In 2016, several of our graduate students received funding to carry out their dissertation research. Here are some of their projects. To all of them we say: ¡adelante!
Hispanic Studies 2016 Summer Research Grant
At the Schomburg Center of research in black cultures in the New York Public Library, Daniela was able to gather unpublished materials that enabled her to support her dissertation. She will focus on Arturo Alfonso Schomburg’s correspondence with prominent Hispanic and African-American figures such as Nicolás Guillén, Sotero Figueroa, Rafael Serra, W.E.B. DuBois, and John Edward Bruce, among others. An analysis of Schomburg’s correspondence with these iconic figures will shed light on their influence on Schomburg’s political thought. It will also provide a point of departure for an exploration into the formation of alternative identities that disrupt the mistaken idea of a monolithic black/white polarity by placing Afro-Hispanics within the historical New Negro movement of the Harlem Renaissance.
During summer 2016 Michela was the recipient of a STAR (Summertime for Advancement in Research) Award granted by the College of Liberal Arts, and of the HISP Research Grant Award. The first award was used to advance in the writing process, taking advantage of the resources offered by Texas A&M’s libraries. The second supported a new trip to Bolivia, the country Ms. Russo analyzes in her dissertation. Specifically, given the tremendous political changes Bolivia is experiencing, she undertook new interviews, benefitting from the many cultural opportunities offered by the capital city of La Paz.
Inti Yanes Fernández
In general, Inti focuses on medieval studies by implementing an interdisciplinary philosophical, theological, social-political, and philological approach. Specifically, Inti’s dissertation research is focused on El Cid’s and King Arthur’s shapeshifting as hegemonic myths, their religious-political functionality in the process of Christianization of Spain and Britain, and the formation of both English and Spanish absolute monarchies. Inti follows a comparative cross-cultural methodology, interpreting myths as intertextual icons with a symbolic social functionality linked with hegemonic legitimacy. He uses the notions of intertextuality and intericonicity. The latter is understood as a multilayered device that implants the experience of cultural identity through the acceptance of a new political establishment as something necessary and “natural,” thus constructing collective memory and social cohesion.
Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship 2016-2017
Yoandy was the recipient of the Glasscock Graduate Research Fellowship 2016-2017 which he spent researching in Washington and New York City. He worked for a week in the Library of Congress reviewing manuscripts and Hispanic Golden Age plays, and one week in the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, where he reviewed and browsed the Collection of Hispanic American Manuscripts: A Guide, by J. Benedict Warren, and the archived copy of La antigua memorable, y sangrienta destruycion [sic] de Troya (1584) by Joaquín Romero de Cepeda. He also had the chance to visit museums such as the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City, where he could admire several 16th and 17th century paintings and statues that were related to his research project on classical myths.
Kelsey’s research focuses on how Peruvian immigrants in the United States adapt to a new cultural and linguistic setting where their variety of Spanish mixes with others, and more specifically: 1) What are the demographic characteristics of Peruvians living in the United States? 2) What characterizes the Spanish spoken by this group? 3) What is the role of language in maintaining Peruvian identity? 4) To what extent do Peruvians integrate linguistically with other Hispanics? Through field research in New Jersey where the highest population of Peruvians resides, this study reveals how linguistic minorities in general and Peruvians in particular feel about their own linguistic changes, and what they believe is gained and lost in the migratory process.
Summertime for Advancement in Research (STAR) Award
María Gil Poisa
María is a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in Hispanic Studies and Film Studies. Although María did not travel in 2016, she was the fortunate recipient of a STAR Award. This allowed her to make progress in her research on Hispanic horror film and minority European film. Her doctoral dissertation Monstruo y monstruosidad en el cine de la España democrática proposes a new concept of the monster illustrated through the analysis of different contemporary Spanish genre films.