Annual Symposium

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese holds two symposia each year: the Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium and the Annual Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL). Below you will find more information about the current edition of each event. 

Literature & Culture | Linguistics

OSU Logo, SPPO Logo, and banner image for the symposium, titled "Breaking the Wall: Identity and Border Crossing in the Luso-Hispanic World"

The 21st Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium

March 30-31, 2018, Columbus, OH

Keynote Speakers


Debra Ann Castillo is Emerson Hinchliff Chair of Hispanic Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature at Cornell University, where she currently directs the Latina/o Studies program. She specializes in contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world (including the United States), gender studies, and cultural theory, among other topics. Professor Castillo is author, co-author, translator, or editor of more than a dozen books and nearly150 scholarly articles. Her latest single-authored book is Re-dreaming America: Toward a Bilingual Understanding of American Literature. Recent collaborative projects include Mexican Public Intellectuals (with Stuart Day), and Despite all Adversities: Spanish American Queer Cinema (with Andrés Lema Hincapié) and Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities (with Shalini Puri). In addition to the aforementioned activities, Professor Castillo has collaborated on many community engagement projects that have brought together people from within and outside academia, such as the theater group Teatrotaller, and the arts/education project Cultura Ithaca. 

Dr. César Braga-Pinto is an Associate Professor of Brazilian, Lusophone African and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of As Promessas da História: Discursos Proféticos e Assimilação no Brasil Colonial (2003) and the editor of Ligeiros Traços: escritos de juventude de José Lins do Rego (2007). He also co-edited with Fatima Mendonça a collection of early 20th-century Mozambican journalism writings entitled João Albasini e as luzes de Nwandzenguele: literatura e política em Moçambique 1908-1922 (2014) and À Procura de Saúde: crônicas de um doente/In Search of Health: chronicles of a sick man (2015). Currently professor Braga-Pinto is working on a book-project that deals with representations of male friendship and interracial sociability in fiction and essays written in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery in Brazil (roughly from 1888 to the early 1930's). Portions of this research project have already been published as "Othello's Pathologies: Reading Adolfo Caminha with Lombroso" (Comarative Literature, 2014); "The Honor of the Abolitionist and the Shamefulness of Slavery: Raul Pompeia, Luiz Gama and Joaquim Nabuco." Luso-Brazilian Review (2014). 

Please view our Call for Papers here, or the accessible web-based version here. 

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The 21st Annual Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL)

March 30-31, 2018, Columbus, OH


We are excited to welcome Dr. Ashwini Deo and Dr. Daniel Erker as keynote speakers. 

Dr. Daniel Erker (Boston University) is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Boston University. He received his PhD in Linguistics from New York University in 2012. His research interests include language variation, contact, and change, acoustic and articulatory phonetics, Spanish in the United States, the languages of Latin America, and the evolution of human language. Dr. Erker is the principal investigator on the federally funded Corpus Based Sociolinguistic Study of Language and Dialect Contact in the Spanish of the Metro Boston Area, which aims to describe and understand how Spanish is used in the Greater Boston Area. 

Dr. Ashwini Deo (The Ohio State University) is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the Ohio State University. Ashwini Deo received Masters degrees in Sanskrit Grammar and Linguistics from Pune, India followed by a PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 2006. She taught at Yale University previously and joined Ohio State University in 2016. Her main research interest is in systematic semantic change phenomena -- particularly in the ways in which functional morphemes like tense-aspect, negation, possession markers change over time. Within semantics-pragmatics she also works on phenomena in the domains of aspect, temporal reference, lexical semantics of verbs, and genericity. Her empirical focus is on the Indo-Aryan languages, which are spoken in much of South Asia, and which provide us with a diachronic linguistic record of over 3000 years. 

Please view our Call for Papers here. 

For more information contact:

Elena Jaime Jiménez

Kendra V. Dickinson