Tuesday, February 13, 2018

IV International Conference on the American Literary and Cultural West (October 2018)

Dear Friends, some four years later, here we come back again. We are pleased to announce that time has come that we hold again our international conference on the American literary and cultural West.

In REWEST Research Group we are planning to have our fourth edition next October 2018. And we'd better be starting to get it all ready so here you have some information on what we are planning to do and how to get on board. Soon, you'll find more information on this right here, stuff on how to travel and stay, registration, program, keynote speakers... So far, here we will leave the call for papers and a summary of the most important information that you need for now: name, date, place. The conference will be held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, at the Faculty of Arts, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). It will take place from October 8 to October 10 2018. The title for this new edition reads like follows: IV International Conference on the American Literary and Cultural West: The West Travels beyond Itself: New Spaces, New Voices, New Forms. You will find more information on how to submit proposals in the call for papers. You can either read it from here or click on the click below to download it:

Do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you want to get more information or if you have any doubt. We have a new email address: rewest.fac.letras@ehu.es. 

We would really enjoy having you here with us next October.

IV International Conference on the American Literary and Cultural West:

The West Travels Beyond Itself: New Spaces, New Voices, New Forms

University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain)

8-10 October 2018

The IV International Conference on the American Literary and Cultural West, The West Travels Beyond Itself: New Spaces, New Voices, New Forms, organized by the REWEST research group (Research in Western American Literature and Culture, www.ehu.eus/rewest), seeks for papers which expose the contemporary revision and revival of the West and as a literary and cultural form of representation, as well as of its global impact. The Conference will privilege transnational and interdisciplinary approaches aiming to understand the artistic production of space and a cultural site whose iconography has moved beyond national limits and literary and artistic borders.
            The aim of the Conference is to propose a site of debate about the revision and revival of the West as an ideological and cultural concept. We aim at analyzing the new dimensions of the global, multicultural, multicontextual, multidisciplinary 21st century West. In this light, papers can address a variety of issues ranging from (but not only):

-The West travels beyond itself
-The West looks at Europe
-Europe looks at the West
-The influence of the cultural myths of the Old West in the present century
-The new literary voices of the West
-“Other” western narratives
- Environmental literature of the American West
- Reimagining women in the West
- Western masculinities
- Bordercrossing
- Western mythologies
- The American West in popular culture
- The West and its new forms of expression
- New Western music
- New Western cinema
-The West in the arts
- The West and the new digital forms of communication
-The West in television
- The West in comics and graphic novels


Papers should not exceed 2.000-3.000 words (approx. a 20 minutes delivery). Although English will be the official language of the Conference, papers in Spanish and Basque will also be accepted.

Please submit your proposal (300 words) plus a brief bio-note (200 words) to the Conference organizers by April 30th, 2018. Proposals should be submitted via e-mail to rewest.fac.letras@ehu.es.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

II International Symposium Cultural Transfers of the American West: Beyond Borders

The final day is coming closer. We are already excited that our next event will take place so soon. If you are interested in attending the conference or you are participating, we want to remind you that you will find the necessary information here.
Below, you will find access to the final program and the symposium's brochure. Click in the links to get to it.
As always, don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any kind of question.


Final program

Thursday, September 7, 2017

II International Symposium Cultural Transfers of the American West: Beyond Borders


Dear Friends,

Here we come again with more news on our next event. We already told you about what we aim at with this new activity and how it will take place in Vitoria-Gasteiz, October 9-10 2017. Now it is just time for the final program. If you click on the link that you'll find below you will have access to the program. If you have any question about it, don't hesitate to write to rewestresearchinggroup@gmail.com (or angel.chaparro@ehu.eus).

Previously, we provided some help on how to get to Vitoria-Gasteiz and some other useful information about the city and us. Check this blog to find it.

Please, join us or keep tune for upcoming events.

Click on program to see it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

II International Symposium Cultural Transfers of the American West: Beyond Borders

The II International Symposium Cultural Transfers of the American West: Beyond Borders will take place on October 2017. From the 9th to the 10th of that month we would be delighted if you had a chance to come to Vitoria-Gasteiz and participate in our symposium. For those of you who are presenting a paper or those of you who are planning to come, we want to give you some tips so that you can start planning your trip.
In what follows, you will find information on how to get to Vitoria-Gasteiz and, if needed, where to stay. If you have any further inquiry, don't hesitate to ask. You can either use the email address for the symposium (also, angel.chaparro@ehu.eus) or just write your comment here.

How to Get to Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz (Vitoria is Spanish, Gasteiz is Basque) is the capital city of the autonomous community of the Basque Country in northeastern Spain. If you wish to know more about it you can visit any of the following links: wikipedia, the official website of the city council or the BasqueCountry tourist office website.

Vitoria-Gasteiz has very good train connections. If you are train traveling lover, you may want to check the RENFEwebsite (national railway company) and see if train traveling is your best option to come to Vitoria-Gasteiz. If you choose to fly, you will need to use more than one means of transport because you can’t make it right to Vitoria-Gasteiz by plane. Vitoria-Gasteiz has its own airport but this is only use for freight transport at the moment. You can go for any of the two following travel plans if you are choosing this travel option:

From Bilbao

If you are flying, probably, the best (meaning cheapest) way to get to Vitoria-Gasteiz is to fly to Bilbao InternationalAirport. This is the nearest airport with international connections. If you are flying overseas then you’ll probably have to travel in two steps, via Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid or London. It is also worth mentioning that there are some low-fare companies operating to and from Bilbao (Easyjet, Air Berlin, Vueling…)

If you feel like coming right to Vitoria-Gasteiz after you landed in Bilbao, you’ll need to go first to Termibus, Bilbao’s main bus station. There, you’ll be able to catch a bus to Vitoria-Gasteiz. But before that, you need to come from Bilbao International Airport to the city center, which is about half an hour away from the airport. You can easily catch a shuttle bus from the one and only bus stop that you’ll find outside arrivals. The ticket is cheap and you pay directly at the bus. They come every 20-30 minutes and the ride only takes about 20-25 minutes. You have to stay on the bus until the last stop in Bilbao, which is that of Termibus. You can check the schedules here. The only other way to get from the Airport to Termibus would be to take a taxi (a bit faster, but much more expensive, around 20-30 euros).

Once in Termibus, you can take a bus to Vitoria-Gasteiz. The company running these buses is called LaUnión, and you can check the schedules here. Direct buses take around one hour and it will amount for about 6 euros. You have to buy your tickets at the La Unión ticket booth in Termibus.

Tip: we wouldn’t recommend you to get a taxi from Bilbao to Vitoria-Gasteiz. Vitoria-Gasteiz is about sixty miles away from Bilbao and it would be very expensive to make that trip by taxi.

From Madrid

Another option would be to fly to Madrid first. In that case, there are two options available for you:

1)        To arrive to Vitoria-Gasteiz by train. You need first to travel from the Adolfo Suarez International Airport (formerly known as Barajas) to Chamartín train station by metro. Take metro line 8 to Mar de Cristal and from there then take line 4 to Pinar de Chamartín first and then line 1 to Chamartín. Once in Chamartín Railway Station you can take a train to Vitoria-Gasteiz. There are around seven trains connecting Madrid and Vitoria-Gasteiz every day and prices range from 40 to 60 euros approximately. The trip takes around three to five hours. You can check schedules and prices here. And if you want to check the metro timetable, you can visit the following website: metro Madrid.

2)        To arrive to Vitoria-Gasteiz by bus. The company running the buses from Madrid to Vitoria-Gasteiz is called Alsa. You have a ticket office at Adolfo Suarez International Airport (Barajas) but these buses leaving from the airport run only from Madrid to Bilbao. You can buy a ticket to Vitoria-Gasteiz, but you’ll probably have to make a stop in Bilbao. There are only a few buses making this trip from the airport to Bilbao and they won’t probably fit with your flying plans. If these is so, you’ll have to do the following:
If you want to travel directly to Vitoria-Gasteiz or you couldn’t make it on time to take one of the buses leaving from the airport, you need to go first to Madrid Bus Station in Avenida de América. There is a metro line from the Airport to Avenida de América. You need to take metro line number 8 to Colombia and then metro line 9 to Avenida de América. In any case, you can go to metro Madrid official website by using the link that I gave you before. And, of course, you can also take a taxi cab. The trip from Madrid to Vitoria-Gasteiz takes around four hours and a half and the ticket is 27-30 euros approx. There are many buses every day and tickets can be bought at the bus station or online.

Once in Vitoria-Gasteiz

The American Literary West III International Conference will take place at the Faculty of Arts of the University of the Basque Country (check the website if you want to know more about us: Faculty of Arts).

All distances (from bus or train stations or from most of the hotels to the conference venue, also from the conference venue to the old town, the city center or shopping areas) are all walking distances, sometimes, even in pedestrian ways.

Vitoria-Gasteiz is a friendly city, well known for its many running lovers, an easy-to-bike city and it is appreciated and celebrated for its green areas and parklands (in 2012, the city was awarded the European Green Capital recognition). So get ready to make a lot of walking and forget about subways and taxi cabs. However, since 2008, the city enjoys a tramwaysystem that can be very useful if your hotel happens to be in a distant area.

Where to Stay in Vitoria-Gasteiz

Vitoria-Gasteiz has a good range of lodging possibilities. In the following table, you’ll find a list of hotels, hotel ratings, the average room prices for an individual room (you better check this again before choosing one or the other), estimated distance to the conference venue and a link to the corresponding website so that you can book your room. Please, remember that we do not have any kind of agreement with any of these hotels and you are free to choose. Of course, our list here is not accurate or interested. You can check the whole list that Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council proposes to every tourist coming to visit the city here.

Before we copy here the aforementioned list of hotels, please, remember that if you want to stay in Bilbao or Donostia-San Sebastián before or after the conference, you may want to check the official websites to get more information (you can do it here and here). We don’t recommend to stay in any of these two cities and then commute to the conference. That would mean about an hour from Bilbao and an hour and half from Donostia-San Sebastián every day.

If the following table is too small for you to have a good reading, you’ll find another copy on pdf format at the end of this entry.

List of Hotels

Average Prices
(Individual Room)
Distance from venue
Gran Hotel Lakua
90-110 euros
50 mts
Hotel Boulevard
68-90 euros
30 mts
NH Canciller Ayala
70-90 euros
10 mts
Silken Ciudad de Vitoria
73-106 euros
10 mts
Abba Jazz Vitoria
60-70 euros
8 mts
AC General Álava
67-105 euros
20 mts
Centro Vitoria
36-41 euros
8 mts
32-36 euros
7 mts

Please, remember that prices are in euros, distances in minutes and that we highly recommend to check again prices and availability by visiting the corresponding websites.

In the following link you’ll find a map in which you can find all these hotels tagged and you can study distances and locations:  https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zMAQx3P_T8yk.kSAewPknHqbY
(copy this link if needed and paste it in your search bar)

Just in case you have any trouble with the direct links we offered within the text, here you have a complete list of all the websites we have recommended to visit:

Vitoria-Gasteiz Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitoria-Gasteiz
Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council Official Website: http://www.vitoria-gasteiz.org/
Basque Country Tourism: http://tourism.euskadi.net/en/
RENFE: http://www.renfe.com/
Bilbao International Airport: http://www.aeropuertodebilbao.net/es/
Shuttle-Bus Bilbao Airport: http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/csee/Satellite/Aeropuerto-Bilbao/es/Page/1237554477328/
Autobuses La Unión: http://www.autobuseslaunion.com/es/
Chamartín Railway Station: http://www.adif.es/en_US/infraestructuras/estaciones/17000/informacion_000295.shtml
Metro Madrid: http://www.metromadrid.es/es/index.html
ALSA Bus Company: http://www.alsa.es/en/
Avenida de América Bus: http://www.spain.info/es/informacion-practica/transportes/estaciones-autobus/madrid/estacion_de_autobuses_de_avenida_de_america.html
Faculty of Arts: http://www.ehu.es/en/web/letrak/home
Vitoria Tramway: http://www.euskotren.es/es/tranviavitoria
Bilbao: www.bilbao.net/
Donostia-San Sebastián: www.donostia.org/

List of hotels in pdf format: click here.

If you need any further information, please feel free to make any comment in this entry and we will try to give you further guidance.