Latin American Cosmopolitanisms: Vernacular, Ethical, and Ecological Views of Globality

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
NeMLA

The question of cosmopolitanism has been crucial to the literatures of Latin America during the 20th and 21st centuries. At the turn of the past century modernistas and vanguardistas proposed innovative views of cultural cosmopolitanism that traced the geopolitical shifts of the continent. Later, as Magical Realism became a global phenomenon, this originally Latin American aesthetics would come to be celebrated as the literary language of the postcolonial world (Bhabha). In recent years, globalization, industrialization, circulation of peoples and knowledge, and hyper-connectivity have dramatically modified the ways in which the literary productions of Latin America create their own space within the cultural, political, economic, and even ecologic cartographies of the world. We invite proposals dealing with the questions of the global novel, vernacular cosmopolitanism, south-south and peripheral networks of global connection, ethical and eco-cosmopolitanism, as well as other alternative networks of global engagement in Latin American literary productions.

This session invites proposals dealing with the questions of the global novel, vernacular cosmopolitanism, south-south and peripheral networks of global connection, ethical and eco-cosmopolitanism, and other alternative networks of global engagement in Latin American 20th- and 21st-century literary productions.