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Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Critical Conjunctions: Latin American and Latino Intellectuals at the New Millenium

Thursday, April 22 and Friday, 23, 2004

Hofstra University
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

Conference Director:
Professor Marta Zulema Bermudez,
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Conference Committee:
Professor Pepa Anastasio, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Professor Antonio Cao, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Professor Marcelo Fiorini, Department of Anthropology
Professor Mario Murillo, Department of Audio/Video/Film
Professor Benita Sampedro, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures


Thursday, April 22, 2004

Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

10-10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Bernard J. Firestone, Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Antonio F. Cao, Professor of Spanish, Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Dr. Marta Z. Bermúdez, Conference Director

10:15-11:45 a.m. Session I: Representations of the Post-Global:

Introductions: Pepa Anastasio, Hofstra University

Ben A. Heller, University of Notre Dame. “Plutonic Violence in Post and Neo-Colonial Relations: From Lezama Lima to Amores Perros.”

Eduardo Subirats, New York University. “Crossing over Borders: Seven Theses Against Hispanism”

Respondent: Fernando Gómez, Stanford University

Noon-1:30 p.m. Session II: Africa in Transit: From the Gulf of Mexico to the Gulf of Guinea and Back

Introductions: Ben A. Heller, University of Notre Dame

Flora González, Emerson College. “Voices of Afro-Cuban Women. The Poetry of Excilia Saldaña”

Renee Larrier, Rutgers University. “Hispaniola 1937: Tierras Divididas/Terre Mallé. A Study of the Haitian Context in the Work of Edwidge Danticac”

Teobaldo Nchaso, Bates College, “Equatorial Guinean Intellectuals and Their Challenges”

Respondent: Renee Baron, Hofstra University

1:30-3 p.m. Lunch (on your own).

3-5 p.m. Session III: Modernities, Postmodernities, and Cultural Globalization: The Role of the Intellectual

Introductions: Gregory Pell, Hofstra University

Peter Carravetta, CUNY, Graduate Center and Queens College. “Contra Irónicos. The Postmodern: A Wasted Opportunity”

Marcelo Fiorini, Hofstra University. “The Legacy of the Cannibalist Manifesto on Brazilian Intellectuals”

Neil H. Donahue, Hofstra University. “Postwall Poetics: German Literature after Reunification”

Silvia Nagy-Zekmi, Villanova University. “Postcoloniality, Postliterature?”

Pellegrino D’Acierno, Hofstra University and Columbia University. “Locating the City of God: The Global "Hood" and the Empire of Cinema”

Respondent: Eduardo Subirats, New York University

5:15-6:30 p.m. Performance: Carmelita Tropicana, New York University. “Performance Latino Style”

Introductions: Antonio F. Cao, Hofstra University

Wine and Cheese Reception Following

Friday, April 23, 2004

Leo A. Gutthart Cultural Center Theater, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, 10th Floor, South Campus

10-10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dr. Daniel R. Rubey, Dean of Library and Information Services
Dr. John Stephen Russell, Dean of Honors College
Dr. Marcelo Fiorini and Dr. Benita Sampedro, Co-Directors, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

10:15-11:45 a.m. Session I: Memory, Subjectivity, Identity: Argentina Resisting in the Aftermath of State Terrorism

Introductions: Sally Charnow, Hofstra University

Alicia Partnoy, Loyola Marymount University. Formal Political Prisoner during Argentina’s "Dirty War". She will present her work Tales of Disappearance and Survival in Argentina.

Nora Strejilevich, San Diego State University. Formal Political Prisoner during Argentina’s "Dirty War". She will present her work A Single Numberless Death.

Marta Z. Bermúdez, Hofstra University. “Argentina Resiste: Alternative Memory, Subjectivity, and Postnational Identity”

Respondent: Marta Aizenman, Rutgers University

Noon-1:15 p.m. Session II: War and Post-Apocalyptic Images

Introductions: Ana Menéndez-Collera, SUNY-Suffolk County Community College

Andrés Pacheco, European Community Official Interpreter. “Deuda Externa: The Media, Internal Conflicts, Sovereign Trouble, and Information in Argentina’s Debt Crisis”

Mario Murillo, Hofstra University. “Covering Colombia: Terrorism and the Media”

Respondent: Fernando Gómez, Stanford University

1:15-3 p.m. Lunch (on your own).

3-4:45 p.m. Session III: Intellectual Considerations of Latin American and Caribbean Development Issues

Introductions: Rick Santos, Nassau Community College

Carolyn Dudek, Hofstra University. “The Impact of the European Union - Latin American Relations on Regional Integration in Latin America”

Takashi Kanatsu, Hofstra University. “High Tech Brazilian? The Possibility of an Isolated Leap in Brazil's Aircraft Industry”

James Wiley, Hofstra University. “SIDS and the Small Economies Confront Globalization and the WTO”

Respondent: Gregory Maney, Hofstra University

5-6:15 p.m. Performance: Rolando Pérez, Hunter College. “The Electric Comedy Book Performance”

Introductions: Gustavo Pérez Firmat, Columbia University

6:30 p.m. Closing Reception, Hofstra University Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus

7:00 p.m. Dinner

Closing Remarks: Dr. Herman A. Berliner, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Sponsored by:
Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Dean of HCLAS, Dean of the Library, Dean of the Honors College, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Department of Comparative Languages and Literatures, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, Africana Studies Program, Women Studies Program, Hofstra Cultural Center.


Latin American & Caribbean Studies