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Deadline extended: 20th-century Central America: (Post-)Conflict Notions in the Region (NeMLA)

Boston, MA
Organization: NeMLA
Event: NeMLA
Categories: Literary Theory, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2024-03-07 to 2024-03-10 Abstract Due: 2023-10-15

Central American scholars have extensively discussed the cultural and literary periodization of conflict and post-conflict in the region (see, for example, Ortiz Walner and Escamilla Rivera). The largest confrontations, generally between a far-right government and a revolutionary left, the armed struggle in Guatemala (1960-96), the Sandinista revolution and the Contras war in Nicaragua (1969-90), the civil war in El Salvador (1979-92) , have marked what has usually been known as the conflict period in the isthmus, followed by a transition phase during the rest of the century and later the post-conflict term already in the 21st century. This historical periodization, specially the 30-year period between 1965 and 1994, has come to define the cultural productions in the whole region. However, this has not been the case in time (first half of the 20th century) and events (earlier conflicts, foreign occupations, late independence) in the rest of Central America, i.e., Belize, Costa Rica, Honduras, Panama, where the notions of conflict, transition and post-conflict might vary historically and, therefore, for the artistic productions of these countries. This panel seeks to review the already established artistic, cultural, historical and literary periodization of (post-)conflict in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, as well as to re-assess what those notions mean for other Central American countries with different experiences. This panel welcomes proposals in English or Spanish that analyze and interpret Central American literature, audiovisual productions and other artistic/cultural manifestations with diverse methodologies and perspectives with national and/or transnational focus within the region.



David Rozotto