South Asia and Latin America: Intellectual Junctures and Affinities


Comparative Literature / World Literatures (non-European Languages)

Sabina Lenae (New York University)

While studies of the Global South and South-South connections are of more recent vintage, unconventional intellectual exchanges of this type have long been occurring "off the grid." Specifically, such exchanges were occurring between South Asia and Latin America long before talk of BRICs. This session examines such intellectual junctures and affinities.

Papers can look at one author's oeuvre -- e.g. Rabindranath Tagore's sejour in South America, Octavio Paz and Pablo Neruda in India -- or be more comparative in nature -- e.g. Tagore and Victoria Ocampo, Subaltern Studies in South Asia and Latin America, etc.

The aim is to explore these remarkable junctures, resulting intellectual kinships, as well as the creative repercussions on both sides of these South-South connections avant la lettre. Papers in English, Spanish, French, or Bengali are welcome.

Thank you in advance for your interest and abstract submission! As this is a seminar, papers will be circulated prior to the convention. Abstracts of 300 words (about 10 minutes of presentation) may be submitted by September 30th, 2016. Please direct questions about the session to: (Chair).