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Annual Students' Conference


Circulation: Texts, Languages, Ideas, Images


The 19th Annual Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages Graduate Student Conference

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Sebastiaan Faber (Oberlin College) April 4, 2014

6:00pm – 7:30pm Skylight Room


“Exile, Memory, and Justice: The Transnational Legacy of the Spanish Republicans”

The outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and Franco’s victory three years later produced a massive displacement of Spaniards. The several hundred thousand who would spend decades in political exile included the country’s most prominent writers, scholars, artists, and other intellectual leaders. Many of them produced their best work not in Spain but in northern Europe, Latin America, the United States, and the Soviet Union. Their collective legacy has been enormous and multifaceted–institutional, academic, literary, philosophical, economic. It has also gone largely unrecognized, however. After all, the bulk of histories of culture continue to be organized around the unit of the modern nation-state and do not easily accommodate exiles. This talk seeks to accomplish two goals: (1) to acknowledge the Spanish Republican legacy, presenting it as an untapped but tremendously valuable mother lode; and (2) to identify some of the major factors that might explain why this legacy has proven so much less productive than that of other mid-twentieth-century antifascist intellectual exiles.


Dr. Ana MarĂ­a Ochoa (Columbia University) April 5, 2014

2:45pm – 4:15pm Rm. 5414


“Voice, nature and culture in nineteenth century Colombia”

 The voice has historically been a field of thought for formulating questions regarding the boundaries of the human and non-human. Such questions in turn are also related to the way different dimensions of the acoustic  were  parceled into different disciplinary domains between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries (orality, aurality, music, sound). In this talk I use archival materials from nineteenth century Colombia in order to explore different understandings of the voice in relation to the human and non-human that coalesce at the cross-roads of the colonial empire at a historical moment in which such questions became fundamental to the understanding of the person in the political transformations spurred by the wars of independence.