Between May 24th-26th HispaUSA and the Universidad de Castilla la Mancha held the 8th International Conference on Chicano Literature in Toledo. The topic of this conference was “Crossing the Borders of Imagination”.
The event gathered 150 participants, who met to share their knowledge in this field of literature and other disciplines related to the Chicano community.
During the conference, HispaUSA also awarded Professor Nicolás Canellos with the First “Don Luis Leal” Prize. The award will be given every two years, and seeks to recognize the research, cultural and academic work of an outstanding person with latin background in the US.
The meeting offered three plenary sessions. The first one, titled “Storytelling: Creative Perceptions and Collective Memories” took place on Thursday May 24th and was delivered by Lucha Corpi, poet and writer. On Friday May 25th, Tino Villanueva, lecturer at Boston University delivered “The Ekphrastic Trope: Some Poems and a Book”. Finally, on May 26th, Aitor Ibarrola from the Universidad de Deusto offered the session “Challenging the National Narrative and Myth: The ‘Browning’ of the Continent According to Richard Rodríguez”.
Aside from the plenary sessions, other 32 panels related to different aspects of Chicano Literature and Culture were delivered during the conference.
After its great reception, HispaUSA announced that the next conference will take place in Oviedo on 2014.