The 25th anniversary conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia is dedicated to the theme of worlding Iberian and Latin American Studies. Here, following Heidegger, the noun (world) becomes a verb (worlding) and points to our experience of the world as an active and ongoing process through which we construct our own world out of multiple possibilities. Worlding, of course, is a political act. As Gayatri Spivak notes, worlding is complicit in imperialist and colonialist practices; it is the imposition of order and control on distant, foreign territories and cultures.
The 2018 AILASA conference seeks to establish a dialogue on the place of Iberian and Latin American Studies in a globalised world: how we make sense of our discipline and how our discipline seeks to make sense of the world. On the one hand, this involves an interrogation of the way in which the practice of Iberian and Latin American Studies engages with its subject matter, situating peoples, literatures, histories, films, etc. in specific circumstances, times, places and societies. On the other, to world is to acknowledge and to make sense of the diverse and far-reaching connections that the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, Hispanic and Lusophone Asia, and their diasporas make with the world beyond the established disciplinary borders of Iberian and Latin American Studies. While this can include the more traditional trans-Atlantic studies that connect Europe and Latin America as well as the north-south/south-north relationships between Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula and their northern neighbours, it also promotes dialogues between the countries of the so-called “global south” and beyond.
Proposals for panels or papers that address this topic are welcome. Possible areas of interest include:
- The place of Iberian and Latin American Studies in Australasia and the contribution of Australasian scholarship to the global practice of Iberian and Latin American Studies;
- Changing comparisons from north-south to south-south as well as expanding disciplinary focus to accommodate (or recognise!) connections and collaborations with the Asian region;
- World history/literature/screen culture/music from Iberian and Latin American perspective;
- Worlding linguistic change and social and cultural identities in Iberian and Latin American societies and their diasporas;
- The coexistence of the local and the global, of the provincial and the universal in Iberian and Latin American societies, cultures and languages;
- Post McOndo poetics for a diaspora: the new literatures, cinemas, the arts, languages, etc. of migration and displacement;
- Worlding global politics and international relations, as well as transnational labour and political movements from Iberian and Latin American perspectives;
- The geopolitics of knowledge: anti-colonial and decolonial dialogues and conversations.
- Iberian and Latin American Studies and the worlding of southern perspectives and epistemologies;
- Student mobility and second-language acquisition in a global world.
Keynote speakers: to be confirmed
Panel and Paper proposals submission
We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels of 3 or 4 presenters on the above areas of interest and others that engage with the broad theme of the conference.
Please submit proposals, including a title and a brief abstract (150-200 words), your name, contact details and institutional affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 January. Applicants will receive confirmation of their acceptance within two weeks of final submission date.
Please note, if you require early confirmation of acceptance in order to apply for funding from your institution, please advise us in your email.
We encourage presenters to submit expanded versions of their papers for possible inclusion in a 2019 special issue of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis.
The 2018 AILASA conference is a collaboration between four Melbourne-based universities with a substantial teaching and research program in Iberian and Latin American Studies. The organisers are:
Dr Mirella Cobeleanschi Gavidia (RMIT)
Associate Professor Adrian Hearn (University of Melbourne)
Dr Stewart King (AILASA)
Dr Ralph Newmark (La Trobe University)
Dr Carlos Uxó (Monash University)
For information updates, please visit the conference web page: http://ailasa.org/event/ailasa-conference-2018/