Founded in the 1960s, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of language, literature and, more broadly, cultural expressions grounded in theorized and broadly socio-historical perspectives.
We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish and in combined Spanish and Portuguese; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Lusophone Literatures & Cultures. Our faculty have strengths in the colonial, postcolonial and globalization triad; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; memory and witnessing; human rights; subaltern studies; law and literature; cultural contacts; and the Hispanic legacies of Hebrew and Arabic traditions. In Linguistics, our strengths are in the study of language in its context(s) with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax.
Professor Ana Paula Ferreira was named the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts for a three-year period, beginning on July 1, 2014. The Samuel Russell Chair is intended to promote outstanding teaching and scholarship in the humanities. Professor Ferreira is currently working on two book projects. The first, entitled Women Writing the African Empire in Twentieth Century Portugal, "traces the emergence, development and subsequent naturalization of the cultural phenomenon called 'woman writer' in connection to the onset, the late consolidation of and the aftermath of Portuguese colonialism in Africa." The second book, Heretically Speaking: 'Race' and the Postcolonial in Portuguese, focuses on "the thematics of 'race' and the languages of colonial racisms at different points in time, from the late nineteenth century, through the mid-twentieth century, to the late twentieth and early twentieth-first centuries. It calls into question the accepted simplistic interpretation of the ideas of Brazilian sociologist Gilberto Freyre used by Salazar's regime to continue holding on to colonies in Africa during the period of decolonization and after Unesco's Declaration on Race." See Professor Ferreira's research narrative for a more complete description of her research trajectory. Ferreira Research Narrative-abridged.pdf
Molly Tun was awarded the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) from the Graduate School for the 2014-2015 academic year. Under the direction of Dr. Luis Ramos-Garcia, Molly's dissertation entitled "Articulations of Colonial Counting: the Discursive Conquest of Numbers in Early Modern Peru" is interdisciplinary both in scope and methodology. The way this project brings together mathematics and literature facilitates collaboration across the disciplines; the Center for Early Modern History (CEMH) recommended the project to the Graduate School and has offered Molly a residency in which she can actively participate in the intellectual life of this center. Her research advocates for the inclusion of minority discourses in the field of Hispanic colonial literature in a number of ways: by considering the relation between math and culture (ethnomathematics), by analyzing the virtually unexplored colonial accounting manuals, and by exposing indigenous accounts and forms of knowledge. An analysis of the origins of transatlantic cultural encounter and enumeration written from an interdisciplinary, minority, Andean, Latin-American perspective has the potential to re-locate indigenous thought within the unilateral colonial power structures, thus changing the way in which indigenous agency is recognized and historicized(Continue Reading)
University of Minnesota,
College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, and
Teatro del Pueblo
Providing a forum for interdiscursive theoretical discussions and dialogue, The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series, at the Spanish and Portuguese Department, supports a number of critical symposia that bring together not only the monologues of traditional scholarly disciplines, but also the powerful, struggling and often unarticulated voices, postures and assumptions of contemporary non-canonical, grassroots cultural discourses.
Full Schedule of Events and Performances (.pdf file)(Continue Reading)
Friday, March 7th
113 Folwell Hall
3:30 to 5:00pm
Two graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Catalina Ahumada and Xiaoxi Zhang, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!(Continue Reading)
Two Ph.D. graduate students in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Carla Manzoni and Ross Sandell, will give presentations on their research this Friday. Please join us!(Continue Reading)