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 XVI: February 22 - 23, 2019
My research has developed along three interrelated lines of inquiry. First is my long-term and ongoing work to document Mixe-Zoquean languages (southern Mexico) and the traditions and histories of their speakers. I have been doing field research on these languages for nearly twenty years. Second is my investigation into the changing lives of indigenous youth and the often-underestimated role they have played in the social and cultural changes that are transforming their communities. As a linguistic anthropologist I am particularly interested in what they are doing with language and how language figures into intergenerational debates. Finally, I am interested in verbal art and poetics–the aesthetic dimensions of language use–and how people shape their speech and play with words to accomplish various sorts of social business, from the transmission of traditional values to the sly critique of political corruption. All three of these lines of investigation contribute to a broader research program focusing on grammatical and sociolinguistic change (including dramatic changes such as “language death”) and how these processes both reflect and play an active role in larger social changes.
Professor Murray's research and teaching focus on contemporary Spanish literature and film. She has published essays in the journals Revista 452, Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, Letras Femeninas, Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, Research in African Literatures, and Symposium. Her first book Home Away from Home: Immigrant Narratives, Domesticity, and Coloniality in Contemporary Spanish Culture (North Carolina Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, 2018) studies representations of immigrant women as domestic workers in contemporary Spain. She is currently working on two other book projects: Seeing Against the Grain, the first comprehensive study of the works of renowned filmmaker Fernando León de Aranoa, and Migrant Markets, a project that explores migration, political economy, and trafficking in the Southern Mediterranean in the twenty-first century. Her co-edited volume Unsettling Colonialism: Gender and Race in the Nineteenth-Century Hispanic World is forthcoming with SUNY Press.
Professor Costigan’s teaching and research interests include colonial Latin American, Afro-Brazilian, religious and ethnic studies. Her last book, Through Cracks in the Wall: Modern Inquisitions and New Christian Letrados in the Iberian Atlantic World (Brill Academic Publishers, 2010), was written with grants received from the American Council for Learned Societies, and the John Carter Brown Library. It analyzes literary writings and inquisitional testimonies produced in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries by descendants of Iberian Jews forced to convert to Christianity in the late medieval and early modern periods. Her book, A sátira e o intelectual criollo na colônia: Gregório de Matos e Juan del Valle y Caviedes (Latinoamericana Editores, 1991), is a comparative study of satirical poetry produced by a Brazilian and a Peruvian criollo during the second half of the sevententh century.