May 16, 2003

Second Pan-American Conference of Alternative Editorial and Literatures

Through the collaboration of the Instituto Municipal de Arte y Cultura de Tijuana (IMAC), San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos, and Escuela de Escritores SOGEM Guadalajara will be hosting the Second Pan-American Conference of Alternative Editorial and Literatures (II Encuentro Panamericano de Editoriales y Literaturas Alternativas) that will take place from May 30 to June 1 as part of the events of the XXI Book Fair in Tijuana (XXI Feria del Libro de Tijuana).

The opening of the conference will take place at San Diego State University (May 30, 2003) and in Tijuana (May 31st and June 1st, 2003). The Book Fair in Tijuana (May 31 to June 8, 2003) is considered “the most important cultural experience of the most crossed border in the world.”

You are invited to attend presentations of scholars, writers, and independent/alternative publishers interested in studying and/or promoting both independent/alternative publishing companies as well as alternative literatures that have been marginalized by the dominant discourses and the industrial production of books. The conference’s presentation will include the following themes:

I. Literary, critical theory and cultural presentations

II. Presentations on authors of recent and/or future publications

III. Readings of creative work

IV. Exhibition and promotion of publications, catalogs or publishing projects

The purpose of this conference is to diversify, expand, promote, and to deepen the dialogue regarding the production, distribution, promotion, sales and critical relevance of the literary experience in Latin America and the United States.

The topics of the presentations are: subjacent inscriptions, censorship and self-censorship, canonization and marginalization, and the commitment with the current book tradition and possible democratization that include the function of alternative publishing companies, the participation and relevance of such companies in the construction and transformation of identities, social and cultural expressions, the questioning of ethnic and national origin, gender, standardization, homogenizations, border issues, cultural hybridization, and the globalization phenomena.

In addition to the conference there will be presentation of “Doña Criba,” by Grupo Teatral Dionisio, a dynamic theater group founded by the students of Cal State San Marcos. “Doña Criba,” is a play in Spanish that represents a Mexican town in the outskirts of Mexico City during the early 1980s. The play will be performed on May 30 at 7:30PM at the Montezuma Hall in San Diego State University. (tickets: doantion).

The production and presentation of this play has multiple benefits for the community -culturally, artistically, academically, and socially. The play opens a window into Mexican culture and portrays a small town in central Mexico during the early 80s. The play embodies the resistance of the town’s inhabitants to the rapid invasion of progress and outsiders. This play reflects on Mexican social problems such as corruption, immigration, and abuse of power.

As a group we are genuinely excited to share this tragicomically fictional story of Doña Criba, a telephone operator who serves as the center “nerve” of a small town in Mexico. The protagonist is a metaphor of creative writing and of the construction of individual and national identities. As students of a university that strives to celebrate diversity, we are proud to present this play, which celebrates the Mexican culture through a thoughtful story line and a variety of characters. Grupo Teatral Dionisio hopes that this story will prove to be educational and entertaining for the community and guests.

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