In World

Building Bridges among Researchers, Artists, Policymakers and Scientists on Hispanic Issues.

Online Event, August 19-22, 2020

Prof. Pilar Viviente


Bi / Coa (Base Intercultural / Community of the Americas) promotes education through arts and culture. Bi / Coa, also called BICOA – https://www.bicoa.org/ , is a new enterprise and site leading different projects aimed at promoting AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE HISPANIC-AMERICAN CULTURE. According to BICOA, “Our goal is to connect with researchers through our networks and to promote the research of our collaborators, to establish strong ties between institutions, providing a platform to share ideas between national and international writers, scientists, and researchers from several disciplines on Hispanic issues.”

One of the BICOA projects is the COLLECTION, growing day by day. In their own words, “Contributing to the Hispanic American culture, we have organized donations of art and literature from renowned artists and prominent writers. Our donations are in collections of recognized public and private museums, libraries and cultural centers.”

BICOA also offers a VIRTUAL LIBRARY: “Get inspired by bi/Coa’s virtual library. Join our online community, explore our collaborators, lecturers, researchers, writers, artists, curators, and find what’s new at academia.edu, Google Scholar, conferences on YouTube.”

One of the main projects gives title to this article, THE GLOBAL CONFERENCE OF UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS ON ISSUES OF THE HISPANIC WORLD, organized by BICOA. This is an online event, extremely important at the present time. Because “Given the complexity of the global situation, marked by the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the academic world has a social responsibility to propose solutions to multifaceted problems of social, economic, scientific and cultural dimensions that can lead to a general crisis. COVID-19 has made clear the instability that global society is experiencing. At this time, the crisis has made apparent the urgent need of an interdisciplinary thought to find solutions for the current situation.”, as BICOA pointed out.

And, according to BICOA, “For this reason, the online Hispano-American Conference intends to be an interdisciplinary meeting with the aim to share experiences with the common goal of promoting a better society.”

The CALL FOR PAPERS (Deadline for abstracts July 15, 2019) was published at the BICOA website in both Spanish and English. Also the call was made known on social media and American and Hispanic press as “LA VOZ”.

All topics relevant to the theme were considered. The conference focuses on essays related to the Hispanic world essays by Hispanic Researchers in all disciplines of the sciences and humanities, including the following topics: Art and Science, Health, History and Economy, Migration, Human Rights, Critical Theory, Media in the Digital Age, Politics and Feminism.


The papers could be submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French or Italian. By instance I’ve presented the abstract in English while the videotaped presentation of my article for the Session No. 6., The Necessity of Art, was recorded in Spanish. Articles could last up to 15 minutes and credits were added to the video by the GLOBAL CONFERENCE 2020 organization. The maximum length of 15 minutes gave room to 4 or 5 presentations per video. Each session has a videotaped presentation followed by a round-table with the authors.

Here is the link to the program of the 3rd Global Conference of University Researchers (9 pages),

Video presentations were published on the conference website YouTube and linked to the conference Facebook pages. Live videos of the roundtables were also uploaded.

Moreover, articles will be published in book format and will be shared by: bi/Coa Research Team / Sigma Delta Pi, Academia.edu and Google Scholar. Registration fee was required and goes exclusively to the publication and shipping of the book. It’s a reasonable price. Registration Fees: Professors, Researchers, Independent Scholars $ 100, and PhD and MA candidates, undergraduates $ 80.

3rd Global Conference of University Researchers dedicates a special tribute to Mercedes Roffé (Argentina, 1954), poet, translator, editor and visual artist. One of the voices of today’s internationally recognized Argentine poetry. And also to Telmo Herrera (Ecuador, 1948), novelist, poet, playwright and graphic artist, since 1973 resides in Paris, where he has worked much of his literary work.

The congress ended paying tribute to the Spanish poet Miguel Hernández, who has given its name to the university in which I work since October 1998. I loved this. While the balance is positive, I feel strangely happy. It is the first time that I have not participated in a face-to-face congress. The truth is that I have missed those warm closings of congresses without distance of safety, with the human warmth and smiles of your co-stars, the kisses, the hugs… And of all, that toast to the occasion followed by the exchange of business cards. But there’s also great achievements. So I asked my colleague and main coordinator Inés Mónica Sarmiento-Archer, for some lines on the conclusions of the congress for this article.

It’s my pleasure to add her words to end this article: “This Congress has had excellent results that are based on three aspects, one by the quality of its exponents, two for the integrative philosophy of the institution that organizes it with the aim of uniting academic researchers as researchers outside the academic and who are part of relevant institutions such as the New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum, among other cultural spaces. And third by the projection of giving visibility to great researchers who are contributing to the cultural, academic and social development of The Hispanic American society. We reaffirm our principles and vision to contribute to the development of our culture and to contribute to the integration, collaboration and intercultural exchange, objectives that the bi/Coa organization meets in the United States. This is a fundamental and essential part of Congress, and it shows us that it is possible to grow in diversity; and this doesn’t mean division. Diversity generates wealth, because it allows us to grow in knowledge. And the success of this congress is based on the collaboration of all those who have helped to positively transform society.”


Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.
FIDAL Foundation for the Integration and Development of Latin America.

Inés Mónica Sarmiento-Archer / Leonor Taiano Campoverde.


HE. Rosalía Arteaga, President of FIDAL Foundation, Member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia Britannica, Member of the Board of Directors of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt, Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Europe, and Former President of Ecuador.

Mark P. Del Mastro, Executive Director, Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration, Professor of Hispanic Studies, College of Charleston, S.C., Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

Marie-Lise Gazarian, Vice-President for the Northeast, Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society; Editor, “Entre Rascacielos,” Journal of Creative Writing, Director of the Graduate Program in Spanish at St. John’s University, Recipient of The Civil Order of Alfonso X el Sabio by the King of Spain. Recipient of the Government of Chile the Order of Merit “Gabriela Mistral.

Inés Mónica Sarmiento-Archer, Director of bi/Coa: Intercultural / Community Base of the Americas, Adjunct Professor, Languages and Literature, Adelphi University / St.John’s University, New York.

Vicente Alcaraz García, Doctor in Economic and Business Sciences from the University of Alicante, Spain.

Raysa Amador, Professor and Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Adelphi University, New York.

Pascal Mongne, Art historian, affiliate institutions: Ecole du Louvre (Palais du Louvre, Paris); “Archéologie des Amériques”- ArchAm (Cnrs-Université Paris I); Comité francés para el Corpus Antiquitatum Americanensium (Union Académique Internationale); Gemeso (Grupo de estudios mesoamericanos, EPHS, París).

Leonor Taiano, program in Spanish for the University of Notre Dame. Ph.D. Humanities and Sociology-Spanish Literature and Culture. University of Tromsø (Norway).

Santiago García Álvarez, Universidad Central of Ecuador, Ph.D. International economy and development, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Juan Mezzich, Director at the Division of Psychiatric Epidemiology and International Center for Mental Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York University.

Benita Sampedro Vizcaya, Professor of Spanish Colonial Studies in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Hofstra University; she is also Associate Director of the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice and Co-Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Hofstra.

Ignacio Ramonet, Director of Le Monde Diplomatique, France.

Myriam de Arteni, Senior Conservator for Exhibitions, The New York Public Library, Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Division.

Gerard Xuriguera, Art Critic, Paris, France.

Carlos García Álvarez de Arcaya, Radio content manager, CADENA SER, Alicante, España.

Olga Castillo Costa, Founder of Nurse School of Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador; Advisory member of the Health Area for Latin America at the 2nd World Conference of Universities.

Nicolás Toscano: Coordinator of undergraduate Program in Spanish at St. John’s University, Member of the North American Academy of the Spanish Language.

Ramón Abajo, President of the Vellum Page Study of Calligraphy and Illuminated Books, Spain.

David Sarmiento-Castillo, Archéologies et Sciences de l’Antiquité ArScAn-CNRS, Paris, France.

Wladimir Chavez Vaca: Faculty of Business, Languages and Social Sciences, Høgskolen Østfold.

In collaboration with: Instituto Cervantes, The New York Public Library, Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Adelphi University, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Hofstra University.

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