CALL FOR PAPERS: New Poetics of Disappearance: Narrative, Violence and Memory

Monday 11 November 2013

A conference will be held on the 16th and 17th June 2014, gathering together academics and writers working on memory issues in Latin America, the United States and Europe. The conference will explore the way in which literature has addressed the ‘disappeared’ from the 1970s and 1980s to the present.

Some questions that drive this conference are: what are the common formal strategies, motives, and procedures in the literary representation of the disappeared by the postdictatorship/postconflict second generations? What makes this literature different, in its form and concerns, from both the literature of the so-called ‘1.5 generation’ and from the emerging literary production of the third generation? Are there essential differences between the works by children of the disappeared and works by authors who have no disappeared relatives? Is literature always a progressive discourse when it comes to narrating the collective traumas of the past? Or can it also contribute to constructing social stereotypes such as that of the ‘innocent victim’ or the ‘hero’ and stigmas such as that of the ‘traitor’?

Cross-discipline papers are welcome (literature, theatre, cinema, photography, performance) as well as papers that draw on non-conventional formats (including comics, social networks and blogs).

For further details, or to submit your abstract for a 20-minute paper (max. 250 words, along with a brief biographical note), email Jordana Blejmar, Mariana Eva Perez, and/or Silvana Mandolessi. Papers can be given in English or Spanish.

Deadline for submissions: 10 January 2014