Cristina Rivera Garza is the award-winning author of six novels, three collections of short stories, five collections of poetry and three non-fiction books. Originally written in Spanish, these works have been translated into multiple languages including English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Korean. The recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (Paris, 2013); as well as the Anna Seghers (Berlin, 2005), she is the only author who has won the International Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize twice, in 2001 for her novel Nadie me verá llorar (translated into English by Andrew Hurley as No One Will See Me Cry) and again in 2009 for her novel La muerte me da. She has translated, from English into Spanish, Notes on Conceptualisms by Vanessa Place and Robert Fitterman; and, from Spanish into English, “Nine Mexican Poets edited by Cristina Rivera Garza”, in New American Writing 31. She is currently the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of California, San Diego.


Pedro Erber is an Assitant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies at Cornell University who specializes in Brazilian literature, intellectual history, and visual culture. He is the author of Breaching the Frame: The Rise of Contemporary Art in Brazil and Japan (2014), Politica e Verdade no Pensamento de Martin Heidegger (2003), and articles on political thought, Brazilian and Japanese art, literature, and aesthetics. His further research interests include articulations of art, politics, and economics; peripheral modernisms; the philosophy of the Kyoto School; Lusophone literature and culture. He teaches courses on Brazilian critical theories, Brazilian and Lusophone literatures, Brazilian visual arts and cinema, aesthetic theory, and core courses on Brazilian studies.


Neil Larsen works and writes extensively in the areas of Critical Theory, Latin American literature and culture (including Brazil) and postcolonial studies. He has published his work in Spanish, Portuguese and German as well as English. Larsen is the author of Modernism and Hegemony (1990), Reading North by South (1995), and Determinations: Essays on Theory, Narrative and Nation in the Americas (2001). His current book projects are Towards a Critical Theory of ”Theory”, and its sequel, Principles of Immanent Critique, both intended to serve the pedagogical aim of providing students with an advanced, methodical introduction to the workings of Marxian critique in the literary and cultural sphere. He is a member of the editorial collectives for the online journal Mediations and the German-language journal of Critical Theory, Krisis. His most recent work includes an essay on Lukács, “Lukács sans Proletariat, or Can History and Class Consciousness be Re-historicized?,” forthcoming in in Timothy Bewes & Timothy Hall, eds., The Fundamental Dissonance of Existence: New Essays on the Social, Political and Aesthetic Theory of Georg Lukács (London: Continuum Press); and “Race, Periphery, Reification: Speculations on – Hybridity – in Light of Gilberto Freyre’s Casa-grande & senzala”, forthcoming in the journal Cultural Critique.

*These profiles have been taken from the keynotes’ personal sites.


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