Research

Working Groups | Labs | Journals | Other Initiatives

Working Groups

Americas Before 1900 Working Group

The Americas Before 1900 Working Group brings together faculty, graduate students, and invited speakers to create a space for dialogue and to foster comparative and transnational approaches to the cultures and histories of the early Americas. 

Iberian Studies Working Group

The Iberian Studies Working Group is dedicated to expanding the theoretical frameworks of Iberian Studies, exploring questions having to do with geographical limitations, circulation of cultural capital, reconsidering the literary canon (Spanish Peninsular versus Portuguese, African and Latin American), and debating the academic, institutional, and even political constraints that shape the study and teaching of Iberian topics.

Continuity and Change in the Andes and Amazonia Working Group

The Continuity and Change in the Andes and Amazonia Working Group, sponsored by CLAS and the Humanities Institute, seeks to develop awareness of research focused on the Andes and Amazonia across campus, explore common interests, and develop interdepartmental and institutional networks.

L.A.S.E.R.

LASER's (Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment and Research) mission is to promote state-of-the art research and exchange in the field of Latino and Latin American studies.


Labs

Language Acquisition Lab

In the Language Acquisition Lab we investigate how language develops in typically-developing adults learning a second language and in typically and atypically developing children learning first languages. Though our work has applied dimensions, such as improved language teaching and improved language disorder diagnosis, our interests center on our basic scientific goal of gaining insight into the nature of linguistic cognition and its representation in theoretical linguistic models.

Sociolinguistics Lab

The Sociolinguistics Lab is a resource available to all faculty and graduate students who are working on sociolinguistic topics. Lab affiliates can check out a variety of recording equipment, use software installed on four lab computers, and use the lab space for meetings and interviews. The purpose of the sociolinguistics lab is to support research on sociolinguistics in the department, with a special emphasis on fieldwork and data analysis.

Speech Analysis Lab

The Speech Analysis Lab houses research in phonetics and phonology, and related fields, within the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. The lab is located in Hagerty Hall 154, and it offers a space for instructional and research activities related to the study of sounds, including recordings, workshops, presentations and collaborative projects. Lab users have access to recording and data analysis equipment. 


Journals

Alter/nativas

Alter/nativas, latin american cultural studies journal is a biannual, peer-reviewed, and indexed online scholarly journal associated with the Center for Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University. Each issue will have a section focusing on a specific theme, exploring theoretical and practical articulations between the cultural, social, economic, and political realms within Latin America.

La corónica 

La corónica is a refereed journal published every spring and fall by the Modern Language Association's Division on Medieval Hispanic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. Devoted to Hispanomedievalism in its broadest sense, La corónica also welcomes scholarship that transcends the linguistic and/or cultural borders of Spanish and explores the interconnectedness of those languages and cultures that coexisted in medieval Iberia. 


Other Initiatives

Annual Symposium

Each year the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese organize an Annual Symposium showcasing research from within and without the university. One aim of the symposium is to unite various vantage points from which to view the role of globalization in the intersection of Luso-Hispanic cultures with the rest of the world. Also highlighted are theoretical aspects of Hispanic or Lusophone Linguistics.

Popol Wuj

Popol Wuj is an archive of copies of some of the rare books and other documents related to the Popol Wuj. The aim of this project is to offer an opportunity for an open interaction and exchange of studies in the field of Mesoamerican Indigenous cultures, with emphasis on the Mayan.

Additional Research

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese also lists various research initiatives under the heading "Research Areas" in the Graduate level specializations listed below:

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