Cultural Links between Latin America and North Africa

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Public Symposium at Freie Universität Berlin on July 6 and 7, 2017

‘ 177/2017 from Jun 29, 2017

The cultural links between Latin America and North Africa will be addressed in a conference on July 6 and 7, 2017, at the Institute for Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. Scholars from Argentina, Morocco, Egypt, the United States, France, and Germany will take a closer look at these relations from literary, cultural, and global historical perspectives. The conference languages are English and Spanish. The event is public, and admission is free.

"One focus of the symposium will be on cultural translation processes as historic occurrences," says Dr. Stephanie Fleischmann, who is a scholar of literary and cultural studies at the Institute for Latin American Studies and who co-organized the conference along with her colleague Ana Nenadovi’. In this context, the protagonists were, for example, the Moriscos who had fled from Spain, who very subtly, through partial adjustment processes, were able to establish themselves in an elite position in the evolving colonial societies in Latin America, or members of the military, who transferred the cultural elements of the Spanish-Moroccan Rif War in the 1920s to the guerilla war of the Cuban Revolution. Another focus will be on literary texts as privileged spaces of cultural translation and self-reflection. The main issue in this case is the circulation of symbolic figures and aesthetic programs between Latin America and North Africa.

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