Established in 2014, the forum on Global Hispanophone Studies provides a space for scholars to advance knowledge about the simultaneous global patterns that have historically and culturally shaped Spanish-speaking countries beyond Latin America and Spain, despite their distant and apparently disconnected geographical locations. These patterns include movements of peoples and ideas: among them are the networks interconnecting the Americas with Africa and the Philippines during Iberian colonial hegemony, and the interplay of both the Atlantic and the Pacific trade routes; territorial exchanges between colonial powers; the impact of Latin American emancipation on the rest of the Spanish-speaking world; and current migration patterns from the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa into Spain and beyond. Also of interest are Spain’s 1898 colonial re-redesign, and the dialogues arising from the relocation of intellectuals from all colonial territories to the metropolis, before and after independence. Other areas of study that this forum would foster are comparative approaches of the increasing presence of the U.S. in the imaginaries of global Hispanophone countries, and—equally—the cultural impact of Hispanic immigrants in the U.S.. Moreover, this forum would provide a space for scholars studying the overarching discourses that challenge structures of power based on categories such as race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, and tradition, across the literary and cultural productions of the Hispanic world.

CFP MLA 2021: Scholarship and Activism in the Global Hispanophone

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    Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo


    The political realities of former Spanish colonies, such as those in the Maghrib, Equatorial
    Guinea, the Philippines and Puerto Rico highlight a simultaneous tension between
    neocolonial and decolonial dynamics. Global Hispanophone Studies provides a relational
    framework to understand such dynamics through the critical examination of descriptive and
    engaged accounts, which often serve as evidence for scholarship and political activism . This
    panel seeks presentations on the necessary interdependence between these two practices.
    How do they inform each other? What are the challenges of political activism in the
    economy of prestige that the academy represents? How does academic prestige foster or
    hinder political activism in the Global Hispanophone? What role should academic actors
    play in activism? What role should activists play in academic discourse?

    Please, send 250 word proposals to Elisa Rizo ( and Benita Sampedro (

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