NALAS Conference 2021

Keynote Speakers

Carlos Fernando Chamorro (TBC)

Arguably Nicaragua’s leading journalist, Director of the virtual publication Confidencial , and of the TV Talk Show ‘Esta Semana’ / ‘Esta Noch’, Chamorro was during the 1980s the Director of the Sandinista daily ‘Barricada’. However, he broke with the Sandinistas when the authoritarian forces became more prominent after 1990, being today the most harsh critic of President Daniel Ortega. He and his fellow journalists have been the victims of the increasing repression in the country, among other reasons for criticizing the government for its disregard for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lina Meruane (TBC)

A Chilean writer and scholar who teaches Latin American Cultures, Arts and Cultures and Creative Writing at the New York University. Since 1998, she has authored a short-story collection, a play and five novels. Sangre en el ojo, was awarded the prestigious Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize (Mexico) in 2012 and has been translated into English, Italian, German, Dutch, French and Portuguese. Meruane has also received the Anna Seghers Prize (Berlin, 2011) and Calamo Prize (Spain, 2016), as well as literary fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (US 2004), the National Endowment for the Arts (US 2010) and the DAAD Artists in Berlin Program (Germany 2017). Her essay-books include her scholarly work on the impact of AIDS in Latin American literature, Viral Voyages (Palgrave McMillan, 2014), a chronicle on her Palestinian origins, Volverse Palestina (Becoming Palestine, 2014) and a short essay book, Contra los hijos (Against Children, 2014).

Ailton Krenak (TBC)

Ailton Krenak is a Brazilian writer, journalist, philosopher and indigenous movement leader of the Krenak ethnicity. He was a representative of indigenous peoples at the debates on the 1987 Brazilian Constitutional Assembly. He both co-founded and participated in several indigenous rights organisations, such as the União dos Povos Indígenas (Union of Indigenous Peoples), the Aliança dos Povos da Floresta (Alliance of Jungle-dwelling Peoples), the Núcleo de Cultura Indígena (Nucleus of Indigenous Culture), among others. . In 2016, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. He has authored three books: Ideias para adiar o fim do mundo (2019), O amanhã não está à venda (2020) and A vida não é útil (2020). The latter deals with the corona pandemics.