The International American Studies Association (IASA) and the Instituto Franklin-UAH are pleased to extend a warm welcome to scholars representing a variety of approaches to American Studies to contribute to the transcultural debate concerning the new challenges that the discipline faces in the new, post-truth, alt-fact dominated era.

This IX IASA World Congress marks the twentieth anniversary of the quixotic project to found IASA and thereby internationalize the field of American Studies as a global scholarly enterprise that de-centered both the object of study and the discipline as monolithic and monaural national enterprises.

The city of Alcalá de Henares is an ideal venue for the first IASA reunion in Spain. The birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, its streets and buildings resonate with Cervantinian echoes. America and American Studies are inextricably implicated in the biography of Cervantes and the genesis of the modern novel since, were it not for the rejection of Cervantes’s application to sail to the New World, the world might have never had Don Quixote. We are greatly interested in papers that address the Spanish masterpiece and his author in the context of our discipline, and envision an especial volume dedicated to Cervantes and the Americas.


Call for Papers

Plenary Speakers

Eduardo Garrigues
Ambassador of Spain

Title: A Diplomat’s Perspective on the US-Spain Common History

Date: Monday, July 8th, 2019

Ambassador of Spain. Diplomat and writer. Honorary Trustee of the Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. Counselor of Spanish Delegation to the United Nations and Advisor to the U.N Security Council (1978-1983) and Ambassador of Spain to Namibia/Botswana (1998-2000) and Norway/Iceland (2000-2004), Consul General of Spain in Los Angeles (1989) and Puerto Rico (2010). He was Director of the Institute of Spain in London (1985) and Director General of Casa de América in Madrid (1994).

Director of seminars: The Spanish Enlightenment in the Independence of the United States: Benjamin Franklin, Royal Academy of History, Madrid, (2006), The Spanish Contribution to the Independence of the United States, 1763-1848, (2007), at the National Portriat Gallery, Washington, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution. International Conference on the impact of the Cortes of Cadiz in North America, Congress of Deputies, Madrid, (2009). He also contributed to exhibitions and catalogues like Legacy. Spain and the US in the age of Independence, NPG Washington (2007), Bernardo de Galvez, Casa de América (2015) and The recovered Memory, Torre Iberdrola, Bilbao (2016). He has volumes related to the Spanish legacy in the United States like The Spanish Enlightenment in the Independence of the United States: Benjamin Franklin, (2007). Norteamérica a finales del siglo XVIII: España y Estados Unidos, (2008), The exposition in the province of New Mexico, 1812 by Don Pedro Baptista Pino, UNM PRESS (1995) and La Esfera de los libros,  (2015).

Literay works, awarded the Café Gijón Prize for Novel (1961), the Pio Baroja Price. Also The Grass Rains, (Mac Millan N.Y.1984), West of Babylon UNM PRESS (2007).

His Articles were published in newspapers like ABC, El Mundo, Diario 16, Los Ángeles Times, La Opinión, Nuestro Tiempo, Revista de Occidente, and El Nuevo Día.

Allen Josephs
University of West Florida

Title: On Hemingway and Spain and Cormac and Mexico

Date: Tuesday, July 9th. 2019

He is University Research Professor and Professor of Spanish at the University of West Florida where he has taught for 50 years. Virtually everything Allen Josephs has written emanates from his deep love for Spain and Spanish culture, including the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America.

A world-renowned Hemingway scholar and past president of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation and Society, Josephs was also president of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association in 2008, and was made an honorary member this year. He has written 12 books, including On Hemingway and Spain: Essays and Reviews 1979 – 2013; White Wall of Spain: The Mysteries of Andalusian Culture; and For Whom the Bell Tolls: Ernest Hemingway’s Undiscovered Country.

He is the author of four critical editions of the poetry of Federico García Lorca and a book of translations of Lorca’s poetry and prose, Only Mystery: Federico García Lorca’s Poetry in Word and Image. He has published numerous articles on Spain and Hispanic culture in the Atlantic, the New Republic, the Virginia Quarterly, the North Dakota Quarterly, and New York Times Book Review, as well as many publications in scholarly journals. Josephs received the George B. Smith Arts and Letters Award by the National Association of Taurine Clubs for his book: Ritual and Sacrifice in the Corrida and was conferred an honorary membership in the Taurine Bibliophiles of America for his “outstanding contributions to taurine scholarship.” After writing about Hemingway and Spanish culture for more than 40 years, Josephs has turned his attention to Pulitzer-Prize winning American novelist, Cormac McCarthy, whom Josephs considers one of the greatest living novelists. His latest book is On Cormac McCarthy: Essays on Mexico, Crime, Hemingway and God, published by New Street in 2016. Currently, he is translating the work of Spanish poet Fernando Valverde, and his translation of The Insistence of Harm should appear in 2019 from the University Press of Florida.

Future projects include a translation of the poetry of Spanish poet Raquel Lanseros and a two-volume thematic memoir, centered on Josephs’ literary and taurine experiences from 1962 to the present.

Manju Jaidka
Panjab University

Title: The Old Order Changeth: Re-Defining American Studies in a World of Flux

Date: Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Manju Jaidka has taught English from 1974 to 2018. From 1998 to 2018 she served as a professor at Panjab University, Chandigarh. Apart from teaching she has held several administrative responsibilities at the university and also with the Chandigarh Administration. She has been involved in administrative work as a senior faculty member of the university, as the Head of the Department, as Director of the university IAS Study Centre, and convener of various committees, examinations and decision-making bodies.

Over the last 20 years she has been the Founder, President, Secretary, and main functionary of MELOW, the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the World, an academic association with international linkages. The total members at any given time are between 500 and 600. The society has a website, a blog, a Facebook page, a google group, and holds international conferences every year. In addition, Jaidka has been the Chairperson of the Chandigarh Sahitya Akademi 2008 – 2015, holding held public events – literary discussions, litfests, seminars, publications, etc, with the aim to promote literary activities in Chandigarh.

Manju Jaidka is often invited to national and international institutions to speak or on other assignments. She has travelled and lectured extensively in India as well as the US, UK, Europe, Canada, China, Nepal, etc. In addition, she has received prestigious fellowships from the UGC, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. She has held assignments at universities like Oxford, Harvard, Yale, Illinois, Iowa, New York, and Concordia. She is on the international advisory board of reputed international academic organizations and has held important offices in this capacity.

Jaidka has authored more than sixty research papers and 12 academic books. The papers are published in peer-reviewed professional journals. She has also reviewed about a hundred books, served as the Editor of the university journal and the department journal, and has served on the editorial boards of several international journals

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Scientific Committee

Manuel Broncano

Thomas Claviez

Jane Desmond

Theo D’Haen

Paul Giles

María Herrera Sobek

Djelal Kadir

Mampreet Kang

Kryštof Kozác

Giorgio Mariani

Eulalia Piñero

Organizing Committee

Francisco Sáez de Adana

Cristina Crespo Palomares

Ana Lariño Ares

Laura Rey Carretero

Esperanza Cerdá

Julio Cañero Serrano

José Antonio Gurpegui Palacios

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