2006 symposium – Leeds


On 29 March 2006 the 10th Annual Symposium on Contemporary Narrative dedicated to Latin American Cyberliterature and Cyberculture took place at the University of Leeds. It was organised by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Leeds, with the support of the Instituto Cervantes and convened by Dr Thea Pitman and Dr Claire Taylor.

Information from the original poster:

This symposium is dedicated to the booming field of Latin American cyberliterature in its varying manifestations, including blogs and hypertext narratives, cyber-poetry and collective novels, and other literary genres of electronic communication. It also proposes to examine other related manifestations of cyberculture, such as digital art, as well as the resultant cyberculture that is generated by the interface between cultural production of all types and new technology. Highly innovative in its conception, the event will provide the first sustained academic focus on this new and growing area of cultural production, and will investigate the ways in which cyberliterature and cyberculture in the broadest sense are providing new configurations of subjects, narrative voices, and often political agency, for Latin Americans. Confirmed guest speakers will include the Hispanists Dr Geoffrey Kantaris, Dr Paul Fallon, Dr Rob Rix and Dr Claire Taylor, the Brazilianist Dr Margaret Anne Clarke, and a virtual presentation by the Mexican writer, Blas Valdez.

The programme is provided below for reference.


9.00-9.30 Tea and coffee

9.30-10.00 Welcome: Prof. Paul Garner, University of Leeds, and Yolanda Soler Onís, director
of the Instituto Cervantes, Manchester.

Cyberliterature 1 Chair: Paul Garner

10.00-10.30  Presentation: Paul Fallon, ‘Online en la línea: Books, Blogs, and Belonging to a
Border Literary Community’.

10.30-11.00 Presentation: Claire Taylor, ‘Virtual Bodies in Cyberspace: Guzik Glantz’s Weblog’.

11.00-11.30 Tea and coffee.

Cyberculture 1 Chair: Claire Taylor

11.30-12.00 Presentation: Dr Geoffrey Kantaris, ‘Cyborgs and Collective Amnesia in
contemporary Argentine film’.

12.00-12.30 Presentation: Dr Margaret Anne Clarke, ‘Symbolic Ecology and the Redimension
of the Self in Brazilian Digital Culture’.

12.30-14.00 Lunch.

Cyberliterature 2 Chair: Thea Pitman

14.00-14.30 Presentation (virtual): Blas Valdez, ‘The Creative Process of Writing Hypertext and
Hypermedia Works’.

14.30-15.00 Presentation: Rob Rix, ‘Cortázar and the Challenges of Cyberliterature’.

15.00-15.30 Tea and coffee.

15.30-16.15 Workshop: Cyberliterature and Cyberculture.  Leader: Thea Pitman.

16.15-16.30 Close: Thea Pitman and Claire Taylor.

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