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Literature and History in the Work of Octavio Paz

Public Conference on November 27 and 28, 2014, at Freie Universität Berlin

№ 358/2014 from Oct 16, 2014

Marking the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Octavio Paz (1914-1998), a conference on literature and history in the work of Octavio Paz will be held at Freie Universität Berlin on November 27 and 28, 2014. Literary scholars based at European, Mexican, and North American universities will discuss the work of the Mexican Nobel laureate. Beginning with a historical approach to his texts, they will then address the timeliness of his works. They will also consider the extent to which Paz's writings offer opportunities for better understanding the history of the twentieth century. The lectures and discussions are public, and there is no charge for admission. The conference language is Spanish. If you wish to attend, please sign up by sending an email to Catarina von Wedemeyer at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures:

The conference is being organized by the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität Berlin in cooperation with the Mexican Embassy, the Ibero-American Institute, and the Instituto Cervantes.

Time and Location

  • Thursday, November 27, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, November 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Lecture Hall J 32/102, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf or Thielplatz (U3)

Further Information

Catarina von Wedemeyer and Prof. Dr. Susanne Zepp, Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: + 49 30 838-57948, Email: and

Link to Further Information (in Spanish)