RECOVERING THE U.S. HISPANIC LITERARY HERITAGE
The Critical Importance of Region
November 4-6, 2004
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Deadline for abstracts: May 15, 2004
A Call for Papers for the Eighth Conference of Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage: The Critical Importance of Region
In partnership with the University of New Mexico, the Recovery Board is pleased to invite you to the eighth conference of Recovering the U. S. Hispanic Literary Heritage, to be held on the UNM campus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 4-6, 2004.
The theme for our conference takes its lead from recent developments in the field of region studies. Once considered the domain of parochial and nostalgic impulses, “critical regionalism” has emerged as a multi-disciplinary, trans-national attempt to understand the ever-growing importance of the local to the global. However, the expressed goal of “regional criticism” is to take seriously how regional dynamics are more often than not at the center of interests that get labeled “national” or “international.” Regionalism for example is not. necessarily peripheral, marginal, or provincial when thinking about colonialism or imperialism in the 19th century.
In this regard, New Mexico seems like the perfect conference site to consider the implicit and explicit perimeters of regional markers that make up what we consider the U.S. Hispanic Recovery Project. How do recovered authors consider region as opposed to nation? When does region become nation? How might we re-theorize or re-historicize the importance of “place” in the colonial period? After 1848? After 1898? In the 21st century, is the Recovery Project aiding and abetting the “browning” of America—a code word that might mean re-spatializing/ racializing Anglo America? There are also many key words to consider as a “regional” index to history, culture, myth, and gender relations: border, borderlands, frontera, isla, Nueva España, Greater Mexico, the Caribbean, El Barrio or Spanish Harlem, México de Afuera, el norte, el llano estacado, migration, immigrants, los indios, etc.
Papers or panels are also invited on any of the following themes:
Analytical studies of recovered authors and/or texts
Critical and theoretical approaches to recovered texts
Language and linguistics
Library and information science
Social implications, cultural analyses
Religious thought and practice
Collections and archives
For details, contact Carolina Villarroel, Project Coordinator
Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage
University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Road, 256 Cullen Performance Hall
Houston, TX 77204-2006
Tel: (1 713)743-3128
Fax: (1 713)743-3142
© Circle of Linguistics Applied to Communication/ Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 17, February 2004. ISSN 1576-4737.