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1st Annual Graduate Student Conference

Resisting Bodies: Dialoguing from Marginalized Spaces

Hybrid Conference | The University of Kansas | April 26-27, 2024

Call for Papers

The Graduate Association for the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce its Annual Graduate Conference to be held on Friday and Saturday April 26-27, 2024. This hybrid conference seeks to further conversations on the intersection of theoretical perspectives, lived experiences, and cultural and literary expression throughout the Americas, and within the Transatlantic and Transpacific contexts.

We encourage a variety of perspectives, such as social critique, (de)colonial studies, indigenous studies, archipelago studies, queer theory, literary studies, and other epistemologies. This is an invitation to host a space to engage with transnational circuits and decolonial practices attentive to productions from marginalized geographies including but not limited to Indigenous, Afro, Pacific and Queer communities. Comparative papers with other focuses are also welcome and encouraged!

Topics Include:

  1. Indigenous, Lusophone, Pacific, Latinx, Latin American Cultural Products 
  2. Periphery and Mainstream 
  3. Territorial Condition: Colonizing/Decolonizing Practices, Land Conflicts
  4. Representation of Bodies in the Margins
  5. Queer, Identity, and Intersectionality
  6. Activism and Advocacy 
  7. Power Dynamics and Processes of Marginalization 
  8. Discourse / Literary Analysis
  9. Social Imaginaries and Influences of AI
  10. Memory and Archive 

We invite abstract submissions of 250 - 300 words in English, Portuguese, and Spanish to by March 31st, 2024. Translations of this Call for Papers are also available to download on this web page.

Registration Fee: 10.00 USD (Entry fee for companions or auditors: 15.00 USD)

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus.

For any questions, please reach out to Sigree Moreno Cruz at

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Mario Rufer

  • Professor and Coordinator of the PhD in Humanities at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana en Xochimilco, México

Call for Papers Downloads