XXII Annual Graduate Student Conference

The PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso Brazilian Literatures and Languages at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

Over the Wall/Saltar el muro:

Compromiso público y academia/Public Engagement & Academia

In current debates, the idea of a wall becomes a point of discussion from which to explore the relationship between public engagement and academia. Are the walls that separate intellectual, linguistic, artistic, social, and political practices insurmountable? What other metaphors of the wall speak to us? How do we imagine these metaphors and what forms do they take? Who constructs them and who challenges them? When are they useful and when are they not? How do we cross them? This conference proposes to jump over, perforate, cross, and tear down walls. It invites us to transgress academic hermeticism in order to overcome isolation and promote reflection on intellectual work, its social dimension and its relationship with the public. Through original investigations, we hope to discuss limits and their forms, whether they be self-imposed or constructed, and strategies to overcome these limits.

  • April 27-28, 2017


Ariana M. Figueroa

Rutgers University
“Ariana draws from the fields of language socialization and linguistic anthropology to examine language use and learning in multilingual Latino communities living in the United States”

Vicente Rubio Pueyo

Fordham University
“Vicente, aparte de la docencia e investigación académicas, forma parte de proyectos como la Global Platform on Protest and Participation y colabora con entidades como el Left Forum.”

Arantxa Araujo

“Arantxa is interested in how art changes the brain by allowing curated sensorimotor stimuli to create awareness about physical, affective and cognitive components that move us to action.”

Diana Bejarano

“Diana es una fotógrafa y artista visual colombiana viviendo en Queens, New York. Su trabajo fotográfico y audiovisual se enfoca en problemas y causas sociales.”

Lauren Espejo

“Lauren Espejo is a Filipino-American art director, graphic designer, and writer based in New York City. Her fine art has been featured in 9 different exhibitions.”
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