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The Catholic University of America
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Second Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference

Religion, Myth, and Reason in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures

April 23, 2016

The idea of modernity as an emancipatory force leading the individual to dispel the influence of the unknown through the sole power of reason, progress, and technique has often situated the interest in religious and mythical thinking in the realms of mere superstition and primitiveness. A fundamental critique of modernity has, in turn, dismissed the absolute validity of the ideals championed by the Enlightenment as being themselves generators of myths and horror. As Horkheimer and Adorno famously put it, “myth is already enlightenment, and enlightenment reverts to mythology.” A more nuanced and dynamic understanding of how modernity and reason, on the one hand, and religion and myth, on the other, intersect with each other can shed new light on the way culture shapes our perception of reality. As John C. Lyden says when referring to the influence of popular culture and media in our daily life today, sometimes “we fail to acknowledge the extent to which modern people base their worldviews and ethics upon sources we do not usually label ‘religious,’” an observation that applies not only to popular culture, but to other domains of human imagination and knowledge.

The Hispanic world presents a particular case in the interaction between religion and myth, given the continuing presence of competing forces emanating from the realms of both the secular and the sacred. This conference aims at exploring how textual and visual culture in the Spanish-speaking world has understood the relationship between reason and faith, progress and myth, in a variety of historical periods, from Medieval and Pre-Colonial times to the Present.



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Presentations will be made by graduate students, in either English or Spanish, lasting approximately 20 minutes (7-8 pages double-spaced). The proposals, which are to consist of an abstract of 200-250 words in PDF or Word format not including the name of the presenter, must be sent by February 29, 2016 to
Said proposals should be accompanied by the following information in the body of the message: name of the presenter, title of the paper containing three to five key words, institutional affiliation, telephone number, address, and a brief professional biography.

  • Honors Program

    Call for Papers

    Religion. Myth, and Reason in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. Deadline: February 29, 2016.

  • Registration

    Registration and cost of admitance to the Second Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference.

  • Undergraduate Programs

    Keynote Address

    In Search of the Sacred Book: Religion and the Novel in One Hundred Years of Solitude, Aníbal González-Pérez.

  • Program

    Schedule of the Second Hispanic Studies Graduate Conference.

  • Gallery

    Images of the event.

  • Lodging

    List of hotels recommended for your stay.