Congrats, Jesús Duarte!

Felicidades are in order for Jesús Duarte (Senior – Double Major in Hispanic Linguistics [Spanish and Portuguese] and Linguistics), whose Senior Honors Thesis (advised by Professor Justin Davidson) was just awarded the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research! Jesús’s paper, entitled “Sociophonetic Differences in Queer Speech of Spanish Speakers,” explores both the acoustic production and auditory perception of select sound features of Queer Spanish. Jesús’s research incorporated library database materials, in addition to Berkeley Qualtrics and phonetics software, to ultimately record speech from various Spanish speakers of the Bay Area and additionally present select speech fragments to listeners for evaluative ratings. After graduating this Spring, Jesús will begin a PhD in Hispanic Linguistics at UCLA. Congratulations once more to Jesús for this honor!

Welcome, Sabrina Grohsebner!

The department of Spanish and Portuguese is thrilled to welcome Sabrina Grohsebner, a collaborator on the research project The Interpretation of Childbirth in Early Modern Spain at the University of Vienna and a Junior Fellow at the International Research Center for Cultural Studies (IFK). Her research on the role and representation of midwives in early modern Spain brings her to our department this spring semester until April 15, 2022. The associative systems that link childbirth and childrearing with other types of female work in the premodern era include the production of textiles. Earlier this year she contributed the article “Parteras profetisas” to the exhibit “Culturas del parto en España y Europa” at the Museo Virtual de Ecología Humana. and her article, “Threads of Life: The Golden Age Midwife Amidst Cloth, Tissue, and Antique Deities of Fate” appeared in Avisos de Viena 1 (2020).  Sabrina’s research on the role and representation of midwives in early modern Spanish culture reveals how these hands were sacralized and demonized, viewed as instruments of social practice, welcoming living beings and, at the same time, creating members of a community. Inspired by considerations of cultural anthropology and sociobiology, she examines medical treatises, literary works and hagiographic texts.

Congratulations to Ben!

Congratulations to Ben Papadopoulos. His short article, “A Brief History of Gender-Inclusive Spanish” was published in the Italian feminist journal Deportate, esuli, profughe ‘Deported, exiled, refugee (women)’. The article was written and published in English and gender-inclusive Spanish (the x gender). Good job, Ben!

Welcome, Ricardo Aleixo!

The department of Spanish and Portuguese is thrilled to welcome Ricardo Aleixo to our department as the 2022 artist-in-residence. Ricardo will spend two weeks as resident artist of our department: visiting classes, giving talks, performing, meeting students and faculty and working on his own creative production.

Ricardo Aleixo (Belo Horizonte, 1960) is an intermedia artist and researcher of literature, other arts and media. Since 1992, when he released Festim – Um disconcerto de música plastica, his debut book, he has released 14 other titles, among them, Modelos Vivos (Ed. Crisálida, 2010) and the most recent, Extraquadro (Ed. Minas/LIRA, 2021). His works mixes poetry, fictional prose, philosophy, ethnopoetics, anthropology, history, music, radio art, visual arts, video, dance, theater, performance and urban studies. His work was recently part of the exhibitions Praça da Língua e Falares (2021, Portuguese Language Museum/SP) and Carolina Maria de Jesus – A Brazil for Brazilians (2022, IMS/SP). In 2021, he was awarded the title of “Notório Saber em Letras: Estudos Literários” equivalent to the degree of doctor by the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Welcome, Florencia Abbate!

Florencia Abbate (Buenos Aires, 1976) joins the Department of Spanish and Portuguese in her capacity as a Fulbright scholar and will be with us through late January 2022. In her native Argentina, she has earned a solid reputation as a creative writer (fiction and poetry) and cultural critic. She holds a doctorate in literature from Universidad de Buenos Aires and is currently a Professor of Philosophy of Gender at the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales. Her research and her teaching focus on literature and feminist studies within a comparative frame as well as the relations between aesthetics and politics. She was one of the founders of the ‘Ni Una Menos’ feminist movement in Argentina, and later became a member of the writers’ collective that collaborated with Argentina’s National Campaign for the Legalization of Abortion.

At Cal, we will welcome her to campus and celebrate her latest book, Biblioteca feminista (Planeta, 2020) on Wednesday, November 17, at noon with the participation of Francine Masiello, Tom McEnaney and Daylet Domínguez.

This event will be accessible on ZOOM:

Please join us for an encuentro about Florencia’s book and the questions facing scholars as we represent otherness in our research and writing. Conversatorio en español.

Graduate Student Ben Papadopoulos cited in LSA Statement Against Linguistic Misgendering

Congratulations to Ben Papadopoulos (Hispanic Linguistics), whose recent work on language and gender was referenced in the Linguistic Society of America’s (LSA) Statement Against Linguistic Misgendering. Ben’s work focuses on the production and attitudes towards non-binary gender morphology in Spanish, and champions the LSA’s call for gender-inclusive language. For more details, see the LSA Statement Against Linguistic Misgendering and Ben’s recent Gender in Language Project. ¡Felicidades, Ben!

Congratulations Jhonni Carr!

Congratulations to our colleague, Jhonni Carr, who has won an Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Award.  The awardees include individuals from 32 departments representing a range of disciplines and academic areas as well as teams composed of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate student instructors. The recipients’ names and departments and brief descriptions of their efforts and innovations can be found on the Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times webpage.
¡Felicidades Jhonni! 

Lucero is ready!

On behalf of Lucero’s Editorial Board, we are happy to present the 25th volume of our departmental journal. This interdisciplinary volume’s central theme is performance and resistance. Works range from the construction of masculinity in dance practices in the Andean region to the performative opposition to tourism in Barcelona. Of the eight accepted submissions, six fall under diverse academic disciplines and two are creative works.

We invite you to read and share these works with colleagues. Please, follow the link to our journal’s eScholarship website.

Lucero’s Editorial Board