COLONIAL SPANISH AMERICAN LITERATURE - The Colonial Text as a Lens for Contemporary Issues (Deadline: 6/15/14)

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William Michael Lake / South Atlantic Modern Language Association
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Referring perhaps in part to the crisis of the humanities, a recent SAMLA newsletter states that "shifting employment and institutional structures pose potential threats to long‐standing models of our profession." Accordingly, this session examines the value of Spanish colonial texts in reaching more objective understandings of contemporary issues. Some possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to: modern representations of colonial writings; the colonial feminist; political identity and philosophy; religious and/or psycho-social dynamics; the colonial educational paradigm and its evolution over time; the practice of and access to medicine; stereotyping and indigenous rights; and so on.

This will be a regular session composed of four panelists, each presenting papers of between 15-20 minutes in Spanish or English. Please do not hesitate to email with questions or inquiries. Please submit abstracts of 300-400 words to William Michael Lake, Georgia State University, at by June 15, 2014.