CALL FOR PAPERS: Iberian Studies Conference: Responses to the Crisis
SHATTERING IBERIA. CULTURAL RESPONSES TO AN ONGOING CRISIS
University of California, Berkeley - March 5th, 2014
CALL FOR PAPERS (December 1, 2013)
The Spanish and Portuguese department at UC Berkeley brings you an interdisciplinary conference focusing around the areas of Spain and Portugal, and their cultural and political reactions to the devastating economic crisis that has affected these two countries for the past five years.
The conference will consist of panels, roundtables, or other kinds of sessions proposed by scholars and activists relating to the changing definition of the concept of "crisis” in today’s world, and focusing on the transforming roles of symbolic production. What do new ways of social protest mean in terms of artistic production? Are we witnessing the birth of new types of collaborative popular expression? What is the role of the artist in this situation? And the Government? How do popular practices of collaborative work change our understanding of intellectual property? How can legislation account for these changing practices? How are the 15M movement in Spain, or Que se lixe a troika in Portugal changing the political game? What’s their take on cultural production? We encourage papers with a comparative approach to the Peninsula, reinstating the connections between Spain and Portugal.
This year, we are very fortunate to count with the presence of Amador Fernández-Savater as our Keynote speaker, one of Spain’s most relevant and socially engaged philosophers and journalists, and key participant in the 15M protest movements. We will also count with the special participation of Jordi Carrión, Manuel Filipe Canaveira, Luís Golcalves, Germán Labrador, Luis Moreno-Caballud and Cristina Montalvão Sarmento.
Interested scholars are invited to present proposals for individual papers, entire panels or roundtable sessions by December 1, 2013. Panels will consist of three papers and a commentator/moderator, although other formats are possible. Panel proposals should include a title and brief description of the session as a whole (300 words or less), along with paper titles and abstracts (about 300 words) of all panelists. Short academic bio (including institutional affiliation and contact information) should also be attached. Proposals for individual papers are encouraged —abstract of 250-400 words. All proposals should be sent in MS Word format by email to both of the Program Co-Chairs for the conference: Professor Alex Saum-Pascual (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Catarina Gama (email@example.com). Papers can be delivered in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Applicants will be informed regarding inclusion on the conference program by December 15, 2013.