and Thomas M. Stephens, Co-Editors
This issue of
Arachne includes three of the four presentations delivered on
March 30, 2001, at the Rutgers Student Center, as part of our 11th
Annual Distinguished Lecturer Series, and 5th Annual
Undergraduate Workshop Series. This event was sponsored by the
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Rutgers University
Program in Latin American Studies (RULAS).
The theme of this
conference was "The City: Mapping Urban Spaces and Subjectivities."
Whether a fortress for preserving traditions or a blueprint for
claiming and taming new territory, the city's shape depends on
political agendas, national consolidation, and cultural behaviors.
This dynamic makes the city both a product as well as a producer of
cultural signs, practices, and subjective experiences. Our purpose
was to contribute with a forum for further exploration of these
issues in relation to the current urban crisis in the Iberian and
Latin American contexts: crisis of identity and representation, urban
violence, national consolidation and globalization, racism and
segregation, social inequity, environmental pollution, etc.
speakers, and the titles of their presentations, were:
Malcolm Compitello, University of
Arizona, "Recasting Urban Identities: The Case of Madrid
Flora Süssekind, Fundação
Casa de Rui Barbosa, Rio de Janeiro, "A poesia brasileira
contemporânea e a experiência urbana." (Translated by
Marise Barros as "Deterritorialization and Poetic Form - Brazilian
Contemporary Poetry and Urban Experience").
M. Lipski, Pennsylvania State University, "The Role of the City in
the Formation of Spanish American Dialect Zones."
Monsiváis, "La ciudad de México: pecadora de día,
virgen de noche." (Not included in this issue of Arachne.)
is our hope that this issue of Arachne would be a contribution
toward the understanding of the changes taking place in the city as
well as of the city as an agent of change.