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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

  • Spanish & Portuguese Research Group

    Friday, February 12, 2016
    120 Folwell Hall

     Mario Antonio Cossío Olavide
    Cuaresma and Carnal duel for honour. Towards a preliminary interpretation of the culinary poetics of the "Libro de buen amor"


    Scott Ehrenburg
    Fleeting comedy in a pressurized cockpit: hetero(auto)nomy in "Los amantes pasajeros" (2013)

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  • Intermitences: Memory, Impunity and the Poetics of the Visible in Uruguay

    Institute for Global Studies
    Latin American Brown Bag Series

    Ana Forcinito,
    Spanish and Portuguese  

    Thursday, February 4, 2016
    Room 710 Social Sciences

    12:15pm-1:00 pm

    This presentation explores the central role  played by  literary and artistic practices  in the process of transitional justice after dictatorship (1973-85),  through practices that intruded upon the official understanding of democratization as pacification, silence and impunity, and  attempted to rework the languages and  images used to make visible the human rights violations of the past and their long-lasting effects in the present.

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  • 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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