ZONES OF CONTACT / ZONAS DE CONTACTO
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
Cyberspace and Virtual Reality
Modes of artistic production
Multilingualism (polyglotism) and translation
Gender and sexuality
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the email kindly include your name, institutional affiliation, and the title of your presentation.
Friday, April 4th & Saturday, April 5th, 2008.Columbia University in the City of New York.