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16th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium at Ohio State
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4/5/2013 to 4/6/2013
When: 4/5/2013
Where: The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio 
United States
Contact: Brad Hilgert and Andy Woodmansee

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This year’s graduate student organized symposium will resemble the form of an international seminar, in that all presenters will form part of a collective effort to move toward a response of two central problematics involving the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds: Memory/history and universality, local knowledge and global power. The symposium will be divided along these two lines of thought, where we will encourage students of Latin American, Indigenous, Iberian, Colonial, Transatlantic, Cultural, Popular Music, Gender and Sexuality, Queer, Film, Caribbean, and Latino Studies to enter into a transdisciplinary and transatlantic dialogue. Within each theme, panels will be formed from thematic similarities. The Spanish and Portuguese Department of The Ohio State University will provide a moderator and commentator for each panel. Rather than following the traditional 20 minute form of presenting a paper, we are asking presenters to follow a more recent structure occurring at select conferences that limits the presentation to a fifteen minute summary of their main arguments, saving the details for the debate and dialogue that the commentator and moderator will facilitate in each panel. In addition, we are encouraging presenters to use multimedia resources such as PowerPoint and Prezi to make the symposium more dynamic. Finally, because the purpose of this symposium is to collectively work toward refining our thinking regarding the problematics proposed, we are asking that each presenter participate in the discussion and dialogue of each panel within their particular problematic, because it is from those conversations that conclusions will be reached. The final panel of the entire symposium will be made up of a presentation by the moderators of each session giving a summary of the conclusions that arose in their session in the hopes of approximating a response to the problematics that the conference has attempted to address.

Please submit abstracts/proposals to by December 14, 2012.

Presentations may be made in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Please join in this conversation and celebration of Hispanic and Lusophone cultures from a variety of time periods. Abstracts and panel proposals must be at most 250 words. They may be submitted in .pdf, .ps, .doc, or .rtf attachments. Submissions are anonymous. The body of the e-mail should contain the following information: title of the paper/panel proposal, area of specialization, name, postal address, e-mail, and affiliation of the author(s) (hard copy submissions should include the information above on a separate sheet). The subject of the email should include the terms "Literatures and Cultures.”

*Conference fee for accepted presenters is $35 Graduate Students, $50 Faculty.

**Early registration fee is $25 Graduate Students, $40 Faculty, if submitted by March 8th, 2013.

The two problematics that will be addressed in this year’s symposium are the following:

I. Memory/history

The panels within this problematic will part from different ways of relating to the past and will attempt to put into dialogue varying topics within the overarching, aforementioned topics. Historically, these terms have been used to delineate both individual as well as collective spaces of generation, especially within distinct disciplines. Given this, these panels will analyze the different epistemologies, cultures, and citizenships articulated and narrated by different forms of relating to the past. The objective is to study the intersections of memory, history, culture, and citizenship and the multiple ways these can be articulated within the humanities and social sciences. What can we learn from history/memory? What is the difference, if there is one? How should we approach the past?

II. Universality, local knowledge, and global power

European philosophy and liberalism, especially since Enlightenment thinking, has depended on a notion of universality. Even before the concept was developed and gained hegemonic dominance, it was both questioned and reproduced by artistic and literary production. How can we trace this throughout the history of art and literature in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds? And beyond that, how has universality been contested by historical and contemporary movements proposing multi- and pluriculturalism? How does artistic and literary production and these multi/pluri-cultural movements relate local knowledge with global power? Do they reproduce or contest the concept of universality? What is interculturalism and how does it distinguish itself? What are the proposals of each of these? When looking at culturally diverse nation-states like those found in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America, how has multi-, pluri-, and interculturalism been articulated (i.e. autonomous communities in Spain, Mexico as a plurinational country, and the Plurinational State of Bolivia)? How have and how do different nations and groups deal with difference/Otherness/alterity? And finally, ethically, what can these examples tell us about ourselves and how do these theoretical concepts help us move toward the construction of our present?

For any questions or concerns, please contact the symposium organizers:

Brad Hilgert & Andy Woodmansee

Co-organizers of the 16th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium
The Ohio State University

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

1775 S. College Rd.

Columbus, OH 43210

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