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Cruzar las Américas/Crossing the Americas

International Conference | Program and Information | Reading Material for the Workshops | Information on Carmelita Tropicana (Friday Night Performance)

International Conference

October 29-31, 2009

Universities of Lausanne and Geneva


This conference aims to explore the terms for conceptualizing cultural contact between and among the existing Americas from the double perspective of Hispanic and North American Studies. We believe that the longstanding circulation of people and culture in the Americas has not been sufficiently recognized by existing scholarly models and that the combined skills of these two disciplines are necessary in order to identify, decode and analyze both historical and new intercultural formations. We hope that this conference will be the occasion to establish a network of researchers interested in the Americas and able to stimulate and form students working in this field in Swiss universities.


Program and Information

Program and info  (842 Ko)


Reading Material for the Workshops

For Sylvia Molloy's workshop on Thursday, Oct. 29:

1) Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote"

2) Jorge Luis Borges, "Averroes' Search"

3) Jorge Luis Borges, "The Gospel According to Mark"

4) Jorge Luis Borges, "Historia de la eternidad"

5) Jorge Luis Borges, "La versiones homéricas"

6) Umberto Eco, "Reincarnation, Translation and Adventure"

5) Fabio Morabito, "Los Vetriccioli"

For Hermann Herlingaus' workshop on Friday, Oct. 30:

Hermann Herlinghaus, "Autobiography as Eschatological Project," from Violence Without Guilt: Ethical Narratives from the Global South (New York: Palgrave, 2009)

Excerpt from Fernando Vallejo's novel Our Lady of the Assassins, 2001 (La Virgen de los Sicarions, 1994). The workshop will focus on the first 30 pages:


The film Our Lady of the Assassins will be screened the week before the conference:

  • Lausanne: October 20 at 5pm, UNIL Anthropole room 2024
  • Geneva: October 22 at 12pm, place to be announced

For Lillian Manzor's workshop on Saturday, Oct. 31:

"From Minimalism to Performative Excess: The Two Tropicanas," from Latinas on Stage, ed. by Alizia Arrizon and Lillian Manzor (Berkeley: Third Woman Press, 2000).

Excerpts from Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2003)



Information on Carmelita Tropicana (Friday Night Performance)




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