Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Don Quijote and the Mediterranean World

October 18-19, 2015
Mar Mediterraneo

The University of Texas at Austin

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Part Two of Don Quijote, The University of Texas at Austin announces a multi-day conference that crosses traditional fields of inquiry to examine the Quijote in the context of the Mediterranean world, from the author’s time to the present. Scholarly presentations analyze migration and cultural contact in the Mediterranean world; race, ethnicity and religious identity; the Mediterranean and Transatlantic slave trade; Spain and the Mediterranean as geographic and cultural borderlands; commercial and intellectual networks and exchanges; the Quijote and African, Arabic, and/or Sephardic Readers; and other cross-disciplinary investigations. This conference contextualizes Cervantes’s work within widening geopolitical and chronological parameters, to reconsider our knowledge of European modernity from the perspective of Cervantes’s masterpiece.

Keynote Speakers:

María Antonio Garcés.
Cornell University
Author of Cervantes in Algiers.
Ramón Mayrata.
Spanish poet, novelist, journalist
author of El imperio desierto.