Conference Programme

Postgraduate Hispanic Studies Conference of Ireland and the UK, 2013 Programme


Book Launch

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mel Boland of the Spanish Department in NUI, Galway will be launching his recent publication, Displacement in Isabel Allende’s Fiction, 1982-2000 (Hispanic Studies: Culture and Ideas) during the conference on Friday, 28 June 2013 in The Moore Institute.

This book explores the concept of displacement in the fiction produced by the Chilean writer Isabel Allende between 1982 and 2000. Displacement, understood in the author’s analysis to encompass social, geographical, linguistic and cultural phenomena, is argued to play a consistently central role in Allende’s fictional output of this period. Close readings of Allende’s texts illustrate the abiding importance of displacement and reconcile two apparently contradictory trends in her writing: as the settings of her fiction have become more international, questions of individual identity have gained in importance. This discussion employs displacement as a means of engaging with critical debates both on Allende’s individual texts and on her status as an original writer. After examining in detail the seven works of fiction written by Allende during this period, the book concludes with reflections on the general trajectory of her work in this genre.

Mel Boland is a lecturer in Spanish and linguistics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he is also director of the MA in translation studies. He previously worked as a senior tutor in Spanish and linguistics at University College Dublin. He has published on Isabel Allende and on the intersection of language and education policy in Bolivia.

Please find below the menu for the conference dinner which will be held in Viña Mara on Friday, June 28th.

Viña Mara Menu

The Two-Month Countdown Has Begun

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Travel and Accommodation

Information on travelling to and from Galway and where to stay while you are here is now available.


You may have noticed that the information on this page is a little outdated. Our friends in Cork kindly gave us access to this page to allow some continuity between last year’s conference and this year’s. In the coming weeks we will provide information on travelling to and from Galway and we will also recommend some places to stay.

Postgraduate Hispanic Studies Conference of Ireland and the UK 2013

Postgraduate Hispanic Studies Conference of Ireland and UK 2013 CFP

Following requests from some delegates, we have extended the deadline for abstract submissions for this year’s conference to 28 February 2013.