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Recreating the Past from the Present: the Spanish Civil War

CFP for MSA-15
“Recreating the Past from the Present: the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)”

This specific war in a country as estranged, foreign and distant as Spain impacted men and women from different races, religions, ideologies, professions, and skilled and unskilled labor from Great Britain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, and Australia to mention only the ones coming from English-speaking countries. The focus of this panel/roundtable is on writers primarily because they were the ones that created a testament, a written legacy of the significance of the war for everyday men and women, the multitude that Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt see as the foundation of a democratic society based on "an open and expansive network in which all differences can be expressed freely and equally, a network that provides the means of encounter so that we can work and live in common." We read these writers to find the complexity of the everyday people who lived and fought from 1936 to 1939 to “create a different world,” a utopia at a time when they saw change in the midst of turmoil, where precarity was a way of life that allowed them to face death, hunger, imprisonment, and every form of human cruelty imagined.

I wish to focus on novels, stories, plays, and films written/made in this century that reflect back to the Spanish Civil War to recreate a time the writers (novelists, dramatists, storytellers, screenwriters) only know by studying the past and constructing stories based on their imaginary of what happened back then, and how and why specific persons became part of this revolutionary movement. In this ideological approach, specific events are focused to explore the conflation of official records, remembrances, testimonies, and the blurring of the origin of the narrative voice so as to capture the precarious lives of the multitude that openly or secretly participated in this social and political revolution.

Conference Location and date: Brighton, UK August 29-Sept. 1 2013

CFP Submission Deadline: February 22, 2013

For more information and @mail address for submissions, contact:
María Cristina Rodríguez [marzo@caribe.net]


Conference Location: Brighton, UK
Conference Starts: August 29, 2013
Conference Ends: September 01, 2013

CFP Submission Deadline: February 22, 2013

For more information, contact: María Cristina Rodríguez

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