Feministas Unidas Inc.

August 2016 Newsletter
 ¡Buenos días!
Esperamos que estén pasando un verano estupendo. Aquí tienen algunos CFP y anuncios. No olviden enviarme a acorbalan@ua.edu cualquier cosa que pueda ser de interés para Feministas Unidas.

1. Número especial Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos.
2. ACLA call for papers.
3. NeMLA call for papers.

1. Proposals are sought in Spanish or English for one issue 2018 of the Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, to be devoted to the study of manifestations of literary suicides in Hispanic Literature (Spain and Spanish America). In the case of authors committing suicide, we welcome proposals emphasizing the links between suicide, reality and the author’s literary production: ¿How is an author’s work contemplated from the perspective of suicide? From a gender point of view, the differences between female and male suicidal authors may also be explored. Likewise, we are interested in an approach to the way the author’s death by own hand affects the reception of published works: ¿What ideas on suicide prevail at different times and in different spaces, influencing textual interpretation? In Spain, the voluntary deaths of Mariano José de Larra and Angel Gavinet and, more recently, that of poet Paula Sinos, show the close relation between suicide and literary creation. In Spanish America, among other authors, the cases of José María Arguedas, Alejandra Pizarnik, José Asunción Silva and Alfonsina Storni are well known, as well as the deaths of characters such as Allende (in Sábato’s The Tunnel) and Cuéllar (in Vargas Llosa’s “The Cubs”).

The Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos is a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, published by the Canadian Association of Hispanists. We welcome submissions that consider, among other topics, the following:

Original textual interpretations on literature and suicide.
Characters, plots, figures, tropes, influences.
Gender issues, regarding authors as well as characters.
Critical and theoretical approaches to the reception of literary works, which consider the circulation of ideas on suicide at the time of publication.
Impact of the awareness of the author’s suicide on reading.

For the full editorial guidelines 
Proposals should be submitted by October 1, 2016 to the issue’s guest editors rita.degrandis@ubc.ca y mgrilloarbulu@mtroyal.ca

ACLA Seminar: Wild-ing Subjects: Queer Contestations in Latin/o America between 1900 and 1980. http://www.acla.org

Organizer: Mariela Méndez: mmendezd@richmond.edu
Co-Organizer: Claudia Cabello Hutt: c_cabello@uncg.edu

This seminar seeks to address the various ways in which cultural and literary productions emerging in Latin/o America from 1900 to 1980 have contested some of the tenets at the foundation of cultural historiography as it is often articulated. Within this cultural history, it is oftentimes overlooked how cultural artifacts, intellectual trajectories and creative subjects—whether or not they introduce themselves as queer or dissident—in actuality do enact forms of intervention that can be called “queer” or “wild,” following Jack J. Halberstam’s terminology. The presentations on this seminar will invoke a new understanding of Latin/o American cultural history and its archives by engaging theories and methods that are “wild” in that they fail “disciplinary knowledge,” to quote Halberstam (“Charming for the Revolution” 7). The potential of a queer wildness as explored by J. Halberstam and José Esteban Muñoz will serve to trigger a different understanding of improvised, surprising, or collaborative interventions that have been read as “nonsensical and inconsequential.” Instead, such interventions will be seen as failing and surpassing traditional understandings of nation and national belonging, practices of sociality, gender & genre hierarchies, sexuality and desire, the production and consumption of cultural goods, relationships among bodies and objects, temporalities and spatialities. Like Muñoz, Halberstam confesses, “I seek a queer vitality that we might call wildness that skews towards collapse and works always on behalf of failure” (“Wildness, Loss, Death” 141,147). We invite papers that explore contributions staging this vitality in Latin/o America and help reconfigure and unsettle the Latin/o American archive. In so doing, this seminar aims to unravel new readings and break away from conventional hegemonic narratives of Latin/o American culture.

3. NeMLA va a tener lugar en Baltimore del 23 al 26 de marzo. La presidenta es nuestra Hilda Chacón y la vicepresidenta, Maria DiFrancesco, por lo que muchos de los paneles son de interés para Feministas Unidas. También hay un panel organizado por nuestra coalición. Los abstracts se aceptan hasta el 30 de septiembre. Pueden mirar los cfp en http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention/submit.html
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