Department of Spanish and Portuguese

at the University of California, Santa Barbara

& UC-Mexicanistas (Intercampus Research Program) 

XXI Colloquium on Mexican Literature, 2017


November 9

4:30pm - 7:30pm

Multicultural Center Lounge

November 10

9:00am - 8:00pm

McCune Conference Room & Crowell Reading Room, HSSB 


November 11

9:00am - 6:00pm

Alhecama Theatre


Thursday, November 9: Multicultural Center Lounge (UCSB)

4:30 PM Registration

5:00 PM Opening Session
Leo Cabranes-Grant,
Chair of the Department of Spanish
and Portuguese
Henry T. Yang,
David Marshall,
Executive Vice Chancellor
María Herrera-Sobek,
Associate Vice Chancellor of Diversity,
Equity and Academic Policy
John Majewski,
Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities
and Fine Arts
Carol Genetti,
Dean of Graduate Division
Francisco A. Lomelí,
Co-Editor of Ventana Abierta
Sara Poot Herrera,
Director of UC-Mexicanistas

Dear All,

Thank you—colleagues, students et al.—for your academic, creative, administrative and personal support for our 21st International Cultural Conference on Mexican Literature this November 2017 at UCSB. Many thanks!

Just as we were in the middle of organizing this colloquium, creatively and excitedly, we suddenly learned of the devastation in Texas, México (Oaxaca, Chiapas, Morelos), Florida, Cuba, Puerto Rico. We remained strong through this hardship. On September 19, ironically on the 32nd anniversary of the tragic 1985 Mexico City earthquake, another earthquake struck again. And yet, in the midst of crisis, we also witnessed people from all over the world coming together, saving lives, giving hope: solidarity. Our countries are slowly rising, again, our spirits can only grow stronger in times of need. Therefore, we dedicate our colloquium to the victims and the people rebuilding their communities, healing together. Because during times like these, we must remind ourselves that only united can we endure anything. We salute you all.

The title of this conference is: “Nepantla, Between Comala and California, and Other Crossroads”

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Juan Rulfo (1917-2017), author of El Llano en llamas (The Burning Plains and Other Stories) and Pedro Páramo. We also celebrate the 50 years of Cien años de soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude). Gabriel García Márquez once said his novel was indebted to Pedro Páramo. Could that be? Let’s take a look:

November 10, 11 & 12, 2016
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
at the University of California, Santa Barbara
UC-Mexicanistas (Intercampus Research Program)

Narrative 2016: Canon Perdido

November Thursday 10, Friday 11 & Saturday 12, 2016
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
UC-Santa Barbara-UC-Mexicanistas

Canon Perdido
20 years ago, at the fifth Colloquium on Mexican literature, held at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of the University of California, Santa Barbara, a new era began for these annual (and later also international) colloquia. At that time, October 1996, accompanying the Mexican writers (Hernán Lara Zavala, Emmanuel Carballo, Beatriz Espejo, among others), and specialists in Mexican literature (Edith Negrín, Tatiana Bubnova, Merlin H, Foster, among others), we also published a book, titled El cuento mexicano. Homenaje a Luis Leal (México: UNAM, 1996), handed to don Luis Leal at the inauguration of the Colloquium.
Years later, in 2001 –a decade and a half ago–, these colloquia entered a more formal phase with the establishment of UC-Mexicanistas (Intercampus Research Program). After that year there was an increase in the formal relations with other academic and cultural institutions, mainly in Mexico, where UC-Mexicanistas periodically organizes meetings and cultural and literary activities (like those at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, or in Mérida, Yucatán, and recently in conjunction with the National Literature Coordination of Bellas Artes).