Friday 24 & Saturday 25 November 2017

This conference brings together scholars, curators, filmmakers, writers  and post-graduate students from Latin America and the Caribbean, the United States, Europe and the UK to explore the emergence, nature and redefinitions of Border Subjects in the globalized Hispanic world from the Early Modern period to our current situation.

In light of neoliberalism’s global expansion and that of new forms of governmentality, what concerns should define the research agenda of a newly globalized Hispanism? The processes we associate with contemporary forms of ‘globalization’ have – be they economic, political or cultural –spawned a variety of re-worldings that, via a number of transdisciplinary formations, have reconfigured the Humanities, including Hispanism and Latin-Americanism, Cultural Studies, Postmodernism, Post-colonialism and even Post-structuralism being the most well-known. After the financial crisis, new (and not so new) trans-, de-, and/or non-national or regional objects, subjects and assemblages are coming to the fore, redrawing and digitalizing established frontiers and differences as well as re-defining the politics of culture and its study. Before our very eyes, the transversal routes of migration world-wide are breaking down established frontiers, both in the old metropolis and in the so-called peripheries. At those sites new cultural and political subjects are emerging and new histories are brought into view. In this conference, we revisit Luso-Hispanic and Latin@-American geographies, and reconsider the subjectivities emerging out of the above-mentioned processes in their varying conditions and trajectories, and also by way of the items in the material culture that conspire in their fashioning.

This conference is part of the ongoing collaboration between scholars working in the fields of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, UK and those in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures, at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. It is generously supported by the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) at Birkbeck, University of London.

Attendance is free but booking here necessary.


There will be a pre-conference event talk

Thinking Ibero-America: Modernity and Indigenism – Ticio Escobar in conversation with John Kraniauskas

This event is organized by CILAVS, the Instituto Cervantes in London and Canning House.