CFP: “Digital Humanities in Human Rights, Diasporas, Gender & Film”

XIX Spanish Graduate Literature Conference, Talk Series, & Pragda Film Festival
School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

“Digital Humanities in Human Rights, Diasporas, Gender & Film”

March 25th, April 8th and April 15th 2016

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Michael Simeone, Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Oslé, Dr. Sujey Vega

The Spanish Graduate Student Association (SPAGRAD) at Arizona State University invites you to participate in its 19th Annual Literature, Culture, and Visual Arts Conference and Talk Series. This year, our conference looks to explore new critical and interdisciplinary approaches as they relate to issues of social justice and human rights in literary and cultural production.

Digital Humanities can be defined as an area that applies the knowledge of new technologies to the problems of human sciences. Recently there has been a surge of interest in regards to the impact of technology within the field of the humanities, and how these tools permit scholars to disseminate their work to a wider audience, organize and deposit their work in archives, and also explore and present material on various topics in a manner which was previously inaccessible. These Digital Humanities can be found in any form through which information or a message is communicated, that today is understood scholarly work and mass media such as: newspapers, television, social networks, the blogosphere and/or the Internet in general. For these reasons, it is of utmost importance to consider the shift from analogue materials into the realm of the digital as this is the direction in which the academic community is moving.

Thus, the organizing committee requests that submissions be related to the aforementioned themes within, but not limited to, the following topics:

ROUND TABLE March 25th: Gender, Cinema, and Digital Humanities
Keynote: Dr. Michael Simeone
In this topic, works will be accepted that have as an objective sexual identity, sexual dissidence, queer theory, feminist literary criticism, women’s writing, gay and lesbian writing as well as all cultural manifestation that arises from canonic identity destabilization. Equally, works that discuss diverse sexual and feminist identity struggles as well as their link with cultural production, social justice and human rights. Some possible topics within this subarea could be related to body and text, body and its corresponding nationalistic designs, sexualities and its multiple aspects and restrictions. Critical works on cinema may be submitted; the objective is to observe how film is related to society, reality, the human being, earth and other artistic areas. In this round table theme composition, techniques, theories, expressions, topics, influences, audiovisual arte and the incorporation of gender identity may be encompassed.

ROUND TABLE April 8st: Diasporas
Keynote: Dr. Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Here studies related to identity as the foundation of social self-naming as a response to an imposition of social, gender, sexual, national, territorial and ethnic identities, among others may be addressed. Other possibilities include, but are not limited to border fluidity, physical border reality, fictional border reality, border invention, border purpose, border ideological, social and political extensions and their link to social justice and human rights. The comprehension of “identity, border and nationality” is not restricted to those imposed by social-political, economic or geographic reality.

ROUND TABLE April 15th: Human Rights
Keynote: Dr. Sujey Vega
It is necessary to analyze issues of human rights in an effort to vindicate individuals and social groups in order to assert their condition and access to a space and time that will enable total social incorporation and sef-development. Raising attention to the plight of issues regarding human rights can be seen via the recent phenomenon of hashtags, social media networks, the use of documentary film, photography and news media outlets.

Please send all abstracts to the following email:

All abstracts must be 250 words maximum in Spanish, English, or Portuguese. Please submit the title of paper/panel, name of presenter, university affiliation, email address, and a brief curriculum, with 150 words maximum. Presentations are typically 15 minutes. The deadline for submissions is March 17, 2015.

Conference organizers will contact you regarding acceptance within a maximum of two weeks after receiving proposal. Please confirm your attendance before March 17, 2015 by email, or by postal service to the following address:

Jennifer Byron
Arizona State University – Tempe Campus-P.O. Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202

Conference registration fee will be $35 before March 10th and $45 after the confirmation date. Please be sure to pay the registration fee upon notification of approval. There is no cost f