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Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
Ms Clare Szembek (Mon-Wed)
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Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
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12 January 2012

Science, Politics, Art: Re-visioning César Vallejo in the 21st Century

16-17 March 2012

The Centre of César Vallejo Studies at University College London is pleased to announce it will be hosting an international conference on the work of the great Peruvian poet, César Vallejo, on 16-17 March 2012, commemorating the 120th anniversary of his birth on 16 March 1892.

César Vallejo


Friday 16 March 2012 (Haldane Room, UCL)

11.00am Conference registration in the Haldane Room

11.45am Words of welcome from the Peruvian Embassy

12 noon Inaugural Plenary: Michelle Clayton (UCLA), “Animal Affections”

12.45pm Lunch break

2.00pm Plenary lecture: Ricardo Silva-Santisteban (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú), “José María Eguren y César Vallejo: simpatías y diferencias”

2.45pm Coffee break

3.00 pm Dominic Moran (Oxford University), “The Author’s Favourite – But Is it Any Good? A (Tentative) Look at ‘El palco estrecho’”

3.30pm Paloma Yannakakis (Cornell University), “Vallejo’s Poetics of Vitality”

4.00pm Carlos Fernández (UCL) and Valentino Gianuzzi (UCL), “‘A lo mejor soy Otro’: A Portrait of César Vallejo”

4.30pm Presentation of Exhibition “120 Years of César Vallejo”    

4.45pm Coffee Break

5.00pm Screening of Vallejo Forever (dir. Santi Zegarra)

6.00pm Break

7.30pm Poetry recital (various hands)     

Saturday 17 March 2012 (Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL)

10.00am Plenary lecture: William Rowe, FBA (Birkbeck College), “The Political in Trilce”

10.45am Coffee break

11.15am Adam Feinstein (Neruda’s official biographer), “Friends or Foes? The Troubled Personal and Literary relationship Between Pablo Neruda and César Vallejo”

11.45am Adam Sharman (Nottingham University), “El jamás de tantosiempre: Vallejo’s side-curved language”                         

12.15am Stephen Hart (UCL), “César Vallejo as Cryptographer”

12.45pm Lunch break

2.00pm Plenary lecture: Eduardo González-Viaña (Western Oregon University), “Vallejo en los infiernos: biografía de una novela biográfica”

2.45pm Coffee break

3.15pm Carlos Henderson (Director, Association des Amis de César Vallejo, Paris),

“Vallejo en París”

3.45pm Screening of Paco Yunque (dir. Manuel Arenas)

4.45pm Break

5.00pm Concluding plenary: Professor Miguel Angel Zapata (Hofstra University), “Hay Mucho de exacto en el espacio: la poesía de César Vallejo”

6.00pm Manuel Arenas, “Dramatización de “Masa” de César Vallejo”

7.00pm Closing reception

We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Society of Latin American Studies.

In order to register for this conference, please email; or write to Stephen M. Hart, Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, Room 305 Foster Court, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, or phone 020 7679 3036.