In the humanities today, one often hears talk of the ‘political turn’ that followed from the linguistic turn of structuralist and post-structuralist thought that dominated critical theory from the 1960s onwards. The political turn arises in part from the desire to break away from the limits of language and poetics in order to think in a uniquely political register. With the Hispanic archive as our tool – which we must not forget that nowadays encompasses large sectors of the United States itself – our 2nd Annual Graduate Symposium proposes precisely to explore the relation between the poetic and the political. Must the two be necessarily considered separately? Indeed, has the history of poetics in Latin America not precisely revealed that the two are intimately tied? And how are we to understand this relation when we consider the poetics of performance or of visual studies? Or of digital culture? What can linguistic theory reveal to us today about the relation between the poetic and the political?
Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Hispanic authors, works, movements or theories in the areas of poetry, literature, cinema, language-nation and identity, and theatre.
Confirmed key note speakers:
José Pratts Soriol
Please send proposals for papers/panels with an abstract of no more than 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight of February 10. Please include your name, institution, email and paper title, followed by the abstract, in that order, and place as subject heading.
2012 Graduate Symposium Planning Committee
Texas A&M University Department of Hispanic Studies
219 Academic Building
Phone: (979) 845-2164
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