Tabu: 6th Annual Graduate Conference of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese - University of Minnesota

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Call for Papers
March 29, 2019 to March 30, 2019
Minnesota, United States
Subject Fields: 
Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Chicana/o History / Studies

The graduate students from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our annual conference, titled ''Tabú: 6th Annual Graduate Student Conference''. The conference will take place on March 29-30, 2019 in Minneapolis.

We are proud to announce the participation of our plenary speakers:
Dr. Rena Torres Cacoullos, Penn State University
Dr. Katarzyna Beilin, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Call for Papers:

On the night of November 17th 1901, on “la calle de la Paz”, located in what is today known as the heart of the historic center of Mexico City, the federal police burst into what has since called the “Baile de los cuarenta y uno.” During the party, 42 men, half of them dressed in women’s clothing and the other half in suits, were arrested and humiliated in public for their sexual orientation.

The only participant to be excluded was Ignacio de la Torre y Mier, son-in-law of the President of Mexico, Porfirio Díaz. Since then, the number 41 has been associated with homosexuality and repudiated by Mexico’s conservative and heteronormative culture. Nevertheless, this taboo opened the doors for transgression, inspiring the work of artists like José Guadalupe Posadas, Francisco L. Urquizo, and Fecundo, one of the precursors of gay literature in México. The 41 is not an isolated case, as taboo exists wherever language obfuscates that which does not adhere to normativity, and yet, at the same time, it forges a transgressive and defiant resoluteness. It is through war, the carnivalesque, humor and sexuality that these impositions are fractured. Taboo provokes reflection on the function of language, art, and literature.

The VI Annual Calambur Conference invites the presentation of works that approach taboos and their many articulations in a wide range of contexts. The topics of interest include, among others, the following:

- Language Contact, Phonetics/Phonology, Sociolinguistics, First and Second Language Acquisition,
Linguistic Variation and Change, Language Policy, Pragmatics, Applied Linguistics
- Cultural Studies, Environment and Culture, Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Human Rights, Immigration, Latinx and Chicano Studies, Border Studies, Political Science, Genocide Studies, Race and Identity issues
- Art and Aesthetics, Music and Sound Studies, Film Studies, Communication Studies
- Medieval Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, and Studies of the Modern Age

Send abstracts of up to 250 words before February 1, 2019 through the conference website: Presentations should last 20 minutes and may be delivered in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. For more information, please contact us at

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