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CfP: Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal

International Conference: Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal* Newcastle University

24-26 June 2015

Call for papers

This conference hosted by the School of Modern Languages and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies invites papers examining the cultural production and cultural practices in the context of societal crisis, on both sides of the Atlantic. Our aim is to establish a dialogue about the narratives on moments of crisis and images of renewal in Latin American and Iberian cultural production.

Keynote speaker
Prof. Jean Franco
(Columbia University)

We welcome papers on the following topics or others relevant to the conference main theme:

- Cultural production responding to societal crises in Latin America and Spain (comics, film, graffiti, literature, music, photography, telenovela, theatre)
- The 'neoliberal turn' in Latin America in the 1970s.
- The experience of crisis in transatlantic relations.
- Financial uncertainty and the rise of amateurism.
- Collectives, associations and spaces for cultural production.
- Alternative cultures (and social or economic practices) in periods of crises.
- Cultural renewal.
- Ethnogenesis and cultural production, linguistic revitalization.
NB: The conference will host an exhibition by visual artist Javier de Isusi and will screen the documentary De mar a mar based on the life and work of exiled Republican intellectual and playwright José Ricardo Morales. In association with the Vamos Festival, work by lettering artist Elliot Tupac will be displayed.

Please send your proposals by 11 March 2015 to Include title, affiliation and 150-200 word abstract.

*Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal (CRIC) is a four-year collaborative research project sponsored by the European Union Marie Curie RISE fund. The overarching aim of the project is to investigate the role of cultural production as a vehicle to elucidate experiences of crisis. Participating institutions: Newcastle University; University of Amsterdam; Universitat de València; Universitat de Lleida; Universidad Austral de Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; Universidad Nacional de Córdoba; Universidad Nacional Tres de Febrero. The project is coordinated by Drs Jorge Catalá Carrasco and Patricia Oliart.