LALSA 2016 – registration now open

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The registration shop for this year’s LALSA conference is now open here.


The deadline for registration is 1 November 2016. Please note that LALSA membership needs to be added to the registration. There are two options – full membership and student membership.

Looking forward to seeing you in York soon!


And now for the programme:



Thursday, 17 November – York St John University, Holgate Building, HG147

11:00 – 11:30              Arrival and registration


11:00 – 13:00              Liminal Texts 1

  1. The Concrete Poetics of Juan Luis Martinez (Rachel Robinson, University of Oxford)
  2. Torn between Spoken Images: The Appearance of the Phantasma in the Sophistics of José Lezama Lima (Keylor Murillo Moya, King’s College London)
  3. Pensar la liminalidad a propósito de Obsesivos días circulares de Gustavo Sainz (Fernando Limeres Novoa, UNED (Spain))
  4. Experimentation and/or Elimination? – El señor presidente in translation (Mel Boland, NUI Galway (Ireland))


13:00 – 14:00              Lunch


14:00 – 16:00              Wars and Nations

  1. Colombia between War and Peace, Past and Future, Trauma and Memory: Evelio Rosero’s Los Ejércitos, Juan Gabriel Vázquez’s El ruido de las cosas al caer and Héctor Abad Faciolince’s La Oculta (Francesco Di Bernardo, ILAS London)
  2. Tell It Like It Is: (Mis)Reading Press Coverage of the Tlatelolco 1968 Massacre (Victoria Carpenter, York St John University)
  3. República de muertos: El espacio urbano abyecto y la identidad nacional guatemalteca en Piedras encantadas (Myron Alberto Ávila, Riverside City College (USA))
  4. Hugo Salcedo’s a.b.c: Protest and Pathos (Peter Beardsell, University of Hull)


16:00 – 16:30              Tea/coffee


16:30 – 18:00              Influence across the Water

  1. Modernist Realism in the Andes: Early 20th Century Ecuadorian Fiction (Juan Ramos, College of the Holy Cross (USA))
  2. The Shakespeare Mode: Some Universal Aspects of a Regional Genre (Jean Carlo Faustino, Kings College London)
  3. The Culture and Politics of Paraguay in the Writings of R. B. Cunninghame Graham (Richard Niland, University of Strathclyde)


18:00 – 19:00              KEYNOTE:

Latin American Literatures and the Idea of “Toxic Couples”

Chris Harris (University of Hull)


19:30 – 21:00              Dinner (Best Western Monkbar)


Friday, 18 November – York St John University, Holgate Building, HG147


9:30 – 11:00                Memory, Magic, Madness

  1. Mad Affliction: Funeral Chronicles in Pedro Lemebel’s Loco afán: Crónicas de sidario (Gwendolen Pare, Independent Scholar)
  2. ‘Saber nada’: la memoria del padre en Corazón tan blanco, de Javier Marías, y El espíritu de mis padres sigue subiendo en la lluvia, de Patricio Pron (Franco Pesce, Independent Scholar)
  3. Fifty Years of One Hundred Years: Magic, Mothers, Modernity (Adam Sharman, University of Nottingham)


11:00 – 11:30              Tea/coffee


11:30 – 13:30              Crimes and Violence:

  1. Crimes Too Big to Solve: The ‘War on Drugs’ in Latin American Fiction (Joey Whitfield, University of Leeds)
  2. Masculinities and Violence in El Señor Presidente by Miguel Ángel Asturias (Pascale Baker, University of Sheffield)
  3. Alberto Fuguet y su novela Aeropuertos: Una lectura de la igualdad política de las mujeres en la literatura chilena de la post-transición a la democracia (Denisse Lazo González, University of Oxford)
  4. Recasting Liminality: Captivity Narratives and Las Malvinas (Jennifer Wood, NUI Galway (Ireland))

13:30 – 14:00             Lunch


14:00 – 15:30              Liminal Texts 2:

  1. Narrating the Liminal in Mercedes Valdivieso’s Maldita yo entre las mujeres (Céire Broderick, Cardiff University)
  2. Narrative Thresholds in Onetti’s La vida breve and Vargas Llosa’s Los cuadernos de don Rigoberto (Stefano Rossoni, UCL)
  3. A ‘sospechosa idea de totalidad’, or Embracing the Liminal (Maria Montt Starbucchi, University of Manchester)


15:30 – 16:00              Tea/Coffee and closing remarks

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