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PeaceSm.jpgHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Meghann Peace will present her doctoral dissertation research "That was the goal, for her to understand": Spanish anaphora in L2 speech on June 3rd. Meghann's dissertation analyzes how second language speakers of Spanish use direct object nominal and pronominal expressions in communication, as well as how they vary these expressions in accordance with the status of the direct object referent, the pragmatic conditions under which it is being expressed and the speakers' own assumptions of their listeners' abilities and knowledge. This public presentation will be part of Meghann's doctoral final exam.

Tuesday, June 3rd
1:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Corbin.1cr.jpgSpanish American Literatures & Cultures Ph.D. Candidate Megan Corbin will present her doctoral dissertation research Haunted Objects: Spectral Testimony in the Southern Cone Post-Dictatorship on May 9th. Megan's dissertation examines the role of the everyday, common object in relation to the human experience and capacity to give testimony--to communicate experiences of trauma, torture and suffering. In her research, she seeks to bring together a number of subfields: theoretical interpretation of testimonial narratives, trauma theory, memory studies, spectral theory, and object-oriented philosophy, in order to "think with things" in her analysis of narratives emerging in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile in what is called the "Post-Dictatorship" period. This public presentation will be part of Megan's doctoral final exam.

Friday, May 9th
2:00 p.m.
317 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

Review of the documentary "Elena"

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elena and girl-sm.jpg"As Dores Viram Agua"
Review of Elena, by Craig Foster

Acclaimed Brazilian director Petra Costa previewed her first feature-length film, Elena, to students, professors and visitors at the University of Minnesota on Monday, March 24. The most-watched documentary in Brazil of 2013, the film pulled attendees into a streaming current of reminisces in the director's search for her sister, the titular Elena, twenty years after they last saw each other.

Elena moved to New York City from Minas Gerais, Brazil when Petra was just seven years old. After early success starring in stage performance with the theater group Boi Voador, Elena saw what little opportunity remained in Brazil quickly disappearing under the strict austerity measures of then-president Fernando Collor. Disappointed with

Argetina study abroad studentsHispanic Linguistics Ph.D. Candidate Phil Thornberry will present his doctoral dissertation research The acquisition of Buenos Aires Spanish intonation during a study abroad semester on April 25th. Phil's dissertation analyzes the changes in second language Spanish intonation of 11 learners studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, while also accounting for these changes via an examination of relevant extralinguistic factors, such as contact with native speakers and attitudes towards the host culture and language variety. This public presentation will be part of Phil's doctoral final exam.

Friday, April 25th
10:00 a.m.
112 Folwell Hall
Free of charge. Everyone welcome.

PPP LogoThe graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies are proud to announce their first graduate conference entitled "Power, Prestige and the Periphery." The event will take place on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus on April 11 and 12, 2014. The event is open and free to attend.

For more information please visit our webpage

Foreign Word-Learning by Preschoolers

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classifiers-sm.jpgLecture with Professor Maria Sera, Institute of Child Development

Friday, April 25, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
106 Folwell Hall

Luz HernandezLuz Hernandez, a PhD student in our Hispanic Linguistics program, was recently featured in CLA's Reach Magazine because of her interdisciplinary work with immigrant women. Felicitaciones, Luz!

Read about Luz's research here.

APF-sm.jpgProfessor Ana Paula Ferreira was named the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts for a three-year period, beginning on July 1, 2014. The Samuel Russell Chair is intended to promote outstanding teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Professor Ferreira is currently working on two book projects. The first, entitled Women Writing the African Empire in Twentieth Century Portugal, "traces the emergence, development and subsequent naturalization of the cultural phenomenon called 'woman writer' in connection to the onset, the late consolidation of and the aftermath of Portuguese colonialism in Africa." The second book, Heretically Speaking: 'Race' and the Postcolonial in Portuguese, focuses on "the thematics of 'race' and the languages of colonial racisms at different points in time, from the late nineteenth century, through the mid-twentieth century, to the late twentieth and early twentieth-first centuries. It calls into question the accepted simplistic interpretation of the ideas of Brazilian sociologist Gilberto Freyre used by Salazar's regime to continue holding on to colonies in Africa during the period of decolonization and after Unesco's Declaration on Race." See Professor Ferreira's research narrative for a more complete description of her research trajectory. Ferreira Research Narrative-abridged.pdf

MTun-sm.gifMolly Tun was awarded the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) from the Graduate School for the 2014-2015 academic year. Under the direction of Dr. Luis Ramos-Garcia, Molly's dissertation entitled "Articulations of Colonial Counting: the Discursive Conquest of Numbers in Early Modern Peru" is interdisciplinary both in scope and methodology. The way this project brings together mathematics and literature facilitates collaboration across the disciplines; the Center for Early Modern History (CEMH) recommended the project to the Graduate School and has offered Molly a residency in which she can actively participate in the intellectual life of this center. Her research advocates for the inclusion of minority discourses in the field of Hispanic colonial literature in a number of ways: by considering the relation between math and culture (ethnomathematics), by analyzing the virtually unexplored colonial accounting manuals, and by exposing indigenous accounts and forms of knowledge. An analysis of the origins of transatlantic cultural encounter and enumeration written from an interdisciplinary, minority, Andean, Latin-American perspective has the potential to re-locate indigenous thought within the unilateral colonial power structures, thus changing the way in which indigenous agency is recognized and historicized

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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Thumbnail image for sprg-sm.jpgFriday, March 7th
113 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Catalina Ahumada and Xiaoxi Zhang, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG) Forum

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sprg-sm.jpgFriday, February 7th
106 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm

Two Ph.D. graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Carla Manzoni and Ross Sandell, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!

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