Published: Dec. 11, 2019

The graduate students of the CU Boulder Department of Spanish and Portuguese invite you to participate in the 11th annual graduate student conference Voices of Marginality: Literary and Linguistic Reflections on Cultural Hierarchies in Spain and Latin America.

The conference will take place March 6–7, 2020. This multidisciplinary event will explore the ways in which cultural and linguistic production challenges systemic manifestations of racism, sexism and classism. They welcome scholars to submit original research in their respective fields of study, including but not limited to: Iberian and Latin American literatures, linguistics, sociology, philosophy and political science. The deadline for submission is Dec. 15. 

Submission guidelines

  • Send applications to
  • Submissions must include name, contact information and institution.
  • Abstracts and proposals may not exceed 250 words in length.
  • Presentations are limited to 20 minutes and may be give in English, Spanish or Portuguese. Presentations with visual aids are welcome.

Keynote speaker Andrew Lynch

Lynch is a sociolinguist whose scholarship focuses on language in postmodernity, with emphasis on the situation of Spanish in the United States, the variation of Spanish in contact with other languages throughout the world, and heritage language studies. He also researches cultural and literary production among the U.S. Latino population.

He is editor of the Routledge Handbook of Spanish in the Global City (2019) and co-author of El español en contacto con otras lenguas (Georgetown University Press, 2009). His studies appear in volumes published by Georgetown University Press, the University of North Carolina Press, John Benjamins Publishing, Routledge, Springer and Instituto Cervantes, among others; and in journals such as Hispania, Studies in Hispanic & Lusophone Linguistics, Language Sciences, and Language and Linguistics Compass. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Heritage Language Journal.