Cartoneras Publishers Conference 2009

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Cartonera Publishers: Recycling Latin American Bookscapes / Libros cartoneros: Reciclando el paisaje editorial en América Latina will take place on October 8th and 9th, 2009 at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. The conference occurs in conjunction with the Wisconsin Book Festival (October 7th through 11th) and involves the first reunion of editors from eight Cartonera publishing houses in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and Chile.

The cartonera publishing phenomenon began in Buenos Aires in 2003 and was spearheaded by writers and artists who were interested in reconfiguring the conditions in which literary art is produced and consumed. They came up with a progressive new publishing model that challenges and contests the neo-liberal political and economic hegemony. Several cartonera projects include social and educational aspects and are using the creation of the cartonera books to redefine the relationship between “the book” and the public.

The purpose of the conference and workshop is to bring together the community of scholars and members of different Cartonera publishing projects. The conference will also serve to introduce the Cartonera community to fellow faculty members, graduate students, undergraduate students and the Madison community at large.

NOTE: All presentations will be given mostly in Spanish and one in Portuguese. There will be a translator present during the question and answer period at the end of each session.

The conference is free to all attendees and no registration is required. For more information about Madison, WI and hotels and lodging options, see the Lodging tab above.


Ksenija Bilbija
Professor of Spanish American Literatures and Cultures
Director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program

Paloma Celis Carbajal
Ibero-American Studies Bibliographer at the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Memorial Library

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Related Links

Latin America Cartonera Publishers Database: The University of Wisconsin – Madison is creating a database about these publishers, including digital copies of artwork, interviews of publishers and articles.

Cartonera Publishers Research Guide: We are also currently building a Research Guide about Cartonera Publishers in Latin Ameerica.

E-mail the Iberoamerican Collection for more information.