Transatlantic Literatures

Co-chairs:  José Ángel de Leon Gonzalez (PhD candidate in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University), Bronia Greskovicova (Program coordinator en Hutchins Center, Harvard University), Daniel Martín González (Spanish Teaching Assistant at Harvard, PhD Student at Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Isabel Durán (Professor of American Literature, Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Cristina Pérez Arranz (PhD candidate in Literary Studies at Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Carlos Varón González (Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Riverside), David Yagüe (Graduate Student in Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M, PhD in African American studies, Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Ana Yáñez​​​​​​​ (Lecturer in Spanish at MIT Global Studies and Languages).

This Study Group arises from the International Conference that took place in RCC, in April 2014, and brings together the interest of Humanities Scholars working on both sides of the Atlantic. The next International Conference will take place on May 12th-13th, 2017.

Transatlantic culture often presents itself as a narrative of encounter and dialogue that transcend the limits of the local. However, the trace of colonialism, the living memory of exile, and an uneven distribution of economic, political, and symbolic power haunts transatlantic imagination. This conference aims to explore the many ways in which antagonisms, uneasy pluralism, and tense negotiations of difference overdetermine sites of Transatlantic cultural practices.

Is the very history of Transatlantic interactions one of conflicting and conflicted cartographical reasons? To what extent is the Transatlantic triangulation of nation, language, territory, and culture as arbitrarily violent as its nationalistic identification? Is the history of Atlantic transnational interactions best understood as the progressive globalization of peoples, resources, and ideas or as its catastrophic dispersion in opposing local narratives? What are the effects of competition, debate, strife, war, and how are they instrumentalized to construct, breach, and rebuild interpretive and political communities? What are the institutions that regulate, enable, and promote confrontation?