A Call for Papers

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

Queer Geographies: Remapping Hispanic Studies

 The Hispanic Studies Department of the University of Puget Sound invites you to participate in the X Annual Spanish Matters Colloquium on Cultural and Literary Studies in the Hispanic World that will take place at our campus in Tacoma, WA, on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3, 2015.

The Spanish Matters Colloquium was inaugurated in 2005 by the Spanish section of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Since its beginning the Colloquium has grown into a larger event (and the section is now an independent department!). The tenth edition of Spanish Matters marks a beginning and an end: this will be the final version of what will next year become the regional conference of the Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies Association (LALISA) and hosted at Reed College.

The keynote speaker of the conference will be scholar and award-winning novelist Arturo Arias, Tomás Rivera Regents Professor in Latin American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. Arturo Arias is a well-known expert on Central American literatures, with a special emphasis on indigenous literature, as well as critical theory, race, gender and sexuality in postcolonial studies. Some of his most acclaimed scholarly works include Taking their Word: Literature and the Signs of Central America (2007), The Rigoberta Menchú Controversy (2000), The Identity of the Word (1998), and Ceremonial Gestures (1998), as well as a critical edition of Miguel Angel Asturias's Mulata (2000). Author of 7 novels, he is twice winner of the Casa de las Américas Award for his fiction among countless other international recognitions and awards. He is also a past president of the Latin American Studies Association.

Though we invite colleagues to present papers on any aspect of Iberian, Latin American, and Latino/a literatures, cultures, and linguistics, the theme of our colloquium is “Queer Geographies: Remapping Hispanic Studies.” As Amy Kaminsky advocates, “[l]a práctica queer entre hispanistas puede tomar muchas formas,” including the redrawing of “las fronteras establecidas por las disciplinas y por la geopolítica.” Such a proposal rejects the idea, now commonplace in our profession that Hispanic Studies consists of little more than a series of insular, disconnected debates. Instead of binding different lines of inquiry to a fixed set of topics, methods, or locales, queering Hispanic studies instead demands that we recognize the existing affinities of those conversations and, in turn, situate them within a contemporary landscape marked by crossings of all kinds: linguistic, cultural, political, and sexual, just to name a few. In this spirit, for this tenth annual Spanish Matters Colloquium, we seek to foster a conversation that not only permits us to share our individual scholarship and teaching, but also to think collectively about the various forces reshaping our field.

It is the nature of the Spanish Matters Colloquium to promote intellectual dialogue while emphasizing the importance of collaboration among colleagues, as well as between professors and students. We encourage you to invite your 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.

            We hope that you will join us for another successful Colloquium.

Deadline for submissions to participate in Spanish Matters Colloquium:

Monday, February 16, 2015.


The author’s name, institutional affiliation, and a short abstract (no more than 200 words) should accompany titles. Please notice that there are two different ways to submit, one for individual papers and another one for panels, round tables, workshops, and/or any other format.


Papers and panels will be accepted online at the SMC Registration page.


Papers can be read in Spanish or English and should not exceed a reading time of 20 minutes. No papers may be read in absentia.


Selected proceedings of papers presented at the colloquium will be published by the Revista de Literatura y Lingüística de la Universidad de Costa Rica. To be considered, you must submit your paper by Monday April 20, 2015. Papers should be written preferably in Spanish.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the nearby Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma Waterfront. Those interested must make their reservations by March 1, 2015 and refer to “Hispanic Studies Department – Spanish Matters Colloquium” in order to receive a discounted rate.


To find out more about the colloquium visit www.pugetsound.edu/spanishmatters


To request additional information please contact us at spanishmatters@pugetsound.edu


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