Texas A&M University Hispanic Studies Annual Graduate Conference


In 2010, the first Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference was established in order to bring together the community of graduate students, offer a platform to circulate their research and to bring together the academics from across the nation and further afield. Since then, the graduate students have continued to put together a conference which has grown in size year on year, inviting internationally recognized scholars in the field. The conference theme aims to offer interdisciplinary approaches to the most important and contemporary themes in the field of Hispanic Studies and the humanities at large. Previous conference themes have included; Between Politics and Poetics, in which Cuban intellectual José Prats Sariol and Mexican-American playwright Guillermo Reyes were invited speakers and Reflections on Violence, in which Colombian script writer Esteban Orozco was an invited speaker. The theme of the fourth annual graduate conference in March 2014 will be Translating Social Movements, and invited speakers Cristina Rivera Garza and Glenn Martínez have confirmed their attendance.

Fifth Hispanic Studies Annual Graduate Conference


Body, Memory, Trauma

Friday March 6 - Saturday March 7, 2015

The history of international relationships has often been seen as being embroiled in a dynamic that brands and marginalizes bodies in a process of polarization between conversion and expulsion in which there is no alternative or means of othering that lies outside of this dichotomy. By way of a repetitive drive, the hegemonic power has always traumatically pushed away, whether symbolically or physically, those suspected of not following the imposed normativity towards the margins or the outside of a city, a culture, a society, or a language. In this regard, the trauma experienced by the 'excluded body' is even greater when the 'outsider' or the 'marginalized' is expelled or denied by the narrative of the 'official memory' and is forced to fight to rebuild her meaning and identity within horizons that are foreign to her. It is with this in mind that we invite submissions that think through this phenomenon in order to break through the dualism generated by these processes of expulsion and displacement, denial of memory and repression of the body.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Kagan (Johns Hopkins University)
"A Hornet’s Nest of Heretics: New Christians and the Mexican Inquisition"

Art Exhibition: Water, Art, Women, Life

Friday March 6 - Saturday March 7, 2015
The exhibition “Water, Art, Women, Life”, that will accompany the 5th Annual Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Conference at Texas A&M entitled “Body, Memory, Trauma”, arises in the context of the struggles carried out by the Argentinian Parliament for Water, the Comahue Permanent Assembly for Water (APCA), and the Union of City Assemblies (UAC) in the Southern-central Argentinian region of Comahue, an area that, coinciding with Northern Patagonia, includes the provinces of Neuquén and Río Negro. These three assemblies are non-institutional and non-hierarchical organizations that try to articulate the interventions of unions, associations, foundations, ONGs, individual citizens and indigenous groups in those territories plagued by socio-environmental issues.




Fourth Hispanic Studies Annual Graduate Conference

Translating Social Movements

Friday March 21 - Saturday March 22, 2014

     The relationship between intellectual discourse and grassroots social movements has long been a contentious and conflictive one, but it is also one that has been shaped by mutual interaction. Just as the production of knowledge has formed and informed the direction of social movements, so have social movements themselves shaped the direction of intellectual activity throughout the years. In our global times, we are witnessing the explosion of social movements that operate outwith the traditional modes of representational politics that has defined western modernity. So-called global justice movements such as Occupy, the Spanish indignados and Non-Governmental Organizations, local movements of a political nature such as the Zapatistas and MST, or trans-national ones such as the Arab Spring, global networks of commercial insurgency and crime, such as represent the War on Terror and the War on Drugs, even the expansion of religious and cultural fundamentalisms. As a border zone where, in the words of Gloria Anzaldúa, the third world grates against the first and bleeds, Texas is intersected by many such types of movements, by what Toni Negri calls the movement of movements.