4th Biennial - National Graduate Student Conference

October 25, 2013 (All day) to October 26, 2013 (All day)

Ebbs, Flows and Limits: 
Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julio Ramos

Professor Emeritus

University of California, Berkeley



Paradigms and universal meta-discourses are in a state of crisis. In particular, theorists frequently question the efficacy that these discourses have on representation, specifically on the theoretical, symbolic and geopolitical levels. On a global scale, critics destabilize the Eurocentric theoretical-critical space as the center of culture, politics and history. To further disarticulate the centrality of European culture, it is necessary for academics to further expand the discursive space that allows for new correspondences surrounding southern flows of the Other within Latin America, Africa and Asia.


With an interdisciplinary approach, (Des)articulaciones 2013 “Ebbs, Flows and Limits: Dialogues and Cultural Productions from the Periphery” invites creative reflections on the possibility of many Others (and various Selves), and the examination of continuous cultural flows from and between so-called peripheries. Our purpose is to continue a reflection of Latin America vis-à-vis various contacts with peripheral Others and their epistemological relationship to the West, in acknowledgement of a radical heterogeneity.


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Abstracts should focus on, but are not limited to, the following themes:


Interregional, Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Pacific Dialogues

Symbolic Representations from the Margin: 

Aesthetics and discourses from or beyond Latin American geopolitical limits

Art, Cultural Production and Discourses via Peripheral Images 

(including cinema, photography and iconography) 

Other Epistemologies: 

Local/ localized knowledge in the face of “Universal” knowledge 

New negotiations of the Other: Genders and sexualities 
Diasporas and Afro-Descendent Cultures: 

Literature, Memories and Transnationalism 

Amerindian Studies in Dialogue: The Space between tradition and contemporaneity  
Constructions of Local/ Global Identities and Subjectivities
Machines, War Devices, Violence and Political Conflicts 
New Cartographies, Decentralized Spaces 
Dispersion of the Periphery, Cultures and Literatures in Exile
Memories, History and Socio-Polilitcal Narratives 


Sponsored by:

Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
Office of the Provost
Humanities Center
Center for Latin American Studies
Cultural Studies Program
Global Studies
The Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, EMBA Worldwide and Center for Executive Education.
Women's Studies Program


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Julio Ramos, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.

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Location and Address

PITT Alumni Hall- Fifth Floor