Call for Papers

This conference aims to explore spatial tropes and practices within the literature, theatre, cinema and plastic arts of the Hispano-Lusophone world. We invite papers that interrogate the thematic treatment of travel and space, alongside those that utilise spatial and travel theory in the analysis of Hispano-Lusophone culture. In addition to thematic and theoretical conceptions of space and transit, we would also encourage discussion of the spatiality and mobility of/in different media, considering, for example, artworks that challenge the manner in which we move through and across a text, screen, or canvas. In recent years we have seen increasing emphasis placed on these concerns within the Arts and Humanities, however – though of growing interest – they have not been as widely discussed or investigated in the Hispanic and Lusophone context. This conference will, thus, provide a timely framework in which both scholars and professional practitioners can contribute to and advance the growing debates about ideas of space and travel within Hispanic and Lusophone studies.
The event will include keynote addresses from Sylvia Molloy (NYU) and Claire Lindsay (UCL), alongside a roundtable discussion between the Spanish-Argentine writer Andrés Neuman and translators Lorenza García and Nick Caistor to be held at Senate House on 13th June at 6pm.

We welcome proposals for papers that deal with, but are not limited to, the following subjects:

  • Travel writing in Spain, Portugal, or Latin America
  • Spatial practices
  • Fictional travel
  • Space and the visual arts
  • Representations of the city
  • Landscape and the natural world
  • Theories of space
  • Space and national identity
  • Cartography and mapping
  • Gendered spaces
  • Migration and exile

Please send abstracts in English or Spanish (max. 300 words) for 20 minute papers, along with a brief biographical note, by 15 March 2014 to uclconference2014@gmail.com

For any other queries please contact the organizers:

Camilla Sutherland: camilla.sutherland.09@ucl.ac.uk and Guadalupe Gerardi: g.arauz@alumni.ucl.ac.uk

You will receive information on whether your paper has been accepted by 31 March 2014.