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V Intercultural Encounter of Amerindian Literature(s) & Culture(s)
Self-Writing, Extractivism, and Bird Songs
Bogotá, Colombia, 25-29 April 2018
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana | National Library of Colombia | FILBO International Book Fair of Bogotá.
Visit: (Spanish)
The indigenous languages ​​and literatures of the Americas and the Abya Yala make up one of the fields of intercultural creation more dynamic and critical of the contemporary world. Countless narrators, writers, and creators in hundreds of native languages ​​as well as in languages of the colonial legacy, interweaved their voices, calling on hegemonic societies and (re) planting knowledge(s) in multiplicity of ways to see, feel, and recreate the stories that make us human.
For this V Intercultural Encounter, we call creators, professors, researchers, and students who are in dialogue with and from the multiple places of interpellations and epistemological utterances of the indigenous world. We call for papers on intercultural education, creation,  and research from a wide range of themes, nuances, and explorations.
In the face of the continental conjuncture of a "new" extractive economy in which ancestral territories and first peoples are affected, the current indigenous cultural production is responding critically to such processes. We call participation in the form of recitals, performances, panels and keynote speakers on these issue.
In the most diverse hemisphere, Colombia presents the greatest diversity of birds on the planet. Through ancestral knowledge, via oral tradition and today through textualities and visualities, a poetic platform is in dialogue with birds. We call to reflect on the human-bird and human-not/human relationship, considering that the current indigenous practices are also epistemological fields that play key roles in the inter-species dialogue as well as in a respectful balance with Mother Earth. We also call on research and works of and about indigenous creators in the field of Self-Writing(s), understanding it as the forms of communication that transcend notation, phonetics, and grammar and that are able to articulate through gestures, visuals, graphics, uses of the body, and various traditional writings (weaving, ceramics, basketry, body painting, etc.) processes of cultural revival, autonomy, and self-awareness.

Central Themes: Self-Writing, Extractivism and Bird Songs
EILA is conceived as a meeting that allow analogous and dissimilar processes to take place in conviviality. It postulates the continuity and diversity of Amerindian projects, their links to ancestrality(ies) and modernity(ies). EILA originated in the meeting between indigenous creators and academic researchers from the continent, and was formalized as an intercultural meeting space by academics of Universidad Austral de Chile and the National University of San Marcos, Peru.
Previous encounters have taken place in Valdivia (Chile), Lima (Peru), Iquitos (Amazonia/Peru), and La Paz (Bolivia). The V EILA seeks to open communication channels that allow to strengthen the study and appreciation of the verbal arts, oralities, literature(s), visuality(ies),
Indigenous writings and indigenous cultures. Studies based on the following themes will be also considered in the form of individual proposals and/or panel presentations:
1. Critical Narratives and Poetics departures on the Impacts of Extractivism on Indigenous and collective territories.
2. Bird Songs. Dialogues between sciences, poetic and narrative knowledge about birds. Ornithology(ies) in dialogue.
3. Oralituras (literary writings that evoke and incorporate oralities, visuals, gestures and community knowledge).
4. Oraliteratures (oral or translatable oral orthography).
5. Intercultural education projects in which indigenous languages ​​and literature(s) fulfill a particular role. Archives, editorial projects, blogs, web pages, libraries, collections, etc.

6. Comparative Indigenous literatures and World literatures.
7. Native language(s) ​​and literary creation.
8. Communitivisms (community activism from and through literature and the arts).
9. State of the theoretical-critical proposals of and from Amerindian literature(s).
10. Conceptualizations about the verbal genres of the indigenous verbal arts.
11. Visual literature(s) and codes of orality-writing complementarity beyond alphabetical (own writings).
12. Textuality(ies) and Visuality(ies) (literature and film, literature and radio, literature and documentary, etc.).
13. Proposals on other literary histories of the Abya Yala.
14. Afro-indigenous and narrative studies on reconciliation and peacebuilding.

1. Conversations and recitals.
2. Panel presentations: individual academic presentations (panels of maximum four
Panelists -15 minutes per person) or three panelists (20 minutes per person).
3. Performances, exhibition, and mini festival of indigenous film and video.
4. Short workshops on indigenous languages ​​in contexts of literary creation.
5. Small fair of books, arts and crafts that the speakers and registered assistants wish to
present and offer.

Venues (in Bogotá, Colombia. South America)
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. National Library of Colombia. FILBO (International Book Fair Bogotá). 

Date: April 25-29, 2018.

Languages ​​of the Meeting
All the current languages ​​of indigenous peoples. Spanish, Portuguese, English, French. For papers in indigenous languages, additional time would be offered to facilitate the translation (upon request when sending proposal).

Registration and Deadlines | Submission of proposals
Open call for panels and individual papers.
- July 19 to October 16, 2017
October 25, 2017: Accepted proposals will be announced.
October 26 to November 10, 2017: registration of participants.
November 29, 2017: First draft of the program will be published under previous registration of speakers, who may choose to pay the registration with a discount of 20% (via website: or registration without discount on the opening day of the meeting.
February 1 to February 28, 2018: Registration of attendees (via website:
March 13, 2018: Publication final program.
All speakers and attendees must register at the stipulated dates, through the inscription available on the website:
Participants and creators must follow the deadlines indicated previously. Submissions will be assessed by sending the following material:
1. Indigenous creators: Summary of your work (one page description of your work as creator); the biographical note must not exceed 250 words. You must attach a brief sample of your production (electronic file, audio or video of a performance, narration, oral history, song). Please attached at least tree poems, a short story in pdf or send a link in which your production is  accessible (or published). Indicate what kind of format for presentation you wish to present at the encounter.
2. Researchers, critics, and academics: 250 word summary of a paper (it should be linked to a project, line of research -book, article, essay, or the development, progress or outcome of a
postgraduate thesis). In all cases, the academic institution and discipline must be accredited.
Proposals from independent researchers with due justification will also be considered.

About the sending of the proposals (July 19 to October 16, 2017)
The acceptance of the proposals of papers will be done according to the order of arrival. There will be no communication via e-mail with the participants prior the due date (due to the large number of proposals to be received). For inquiries should be consulted the basis of the call. In
case of an urgent communication or consultation write in the subject urgent communication.

Proposals should indicate:
- Title of the paper (specify if it is part of a panel. Panel please send the complete proposal. In any case, all speakers must submit their proposal and make their subsequent individual registration).
- Affiliation of each participant.
- Summary of no more than 250 words.
- Specify in which language your paper will be presented.
- Keywords.

Registration (for all participants)
1. Speakers (professionals): $ 70 USD.
2. Indigenous Creators: Creators will not be charged for registration (there is, however, a
limited number of spaces available, after submission of your proposal).
3. Undergraduate and Graduate students with proven ID: $ 30 USD.
A limited number of student papers will be accepted, depending on the order of arrival of and the evaluation of the academic committee.
4. Attendees (general public): $ 20 USD.
• There will be a 50% discount on registration for speakers accredited as members of first nations (indigenous peoples). For indigenous students accredited as such, 30 seats will be offered (15 nationals and 15 International) by order of registration.
• Registration is obligatory for those who wish attend EILA V.
• The registration fee does not include food, transportation or accommodation

Organization, Organizing Committee and Academic Committee:
The EILA V will be based in Bogotá, Colombia, with participation of the National University of San Marcos (UNMSM), Peru; Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh); and the National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (MUSEF) of Bolivia.

Organizing Committee and co-chair:
Miguel Rojas Sotelo (Duke University,CLACS).
Miguel Rocha Vivas (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana).

Support team:
Nathali Cedeño (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana).
Iván Vargas (Duke University).
Angie Lucía Puentes (PUJ).
Sarai Gómez (Universidad Santo Tomás).

Academic Committee:
Dr. Claudia Rodríguez Monarca (UACh).
Dr. Gonzalo Espino Relucé (UNMSM).
Manuel Cornejo Chaparro (CAAAP)
Dr. Miguel Rocha Vivas (PUJ)
Dr. Miguel Rojas Sotelo (Duke University).
Dr. María Piedad Quevedo (PUJ).
Dr. Mancel Martínez (PUJ)

Sponsoring Institutions:
National University of San Marcos (Peru)
Universidad Austral de Chile (Chile)
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
National Library (Colombia)
University of the Andes (Colombia)
Caro and Cuervo Institute (Colombia)
Santo Tomas University (Colombia)
RIICLI (Colombia, Brazil, Mexico).
Banco de la República, Extención cultural (Guajira, Colombia)
Amazonian Center for Anthropology and Practical Application CAAAP (Peru)
National Museum of Ethnography and Folklore (Bolivia)
Hawansuyo & Pakarina Ediciones (Peru)
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Communications to: V EILA (Angie Puentes)