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Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo

Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo
Lecturer Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
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    Casa Hispánica
    Department of Latin American & Iberian Cultures
    612 W. 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
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    By appointment
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    (212) 854-5322
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Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo holds a PhD from the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures as well as a Licenciatura in French Philology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), and MA in Theory and Practice of Language and the Arts from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). Before coming to Columbia, Miguel taught Spanish language and literature to undergraduate students at the ESCP-Europe (Paris), and at the Institut d'Études Ibériques et Latino-américaines of Paris IV-Sorbonne University.

Miguel's research interests include History of Science and Religion, Global History, History of the Book (manuscript and printed), Literature, Material Cultures, and Digital Humanities. Miguel's dissertation examines how in the late 16th and early 17th centuries narrative artifacts (letters, printed books, codices, and images) were exchanged between Europe and Asia via the Ibero-American continent and through the transoceanic route known as the Nao of China or Manila Galleon.

Academic Statement

At Columbia, I teach language classes and courses related to the literature and cultures of the medieval and early modern periods. As a teacher, I draw on a wide range of materials, including narrative fragments, poetry, artworks, maps, and archival sources in digital forms. In my courses, I cultivate a collaborative learning environment through group discussions and presentations by designing pedagogical guides that help students to interrogate and identify essential elements in the texts and materials discussed during the courses. Furthermore, I have designed my own syllabi related to stimulating topics that help students to connect with medieval and early modern topics and questions.

Among other topics, I have taught a course that focused on how emotions and sensorial experiences reshape political, scientific, and religious ideas: “Sense and Curiosity: Visual and Literary Cultures in Pre-Modern Iberia;” a course related to pre-modern constructions of Orientalism: “Iberian Orientalism: From the Ancient Silk Road to the Early Modern Transoceanic Voyages.” This academic year, I am teaching a translation course designed for graduate-level research in the arts and sciences (Rapid Reading and Translation) and I have also been appointed as a GSAS Teaching Scholar in recognition of a course proposal that I will be teaching in spring 2018, “Global Disorientations: Travels, Fictions and Interactions across the Early Modern World (1492-1808).”