Feb 16

CFP: Symposium on Language & the Sustainable Development Goals

A Symposium on Language and the Sustainable Development Goals

Organized by:
The Study Group on Language at the United Nations in cooperation with
The Centre for Research and Documentation on World Language Problems
and the Center for Applied Linguistics 


Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016.  1:00-5:00pm
Location: Church Center, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017
Deadline for proposals: February 29, 2016.

The following information was provided by symposium organizers. Find our more on their website: www.languageandtheun.org

Proposals for short 10- or 20-minute presentations or panel discussions should focus on the following themes:

  • Language & Poverty
  • Language & Healthcare
  • Language, Education & Gender
  • Language, Infrastructure & Inclusivity
  • Language, Sustainability & Environment
  • Language & Global Partnerships

For more information and examples of more specific prompts, contact sustainabilityandlanguage [at] gmail [dot] com.

Sustainable Development Goals:

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals approved by the UN General Assembly (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/) for the period 2015-2030 replace the eight Millennium Development Goals that covered the period 2000-2015. They aim to engage not only governments, but “all people, everywhere,” at all levels of civil society. Carrying them out will require active, two-way, democratic communication, in a multiplicity of languages. Furthermore, several of the Goals imply direct attention to issues of language. Study and research on language in relation to economic and social development is a well-established field that does not always receive the attention it merits. What does this field have to contribute to the realization of the SDGs? What linguistic obstacles stand in the way of their successful realization.


If you are interested in participating, submit a one paragraph description of your planned 10- or 20-minute presentation or panel discussion on the topic to sustainabilityandlanguage@gmail.com by February 29. Once accepted, a more detailed description of the presentation or panel should be sent by March 31.

Specific prompts include but are not limited to:

Language & Poverty

  • How does language factor in poverty, socioeconomic identity, and economic mobility?
  • What communicative issues have arisen in the implementation of sustainable and healthy food systems, including production, consumption, and security?
  • How can language policy aid in the reduction of inequality, especially as it relates to the treatment of linguistic minorities?

Language & Healthcare

  • What initiatives have been successful or not so successful in administering healthcare to individuals who do not speak the local language in cities, refugee camps, and elsewhere?

Language, Education & Gender

  • What role do monoglot ideologies play in preventing access to education, especially for adult learners? How can larger scale education on the realities of multilingualism impact adults who are isolated or dependant on younger family members for access to resources?
  • Do access to language education and sociolinguistic issues involving home-language usage disproportionately affect women and girls? If so, how do these issues prevent gender equality?
  • In what ways do language-of-instruction and language-education policies affect career-readiness?

Language, Infrastructure & Inclusivity

  • How does media discourse impact community organizing attempts by underserved communities (often tied to racialization), as in the case of Flint?
  • How can processes of industrialization and infrastructure-building leverage linguistic and cultural heterogeneity as an asset to promote a more inclusive and innovative future?
  • In order to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, what linguistic infrastructure must be available to residents so that all, including those who only speak minority languages, may participate in helping achieve those goals?

Language, Sustainability & Environment

  • When educating consumers, manufacturers and retailers about sustainable consumption and production patterns, what cultural and linguistic hurdles will be faced? How might these hurdles affect legislation and enforcement of sustainability issues.
  • Residents of areas under the jurisdiction of environmental legislation sometimes feel an infringement on their personal freedoms, often leading to costly and ineffective top-down enforcement protocols. Could a more inclusive atmosphere of communication lead to better local enforcement?

Language & Global Partnerships

  • The implementation of a global partnership for sustainable development requires in-depth two-way communications, many times through translation. How have one-way translation methods for the dissemination of policy failed to adequately apply global policy to local needs.

Feb 16

CFP: LL Journal’s Vol. 11, No. 1

Call for Papers: LL Journal’s Volume 11, Number 1

Deadline for submission: March 13, 2016

The information below was provided by the editorial team of the LL Journal, a publication of the students of the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages PhD program at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Find out more about the LL Journal and browse their most recent issue (Vol. 10, No. 1) and archives on their Commons site.

LL Journal CFP Spring 2016

LL Journal los invita a colaborar en su nuevo número (mayo 2016). Requerimos artículos sobre literatura, estudios culturales y de género, lingüística aplicada, lingüística teórica y sociolingüística, que se encuentren en estrecha relación con los mundos hispanos y luso- brasileños. Este número contará con una sección especial (Boundaries) en torno a las nociones de margen, liminalidad, periferia y descentramiento. Los animamos a que envíen artículos vinculados a esta línea de reflexión, pero recordamos que la temática de la revista es siempre abierta.

Todos los trabajos deberán respetar las orientaciones propuestas en las Directrices para autores y se enviarán al siguiente correo electrónico: lljournal [dot] cuny [at] gmail [dot] com.

Para mantener el anonimato durante el proceso de selección, se requiere indicar los datos personales en el cuerpo del correo electrónico y no en el archivo adjunto que contiene el artículo. Los autores seleccionados serán notificados en un plazo no mayor a dos meses.

LL Journal es una publicación coordinada por las y los estudiantes del Programa Doctoral de Lenguas y Literaturas Hispánicas y Luso-Brasileñas. CUNY, The Graduate Center, Nueva York.


Feb 16

CFP: Realisms: Politics, Art, and Visual Culture in the Americas

Realisms: Politics, Art, and Visual Culture in the Americas

Symposium for Emerging Scholars at

The Institute of Fine Arts and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art

Date: April 30, 2016
Keynote lecturer: José Luis Falconi
Deadline: February 15​​, 2016 2016

The call for papers that follows has been provided by the symposium organizing committee. Read the full call for papers and find out more about ISLAA on their site. 


The Institute of Fine Arts and the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art are pleased to announce the inaugural IFA–ISLAA Symposium for emerging scholars, “Realisms: Politics, Art, and Visual Culture in the Americas.” The symposium will take place on April 30, 2016 with a keynote lecture by José Luis Falconi.

In the past few years alone, there has been a proliferation of art initiatives that have attempted to synthesize and analyze Latin American art. While such endeavors have been instrumental in raising the profile of this field, they inherently risk creating an idealized history of visual culture, in which the realities of art-making in the Americas recede or are otherwise mystified. Rather than attempting to understand American visualities through received stylistic categories (e.g. geometric abstraction, figuration, conceptualism), an approach that engages more directly with aesthetic and social realities may begin to expand our understandings.

This conference considers “realism” in the Americas not as a stylistic mode pertaining to figuration, mimesis, or authenticity, but rather as a strategy for critically addressing social, political, and economic conditions. Departing from Jacques Rancière’s proposition that “an image is an element in a system that creates a certain sense of reality,” we aim to examine how visual interventions might “construct different realities…different spatiotemporal systems, different communities of words and things, forms, and meanings.”1 From the struggles for independence circa 1800 to contemporary actions addressing political violence and exclusionary immigration policies, the problem of reality has proven central to representations of life across the hemisphere. At a moment in which “global art history” has gained increasing prominence, and in which Latin American art history has moved from the marginal to the canonical, how can we address the specificities of lived experience, both local and hemispheric, while also acknowledging broader connections?

Current graduate students, recent graduates, and emerging scholars are invited to apply. Applicants from fields outside the realm of art history, but grounded in visual material, are highly encouraged (e.g. Cinema and Media Studies, Latin American and Latina/o studies, Visual Culture).

Possible topics may include but are not limited to:

• Art and activism, human rights

• Decolonization, immigration, asylum

• Subjectivity, affect, intersectionality

• Geographic, social, and political topographies

• Reenactment and the place of memory

• Labor, natural resources, global markets

• Technology, communication, surveillance

• Housing, monuments, space

The conference will serve as the principal event of the Latin American Forum for Spring 2016. This ongoing forum—generously funded by the Institute for Studies on Latin American Art (ISLAA) and coordinated by Professor Edward J. Sullivan—invites distinguished visiting lecturers to the IFA to foster greater understanding and recognition of Latin American art around the world.

To apply, please submit an abstract of up to 300 words to symposium@islaa.org by Monday, February 15, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Monday, February 29, 2016. Presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, with additional time for discussion. In your application, please indicate your current institutional affiliation and from where you will be traveling. Limited funding will be available to assist with travel expenses.

The conference is organized by current IFA PhD candidates in modern and contemporary Latin American art history: Sean Nesselrode Moncada, Juanita Solano, Susanna Temkin, Lizzie Frasco, Blanca Serrano Ortiz, Priscilla Bolanos Salas, Emily Lyver, Brian Bentley, and Madeline Murphy Turner. For further information or with any questions, please contact symposium@islaa.org.

Feb 16

CFP: Religion, Myth, and Reason in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

Religion, Myth, and Reason in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

The Catholic University of America

Date: April 23, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C.
Keynote Address: “In Search of the Sacred Book: Religion and the Novel in One Hundred Years of Solitude,” Aníbal González-Pérez (Yale University)
Deadline: February 29, 2016

The Call for Papers that follows was provided by the conference organizing committee. Find out more about the conference, including registration information, on their website.

The idea of modernity as an emancipatory force leading the individual to dispel the influence of the unknown through the sole power of reason, progress, and technique has often situated the interest in religious and mythical thinking in the realms of mere superstition and primitiveness. A fundamental critique of modernity has, in turn, dismissed the absolute validity of the ideals championed by the Enlightenment as being themselves generators of myths and horror. As Horkheimer and Adorno famously put it, “myth is already enlightenment, and enlightenment reverts to mythology.” A more nuanced and dynamic understanding of how modernity and reason, on the one hand, and religion and myth, on the other, intersect with each other can shed new light on the way culture shapes our perception of reality. As John C. Lyden says when referring to the influence of popular culture and media in our daily life today, sometimes “we fail to acknowledge the extent to which modern people base their worldviews and ethics upon sources we do not usually label ‘religious,’” an observation that applies not only to popular culture, but to other domains of human imagination and knowledge.

The Hispanic world presents a particular case in the interaction between religion and myth, given the continuing presence of competing forces emanating from the realms of both the secular and the sacred. This conference aims at exploring how textual and visual culture in the Spanish-speaking world has understood the relationship between reason and faith, progress and myth, in a variety of historical periods, from Medieval and Pre-Colonial times to the Present. We would like to invite presentations that touch on topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Remembering the sacred: history and memory
  • Nation, empire: religion and myth in colonial / post-colonial perspective
  • Reading native-American traditions, classical myths and biblical figures in Hispanic culture
  • Oral and written folklore in the Hispanic world
  • Secularizing / Re-sacralizing culture
  • The ethics of writing and reading
  • The sacred role of the intellectual /author
  • Locating spaces of the secular and the sacred: city, country, text
  • Conflict, trauma, religion, and myth
  • Gender-based readings of religious and mythical narratives
  • Religion and myth in popular culture and media
  • The fantastic and the sacred
  • Horror and the Sublime
  • Old, Modern, and Post-modern Saints
  • Iconoclasm and anti-clericalism

Keynote Address

In Search of the Sacred Book: Religion and the Novel in One Hundred Years of Solitude Aníbal González-Pérez

Aníbal González-Pérez (Puerto Rico, 1956) is Professor of Modern Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Yale University, and founder and general editor of the “Bucknell Studies in Latin American Literature and Theory” Series of Bucknell University Press. He is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and has authored several books of literary criticism, including A Companion to Spanish American Modernismo (2007), Love and Politics in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel (2010), and Redentores by Manuel Zeno Gandía (critical edition, 2010). Prof. González Pérez has just completed a book on religion and the novel in contemporary Spanish American literature.

Submission of Proposals

Presentations will be made by graduate students, in either English or Spanish, lasting approximately 20 minutes (7-8 pages double-spaced). The proposals, which are to consist of an abstract of 200-250 words in PDF or Word format not including the name of the presenter, must be sent by January 31, 2016 to cuahispanicgradconf@cua.edu. Said proposals should be accompanied by the following information in the body of the message: name of the presenter, title of the paper containing three to five key words, institutional affiliation, telephone number, address, and a brief professional biography.

Dec 15

CFP: Simposio Internacional sobre igualdad y comunicación

Simposio Internacional sobre igualdad y comunicación

Organizado por:

Grupo de Investigación “Género, Estética y Cultura Audiovisual (GECA)”

Departamento de Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad-1
Facultad de Ciencias de la Información
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Fechas: 20, 21 y 22 de abril de 2016
Lugar: Madrid, España
Fecha máxima de envío de las propuestas: 13 de marzo de 2016



El Grupo de Investigación de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid “Género, Estética y Cultura Audiovisual (GECA)” convoca el Simposio Internacional sobre igualdad y comunicación para atender a la igualdad en la educación y la comunicación en la eliminación de los estereotipos sexistas en el diseño de campañas de información, la orientación académica, la comunicación desde entidades y la comunicación personal, sin olvidar todas las dimensiones de las relaciones entre Género y Comunicación y, para ello, hacemos una llama a la participación y presentación de propuestas para comunicaciones a especialistas, investigadoras e investigadores, tanto del ámbito nacional como internacional.

Planteamos el Simposio Internacional sobre resultados de trabajos y proyectos de investigación (serán seleccionados por un sistema de revisión ciego por pares y un Comité Científico Internacional) para poner en común el estado de sus investigaciones y exponer las principales líneas actuales de investigación y de actuación en el ámbito internacional y nacional sobre estudios de género, de mujeres y feminismo, de hombres y masculinidades y estudios LGBTI y teoría Queer y sus relaciones con la cultura audiovisual, como vehículos de construcción social y cultural para la igualdad.


  • Igualdad en la educación y la comunicación
  • Eliminación de los estereotipos sexistas en el diseño de:
    • campañas de información
    • orientación académica
    • comunicación desde entidades o comunicación personal
  • Fomento de la igualdad de oportunidades en las carreras universitarias con especial proyección en la trasmisión de valores sociales, o en ámbitos en donde las mujeres estén claramente infrarrepresentadas, en particular en estudios tecnológicos
  • La doble discriminación de las mujeres por su condición de discapacidad, de pertenencia a minorías étnicas, por migración o exclusión social
  • El principio de igualdad de oportunidades en los procesos de formación y evaluación del sistema educativo
  • La incorporación de criterios de igualdad y no discriminación en materiales, contenidos y, en general, en los itinerarios formativos (en todos los niveles educativos)
  • Procesos y mecanismos de violencia que se ejerce contra las mujeres en el ámbito educativo
  • Eliminación de los estereotipos sexistas en el diseño de campañas de información y orientación académica
  • Estereotipos sexistas en la universidad y las salidas laborales
  • Cómo las mujeres han tenido que luchar contra los estereotipos sexistas para que no las silenciaran y visibilizaran en su quehacer académico y profesional
  • Mujer y comunicación
  • Mujer y creación artística y/o cultural
  • Mujer y cine (con especial interés en las aportaciones realizadas por las mujeres en su ejercicio profesional)
  • Igualdad en razón en la diversidad afectivo-sexual
  • Comunicación, cultura audiovisual y cuestiones LGBTIQ
  • Publicidad, Relaciones Públicas y Género
  • Educación y género (con especial atención al bulling escolar)
  • Analizar y ofrecer propuestas y recomendaciones sobre igualdad (con especial atención a la educación y la comunicación con el fin de dar soluciones para eliminar los estereotipos sexistas en el diseño de campañas de información, orientación académica y comunicación desde las entidades y la comunicación personal, tantas veces dificultada por la interiorización del machismo y la discriminación institucionalizada y pasiva)


  • Isabel Arquero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Nancy Berthier, Université de Paris-IV-Sorbonne (Francia)
  • Giulia Colaizzi, Universitat de V alència
  • Brad Epps, University of Cambridge (Reino Unido)
  • Uta Felten, Universität Leipzig (Alemania)
  • Marta Fernández, Universidad de las Islas Baleares
  • Román Gubern, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
  • Liisa Irene Hänninen, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Amparo Huertas Bailén, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona
  • Dieter Ingenschay, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Alemania)
  • Margarita Ledo Andión, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
  • Isabel Menéndez, Universidad de Burgos
  • Patricia Núñez, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Christopher Perrian, University of Manchester (Reino Unido)
  • Roxana Sosa, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Iolanda Tortajada, Universidad Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona)
  • Francisco A. Zurian, Universidad Complutense de Madrid


  • El Simposio se articula en paneles, de un máximo de 4 intervenciones más 1 moderador-a
  • Cada intervención no puede superar los 20 minutos
  • Después de cada panel se abrirá un tiempo para debate
  • Se pueden proponer tanto intervenciones individuales como paneles completos (en este caso se tendrán en especial consideración las propuestas que partan de proyectos de investigación competitivos)
  • Las propuestas consistirán en un resumen (abstract) en español (máximo 500 palabras por intervención o 2000 palabras por panel) acompañado del nombre completo, adscripción institucional, cargo académico, email, dirección y teléfono de contacto
  • Las presentaciones se realizarán en español


  • Fecha máxima de envío de las propuestas: domingo, 13 de marzo de 2016.
  • Fecha máxima para comunicar la aceptación: lunes, 21 de marzo de 2016.
  • Las propuestas e inscripciones se enviarán vía correo electrónico a: info.geca@ucm.es
  • Más información en: http://www.ucm.es/geca


Inscripción y cuota: gracias a la financiación del Instituto de la Mujer del Gobierno de España y la colaboración de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, de la Facultad de Ciencias de la Información y del Departamento de Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad-1, no hay cuota de inscripción como una forma, también, de contribución a las y los investigadores en su trabajo y desarrollo académico.



Oct 15

CFP: GRAPHSY 2016, Georgetown University

“Herencia y Tradición: Looking back, Moving forward”

9th annual GRAPHSY (Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium)

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University

Conference Dates: February 26-27, 2016

Keynote Speakers: Román de la Campa (University of Pennsylvania) and Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Deadline for Abstracts: November 30, 2015

From the organizers:

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the 9th annual Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY), welcoming proposals within the theme Herencia y Tradición: Looking back, Moving forward and encouraging research in the fields of Linguistics and Iberian and Latin American Literature/Culture. This year the conference provides a forum both for research that honors traditional frameworks of investigation and for research that breaks free from these customs to pursue a new perspective. GRAPHSY 2016’s theme will pay tribute to the academic heritage established by great minds of years past, but also examine how convention for convention’s sake can impede the progress of these fields. We also invite proposals examining how herencia and tradición play a role in the literary movements and linguistic phenomena of today, with the goal of better understanding how our past plays a role in our present. 

We welcome presentations and works in progress related to, but not limited to the following topics:

* Dialogue between the past and present
* Adaptations and revisions
* (Post)colonial (re-)readings
* Pop culture in dialogue with the canon
* Tensions in Latin American and/or Peninsular Literature
* The Transatlantic focus as a space for negotiation and change
* Post-national literatures
* Cultural representation in visual arts
* Borders, diaspora and travel writings
* The study/strengths/challenges of translation
* Narratives of social justice
* Marginal and periphery literatures
* Intermediality: Textual/Visual/Audio

* Bilingualism / Multilingualism
* Heritage languages
* Linguistic policy and practice
* Language contact and negotiation between languages and culture
* Minority languages of Latin America/the Iberian Peninsula
* Language and technology
* Historical linguistics
* Language acquisition (L1, L2, L3, etc.)
* Language attrition
* Connections between research and pedagogy
* Immersion/study abroad
* Psycholinguistics
* Cognitive linguistics
* Theoretical linguistics
* Discourse analysis

Find out more about the conference on the GRAPHSY site

Oct 15

CFP: University of Arizona’s 26th Annual Symposium

Crossroad Talks: Culture, Identity, Language and Literature in Active Contact Zones

26th Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language and Culture

University of Arizona

Location: Arizona Historical Society Museum in Tucson, Arizona

Conference Dates: February 25-27, 2016 ​

Keynote Speakers: William Nericcio (San Diego State University) and Jennifer Leeman (George Mason University)

Submission Deadline for Presentation or Poster abstracts (250 words), and Panel Proposals (100 words with an abstract for each of 3-5 participants) is November 15, 2015.


Find out more on the Symposium site 

Inquiries: spanport-symposium@email.arizona.edu

Oct 15

CFP: “Cartographies of Commons, Community, & Sovereignty” at UPenn

Cartographies of Commons, Community, and Sovereignty

2016 University of Pennsylvania Graduate Conference
Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Conference Date: February 5, 2016

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Silvia Federici

Abstract Deadline: November 6, 2015

From the organizers:

The graduate students in Spanish and Portuguese at UPenn are pleased to announce their graduate conference focused on the transnational and trans-historical topic of commons, community and sovereignty. Additionally, the department of Spanish and Portuguese is able to provide three travel grants up to $300 each for graduate student participants.

The expansive articulations of the commons and community (as diverse interventions by Hardin, Ostrom, Esposito, Negri and Hardt, etc suggest) blurs the opposition between the global and the local, the public and the private, and exists in tension with the relevance, or even the legitimacy, of concepts of citizenship, sovereignty, nationality, and power. In the resulting space of ambivalence, one finds conceptions of bodies, communities, subjectivities, and territories that make evident the (re)emergence of the commons and its epistemological revalorization, and that emphasize the various ways in which sovereignty is dispersed and consolidated.

For example, in their work Empire, theorists Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri address the 2000 Water War in Bolivia, in which Cochabamba residents led coalition-based demonstrations in protest of the soaring water prices resulting from its privatization. In their treatment, the authors emphasize that these protests, which ended in a notable victory for the public, should not be articulated as a resistance movement of a multitude, but rather as one that transcends the framework of opposition, proposing alternative forms of social relationships based upon the concept of the commons. While this moment in Bolivia’s recent history certainly retains cultural and political specificity dependent on its very particular context, it also falls into a more generalized set of issues that pervade these neoliberal times and that center on the concept of the commons.

For this conference, we welcome papers in Spanish, Portuguese, and English focusing on works from any period, from all disciplines and fields that address contemporary and/or historical engagements with the commons, and that interpellate relevant events and/or artifacts in literary and visual cultures in the Iberian Peninsula and the Americas, in both its lusophone and hispanophone contexts. In addition to any topics you may propose, we invite considerations of the following:

  • Tension between the global and the local, the public and the private in the context of the commons
  • The relevance/legitimacy of citizenship and nationality in the context of the commons
  • The relationship between the commons and the state
  • The relationship between the commons and the market
  • Sovereignty, the state, and the commons
  • The (racialized and gendered) body as commons
  • Commons and community
  • Levels of sovereignty: individual, collectives, the state
  • Commons as space of tension between the state and the market
  • The commons and grassroots organizing
  • Mapping sovereignty
  • Contemporary political uses of the commons: streets/plazas/resources
  • The policing (literal and figurative) of the commons: who has access and who does not
  • The digital commons

Please send abstracts to congresograduadoupenn@gmail.com by November 6, 2015.

Oct 15

CFP: “Ideas of South” at Cornell University

Ideas of South

Department of Romance Studies Graduate Conference
Cornell University

Conference Dates: March 11th-12th 2016

Keynote Addresses: María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo (New York University) and Roberto Dainotto (Duke University)

Deadline for Abstracts: December 1, 2015

From the conference organizers:

In 1925, the editors of Quarto Stato questioned the forms in which the Turin communists were addressing the “Southern Question,” critical of how Italy’s unification in 1870 resulted in advanced industry and agriculture in the North and the reinstatement of traditions of feudalism in the South. In Antonio Gramsci’s reading, the move of the Turin communists was far from dividing the country but instead was based on creating alliances between the workers from the North and the peasants from the South as a strategy for revolution. In 2015, with austerity crippling southern Europe countries, what old and new “Southern Questions” are shaping the long history of inequality in the very idea of south?
Ground breaking scholarship continues to emerge from historians and literary scholars on topics such as the Algerian War of Independence and the decolonization of Latin America, with respect to the South’s place in the global political order in light of ongoing neocolonial practices. In the Francophone Caribbean, there has been renewed attention concerning Haiti’s role within the history of human rights and the larger “global turn” in contemporary historiography. Robin Blackburn reads the Haitian revolution as a generative rupture, a “pivot,” that changed the possibility, both semantic and practical, of the meaning of rights. How do differing accounts of Caribbean humanism and anti-universalism comment upon the broader problem of heretofore-neglected histories and sites of memory of the global south?
Cultural production and analysis in the fields of literature, art history, fine arts or anthropology have increasingly questioned the sensory representation and symbolic presentation of “Souths.” In Bolivia, films such as Y También la Lluvia (2010) (Even the Rain) by Icíar Bollahín offer a critical perspective on how the imposition of two different colonial processes-Spanish colonization and the privatization of water under the “mandate” of the World Bank-can only be understood in conjunction. How have cultural producers in their respective souths negotiated relationships, exchanges and antagonisms with northern metropolitan art discourse and practice?
The idea or concept of “south” has become a mobile signifier, persistently activated through processes impacting its semantics in accordance with geopolitical logics. For this 2016 Cornell University Romance Studies Graduate Conference we welcome proposals that address these questions from all fields and time periods, including literature, history, linguistics, gender studies, critical race studies, political theory, media and visual studies, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. While we welcome proposals as diverse as the ideas of south, we wish to suggest the following topics:

1.  Whither agency and voice in historical writing: colonial history, literature and memory.
2.  Italian unification and the challenges of nation building in modern Europe.
3.  The role of nationalism in social and political movements, from Spain to South Africa to Argentina.
4.  Maghrébin literature and cinema from 1960 to the present.
5.  Indigenous perspectives: nativism in the “south” of the world.
6.  Ecological and environmentalist movements: conflicts between governments and indigenous self-determination.
7.  Négritude–Antillanité–Créolité.
8.  The Mediterranean Sea as protagonist, antagonist, and metaphor in literature, history, and critical geography.
9.  Cultural practices of the African Diaspora and transnational identity.
10. Comparative and/or subversive feminisms from Europe to the Americas.
11. South and crisis: Greece and the Eurozone.
12. Immigration and Borders: blurring the North-South divide in the time of wall-building.
13. Francophone African perspectives in the history of film and art.
14. The Acadian-Cajun connection in Francophone North American poetics.
15. Minoritarian languages: Bringing the south into literature.
16. Southern Intellectuality: the contradiction of belonging.
17. The imago of Haiti: from the revolution to the earthquake.
18. Colonialism and Queerness: Gender and sexuality in the southern imaginary.
19. Northern hegemony and the history of Transatlantic supply chains.
20. Southern modernisms and postmodernisms: visual media and exoticism.

Submission Guidelines:
Please submit your 250 word abstract and a CV to ideasofsouth@gmail.com by Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, with “RSGC Proposal” in the subject line. We will be confirming participants by the end of January, 2016.

Oct 15

CFP: 21st Annual HLBLL Graduate Student Conference

Call for Papers – HLBLL’s Annual Student Conference

The City: Voices and Creations

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Urayoán Noel (New York University) and Dr. Bonnie Urciuoli (Hamilton College)

Extended deadline for abstract submissions: By noon on February 14, 2016

The 21st Annual HLBLL Graduate Student Conference will take place April 14th and 15th, 2016, at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Please find the complete call for papers below.


CFP XXI Annual Students Conference

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