Saturday, February 13, 2016


The Organizing Committee - Fely Catan, Lina Jardines del Cueto, Lorella Di Gregorio, Pamela Fuentes Korban and Salim Ayoub - would like to thank: our Department Chair, Dr. Manzor, our Graduate Student Advisor, Dr. Devine-Guzman, and our MLL Special events coordinator, Monica Metcalf. We also want to acknowledge the professors who served as commentators for our panels (Dr. Perez Sanchez and Dr. Van Arsdall), Dr. Perisic for her opening remarks, our wonderful keynote speakers, our presenters from far and near, and everybody who came to visit us.Yesterday we had an enriching experience and a wonderful time!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our International Presenters' Short Bios (panel #3)

Suchismita Dutta is a first year PhD student and a Graduate Assistant at the University of Miami. She did her Masters in English from the University of Delhi, India. She is interested in exploring contemporary Afro-American women’s literature and the shifting cultures of the Caribbean diaspora. She also has a strong background in Indian theatre and music.

Anne-Catherine Berry is a PhD student in Caribbean art at the Université des Antilles. Her research focuses on the fragmentation of the body in the visual arts in the French West Indies. She has published several articles in various journals among which some center on street art.

Leonardo Figueiredo Costa is doing a Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Miami. He participates in the Multidisciplinary Center for Studies in Culture and the Observatory of Creative Economy .His degree is in Culture and Development by the Multidisciplinary Program of Studies in Culture and Society, and has spent a period at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.

Our International Presenters' Short Bios (panel #2)

Gabby Benavente is a Literature Master's student at Florida International University, where he is currently doing research on the intersections between literature and environmental justice. He focuses on science fiction, and its role in shaping collective solidarity.

Nathalie Le Bouler is a PhD candidate under joint supervision between the Pós-Cultura - Programa Multidisciplinar de Pós-Graduação em Cultura e Sociedade at the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil and the CRILUS-Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur le monde Lusophone at the University Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense in France. Her research areas of interest are: indigenous issues related to education; collective memory; identity and autonomy.

Mario Alejandro Ariza is a Michener Fellow in poetry at the University of Miami’s Master in Fine Arts program. He holds a master’s degree in Hispanic Cultural Studies from Columbia University. He is the winner of the 2015 Small Axe magazine poetry contest. His research interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics and political power, and in autochthonously Caribbean modes of power and resistance.

Our International Presenters' Short Bios (panel #1)

Jan Becker is an MFA candidate at Florida International University, where she taught courses in composition, technical writing, creative writing and poetry. In 2015, she won the AWP Intro Journals Project Award for creative nonfiction. She is the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence at Girls’ Club in Fort Lauderdale.

Claudia Richards-Liburd has a MA in Communication Studies from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. She has worked as a journalist at The Leeward Times Newspaper and up until 2009 when she started her own publication. Her most recent project is her first book, which is a rhythmic picture book for children aged 4-8.

Emmanuel Mbégane Ndour is currently completing his training in teaching in higher education at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Since 2014, he has a PhD in French Language and Literature from the Université Paris-Est. His current research focuses on postcolonial issues related to exile and identity.

Juan Manuel Tabío comes from the Universidad de La Habana, Cuba, where he is an assistant professor at the Department of Classical Philology and Tradition. His research focuses on the myth and the thinking of José Lezama Lima. He is also interested in rhetoric, contemporary literature, translation and classic myth.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Can't make it? Watch us in streaming!

Watch us in streaming by clicking here: enjoy!

Friday, February 12, 2016

8:30AM Registration & Breakfast

9:00AM Opening Remarks: Alexandra Perisic, Assistant Professor of French, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, University of Miami

9:15AM Keynote Writer: Michèle-Jessica Fièvre, Haitian Writer 

10:30AM Panel 1: Recycling In and Of Literature

In this panel the presentations will analyze literary works and how we can envision them as forms of recycling. Re-writing, re-appropriation, re-action: literature is a perpetual re-using of ideas and texts.

12:00PM Lunch

1:15PM Panel 2: Re-appropriating Cultural Spaces and Recycling Identities

The participants of this panel will explore the social engagement of intellectuals in local communities and the practices of resistance.

3:00PM Panel 3: The Poetics and Politics of Recycling and Sustainability in the Visual and Performing Arts

The panelists will examine the role of recycling in artistic productions. Painting, theater, sculpture and other forms of art in different parts of the globe will be examined here.

5:00PM Keynote Artist: Federico Uribe, Colombian Artist

6:00PM Reception

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

10 days away: RSVP!

Everyone interested in attending the conference can RSVP here
We are really excited to share with you this unrepeatable event!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Planning your trip to UM?

I.                   Lodging:

Located 3 miles away from campus, it is about a 10 minutes Uber ride to campus.
Address: 2051 Le Jeune Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Phone:(305) 443-2301

Located across from campus. Walking distance.
Address: 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone:(305) 667-5611

Rooms and apartments privately rented by individuals (you may have a room in a house or an individual’s apartment). Prices tend to be much cheaper than hotels.

II.                Transportation:


III.             Dining Options On-campus:

Located at the Hurricane Food Court:
  • Innovation Kitchen
  • Sushi Maki
  • Panda Express
  • Pollo Tropical
  • Tossed
  • Built
  • Subway
  • Outtakes
  • The Corner Deli
 Shalala Student Center:
  • Starbucks
  • Fresh Fusion
  • Rathskeller
  • Jamba Juice
 Other Retail Locations
  • Sebastian’s – Alumni Center
  • Half Moon- Jenkins / Carts
  • Lime – University Center
  • Starbucks- Library
  • Einstein’s –Law
  • Courside Eatery – Wellness Center

IV.              Some Off-Campus Options

Top Five Best Restaurants Near The University of Miami According to Miami New Times

Town Kitchen & Bar
7301 SW 57th Court South Miami, FL 33143

Threefold Café
141 Giralda Ave.  Coral Gables, FL 33134

Small Tea
205 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering
7382 SW 56th Ave.
South Miami, FL 33143

Eating House
804 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33134

V.                 Helpful Apps:

  • Kayak
  • Uber
  • Lyft
  • OpenTable
  • UrbanSpoon
  • Yelp

 VI.                   Download the UM campus map here!