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Date: Fri. 29 Sep, 2017 9:00 am - 6:30 pm

The Latin American Studies Program is proud to present a two-day conference titled 

Transparencies: Mexican Cultural Production
through the Twenty-First Century

Join us for this conference that considers as its initial provocation the question of how the present cultural moment, through insistence on a politics of transparenct and fully accessible information, might shape and reframe approaches to specific moments within a broader historical trajectory of Mexican literature and culture.




PLEASE NOTE: Morning panels will be held in JHB 418

9:10 AM  -   Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-11:00 AM    Panel 1: Pictured Lineage: Paternity and Allegiance
Moderator: Oliver Velázquez Toledo

  • John Ochoa (Pennsylvania State University), “Who’s Your Daddy? A Hundred Years of Bad Mexican Fathers (1810 - 1925)”
  • Rafael Acosta (University of Kansas), "La fascinación del caudillo, afecto y virtualidad en Pedro Páramo"
  • Samuel Steinberg (University of Southern California), “Juan Rulfo: Translation and Inheritance”

11:00 - 11:15 AM   -   Break

11:15 - 12:15    -   Panel 2: Neoliberal Production and Reflection
Moderator: Eduardo Villalobos Graillet

  • Brian Price, “La chica banda en el aparato: MTV Unplugged and the Internationalization of Mexican Rock”
  • Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, “Neoliberalismo reflexivo: la memoria narrativa de los ochenta en el siglo XXI”

12:30 - 1:45 PM   -   Lunch in room JHB 100

2:00 - 2:45 PM   -   Visit to the Robarts Library - Thomas Fisher Rare Books Collection, in the Maclean Hunter Room, lead by David Fernández, Librarian.

PLEASE NOTE: Afternoon panels will be held in room JHB 100

3:00 - 4:30 PM   -   Panel 3: Through Privilege and Precarity
Moderator: Josette Rosenzweig Espinal

  • Oswaldo Zavala (NYU), “Valeria Luiselli, la bicicleta, el privilegio y la blanquitud”
  • Manuel Gutiérrez (Rice University), “Art World Stragglers and Cruel Modernity in the Contemporary Mexican Novel”
  • Beth Jörgensen (University of Rochester), “Transparent Disability: Invisibility and Hyper-visibility of the Disabled Writer”

4:45 - 5:45 PM   -   Panel 4: Chronicling Transparency
Moderator: Catia Corriveau-Dignard

  • Rebecca Janzen, “Transparency and History: ‘La culpa es de los tlaxcaltecas’ and the Tlaxcaltecan Correspondence with the Spanish King”
  • Cristina Soto Van der Plas, “Ghosts of Transparency in the New Chronicles of the Indies”

For information on the Keynote Presentation of this Conference, please visit the calendar entry for Francisco Goldman: "The Fight Against Impunity".


We gratefully acknowledge the generous support
in the organization of this conference of the following:
Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Institute for Creative Exchange of the Americas
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of History
Centre for Comparative Literature
Centre for the Study of the United States, at the Munk School of Global Affairs


Event Registration

Registration Start: Sun. 3 Sep, 2017
Registration End: Wed. 27 Sep, 2017