Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Call for papers / English

19th Annual Columbia/NYU Graduate Student Conference on Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures and Cultures
Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3, 2010

“Rooms for Discussion”

Rooms for Discussion will experiment with a change from the traditional format of the conference to that of the workshop. To that end, we ask graduate students to submit proposals related to the issues they are researching and concerned about in order to discuss them broadly among peers from different critical backgrounds. We believe this format will allow the participants an active role and will fulfill a basic goal of graduate student conferences: the discussion of our research. We look forward to receiving proposals for topics in Hispanic and Lusophone cultures that articulate various problems in our areas of study.

The workshops will be structured around brief presentations (three pages) that describe the central issues of a research project in progress; these texts will be accessible ahead of time on the conference website. Each presentation will be complemented by dialogue with a pre-assigned respondent who will open the discussion. Participants and attendees will arrange themselves in a circle and there will be plenty of time for exchange. The dynamic of questions, discussion, and suggestions will permit a fluid, open interaction that will give participants the opportunity to present their work more freely.

The assembly of the workshops will be equally open and participatory. We invite you to collaborate through the conference website in two ways. First, you can suggest a topic for a workshop, consisting of a title and an explanation of up to 100 words. Secondly, you can post a 250-word abstract describing the presentation you would like to make in a particular workshop. The deadline for both requests has been extended to February 5, 2010.


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