Poetry in Motion at Queen's
L-R: Sr. López Alvarez, Cultural Attaché, Spanish Embassy; Professor Trevor J. Dadson, Queen Mary, University of London; Professor Aurora Egido, Universidad de Zaragoza; Professor Ignacio Navarrete, President of the SRBHP, University of California, Berkeley; Dr Isabel Torres, School of Modern Languages; Professor Janice Carruthers, Head of the School of Modern Languages
Over 70 delegates from the United States, Latin America, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland were at Queen’s recently to present papers on the topic of Poetry in Motion.
The delegates were attending the biennial conference of the Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry (SRBHP) which was hosted by Spanish and Portuguese Studies at Queen’s.
This was only the second time in the Society’s history that the conference was held in Europe and the first time in the United Kingdom. Previous hosts include: Boston University, the Ohio State University, Rochester University, the University of California-Davis, the University of Houston, the University of Miami, the University of Oregon and the Universidad de Córdoba.
Dr Isabel Torres, Senior Lecturer in Spanish in the School of Modern Languages, and conference organiser, said: “We were honoured to be able to host such a prestigious event at Queen’s. The number of participants was greater than at many previous meetings of the SRBHP despite the distance many had to travel. We have been overwhelmed by the response, with delegates taking the time to write to comment on the level of intellectual exchange and the warmth of the welcome they received.”
Keynote addresses were delivered by Professor Aurora Egido, University of Zaragoza and Professor Trevor J. Dadson, Queen Mary, University of London.
The conference was generously supported by the School of Modern Languages at Queen’s, Belfast City Council and by the Spanish Embassy, London. Professor Janice Carruthers, Head of the School of Modern Languages, acknowledged this support and thanked both the Council and The Embassy on behalf of the University at a welcome reception held just prior to the Conference Dinner.
The Spanish Embassy was represented at the event by the cultural attaché Don Fidel Álvarez López.