Following Harvard University and state government guidance on the coronavirus pandemic, as well as Instituto Cervantes recommendations, the Observatorio (Harvard - FAS) is postponing its 2020 Symposium, "New Perspectives on Hispanic Cultures: Languages and Cultures in Contact," which was originally to be held June 5-6th. We hope to be able to update the public soon concerning the status of this edition of our anual Symposium. 

Siguiendo las instrucciones de Harvard University, de las autoridades del Estado, así como del Instituto Cervantes, en relación con la pandemia producida por el coronavirus, el Observatorio (Harvard - FAS) ha decidido posponer su Simposio 2020, "New Perspectives on Hispanic Cultures: Languages and Cultures in Contact," que estaba programado para los próximos 5 y 6 de junio. Esperamos poder informar pronto a los interesados acerca de la situación de esta edición de nuestro simposio anual.  


New Perspectives on Hispanic Cultures: Languages and Cultures in Contact

Observatorio Instituto Cervantes Symposium 2020

The Cervantes Institute at Harvard University once more invites researchers interested in the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures to present their work to the academic community. This invitation is extended both to those who are beginning their professional career (recent Ph.D’s, graduate and doctorate students, or undergraduate students in their last year pursuing studies in any subject related to Spanish or Hispanic cultures) and to experts in the area (language teachers or researchers and professors in these fields).

This edition will have a general subject on which the papers will focus: “Languages and cultures in contact,” always in the context of the Spanish language or Hispanic cultures. We therefore welcome proposals touching on topics such as: bi/multilingualism, bi/multiculturalism, code-switching, translanguaging, heritage language/speakers, Spanglish, linguistic and/or cultural minorities, literary or cultural influences, artistic exchanges, appropriation, perception of Spanish/Hispanic-ness by speakers of other languages, etc. These topics may be approached from a wide range of disciplines, including:

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Education and Teaching
  • Art
  • Politics
  • Translation
  • Psychology

The keynote lectures in this edition will be presented by Thomas B. F. Cummins, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art at Harvard University, and María Luisa Parra-Velasco, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.

Those interested should send their proposals in a Word document, including name and institution, title of paper, as well as an abstract of no more than 200 words, to:

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