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The Spanish and Portuguese Program of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, is pleased to announce its 2015 Conference on Transatlantic Studies: Intersections of Memory and Violence in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World during March 26, 27 & 28. We would like to invite national and international scholars, graduate students, and artists to present their work on the proposed topic.
We will examine such questions as: What is the impact of survivor testimonies and memories about authoritarian regimes and what is the importance of coming to terms with the past? How to interrogate violence/human rights abuses in the past while connecting them with present-day iterations of violence and violations of rights? How individuals across the transatlantic space (re)act against violence and what is the role of cultural production in these processes?
In this conference, we would like to emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cultural production that engages memory and violence in (trans)national contexts, especially related to the repression of “rights” – cultural, political, economic, linguistic, ethnic, sexual, etc. Research may include areas such as cultural studies, linguistics, history, education, political science, anthropology, sociology, performance, art, or women’s, gender, ethnic, and sexuality studies.
The organizing committee of the 2015 Conference on Transatlantic Studies: Intersections of Memory and Violence in the Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian World welcomes proposals for papers in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Topics of particular interest include but are not limited to:
- Legacies of authoritarian regimes
- Drug trafficking and crime fiction novels
- Human trafficking
- Literature and testimony
- Human rights and social movements
- The boom of memory and violence in contemporary literature and cinema
- Exile and memory
- Language policy & endangered ethnic languages
- Performing memory and trauma
- Spaces of memory: museums, memorials, and urban art
- Systemic violence
Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words for individual papers, and panel proposal abstracts on a specific theme of no more than 750 words to Dr. Raúl Diego Rivera Hernández [firstname.lastname@example.org] or Dr. Mercedes López Rodríguez [email@example.com] by November 15th., 2014.
Researchers interested in organizing panel proposals are invited to submit an abstract from/for each one of the participants.