Conferencia anual Enkidu: cuentos, memorias y construcción de la identidad


The Enkidu Summer Conference 2009: Storytelling, Memories and Identity Constructions
México City, 1 – 5 July, 2009

Deadline for paper proposal submissions: 20. April, 2009
(Deadline has been extended for all sessions and sub-conferences)
Conference Languages: English, Castilian, German, French and Nahuatl
Languages for presentation: English, Castilian

Conference Homepage:

The primary focus for the 6th edition of this inclusive and interdisciplinary annual conference organized by Enkidu Magazine and the International Society for Cultural History and Cultural Studies (CHiCS) in Mexico City with the support of the National Human Rights Comission of Mexico, is to interrogate storytelling, memories and identity constructions from a wide range of perspectives, and in their manifold cultural and social manifestations.

Among the themes of interest are the following:

– Narrative and Linguistics
– Linguistic borders and translation
– Narrative and Myth
– Storytelling in rituals, customs, and fetishism.
– Storytelling and Visual/Performing Arts and Music
– Oral Tradition and Contemporary Chronicle
– Postmodernity and its narratives
– Voice and reflexivity in oral and written texts
– Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives
– Globalization and indigenous cultures
– Story, Dialogue and Discourse
– Memory and truth-telling
– Testimonial Narratives
– Memory and Written Record
– Text, Context and Intertext in Storytelling and Performance
– Children’s Stories- Language, Authority and Silence

Interdisciplinary perspectives are especially welcome since all these topics in themselves stretch across several disciplines: history, literary studies, linguistics, psychology, political sciences, educational sciences, ethnology, queer studies, anthropology, sociology…

We welcome submissions from all branches of the social sciences, humanities, as well as the arts.

Interpretations of the conference themes ranging from the predictable to the surprising are encouraged.

Graduate students are encouraged to participate.

The conference has developed into a unique international academic forum for interpretative approaches in the humanities and social sciences. The conference has traditionally also been a forum for discussing creative historical and political memory, remembering and forgetting of the past, as well as translations between cultures and re-negotiations and re-constructions of cultural identities in one one way or another.

The conference is organised into a large number of thematic sessions and sub-conferences addressing several different issues. The conference has an exceptional multilingual and multi-cultural approach, typically bringing together participants from all over the world to share and exchange their research, experiences and ideas in a truly multicultural, multilingual and interdisciplinary academic environment.

The special sessions and subconferences in 2009 will cover a highly diverse series of themes extending from “Conquest and Political Memory in late colonial Nahuatl texts from Central Mexico”, “Migrations and Diasporas: Displacement Heritage, Global Spaces and Cultural Memories”, “Imaginary Homelands”, “‘Memory’ and ‘Nostalgia’ in cultural texts” to “Cyber-identities in movement” and “Slave Narratives from the Archives of the Spanish Inquisition”.

The conference sessions are conducted in Castillian and English. Occasionally, the conference also has sessions conducted in German and French. Some sessions will be bilingual and conducted in both languages with interpreters. Other sessions will be conducted in one of the two conference languages, and the session moderator will give summaries of the paper in the other language. Many sessions are being conducted with interpreters for sign language (on request).

Papers are welcomed on virtually all related topics and themes, independently of time period and space. Also papers of comparative phenomena will be considered. Interdisciplinary perspectives are encouraged. The conference aims at bringing together academics working in all relevant disciplines as well as activists, artists and other professionals, and promoting innovative multidisciplinary and multicultural exchange and dialogue.

500 word abstracts and a short biography (ca 100-150 words) should be submitted to the organising committee
( in English, Castilian, German or French.

The conference languages for presentation will be English and Castilian.

* Paper and panel proposals

500 word abstracts should be submitted to the organising committee in English, Castilian, German or French.

Final papers should be of approximately 20 – 30 minutes duration (circa 8 – 10 pages). Other forms of presentation, for instance workshops, panel debates and poster sessions will be considered on request.

* Proposals for panel sessions

Typically, a panel of academic papers should include 3 (maximum 4) speakers and 1 moderator (session chair). Each session will last for 2 hours allowing for 30 minutes for each speaker and a further 30 minutes for questions and discussion. Proposers should submit:

(1) Session title and a session intro (ca 100 words),
(2) Paper titles,
(3) Abstracts for each paper (500 words),
(4) Short biography for each participant and the panel chair (ca 100-150 words),
(5) Institutional affiliation and address for each participant,
(6) Audio-visual and other technical requirements.

If you would like to propose a panel session, and want assistance in finding speakers and/or a session chair, we can publish a call for papers for your panel session on the conference web site and distribute it in our newsletter. If you have an idea for a thematic panel session and would like us to publish a call for papers on the conference website, please send us a proposal by e-mail to

* Proposals for individual papers

Abstracts are to be submitted along with the presenter’s name, short bio, address, telephone, email, and institutional affiliation.

However, abstracts will also be accepted as e-mail attachments to All correspondence for this conference will be conducted via email. You will be notified by 23. March, 2009 whether your proposal has been accepted or rejected.

* Disabled Participants

We are pleased to announce that printed conference materials that will be distributed during the conference, also will be available in large print or Braille on request. If you require sign language interpretation during your session, or you would like to distribute handouts or other materials in Braille during your presentation, please indicate this in the registration form. Registration Form for Participants with disabilities

Participants with disabilities are recommended to fill in this form if they require any special support or assistance during the event or during social and cultural activities before or during the conference:

We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted within few days. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to resend your abstract and resubmit your registration form, and if possible, suggest an alternative e-mail address. In particular delegates using hotmail or yahoo accounts to receive conference related e-mails often experience problems receiving conference information by e-mail.

E-mails from the conference organisers are often delivered to your spam folder and not to your inbox, unless you remember to add the following e-mail addresses: and to your safe-list. The first address is the general e-mail address of Enkidu Magazine and will be used to send conference newsletters and general information. The second, is the e-mail address of the academic coordinator of the conference and will be used for individual communication with delegates.


Artists are welcome to suggest exhibitions and displays of art during the conference.

Organisations, universities and publishers are welcome to sign up for information stands at the conference center.

The following information is required by artists, publishers and other exhibitors during the conference:

1) Technical Description of the information stand or artwork with indications of technical requirements for their presentation, the size and extension of the individual artworks to be presented.

2) Estimated Insurance value of the artworks

3) One image of a representative sample of artistic work from the exhibitions can be sent by e-mail to the conference organizers in the format tiff or jpg.

4) Curriculum Vitae of artist (or organisation).

5) Description of Exhibition (300 – 500 words).

6) Short bio of artist (or organisation).


The academic sessions with formal paper presentations will take place between 1. July and 5. July, 2008. In the 2 weeks before the conference, we will organise a number of cultural and social activities for conference delegates and we hope that many international delegates will consider arriving in Mexico City some days before the conference and participate in these activities.

In addition conference delegates with name badges will be given discounts and sometimes free access to various theatre plays, concerts, film screenings and other events before and during the conference. The final program for the cultural and social pre-conference activities will be published on the conference web site and will be announced also in the conference newsletter, which will be distributed by e-mail in the months before the conference.

* REGISTRATION FEE for “Border cultures, Multi-Culturalism, Diasporas and Cosmopolitanism”:

– Waged delegates (speakers): 175 USD
– Students and unwaged delegates (speakers): 100 USD

Enkidu and the participating organisations will not be able to provide travel support for conference delegates. It is therefore strongly recommended to apply for a scholarship or a grant from other sources. Delegates from non-OECD countries and students and unwaged delegates from any country who do not receive financial support to attend the conference, can apply for a reduced registration fee.

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