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Tabú: 6th Annual UMN Spanish & Portuguese Graduate Conference

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Organization: Calambur Graduate Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Lingustics, Pedagogy, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Rhetoric & Composition, Women's Studies, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas
Event Date: 2019-03-29 to 2019-03-30 Abstract Due: 2019-02-15

Calambur:

6th Annual Graduate Conference

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

March 29-30 2019

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Katarzyna Beilin (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Professor Rena Torres Cacoullos (Penn State University)

On the night of November 17th 1901, on “la calle de la Paz”, located in what is today known as the heart of the historic center of Mexico City, the federal police burst into what has since been called the “Baile de los cuarenta y uno.” During the party, 42 men, half of them dressed in women’s clothing and the other half in suits, were arrested and humiliated in public for their sexual orientation. The only participant to be excluded was Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, son-in-law of the President of Mexico, Porfirio Díaz. Since then, the number 41 has been associated with homosexuality and repudiated by Mexico’s conservative and heteronormative culture. Nevertheless, this taboo opened the doors for transgression, inspiring the work of artists like José Guadalupe Posadas, Francisco L. Urquizo, and Fecundo, one of the precursors of gay literature in México. The 41 is not an isolated case, as taboo exists wherever language obfuscates that which does not adhere to normativity, and yet, at the same time, it forges a transgressive and defiant resoluteness. It is through war, the carnivalesque, humor and sexuality that these impositions are fractured. Taboo  provokes reflection on the function of language, art, and literature.

The VI Annual Calambur Conference invites the presentation of works that approach taboos and their many articulations in a wide range of contexts. The topics of interest include, among others, the following:

LANGUAGE CONTACT, PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY,

SOCIOLINGUISTICS, FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE

ACQUISITION, LANGUAGE VARIATION AND CHANGE

STUDIES, PRAGMATICS, LANGUAGE POLICY, APPLIED

LINGUISTICS.

CULTURAL STUDIES, ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES,

GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES.

HUMAN RIGHTS, IMMIGRATION, LATINX AND CHICANO

STUDIES, BORDER STUDIES, POLITICAL SCIENCE,

GENOCIDE STUDIES, RACE AND IDENTITY STUDIES.

ART AND AESTHETICS, FILM STUDIES, MUSIC

AND SOUND STUDIES, COMMUNICATION STUDIES.

MEDIEVAL STUDIES, COLONIAL AND POSTCOLONIAL

STUDIES, AND STUDIES OF THE MODERN AGE.

Abstracts of up to 250 words may be sent to the conference website (calambur.weebly.com) before February 15, 2019. Presentations of up to 20 minutes may be delivered in English, Spanish, or Portuguese.

For more information, please send an email to: spptconf@umn.edu

http://calambur.weebly.com/

spptconf@umn.edu

James Ramsburg