jueves, 1 de octubre de 2009

(des)articulaciones Conference (Univ of Pittsburgh)

(des)articulaciones: Migration and Transgression
Keynote Speaker: Mayra Santos-Febres "Forgetting 'Race': Race in Puerto
Rican Culture"

(des)articulaciones is a biennial conference organized by the Graduate
Students of the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the
University of Pittsburgh that invites students and professors across
disciplines to reflect on Latin American and Caribbean aesthetic
production from alternate points of enunciation. This event provides
graduate students with a forum in which they can gain valuable experience
sharing their work, receiving feedback from colleagues, and expanding
their research. During the 2009 conference, which focuses on "Memory and
Transgression", students from universities across the nation will share
their research about the function of memory and history in acts, people,
narratives, and theories that violate or exceed norms within an
Iberoamerican context. Topics of student panels include Southern Cone
dictatorships, urbanization and migration, Orientalism, U.S. Latino
identities, the African diaspora, gender and indigenous studies, and the
rewriting of history.

Student papers will be presented on October 9 in the Lower Lounge of the
William Pitt Union (9:30 am to 6:30 pm) and on October 10 in 4127 Sennott
Square (9:30 am to 4:00 pm). We are pleased that Puerto Rican writer Mayra
Santos-Febres will participate in the 2009 conference with a bilingual
performative reading on Friday October 9 (7:00 pm, Lower Lounge WPU) from
her books "Our Lady of the Night" (2006) and "Fe en Disfraz"
(forthcoming). In addition, she will give the keynote speech on Saturday
October 10 (4:30 pm, 324 CL), entitled "Forgetting 'Race': Race in Puerto
Rican Culture."

Santos-Febres is a Puerto Rican professor of literature, poet, novelist,
and critic who has garnered fame at home and abroad. She holds an M.A. and
Ph.D. (1991) from Cornell University, where she has since taught as a
visiting professor. Santos-Febres has also been a guest lecturer at
Harvard University, as well as at numerous other American and European
universities, and is currently Associate Professor of Literature at the
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. She has published two books of
poetry to wide acclaim, and her short stories have won many prizes,
including the 1994 Letras de Oro Prize from the University of Miami and
the 1997 Juan Rulfo Prize, awarded by Radio Sarandi in Paris. In 1997 her
two collections of short fiction were translated into English under the
title "Urban Oracles". Other titles include "Pez de vidrio", "El cuerpo
correcto", and "Sirena Selena vestida de pena".

More info: http://www.pitt.edu/~nam36

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