WISPS 2018 Annual Conference Announced

By Maria Montt Strabucchi • news • 13 Jun 2018

XIX Annual Conference

WISPS Twentieth Year Anniversary

From La Celestina to Celestina’s House:

Archetypes Old and New in Hispanic and Luso-Afro-Brazilian Cultures

The Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study

University of London, 2-3 November 2018

You can download the CFP HERE

Celestina’s House, 2000-2001. Copyright Paula Rego, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art.

The 19th Annual WISPS Conference will be held at the The Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, London, on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 November 2018. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of WISPS and we would like to celebrate one of our founding members, Emeritus Professor Dorothy Severin, AOB, who will be one of our keynote speakers.

WISPS organizes annual conferences to act as a focus for all those in Great Britain and Ireland researching into fields such as anthropology, geography, history, linguistics, literature, politics and audio, film, intermedial, theatre and performance studies, among others, within and outside the gender frame and within Luso-Hispanic cultures. WISPS also provides a wide network of trans and cis women researchers interested in feminist, gender and queer studies in a challenging but informal forum in which these issues and work-in-progress can be discussed. The 19th Annual Conference will focus on archetypes old and new, from symbols and themes to settings and characters. In the title we make reference to the archetype of the matchmaker paying homage to the work of both Prof. Severin and visual artist Paula Rego, whom we thank for generously allowing us to use her artwork. We welcome submissions exploring not only well-developed but also developing archetypes and their function in communities in flux.


Proposals are invited for individual papers of 20 minutes or for panels, consisting of three papers of 20 minutes, on any area of research relating to any of the cultures of Spain, and Latin American and Lusophone Studies. Although the main language of the conference is English, contributions in other languages of the area of study are welcome. Proposals for workshops, roundtables and posters are also welcome. WISPS is especially interested in cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary work. 200-word proposals, full panel proposals, poster presentations and workshops/roundtable proposals must be sent via the WISPS website (www.wisps.org.uk) by no later than 15 July 2018. For panels, the panel convenor should send abstracts (200 words) for the three papers. We particularly welcome poster presentations. Proposals are welcome from members and non-members and from trans and cis men and women academics. Postgraduate students whose research falls within Hispanic and Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies are particularly welcome.

WISPS will award three postgraduate travel grants to cover some of the expenses of presenting at the conference. Only members are eligible. Those wishing to submit an application for a travel grant must be do so when they submit their abstract via the website.

Please send your proposals by 15 July 2018 via the WISPS website. Practical information about accommodation, travel, registration and venue will be made available on the WISPS website: www.wisps.org.uk. Details about the conference registration will be circulated in due course. For any queries please contact the conference organiser, Dr Lesley Twomey (lesley.twomey@northumbria.ac.uk), or the conference secretary, Dr María Liñeira (maria.linheira@mu.ie).

You can download the CFP HERE

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