Central American Studies

Transborder Temporalities and Imaginaries of the Future - Wednesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 9:30am

Various online locations. See below for more details.

This symposium will offer simultaneous English/Spanish interpretation.

Wednesday, April 7

9:30am PT・12:30pm ET

Memory of the Central American Diaspora in Los Angeles:  A Cultural Map
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Yansi Pérez
Moderator: Nancy Perez, Humboldt State University

How do we relocate and reinvent the memory of a traumatic event in a new geography, language, and culture?  To think about memory linked to a new space, in this case Los Angeles, and to the Central American diaspora, we must consider the necessary reinvention that memory has to undergo in order to insert itself in a new culture and language as well as take into account the unresolved traumas and antagonisms that are part of the new space as well as the old one.  A research project by Yansi Pérez, Carleton College.

 11:00am PT・2:00pm ET

Cosmic Imaginaries: The Fiction of Alvaro Menén Desleal
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Moderator: Karina Zelaya, Mississippi State University

Carolyn Fornoff (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign)
"Alvaro Menen Desleal's Speculative Planetary Imagination"

Elizabeth Pérez Márquez (Universidad de Guadalajara, sistema virtual)
"Ser y morir en la era del posthumanismo en la obra de Álvaro Menén Desleal"

Ricardo Roque Baldovinos (Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas", El Salvador)
"La ciudad como utiopía y distopía en la obra de Álvaro Menéndez Leal"

2:00pm PT・5:00pm ET

Poets from the Central American Diaspora
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Moderator: Dr. Yansi Perez, Carleton College

Javier Zamora
Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard and has been granted fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and Stanford University. Unaccompanied is his first collection. He lives in Harlem where he’s working on a memoir.

Susana Marcelo
Susana Marcelo is a Salvadoran-born, Los Angeles-raised writer whose work resists the division between the realm of memory, experience, and language. She has been recently published in Virginia Quarterly and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. She is a professor at CSUN and LAVC.

3:30pm PT・6:30pm ET

Movimiento y pensamiento en la experiencia migrante afrocaribeña
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Moderator: Valeria Grinberg Pla, Bowling Green State University

Francio Guadeloupe (University of Amsterdam / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) and Charissa Granger (University of the West Indies)
“Trans-Caribbean theorizing via Trance-Caribbean dance”

Amanda Alfaro Córdoba (Universidad de Costa Rica)
"La modernidad negativa y los antojos de Carl Rigby."

David Rocha (Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas", El Salvador)
"De Granada a Managua: afrodescendientes, imaginarios urbanos y memorias familiares"

Lourdes Dávila (New York University)
"Entre Puerto Rico y Richmond. Women in Resistance" de Alicia Díaz

5:00pm PT・8:00pm ET

Borders of Freedom, 2020
Alexia Miranda, Sayre Quevedo, Guadalupe Maravilla, Fredy Solan, Crack Rodriguez, Abigail Reyes
Curated by Patricio Majano /Presented by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and Y.ES Contemporary

Borders of Freedom is a video exhibition featuring artists living in El Salvador and its diaspora, whose work addresses the concept of freedom from different perspectives, connecting it with intimacy, spirituality, gender, migration and sociopolitical context. Collectively, the works address the theme of freedom and consider what the artists identity as constraints of freedom and ways in which to deal with these issues. The exhibition aims to centralize creative dialogue by artists located in El Salvador as well as across the United States.

Sponsored by:

Bowling Green State University
California State University, Northridge
Carleton College
Humboldt State University
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Universidad Centroamericana "José Simeón Cañas", El Salvador
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mississippi State University
University of San Diego
Y.ES Contemporary
Lucy and Isidore B. Adelman Foundation

Contact the Department of Central of Central American and Transborder Studies at donald.w.lilly@csun.edu for accessibility requests by Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

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