Julio Cortázar: A Life in Words and Musical Notes

September 19, 2013 9:31 AM


The Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and The Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures Department at California State University, Long Beach, with the sponsorship of the Consulate General and Promotion Center of the Argentine Republic are pleased to announce the International Symposium on the Fiction of Julio Cortázar to be held on Friday, March 21, 2014. At this symposium we will honor the centenary of the birth of the Argentinean author. Cortázar, like many authors of the period, was greatly influenced by the correspondence among the arts. His fiction reflected his knowledge and passion for music, film, photography, architecture, painting, sculpture, and other expressions of the human spirit. Of all these, it was music, and jazz in particular, that claimed his attention often and was to be his muse and constant presence in many of his most well-known fiction, such as the groundbreaking Hopscotch (1963).

In Cortázar’s works his interest in music bleeds into the themes, the characters, and the places he creates. Music also influences the syntax and rhythms of his narrative in unexpected ways in search for a new language influenced by jazz improvisation. But does this influence go beyond jazz? Beyond the classical music he knows so well? Musicologists, composers, and literary critics will engage in a dialogue about one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century and his longstanding love affair with the relationship between music and words.

Call For Papers

We invite 500-word proposals in Spanish or in English. Abstracts on the following topics are particularly welcomed:

• Cortázar and music

• Time and sound in Cortázar’s narrative

• Jazz as character and theme in Cortázar’s fictions

• Artistic correspondences in Cortázar’s works

• Musical imagery in Cortázar’s stories

• Memory and musical images

• A life in words

• “El perseguidor” and Charlie Parker

• Jazz, dance and love in Hopscotch

Abstracts on other themes related to Cortázar’s life and works will be considered. Please specify technological requirements at the end of your proposal, and indicate which of the proposed theme-headings better suits your paper. Papers must have a maximum extension of 7 double-spaced pages to be read in 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes for Q&A, for a total time of 20 minutes. When you reach 13 minutes, your moderator will ask you to skip to your conclusions.

*Papers may be presented in English or Spanish, but can’t be read in absentia.


To attend the full day conference/concert: $85/$30 students with valid ID

This includes all papers sessions and concert. Breakfast, a boxed lunch and a light dinner will be offered, and they are included in the registration fee.

Abstracts for entries and registration fees must be paid in order for your proposal to be considered.Please, mail your payment (personal check/money order only) to:

Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literature Dept. AS 309 1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840

Please, address the payment to RGRLL, CSULB. We will not deposit your check/money order until your proposal is accepted. Please include a self-addressed envelope for the return of your registration fee if your proposal is not accepted. However, if your proposal is accepted and you can’t attend the symposium, we won’t be able to refund your registration.

Deadline For Submissions

*Spaces are limited. Please, submit your title and 500-word abstract electronically by Monday, December 2nd, 2013 to:


Claire Emilie Martin claire.martin@csulb.edu


Alicia Doyle alicia.doyle@csulb.edu

For more information, please go to:


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Welcome to Our Updated Website!

February 22, 2013 8:05 AM

Decimonónica is pleased to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website in celebration of our tenth year of publication. We hope you will find the new interface inviting and more interactive. The new site was designed by Chase Brendon Jones. Mary Spicer Hammel provided the graphic design work. Our aim is for the journal and its site to be more than a place for scholars to read and submit academic work; we would like Decimonónica also to function as a forum for the interchange of ideas and an example of open access to academic work.

As you browse through the website you will notice some new features:

  • Display articles within web browser. For those readers whose browser has a PDF viewer installed, articles can be read within the browser without downloading. There is always the option of downloading the PDF article to your hard drive.
  • Comments section. In an effort to provide a forum for online academic discourse, Decimonónica has added a comments section for each article that is published. We hope that this will foster scholarly communication and participatory learning.
  • Social media. Readers will find an integration of the website to social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, that provides a way of sharing information about our published articles.
  • Online submission. We have streamlined the article submission process and authors can now submit their manuscripts for consideration via our submissions page.
  • Announcements. Our announcements page is now incorporated into a blog feature of the site. We are happy to help promote your conferences or calls for papers related to nineteenth-century literary and cultural production. Feel free to send us your requests.
  • Searchable archive. Our archive page has a new search field that can find any term in our published articles.

We truly hope you enjoy exploring our updated site. Websites are living entities; the best sites grow and change according to how people like to use them. We would love to hear what you think! Please feel free to send us comments or feedback to info@decimononica.org

You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/decimononicarevista

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“Masking and Unmasking the Subject” – SCMLA 2013

February 13, 2013 5:30 AM


Theme: “Masking and Unmasking the Subject” – SCMLA 2013

South Central Modern Language Association
Call for Special Sessions – New Orleans, Louisiana

The search for the authentic self or transcendental ego holds a privileged place in the history of literary theory, philosophy, and psychoanalytic theory. Literature, language, film, and art all provide tools for constructing vivid imagery of the subject and her façades. In New Orleans, the city of performance and masquerades, we will explore the following questions, among others: What are the social factors that participate in forming the subject’s masks? When are these masks in place and when do they fall away? Behind the mask, is there such a thing as an authentic self? How do race, religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, class, and education influence maskings and unmaskings? What particular use of the mask do we find in times of war, economic recession, political repression, and other modes of crisis vis-à-vis peaceful and prosperous contexts? Please join us for these discussions at our 70thannual conference at the beautifully restored historic Hotel Monteleone in the Heart of the French Quarter October 3-5. Papers for regular sessions and special sessions on all topics are welcome.



  • Regular Session chairs may not deliver a paper in the session for which they serve. Session secretaries may deliver a paper in the session for which they serve.
  • No individual may deliver more than one paper or chair more than one session at any SCMLA meeting.
  • Session chairs are responsible for notifying the SCMLA office in writing of any changes to their panels.
  • Session calls can be found at www.southcentralmla.org/submissions-for-2013-conference



MARCH 31, 2013

Unless otherwise stated, papers or 500 word abstracts must be submitted to SESSION CHAIRS. Session Chairs, please note: Abstracts as well as papers are acceptable.

APRIL 30, 2013

Session programs submitted to Diana Hodges, Assistant Program Director via email at SCMLA@ou.edu. Paper titles must be included for publication in the convention program.

MAY 31, 2013

All participants must be SCMLA members for program listing and to ensure receipt of convention materials.



  • To propose a Special Session, you must be an SCMLA member in good standing. Please keep the final proposal priority deadline (February 28, 2013) in mind when choosing a due date. Please note you may also submit proposals by email to scmla@ou.edu<mailto:scmla@ou.edu>.
  • Completed panels, whether or not they are listed in the Call for Papers, must be submitted on an SCMLA Special Session form by that date. This form will include a detailed description of your panelists’ papers. These proposal forms will be refereed by the SCMLA Program Committee. Proposers of Special Sessions accepted for New Orleans 2013 will be notified in March 2013.
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CALL FOR PAPERS: “Emile Zola and Naturalism”

February 13, 2013 5:18 AM

The AIZEN® (Association Internationale Zola et Naturalisme) and The University of New Orleans solicit submissions for the jointly-sponsored conference

“Emile Zola and Naturalism” to be hosted by The Department of Foreign Languages, College of Liberal Arts, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) March 6-8, 2014.

We invite proposals for original papers, panels of three or four, and special sessions. Comparative and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Professors, scholars, instructors, and doctoral candidates from the disciplines of literature, film, visual arts, history, sociology and women’s studies are encouraged to submit proposals for twenty-minute presentations. Audiovisual equipment will be available in the conference rooms. For a complete list of topics and submission information, visit: http://www.ualberta.ca/~aizen/events/NewOrleans2014/callforpapers.html

Abstracts and papers in English or French are welcome. Thank you for sending via electronic attachment file you proposals of panels/sessions and/or papers with an abbreviated C.V. and a short biography to: Dr. Anna Gural-Migdal, Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Alberta: aguralm@ualberta.ca and Dr. Juliana Starr, Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, University of New Orleans, USA: jstarr1@uno.edu

Submission deadline: August 15, 2013.

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VII Congreso Internacional e Interdisciplinario en Homenaje a Alejandro de Humboldt, Claudio Gay e Ignacio Domeyko

February 13, 2013 5:10 AM


VII Congreso Internacional e Interdisciplinario en Homenaje a Alejandro de Humboldt, Claudio Gay e Ignacio Domeyko

Santiago, Chile, Enero 5-10, 2014

Viajes, Transferencia y Circulación de Ciencias, Tecnología, Humanidades y Artes entre Latinoamérica, Europa, África, Asia y las Américas. Conferencia en homenaje a tres distinguidos viajeros y científicos: Alejandro de Humboldt, el viajero de las Américas, y Claudio Gay e Ignacio Domeyko quienes hicieron contribuciones fundamentales a la cultura y la ciencia en Chile.

Congreso auspiciado por: Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile; Humboldt State University, Arcata, Estados Unidos


  • Claudio Gay
  • Alexander von Humboldt
  • Ignacio Domeyko
  • Contactos entre Latinoamérica y Europa
  • Contactos entre Latinoamérica y Asia
  • Contactos entre Latinoamérica y Africa
  • Contactos entre las Américas
  • Percepciones y recepciones mutuas, colaboraciones, proyectos conjuntos en ciencia, tecnología y artes, historia de las ideas: [Por ejemplo: Crónicas del Descubrimiento y la Conquista, Expediciones, Contactos comerciales, Emigración y Exilio, Contactos científicos y transferencias, Transferencias tecnológicas, Apropiaciones culturales, Contactos políticos, Viajes, Correspondencias, Representaciones científicas y ficcionales del Otro, Representaciones gráficas del Otro (Fotografía, Pintura)]
  • Invitamos a todos los especialistas, profesionales, y estudiantes graduados interesados en el campo de los viajes, trasferencia y circulación de ideas, conocimiento, ciencia, humanidades, tecnología y artes (desde y hacia Chile, Europa, Asia, África y las Américas) a enviar una propuesta (Abstract) para su consideración.

Idiomas del VII Congreso: Árabe. Inglés, Francés, Portugués, Español.


  • Por motivos de organización se requiere que los Abstract escritos en idioma árabe, sean enviados con una copia en uno de los siguientes idiomas: Español, Francés, Portugués o Inglés.
  • Los participantes deben enviar su Abstract en el idioma en el que van a realizar su presentación.
  • Se realizará una selección de los trabajos presentados para su publicación.
  • La lectura de su trabajo no debe exceder los 20 minutos ( 8 páginas, a doble espacio, aproximadamente 2000 palabras).
  • Se invita a presentar Paneles. El coordinador del Panel debe enviar los Abstracts de los participantes.
  • El Congreso permite sólo una presentación por participante.

Fechas límite:

Enero 15, 2013: Abstract: (250 palabras, Árabe, Inglés, Francés, Portugués, Español).

Marzo 31, 2013: Selección de Abstracts por el Comité de selección.


Dra. Lilianet Brintrup, Presidente VII Congreso
Humboldt State University, Estados Unidos
E-mail: lib1@humboldt.edu
Teléfono: (707) 826-3123
Fax: (707) 826-3227

Dr. Horst Nitschack, Vice President e VII Congreso
Universidad de Chile, Chile
E-mail: humboldt.chile2014@gmail.com
Teléfono: 56-2-9787139
Fax: 56-2-9787184

Envíe su Abstract a:
Lilianet Brintrup: lib1@humboldt.edu
HorstNitschack: humboldt.chile2014@gmail.com
Este evento es parte de la Celebración del Centenario 2013-14 de la Humbolt State University.

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