A Call for Papers


IX Annual Spanish Matters Colloquium
on Cultural and Literary Studies in the Hispanic World

El canon y sus demonios

The Spanish Section of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University invites you to participate in the IX Annual Spanish Matters Colloquium on Cultural and Literary Studies in the Hispanic World that will take place at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington, on Thursday, April 17 and Friday, April 18, 2014.

The Spanish Matters Colloquium was inaugurated in 2005 by the Spanish Section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Since its beginning the Colloquium has grown into a larger event. The ninth edition of Spanish Matters will be the first one to be held outside of the University of Puget Sound; in an effort to make Spanish Matters a regional and rotating conference, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University has joined our colleagues at the University of Puget Sound in presenting this year's colloquium. It is our hope that colleagues from other institutions join us in our dream of making Spanish Matters a robust academic event in the Northwest.  

The current Spanish Matters Colloquium is proud to be working with Dr. Carlos Jáuregui who will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Jáuregui is an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Anthropology in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at University of Notre Dame. A native of Colombia, Dr. Jáuregui is a prestigious scholar in Colonial and Transatlantic studies. His research interests and his publications cover cultural studies; colonial anthropology in the Americas; 19th-century Latin American literature; postcolonial theory; and cultural history of Hispanic America and Brazil. He is the author of several texts that are relevant to Latin American and Cultural Studies. His book Canibalia: Canibalismo, calibanismo, antropofagia cultural y consumo en América Latina (Córdoba, Spain, 2005: second revised edition: Vervuert 2008), was the winner of the prestigious Premio Casa de las Américas, in 2005. Dr. Jáuregui is most recently a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for his study entitled “Going Native and Becoming Other in Latin American Literature and Film” (2010).

Dr. Jáuregui’s presence will call attention to the main topic of Spanish Matters this year, “El canon y sus demonios,” which will emphasize the importance of discourses not considered to be canonic in Hispanic Studies but that are equally essential for understanding Spanish and Latin American societies. We especially want to encourage papers that highlight the cultural relevance of oral discourses, popular artistic expressions, dance, performance, music, visual arts, film, linguistics, etc., and/or the relationship between written texts with other textualities. 

The IX Spanish Matters Colloquium 2014 invites colleagues to present papers on any aspect of Spanish and Latin American literatures, cultures, and linguistics. It is the nature of the Spanish Matters Colloquium to promote intellectual dialogue while emphasizing the importance of collaboration between professors and students. We encourage colleagues to invite their students to participate in this event. Should you choose to invite a graduate or undergraduate student from your institution to participate in Spanish Matters we would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest possible convenience. Quite often, students’ papers will require a mentor’s guidance to ensure that content, composition, and delivery meet the level of performance expected from presenters at a professional conference.

Papers should not exceed a reading time of 20 minutes and no paper will be read in absentia. We hope that you will join us in another successful Colloquium.

The deadline for submission of paper titles and panels for inclusion in Spanish Matters is Friday March 7th, 2014. Titles should be accompanied by the author’s name, institution, and a short abstract. Please notice that there are two different ways to submit, one for individual papers and another one to submit panels.

Papers and panels will be accepted online at the following sites. Notice there are two ways to submit your presentation, one is for individual and a different one for round tables, panels, workshop, and/or any other different format.

Envío de Trabajo Individual  

Proposición de panel, mesa redonda o taller

To request additional information please contact us at:

Paqui Paredes, Associate Professor of Spanish and Chair of Modern and Classical Languages, maria.paredesmendez@wwu.edu

Joan Hoffman, Professor of Spanish, joan.hoffman@wwu.edu

Blanca Aranda, Assistant Professor of Spanish, blanca.aranda@wwu.edu  

Hugo García, Associate Professor of Spanish, hugo.garcia@wwu.edu