The VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language will be held from March 27 to 30 in Cordoba, Argentina, with more than 200 writers, academics, experts and professionals from around the world related to Spanish. It will be inaugurated by King Felipe of Spain and Argentine President Mauricio Macri. The theme of the event is “America and the future of Spanish. Culture and education, technology and entrepreneurship.
This will be the second time that Argentina has hosted the Congress, the first being in Rosario in 2004. Gustavo Santos, Argentine Secretary of Tourism, noted that “Cordoba by Leopoldo Lugones [poet] or Maria Teresa Andruetto [writer] will be infected with the beautiful Spanish language.
The program of academic events of this pan-Hispanic symposium was designed by Santiago Muñoz Machado, director of the Real Academia Española (RAE), which takes into account the wide geographical origin of the speakers (America, Africa, Asia and Europe) as well as the high proportion of women participating in the event.
Luis García Montero, director of the Instituto Cervantes; Santiago Muñoz Machado, director of Real Academia Española (RAE) and ASALE (Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española); Gustavo Santos, Secretary of Tourism for Argentina; and Juan Schiaretti, governor of the province of Cordoba.
Experts and artists from the Spanish-speaking world and other countries will participate in the event, including writers Mario Vargas Llosa and Carme Riera and Ibero-American Secretary General Rebeca Grynspan.
Five thematic axes
The conference is structured around five sections or thematic axes: “Spanish, universal language”, “Language and interculturality”, “The challenges of Spanish in education in the 21st century”, “Spanish and the digital society “And” The competitiveness of Spanish as a language for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Each section will begin with a plenary session, an overview and a panel discussion, followed by a series of panels addressing the issue in depth.
There will also be three special plenary sessions: a tribute to Víctor García de la Concha, former director of the RAE (1998-2010) and of the Instituto Cervantes (2012-2017); a concert in tribute to the Spanish musician Manuel de Falla; and another session during which the organizing institutions (RAE-ASALE, Instituto Cervantes and Argentina) will present their activities and projects.
Previous congresses have taken place in Zacatecas (Mexico, 1997), Valladolid (Spain, 2001), Rosario (Argentina, 2004), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia, 2007), Valparaíso (Chile, 2010), Panama City (2013) and San Juan (Puerto Rico, 2016).
Registration for the event is now open (www.congresodelalengua.org.ar).