Conference of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH)
Posted: September 10, 2010
October 14-16, 2010 at UT: Conference of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH)
* See full program at, http://20congreso.ailcfh.org/
From October 14 to 16 the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin will host the 20th annual gathering of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). This academic conference is an important international forum of scholars and writers devoted to studying the literary and intellectual agency of women and queer subjects in the Iberian Peninsula, Africa and the Americas. This year the organizers expect to host 44 panels and 135 panelists from a wide range of fields and universities. The panels will be presented in the conference rooms of the Texas Union and an extraordinarily diverse range of topics and issues will be examined and discussed by the participants. Some of these themes include feminism and literature, the body and its representations, ethics and aesthetics, women in cinema, performance and female public space, testimonio, questions of violence, prison writings, queer subjectivities, and lesbian identities, to name a few.
This year’s conference will also feature poetry readings and book presentations by prominent female authors, such as Isabel Franc, Luisa Futoransky, Briceida Cuevas Cob, Concha García, and Rosa Chávez. Furthermore, it will honor scholar Jean Franco as this year’s recipient of the Victoria Urbano Award for Academic Achievement.
The current Vice-President of the AILCFH is professor Jill Robbins, Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT Austin. For the organization of this event, Professor Robbins has been working in collaboration with the President of the AILCFH, Tina Escaja (University of Vermont) and the Secretary, Elena Castro (Louisiana State University), and with UT graduate students Lydia Huerta and Christina McCoy. One of the goals for this conference is to make this transnational forum a much more inclusive space in tandem with the ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity that characterizes the lives, experiences and identities of women and queer subjects in Latin America, Spain, US Latino communities, and Spanish-speaking communities in Africa and other parts of the world, as evidenced in the participation of Catalonian writer Isabel Franc (Spain), or the Maya poets Rosa Chávez (Guatemala) and Briceida Cuevas Cob (Mexico).
For the academic and cultural community of UT and Central Texas, this will be a unique opportunity to attend a vibrant intellectual gathering of scholars and writers who devote their work to enhancing the agency of women and queer subjects in the contemporary environments of Latin American and Iberian literature and culture. Under the leadership of Professor Robbins, graduate students Huerta and McCoy have been fully involved in the organization of the conference. Huerta admits “it is an honor to be part of the organization of this conference as I have learned a great deal about all the work that goes into organizing an academic event of this magnitude.” In the same vein, McCoy states that this conference offers “professional development opportunities” for the graduate students who are involved in its organization.
As part of the conference’s program, the vast archival holdings of the Costa Rican author Victoria Urbano, housed at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at UT, will be showcased, along with those of Jean Franco. Several of the Urbano’s letters and manuscripts will be on display throughout the week of the conference.