We are pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speakers will be Ericka Beckman and Antonio García de León.
Ericka Beckman is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses primarily on narratives of capitalist modernity and modernization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America. Her first book, Capital Fictions: The Literature of Latin America’s Export Age (Minnesota, 2013), studied how literature represented the incorporation of the region’s economies into world markets at the end of the nineteenth century. She has also published a number of scholarly articles. Her current book project, tentatively titled Vanishing Horizons: Reading Rural Modernity in Latin America, looks at how literary fiction imagined the making and unmaking of rural worlds in the long twentieth century, particularly as the result of three historical transformations: the commercialization and mechanization of agriculture, urban out-migration, and land reform.
Antonio García de León is a linguist, musicologist, and historian with a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne. He has published numerous of articles and essays and received recognition in both Mexico and France. He is the author of several books, including El mar de los deseos. El Caribe hispano musical, historia y contrapunto (2002), Contra viento y marea. Los piratas en el Golfo de México (2004), and Tierra adentro, mar en fuera. El puerto de Veracruz y su litoral a Sotavento, 1519-1821 (2011). In 2015, he was awarded the Mexican National Prize in Sciences and Arts in the field of History, Social Sciences, and Philosophy. He has taught in Mexico’s National School of Anthropology and History and the National Autonomous University of Mexico.