April 23th to April 25th, 2015
The biennial conference on Latino Literary Theory at City University of New York convenes poets, writers and scholars to discuss and debate how Latino identities and subjects are constantly re-envisioned thru the lens of capitalism, neoliberalism, globalization, imperialism, militari.sm, xenophobia, and sexism. “Latina/o Utopias: Futures, Forms, and the Will of Literature” takes place at the John Jay College campus from April 23rd to 25th. The event presents as the keynote speaker American Studies Professor Laura Lomas of Rutgers University and, as a special guest, Sandra Cisneros, McArthur Award winning author of Caramelo and The House on Mango Street.
The conference highlights include a radical economic investigation by John Riofrio, College of William and Mary, on “Fractured Dreams: Life and Debt in ‘United States of Banana,’” a postcolonial novel by National Endowment for the Arts Fellow Giannina Braschi whose work proclaims, “Banks are the temples of America. This is a holy war. Our economy is our religion.”
Professor Chad Infante, University of Northwestern, presents a scholarly paper on “The Quagmire of Black and Indian Concordance and Dissonance in ‘The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’” by Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz. This novel was voted by the BBC culture poll of US critics as one of the greatest novels of the 21st Century so far.
The panel discussions range in topics from illegal borders and imaginative boundaries to citizenship, strangers, and the politics of exile. Kristie Soares, University of California, Santa Barbara, discusses “’Zones of Possibility’: Queer Forms of Lezamian and Anzaldúan Consciousness” and Jennifer Harford Vargas, Bryn Mawr College, discusses Domestic Dictatorships in Julia Alvarez’s “How the García Girls Lost Their Accents” and Loida Martiza Pérez’s “Geographies of Home”.
Venue: John Jay College, CUNY, 445 W 59th St, New York, NY 10019