Call for Papers

Making Hispanic Literatures, 12-14 September 2016, University of Reading, UK

This conference takes as its focus the ways in which literature comes into being in the Hispanic world, from composition to reception, past and present. It aims to locate and explore our interest in literature not primarily in the text itself, but in the mechanisms, spaces and processes by which the literary text – in all its diverse representations – reaches the public sphere. Whether mediated by commercial, political, economic, social or other interests, the text reaches us through the complex interventions of a range of actors: author, editor, designer, translator, promoter, publisher, literary critic, journalist, reader.

Papers and panels (4 papers max. per panel) are thus invited on the following broad areas (but are not restricted to them):

Relations of power in the literary environment

‘World literature’ and the Hispanic environment

Digital literatures

Writing, reading and new technologies

Literature and social media

The mass production of literature

The value of archives

Literary criticism

Fan fiction

Publishing and the marketplace

The social functions of literature

Literature and development

Literary workshops

Reading for meaning or feeling?

Mapping the literary environment: methods and approaches

New methods for studying literary culture

The conference organisers invite you to submit either:

  1. An individual abstract (200 words), including title of paper, abstract, name, affiliation and email. OR
  2. A panel proposal (4 papers max.), including a brief rationale (100 words) for the panel, plus the information, as above, for each individual paper.

Deadline for receipt of papers/panel proposals: 3 June 2016, to Dr Par Kumaraswami:; or Dr Marta Simó-Comas:

  • The languages of the conference will be Spanish and English.
  • The Organising Committee will contact you before 30 June 2016 to inform you whether your paper or panel has been accepted.
  • Each paper will have a duration of 15 minutes with ten minutes for questions and discussion.