2015: 20th Annual Graduate Student Conference

Call For Papers
Keynote Speakers


20th Annual Conference Poster

Call for Papers

Relocating Identities, Theories, and Languages

April 24th and 25th, 2015

New York

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Idelber Avelar (Tulane University), Dr. Jonathan Rosa (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

From problems of authorship or interpretation in translation to the adaptation of a literary text, linguistic encounters in dynamic social and cultural contexts, migratory and geographical displacement and the reterritorialization of identity, and even innovative theoretical analyses of conventional or canonical objects of study: in all these cases (which are relevant to our academic discussions) the theme of “relocation” is paramount. In the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages program at the City University of New York we consider it an opportune moment to rethink and reflect on these issues that not only open new theoretical doors but also revive and recontextualize older polemics.

It is this active and ever-changing context that surrounds our program’s Twentieth Annual Students’ Congress, which will present and debate situations in which movement, contact, change, or negotiation are crucial. Since linguistic and cultural encounters are illustrative of the majority of social and political problems today, we must employ our methodological tools of analysis to try to understand the mechanisms of relocation at play.

Possible areas of investigation:
-Translation and paratranslation studies
-Intermediality: Audio/Visual/Textual
-Narratives of exile, migration, and return
-Politics of the canon
-Postmemory and narratives of the second generation
-Languages and identities
-Ideologies of language
-Redefinitions of linguistic paradigms
-New theoretical approaches
-Transatlantic studies

-Genre literature and its porosity and intersections.

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers for our 20th annual conference were Dr. Jonathan Rosa(University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and Dr. Idelber Avelar (Tulane University).

Dr. Jonathan Rosa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass he holds affiliations with the Language, Literacy, and Culture Concentration in the College of Education and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latina/o Studies. Dr. Rosa’s research theorizes the co-naturalization of language and race as a way of apprehending modes of societal exclusion and inclusion across institutional domains. Specifically, he analyzes the interplay between linguistic discrimination, racial marginalization, and educational inequality in urban contexts. He collaborate with local communities to track these phenomena and develop tools for understanding and eradicating the forms of disparity to which they correspond. His community-based approach to research, teaching, and service reflects a vision of scholarship as a platform for imagining and enacting more just societies. Dr. Rosa received his B.A. in Linguistics and Education from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Idelber Avelar is a Full Professor specialized in contemporary Latin American fiction, literary theory, and Cultural Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1996 and joined Tulane in 1999. His latest books are Figuras da Violência: Ensaios sobre Ética, Narrativa e Música Popular (UFMG, 2011) and, coedited with Christopher Dunn, Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship (Duke UP, 2011). He is also the author of The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics (Palgrave, 2004) and  The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning  (Duke UP, 1999), winner of the MLA Kovacs prize and  translated into Spanish and Portuguese. He has also published over 60 articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes, and over 100 position pieces in Latin American print and electronic media. He was the winner of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry essay contest on Machado de Assis and has been the recipient of Rockefeller, Hewlett, and Ford Foundation grants. He has been a guest lecturer in 15 countries and dozens of US institutions of higher learning, including Yale, Brown, Princeton, Stanford, Duke, NYU, Berkeley, Columbia, and the Universities of Michigan, Pittsburgh, Illinois, North Carolina, Texas, and New Mexico, among others. He is currently working on a book on masculinity in Latin American literature, for which he was awarded an ACLS fellowship in 2011.

Dr. Avelar will present “Brazilian transitional justice, indigenous struggles, and the Amazon” on Friday, April 24 and Dr. Rosa will present “Languages and Identities Beyond Borders” on Saturday, April 25.


Friday, April 24, 2015

9:00 – 9:30 AM  Registration (Coffee and pastries will be served) (Room 5414)

9:45 – 11:15 AM

Panel 1. Constructing Gender Identities through Words. (Room 5414)
Moderator: Sandra Stern (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Mariana Romo-Carmona. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Remember Identity Politics?: Rejecting, demanding and relocating identity for women writers of color in Late 20th Century U.S.”
  • Ruth Z. Yuste Alonso. University of Connecticut. “Madame de Veintemilla, construcción de una identidad histórica a través del ensayo.”
  • Ernesto Cuba. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “’Yo soy muyerts. No, no soy mujer.’ Clase, género y sexualidad disputados por video bloggers mexicanos jóvenes.”

Panel 2. New Cartographies: Reconfiguring National Spaces. (Room 8301)
Moderator: Alberto Valdivia (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Julio Sebastián Figueroa. University of Pennsylvania. “Carlos Gomes: ópera, nación y antropofagia.”
  • Felipe Bier. Universidade de São Paulo – Brown University. “O cânone negativo: o sertão como topos literário-político.”
  • Inés Corujo Martín. Georgetown University. “Una lectura transatlántica: los viajes literarios del aborigen canario.”

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Panel 3. New Approaches to the Canon. (Room 5414)
Moderator: Charlotte Gartenberg (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Anastasiya Stoyneva. Temple University. “Self, Language and Other in Antonio Machado and Mikhail Bakhtin.”
  • Juan Torbidoni. Harvard University. “Displaced affections: willing, dreaming, and feeling from Arthur Schopenhauer to Macedonio Fernández.”
  • Rachel Lee. Harvard University. “Succumbing to Violence in Julio Cortázar’s ‘Recortes de prensa.’”

Panel 4. Formal Linguistics. (Room 8301)
Moderator: Michael Rolland (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Joanna Birnbaum. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “What incomplete acquisition? A sociolinguistic study of the usage of by Latin American and United States Raised Spanish Speakers”
  • Jessica Cairo-Chrysafi. SUNY-Stony Brook. “The modal use of the present progressive (estar + gerundio) in Spanish speakers of Lima’s variety.”

1:15 – 2:15 PM – Lunch in Room 5414

2:15 – 3:45 PM

Panel 5. Screens and prisms: Divergent Cinema. (Room 5414)
Moderator: Rebeca Pineda-Burgos (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Leonardo Solano. University of Pittsburgh. “Desavenencias entre la memoria y la postmemoria en La nostalgia de la luz de Patricio Guzmán.”
  • Emily Pryor. University of California-Riverside. “La mirada indígena y las problemáticas de género en La pequeña semilla en el asfalto de Pedro Daniel López.”
  • Isabel Domínguez Seoane. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “El personaje femenino como espacio para la revolución en el cine yugoslavo y español: una aproximación a Europa a través de los márgenes.”

Panel 6. Experiences of Exile: Territories and Authors. (Room 8301)
Moderator: Gabriel Arce (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Alessandra Da Silva Carneiro. Universidade de São Paulo. “Sousândrade: a Brazilian poet ‘exiled’ in the US during the 1870s.”
  • Marta Adán. University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Authorship through adaptation in Martí’s ‘El terremoto de Charleston.’”
  • Jeremy Butman. New School for Social Research. “Bolaño’s Politics of Exile.

4:00 – 5:30 PM

Panel 7. Latin America/Today: Politics and Violence. (Room 5414)
Moderator: Víctor García (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Rebeca Pineda-Burgos. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Chavismo y nuevas políticas de la unidad: ¿latinoamericanismo vigente?”
  • Laura V. Sández. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “0 hombres nuevos: dispositivos, espectáculos y literatura cubana realista contemporánea.”
  • Juan Leal Ugalde. University of Michigan. “Poesía militante y promesa democrática en postdictadura: actualización de la Gran poesía chilena en Raúl Zurita y Cecilia Vicuña.

Panel 8. Transgressing Limits: Image/Text/Film. (Room 8301)
Moderator: Alexis Iparraguirre (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Rachel Ozerkevich. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. “Challenging Geometry, Transgressing the Print: An Examination of Lygia Pape’s Tecelares.”
  • Nicolás Campisi. Brown University. “Bocetos de la vida moderna: Un episodio en la vida del pintor viajero (2000) de César Aira.”
  • Roxana Blancas Curiel. University of California-Riverside. “Intersecciones y desidentificación en La ciénaga.”

6:00 – 7:30 PM  Keynote Speaker
Dr. Idelber Avelar (Tulane University): “Brazilian transitional justice, indigenous struggles, and the Amazon.” (Segal Theater).

7:30 – 9:00 PM  Dinner Reception (Room 4116.18)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

9:15 – 10:00 AM  Registration (Coffee and pastries will be served). (Room 5414)

10:00 – 11:50 AM
Panel 9: Beyond Genres: New Interpretations of Spanish Cinema. (Room 5414)
Moderator: Isabel Domínguez Seoane (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Joaquín Pérez-Blanes. University of Arizona. “Dramaturgos españoles en los Hollywood Talkies.”
  • Salvador Gómez Barranco. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Reapropiaciones del género documental en el cine español de la crisis: Mapa de León Siminiani y Los materiales de Los Hijos.”
  • Mercedes Álvarez San Román. Universidad Paris-Sorbonne – Universidad de Oviedo. “La animación española dibuja a Perú: género y relaciones postcoloniales en Las aventuras de Tadeo Jones.”
  • Mario Sánchez Gumiel. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. “El orientalismo español en el cine estadounidense: el caso de Pandora and the Flying Dutchman(Albert Lewin, 1951).”

11:50 – 1:00 PM   Lunch in Room 4116.18

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Panel 10: Relocating Meanings: Texts in Translation. (Room 5414)
Moderator: Walfrido Dorta (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Lidoly Chávez Guerra. McGill University. “Traduciendo Blue Marrow, de Louise Halfe, al español: ¿cómo transponer identidades indígenas en América?”
  • Agustín Abreu CornelioUniversity of Pittsburgh. “La traducción baldía/nativa de Marvell y Eliot, por José Luis Rivas: Una lectura decolonial.”
  • David Shames. Boston University. “Hojas Infinitas/Inumerables de Whitman – Infinite/Innumerable Leaves of Whitman: Borges, Felipe and Reading Whitman as a Text to be Translated.”

Panel 11: Language Ideologies and Polemics. (Room 4116)
Moderator: Lydia Manatou (The Graduate Center, CUNY)

  • Eduardo Ho-Fernandez. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Una polémica lingüística del siglo XVI: Valdés contra Nebrija.”
  • Alberto Valdivia-Baselli. The Graduate Center, CUNY. “Proyecciones políticas y estado latente en el caso del quechua el ámbito letrado internacional.”

2:45 – 4:15 PM   Keynote Speaker
Dr. Jonathan Rosa (University of Massachusetts Amherst): “Latina/o Languages and Identities Beyond Borders.” (Room 5414)

4:15 – 5:30 PM  Reception (Room 4116.18)

We would like to thank the following people and organizations for their generous donations to our 20th Annual Student Conference:

Prof. Laura Callahan
Prof. Raquel Chang-Rodríguez
Prof. José del Valle
Prof. Fernando Degiovanni
Prof. Ofelia García
Prof. Ricardo Otheguy
Prof. Magdalena Perkowska
Prof. Lía Schwartz
Prof. Paul Julian Smith
Prof. Araceli Tinajero
Prof. Oswaldo Zavala
Lina García
CCNY Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Colonial Latin American Review
Doctoral Students’ Council
Cinema Studies Group


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