New Research on Galician Migrations: Half-Day Symposium
Irish Centre for Galician Studies
University College Cork
Friday 10th November 2017
Half-day symposium on migrations is hosted by the Irish Centre for Galician Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.
Abstract: This seminar will examine the case of Galician migration and exile to New York City and the literary accounts of this experience. Whereas the displacement of Galician population to South America has been the object of extensive research, little attention has been given to the presence of Galicians in New York, although they represented the majority of migrants of Spanish origin settled in the city since the nineteenth century. The significance of migration in the articulation of Galician identity has led scholars such as Colmeiro (2009 & 2017), Hooper (2011) and Romero (2012) to argue for Galicia’s operation as a global culture. The presence of Galicia in New York not only confirms this argument, but also makes the Galicia-New York connection productive for understanding and rethinking boundaries between local and global, by looking at the ways in which a minority culture is articulated, contested and celebrated at the core of a global city such as New York.