DEADLINE EXTENDED: 21st Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium Call for Papers

January 16, 2018
Breaking the Wall: Identity and Border Crossing in the Luso-Hispanic World

We would like to announce an extension of the deadline submission for our 21st Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium at the Ohio State University (OSU), to take place on March 30-31. The new deadline to send abstracts is FEBRUARY 15. We encourage you all to take advantage of this event, which is an invaluable opportunity to showcase your research and engage in a stimulating intellectual debate about relevant topics.  

The title for this year’s symposium is “Breaking the Wall: Identity and Border Crossing in the Luso-Hispanic World”. We invite scholars from different disciplines and periods to reflect on issues that are linked to identity and wall/border building or questioning. Some of these topics include:

·         National identity and nationalism

·         Race, ethnicity and alterity

·         Immigration and citizenship

·         Queer perspectives and the social construction of gender and sexuality

·         Liminal and border crossing identities

·         Individual identity and subjectivity

·         Identity expressed through literature and cinema

·         ‘Glocality’: globalization and locality in the Luso-Hispanic World

·         The inner walls: local identities in the urban and national context

·         Political and ideological borders

We are seeking presentations of original research from graduate students and scholars on the proposed topic. Preference will be given to presentations that fit this theme, though other topics in the areas of literature and culture are welcome as well.

We are excited to have as keynotes speakers:

- Dr. Debra Ann Castillo of Cornell University, who specializes in Latino/a and Latin American literature, comparative literature, Gender Studies, Border Studies, theater and community engagement, among other subjects.  

- Dr. César Braga-Pinto of Northwestern University, whose research interests include colonial Brazilian literature, 20th century Brazilian and Portuguese literatures, Brazilian popular music, sexuality in the Portuguese-Speaking World, Lusophone Africa studies, among other subjects.

See our Call for Papers here. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have at