Annual Symposium


ATTENTION: We regret to announce that, given the current circumstances, we have decided to cancel the Spring 2020 Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium and OSUCHiLL. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we believe it is the right choice to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. We are exploring the option of having our keynote speakers give their addresses at a later date, and we will keep everyone informed about this. Thanks to everyone for their support, and stay safe!


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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

The 23rd Annual Ohio State University Congress on Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (OSUCHiLL)

March 20-21, 2020, Columbus, OH

We are excited to welcome Dr. Terrell A. Morgan and Dr. Whitney Chappell as keynote speakers.

Dr. Terrell A. Morgan (The Ohio State University) is a Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at The Ohio State University. He is a phonologist and dialectologist concerned with documenting linguistic diversity and finding new ways to put students, teachers, and fellow researchers in touch with the intimate details of the sounds and structures of Spanish. He has taught and done field work in Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay, as well as in Hispanic communities in the United States. His Spanish phonetics textbook, Sonidos en contexto: Una introducción a la fonética del español con especial referencia a la vida real, was published in 2010 by Yale University Press. Prof. Morgan is the founder and Director of the Summer Seminars Abroad for Spanish Teachers (SSAST), a program which has introduced K-16 educators to both Hispanic linguistics and less-commonly taught languages in immersion contexts on three continents since 1991. Prof. Morgan is also the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Whitney Chappell (University of Texas at San Antonio) is an Associate Professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Texas at San Antonio and a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Murcia. She earned her doctorate from The Ohio State University in 2013, and her research focuses on sociophonetic variation in the Spanish-speaking world, or how Spanish speakers construct social meaning through their use of contextualized linguistic variants. Her most recent projects focus on the sociophonetic perception of innovative variants among monolingual, bilingual, and heritage Spanish speakers, and her work has been published in prestigious venues like Language Variation and Change, Hispania, Heritage Language Journal, Estudios de fonética experimental, and Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, among many others. Her edited volume, Recent Advances in the Study of Spanish Sociophonetic Perception, called “A must-read book for students and scholars of language, variation, and change” by Manuel Díaz-Campos, is currently in press with John Benjamins Publishing Company.

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Contact Justin Bland and Hugo Salgado via OSUCHiLL2020.

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The 23rd Annual Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium

March 20-21, 2020, Columbus, OH

We are excited to welcome Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Dr. Cacilda Rêgo as keynote speakers.

Guillermo Gómez-Peña (La Pocha Nostra) was born in 1955 and raised in Mexico City, Gómez-Peña came to the US in 1978. His work, which includes performance art, video, audio, installations, poetry, journalism, and cultural theory, explores cross-cultural issues, immigration, the politics of language, "extreme culture" and new technologies in the era of globalization. A MacArthur fellow, he is a regular contributor to the national radio news magazine All Things Considered (National Public Radio), a writer for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico, and a contributing editor to The Drama Review (MIT). For twenty years, Gómez-Peña has been exploring intercultural issues with the use of mixed genres and experimental languages. Continually developing multi-centric narratives and large-scale performance projects from a border perspective, Gómez-Peña creates what critics have termed "Chicano cyber-punk performances," and "ethno-techno art." In his work, cultural borders have moved to the center while the alleged mainstream is pushed to the margins and treated as exotic and unfamiliar, placing the audience members in the position of "foreigners" or "minorities." He mixes English and Spanish, fact and fiction, social reality and pop culture, Chicano humor and activist politics to create a "total experience" for the viewer/reader/audience member. These strategies can be found in his live performance work, his radio chronicles, his award-winning video art pieces, and his five published books. Through his organization La Pocha Nostra, Gómez-Peña has focused very intensely in the notion of collaboration across national borders, race, gender and generation as an act of citizen diplomacy and as a means to create “ephemeral communities.”

Dr. Cacilda Rêgo (Utah State University) is a Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Cultural Studies at the Department of Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies, Utah State University. She is the author of several academic articles on Brazilian television and film, and co-editor of three volumes on cinema: News Trends in Argentine and Brazilian Cinema (Intellect, 2011), Migration in Lusophone Cinema (Palgrave, 2014), and Woman-Centered Brazilian Cinema: Filmmakers and Protagonists of the Twenty-First Century (SUNY, forthcoming).



More Information

Contact Tania Espinales Correa and Raphael Palermo dos Santos via the Hispanic and Lusophone Studies Symposium email.