17th Columbia-NYU Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures

Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th, 2008.Columbia University in the City of New York.


Conference Program

CONTACT ZONES - 17th Annual Columbia-NYU Graduate Student Conference
Friday, April 4 & Saturday, April 5, 2008

Friday, April 4th

6:30 PM (Philosophy Hall)

Opening Remarks - Professor Carlos Alonso (Columbia)

Keynote Address - Professor Reinaldo Laddaga (UPenn)

8:00 PM (Casa Hispánica)


Saturday, April 5th (All events on Saturday will take place at the Casa Hispánica)

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (Lobby)

Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Student Panels (Library and Room 201)

1. Visual Spain (Library)

Moderator: Adam Winkel (Columbia)

Leslie J. Harkema (Boston U.)
"Antonio Espina's Pájaro Pinto: Maturation through Cinematography in the Vanguard Novel"

Christina McCoy (U. of Texas, Austin)
"Desvistiendo el fetichismo en Simparidades por Ana Rossetti"

Daniella Wittern (Brown)
"La presencia ausente: Fragmentos de un ¿ensayo? buñueliano"

2. The Subject in a Shifting National Landscape (Room 201)

Moderator: Marissa Garland (Columbia)

Mirian Lee (UC Berkeley)
"Cultura Tropical: New Voices from the Korean Diaspora in Brazil"

Misha MacLaird (Tulane)
"Sólo Dios sabe: A Transcontinental Experience"

Reyes Caballo-Márquez (Georgetown)
"Hacia un cine social corporal: Tendencias cinematográficas transatlánticas de las dos últimas décadas"

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM (Library)

Student Panel

Outside in: Writing from a Distance in the Nineteenth Century

Moderator: Carolina Baffi (Columbia)

Ysette Guevara (NYU)
"Por el lado de la sombra: Alberdi's Inscriptions of Derivation".

Ernesto Ortiz-Díaz (UC Davis)
""Canto a la Argentina" de Rubén Darío: entre el encomio y contracanto"

Jorge L. Bacelis (U. of Texas, Austin)
"Italy as Zone of Cultural Contact. The Journey to Italy from J. W. von Goethe and Leandro Fernández de Moratín to Emilio Castelar and Vicente Blasco Ibañez"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Room 201)

Student Panel

Economies of Urban Space

Moderator: Lara Tucker (Columbia)

Steven Gooch (Purdue)
"Peripheral Playgrounds: Towards a Theory of Contemporary Slumming"

Vartan P. Messier (UC Riverside)
"Consumerism without Frontiers, or, the Cultural Logic of Global Capitalism".

Jen Lewis (Yale)
"Contested Space: Public/Private Use of Shopping Malls in San Salvador"

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Library)


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Room 201)

Guest speakers

Moderator: Paloma Duong (Columbia)

Professor Sibylle Fischer (NYU)
"Caribbean Studies - The Return of the Repressed?"

Professor James Fernández (NYU)
"Invisible Immigrants: Spanish Enclaves in the US, 1898 -1939"

Professor César Braga-Pinto (Rutgers)
“Brazilian Friendship”

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Coffee break

4:00 PM - 5:45 PM (Library)

Student Panel

Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: Making Words, Making Worlds

Moderator: Jannette Amaral (Columbia)

Dulce Aldama (U. of Colorado, Boulder)
"Historia general de las cosas de Nueva España como zona de contacto"

Jerónimo Arellano (Stanford)
"Tongue-tied: Columbus' Wonder Cabinet"

Elena Deanda Camacho (Vanderbilt)
"Censor's Excited Speech: A Poetics of Inquisitorial Discourse"

Sebastián Reyes (NYU)
"El sexo y la batalla de sus signos en América. Lectura crítica de confesionarios y sermones bilingues en el siglo XVI"

Viviana Cruzado (Columbia)
"Zonas de contacto con el mundo bélico ibérico del siglo XVI"

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM (Room 201)

Student Panel

Contemporary Writings of the Real

Moderator: Olga Rodríguez (Columbia)

Brantley Nicholson (Duke)
"Spiritual Organization and Epistemic Rupture: Questing for Zion in Roberto Bolaño's Savage Detectives"

Laura Cade Brown (Vanderbilt)
"Circus Heterotopias in César Aira’s Los dos payasos"

Alba Sanchis-Álvarez (Dartmouth College)
“The geography of North American Popular Culture: Self-Customized Spatial Realities in Spanish Contemporary Literature”

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra (NYU)
"La novela real: On Reading Tomás Eloy Martínez's Santa Evita (1995) in the Contact Zone"

7:00 PM (Room 201)

Professor Bruno Bosteels (Cornell)
"Literature, Politics, Psychoanalysis."

Closing Remarks - Professor Graciela Montaldo (Columbia)

8:00 PM (Library)


Conference Poster

Morningside Campus Map

Casa Hispánica

Hotels in Morningside Heights/ Upper West Side

Please note that hotels fill up quickly in New York, especially those that belong to the University. For this reason, we suggest that you make your travel and lodging plans as early as possible. Feel free to contact us at cu.nyu.2008@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Hotels affiliated with Columbia University

International House
Location: 500 Riverside Drive (122nd Street)
Telephone: (212) 316-8473

Description: 11 Guest Rooms
Web Site: www.ihouse-nyc.org/

Teachers College - Whittier Hall

Location: 121st Street bet. Amsterdam and Broadway

Telephone: (212) 678-3235

Description: 8 Guest Rooms
Web Site: www.tc.columbia.edu/housing/detail.asp?Id=Guest+Housing

Union Theological Seminary - Landmark Guestrooms
Location: 3041 Broadway Avenue (122nd Street)
Telephone: (212) 280-1313

Description: 20 Guest Rooms
Web Site: www.uts.columbia.edu/index.php?id=54

East Campus House

Location: Columbia University Campus

Telephone: (212) 854-2946 from 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday
Description: Each room is air conditioned and has two double beds, color cable TV and a private full bath. VIP suite available which has a bedroom with 2 double beds, a living room area with pull out sofa and a private bath.
Web Site: www.columbia.edu/cu/housing/docs/conference-guest-housing/guest-accomm.html

Other accommodations (Hostels and Hotels)

Hostelling International New York
Location: 891 Amsterdam
Description: The largest hostel in New York City, it’s located only a few blocks from campus and offers a cheap, convenient alternative to some of the other hotels in the area.
Web site: www.hostels.com/en/availability.php/HostelNumber.1850 (There are many other hostels in NYC. This is the one closest to the campus area.)

Hotel Newton

Location: 2528 Broadway Avenue (96th Street)
Telephone: (212) 678-6500
Description: The Newton's spacious rooms are ideal for the budget conscious traveler.
Web Site: www.thehotelnewton.com/index.shtml

Hotel Lucerne
Location: 201 West 79th Street (Amsterdam Avenue)
Telephone: (212) 875-1000
Description: The Hotel Lucerne is a beautiful hotel that has been very generous about providing special rates in the past for CU guests. Please mention that you are a Columbia affiliate when you call them. The Lucerne features 250 deluxe oversized rooms and suites.
Web Site: www.thelucernehotel.com/

Hotel Beacon
Location: 2130 Broadway Avenue (75th Street)
Telephone: (212) 787-1100
Description: The Beacon's newly renovated rooms and suites include full kitchens, all marble bathrooms, cable television, direct dial phone, voice mail, discounts at the Equinox Health Club and discounted parking nearby.
Web Site: www.beaconhotel.com/

Excelsior Hotel
Location: 45 West 81st Street
Telephone: (212) 362-9200
Web Site: www.excelsiorhotelny.com/

Riverside Tower Hotel

Location: 80 Riverside Drive
Telephone: (212) 877-5200
Web Site: www.riversidetowerhotel.com/

The Belvedere

Location: 319 West 48th Street (8th Avenue)
Telephone: (212) 245-7000
Description: This newly renovated hotel has kitchenettes in every room, and laundry facilities are located on the premise.
Web Site: www.belvederehotelnyc.com/index.asp

Keynote Speaker and Panelists

We are pleased to announce the participation of Reinaldo Laddaga (UPenn), who will give the conference's keynote address, as well as James Fernandez (NYU), Sybille Fischer (NYU), Cesar Braga Pinto (Rutgers) and Graciela Montaldo (Columbia) who will also participate.



17th Annual Graduate Student Conference
Columbia University - New York University

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2008

In this conference we seek to explore zones of contact both within spheres that are normally thought of as homogeneous and between those generally considered separate and distinct, such as geographical spaces, identities, cultural strata, modes of expression, disciplines of knowledge, and so forth, in the fields of Hispanic, Lusophone, and North American Literatures and Cultures. We understand zones of contact to be sites of cultural activity where various types of encounters, confluences, disjunctions, and negotiations result in contaminations, transgressions of borders, transformations, and potential manifestations of resistance. It may also yield cultural products that do not directly align themselves with existing categories and which in some cases may defy classification. Examination of these zones implies the recognition not only of the nature of “contact,” but also of the historical circumstances and the recurring processes that give rise to conflict, schisms, alliances, and the establishment of hierarchies among spheres of production. Zones of contact, then, are the spaces in which it is possible to question borders, limits, lines of demarcation, categories, classifications, and trends.

Zones of Contact will address cultural production related, but not limited, to the following thematic areas:

High and low cultures
Disparate cultural strata
Texts and their circulation
Commodification of culture
Mass media
Cyberspace and Virtual Reality
Modes of artistic production
Multilingualism (polyglotism) and translation
Gender and sexuality
Geographic spaces/borders
(International/Global/Local) polity (polities)
Multiplicity and plurality
Entanglements and interferences

Presenters are invited to engage with the conference topic from a variety of interpretive stances and interdisciplinary approaches. Therefore, we encourage submissions on the visual arts, creative writing, film, musical composition, performance, or any other form of cultural production.

Papers may be presented in Spanish, Portuguese, or English. Please submit a 250-word abstract (or images or sound recordings for media other than writing) as an anonymous attachment by Friday, December 21st to cu.nyu.2008@gmail.com. In the body of the email kindly include your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of your presentation.

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