University of Missouri

  • Translation and Change

    The organizing committee of MACHL 2013 invites papers on all topics related to Hispanic literature and culture, though we especially encourage submissions related to the dual theme of “Translation and Change.”

    We understand translation as a complex phenomenon that goes beyond rendering literary works into a second language. More broadly, we understand translation as movement and, thus, as change in both reception and meaning. Our interest in papers dealing with the subject of change, also in the broadest sense, expresses our aim to explore how texts and cultures function at once as vehicles and representations of movement of all kinds.

    We therefore seek papers that interrogate the broad concepts of translation and change as varieties of movement, sometimes movement to and fro, both within and among peoples and cultures—movement between one language and another (for example, Spanish and English, local language and national language), between one culture and another (immigration, emigration, exile), between rival understandings of culture (Catholic and Protestant, monarchy and democracy, fascist and socialist, secular and religious).

    We also seek papers that examine movement within artifacts of a culture—movement between one medium and another (for example, historical and poetic discourse, novel and film, visual and musical and literary arts), movement between genres and modes (lyric and narrative and drama, the verisimilar and the fantastic, the serious and the comic), or movement between one work and another (text and intertext, imitation and original).

    Lastly, we seek papers that analyze movement both within and among subjects of a linguistic or cultural heritage—movement and dialogue between male and female, the masculine and the feminine, native and foreign, natural and unnatural, majority and minority.

  • Call For Papers

    Please share with your department and your colleagues.

    The Conference Committee for the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, 2013 (machl2013), seeks proposals for both panels and individual papers on Hispanic literatures and cultures.

    We encourage proposals related to the conference theme: Translation and Change.

    Please submit your proposal of no more than 250 words by August 30, 2013, to the following email address:

    In your subject line, please indicate whether your proposal centers on Spanish Studies, Spanish American Studies, or Transatlantic Studies.

    Please send your questions about the conference to Professor Charles Presberg,


    MACHL 2013 Conference Committee
    Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
    143 Arts and Science
    University of Missouri
    Columbia, MO 65211

  • Keynote Speakers

    • Akiko Tsuchiya
    • Professor of Spanish and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • Washington University
    • David William Foster
    • Regents Professor of Spanish, Women and Gender Studies
    • Arizona State University
    • Daniel Balderston
    • Mellon Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures
    • University of Pittsburgh
  • Registration Fee

    Faculty and independent scholars


  • Friday Banquet Dinner

    • Banquet Dinner
    • Friday, November 22, 2013
    • Reynolds Alumni Center
    • University of Missouri Campus
    • * Free with paid registration
  • Hotel Information

    We have special rates at the two hotels listed below. To receive the special rate, please tell hotel personnel that you are with the MACHL conference, sponsored by the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, at the University of Missouri.

    The Tiger Hotel is a bit closer to campus and in the heart of Downtown Columbia. The Hampton Inn, still close to campus, is next to the University sports complexes.

    • The Tiger Hotel
    • 23 S. 8th Street
    • Columbia, Missouri 65201
    • USA TEL: 1-573-875-8888
    • Rate 1: $119.00 per night for single room with one king size bed.
    • Rate 2: $129.00 per night for single room with two queen size beds.
    • Website
    • Hampton Inn & Suites Columbia (at the University of Missouri)
    • 1225 Fellows Place,
    • Columbia, Missouri 65201
    • USA TEL: 1-573-214-2222
    • Rate: $109.00 for single room with either king size bed or two queen size beds.
    • Website