Jul 16

CFP: Representations of fashion and clothing in Hispanic Literatures

The Spanish section of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Lehman College, CUNY

invites proposals for its 2017 Symposium

Representations of fashion and clothing in Hispanic Literatures

Dates: April 7 and 8, 2017
Location: Lehman College, CUNY
Paper/Panel Proposals Deadline: October 15, 2016.

The information that follows has been provided by the conference organizers and is also available on the symposium’s website.


The Spanish section of the Department of Languages and Literatures of Lehman College of the City University of New York, is currently accepting submissions for the Symposium “Representations of fashion and clothing in Hispanic Literatures.” This event will take place on the 7th and 8th of April, 2017. The symposiums will bring together scholars interested in exploring, from diverse theoretical approaches, the topic of dress, fashion, and clothing in different genres and periods of Hispanic literatures.

The Call For Papers is open but not restricted to the following topics:

  • Clothes and costumes in theatre
  • Clothing, costumes and masks
  • Clothing and identity
  • Clothes and the question of genre, class, race…
  • Clothes as elements of subversion
  • Clothing and nakedness
  • Clothes, erotism and fetiche
  • Poetics and politics of clothing
  • Fashion in the figure of the dandy and the flanneur
  • Dress, clothes and ceremonies
  • Dressing, maurophilia and exotism
  • Dress, satire and parody
  • The clothes as carnavalesque elements
  • Clothing and consumerism

Those interested in participating should send a proposal to the following email address:
symposium.spanish [at] lehman.cuny.edu

In order to submit your proposal, please use the attached document providing your personal information and a 300 words abstract:

Individual proposal document

Closed panels proposals will also be welcomed. All panels must have three participants. In order to send a proposal, the chair of the panel must fill out the following form including the information of all the participants:

Closed panel proposal 

The length of each presentation should not exceed 20 minutes. Papers may be presented in English or in Spanish. Papers will not be read in absentia.

The deadline for sending proposals is October 15, 2016. The Organizing Committee will acknowledge all submissions. Notices of acceptance from the organizing committee will go out by December 15, 2016. Once a proposal is accepted, participants should pay a registration fee of $150 (the fee for graduate students will be of $100).

A selection of papers will be published in a special issue of the online academic journal Ciberletras. The papers considered for publication will be peer reviewed by the Editorial Board of the journal.

Organizing Committee

Carmen Saen-de-Casas
Marco Ramírez Rojas
Daniel Fernández
Oscar Martín
Carmen Esteves
Gerardo Piña-Rosales
Beatriz Lado
Evelin Duran

Contact Information

For any question regarding the symposium please contact:
Marco Ramírez – marco.ramirez [at] lehman.cuny.edu
Carmen Saen – carmen.saen [at] lehman.cuny.edu
Oscar Martín – oscar.martin [at] lehman.cuny.edu
Daniel Fernandez – daniel.fernandez1 [at] lehman.cuny.edu

Oct 15

Funding: Dominican Studies Fellowship

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (CUNY DSI)’s

2016 National Supermarket Association (NSA) Dominican Studies Fellowship

for doctoral students and faculty

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by 5pm.

Find out more about CUNY DSI on their website.


The NSA Dominican Studies Fellowship seeks to encourage doctoral students and faculty researchers from colleges and universities to make innovative strides in Dominican Studies and to take advantage of the unique resources of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute Archives and Library collections by conducting research at CUNY DSI’s premises. The CUNY DSI will award two fellowships of $5,000 each to two applicants.

Applicants must be doctoral students enrolled at an accredited graduate institution, OR faculty members in an accredited postsecondary institution. Applicants must be interested in expanding research in the field of Dominican Studies. Doctoral students should submit proposals around a research topic they are considering for their dissertation. Faculty should submit a research project proposing themes for which they intend to prepare a monograph for publication. Besides the research work itself, selected fellows must commit to organize an activity in their home institution highlighting their research project. Winners are welcome to apply for additional funding for up to $1,500 that will serve as matching funds to cover costs associated with the organization of the activity in their home institution. 

The NSA Dominican Studies Fellowship is interdisciplinary and applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. International applicants are also eligible, provided they are authorized to travel to the U.S. Applications will be selected on the basis of the research’s originality and scholarly justification. Applicants should include a timetable with the following:

Approximate length of stay and dates;

Approximate date for organizing event at home institution;

Expected date of completion of monograph ready for publication.

All NSA Dominican Studies Fellows are required to stay a minimum of eight weeks at the CUNY DSI Archives and Library anytime between June 1, 2016 and May 30, 2017. Fellows will work closely with Dr. Ramona Hernández, Director; Anthony Stevens-Acevedo, Assistant Director; Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian; and Idilio Gracia Peña, Chief Archivist. Fellows will also attend regular meetings with one or more of the staff members to discuss ideas and progress. Following their stay, all fellows are required to submit a brief report (2-3pp) within the subsequent sixty (60) days after their research stay on how their work at CUNY DSI Archives and Library enriched their research project and offer suggestions for improvements on the Archives’ and Library’s collections. Fellows are expected to explicitly acknowledge their reception of this fellowship in all resulting publications related to this grant.

Examples of possible topics are:

·         Business areas, size, employment generation and economic impact of Dominican businesses in the U.S;

·         Philanthropy amongst Dominicans in the U.S. and in the Dominican Republic;

·         Economic and social implications of the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) on Dominican businesses in the Dominican Republic or the U.S.;

·         Race effects on Dominican participation and performance in the U.S. labor market;

·         History of Dominican entrepreneurship, any historical period including colonial times;

·         Marginal return to educational investment for Dominicans as compared to other groups;

·         Camila Henríquez Ureña’s contributions to feminist thought and writing;

·         Career/life trajectory of musicians or fine-artists whose papers are in the Dominican Archives;

·         Dominican LGBTIQ communities in the U.S.;

·         History of activism among Dominicans in the U.S.;

·         Impact of Dominican voters on U.S. campaigns and elections;

·         The experience of the Dominican elderly in the U.S. concerning mobility, economic status, livelihood, etc.;

·         Intermarriage profiles for Dominicans in the U.S.;

·         Ethnic dynamics among Dominicans in the U.S. and/or interethnic relations;·         

·         Dominican women and men in U.S. politics.

Some of the topics included above are current projects undertaken by CUNY DSI. We are also looking for applicants who may become part of the ongoing research at CUNY DSI.

Application Deadline
We will be accepting applications for the NSA Dominican Studies Fellowship until March 1, 2016, by 5pm. Applicants will be notified of the decision by email by May 1, 2016.

How to Apply
All applications must be submitted electronically. All documents must be in pdf format.

To apply, please send a letter of intent, a brief research proposal of no more than 2,000 words, a budget, and a CV to:

Prof. Sarah Aponte, Chief Librarian, aponte@ccny.cuny.edu

The subject of the email must read “NSA Dominican Studies Fellowship Application”.

You may also email us with questions regarding the application.

Fellowships are made available through funds received from the National Supermarket Association (NSA).

Apr 15

A Peek Inside the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages

The Graduate Center’s Videography Fellows have produced this peek inside our PhD program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. Learn what HLBLL is like from the perspective of its professors and students.

Many thanks to Amanda Matles and the GC’s Videography Fellows program for the production of this video.

Nov 14

Our 20th Annual Conference Keynote Speakers

Relocating Identities, Theories, and Languages

The keynote speakers for our 20th annual conference are 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.

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