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Research in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is interdisciplinary and vibrant. 

Faculty and graduate students pursue research in numerous fields of study.

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Representations and Reception of French and Francophone Women Writers in the Media, (19th-21st centuries)

International two-day colloquium

French

Author/Lead: Maria Beliaeva Solomon Mercédès Baillargeon
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Elsa Courant, CNRS
Dates: -

Featuring a keynote address by Marie-Ève Thérenty and closing dialogue with Martine Delvaux, this two-day colloquium brings together scholars from around the world to expose, discuss, and debate the issues that inform the representation and reception of French and Francophone women writers in the media, from the nineteenth century to the present day, in light of their diverse social and political realities. Insofar as it implies the analysis of strategies of visibility, and even self-promotion, the study of representations of women writers in the media extends a significant current of contemporary literary analyses – that of posture and auctorial scenography – while also including perspectives on issues of gender and identity building, understood broadly, within the study of the reception and representations of women authors.
 

Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean

From family staples to national dishes, Making Levantine Cuisine addresses the transnational histories and cultural nuances of the ingredients, recipes, and foodways that place the Levant onto an ever-shifting global culinary map.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Anny Gaul
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Graham Auman Pitts, Vicki Valosik
Dates:
Publisher: University of Texas

Melding the rural and the urban with the local, regional, and global, Levantine cuisine is a mélange of ingredients, recipes, and modes of consumption rooted in the Eastern Mediterranean. Making Levantine Cuisine provides much-needed scholarly attention to the region’s culinary cultures while teasing apart the tangled histories and knotted migrations of food. Akin to the region itself, the culinary repertoires that comprise Levantine cuisine endure and transform—are unified but not uniform. This book delves into the production and circulation of sugar, olive oil, and pistachios; examines the social origins of kibbe, Adana kebab, shakshuka, falafel, and shawarma; and offers a sprinkling of family recipes along the way. The histories of these ingredients and dishes, now so emblematic of the Levant, reveal the processes that codified them as national foods, the faulty binaries of Arab or Jewish and traditional or modern, and the global nature of foodways. Making Levantine Cuisine draws from personal archives and public memory to illustrate the diverse past and persistent cultural unity of a politically divided region.

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Transnational Dimensions of Moroccan Gender History Sources, Access, Politics

This roundtable essay discusses the promises and challenges of adopting a transnational analytical approach to gender history in modern Morocco.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Anny Gaul
Dates:

This essay is a contribution to a roundtable that brings together the work of gender historians whose research collectively ranges from Morocco to Afghanistan, and traces a variety of connections across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Collectively, we demonstrate the many ways that women in the Middle East and North Africa collaborated with one another and with women in other world regions in the name of national independence, women’s rights, and economic justice, often shaping gender norms in the process. This contribution demonstrates that multiple generations of Moroccan women activists engaged with ideas and movements circulating through the Middle East and beyond as they advocated for liberation. It examines how the nation-state sets up particular barriers to narrating these vital transnational dimensions of women's history in Morocco.

Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 17:3, November 2021

Ici ou ailleurs c’est pareil’ dans un ‘monde-en-mouvement’: La littérature-monde de Wajdi Mouawad: Transculturelle, transnationale et sans frontières

Vol. 75, n° 1-2, 2021 :101-119

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, French

Author/Lead: Valerie Orlando
Dates:

“‘Ici ou ailleurs c’est pareil’ dans un ‘monde-en-mouvement’: La littérature-monde de Wajdi Mouawad: Transculturelle, transnationale et sans frontières”, La Revue des Lettres Romanes, Dossier thématique « Interroger le pouvoir herméneutique des littératures francophones » Eds. Boutaghou- Bessière-Dehoux (Vol. 75, n° 1-2, 2021 :101-119)

Keynote speaker: Dr. Ana Patricia Rodriguez

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, keynote Ana Patricia Rodríguez will speak on on the topic of "Moving Targets: Central American Refugees in the U.S. Migration Landscape".

Spanish and Portuguese

Author/Lead: Ana Patricia Rodríguez
Dates:
Latinx Heritage month flyer featureing aprodrig

Central American migrants in the United States have been historically identified as criminals, gang members, disease carriers, public charges, and “illegals," but rarely have they been designated formally as refugees, even when fleeing from civil wars, systemic violence, and climate change. Thus, in 2018, when then-President Trump indecorously and infamously claimed that Central Americans and other undesirables migrants came to the United States from “s-hole countries," he certified their status as an eminent “Latino threat" in the public eye, as Leo Chávez writes in his 2008 book. Under this representational regime, Central Americans during the Trump administration, if not before and after, became the moving target, object, and rationale for draconian immigration policies in the United States. In this talk, Professor Ana Patricia Rodríguez examines the discursive and legal construction of Central American asylum seekers and refugees in the U.S. immigrant cultural imaginary and the counter-narratives produced in contemporary Latinx prose, poetry, and cultural representations. She pays particular attention to works by U.S. Central American writers such as Javier Zamora, Claudia Rojas, and others, who “create dangerously," in the words of Edwidge Danticat (2010), as they represent the harrowing migration stories of Central American refugees and asylum seekers in the twenty-first century.

Ana is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the U.S. Latina/o Studies program at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches classes on Latin American, Central American, and U.S. Latina/o literatures and cultures. She has published widely on Central American transnational cultural production. She is the author of Dividing the Isthmus: Central American Transnational Histories, Literatures, and Cultures (University of Texas Press, 2009) and co-editor (with Linda J. Craft and Astvaldur Astvaldsson) of De la hamaca al trono y al más allá: Lecturas críticas de la obra de Manlio Argueta (San Salvador: Universidad Tecnológica, 2013). She is completing book manuscripts on trauma and (post)memory in the Central American diasporas, and Central American cultural production in the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia). She dedicates a great part of her time to working on community-based projects with the local immigrant communities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Senior Fellowship, Hamburg Institute for Advanced Studies

In 2021-22, Andrea Frisch will be a senior research fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study in Hamburg, Germany.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Andrea Marie Frisch
Dates: -

During her stay in Hamburg, Frisch will work on her current book project, "The Rise of Unmemorable History." The project examines the relationship between news and historiography about the French Wars of Religion written and published in the 16th- and 17th-centuries, tracing the conditions under which war ‘news’ was assimilated to or excluded from ‘history’, with particular attention to early modern conceptions of the ‘memorable’ and the ‘true’ (or ‘véritable’).

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Andrea Frisch is Senior Fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study in 2021-22

Frisch (FRIT) is one of eighteen international scholars awarded research fellowships at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study for 2021-22

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, French

Dates: -

Frisch’s HIAS project examines the relationship between news and historiography about the French Wars of Religion in the 16th - and 17th -centuries. The age of the Reformation and the American Encounter marks a critical moment in which ‘history’ and ‘memory’ were beginning to be seen as fundamentally divergent types of discourse, not just in France, but across Western Europe. "The Rise of Unmemorable History" traces the conditions under which ‘news’ was assimilated to or excluded from ‘history’, with particular attention to early modern conceptions of the ‘memorable’ and the ‘true’. More information is available at the HIAS Hamburg site

Prosa Chica, recent book of microfictions published

Escribo como quien se hurga en una lastimadura hasta sacarse la cascarita.

Spanish and Portuguese

Author/Lead: Laura Demaría
Dates:
Publisher: Borde Perdido Editora
book cover for Prosa Chica by Laura deMaria

Congratulations to Dr. Laura Demaría on the publication of her most recent book of microfictions out of Borde Perdido Editora in Córdoba, Argentina. 

Here is a sample:

"Escribo como quien se hurga en una lastimadura hasta sacarse la cascarita. No porque quiera hacerme daño. Más bien, por curiosidad. O para explorar el avance de esos hilitos de sangre que salen, inexorablemente, fuera de mi cuerpo."

 

Didáctica del español como segunda lengua en el siglo XXI

A co-authored volume by Manel Lacorte and Agustin Reyes-Torres

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Spanish and Portuguese

Author/Lead: Manel Lacorte
Dates:
book cover for didactica by manel lacorte

Based on their extensive academic, research and professional careers in several European and North American countries, Manel Lacorte and Agustín Reyes-Torres rely on consolidated theoretical and practical paradigms on language acquisition and teaching to propose a pedagogy of Spanish 2/L that successfully includes different types of pedagogical, linguistic, cultural and social knowledge. This book has as its basic reference the 2/L teacher's individual and collective reflection on (1) the use of appropriate resources, processes, and strategies for 2/L learning in different sociocultural contexts; (2) contemporary notions of multiliteracies and multimodality embedded in the teaching of languages, literatures, and cultures; and (3) the perspectives and interests of the participants in 2/L instruction, that is, learners and pre-service and in-service teachers. The book gives special attention to the individual circumstances, needs, and interests of 2/L Spanish educators in these times defined by marked job mobility and constant technological innovations in all social and professional spheres.

Ontogenesis Model of the L2 Lexical Representation

Together with my colleagues from the University of Leipzig, Germany led by Denisa Bordag we have developed Ontogenesis Model of the L2 Lexical Representation.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Kira Gor
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Denisa Bordag, Andreas Opitz
Dates:
Together with my colleagues from the University of Leipzig, Germany led by Denisa Bordag we have developed Ontogenesis Model of the L2 Lexical Representation. We introduce the blueprint of the Ontogenesis Model of the L2 Lexical Representation (OM) that focuses on the development of lexical representations. The OM has three dimensions: linguistic domains (phonological, orthographic, and semantic), mappings between domains, and networks of lexical representations. The model assumes that fuzziness is a pervasive property of the L2 lexicon: most L2 lexical representations are low resolution and the ontogenetic curve of their development does not reach the optimum (i.e., the ultimate stage of their attainment with optimal encoding) in one or more dimensions. We review the findings on lexical processing and vocabulary training to show that the OM has a potential to provide an interpretation for the results that have been treated separately and to move us forward in building a comprehensive model of L2 lexical acquisition and processing.

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