Keynote Speakers

Alberto Moreiras is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M, where he has had an appointment since 2010.  He was the Sixth Century Chair in Modern Thought and Hispanic Studies at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland (2006-2010), the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Romance Studies and Literature at Duke University, where he taught from 1992 to 2006, and an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-92).  He has been a visiting professor at Emory, Giessen in Germany, Johns Hopkins, Minas Gerais in Brazil, Chile, and Buffalo.  He has published over 125 essays, and his books include Interpretación y diferencia (1992), Tercer espacio: Duelo y literatura en América Latina (1999), The Exhaustion of Difference: The Politics of Latin American Cultural Studies (2001),  Pensar en post/dictadura (2001), co-edited with Nelly Richard, Línea de sombra: El no sujeto de lo político (2007), and Marranismo e inscripción (Madrid: Escolar y Mayo, 2016).   He has also edited 11 monographic collections of essays in journals or multivolume works. His work in progress includes “Piel de lobo: Ensayos de posthegemonía e infrapolítica” (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, [2016]), “Approssimazione all’infrapolitica” (Naples: Paparo, [2016]), and “Manual de infrapolítica” (Madrid: La oficina, [2017]).  He has directed, at Duke, the Latin American Cultural Studies Program, the Center for European Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Seminar on Race in the Americas, and, in Aberdeen, the Literature in the World Context Program.  He has been departmental head at Texas A&M.  He is a founder of three major journals in the field, a coeditor for three, and also for a UTP book series, “Border Hispanisms.”     


Marietta Messmer joined the Department of American Studies at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in 2004. She received her PhD in American Literature from York University (Toronto, Canada) in 1997 and was a member of the Research Center on the Internationality of National Literatures at the University of Göttingen (Germany) from 1997 to 2004. She has published widely on political and cultural relations between the U.S. and Mexico, Mexican and Central American migration to the U.S., violence in the U.S.-Mexican borderlands, as well as theoretical debates on citizenship, integration, and the rights of cultural and ethnic minorities. Her current research project focuses on a comparative study of the U.S.’s and the European Union’s ways of outsourcing and privatizing immigration control measures and the social, economic, legal, and ethical consequences this has for migrants and refugees as well as for transit countries like Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, and Turkey.
Her book publications include several co-edited collections on inter-American literary, social, and cultural relations, including Negotiations of America’s National Identity (2000, with Roland Hagenbüchle and Josef Raab); Intercultural Negotiations in the Americas and Beyond (2001, with Barbara Buchenau); Do the Americas Have a Common Literary History? (2002, with Barbara Buchenau, Annette Paatz, and Rolf Lohse); and,
most recently, The International Turn in American Studies (2015, with Armin Paul Frank) and America: Justice, Conflict, War (2016, with Amanda Gilroy).
Marietta Messmer is managing editor of the peer-reviewed book series Interamericana, devoted to publications on the literatures, cultures, and societies of the Americas in comparative, hemispheric, transatlantic, and transpacific contexts, published by Peter Lang. She also served as President of the Netherlands American Studies Association (2011-2014), as executive board member and treasurer of the International Association of Inter-American Studies (2009-2012), and as Dutch representative on the board of the European Association for American Studies (2009-2016).


William Nericcio was born in the fabled "Streets of Laredo," Texas, or at Mercy Hospital, at any rate, in 1961. For thirteen years he labored under the watchful, at times sinister, eyes of sisters, brothers, and priests at Blessed Sacrament Elementary and St. Augustine High School--no doubt this contributes to the rumors that he was "raised by nuns" that makes its way around the internets. With an undergraduate degree in English honors from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA/PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University (where Nericcio worked with Henry Louis Gates, Jr, Enrico Mario Santí, Carlos Fuentes, and Ariel Dorfman), Nericcio now directs the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences program at San Diego State University and also serves as Professor of English and Comparative Literature.

Nericcio is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals including Camera Obscura, Americas Review, Spring, the Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and Mosaic. In 2007, The University of Texas Press published his American Library Association award-winning cultural studies volume Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the "Mexican" in America. His next book, Eyegiene: Permutations of Subjectivity in the Televisual Age of Sex and Race is presently in development also with UT Press. He is also the author of two edited collections (Homer from Salinas: John Steinbeck's Enduring Voice for California and The Hurt Business: Oliver Mayer's Early Works [+] PLUS for San Diego State University Press.