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SPACES OF DIALOGUE: I INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN TRANSATLANTIC LITERATURE April 24th – 25th 2013
full name / name of organization:
Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard
SPACES OF DIALOGUE:
Space and how the human experience revolves around it has been one of the common tropes of literature. No matter the nature of the written or oral text, the common frame has been the interaction between men and women locked up within a frame – be that domestic, work, or even natural – in which and/or against which the self is defined. These surroundings have greatly influenced the literary work, erecting boundaries or liberating it through the creation of new fantastic spaces. However, with the discovery of the New World, these boundaries got broader, as the literary minds of the Old World were able to see what was before deemed impossible. Nevertheless, these two spheres, new and old, grew distant as their experiences diverged one from the other. Even though related, they were different. Today, in a world in which both sides of the Atlantic can be reached with the click of a mouse, we must ponder on what our interactions within our space mean to the other. It is no longer a separate world but one in which both sides of the ocean need to acknowledge and assimilate each other’s experience.
The aim of this conference is to revise, revisit and question the meaning and cultural impact of such spaces and the physical, psychological and aesthetic distance between them. Through the lens of comparative literature, this conference attempts to bring together scholars (post-docs, PhD candidates, graduate and undergraduate students, independent scholars) working on American, Latin American, South American and/or European (Spanish, British, etc.) literary studies so as to delve into the complexities of spatial constructions and depictions within the written piece. Such mapping of the cultural spectrum will slowly build bridges between the two sides of the Atlantic experience by focusing on those characteristics that bring us together and learning from those that brought us apart.
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- The public space from a transatlantic literary perspective
The conference will be held on April 24th and 25th at the Real Colegio Completense at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts thanks to this institution and the Franklin Institute at the University of Alcalá (UAH). The official conference language will be English.
KEYWORDS: Literature, Spanish literature, Latino literature, Anglo-American literature, American studies, Latino studies, Spanish studies, Space
Please fill out the ABSTRACT form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.You can download the Abstract Form here: http://rcc.harvard.edu/wp/wp-content/uploads/ABSTRACT_FORMS.pdf
Abstracts must be submitted before February 28th at midnight – United States EST.
Formats for sessions: a) 20-minute individual paper; b) Chaired panels with three participants; c) Round tables
The Scientific Committee will notify applicants about the selection of submissions no later than March 15, 2014.
Speakers and attendants must pay a registration fee:
Payment Details for “Spaces of Dialogue” can be done through direct deposit to the following account or check:
Real Colegio Complutense, Inc
To complete the registration, send a copy of the bank statement to: email@example.com. The email must be titled REGISTRATION + NAME + LAST NAME of the speaker/participant.