From the pilgrimage of body and soul in Gonzalo de Berceo’s Milagros de Nuestra Señora and the nautical textual voyage in Columbus’ Diario de a Bordo, to representations of the migrant in modern Iberian and Latin American literatures, the trope of the “journey” has been essential in shaping literary discourse from the Middle Ages to the present. The word “journey” is understood here as a comprehensive term that can encompass all kinds of travel – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual – from one place to another, near or far, whether it be by land, sea, air, or the imagination and regardless of motives, means, and goals.
Given the importance of the concept and the metaphor of the journey in Iberian and Latin American Literatures, the Spanish graduate students of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago are organizing a conference entitled “En Route: Journeys of the Body and the Soul in Iberian and Latin American Literatures,” which will take place October 12-13, 2012 at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.
This event is free and open to the public.
Center for Latin American Studies
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Cultures
Department of English Language and Literature
Department of History
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Divinity School at the University of Chicago
Division of the Humanities
The Franke Institute for the Humanities
Humanities Division Graduate Student Council
University of Chicago Student Government
Western Mediterranean Culture Workshop
Medieval Studies Workshop
The conference will take place in the Franke Institute for the Humanities, located in the first floor of the Joseph Regenstein Library on the University of Chicago campus.The University of Chicago is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, approximately seven miles south of downtown Chicago. The following are some general tips for getting to and from campus:
Airport shuttles: If you are arriving in Chicago via O’Hare International Airport or Midway Airport, you may arrange to take the Omega Shuttle, which will bring you directly to the University of Chicago campus. The shuttle also stops at the International House as well as the Ramada Inn. The shuttle costs $35 from O’Hare Airport or $19 from Midway. Please note that reservations for the shuttle are required. To make a reservation, call (773) 734-6688 and press 0 for the operator.
Bus: Various buses reach the University of Chicago from Midway Airport, downtown, and other points around the Chicago area. Visit the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) website for routes, schedules, and fees. Please note that Chicago buses require exact change, so plan your ride accordingly.
Train: From downtown Chicago you can take the Metra/Electric South Chicago Line train towards University Park. Catch the train downtown at the Millenium Park Station, located underground at the southwest corner of Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue. If you are staying at the Ramada Inn in Hyde Park, exit the train at 47th Street. To walk to campus or if you are staying at the International House, exit the train at the Univ. of Chicago/59th Street Stop. Fares can be purchased in the station, or on the train for an additional fee.
Car: The University of Chicago campus is easily reached via the 57th Street Exit off of S. Lake Shore Drive. You may also access the university via I-90/94 at the 55th Street Exit. It is easiest to use Google Maps to map a specific route to the University of Chicago.
For more detailed information on how to get to campus, including campus maps and parking, please click here.
The conference will be held on the University of Chicago campus, located in the Hyde Park neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. The following is a list of hotel options available in the Hyde Park area, just minutes from the conference location:
Ramada Inn Lake Shore, 4900 S. Lake Shore Drive. The Ramada Inn Lake Shore has offered conference participants a special rate of $99.00 (plus tax) per night for October 11th and 12th. Simply mention you are with the University of Chicago Spanish Graduate Students Conference to reserve a room at this rate. Please note that these rooms are limited and must be booked by August 27th in order to secure this special rate.
International House, 1414 E. 59th Street (University of Chicago campus). Guest room rates are $80 per night for single or double occupancy. To make a reservation at the I-House, click here. When filling out your online request form, please state in the comments section that you are participating in the Spanish Graduate Students Conference.
Downtown Chicago is easily reached by a 15-minute train or bus ride from both the International House and the Ramada Inn, if you would like to visit the city.
We hope you enjoy your stay in the Windy City!