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Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

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.

Department News

  • Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship

    On Tuesday, October 20th, Tim Frye (MA/PhD Hispanic Literatures & Cultures Grad Student), along with seventeen other graduate and professional degree students, will be celebrated for receiving the 2015 Walter Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowship.  

    Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships are designed to support the continued internationalization of the University of Minnesota by providing critical assistance to students enrolled in master’s and professional degree programs, and to increase opportunities for students to study, undertake internships, and conduct research projects abroad.

    Tim's research involves literary fieldwork of memory sites of the Canal Zone in Panama. His research goes beyond the study of race alone by examining the way power and politics in Panama are spatially determined. The Canal Zone is best understood as space that bridges race, commerce, and ecology at once intertwined with social and economic marginalization, but which are invisible to the official historical record. For that reason, the study of these spaces is paramount in the study of cultural narratives of Panama. 

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  • Latin American Visions: Film, Memory, and Human Rights

    A Conversation with filmmaker Sergio Schmucler about  The blue Shadow/La sombra azul (2012).

    Wednesday, October 14th
    1:00-2:15 p.m.
    335 Nicholson Hall

    Javier Rodriguez is a police officer who suffered torture during the last military dictatorship in Argentina. After his exile in Denmark, he returns to his home country to find out that some of the same police officers who tortured him are now senior officials.

    This film is about the long-lasting effects of the violence of the past, and about the role that survivors of political repression have had (and still have) in the struggle against impunity.

    This film is also about the difficulties of representation of the testimonial accounts of survivors.

    The talk will be in Spanish and is open to the public. 

    For more information contact Prof. Ana Forcinito 

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

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  • Spanish & Portuguese Research Group (SPRG)

    Friday, October 9, 2015
    317 Folwell Hall

    Veronica Menaldi
    Enchanting Go-Betweens: Mediated Love Magic Within and Without "El Libro de buen amor"


    Carla Manzoni
    Multi-screen Post-dictatorial Memory: Alternative narrative suture in Argentina and Spain

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  • Spanish and Portuguese Research Group (SPRG)

    Friday, September 25, 2015
    317 Folwell Hall

    Sophia Beal
    Assistant Professor, Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese

    21st-Century Brasília: Spatial Negotiations in Cultural Texts
    In learning about Brasília, we learn about the power of place, not as deriving from some static, unchanging location, but from the  dynamic negotiations that unfold there. Drawing on theory related to  social space and cultural geography, particularly that of Henri  Lefebvre and Doreen Massey, this study analyzes cultural texts concerned with the negotiations that imbue the city with meaning. Four of Brasília’s contemporary cultural texts shed light on the spatial negotiations that continuously transform the city and shape the subjectivities of its residents: Ellen Oléria’s song “Senzala (a feira da Ceilândia),” Viela 17’s song “20 de 40,” Sexy Fi’s album Nunca te vi de boa, and Augusto Rodrigues’s poetry collection Do livro de carne (brasílias invisíveis).
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