UW-Madison Department of Spanish and Portuguese December '23 Newsletter

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DEC 2023



EVENTS Kaleidoscope

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Look Back at Fall

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Guest Speakers

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FACULTY NEWS Presentations

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Dear Readers, Welcome back to the UW-Madison Department of Spanish and Portuguese! As we embark on the journey of the spring semester, we reflect with pride on the achievements our department made in the fall of 2023. From groundbreaking research to inspiring collaborations, our community has demonstrated resilience, creativity, and a shared commitment to academic excellence. As we turn the page to spring 2024, we eagerly anticipate the coming months as we delve into exciting projects, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and foster a sense of unity among our students, faculty, and staff. Welcome back, and here's to a spring semester filled with inspiration, collaboration, and academic success!

Kaleidoscope 2024

The 2024 Kaleidoscope 18th Annual Graduate Student Conference, organized by graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will host a two-day interdepartmental event providing an open forum for undergraduates, graduates, professors, and scholars to share ideas and research during the dates of March 8th & 9th, 2024. Each day of the conference will entail up to three panels of presentations in sessions moderated by Ph.D. students and professors from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Kaleidoscope will feature thematically integrated keynote addresses from three renowned scholars in the areas of Spanish and Portuguese literature and linguistics. This year’s conference invites discussion around the breaking points, processes and mutations that are capable of threatening or advancing the current climate of social, technological, institutional and ecocritical change and their implications within the study of Lusobrazilian and Hispanic worlds. Kaleidoscope aspires to foster meaningful collaboration between attendees, scholars, and speakers. We hope to expand horizons from the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences discussed at te event. Altogether, we aim for the twofold outcome of 1) furthering future research and 2) motivating awareness and positive change in the fields of Spanish and Portuguese language, literature, film, and culture.

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has been a busy p picnics to symposiums. Our faculty, staff, and students have s hard work put into planning and executing so many wonderful Madison and the community.

Censorship, Surveillance, Disinformation Symposium of the Center for Early Modern Studies October 26th and 27th, 2023

lace this semester! We have hosted many events from hown their passion and love for language through the and eductional opportunities for the students of UW-


Where: Vilas Park, Vilas Shelter Date: Sept 30th Time: 3-7pm Come enjoy the Henry Vilas Zoo, Caracas

Arepas Food Truck, and great company! Alcohol is not permitted at this event

(Zoo closes at 5pm/Food served 4-6pm)

E G U ST Speakers

Our department was very fortunate to have several guest speakers join us this past semester. We are so grateful for everyone that joined us, either in person or via Zoom, to attend these events. YURRI HERRERA Tulane University Juárez en Nueva Orleans

MARIANO LOPEZ UNTREF Argentina Queer Eye for Your Research Files

SANTIAGO VAQUERA-VASQUEZ Writer and Professor, University of New Mexico “Memoria(s) from a Chicano Writer’s Notebook of Travel: Reflections on Border Crossing”

GERMÁN ZÁRATE-SÁNDEZ Writer and Professor, University of New Mexico Informed decision-making in L2teaching: How SLA research canhelp us get there

CLARA BURGO Loyola University Chicago Mixed classes: Heritage languagelearners in the L2 classroom

INMACULADA GÓMEZ SOLER Dublin City University, Ireland Teaching Spanish Through the Lensof Social Justice: The Case ofGenderInclusive Spanish

GILLIAN LORD University of Florida Tools and tips for technology-assisted pronunciation instruction

Please join the Department of Spanish & Portuguese in congratulating Denise Oyuki Castillo and Juan Poveda Romero, who have been recognized as Fall 2023 Honored Instructors by University Housing. Each semester, University Housing residents are invited to nominate instructors that have impacted them positively, challenged them, helped them learn, and inspired them. Ouyki was recognized for her work in Chican@ & Latin@ Studies 201 and Juan for his work in Spanish 203. You can find a list of all Honored Instructors, past and present, here.

Congratulations to Luke Urbain for winning our Fall 2023 Departmental TA Teaching Award! On behalf of the LCC, Luke, we commend you for your creativity, sense of innovation, and ability to challenge your students to think critically about the multifaceted nature of their use of Spanish. Details about Luke's submission Can be found here.

Portuguese grad student, Tingting Lyu’s translation of a Mozambican novel A Espada e a Azagaia , written by Mia Couto, was published at the end of Oct. For more information on the Publication you can click the image!

Students in our Portuguese 204 course crafted a fantastic magazine during the fall semester. Ph.D. student, Leticia Guedes Barbosa instructed the class and helped the students put together a truly stunning work. We love to see the creative

Saylín Álvarez (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), along with Jaerin Ahn (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures) and Erin Paul (Division of Continuing Studies), recipients of the Language Institute’s 2022 Committed to Change grant, presented their award-winning projects at a December LI Brownbag for Language Educators. Saylín Álvarez’ video project Voces addresses underrepresented topics and issues affecting Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and non-binary students in language courses (especially Spanish). The videos feature interviews Saylín conducted with students and language instructors on campus who express their perspectives and perceptions of the content of language classes as it pertains to their diverse identities and life experiences. Now in the final stage, the video-interviews will be launched in the webpage Voces (to be linked to the Department’s website). The project’s aim is to continue the dialogue, create awareness and promote more inclusive practices in language teaching. Special thanks to Álex Lara (Project Assistant), and Sam Weeks (Cinematographer)

Martiniano Etchart, doctoral student in the SLA program and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Fernando Tejedo, copresented in the second edition of the Diversity Forum (with colleagues Dragan Mikulin and Dianna Murphy). Their session focused on the concrete ways that language ideologies can reinforce and perpetuate stereotypes and result in discriminatory practices. The session explored questions such as: What are standard(ized) languages? What does it mean to have an accent or to think you don’t? How do our beliefs about language influence how we perceive and treat others? What is linguistic discrimination? There were over 500 people in attendance (in person and streaming online)!

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Science initiative designed to stimulate

Alcalá Galán 2022

Goldgel 2021

Armstrong & MacDonald (eds.) 2021

Goldgel & Domínguez (eds) 2021

Armstrong et al. (eds.) 2021

Hernández 2021

Bilbija 2021

De Ferrari & Siskind (eds.) 2022

Egea 2021

Hernández & Santana 2022

Hutchinson 2020

Rao et al. 2022

Kory Deavers

Ksenija Bilbija

Morgan Zimmer

Karen Francis

Sam Weeks

Tracy Deavers

Alcalá Galán, Mercedes

Egea, Juan

Hutchinson, Steven

Álvarez Oquendo, Saylín

Mercado, Sarli

Medina, Rubén

Ancos García, Pablo

Pellegrini, Marcelo

Rodríguez-Guridi, Bárbara

Armstrong, Grant

Pujol, Eve

Sanchez, Kathryn

Beilin, Katarzyna

Rao, Rajiv

Sapega, Ellen

Bilbija, Ksenija

Ríos-Rodríguez, Jara

Stafford, Catherine

Cerezo Paredes, Alicia

Fondow, Steve

Tejedo-Herrero, Fernando

Close, Glen

Goldgel-Carballo, Víctor

De Ferrari, Guillermina

Hernández, Paola

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