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Dr. Carmen Sotomayor organizes international conference

Photo of Carmen Sotomayor The IX International Conference of the Hispanic Association for the Humanities (HAH)  took place in Caceres, Spain, June 19-22. As president of the HAH since 2016, Dr. Carmen Sotomayor organized the IX International Conference with a team of colleagues from the HAH Board of Directors (Dr. Adam Winkel from High Point University, and Dr. Kyra Kietrys from Davidson College) as well Dr. Victoria Pineda, Dr. María Luisa Montero Curiel, and Dr. Diana Villanueva Romero from the University of Extremadura (Spain).

The congress was titled “Contributions and Challenges of the Hispanic Cultural Tradition in a Global Society”. With over 180 participants from several countries, such as Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Holland, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Spain and the USA, the conference explored a variety of current issues in the Humanities. The program included presentations by philologists, linguists, specialists in cultural and cinematographic studies, as well as literary studies, and second language acquisition specialists. Besides the individual presentations and two plenary sessions, the conference offered two round tables focusing on the work of contemporary Spanish artists from Extremadura “West XXI: Arts and Literature in Contemporary Extremadura” and a round table moderated by Dr. Sotomayor, called “Extremanegra: the black novel in Extremadura” with the participation of three Extremadura novelists: Eugenio Fuentes, Susana Martín Gijón and Luis Roso.

The X International Conference will take place in June 2020 under the auspices of the University of Malaga, in Southern Spain.