Symposium: Beyond Borders?

The symposium Beyond Borders? New Formulations in Hispanic and Lusophone Studies, organised with help from CASiLaC and the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, will take place next Thursday and Friday (28-29 June) in Room G27 (O´Rahilly Building).

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This symposium aims to offer postgraduate and early-career researchers the opportunity to gather in a formative space to transverse spatial, temporal, and linguistic borders and perspectives.

The current situation of the disciplines beneath the epithets ‘Hispanic’ and ‘Lusophone’, studies, although positively emphasises the common linguistic patrimony of diverse territories, also upholds and reproduces the isolation of the colonised spaces and becomes an artificial obstacle for horizontal communication and collaboration. In a world where this predominantly vertical epistemological framework reinforces the hegemony of the cultural production of the centres at the expense of the cultural diversity of the peripheries and the circulation of their ideas, it is imperative to cross spatial, temporal, linguistic and epistemic borders, not only to answer old questions, but to reformulate new ones and to redefine categories. Inspired by the concept of the circum-Atlantic world as understood by Joseph Roach (1996), and extending this perspective to other border areas, this event will focus on making visible the legacy of horizontal collaborations across territories and languages in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds and beyond.

The symposium will enable exchanges with the keynote speakers Professor Janet Polasky from the University of New Hampshire, USA, and Dr Conrad James from the University of Birmingham, UK. Professor Janet Polasky is a specialist in Eighteenth-century Atlantic revolutions, and comparative, urban, and women’s history. Dr Conrad James’s research explores cultural production in terms of what it reveals concerning the significance of race thinking, the politics of movement, diaspora creativity, and the emergence of new world philosophies.


9.30 Registration
9.45 Opening Remarks – Prof Nuala Finnegan and organisers
10.00 Keynote Lecture – Dr Conrad James
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Panel 1. Multilingualism, Interculturality and Translation as Activism
Ana Regina Lessa – UCC
Voices beyond Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Reflecting on authorship and translation

Craig Neville – UCC
When author met translator: An exploration of authorship and translatorship in The Gurugu Pledge (2017), written by Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel and translated by Jethro Soutar

María Cardona – UCC
A shipwreck foretold: The language of García Márquez in translation
13.00 Lunch
14.30 Panel 2. Decolonial Perspectives and Practices
Cian Warfield – UCC
Difficulties with the decolonial: Reflecting on the space between theory and practice

Nadia Albaladejo García – UCC
Todos ellos están equivocados: Challenging borders between disciplines. Humour Science and Anthropology in Remedios Varo’s ‘Homo Rodans’

Caio César Esteves de Souza – University of São Paulo
Brazilian nationalism and the heroes of US emancipation: the missing sonnet of Alvarenga Peixoto.
16.00 Coffee Break
16.30 Film screening: Viva, Irish-Cuban film directed by Paddy Breathnach and written by Mark O’Halloran.
9:30 Panel 3. Interrogating borders and identities 1
Cláudia Rio Doce – Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL)
Revista de Antropofagia ou o levante da periferia

Donna Maria Alexander – UCC
“Entangling Encounters”: Transnational and Intertextual Exchanges in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric

Adam Hywel-Jones – Trinity College Dublin
‘A cada alma dolorida le gusta cantar sus penas’: myth, memory and the afterlives of the Gaucho.
11.00 Coffee Break
11.30 Panel 4. Interrogating Borders and Identities 2
Aleksandra Glocawska – University of Cambridge
Llengües abolides? Multilingualism as a feminist issue in the narrative works of Maria-Mercè Marçal and Julia Fiedorczuk

Andrea Lawrence – University of Birmingham
Cultural and Linguistic Spaces in Domestic Travel within the Iberian Peninsula

Xavier Valls- Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
La Ribagorça a l’Època Moderna, territori d’(a)frontera
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Keynote Lecture – Prof. Janet Polasky
‘A Fantastic Thing’: Cosmopolitanism at the Crossroads of Revolutionary Europe
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Roundtable: Crossing Borders in Research and Creative Practices
Mr Mark O´Halloran
Dr Donna Alexander
Dr Pat Crowley
Dr Amanullah de Sondy
Dr Kathy Glavanis-Grantham
Dr Kate Hodgson
Dr Conrad James
Prof Lee Jenkins
Prof Janet Polasky
18.00 Closing Remarks and Reception