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MemberMaria Lujan Figueredo

Dr. Figueredo is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University, where she teaches courses in Spanish and Spanish American literature. Her research focuses on the relationship of literature and music in Latin America, music as a subtext in women’s writing, and contemporary innovations in Spanish American literature. Professor Maria Figueredo was awarded the 2016 President’s University-wide Teaching Award.

MemberKathleen Cunniffe Peña

…Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Doctor of Philosophy, Spanish; 2017
Concentration: Contemporary Spanish American Literature
Dissertation: Irlandés in the Americas: Irish Themes and Affinities in Contemporary Spanish American Narrative

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Master of Arts, Latin American Studies; May 2004
Concentrations: History, Spanish American Literature

Albright College, Reading, PA

Bachelor of Arts, Spanish/Latin American Studies; May 2002
Cum laude, College Honors, Departmental Distinction in Spanish
K-12 Teaching Certification in Spanish

I am a full-time lecturer in Spanish and a scholar of Latin American narrative in literature and popular culture. I focus on contemporary narratives shaped by migration and/or translation. My current project involves the translation of a film on Cristina Martínez, an undocumented chef from Philadelphia, along with a separate (but related), scholarly examination of Cristina’s use of mass media and community activism to construct her own, broader notions of citizenship and belonging. Recently published articles deal with cosmopolitanism and translational literature in narratives that have, in one way or another, traveled across the Atlantic. My dissertation also presents a transatlantic perspective. Titled “Irlandés in the Americas: Irish Themes and Affinities in Contemporary Spanish American Literature,” it explores how and why Irish characters and themes have served Latin American narratives. I studied Spanish in Chile, and have since made numerous trips to South America for research, professional development and pleasure. In my local community, I volunteer as an immigrant advocate and medical interpreter for migrant workers, and often work to engage my students in the community, as well.

MemberMaría del Pilar Blanco

I am an Associate Professor in Spanish American Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Spanish at Trinity College in that institution. I am the author of one monograph, Ghost-Watching American Modernity: Haunting, Landscape, and the Hemispheric Imagination (Fordham, 2012), and co-editor, with Esther Peeren, of Popular Ghosts: The Haunted Spaces of Everyday Culture (Continuum, 2010) and The Spectralities Reader: Ghosts and Haunting in Contemporary Critical Theory (Bloomsbury, 2013). I am completing a second monograph project, Modernist Laboratories: Science and the Poetics of Progress in the Spanish American Fin de Siècle. With Joanna Page, I have edited a collection of essays entitled Latin America at the Vanguard: Science and its Imaginaries. I am also collaborating on a different editorial project, with Andrew Thacker and Eric Bulson:  The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Global Modernist Magazines, vol. 1: South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.  My main and current research interests are the intersections of literature and science across different traditions; popularisation of fin-de-siècle science in Latin America in periodicals and its intersections with modernismo; global modernisms; transatlantic literary relations; little magazines (1880s-mid-20th century); decadence and its global perception; life-writing

MemberOsvaldo Sandoval

Osvaldo Sandoval is a Doctoral student in Hispanic Cultural Studies and a teaching assistant of Spanish at Michigan State University. He received a B.A. cum laude in Spanish and a M.A. in Spanish from California State University, Fullerton, where he also served as president of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) and president of the Asociación de Alumnos y Ex-Alumnos de Español (AAEE). He served as the Co-Chair of the Graduate Student Association of the Romance and Classical Studies Department from 2015-2017. Currently, he is the Co-Editor of TROPOS, the Annual Graduate Student Journal at RCS and the Department’s Steward for the Graduate Employees Union. Besides his contribution to the planning of several workshops and planning for the GSA-TROPOS Conference at MSU, he has directed and collaborated with the adaptation of various Hispano-American plays. He has received the Outstanding Contributor Award in Spanish (2016) and the Dr. Johannes Sachse MemorialAward (2017) by the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. His research interests include Spanish American literatures, performance studies, and contemporary drama genres in Spain and the Southern Cone. Osvaldo intends to defend his doctoral dissertation by Spring 2019.

MemberSebastiaan Faber

• Iberian Trans-Atlantic Studies
• Institutional History of Hispanism
• Historical Memory in Post-Franco Spain
• Spanish Cinema; Luis Buñuel; Post-Francoist Cinema
• Literature of Spanish Civil War Exile
• Representations of the Spanish Civil War and SCW refugees
• The Crisis of the Turn of the Century in Spain and Spanish America
• Intellectuals and Political Commitment
• Intellectual Contacts Between Spain and Spanish America after 1810
• Constructions of Hispanic Identity since Latin-American Independence
• Theory of Ideology
• Contemporary Spanish Fiction
• Journalism and Fiction in Latin-American Literature