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April's talks organized by Spanport:

April 8 at 4:00, Herter 301: Brazilian ethnomusicologist Rafael Bemvindo Figueiredo Galante will give the talk "Fernando Trueba's film El milagro de Candeal" (event sponsored by Smith College)

 

April 10 at 6:30, Herter 301: Alessandra Lorini, Universita degli Studi di Firenze, "Losing and Gaining Empires: Spain & Cuba at North American International Expositions (1893-1901)" (event organized by Margara Russotto)

 

April 14 at 5:00: Simone Pinet, Cornell Univ. "Orienting the Cleric: Plots and Plans in Iberia" (event organized by Albert Lloret)

 

April 15 at 1:00: Alex Jacky, Trinity College, "The Hispanic Hartford Project" http://www.hispanichartford.org (event organized by Meghan Armstrong)

 

April 15 at 4:00: Almodóvar's academic consultant Fran Zurian, Univ.Complutense Madrid "Almodóvar's _La piel que habito_" (via Skype) (event organized by Barbara Zecchi)

 

April 22 at 4:00: Film director and President of the Spanish Film Academy Judith Colell will give a talk on her short film _Elisa K_; at 6:30 she will introduce her film _53 dies d'hivern_ for the Catalan Film Festival (event organized by Guillem Molla and Barbara Zecchi)

 

April 24 at 4 pm: POESIA DESENCADENADA - Lectura publica de los trabajos finales de los inscritos en el curso de Escritura Creativa en Espanol - Lunes, 28 de abril, 4 pm., Herter 301.

 

April 29-30 (TBA): Talk by Spanish playwright Diana de Paco on her most recent works (event organized by Barbara Zecchi)

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THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES

THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE PROGRAM IN THE DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES, LITERATURES AND CULTURES | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Check our webpage: http://www.umass.edu/spanport/

Questions? Email:
-Barbara Zecchi, Program Director bzecchi@spanport.umass.edu
-Luiz Amaral, Graduate Program Director, amaral@spanport.umass.edu
-Carole Cloutier, Lang. Program Director, cloutier@spanport.umass.edu
-Luis Marentes, Undgrd. Program Dir., marentes@spanport.umass.edu
-Frank Fagundes, Honors Program Director, fagundes@spanport.umass.edu
-Leah Dodson, Office Manager, ldodson@spanport.umass.edu
We are located in 416 Herter Hall, 161 Presidents Drive,
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003.
Phone: (413) 545-2887, Fax: (413) 545-3178

 

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Just click on this link below to make your tax-deductible donation:

http://www.umass.edu/spanport/donate/index.html

Any amount will have an impact on the future of our program!! Whatever you can afford, we greatly appreciate your generosity!

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"Evindetiality in Amazonia" A talk by Kristine Stenzel

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Jill Thorson on early speech perception and production

On Tuesday, March 24th, Jill Thorson (Northeastern University) will  
give a talk entitled "The development of intonation and information  
structure in early speech perception and production". The talk is at  
5:30pm in 217 Herter Hall.


Infants are born with sensitivities to their native language?s melody  
and rhythm. This attunement to prosody affects language development  over the first years of life, and impacts early attentional  processing, word learning, and speech production. The motivation for  the first line of research is to investigate how American  English-acquiring toddlers are guided by the mapping between  intonation and information structure during on-line reference  resolution and novel word learning. Specifically, I ask how specific  pitch movements (deaccented/H*/L+H*) systematically predict patterns  of attention and subsequent novel word learning abilities depending on  the referring or learning condition (new/given/contrastive). Results  show that the presence of either newness or a pitch accent facilitates  attention, and that toddlers learn better from more prominent learning  conditions. A second line of research examines the phonological and  phonetic realizations of information categories as produced by toddler  and adult speakers of English. During a spontaneous speech task  designed as an interactive game, a set of target nouns are labeled and  analyzed as new, given, or contrastive. Results reveal that toddlers  reflect adult phonological patterns for new and contrastive  information, as well as demonstrate a sophisticated usage of the  acoustic correlates of intonation. Together, this set of studies  demonstrates how higher-level components combine to direct attention  to a referent in discourse and how this process helps explain  mechanisms that are important for novel word learning and early speech  production.

Jill Thorson is a postdoctoral research associate in the Communication  Analysis and Design Laboratory at Northeastern University. After  receiving a Masters degree in Linguistics, she was awarded a Fulbright  Research Fellowship to Spain in 2007 to work on the acquisition of  Spanish and Catalan intonation. She completed her PhD in Cognitive  Science at Brown University in the summer of 2014 with a focus on  early child language acquisition and prosodic development.

 
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ESPN Deportes producer Dave Satlin visits SpanPort on 4/14

ESPN Deportes producer Dave Satlin visits SpanPort on 4/14 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Ever thought about working in television production? Dave Satlin, a bureau producer for ESPN International/ESPN Deportes will share his insights as someone working for a Spanish-language production on April 14th at 2:30pm, in 301 Herter Hall. Dave currently focuses on soccer, boxing and baseball, and produces news stories, interviews, live shorts and other news gathering elements for all ESPN platforms. He has traveled around the world telling stories at events such as the World Series, Super Bowl, Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup. He has been the lead researcher for ABC/ESPN for four World Cups and three Women's World Cups. In 2010, Dave won a Sports Emmy Award for coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in South Africa.

 

If you're interested in a career in television production or broadcast journalism, be sure to join us to hear more about what's necessary for this type of career, and to ask Dave your questions about careers in this area!

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Prof. Armstrong gives talk at DGfS at the Universität Leipig

Prof. Armstrong gave a talk entitled "The rise-fall-flat contour as an epistemic operator in American English" at the 37th Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society at the Universität Leipzig. The talk was part of a three-day session on the the prosody and meaning of (non-)canonical questions across languages. More information on the conference can be found here: http://conference.uni-leipzig.de/dgfs2015/

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Barbara Zecchi Distinguished Visitor at Aston University, UK

Barbara Zecchi Distinguished Visitor at Aston University, UK | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Prof. Zecchi was at Aston University (in Birmingham, UK) as Distinguished visitor from March 9 to March 12, 2015.  In addition to her public talk on `Feminismos, gynocine y cine español´, she contributed to the teaching of the classes «Hispanic Film» and «Migrant and Transnational Cinema», and held meetings with students working on their Hispanic Film essays.   Prof. Zecchi is currently working together with Prof. Raquel Medina (Aston Univ.) on a research project related to the Medical Humanities, on gender and aging in Spanish cinema.

 

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New Logos for the Catalan Studies Program!

New Logos for the Catalan Studies Program! | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Catalan Studies Program at UMass, Amherst is featuring new logos, created by graphic designer Michael Monleon: www.mikelmonleon.com 

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Linguistics Inequality Symposium

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The 7th edition of the CATALAN FILM FESTIVAL starts March 3

The 7th edition of the CATALAN FILM FESTIVAL starts March 3 | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING CENTER, ROOM S404 

on TUESDAYS at 6:30 PM

 

3/3 BLOG, by Elena Trape

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne0nykoPygE

 3/10 ANOTHER ME, by Isabel Coixet

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg37MLNj16Q

 3/24 SEVIGNE, by Marta Balletbó-Coll

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lAvHL5-Z1I

 3/31 LA PLAGA, by Neus Ballús (director will be present)

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POkeTMVMFuU

 4/7 NEDAR, by Carla Subirana

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CO3ZZyPNSRg

 4/14 TOTE VOLEM EL MILLOR PER A ELLA, by Mar Coll

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qt8pJvwX4LE

 4/21 BARCELONA, ABANS QUE EL TEMPS HO ESBORRI, by Mireira Ros

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gp6BYjxdDyo

 

For more information, please check our program online: 

http://www.umass.edu/spanport/programs/cff_schedule.html

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Prof. Barbara Zecchi at Cine Lit VIII, in PORTLAND, OREGON

Prof. Barbara Zecchi at Cine Lit VIII, in PORTLAND, OREGON | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Barbara Zecchi presented a paper at the International Conference CINE LIT VIII on Spanish film director's Pilar Miró, with the title «Tortura y Censura: El crimen de Cuenca (1979) de Pilar Miró». The movie, based on historical events, was  initially banned in Spain and the director subjected to military courts martial. Only in August 1981 was the film allowed to be shown in Spain where it was a box office success.

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Images and sounds of the 6th Catalan Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst -Spring 2014

6th Catalan Film Festival at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (Feb-Apr 2014)

Organizers: Guillem Molla & Barbara Zecchi

Song: "Shake It Baby" ('Remen...

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"Why Antonio Machado? Genesis and Canonical Centrality" --a talk by Prof. Luis Muñoz, University of Iowa

"Why Antonio Machado? Genesis and Canonical Centrality" --a talk by Prof. Luis Muñoz, University of Iowa | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Seventy-seven years after his death, Antonio Machado remains a central  figure in Spain, and his work continues to possess a deep authority in  the Spanish cultural scene. In this talk, I will seek to understand  some sources of that authority in Machado's "poetic workshop" his  ideas about the theory and practice of poetry, and also the notebooks  and drafts where we can see his poems take shape. These materials  offer us the possibility to reproduce some of the potentialities and  possibilities of the process of creation Machado underwent in making  his poems, which continue to contribute to a sense of Spanish national  identity.

 

 
Prof. Luis Muñoz, Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Universidad de  Granada, specializing in contemporary Spanish poetry. He is also an  
awarded poet himself. Prof. Muñoz has edited eight anthologies and  critical editions and has authored seven original books of poetry,  
including *Septiembre* and *Correspondencias*. His book-lenght  
projects have been published by Visor, Hiperión, Tusquets, and  
Pre-Textos. His articles have appeared at venues such as *Ínsula* and  *Cuadernos Hispanoamericanos.*

 

Friday, February 13 at 4:45 PM in 301 Herter

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CALL FOR PAPERS: MONOGRAPHIC VOLUME (V) FALL 2015 ÁMBITOS FEMINISTAS

Feminism and Gynocine

The guest editor and editorial committee of the journal ÁMBITOS FEMINISTAS invite original papers for publication in the Fall 2015

Monographic Volume V. The topic chosen is female-authored filmic production of the Americas and Iberia, and the role played

by directors, producers, and scriptwriters on issues that influence the cultural image and representation at a political and a

symbolic level. We are therefore seeking critical essays that, besides analyzing the filmic text, reflect also on the author´s

approach to feminism as a political stance. We invite articles that deal with a wide range of topics within the manifold

realities depicted by each generation. Female gender or sexual discrimination, sexist violence, equal parenting or immigration

are some of the examples that we consider relevant, far from any intentionalist criticism, in order to observe and compare

the analysis of the author´s viewpoint and that of her work.

We are projecting a monographic volume that offers an overall picture that positions and discusses canonical and

contemporary works from the standpoint of feminist film theory, gender theory, and feminism as various forms of political

expression.

Guest editor for the monographic volume: Irene Melé Ballesteros, University of Massachusetts Amherst

EDITORIAL GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS:

• The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is January 31, 2015. Send original papers and a cover letter/bio to:

Irene Melé Ballesteros monograficovambitosfeministas@gmail.com

 

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Luiz Amaral offers a workshop at ABRALIN

Luiz Amaral offers a workshop at ABRALIN | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Luiz Amaral offered a four-day workshop on writing pedagogical grammars for revitalization programs in native Brazilian languages during the ABRALIN (Brazilian Linguistics Association) conference in Belem-PA. The workshop focused on the ProDoclin (Museu do Indio) project coordinated by Prof. Amaral that is currently producing pedagogical grammars for five languages: Ikpeng, Karaja, Kawaiwete, Paresi and Wapichana.

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Masterclass and screening of "La plaga" by Catalan filmmaker Neus Ballús

Masterclass and screening of "La plaga" by Catalan filmmaker Neus Ballús | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Please click here for the movie TRAILER:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK89m2CpRiE

 

 

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Catalan Film Festival - Spanish & Portuguese Unit - LLC - UMass Amherst

Catalan Film Festival - Spanish & Portuguese Unit - LLC - UMass Amherst | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Sévignè 
dir. Marta Balletbò-Coll
TUESDAY March 24th @ 6:30pm
Integrative Learning Center S404, UMASS AMHERST
 
Julia, a young director of the Public Theatre in Barcelona, decides to take on an ambitious project: a play about Madame de Sevigne (1626-96). The Parisian marchioness was famous for a collection of 1700 letters to her daughter, which were later published and provided a remarkable portrait of her life and times. But, as soon as Julia starts working on the play, the director finds herself identifying with Madame de Sevigne's own words: "Sometimes I feel as if embarked on life without my own consent."

 

In Spanish and Catalan with English Subtitles

 

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New class: Workshop on Documentary

_Teoría y práctica del documental creativo_ (1 crédito)

Profesor visitante Francisco Zamora (de la Universidad Paris VIII)

27 de marzo, y 3, 10, 17 y 24 de abril de 15.00 a 18.00, Integrative Learning Center, Room S404

 

El presente curso abordará los momentos clave en la fabricación de un documental creativo, desde la escritura del guión hasta la explotación de la película.  A manera de un taller práctico, los estudiantes deberán de aplicar los conocimientos adquiridos durante el modulo teórico en la realización de un documental de cinco minutos que será expuesto al publico en general.  Al final de la proyección se entablará un dialogo crítico que ponga en evidencia la recepción del espectador y los modos de consumo de un documental, tanto en su calidad  de producto audiovisual como eventual estatus de obra. (En español).

 

Francisco Zamora  cuenta con una amplia experiencia en la dirección de documentales. Es el autor de:

2013- Last tribes of cinema, documentary, 52 minutes.

Produced by Points Communs for Planète + (TV channel).

2009- Séphora Colorful, commercials, 3x3 minutes.

Produced by PROJETS SPECIAUX.

Assistant director:

2013- Che Guevara, l'invention d'un icône, documentary, 52 minutes.

Produced by TS for Arte (TV channel).

2013- La Chasse à l'amour, Violette Leduc, documentary, 52 minutes.

Produced by Les Films du Poisson for Arte (TV channel).

Director of Photography:

2013- L'amour au bout du monde, documentary, 52 minutes.

Produced by MC4 for Voyages channel.

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Catalan Film Festival: "Another Me" (2013) by Isabel Coixet. Presented by Claudia Paez.

Catalan Film Festival: "Another Me" (2013) by Isabel Coixet. Presented by Claudia Paez. | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Presented by Claudia Paez. Tuesday 03/10 at 6:30pm in ILC S404.


Based on the novel by Cathy MacPhail, 'Another Me' is a psychological thriller about a teenage girl whose once seemingly perfect life slowly begins to unravel when she suspects that she's being stalked by a mysterious ‘double’ who is out to steal not just her identity, but her life. The film is produced by Fox International Productions, Rainy Day Films, and Tornasol Films and had its festival premiere in competition at November’s Rome Festival in 2013. The picture stars Sophie Turner, Rhys Ifans, Claire Forlani, Gregg Sulkin, Leonor Watling, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Geraldine Chaplin.

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Guillem Molla publishes the book _Ramon Esquerra, geografia crítica d’un esperit comparatista_

Guillem Molla publishes the book _Ramon Esquerra, geografia crítica d’un esperit comparatista_ | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

 

 

Ramon Esquerra (1909-1938?), a journalist, teacher and translator, is one of academic comparative literature’s pioneers of Spanish and Catalan literature. Molla’s book, ‘Ramon Esquerra, geografia crítica d’un esperit comparatista’ focuses on the latter in order to show and interpret Esquerra’s multiple contributions as a literary historian. The book presents an approach to Esquerra’s deeply pro-European vision, which was based on his previous ideas and describes the search for models to overcome the European crisis of conscience during the interwar period.

 

http://www.pamsa.cat/pamsa/cataleg/Ramon-Esquerra-Geografia-critica-dun-esperit-comparatista.html

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SPAN 378's new blog: "El sonido en la vida"

SPAN 378's new blog: "El sonido en la vida" | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it
Professor Armstrong's Spanish Phonetics class has a new blog called "El sonido en la vida". The blog includes posts about the ways in which we encounter sound in the real world, in different languages. Check it out!

https://elsonidoenlavida.edublogs.org

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«Iberian Expressions of Fake and Forgery in the Contemporary Cultural Scene» --a talk by Prof. Maria Rosell

«Iberian Expressions of Fake and Forgery in the Contemporary Cultural Scene» --a talk by Prof. Maria Rosell | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

«Iberian Expressions of Fake and Forgery in the Contemporary Cultural Scene»
This conference takes a critical look at European contemporary
expressions of fakeness; in particular, I delve into the Spanish
literary and artistic scene from the 19th through to the 21st
Centuries, because the Romantic period saw a marked increase in
artistic and literary forgeries. This was partly due to the deliberate
construction of collective identities and cultural heritages. The use
of fake was seen in the past as somewhat strange, even exotic, but in the 21st Century, however, it is more appreciated than ever, precisely because of its provocative and destabilishing qualities. Certain artists and writers in Portugal, France and Spain capitalized on this provocative potential.

 

Prof. Maria Rosell is Assistant Professor of Spanish at Valencian
International University and she also holds an appointment as
Part-time Instructor of Catalan at the Universidad Nacional de
Educación a Distancia. She graduated in 2011 with a PhD in Spanish
Literature from the Universitat de València. Prof. Maria Rosell is the
author of the scholarly monograph *Los poetas apócrifos de Max Aub* (Publicacions de la Universitat de València, 2012), and has another book in press with Publicaciones de la Universidad de Salamanca *La superchería moderna en las artes y en las letras: el otro Max Aub*.Her articles have appeared at venues such as *Revista de Occidente*, *Ínsula*, and *Revista de Literatura*. She has contributed to editedcollections published by Anthropos, Quaderns Crema, and Publicacions de l'Abadia de Montserrat.

 

Wednesday, February 25 at 6:30 PM in 301 Herter 

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"The Language of Provocation: On 11-M" --a talk by Prof. Marcos Canteli

"The Language of Provocation: On 11-M" --a talk by Prof. Marcos Canteli | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

The Language of Provocation: On 11-M

Terrorism as provocation is as much a problem of language as it is an  ethical dilemma. Even so, there has been little discussion of language  in the surge of literary output following the Atocha Bombings (11-M).  This talk will focus on one exception: Onda expansiva (2012), a  collection of poems by Pedro Provencio. Onda expansiva moves away from  the rhetorical pathos characteristic of the majority of the poems that  revolve around 11-M. In doing so, it designates poetry as a space of  otherness that is capable of accommodating the choral aphonia that  bears witness to loss. Drawing on this work, one can begin to  understand poetry as a crack in a given language, and as an opening to  that which the language has erased.

 


Prof. Marcos Canteli is Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish and  
Resident Director of Duke University in Madrid. He graduated in 2008 with a PhD  also from Duke University. A specialist in contemporary Spanish  poetry, Prof. Canteli has recently published the monograph *Del  parpadeo: 7 poeticas* with Libros de la Resistencia (2014). His essays  have appeared in journals such as *Revista de Estudios Hispanicos*,  *Res Publica*, and *Dissidences*, and in volumes published by Madrid's  Circulo de Bellas Artes, Abada, and Iberoamericana / Vervuert. He is  the author five books of original poetry published by Pre-Textos,  Bartleby, DVD, and Icaria, including *es brizna* and *catalogo de  incesantes*.

 

Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM in 301 Herter.

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Apply Now for Spanish Thatcher Program! (FALL 2015)

Apply Now for Spanish Thatcher Program! (FALL 2015) | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

The application deadline for the Spanish Thatcher Program for Fall  2015 is February 23, 2015.

The Thatcher Language House offers a unique opportunity for second-language immersion on campus. Participants in Thatcher Spanish live among students engaged in one of our 6 language and culture programs and can take advantage of the common spaces, lounges and kitchen to socialize in Spanish. They also meet in the classroom regularly during the week for a two-credit conversation/culture course, SPAN 285. The Spanish Thatcher community strives to learn more about the diverse cultures of the Spanish-speaking world. When the students come together, they discuss current events from various countries, watch Spanish language films, attend social and academic events on and off campus, and cook Latin American and Spanish foods together.

You can access the application here:
http://ualc.umass.edu/rap/thatcherlanguagehouse

The deadline to apply for Thatcher Spanish, Fall 2015 is Monday, February 23rd.

For more information contact: Jayne Reino: jereino@spanport.umass.edu.

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In the photo: Spanish Thatcher Students attend event with Raquel Cepada Fall ‘14

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"What is this Cuplé anyway? The Cupletista in Turn-of-the-Century Spain as a Model for the New Woman" --a talk by Laura Navarro, The Ohio State University

"What is this Cuplé anyway? The Cupletista in Turn-of-the-Century  Spain as a Model for the New Woman" --a talk by Laura Navarro, The Ohio State University | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Answering the question "what is cuplé?" entails many different  considerations, including our reflecting on the role of cupletistas as artists and performers with an agency off and on the stage. A popular  risqué song, the cuplé was the favorite musical genre of mostly male  audiences. Cuplés strove to satisfy the voyeuristic needs of the  public in erotic, casual, and playful performances. Because of the  popularity of French minor theater, cuplé shows were highly influenced  by sicalipsis (eroticism or pornography), and were believed to be  dangerous to morality, especially by the conservative sectors of  Spanish society.

The cuplé scene became a profitable business for the theater industry  in Turn-of-the-Century Spain. Cupletismo also emerged as a new and  viable artistic profession for women, especially for working class  women. Given the erotic nature of their work, it is no wonder that  cupletistas were also linked to prostitution. As a result, cupletistas  suffered from social stigma as they represented a fierce dichotomy  between the sexually and economically emancipated woman (the New  Woman) and the victim to a repressive patriarchal social order.

 

Laura Navarro is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the Ohio State  
University specializing in theater. She has presented her research at  
numerous conferences in the field. Her work has appeared at the  
*Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies*. Laura Navarro is also  
a poet, whose first book, *La reina del kitsch,* is forthcoming with  
Paroxismo. Her dissertation *Cupletismo y prostitución en la sociedad  
barcelonesa (1890-1940)* [Cuplés and Prostitution in Barcelona society  
(1890-1940)] explores cuplés (a popular music genre) and cupletistas  
(female cuplé singers) in late-nineteenth- to mid-twentieth-century  
Barcelona. Her research examines the ideological instrumentalization  
of a music genre often linked with prostitution in the context of mass  
theater and the redefinition of gender roles in modern Spanish society.

Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM in 301 Herter.


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Hispanic Linguistics grad students "de excursión" at the Infant Cognition Lab

Hispanic Linguistics grad students "de excursión" at the Infant Cognition Lab | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

This week students from Prof. Armstrong's graduate course on prosodic acquisition visited Dr. Erik Cheries at the Infant Cognition Lab here at UMass. Students learned about the different methodologies for exploring how infants think, as well as the exciting projects underway at the lab. Current projects include whether infants use faces to tell whether someone is more trustworthy or powerful , whether infants have expectations about the actions of objects based on sound and shape, and whether infants think it's "what's on the inside" that count. We are grateful to Erik for a fun and very informative tour! For more info on the Infant Cognition Lab: http://infantcoglab.wix.com/home

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Susan M. DiGiacomo on The Catalan Independence Process

Susan M. DiGiacomo on The Catalan Independence Process | The UMass Amherst Spanish & Portuguese Program Newsletter | Scoop.it

Monday, January 26 from 12:30 – 2:00 in Machmer W25. 

 

Susan M. DiGiacomo, professor of anthropology at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona (Catalonia) will give the talk "Now It's Time: The Catalan Independence Process".  An anthropologist and long-time scholar of Catalan nationalism and language politics, Susan DiGiacomo was directly involved in the mobilizations for a referendum on Catalan independence.

 

Most people know that on September 18, 2014, Scotland voted in a binding referendum on independence, and decided to remain part of the United Kingdom. Less well known is that on November 9, 2014, Catalans also voted on independence, under very different circumstances and with a different result. In the face of continued prohibitions and threats by the Spanish government, 2,300,000 people -- nearly as many as turned out for the last European elections -- braved a cold rain and long lines to register their preference in a democratic "process of citizen participation" run entirely by volunteers, with no immediate political consequences and no international recognition of the result. More than 80 percent of them voted in favor of independence. This colloquium offers an insider's view of a political process that is vilified and even criminalized by the Spanish state, and largely invisible to or misunderstood by the international press. It is argued that this process is the outcome not only of a deeply flawed transition to democracy in Spain following the death of Franco in 1975, but of three centuries of Catalonia's history as a militarily conquered territory assimilated to Spain by force. This presentation is also an argument for an anthropological agenda responsive to and driven to some extent by current events rather than by theoretical considerations, and for personal engagement as a form of knowledge.

 

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