Colloquium in Latin American and Iberian Cultures: Modern Iberian Studies


The Colloquium in Latin American and Iberian Cultures (CLAIC) intends to provide the students with a research-oriented space focused on Latin American and Iberian studies.

The colloquium is under the coordination of the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Graciela Montaldo, who is in charge of inviting outstanding faculty and researchers from outside the Department. The Colloquium has a duration of 45 hours, between regular seminar sessions and research workshops and covers five fields.

Each of the Visiting Professors will teach two seminar sessions, and will conduct one research workshop. Visiting Professors will also hold office hours during their sojourn at Columbia.

Outline and calendar of the Colloquium

February 2-6: Pedro M. Cátedra (Salamanca):  History of the Book; Iberian Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia; Printing presses and publishing in the Mediterranean world; 18th- and 19th-Century studies. Digital Humanities.

  1. Typography and Politics during the Eighteenth Century in Europe.
  2. Typographer speaks, Text Shuts up: Bodoni and the art of Book.

March 2-6: Pura Fernández (CSIC):  Gender; Iberian, and Transatlantic cultural networks among women; 19th- and 20th-Century studies. Digital Humanities.

  1. Politics of Affection: intersubjetive, literary, and social relationship between lettered women in Spain and Latin America (1824-1936).
  2. Emotional Maps: Modernity and Novel in nineteenth century Spain. Discourses and practices of female readers.

March 9-13: Joseba Gabilondo (Michigan State):  Basque cultures; critical theory; 20th- and 21st-Century studies. Digital Humanities.

  1. Populism, neoliberalism and the politics of melodramatic affectivity (on the 1%, Ocho  apellidos vascos, and the “deriva bolivariana”.
  2. Against (atheoretical) Iberian Studies: On the Politics of “Greater-Spain Studies” and the Disavowal of a Biopolitical Atlantic

March 30-April 3: Joan Ramon Resina (Stanford):  Catalan cultures; journalism; 20th- and 21st-Century studies.

  1. Josep Pla: Redefining Iberian Studies.
  2. Grey Notebook by Josep Pla. Translation and Transatlatic studies.

April 13-17: Anna Klobucka (UMass/Dartmouth):  Portugal and Lusophone studies; queer studies.

  1. Queer Undercurrents in Iberian Studies: Whitman, Pessoa, Lorca, Botto.
  2. Comparing Portuguese and Spanish Imperial Legacies.

Assessment and evaluation

Students will follow all the seminars and workshops, and will choose a research subject according to his or her interest. For this research, the student will work with one of the professors throughout the semester, both in person while the VP is on campus, and by electronic communication when the VP is not on campus. At the end of the semester, there will be a Colloquim with the presentations produced by the students, with the VP’s on video-conference, when possible. The Director of Graduate Studies, as coordinator of the Colloquium, will be in charge of the course and will assign the final grades and he/she will met students during the semester and attend the sessions.

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