The colloquium will feature scholars from the fields of history, cultural studies and literature. Participants will discuss how cultural identities are constructed in different parts of the French-speaking and Spanish-speaking worlds.
The conference will begin on Friday, April 7, in the Red Pit Auditorium of Kirner-Johnson Hall, with opening remarks by Roberta Krueger and Susan Sanchez-Casal of Hamilton College.
Cecelia Lawless, Hobart and William Smith College, will deliver a lecture, "Liminal Space: The Questioning of the Traditional Home Site in Havana, Cuba through Words and Images," at 4:15. Following that, Martine Guyot-Bender, Hamilton College, will screen a film, "An Ordinary Suburb," a documentary of French film maker Dominique Cabrera.
Saturday's events will take place in Dwight Lounge of Bristol Campus Center. A panel, "Contending with Outsiders: The Construction of Regional Identities," will be moderated by Diego Alonso of Hamilton, and will feature Emmanuel Dongala, Bard College; Jose Antonio Mazzotti and Barbara Corbett of Harvard University. It will begin at 10 a.m.
Another panel, Question of Identity: Disapora and Immigration" will take place from 2-4 p.m. with Joseph Mwantuali of Hamilton College as moderator. Panelists include Antonio Benitez-Rojo, Amherst College; Mireille Rosselo, Northwestern University and Leakthina Chau-Pech Ollier, Bowdoin College.
For more information contact Diego Alonso at (315) 859-4056, Martine Guyot-Bender (315) 859-4287 or Joseph Mwantuali (315) 859-4334.