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

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.

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