culture.

Keywords: Decadence, Crisis, Uncertainty, Youth, Insolvency, Unemployment, Sociolinguistics, Catharsis, Media representations, Testimonials, Protest movements, Disillusionment, Identity, Environmental impact.

Submission Policy Individual presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes. Abstracts and panel
proposals must be at most 250 words. The body of the e-mail should contain the following information: title of the paper/panel proposal, area of specialization, name, e-mail, and affiliation of the author(s). The subject of the email should be "Abstract UCSB 2012." Deadline for submission of abstracts: April 15th, 2012.

Conference Fee for accepted presenters is $25 for

Graduate Students to pay upon registration.

Please submit the abstract/proposals to: ucsbgradconference@yahoo.com

Publishing Opportunity Our graduate online student journal Tinta will publish selected papers presented in this conference in our Fall 2012 issue under Conference Proceedings. Papers should be between 12 and 16 pages(including cited-work), double space, 12-point font Times New Roman, and should follow MLA standards. The deadline to submit papers for the publication is May 5, 2012.

This conference is organized by the Graduate Student Organization of the Department of Spanish and
Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara in order to give other graduate students an
opportunity to share their current work and areas of research. We invite and encourage all submissions from interdisciplinary perspectives written in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, or English.