Thursday, 19 April 2012

Review of the I Jornadas de Iniciación a la Investigación en Literaturas Hispánicas

Yesterday and today took place the I Jornadas de Iniciación a la Investigación en Literaturas Hispánicas, at the Biblioteca Histórica Marqués de Valdecilla and the Facultad de Filología (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). One member of the I3MS participated in the last session of the first day and wants to share her impressions with us:

Efficiency. There is no better adjective to describe this congress. Efficiency on the side of the organisation, and efficiency on the side of the speakers. On the side of the organisation because this congress has been organised exclusively by graduate students of the Universidad Complutense, with some support from the Facultad de Filología and the Biblioteca Histórica Marqués de Valdecilla, and in a record time. On the side of the speakers because papers have stuck to the available time and shown that young Hispanists are well prepared.

As this is just a short review, I will not analyse the papers individually, but in general. With regard to the research lines represented, there were three: "La edición ayer y hoy" (Text-editing yesterday and today), "Tradición y transgresión en la literatura hispánica" (Tradition and transgression in Hispanic literature) and "Estudios interdisciplinares" (Interdisciplinary studies). Papers on the two first research lines were mainly devoted to ecdotics and intertextuality. The results were very satisfactory and showed that there is still a lot of work waiting to be done in both fields and graduate students with the skills to do it. Moreover, it demonstrated that some traditional views can be updated and applied to modern research, as well as that certain well-studied research fields need a review from a modern point of view and with modern tools. Unfortunately, I could only listen to one paper on interdisciplinary research, but it showed that philological methods can be applied to other fields, in this case, the study of opera.

In general, my impression was very positive. Moderators did very good jobs and I only missed more active Q&A turns. I think this kind of initiatives show the healthy state of research in Hispanic literature, above all research performed by young people, and should inspire us at the I3MS to keep going.
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