AILASA Conference 2004
Flinders University
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The South Project

Environments and Ecologies Symposium

VI International Conference of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA)

‘Contact, Communication and Creation’

Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
7-9 July 2004

Invitation to attend

The organising committee of AILASA extends a warm invitation to attend the VI International AILASA Conference to be held at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, from Wednesday 7 July to Friday 9 July 2004 inclusive.


AILASA was established in 1993 with several aims, including:

  1. to promote research into and the teaching of Iberian and Latin American Studies in Australasia
  2. to promote the professional development of its members
  3. to promote public awareness of and interest in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America
  4. to stimulate and encourage interchange between Australasia and the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America
  5. to coordinate and rationalise available resources among member institutions through the interchange of students, teachers and resources.

Conference theme

Within and between the Old and New Worlds there have been numerous and ongoing instances of contact, communication and creation by and between cultures, social and linguistic groups, institutions, discourses, individuals, and many others. The conference invites papers addressing such experiences from a wide range of perspectives across the social sciences, humanities and sciences. Papers are invited that treat the theme from the point of view of, among other possible disciplines, sociology; politics; history; linguistics (including second language acquisition, socio-linguistics, and psycholinguistics); literature; creative writing; cultural studies; geography; biotechnology; communication studies; tourism; environmental studies; film, TV and video; art; journalism; and philosophy. While proposals linked to the conference theme are particularly encouraged, other proposals are also welcome and will be given full consideration.

Keynote speakers (subject to confirmation)

Maria da Gloria Gohn is a sociologist and a Professor in the Faculty of Education, Univeristy of Campinas [UNICAMP], Sao Paulo, Brasil.  She is one of the leading researchers of CNPQ and the coordinator of the research study group on Social Movements [GEMDEC].  Through her work in these organizations she mentors, supervises and supports a new generation of researchers in the field.  Initially receiving her PhD in Political Science from USP in 1983, Professor Gohn undertook Post Doctoral Research at the New School for Social Research in New York.  Since 1974, she has dedicated herself to the research of Social Movements and has published widely in both English and Portuguese.  Her indicative publications are: A Forca da Periferia, Vozes [1985], Movimentos Sociais e Educacao, Cortez [1992, 1995 & 1998]; Historia das Lutas e dos Movimento Sociais, Loyola [1995]; Teoria das Movimentos Sociais, Loyola [1995]; Os Sem-Terra, ONGs e Cidadania, Cortez [1997 & 2000]; Educacao Nao Formal e Cultura Politica, Cortez [1999], MST, Midia e Terceiro Setor, Vozes [2000].

Pia Barros’ literary background includes the development of her own narrative as well as her teaching and editorial activities. She has published four volumes of short stories: Miedos transitorios (1986, 1989 and a bilingual edition in 1993). A horcajadas, 1990. Signos bajo la piel, 1995. Los que sobran (2002). In 1991 Cuarto Propio published her first novel: El tono menor del Deseo and in 2001 Lo que ya nos encontró, an interactive novel on CD. Her stories have been included in many anthologies in Chile as well as abroad. She has won various literary prizes.

Pia lectures in Narrative Techniques at the School of Journalism at the Universidad Bolivariana and has taught literary workshops at the University of Oregon as well as lecturing in North American universities and Germany. She is in charge of the Program for Chile of the Humboldt State University, California.

For more than twenty-five years, Pia Barros has encouraged the development of many writers and created spaces for feminist expression, especially within the so-called ‘80s generation’ of writers, of which she considers herself a member. She is the director of the ERGO SUM workshops and publishing house and a permanent panellist of the political TV program, ¨El termómetro¨, made by Chilevisión.


-Mamá, dijo el niño, ¿qué es un golpe?

-Algo que duele muchísimo y deja amoratado el lugar donde te dio.

El niño fue hasta la puerta de casa. Todo el país que le cupo en la mirada tenía un tinte violáceo.


“ Mama”, said the little boy, “ what is a coup?”

“ Something that hurts a lot and leaves a purple mark where it hit you”.

The little boy went to the door of the house. All of the country that could fit his glance had a violet hue.

Miedos transitorios, Santiago, Asterion, 1993, p. 25

Call for papers, panels and workshops

  • Individual papers of 20 minutes duration with 10 minutes discussion time are invited. Please send a 200-word abstract.
  • Panels of 3 speakers and a chair (total of 90 minutes) are sought. Please submit panel title and an abstract for each paper (200 words each).
  • Workshops of 90 minutes duration are also invited. Please send a 200-word abstract.

Papers in English, Spanish, and Portuguese are accepted.

All abstracts should be sent to Nena Bierbaum (see Contact Information below) by 1 November 2003.


Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

Flinders is a metropolitan 1970s university set at the base of the Adelaide Hills in a pleasant native bush environment. Birds and other wildlife abound (no snakes in July). It is close to the beach and the city.

Adelaide is a small city surrounded by parklands located between the Spencer Gulf and the Adelaide Hills. It is close to the beach and to several famous wine-producing districts.

Registration of interest

To help us with planning, please indicate your interest in attending the conference by filling in the online 'Registration of Interest' form.
We would be very grateful if you would also forward this web address to anyone you consider might be interested in attending the conference.

Contact information

Please contact Nena Bierbaum:

English, Drama, Screen Studies,
Flinders University of South Australia,
PO Box 2100,
Phone: +61 8 8296 6560; Fax: +61 8 8201 3635

If you are unable to contact Nena and have an urgent matter, please contact Gerry Pye
Phone: +61 8 8201 3517 or +61 8 8298 4553

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