Annual Students' Conference
XXI Annual HLBLL Graduate Student Conference
THE CITY: VOICES AND CREATIONS
April 14th and 15th, 2016
Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages
The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016
The city is where voices converge, discuss, dialogue, question and form hierarchies. It is the place where textualities come together, where languages, art, history and institutions are generated. Rebellious voices, cultural edges and blind spots rise up from the city.
Voices invent the city; they make it something else and transport it out of itself. Voices contest the discursive field. They establish codes, genres, norms and registers: who speaks, who reads or who writes; what do they speak about, what do they read, what do they write; how and in what language(s), within what frameworks.
There are creations which move the city and its margins, between the academy and the market, between the state and the masses, and among languages. Languages contest powers and knowledges and even the limits between disciplines.
Keynote Speakers: Dr. Urayoán Noel (New York University), Dr. Bonnie Urciuoli (Hamilton College).
About the Keynote Speakers
Dr. Urayoán Noel is a poet, critic, performer, translator, and assistant professor of English and Spanish at NYU. He is the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam(University of Iowa Press, 2014), winner of the Latina/o Studies Book Prize from the Latin American Studies Association, and several books of poetry in English and Spanish, the most recent of which is Buzzing Hemisphere/Rumor Hemisférico (University of Arizona Press). He has also produced poetry in a range of alternative formats, including the CD and DVD, the artist book, the digital archive, and the multimedia installation. A contributing editor of NACLA Report on the Americas and Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, Noel has been a fellow of the Ford Foundation and CantoMundo, and his creative and critical writings have appeared in Bomb, Contemporary Literature, Fence, Lana Turner, Latino Studies, Small Axe, and in numerous anthologies. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Urayoán Noel earned his B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, his M.A. from Stanford, and his Ph.D. from NYU. He lives in the Bronx and recently completed a bilingual edition of the poetry of Pablo de Rokha for Shearsman Books.
Dr. Bonnie Urciuoli (B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Chicago) is the Leonard C. Ferguson Professor and Chair of Anthropology at Hamilton University, New York. Her areas of expertise are linguistic anthropology; social/cultural anthropology with an ethnographic focus; U.S. public discourses of diversity; higher education in U.S.; race, class and language ideology in U.S.; and Puerto Rican bilingualism in New York City. Her interests are linguistic and cultural anthropology, specializing in public discourses of race, class and language, and particularly the discursive construction of diversity in U.S. higher education. Urciuoli's book, Exposing Prejudice: Puerto Rican Experiences of Language, Race, and Class, was awarded the 1997 Gustavus Myers Center Award for the study of human rights in North America. She has published in American Ethnologist, Language and Communication and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.
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