University of Southern Indiana

New Harmony Spanish Conference

New Harmony


New Harmony International Conference

Contemporary Spanish Theater: Stages of Utopia, Dystopia, and Myopia

October 10-12, 2018

New Harmony, Indiana

Sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana, under the direction of the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of World Languages and Cultures

The historic town of New Harmony, backdrop for two attempts at establishing intentional communities in the first quarter of the nineteenth century, will be the fitting site for an international conference on the utopian pursuit in contemporary Spanish theater (20th and 21st centuries). The conference seeks to attract diverse presentations rooted in the intersection of contemporary drama and common visions--social, economic, political, spiritual, or ecological--for working in unison, even if the cooperative models aspired to by community members prove to be misunderstood or destined for failure. The organizers are particularly interested in encouraging the free exploration of such varied themes as conformity, disagreement, alienation, displacements, migrations, revolt, totalitarianism, and many other approaches related to intentional settings.

Abstracts and proposals of no more than 250 words must be submitted electronically by March 1, 2018 for the following:

  • Individual papers of no more than 20 minutes duration
  • Panel proposals for a maximum of four participants
  • Poster or similar graphic presentation

Papers will be accepted in English or Spanish, but reading time may NOT exceed 20 minutes. Together with your proposal, please indicate any audiovisual needs (video, DVD, computer with LCD projector, etc.)  Proposal (in Word) must be attached to an email message sent to: 

The New Harmony Spanish Conference will be held at the New Harmony Inn

Reservations can be made online or by calling (+1) 800-782-8605. If you reserve by telephone, please be sure to mention that you are attending the New Harmony Spanish Conference. The contracted nightly rates are $99.00 for a Standard or Deluxe Double Room and $124.00 for a Premium Room, plus taxes. To obtain the reduced rates when reserving online, please enter "NH Span Conf" in the "Notes" section of the reservation page.

Publication of selected proceeding of the conference is anticipated for 2019.  

The conference organizers are very pleased to welcome the following playwrights:

Ignacio Armestoy

Ignacio Amestoy

Lola Blasco

Lola Blasco

Alberto Conejero

Alberto Conejero

Diana de Paco Serrano

Diana de Paco Serrano

Maria Folguera

María Folguera 

Luis Miguel Gonzalez Cruz

Luis Miguel González Cruz

Raul Hernandez Garrido

Raúl Hernández Garrido 

Gracia MoralesGracia Morales

Gracia Morales

Jose Moreno Arenas

José Moreno Arenas 

Aldofo Simon

Adolfo Simón

Maria Velasco

María Velasco

Pedro Villora

Pedro Víllora

Information on places of local interest and conference registration will be added to this site in the coming months.

En los próximos meses se agregará a este sitio información sobre lugares de interés local e inscripición en la conferencia. 

Contact Dr. David Hitchcock


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