viernes, enero 28, 2005

Call for Papers ---Los Estados Unidos

Here is a forward about a conference. Let me know if you submit. I'm curious.

Thirteenth Annual NYU Columbia University Graduate Conference on Spanish and Portuguese Literatures

This Conference will be held at the King Juan Carlos I Center, New York University, on Friday and Saturday, April 8th and 9th 2005


Keynote Speakers include:
Julio Ramos, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (UC Berkeley); José Quiroga, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Emory University); Sylvia Molloy, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature (NYU); Mary Louise Pratt, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (NYU); Ana Maria Dopico, Department of Comparative Literature, Spanish and Portuguese (NYU); and George Yúdice, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese (NYU).

Suggested topics:

Representations of Latin America on the US
North/South: appropriations, looting & influences
Mass Culture / Pop / Globalization
Latin American readings of the US
Politics of the Empire / Colonialisms / Hegemony
Latin American and Iberic Studies inside the American Academia
Borders / Travel writings
Migration / Exile / Diaspora
Bilingualism / Spanglish / Slangs & jergas
Latinos in the US
Races & ethnicities / Gringos & Spiks

Representaciones de Latinoamérica en los Estados Unidos
Norte / Sur: préstamos, contrabando e influencias
Cultura de masas / Pop / Globalización
Lecturas latinoamericanas de los Estados Unidos
Políticas del Imperio / Colonialismos / Hegemonía
La academia norteamericana
Los estudios latinoamericanos e hispánicos en US
Fronteras / Travel writings
Migraciones / Exilio / Diáspora
Latinos in the US
Bilingüismos / Spanglish / Slangs y jergas
Razas y etnias / Gringos y Spiks

Please submit a one-page abstract in English, Spanish or Portuguese, with a separate title, page, stating name, address, e-mail and phone #

Send by e-mail to or by mail to:

Los Estados Unidos
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures
New York University
c/o Claudia Salazar
19 University Place 4th Floor
New York, New York 10003

Deadline: February 12th 2005

miércoles, enero 19, 2005


Infrequent spurts of blogging. I've been writing more in my paper journal. So archaic. I love it. Maybe I will scan or type to you. The ubiquitous you. I've been working on Spanish to English poetry translations. Now I have all these random words in my head. Words that didn't fit or made me recall other words. I'll tell you later.

Check out this project I've been working on with Ruth Lepson. I am making a book from a poem called Papers by Ruth Lepson and James Carson. It will be posted on Dispatx online journal. Go to

martes, enero 04, 2005

Art Institute

If anyone is going to Chicago, I encourage you to check out this exhibit (Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South at the Art Institute).

"The exhibition assembles some 300 masterpieces of stone, ceramic, wood, shell, and copper created between 2000 B.C. and A.D. 1600....[sic]..of the midwestern and southern United States."

As Alex and I walked through the exhibit we noted the similarities to, and deviations from, artifacts of Latin America. During 2000 B.C. the cultures across the entire Americas were even influencing each other. It was amazing to see and consider. The exhibit included a timeline of tribes across the Americas, however, it didn't explore the artistic interplay of these tribes for each peice. We tended to superimpose this look on the entire exhibit. Nonetheless, it is worth a trip.