Special Events:

Wednesday May 4th Manguel-2
Opening Ceremony 18:30

Keynote Address 19:00
Instituto Cervantes: New York
211 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Borges, author of Bartleby de La Mancha

Alberto Manguel

Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, editor and critic, born in Buenos Aires in 1948. He has published several novels, including News From a Foreign Country Came, and All Men Are Liars, and non-fiction, including With Borges, A History of Reading, The Library at Night and (together with Gianni Guadalupi) The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. He has received numerous international awards, among others the Commander of the Order of Arts & Letters from France, and is doctor honoris causa of the universities of Ottawa and York in Canada, and Liège in Belgium and Anglo Ruskin, Cambridge, UK. His new book, Curiosity, was published in March 2015. He is now the director of the National Library of Argentina.

Thursday May 5th Zarzalejos y Muñoz Molina
Keynote Address 19:00
Instituto Cervantes: New York
211 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017

Ante una nueva era / At the Dawn of a New Era* 
José Antonio Zarzalejos & Antonio Muñoz Molina

José Antonio Zarzalejos has a law degree from Universidad de Deusto and practices journalism. He has held several positions of leadership at both Grupo Correo and Vocento. Between 1999 and 2008, he served as director of Diario ABC.

Antonio Muñoz Molina (Úbeda, Jaén, January 10, 1956) is a Spanish writer and a full member of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) since 1996 –he occupies seat U-; he is also an honorary member of Academia de Buenas Letras de Granada. In 2013 he received the Prince of Asturias Award for literature.

*In Spanish with simultaneous interpreting service.

Friday May 6th Golob_ALBA15-2
Keynote Address 19:00
Instituto Cervantes: New York
211 E 49th St.
New York, NY 10017
Democracy’s Future in Spain and North America
Stephanie Golob

Stephanie R. Golob is a Political Science faculty member at Baruch College and in the doctoral program at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), where she teaches international relations and international law.  As of 2015, she is also the Associate Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. The recipient of Fulbright and Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships and the Frank Cass Prize for her articles on the Pinochet Case, Dr. Golob has published widely on the impact of globalization on state sovereignty, democratization, and legal culture, with a focus on Latin America and Spain.  Since 2010 she has participated in a cross-national, interdisciplinary research team, based at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid (CSIC), studying Spain’s post-2000 Civil War mass grave exhumations in comparative perspective (http://politicasdelamemoria.org). She is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled, The Long Arm of the Law: Transitional Justice Culture and the Global Struggle Against Impunity.  Dr. Golob received her B.A. from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. 

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The study of the historical ties between North America and Spain is of vital importance for the Social Sciences and Humanities. Furthermore, the present and future of its inhabitants is marked and defined by economic and cultural ties. Current trends in globalization cannot be understood or analyzed outside the framework of these connections.

The City College of New York – Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Cervantes Institute of New York, and the Instituto Franklin of the Universidad de Alcala join for the second year in organizing this conference through this call for papers in different disciplines and areas of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the historical links between Spain and North America. The primary aim of the conference is to provide a meeting place for academics and professionals with an interest in other disciplines related to this subject as well as to interact with other members within and outside their own disciplines in the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences.


The conference is organized in sections with different focal points. The following topics will be prioritized:

A. Colonial Studies.
B. Postcolonial Studies.
C. Links in Education.
D. Cultural Studies.
E. International Relations.
F. Economy and Labor / Corporations in the XXI century.
G. Science and Technology.
H. Military and Security Policy.

Proposals for panels containing three lectures on the same topic are also welcome.

Organizing committee:

Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY-CUNY)
Ana Vázquez Barrado (Instituto Cervantes)
Danielle Zach (CCNY-CUNY)
Susanna Rosenbaum (CCNY-CUNY)
Ana Lariño (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
Ana Elena Sancho (Instituto Franklin-UAH)

Scientific Committee:

Jose Antonio Gurpegui (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
Juan Carlos Mercado (CCNY-CUNY)
Ignacio Olmos (Instituto Cervantes)
Kathlene McDonald (CCNY-CUNY)
Cristina Crespo (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
Julio Cañero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)