New Perspectives on Hispaniola: Past and Present


New Perspectives on Hispaniola, Past and Present. A Conference in Honour of Junot Díaz

Venue: 12:30-17:00 Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46. 17:00-19:30 Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, University of Newcastle (UK)

Time/Date: 8th June 2016, 12:30 – 19:30

To register for either the conference or the public lecture please visit our webstore

Places are limited so please register early to avoid disappointment


12:00-13:00 Registration and Lunch, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46

13:00-15:00 Panel 1, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46:

Charles Forsdick, Liverpool University, Writing in Translation: From World Literature to Multilingual Poetics

Antony Stewart, Newcastle University, Beyond the Mountains: Dominican Culture (and its Disappearance) in accounts of Haitian life, 1928-1940

Conrad James, Birmingham University, In the Path of Sun and Snow: 21st Century Dominican Narratives from Santo Domingo and Beyond

Maria Lauret, University of Sussex, “Your Own Goddamn Idiom:” Junot Díaz’ textual politics’

15:00-15:30 Refreshments, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46

15:30-17:00 Panel 2, Barbara Strang Teaching Centre 1.46

Eve Hayes de Kalaf, Aberdeen, Making Foreign: Birthright Citizenship, Denationalisation and the Contours of Belonging in the Contemporary Dominican Republic

David Howard, Oxford University: Vivir tranquilo: Electricity, Citizenship and Security

Kerstin Oloff, Durham University: From the Novela de la Caña to the “Cake-Eater”: Junot Díaz, World-Literature and the World Food System

17:00-17:30 Break

17:30-19:00 Public Lecture by Junot Diaz, MIT. Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building. “I will build a great wall”: Immigration and Xenophobia in the Age of Disruption . Part of the ¡Vamos! Festival 2016

19:00-19:30 Bookstall and book signing with Blackwells

Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.


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