Internacional Conference Montevideana VIII: New mappings of the avant-gardes. Views from (or towards) Latin America.

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Universidad de la República, Uruguay

From the 1920s to the early 1930s, Latin American literary and aesthetic avant-gardes developed new images of geopolitical identity that led, among other things, to a remapping of the region's cultural relations with Europe and the U.S. Althoug recent scholarship on the avant-gardes has produced an extensive critique of traditional, eurocentric views, most of the time it has failed to fully incorporate Latin America to its supposedly "global" view. Still today, transcultural and transhemispheric studies are relatively rare, and approaches on (not to mention from) the region are relatively few, even in projects that aim to be comprehensive. Theoretical and historical discurse seem to be still shaped by what, rephrasing Andreas Huyssen's influential image, could be called the Great Divide between zones of cultural production -a geopolitical divide, in this case-.
The conference aims to gather voices and views from different places and perspectives to promote a more balanced understanding of the avant-gardes, discussing both Latin American presences in European and Anglo American spaces and these's regions presences in Latin America. We welcome contributions on literary and cultural dialogues between Latin America Latina, Europe and the United States. We particularly encourage transhemisferical, transcultural and/or geopolitical perspectives.
Abstracts must be sent to before March 18th, 2013.