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5th International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America

Relationships in Times of Crisis

April 24-26, 2019

During the past ten years, we have included in our daily life the concept of “crisis”. The original meaning of this concept was “decision”, “judgement”, “election” in a determinate situation to which a change of course, an alternative, an answer was necessary.

In October 1929, the New York stock exchange fell with the Wall Street Crash and caused the first global financial crisis. It has recently been the 10th anniversary of the bankrupt of the Lehman Brothers and the beginning of a new global crisis. The history of transatlantic relationships has been influenced by times of peak and difficulty, periods of conflict and different responses in times of change, in which the decisions taken, sometimes shared and others divergent, have determined the parallel or confronted course between the two sides of the Atlantic. Crisis may cross oceans but their solutions, answers and intervention models too. The 5th International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America: “The Relationships in Times of Crisis” will enable us to wonder about the causes, consequences and answers that have taken place at a transatlantic level in difficult times.

Instituto Franklin de la Universidad de Alcalá, the City College of New York – Division of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Instituto Cervantes de New York, work together for the fifth year in organizing this conference through this Call for Papers in different fields and areas of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to the historical links between Spain and North America.


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Luís García Montero, Instituto Cervantes Director. Poet, Narrator, Essayist, and a Spanish Literature Professor.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Ph.D. Luís García Montero

Luis García Montero is a Poet, Narrator, Essayist, and a Spanish Literature Professor. He graduated in Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad de Granada in 1980 and started to work as an associate professor in this university in 1981. Ph.D. in 1985 with a thesis titled La norma y los estilos en la poesía de Rafael Alberti. Professor at the Universidad de Granada, in which he carried out different responsibilities as the head of the Secretary’s office for University Extension. Representative of the lyric tendency called Nueva sentimentalidad, emerged in Andalusia at the end of the 60s. He started his career in poetry in 1980 with Y ahora ya eres el dueño del puente de Brooklyn, composed by poems in prose, product of his confessed passion for the black novel. With this work he won in 1979 the Federico Lorca’s Price. In 1982 he published Tristia, which was a finalist for the Ciudad de Melilla Price, carried out with the collaboration of Álvaro Salvador, and signed using the pseudonym Álvaro Montero. In 1983 he edited El jardín extranjero, which wan the Adonais Award for Poetry in 1982, and the book-cd Rimado de Ciudad, a group of poesies made music by rock groups from Granada. A year later he published Égloga de los dos rascacielos. And in 1987 Diario cómplice, a work extended by Rafael Alberti, and Mil novecientos diecisiete versos para los socialdemócratas. In 1991 he published a collection of poems titled Las flores del frío, followed by Luna en el sur, Confesiones poéticas and Habitaciones separadas. With this last poem he won the 6th International Poetry Price from the Loewe foundation in 1993. And the National Poetry Price in 1994. He continues publishing poetry until today, and also essays about Spanish literature like El sexto día. Historia íntima de la poesía española (2000), Francisco Ayala: el escritor en su siglo (2009)  and Un lector llamado Federico García Lorca (2016). He has also written novels like Impares, fila 13 written with Felipe Benítez Reyes, Mañana no será lo que Dios quiera (2009), biography of the poet Ángel González, work that wan the price from the librarian association for the best book of the year, or Una forma de Resistencia (2012). He is an honorary professor of the Universidad de Mar del Plata (Argentina). In 2017 he won the Price Ramón López Velarde in Mexico and he is named “Hijo Predilecto de Andalucía” (Favorite son of Andalusia). In 2018 he won the Price Paralelo 0 in Ecuador.


Ignacio Díaz de la Serna, Ph.d. in Philosophy by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Writer and Scholar.

  • Title: Terra Cognita: The Imaginary Construction of North America.
  • Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Ph.D. Ignacio Díaz de la Serna

Writer and Scholar. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Ph.d. in Philosophy by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Full researcher at the Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (CISAN-UNAM) and member of the National Team of Researchers. Between 2015 and 2016, he was a visiting researcher at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. He worked as a co-editor-in-chief for Norteamérica Revista Académica del CISAN from 2006 to 2009.

Among the distinctions he received, we can highlight the Premio Iberoamericano de Poesía “Carlos Pellicer”, awarded by the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (1989); and the scholarship “Traducción literaria 1999” awarded by the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, (2000-2001). He regularly teaches courses at the Degree and the Postgraduate Program of Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy and letters of the UNAM.

Among his most recent books we find:

  1. Más crudo que cocido. Otredad e imaginario social en la Enciclopedia de Diderot y d’Alembert, (Madrid: TRAMA Editorial, 2018).
  2. Los dioses llegaron tarde a Filadelfia. Una dimensión mitohistórica de la soberanía, (México: Bonilla-Artigas Editores/CISAN-UNAM, 2015).
  3. El planisferio de Morgius Cancri. Enciclopedia Universal, (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014).
  4. Para leer a Georges Bataille, (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2012).


María Elvira Roca Barea, Ph.d. in Medieval Rhetoric and Degree in Classical Philology and Hispanic philology

  • Title: The Evolution of the Empires: A Difficult Balance.
  • Date: Friday, April 26th, 2019

Ph.d. María Elvira Roca Baeza

María Elvira Roca Barea, Classical philology and Hispanic Philology Degree and Phd.d in Medieval Rhetoric. She has been a translator and paleographer and she has taught Latin, Spanish and Spanish Literature in Spain and United States. She has five books published and dozens of articles in specialized magazines and conferences. Her investigation work has mainly dealt with Classical and Medieval Rhetoric, edition of manuscripts in latin and romance, cavalry and Cavalry Literature in Orient and Occident.

The success of her essay “Imperiofobia y leyenda negra. Roma, Rusia, Estados Unidos y el Imperio español” in 2017 has made her a popular writer. She received the “Medalla de Andalucia” in 2018 and she just received an award for the best non-fiction book from the Spanish Booksellers Guild.

Nowadays she is giving lectures and courses inside and outside Spain and is a regular collaborator of both newspapers “El Pais” and “El Mundo”. She just published her last book “6 Relatos ejemplares 6”


Spanish Immigration to United States, 1880-1940

Date: Thursday, April 25th, 2019

This project aims to analyze the Spanish immigration to United States between 1880 and 1940 through the utilization of micro-databases of the North-American censuses conducted between these dates. This data have been digitalized and edited recently by the University of Minnesota and is available for the research community. It consist on individual registers with no protection legislation in United States, this law demands to keep the confidentiality of census for a period of 72 years. Finished this period, the registers can be used with all the original information, including the geographical localization and the sociodemographic features of the individuals. The census data is organized by homes and, therefore, give information about the features of all the members of the same home. The preliminary analysis of the census data from 1930 shows a total of 57, 000 immigrants. If we include second generations, this number increases in 117,000 people, of whom we have little information about nowadays.


Albert Esteve, Ph.D. in Demography by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and Director of Center for Demographic Studies

Rosalina Alcalde, Ph.D. in Sociology by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and a Sociology Professor at this institution.

  • January, 31st: First deadline for proposals submission
  • February, 11th: Provisional program and registration form publication (first deadline)
  • March, 11th: Reduced registration deadline
  • March, 28th: Deadline for speaker’s registration
  • April, 4th: Final program
  • April, 24-26th: 5th International Conference on the Historical Links between Spain and North America

Organizing Committee

  • President: Julio Cañero Serrano
  • Carlos Aguasaco (CCNY-CUNY)
  • Esperanza Cerdá (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Cristina Crespo Palomares (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Carlos Herrero Martínez (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Ana Lariño Ares (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Laura Rey Carretero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)

Scientific Committee

  • President: Julio Cañero Serrano
  • Francisco Castilla Urbano (UAH)
  • Esperanza Cerdá (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Raquel Chang-Rodríguez (CCNY/CUNY)
  • Lorenzo Delgado Gómez-Escalonilla (CSIC)
  • José Antonio Gurpegui Palacios (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • Monserrat Huguet Santos (UC3M)
  • Juan Carlos Mercado (CCNY-CUNY)
  • Ignacio Olmos Serrano (Instituto Cervantes)
  • Francisco Sáez de Adana Herrero (Instituto Franklin-UAH)
  • José Santiago Fernández Vázquez (UAH)
  • José Manuel Estévez Saa (UDC)

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* In the case of UAH Grade Students, the attendance to the conference will be considered as a training activity and will receive 1 ECTS credit.

Registration Fees

Before March 11thUntil March 28th
Young researchers speakers (PhD and master)60€80€
Instituto Franklin-UAH students0€0€

Tour around Alcalá de Henares, April 24th

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