En Route: Journeys of the Body and the Soul in Iberian and Latin American Literatures (abstract deadline June 30)

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From the pilgrimage of body and soul in Gonzalo de Berceo's Milagros de Nuestra Señora and the nautical textual voyage in Columbus' Diario de a Bordo, representations of the migrant in modern Iberian and Latin American literatures, trope of the "journey" has been essential in shaping literary discourse from the Middle Ages to the present. The word "journey" is understood here as a comprehensive that can encompass all kinds of travel – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – one place to another, near or far, whether it be by land, sea, air, or the imagination regardless of motives, means, and goals.

Given the importance of the concept and the metaphor of the journey in Iberian Latin American Literatures, the Spanish graduate students of the Department Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago are organizing conference entitled "En Route: Journeys of the Body and the Soul in Iberian Latin American Literatures," which will take place October 12-13, 2012 at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

The Conference Organizing Committee welcomes papers from all theoretical perspectives in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Interdisciplinary proposals are particularly encouraged. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in length (7-8
typed pages, double-spaced). Abstracts of approximately 250 words may be sent as a Word attachment to enrouteconference2012@gmail.com. The deadline for abstract
submissions is June 30, 2012.

Our confirmed keynote speakers are: Marina Brownlee, Robert Schirmer Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature at Princeton University, and Sylvia Molloy, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese,
Comparative Literature, and Creative Writing, Albert Schweitzer Chair in the Humanities at New York University.