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Spring 2013

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Ana de Prada Perez, Osmer Balam, y Dámaris Mayans-Ramón

Biographies

Ana de Prada Pérez, Ph.D.

aprada@ufl.edu

Dr. de Prada is an assistant professor of Hispanic linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida. She obtained her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University in 2009 and joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Florida on the same year. Her research focuses on language contact outcomes of Spanish-English and Spanish-Catalan bilingualism. At UF she has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate linguistics courses: Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics, Foundations of Hispanic Linguistics, Spanish syntax, bilingualism, language acquisition, and code switching.

OsmerBalam

obalam@ufl.edu

Osmer is a doctoral student in Hispanic Linguistics. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Belize and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. His primary research interests include Spanish bidialectalism, contact Spanish phenomena, and phonetic/grammatical convergence in Northern Belizean Spanish.

Dámaris Mayans

Mayansr1@ufl.edu

Dámaris is a PhD student in Hispanic Linguistics. She holds a B.A. in English Philology from the University of Alicante (Spain) and an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her primary research interests are second and third language phonology as well as the psycholinguistic aspects of bilingual and multilingual acquisition.

The Presentation

Their presentation is called The Bilingual Light Verb Construction "Hacer + V" in Northern Belizean Spanish

They will be talking on Thursday March 28th at 4:05 pm in 210 Pugh Hall.

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Frances Morales

Biografía

Francesc Morales es estudiante de doctorado en el Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies y en el Seminario Permanente de Estudios Políticos y Culturales de la Universidad de Gerona (España). Es coautor de dos libros sobre la presencia napoleónica en el noreste de Cataluña, especialmente en lo que respecta a los asedios de la ciudad de Gerona de 1808 y 1809.

Entre sus proyectos futuros está la tesis doctoral en la University of Florida: un estudio sobre lainterconexión entre literatura, arqueología y política.

La Presentación

Su presentación se llama "Construcción del malvado durante y después de una guerra: Josep Pujol, alias Boquica (1778-1815)".

Morales nos presenta un resumen de su charla:

La lucha contra el poder napoleónico en la península Ibérica fue, ha sido y es muy prolífica en la creación de héroes, villanos y víctimas. Durante y después del conflicto centenares de personajes han poblado nuestras páginas, nuestras canciones, nuestras leyendas y, en definitiva, nuestro imaginario colectivo. Uno de esos personajes es el catalán Josep Pujol, ali as Boquica. Murió en 1815, después de una corta carrera militar en el ejército francés. La leyenda posterior le ha dado muchos rostros: traidor, afrancesado, bandolero y un largo etcétera. La distancia que hay entre el Boquica biológicamente vivo y el Boquica vivo en la narración nos ayuda a poner en tela de juicio aspectos metodológicos como por ejemplo los límites de la historia social ante una historia basada en el discurso; lo que sabemos del conflicto conocido como guerra de independencia española; el fenómeno afrancesado y guerrillero; y la violencia organizada en el cambio hacia un modelo social y político liberal.

He will be talking on Thursday February 21st at 11:30 am in 215 Dauer.

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Matthew Michel

Biographical

Matt Michel is a 3rd year doctoral student in Spanish Literature. His field of study is the influence of christian humanism and Erasmus on early modern Spain. He also studies international law with an emphasis on asylum and refugees.

The Presentation

His presentation is called Dialogue and the Community of Ideas in Cristobal de Villalón's El scholástico

Michel provides us with an abstract of his presentation:

As Mikhail Bahktin famously asserted, truth resides not in a single consciousness but instead is realized through active engagement of the individual with other selves. Cristobal de Villalón's Renaissance text El scholástico provides an elegant rejection of the monologic thinking dominant in medieval treatises and disputaciones in favor of the polyphonic interchange of ideas, passions, educational philosophies, and spiritual understanding among equal parties. In 1528 a group of friends and colleagues at the University of Salamanca meet to discuss the proper development of teacher and pupil in a humanist educational system. Despite their utopic notions and firm rooting in Classical tradition, the speakers of Villalón's text essentially conform to the dialogic model in their constant interactions, assumptions, refutations, and contradictions. They do not passively receive instruction from their intellectual superiors and social betters; rather, their alternately conflicting and overlapping viewpoints emerge naturally from a candid exchange of ideas. Villalón's preference for dialogue over monologue and conversation over lecture represents a challenge to the unilateral imposition of orthodoxy by a dominant voice. This paper takes El scholástico as a case study to illustrate an emerging affinity among Spanish humanist writers for the dialogic treatment of academic topics rather than the more monologic genre of the formal treatise. It examines the literary models (Castiglione, Cicero) that preceded the text and the practical factors that possibly influenced the author to choose dialogue as his medium of expression. Finally, it suggests several effects that this format may have had on the reading public.

He will be talking on Monday February 4th 2012 at 4:05pm in 215 Dauer Hall.

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Efraín Barradas

Biographical

A graduate of Princeton University, where he specialized in Spanish-American literature, Dr. Barradas taught for several years at the University of Massachusetts at Boston; he also served as chair of the Department of Hispanic Studies and of the Program in Latin American Studies.

He has been at UF since 2000 at both the Center for Latin American Studies and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies where he continues to teach, research, write, and guide students on their research on the topics of his expertise and interest: popular culture in Latin America, and Mexican and Caribbean literature. He is also an expert on the iconography of Mexican artists.

The Presentation

His talk is titled, De Cataño a Río Piedras pasando por París: recuerdo y relectura de un libro de viaje. He summarizes his work as follows: "Esta ponencia presenta un texto híbrido donde se trata de combinar el comentario académico con la memoria y la autobiografía."

He will be talking on Monday October 1st 2012 at 4:05pm in 160 Pugh Hall.

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Victor Jordan

Biographical

Victor M. Jordán-Orozco works at the University of Florida where he teaches Spanish literature and language. He also coordinates the Accelerated Spanish Program for First Year Students. His short stories and poems have been published in Divergencias and Pegaso. He currently publishes Yodo y Eter (Iodine and Ether), a blog for his monthly short stories and his poetry.

Victor Jordan has been active in education for 33 years. He's taught in elementary school, middle school, high school, and universities. He's also held several administrative responsibilities such as school principal, student dean, department coordinator, academic advisor, and academic board member.

The Presentation

His talk is Diatriba de un hombre parado: pensamientos acerca del para qué de mi quehacer académico.

He will be talking on Wednesday October 31st at 12:50pm in 160 Pugh Hall.

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Luis Alvarez-Castro

Biographical

Luis Álvarez-Castro es doctor en filología española por la Universidad de Valladolid y doctor en literatura española por The Ohio State University. Ha sido profesor en UF desde 2005, especializado en la literatura y cultura española del siglo XIX y comienzos del XX. Es autor de los libros El universo femenino de Ángel Ganivet y La palabra y el ser en la teoría literaria de Unamuno. Entre sus últimos proyectos están una edición crítica de la novela El avispero, de Luis Bonafoux, y la edición de un volumen colectivo sobre Perfiles del heroísmo en la literatura hispana de entresiglos.

The Presentation

The title of his talk is: "La ideología de la memoria: De 1812 a 2012 pasando por 1936"

Advierte Álvarez Junco: "Quienes recurren a la historia no suelen estar movidos por el mero espíritu científico, sino por el deseo de utilizar lo que están leyendo, de sacarle una rentabilidad inmediata" (Mater Dolorosa 24). La actividad historiográfica asociada a la conmemoración del bicentenario de la Guerra de la Independencia Española se está produciendo en un contexto muy particular: la campaña en torno a la recuperación de la memoria histórica vinculada a la Guerra Civil. Como resultado de esta coincidencia, buena parte de esta historiografía puede leerse como palimpsestos anacrónicos en los que la revisión del periodo 1808-1814 (y muy especialmente todo lo relacionado con el proyecto liberal doceañista), se articula a partir de discursos que remiten al periodo más reciente de 1936-1939. En esta charla se analizarán estas intersecciones entre ideología y memoria y su relevancia en la sociedad española actual.

He will give his presentation on Tuesday, November the 27th, at 12:50 PM. Place: 160 Pugh Hall