The Diálogos conference, the Graduate Student Advisory Committee’s most important event of the year, brings together all members of the Spanish and Portuguese community at IU. For graduate students, it is a professional development opportunity, a forum for sharing research, and also an opportunity to network with graduate student scholars from other institutions.
Diálogos Graduate Student Conference
Diálogos XVII: February 26 - 27, 2021
Dr. Mario Santana is Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Chicago. His work spans a broad range of topics spanning both sides of the Atlantic, particularly 20th century works of narrative and film. His book Foreigners in the Homeland: The Spanish American New Novel in Spain, 1962-1974 (2000) discusses the impact of Latin American boom novels in Spain. Other works span a variety of languages and topics, such as memory studies, literary theory, and translation, including the publication of articles and book chapters on Basque, Castilian, and Catalan novels.
Dr. Rena Torres Cacoullos is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at the Department of Spanish, Italian & Portuguese of Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include language variation and change, grammaticalization, and language contact. She is an expert of New Mexican Spanish and one of the developers of the New Mexican Spanish-English bilingual code-switched speech corpus. In addition to publishing papers on code-switching, language contact, language typology, and language change, among others, she has served as an editor of the journal Language Variation and Change since 2007. She is currently working on a National Science Foundation-funded research on prosodic and syntactic boundaries, as well as contextual triggers in code-switching of Spanish-English bilinguals.
Dr. Leila Lehnen is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, and the president of the American Portuguese Studies Association. Her research and teaching areas lie primarily in contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature. Of particular interest to her is the intersection between social justice and cultural production. She has published on topics such as the representation of human rights in contemporary Afro-Brazilian literature, memory, literature and Brazil's military dictatorship, the interface between citizenship and literature among other themes. She authored the book Citizenship and Crisis in Contemporary Brazilian Literature (2013) and has published widely on democracy and human rights in Brazilian literature and cultural products.