XX Colloquium on Mexican Literature begins November 10 at UCSB

by Danny Meza, Diversity & Outreach Peer
Friday, November 04, 2016 10:31 AM

Canon Perdido may be one of the most prominent, and intriguingly named, streets in downtown Santa Barbara, and it is also the title of the 20th annual Colloquium on Mexican Literature beginning on UCSB’s campus on November 10.

This year’s Colloquium was named Canon Perdido for its local relevance but also as a creative reference to the “lost canon” of Mexican Literature. The conference is organized by UC-Mexicanistas, an intercampus research association of faculty and former students developing scholarship in the areas of Mexican literature, culture, and history. Once an organization of current and former UC scholars, UC-Mexicanistas now includes scholars from the United States, Mexico, and other parts of the globe.

Writers attending this year’s conference include Juan Villoro and Hernán Lara Zavala, both participating in special sessions, as well as Pedro Ángel Palou. The Colloquium will also feature reading sessions, presentations of works released in 2016, and cultural activities around the theme of Canon Perdido.

The XX Colloquium on Mexican Literature begins Thursday, November 10, at the Multicultural Center Theater. Registration starts at 4:30 p.m. and the opening session begins at 5:00 p.m. The first session will be moderated by the Chair of UCSB’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Leo Cabranes-Grant, and the second by Professor of Chicana/o Studies Francisco Lomelí. Also attending the first-night activities will be Chancellor Henry T. Yang, Graduate Dean Carol Genetti, and Director of UC-Mexicanistas Sara Poot Herrera.

Saturday sessions will take place at the UCSB Centennial House and but will also include a picnic at Goleta Beach. Activities for Sunday will be held at Casa de la Guerra in downtown Santa Barbara. A complete program of the Colloquium’s activities can be found here.