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

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MARCH 2023

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NOTE FROM THE CHAIR Pg 2. FEATURED EVENTS Upcoming Events

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Ongoing Events

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GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS Awards

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FACULTY NEWS Awards

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FEATURED EVENTS Past Events

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GRADUATE STUDENT NEWS Dissertations Defended

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Awards and Grants

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Scholarships Recipients

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FACULTY NEWS Awards

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Publications

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NOTE FROM THE CHAIR Dear friends and colleagues, Welcome to a new edition of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese newsletter! After a long overdue hiatus since our last issue of the now defunct Tinta, the Department resumes its efforts to reach out and bring you up to date with some news about our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. As you will see and read in the following pages, the long pause has not meant an interruption of the Department’s activities. On the contrary, this volume highlights many of the professional accomplishments, the academically stimulating series of events, and a flurry of ongoing and upcoming activities in which our faculty, graduate and undergraduate students have participated. In the first issue of the monthly newsletter that we launch today, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some recent events, as we move forward at the same time to celebrating continued successes and activities in our department. We hope that you will like the new format and delivery of the newsletter and that you will keep in touch with feedback through the Department's social media apps, regular email, or with a hand-written note! I wish you all the best as the spring semester gets underway!

Ellen Sapega Department Chair


A LOOK

FOWARD

March 3-4th

Kaleidoscope Conference

March 23rd

Guest Speaker-Sherry Velasco

March 24th

Writing Workshop

March 28-29th

Day of the Badger

March 31st

Flash Talks-Andean Worlds

April 6th

Guest SpeakerEnrique García Santo-Tomás

April 12th

Guest Speaker- Richard Zenith

April 14th

Writing Workshop

April 28th

Guest Speaker- Enrique Pato


In recent years, our world has been shaken not only by a pandemic but also by a change in the way we see our academic

Kaleidoscope

enterprise.

These

modulations

have

created

Conference of the Graduate Students of the

on

multiple

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

transformations levels

which

new

include

form,

content, and goals. Who is the investigator, how to conduct an investigation,

and

what

is

investigated have always been at the center of any field of knowledge. With them, the long debate between tradition and innovation,

authority

and

newcomers,

prescription

or

open-mindedness.

From

the

Medieval power of memory to the Postmodern enhancement of the material world, there are always

new

approaches,

ramifications, and dynamics in the way we study historical periods

and

their

cultural

manifestations. In this call for papers, we invite our speakers from

all

disciplines

to

a

conference aimed to reflect on the way we look at our research, both

synchronically

diachronically.

Within

and these

cracks, the participants may find an open field to alter, displace, and readjust the field itself.





We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past donations. Because of your generosity, we have been able to financially support students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese with scholarships, fellowships, travel grants, and research opportunities that enhance student’s educational experiences. We have had the honor of students and faculty receiving Fulbright Awards, Fellowships, and numerous other recognitions along with several publications. We look forward to the continued opportunities and accolades that our students and staff will have in the department and appreciate your continued support. With Day of the Badger coming up, we hope you consider supporting the department once again. On Wisconsin!



La Mesa de Conversación (Spanish) Where? Union South, The Sett (second floor, mezzanine level) When? Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm For more information please contact Steve Fondow. Join us for our next meeting!

Bate-Papo (Portuguese) Where? Union South, The Sett (second floor, mezzanine level) When? Thursdays: 5:00-6:30pm Spring 2023: February 2-May 4 For more information please contact Ellen Sapega. Join us for our next meeting!


Living Poetry: Women in Translation (WIT) Project The Living Poetry: Women in Translation (WIT) translation sessions began in the Fall of 2018 as part of the 4W-International Women Collective Translation Project at the University of WisconsinMadison. Founded and co-directed by Dr. Sarli E. Mercado and Lori DiPrete Brown, director of Women and Wellbeing and Wisconsin in the World Initiative (4W), this promising initiative has gathered a community of readers, translators, and interpreters from various disciplines and institutions as part of a collaborative translation praxis of literary texts by writers and scholars from the Americas and Spain. The group’s goal is to make texts written in Spanish available in English –and vice versa– to the benefit of writers and readers around the world. Literary and translation studies,

(México) León Plascencia Ñol, Jorge Gutiérrez Reyna, Marco Antonio Murillo, as well as the Venezuelan poet Santiago Acosta. Also in April, WIT hosted a five-day visit by the renowned Argentine writer Luisa Futoransky, which featured a creative writing retreat, a translation workshop, a Zoom talk, meetings with undergraduate and graduate students, and a public book presentation.

cultural anthropology, education, public health, biology, and gender and women studies are among the disciplines and institutional fields of research represented in this local group of collaborators.

academic year, WIT celebrated the life and work of Argentine poet Tamara Kamenszain (1947-2021) with the participation of guest scholars and writers Alicia Borinsky

During the Nelson Institute’s Earth Day Celebration in April, WIT launched Montañas, And

(Argentina), Silvia Goldman (Uruguay), Laura Cesarco Eglin (Uruguay), Seth Michelson (USA), Claudia Posadas (México)

Three or Four Ríos. The City and Nature José Emilio Pacheco Literary Prize Bilingual Anthology. Produced with the collaboration of LACIS, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Nelson

and Diana I. Klinger (Argentina). WIT workshops were led by Venezuelan poet Giordana García Sojo and by two professors from the Department of Spanish and

Institute for Environmental Studies, and Meninas Cartoneras Editorial in Madrid, the volume includes the work of the award-wining writers Brenda

Portuguese: Rubén Medina and Ksenija Bilbija, who discussed her work as a translator considering experiences of

Becette (Argentina) and Claudia Cabrera Espinosa

displacement, exile, and identity.

Other recent WIT projects, workshops, and events have included the publication of Linterna Luz Radical / A Lantern Radical Light (2021), a collection of poems that connect to our present experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the current


Boghesi-Mellon Workshop: Migrant Media Artivism As part of the ongoing interdisciplinary research on migration and border studies, a group of faculty and graduate students have created a new Borghesi-Mellon workshop, “Migrant Media and Artivism.” In the wake of contemporary happenings such as the global refugee crisis, Brexit and the rights of undocumented people during pandemics such as COVID19, this workshop interrogates art and media’s potentials to engage with the shifting geo-political realities that have enforced the displacement and migration of communities around the globe in search of stable economic, social and political regimes. By interrogating the aesthetic, contextual and material manifestation of global flows of people, commodities and media artifacts, the workshop taps into wider conversations about social justice, diversity and inclusion paradigms. We meet once a month to host seminars, lectures, reading groups and screenings that come under the larger umbrella of media and migration.


Ruth Llana Fernández has received the Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Graduate Student Award in the Creative Arts 2023. Congratulations, Ruth! It is a pleasure to announce that Felipe Moraga has been selected as a winner of a 2022-2023 Innovation in Teaching Award by the Campus-Wide TA Award Committee. We are happy for Felipe, but also grateful for all the excellent work that he does, as well as for his always professional and positive attitude. Congratulations, Felipe! Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering and Spanish major Caitriona Treacy is a recipient of the UW Global Gateway Fellowship for Spring 2023. Through the UW Global Gateway Initiative, students participate in pre- and postprogram engagements and onsite activities to integrate their time abroad with academics and professional development. Congratulations, Caitriona!


Professor Mercedes Alcalá-Galán has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities for a four-year period, beginning in the fall of AY 2023-24.

Saylín Álvarez Oquendo has received a Language Institute Committed to Change Grant to support the development of digital content that reflects and highlights the cultural and ethnic diversity of different communities of Spanish speakers.



BACK FALL 2022 A LOOK


“Life, art and theatre in early modern Seville” It had been more than two years in the works, but Professor Duncan Wheeler (from the U of Leeds, England), a specialist in early modern and modern Spanish studies (theatre, cinema, cultural studies and much else) was finally able to visit UW-Madison last October 12th. Wheeler gave an entertaining and illuminating talk entitled: “Life, art and theatre in early modern Seville” in which he advanced “the hypothesis that a holistic understanding of Golden Age drama demands an appreciation of the interrelationships between art, theatre and everyday life in Seville as important precursor to, and influence The talk was funded by LACIS and co-sponsored by the Center for Early Modern Studies (CEMS), the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, and Interdisciplinary Theatre Studies (ITS)

It was more than a festival. It was a celebration of a healthier, better way to live, no matter the season.

on, subsequent developments in the Spanish capital.”


“Realidades artificiales”: El cine documental de Manuel Abramovich In October, Professor Antonio Gómez (Tulane U.) presented his research on the Argentinian documentary filmmaker Manuel Abramovich (Buenos Aires, 1987), whose recent projects try to explore elements of performativity in everyday life (la “performatividad de lo cotidiano”). With the aim of understanding the theoretical, historical, and political implications in the playful approach to reality in current documentary filmmaking, Gómez’s presentation ocused on three of Abramovich’s projects: Solar Last October 27, Professor Antonio Gómez (Tulane U.) presented his research on the Argentinian documentary filmmaker Manuel Abramovich (Buenos Aires, 1987), whose recent projects try to explore elements of performativity in everyday life (la “performatividad de lo cotidiano”). With the aim of understanding the theoretical, historical, and political implications in the playful approach to reality in current documentary filmmaking, Gómez’s presentation focused on three of Abramovich’s projects: Solar(2016), a portrait about a ten-year old boy who published a best-seller in New Age literature; Años luz(2017), in which Abramovich has access to the shooting of Zama, a documentary by his fellow filmmaker Lucrecia Martel; and a short film, Blue Boy (2019), about male-to-male sex workers in Berlin. Gómez’s presentation focused on three of Abramovich’s projects: Solar(2016), a portrait about a ten-year old boy who published a best-seller in New Age literature; Años luz(2017), in which Abramovich has access to the shooting of Zama, a documentary by his fellow filmmaker Lucrecia Martel; and a short film, Blue Boy (2019), about male-to-male sex workers in Berlin.


Roundtable and Flash talks At the end of September, three of our PhD candidates, Gloria Morales, Isabel Martín, and and Denise Oyuki Castillo, organized a roundtable discussion about archives and literature in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Iberian Peninsula. The roundtable included Professors Alicia Cerezo, Víctor Goldgel, Paola Hernández, and Ellen Sapega, who shared their personal and academic journeys around archival research, and the ways archives can illuminate studies about cultural memory, materiality, primary sources, the relationship between history and literature. Students took center stage in the organization and participation of a second event around the same topic on October 28th. In a dynamic flash talk presentation format, 8 students showcased their research on a variety of topics concerned with archives and literature. Professors Marcelo Pellegrini and Pablo Ancos collaborated in the response portion of the event with Emeritus Professor Hildner in attendance. Students in our department presented on the following topics:


Carlos Ortiz, Covertly Triggering the Archive on Stage Mariana Oliveira, Biography and Poetry in Literary Archives Gloria Morales Osario, The Archival Substratum of National Book Collections in Latin America Felipe Moraga, Are Archives and Book Preservation Relevant Anymore in the Field of Early Modern Literature Pedro Gonzáles, Yuyachkani's Performing Archive: Con-cierto Olvido

Carlos Ortiz, Covertly Triggering the Archive on Stage Mariana Oliveira, Biography and Poetry in Literary Archives Gloria Morales Osario, The Archival Substratum of National Book Collections in Latin America Felipe Moraga, Are Archives and Book Preservation Relevant Anymore in the Field of Early Modern Literature Pedro Gonzáles, Yuyachkani's Performing Archive: Con-cierto Olvido

In November, Dr. Carolina Espinoza Cartes (Chile/Spain), Director of Meninas Cartoneras, offered an engaging workshop entitled: Editorial Artisan Alternatives to Mass Market Publishing: On the Possibilities of the Cardboard Book making Movement from the Americas. The public event was organized by 4W-Women in Translation


Megan Bailon, Precarious Aesthetics and Performances of Labor in Migration in the Neoliberal Caribbean

Carolina Balvín Arévalo, Apetitos, legados y transgresiones en cinco narrativas vampíricas, 1993-2016 Karen García Escorcia, El legado de la represión política: el motivo de la deuda en la literatura latinoamericana contemporánea John Giblin, Baroque Genres: Theorizing the Early Modern Spanish Picaresque through Miguel de Cervantes Ryan Grosvold, The Role of Social and Linguistic Factors in the Preservation of Arabic-Based Lexicon in Modern Spanish Jared Hendrickson, Nascent Angolanidade in the Angolan Short Story: Reevaluating Arnaldo Santos and Early Luandino Vieira Erwin Lares, Same Difference: a Look into the Systematic Differences that Exist between the Two Realizations of VO Idioms Vicente López Abad, La familia como representación cultural de la postcrisis en Argentina y España (2000-2017) Cassidy Reis, Themes of Visuality, Visual Language and Ekphrasis in the Early Modern Spanish Picaresque Carlos Rojas, Computerized Pronunciation Training of Spanish Rhotics Andrea Sánchez Vicente, El contacto lingüístico hispano-neerlandés a través de un corpus de cartas comerciales de la segunda mitad del siglo XVII. Transcripción paleográfica, edición crítica y estudio lingüístico


Our students have been the recipient of prestigious research awards and fellowships in the last year: Brandon J. Goodale received the US Fulbright Open Study/Research Award to collect data for his dissertation on: Diatopic, Diastratic, Diaphasic Variation in the Intonation of Uruguay in Spanish. Brandon was also awarded with the Lois Roth Foundation Award which will allow him to support his Fulbright research. Sabina Madrid Malloy was the recipient of the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award (DDRA) for her project titled Resonating Resistance: The Body in Contemporary Mexican Theatre and Performance. Gloria Morales Osorio was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows (Junior Fellow, 2022-2024) in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) at the Rare Book School (RBS). Elizabeth Neary will be Short Term Newberry Fellow (Charles Montgomery Gray Fellow) during the academic year 2022-2023 to research a project entitled: “The Flawless Family Tree: Rooting Out Heresy and Cultivating Purity in Cartas Ejecturias de Hidalguia.” Carlos Ortiz was awarded the Lyman S.V. Judson and Ellen Mackechnie Judson Graduate Student Award in the Creative Arts by the Division of the Arts at University of Wisconsin-Madison for theatrical projects on campus. Mariana Oliveira received the Bolsa FLAD/ Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (Summer 2022). Denise Oyuki Castillo was selected to receive the first Spring Semester Departmental Teaching Award, which "aims to recognize one TA for their all-around dedication and performance." Congratulations, Denise! Congratulations to our two other finalists: Jorge Fernández Cienfuegos and Jamie de Moya-Cotter.


The Department of Spanish & Portuguese is delighted to announce this year’s Marsha Gray Ehrlich Scholarship Fund recipients. Marsha Gray Ehrlich was a former graduate student in our Department, and an Arts, with a major in Spanish, on August 17, 1968. She carried the preparation she taught Spanish and Latin in public schools for more than thirty years, before outside the classroom, inspiring colleagues and family alike. Our first recipient, Tristin Bautista, was recognized for his work as an academic mentor within UW-Madison’s Center for Academic Excellence working with first-generation, low-income students of color in need of academic assistance across all levels of Spanish and as a founding member of Dreamers of Wisconsin through which he engaged with Spanish-speaking communities across the state. Upon learning he had been selected as a recipient, he wrote, “To have been able to connect my service on campus to something I’m so passionate about like the Spanish language has been an absolute privilege, never once feeling like work. Receiving this award affirms all of the effort I’ve put in throughout undergrad as a tutor and translator, and I’m honored to be recognized in this way!” Our second recipient, Sara Mulrooney, was recognized for her work mentoring bilingual students through the Juventud after-school program and volunteering with the River Food Pantry assisting Spanish-speaking clients. She writes, “I am incredibly grateful and honored to be selected as a recipient of the Marsha Gray Ehrlich Scholarship. Putting my language skills to use through community service has been one of the most fulfilling and meaningful experiences of my undergraduate years. My Spanish education here at UW-Madison has prepared me with an appreciation for linguistic diversity, a curiosity for cultural learning, and the skills to communicate and connect with others within our community. I feel a responsibility to put that education to use to have a positive impact outside of the classroom. Spanish has enabled me to connect with others and make a difference in unique and enriching ways whenever I serve my community. I would like to extend my gratitude to the family of Marsha Gray Ehrlich, the UW-Madison Spanish department, the community partners I have worked with over the years, and my family and friends.”


inspirational teacher during her long professional career. She received a Master of received from our Department and her joy for Spanish to New York, where she retiring in 2002. Ms. Ehrlich carried her love and passion for languages inside and

Our third recipient, Erin Wruk, was recognized for her assistance with avenues toward citizenship and advocating for immigrant rights. She has also worked as an election official, using her Spanish skills to make sure language barriers were not barriers to vote. She says, “I am so thrilled to study abroad in Barcelona this summer and further improve my Spanish language skills. The UW-Madison Spanish department has introduced me to the most supportive staff and students during my time here, and I am so grateful. Community outreach and organizing are one of my passions, and using the Spanish language to make connections with more people in my community is incredibly important to me. Thank you so much to all the absolutely wonderful Spanish professors at UW-Madison that have helped me learn and grow.”

Congratulations, Erin, Sara, and Tristin, from everyone here in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, on your sustained commitment to community service!


A Second Consecutive UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award in Spanish Professor Juan Egea was named as one of eleven campus-wide winners of the 2022 UW-Madison Distinguished Teaching Award. A specialist in modern and contemporary Spanish poetry, film and urban culture, Professor Egea was recognized for his pedagogical creativity and excellence in courses ranging from large undergraduate lecture on Hispanic literatures and cultures to graduate seminars on visual and cultural studies. He has won superlative praise from his students while teaching in remote, blended, and in-person formats. This follows Professor Rubén Medina’s receipt of the same award in 2021. A poet, translator, and scholar, Professor Medina was recognized for actively seeking to adopt critical pedagogical methods that would meet a variety of student needs in a multicultural classroom. The learning environment Medina nurtures in his classroom allows students to develop the necessary respect, unity, and connection for interdisciplinary critique. Students enthusiastically enroll in his classes, which offer them a chance to explore the aesthetic, social, and political aspects of a wide variety of texts including poetry, film, Spanish-language rock, car culture, and more. An extraordinary achievement for any department!


Professor Ksenija Bilbija Recognized for Mentoring Undergraduates Professor Ksenija Bilbija was selected to receive a University of Wisconsin-Madison Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities! This commitment to

award recognizes her ongoing undergraduate students and their

scholarly pursuits. Congratulations, Professor Bilbija, on this well-deserved award! [read more]

Professor Mercedes Alcalá-Galán Receives H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship Mercedes Alcalá Galán, Professor of Spanish Literature and Culture and President of the Cervantes Society of America, has received an H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship. With this fellowship, the University recognizes her academic success and provides an opportunity for the continued development of her outstanding research program. Congratulations, Professor Alcalá-Galán, on this major campus honor! [read more]

Professor Kata Beilin Awarded Fulbright Scholar Award Professor Kata Beilin has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research in Mexico during the 2022-23 Academic Year. Professor Beilin will use this prestigious award to complete a book project titled With the Bees and Maize: How the Mayas of Yucatán Take their World Back. Congratulations, Professor Beilin, on this distinguished award! [read more]


Armstrong & MacDonald (eds.) 2021

Armstrong et al. (eds.) 2021

Alcalá Galán 2022

Hernández & Santana 2022

Hutchinson 2020

Rao et al. 2022


De Ferrari & Siskind (eds.) 2022

Egea 2021

Goldgel Carballo & Domínguez (eds) 2021

Hernández 2021

Goldgel 2021


Ellen W. Sapega

Fernando Tejedo-Herrero

Kory Deavers

Karen Francis

Morgan Zimmer

Tracy Deavers

Sam Weeks

Anabelle Bonilla & Michaela Stromberg

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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