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Cátedra Coetzee

International conference
“The Works of John Maxwell Coetzee in Latin America”

Buenos Aires, September 12 & 13, 2017

Over recent years, in Latin America there has been increasing and pronounced interest in the literature and the thought of John Maxwell Coetzee. The organization of several international conferences, the publication of literary biographies and the proliferation of academic articles show the importance and the impact of this author’s work beyond the contexts that could have been predicted, based on the specific locations that gave rise to his texts.
Coetzee has been forging connections with intellectuals and scholars; writers and artists; playwrights, screenwriters and filmmakers; translators and publishers in Latin America. In addition to literature, other fields have found in Coetzee’s work a lens with which to focus on certain concerns of relevance to Latin America: in Mexico, a colloquium was held on Coetzee’s work from the perspective of contemporary philosophy; in Argentina, a three-day encounter explored the relationship between literature and film in the southern hemisphere; also in Argentina, there was a colloquium—in which Coetzee participated—on topics such as political memory and the role and impact of literature on issues such as human rights in Argentina and South Africa.
The idea of this international conference is to take advantage of the dialogues and comparative studies that have emerged in prior less formal encounters and become a place for scholars concerned on diverse Latin American issues to analyse the ways in which Coetzee’s work impacts and influences their fields.

Further information:


Cátedra John M. Coetzee: Literatures of the South
Since 2015, J. M. Coetzee (Nobel Prize 2003) organizes a bi-anual seminar—focused in the literature of the South—, which brings together writers, critics, editors, teachers, and posgraduate students. The goal is to compare the literatures of the South to those of the center—in the Northern hemisphere— and analyze possible resonances between southern voices.