Argentina to Host 8th International Congress of Spanish language
Argentina has won the right to host the upcoming prestigious 8th annual International Congress of the Spanish Language. The event is to be held in Cordoba, Argentina in 2019 and will emphasize the educational and cultural aspects of Spanish and the impact of technology on the language. Special attention will also be paid to the “economic value” of Spanish, with phenomena such as language tourism and cultural industries linked to language to be discussed. The Spanish King Felipe and Queen Leticia have confirmed their participation.
The Eighth Congress continues the legacy after similar congresses were held in Zacatecas (Mexico, 1997), Valladolid (Spain, 2001), Rosario (Argentina, 2004), Cartagena de Indias (Colombia, 2007), Valparaíso (2013) and San Juan (Puerto Rico, 2016). The last edition of the Congress held in Puerto had almost 10,000 attendees and more than 250 accredited media from 10 different countries.
The director of the Instituto Cervantes, the largest organization in the world responsible for promoting the study and the teaching of Spanish language and culture, recalled that “Cordoba was a place where some Spaniards from the Diaspora, like the poet Juan Larrea, arrived,” and whose figure will be celebrated at the Congress.