Hybrid Communities, Societies, Subjectivities, and Spaces is a volume that contains the proceedings of the 2016 Congress of the Canadian Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS), held at the University of Calgary on June 1-3, 2016. The volume has been produced by CALACS and the Latin American Research Centre (LARC) of the University of Calgary, and edited by Luis Torres. The book can be downloaded free of charge from the link provided below.
The proceedings of the symposium include 12 papers that were originally presented at the conference and then reviewed for this publication. The general title of the meeting, as stated in the call for papers, was “Hybrid Communities, Societies, Spaces, and Subjectivities,” with a focus on several topics of concern: “the emergence of new hybrid spaces” and diverging “economical and political organizations;” new identities and the arrival of new voices and subjectivities in the multiple cultures that encompass Latin America. The papers in this collection, although not explicitly, deal with some aspect of hybridity either in the cultural or in the economic sphere. Hybridity is a concept-metaphor with a second life, infused lately with a new illumination by the popularity of cultural and postcolonial studies. The racist past of the notion has been left behind by the critical appropriation and applications of critics such as Ernesto García Canclini and Homi K. Bhabha. Hybridity, in these contributions, seems to be a phenomena acting against cultural homogeneity and, at a critical level, is a useful concept that can help explain intercultural contact and borrowing.
Volume editor: Luis Torres
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