Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades
Membresía de la AEGS (previamente AILCFH)

October 2010 Newsletter
 AILCFH circular 10.2, octubre 2010

Estimada membresía,

Adjunto les remito varios anuncios y comunicados urgentes. También incluyo como documento adjunto el Anuncio sobre el próximo congreso de nuestra asociación a celebrarse en Barcelona en Octubre del 2011. Espero que esta vez la opción de documento adjunto funcione bien, de no ser asi favor de dejarme saber.

Un cordial saludo

Elena Castro
Secretaria AILCFH


1) Letras Femeninas
Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica


The editor of Letras Femeninas welcomes proposals for the Summer 2012 Special Issue. Proposals should be sent by e-mail to Carmen de Urioste ( They should contain the following information:

• Draft outlining the topic and content of the proposed special issue (up to 200 words);
• Editorial Committee for the special issue. Proposed members of the editorial committee must have agreed to serve before the proposal is submitted and must be good standing AILCFH members. There should be enough reviewers to allow at least two reviews of each paper;
• Name, telephone, and e-mail of the contact person;
• Language: Spanish and/or English

Due date to receive proposals: January 15, 2011

The proposals for the Special Issue will be evaluated by the AILCFH Executive Committee. A decision will be made by February 1, 2011. The Special Issue final materials must be submitted to Letras Femeninas by February 1, 2012. Technical details will be shared with the special editor upon approval of the proposal.

Contributors to the Special Issue must be members of the AILCFH. The editor of Letras Femeninas reserves the right to reject Special Issue papers, should they be considered inappropriate for publication in the journal.

Send proposals to:
Carmen de Urioste
Letras Femeninas, editor
Visit our web site at:

2) Subject: Why the Humanities Matter-please add your voice

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In response to the "Crisis" of the Humanities and the SUNY Albany decision to cut a series of programs, we at Union College have set up a Wiki where people can comment on “Why The Humanities Matter.” The site is meant to allow for voices from all disciplines and any and all institutions and beyond, to respond to this “simple”, yet underrepresented question. Although much literature has been written about this topic, our hope is that voices from all walks of life will answer this question in plain English (or any other language).

Please add your voices to this site, and/or forward the Wiki to your colleagues and friends working in different disciplines inside and outside academic institutions.

To add your voice, you simply need to:

1. Copy and paste the following URL:

2. Click the “EDIT” button and write your message.

3. Then click the “SAVE” button.

Thank you!


Christine Henseler
Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies
Union College
Modern Languages & Literatures
Humanities Building, C213
Schenectady, NY 12308

3)Anuncio de Feministas Unidas
Testimonio 2.0: Endless Voice?
Within the past decade, many renowned scholars of Latin American testimonio, including Beverley, Sklodowska, and Nance, have either questioned its effectiveness in documenting and promoting social change or gone so far as to make a case for this genre’s demise. Their scholarship is often based on testimonio a la Miguel Barnet or Rigoberta Menchú—traditional paradigms that once defined the genre according to early critics Yúdice and Zimmerman—and therefore relies on certain classic boundaries and origins. While broader understandings of testimonio, such as the chronicles and the picaresque novel, have been wide ranging and based on long-standing issues of production and reception, most testimonio criticism assumes the central roles of the witness/testigo and a poetics of urgency to recount a contestatory narrative.
With Testimonio 2.0: Endless Voice?, the editors seek to compile a collection of essays which explores a trajectory of novel articulations for testimonio and/or a trajectory of distancing from the genre. These paths might mean a new generation of testimonio and testimonio scholarship, for example, or simply the era of post-testimonio. Instead of anchoring testimonio upon the traditional testigo, can we perhaps shift our critical gaze elsewhere within literature and other discourses of representation, such as cinema, in order to reconceptualize the act of witnessing? Further, can we situate testimonio within sociocultural fields such as the geography of urban landscapes as marked by memory through monuments, posters, and the graffiti of public spaces? Can we consider geography in general as a kind of witness to history by way of ecotestimonios? What of the oral interview which then relies upon transcription and the written word? Can we locate testimonio as well in other fields of meaning production such as the pictogram, the photograph, or in computer-generated animation and graphics? Do cyborgs have testimonios to share within alternative realities that belie common concepts of time and space? Is testimonio, in fact, grounded in a Western notion of time? Instead of the metaphor of time as an arrow wherein narrative has a discrete past, present, and future, may we perhaps embrace the more ancient notion of time as cyclical? Under this paradigm, the future can be remembered and witnessed as prophecy. Can prophecy be testimonio? Perhaps most importantly, what common discursive markers are shared by these two potential generations and/or between testimonio and post-testimonio?
To be considered for this collection, please send an abstract of 300-500 words with bibliography and abbreviated CV to both Louise Detwiler ( and Janis Breckenridge ( by December 1st, 2010. We encourage submissions from across cultures, but can only consider essays in English, with quotes translated into English. Potential contributors will be chosen on the basis of their abstracts, although acceptance of an abstract does not guarantee inclusion into the final volume. Completed essays (approximately 6000 words) should be submitted by March 1st, 2011.


1) Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream - Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Spanish
University: York University - Toronto, Canada
Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Home Department/Area/Division: Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2011
Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University, commencing July 1, 2011, subject to budgetary approval. A PhD in Spanish, with a specialization in colonial/pre-modern Spanish American Literature, is required. The ability to teach courses in areas such as Latin American colonial/pre-modern literature and transatlantic studies is desirable. Experience teaching Spanish language at the university level is required. 

The ability to teach Spanish language courses to native speakers is desirable, and the ability to teach Portuguese language and Brazilian literature would be an asset. Native or near-native fluency in both Spanish and English is required. Candidates should have a current record of relevant publications and conference presentations. Candidates should show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly research and publication. The successful candidate should be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York's website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications, which should include representative publications and/or teaching materials, a statement of research and teaching interests and teaching evaluations, is November 30, 2010. 

Applicants should submit a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae as well as the name, position, e-mail address and telephone numbers of three referees, and arrange for the three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to: 

Professor Mauro Buccheri, Acting Chair 
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
S 561 Ross Building, York University
4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3, Canada

E-mail:; phone: 416-736-5016; fax: 416-736-5483
Note: E-mail applications will not be considered.

Shanna Lino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
York University
Ross Building South, S505A
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Tel: 416.736.2100 x88737
Fax: 416.736.5483

2) Hope C
Mod & Classical Langs, Holland, Michigan 49423
Assistant/Associate Professor of Spanish (tenure track)

Hope College seeks to fill a tenure track position in the field of Applied Linguistics with an instructor with a strong interest and some experience in Foreign Language Pedagogy and second language acquisition. Native or near native fluency in Spanish and English expected. Duties will include sharing responsibility for all levels of Spanish language courses and the departmental methods course for the teaching of foreign languages, and contributing to the General Education Curriculum. Teaching load: Three four credit courses per semester. Training and experience in Technology-Enhanced Language Learning will significantly enhance an applicant's standing. We seek and support demonstrated commitment to scholarship, as well as clear enthusiasm for teaching undergraduates in both departmental and general education courses. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Ph.D. in hand by August 2011.

Hope College places a high priority on sustaining a supportive environment that recognizes the importance of having a diverse faculty and staff in order to best prepare our students for successful careers in our multi-cultural nation and global community. Applications from qualified persons with diverse backgrounds and cultures, including women and persons of color are, therefore, especially welcomed. Hope College complies with federal and state requirements for non discrimination in employment.

Hope College is a Christian coeducational residential undergraduate liberal arts college, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, located in Holland—an attractive city of 35,000 enriched by a large Latino, Asian, and African-American population in a rapidly growing urban area of 100,000 near Lake Michigan, within short driving distance of Grand Rapids (over 500,000), and relatively close to Ann Arbor and Chicago. Additional information about Hope College can be found on the Web at

Send letter of application, curriculum vita, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and self-addressed postcard by December 1, 2010 to: Dr. Maria Claudia André, Hope College, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, Martha Miller Center, 257 Columbia Ave., PO Box 9000, Holland MI 49422-9000.

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