19th Annual Symposium

April 15-16, 2016


Hispanic & Lusophone Studies 


The 19th Annual Hispanic & Lusophone Studies Symposium

Dimensions of Violence in Luso-Hispanic contexts


From Codex Espangliensis, used with the permission of Moving Parts Press

General Info

This year, the graduate student symposium will explore the distinct literary and cultural manifestations of violence in Luso-Hispanic contexts such as Latina/o, Latin American, and Iberian studies across a wide range of historical periods and academic disciplines. Possible themes include but are not limited to: torture, state violence, terrorism, violence in relation to gender, racial macro and micro-aggressions, economic, social and cultural oppression, trauma and memory, etc. We strive to deepen our understanding of historical changes and contexts that shape particular violent episodes as well as common threads that may unite them across geographic and temporal divisions.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Brian Gollnick (University of Iowa) has a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Washington in Seattle and a PhD in Literature from the University of California in San Diego. He has published one book: "Redefining the Lacandón: Subaltern Representations in the Rain Forest of Chiapas" (University of Arizona Press, 2008), a study of how indigenous populations in the jungle of southern Mexico have been depicted in a variety of media since the time of the conquest. There are also several articles on his CV related to Mexican culture, Latin American literature, and approaches to Latin American cultural studies. Most of his work and long-term experience abroad has been in Mexico, a part of the world he deeply loves, but his current research relates to political culture in the United States and its engagement with Latin America around the issue of torture. He has been at the University of Iowa since 1999.

Round Table

Dr. Ulises Juan Zevallos-Aguilar (The Ohio State) as a BA in Literature in Spanish from the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Lima and a PhD in Latin American Literatures from the University of Pittsburgh. He has several articles and books published. His current research interests relate with modern alternatives in the Central Andes and Andean Transnationalism.

Dr. Ana Del Sarto (The Ohio State) Prof. Del Sarto´s areas of specialization include Latin American Cultural Studies, Literary, Cultural and Critical Theories, Ethnic and Gender Studies,
Identities and Subject Formations, Comparative Studies of Lusophone and Hispanic Latin America, Globalization Studies, and Southern Cone Narratives.  Among her recent publications are Los estudios culturales latinoamericanos hacia el siglo XXI, co-edited with Alicia Ríos and Abril Trigo (Revista Iberoamericana) and The Latin American Cultural Studies Reader, co-edited also with Alicia Ríos and Abril Trigo (Duke University Press). She has also published articles on Latin American discourses on criticism, on the interdisciplinary relations between the Humanities and the Social Sciences, on contemporary Latin American women narrative, and on Latin American cinema. Currently she is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Irreverent Passions: On Bodies and Subjectivities, focused on Chilean writer Diamela Eltit, addressing the issues of female bodies, subjectivities, and violence.

Abstract Submissions

Submission guidelines: Submissions are welcome in Portuguese, Spanish, and English. Abstracts should be submitted as .PDF or .Doc files, and should be limited to 250 words. Please include a paper or panel title and your contact information (name, specialization, email and affiliation).

Submission deadline: Friday January 15, 2016

Submit your paper proposals and panels with the subject “Literatures and Cultures” to symposium_sppo@osu.edu.


For any questions or concerns, please contact the symposium organizers:

Download PDF Flyer in English

Download PDF Flyer in Spanish

Download PDF Flyer in Portuguese


OSU Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL)

This year, OSUCHiLL will be held in concert with the conference on Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology (CASPSLaP). Attendees will have the opportunity to attend panels of both conferences.

The organizers of OSUCHiLL are excited to welcome two of OSU’s most distinguished alumni, Dr. Timothy Face and Dr. Patricia Amaral, as keynote speakers.

Dr. Timothy Face (University of Minnesota) is an expert on phonetics and phonology in both L1 and L2 Spanish. He has published extensively on the prosody of Castilian Spanish and on the acquisition and development of the Spanish sound system by L1 English speakers.

Dr. Patricia Amaral (Indiana University) is a leading scholar in syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. Her specializations include historical approaches to syntactic and semantic change in both Spanish and Portuguese, as well as experimental pragmatic methods.

We also look forward to a workshop on statistical analysis in R to be given by Dr. Sonia Barnes (Marquette University).

Conference Dates:
The 2016 Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL) will be held from 15-Apr-2016 to 16-Apr-2016, in concert with the conference on Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology (CASPSLaP).

Abstract Submission

We welcome papers dealing with any theoretical aspect of Hispanic or Lusophone Linguistics, including but not limited to: sociolinguistics, pragmatics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, psycholinguistics, semantics, and syntax. Talks will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion and may be given in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. We also welcome papers that discuss creoles or indigenous languages of Hispanic and Lusophone countries.

Submission guidelines: Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted via EasyAbstracts (EasyAbs)

Deadline for receipt of abstracts: January 15, 2016.

Notification of acceptance: No later than February 15, 2016.


For any questions or concerns, please contact the symposium organizers:

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