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Transparencies: Mexican Cultural Production through the Twenty-First Century

Transparencies: Mexican Cultural Production through the Twenty-First Century
170 St. George Street
Time: Sep 29th, 9:30 am End: Sep 30th, 3:30 pm
Interest Categories: United States Studies, Spanish & Portuguese (FAS), Latin American, Humanities, Comparative Literature (FAS), 2000-

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts & The Latin American Studies Program at the University of Toronto present a two-day conference titled:

Transparencies: Mexican Cultural Production through the Twenty-First Century

September 29, 2017 9:30am - 8:30pm
September 30, 2017 9:30am - 3:30pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Rooms JHB 418 and JHB 100
170 St. George St., Toronto, ON

For more info and to RSVP, please visit: www.las.utoronto.ca

Transparency defines the quality of visible objects through which light appears to penetrate easily, thus fully revealing their physical features. A transparency is at once itself a projected image-object, claiming to conceal nothing from the viewer, and offering itself as evidence of the fact that it has nothing to hide.

Transposed to the political-social field, the notion of transparency has achieved currency as a defining discourse of public life in Mexico and elsewhere, continuously posited in opposition to potential or real accusations of violent obfuscation. This conference takes as its initial provocation the question of how the present cultural moment, inflected through insistence on a politics of transparency and fully accessible information, might shape and reframe approaches to specific moments within a broader historical trajectory of Mexican literature and culture.

We are very happy to announce that award-winning novelist and journalist Francisco Goldman will give the Keynote Lecture:

The Fight Against Impunity, An Ongoing Series: The Narco State, the Witness, the Victims, the Investigators

September 29, 6:30 PM in JHB 100

Francisco Goldman is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, where he has published an eight part series on the missing students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico. He is the author of the novels: The Long Night of White Chickens, The Ordinary Seaman, The Divine Husband: A Novel, The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?, and Say Her Name. His most recent book is The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle.

Francisco Goldman's visit and the conference are possible thanks to the generous support of:
The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Institute for Creative Exchange of the Americas
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Centre for Comparative Literature
Centre for the Study of the United States, at the Munk School of Global Affairs


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