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  • September 2022

    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira Souza | Conference Presentation  

    Congratulations to Gabriel for presenting his paper, “Diante da ciência que mata, tentativas de contornar a dor: Ficção e memória de Lima Barreto como leitor da eugenia” at Conferência Letra e Memória (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) on July 5, 2022. 

    Gabriel also presented his paper, “Decolonialidade interseccional nos contos de Lima Barreto” at X Seminário Internacional de Literatura e Cultura (Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil) this past August 12, 2022. 


    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira Souza | Published Paper 

    Congratulations to Gabriel for having his article, "Aquiles, o contemporâneo calcanhar de Luanda, Lisboa, Paraíso: diante do desabrigo, o desamparo de uma casa que se perdeu." published in Mulemba - Revista de Estudos de Literaturas Africanas de Língua Portuguesa. 


    Lourdes Schmader | Conference Presentations 

    Congratulations to Luli for presenting her paper “¿Puede el pueblo Waorani interceder en favor de su tierra y evitar que el capitalismo la destruya?” at the XXII Congreso Anual de la Asociación de Ecuatorianistas organized by the Asociación de Ecuatorianistas and the Universidad Nacional de Educación (UNAE) held in Azogues, Ecuador from July 20-22, 2022. 

    Luli’s paper “Dina Bellhram y la volatilidad de la palabra en La mujer de helio.” was accepted to the XIV Encuentro sobre Literatura Ecuatoriana y Latinoamericana “Alfonso Carrasco Vintimilla” which will be held at Universidad de Cuenca (Ecuador) Facultad de Filosofía, Letras y Ciencias de la Educación from November 21-25, 2022. 

    Also, her paper, “Colectivo Las Tesis: Cuerpo, calle y movilidad.” has been accepted for presentation at the Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality organized by UT Austin to be held this fall via Zoom. 


    Alumni News: 

    Marivi Veliz | Job Offer 

    Congratulations to Marivi, who has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at Wichita State University. 

    Marivi Véliz is a PhD in Literary, Cultural and Linguistic Stud-ies. She earned her doctorate from the University of Miami (2021) and her B.A. in Art History from Havana University (1999). Her research and writing is focused on connections between the Ameri-cas through Performance and Media Studies from decolonial and participatory methodologies. Currently, she is working on her book project “Healing, Deacceleration and the Digital, Latinx/Latin American Performance Art in 21st Century.” 


    Graduate Students Newsletter, September 2022.

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    May 16, 2022 

    Diona Espinosa | Documentary Award

    Congratulations to Diona, who received the award for “Best Documentary: Graduate,” at the 2022 Canes Film Festival, along with two of her colleagues from the School of Communication, Daniella Yanes and Gonzalo Mejía.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 05.16.22


    April 11, 2022 

    Rim El Belkacemi | Summer Research Fellowship  

    Congratulations to Rim, who has been selected to receive a College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Summer Research Fellowship.


    Samuel Johnson | Fellowship  

    Congratulations to Sam, who has been selected as a UMIA/LAS Distinguished Graduate Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year. This fellowship is an initiative from The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Latin American Studies program (LAS) since 2015. 


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 04.11.22


    April 4, 2022 

    Samuel Johnson | Article Publication 

    Congratulations to Sam, whose article "Documentary of (De)Colonization: Ex-Pajé (2018) as Border-Filmmaking and Paiter Suruí Re-existence," has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Lusophone Studies.


    Marcia Fanti Negri | Fellowship 

    Congratulations to Marcia, who has been selected as a UMIA/LAS Distinguished Graduate Fellow for the 2022-2023 academic year. This fellowship is an initiative from The University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA) and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Latin American Studies program (LAS) since 2015. UMIA’s fellows engage in the intellectual life of the institute and work on their own degree programs and dissertation projects, fostering interdisciplinary exchange among doctoral students university-wide, and support for UMIA and LAS programming.


    Yasamin Rezaei | Conference Presentation Award

    Congratulations to Yasamin, who was the Oral Presentation Winner of the University of Miami's Fourth Annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium in the Arts and Humanities Category. The work presented was a collaborative project with another PhD student at University of Maryland. The title is "Twitter Data Analysis on
    #metoo in Iran".


    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira Souza | Symposium Presentation  

    Congratulations to Gabriel for presenting his paper, "Racial Segregation and the American Lynching Culture in The ways of white folks by Langston Hughes" at the 2022 Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium held this past Friday, April 1, 2022.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 04.04.22


    March 28, 2022 

    Nadiyah Aamer | Conference Presentation  

    Congratulations to Nadiyah, who will be presenting her paper, "Nathalie Handal and Gioconda Belli: The Volcanic Exiles" at the 2023 MLA Convention in San Francisco. 


    Yasamin Rezaei | Conference Panel  

    Congratulations to Yasamin whose panel, "Data Performance," in collaboration with three other colleagues from the Performance Studies PhD program at New York University, was accepted to the 2022 Cultural Studies Association's conference, which will be held from June 2nd-4th at Columbia College in Chicago.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 03.28.22


    March 21, 2022 

    Nicholas Sheets | Job Offer

    Congratulations to Nick for accepting a job offer as a High School Spanish teacher at Georgetown Day School in DC.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 03.21.22


    March 14, 2022 

    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira de Souza | Upcoming Conference

    Congratulations to Gabriel for the acceptance of his paper, "In Our Narratives, Place Matters: How to Read the Museum as a Space of Power" to Nova Southeastern University's Crossroads Student Humanities Conference, which will take place on March 26, 2022.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 03.14.22


    February 28, 2022 

    Eukene Franco Landa | Conference Presentation

    Congratulations to Eukene for successfully presenting her paper titled, "Acquisition differences in Basque L1 and Basque early L2 in Basque-Spanish Bilinguals" at the 31st Annual Graduate & Professional Symposium at the University of Arizona on February 19th. 


    Amaia Villaño Garcia | Conference Presentation

    Congratulations to Amaia for successfully presenting her paper titled, "Code-Switching: Conversational Strategies and Discourse Markers among Spanish-English Bilinguals in South Miami" at the 31st Annual Graduate & Professional Symposium at the University of Arizona on February 19th.


    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira de Souza | Magazine Interview

    Congratulations to Gabriel who was interviewed by the Miami magazine, VoyageMIA, as part of their series called, "Rising Stars."  The complete interview can be found here.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 02.28.22


    February 21, 2022 

    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira de Souza | Conference Presentation

    Congratulations to Gabriel for the acceptance of his paper, "The absurd of thirteen shots: Clarice Lispector and social justice in Brazil," to the 20th Annual Tri-University Graduate Conference on Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be held on February 25, 2022. 


    Samuel Johnson | Conference Presentation

    Congratulations to Samuel Johnson who will be presenting his paper 
    "Extraction in the Amazon, Indigenous Media, and Intercultural Networks" as part of the conference Cross-Talk: Conversations on Race and Language at Brown University next week. The conference is hybrid and is open to all. If you would like to attend, you can register for the conference here:


    Conference Panel | American Portuguese Studies Association's 12th International Conference

    Lidiana de Moraes, Marcia Fanti-Negri, Gabriel Chagas, and Samuel Johnson's panel, "21st Century Brazilian Film: Screening Resistance to Systemic Oppressions," was accepted to the American Portuguese Studies Association's 12th international conference. They will present their work next October at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. More information on the event can be found here:


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 02.21.22


    February 14, 2022 

    Maite Hernández-Lorenzo | Book publication  

    Congratulations to first year MLL graduate student Maite Hernández-Lorenzo, whose book, Viaje al interior , recently appeared in Unasletras, a Mexican publishing house based in Mérida. This is her third collection of short stories, and the first published outside of Cuba, her native country.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 02.14.22


    February 7, 2022 

    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira de Souza | Symposium Presentation

    Congratulations to Gabriel for presenting his paper titled, "Em uma casa impossível, um desejo a se alcançar: A questão do desabrigo e da violência racista na ficção de Langston Hughes" at an event in Brazil called "XVIII Simpósio do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciência da Literatura da UFRJ - Rio de Janeiro" on January 26, 2022. 

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 02.07.2


    January 31, 2022

    Lilianne Lugo Herrera | Alumna Dissertation Award

    Congratulations to Dr. Lilianne Lugo Herrera, whose dissertation “Mediated Archipelagoes: Theater, Women, and Media” won the 2021 Barrett Prize for Best Dissertation on a Latin American or Caribbean topic, awarded by the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas (UMIA). Committee members: Dr. Lillian Manzor, Dr. Yolanda Martnez-San Miguel, Dr. Allison Schifani, Dr. Aleksandra Perisic, and Dr. Patricia Ybarra.


    Luz Ainaí Morales Pino | Alumna Tenure Track Position

    Congratulations to Luz Ainaí Morales Pino, MLL alumna, who has just accepted a Tenure Track position at the  Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, one of the most prestigious universities of the country. She obtained her Ph.D. in Romance Studies at the University of Miami (2017). Her dissertation, “Éticas y estéticas de la profanación: redes y tensiones en la literatura peruana y venezolana del entre siglos (1880-1910)”, under the direction of Dr. Elena Grau-Lleveria, is the origin of her forthcoming book, Éticas y esetéticas de la profanación: el entre siglos más allá del modernismo (1880-1915), under contract with Chilean press, Cuarto Propio. Moreover, she has co-edited the book Arte, artista y campo artístico: concepciones, inscripciones y poéticas en el contexto latinoamericano (Fondo Editorial Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, 2020), along with Dr. Elena Grau-Lleveria (University of Miami), and Dr. Fernando Villegas (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos). Among her selected publications in academic journals and books, “Moribundas habladoras: contestaciones al ideario patriarcal en El Conspirador (1892), Incurables (1905) y La rosa muerta (1914)” (Revista Letras, Lima 2021); “En el punto ciego. Lima Antigua. Tipos de antaño (1890) de Carlos Prince y las tramas escrito-visuales de la (des)memoria nacional” (Fondo Editorial PUCP, 2019); “En clave heterogénea: éticas y políticas de la caridad en Herencia (Novela Peruana) de Clorinda Matto de Turner (1895), “El velo de la purísima,” de Adela Zamudio, e Incurables, de Virginia Gil de Hermoso (1905) (Mundo Nuevo, Revista de Estudios Latinoamericanos, 2018); and "El Perú Ilustrado: las visualidades en competencia en la articulación de un imaginario de nación" (Decimonónica, 2015). 


     Graduate Students Newsletter, 01.31.22


    January 24, 2022

    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira de Souza | Conferences

    Congratulations to Gabriel on the acceptance of his paper titled, " 'Me, mestizo' in Miami: the geography of meanings to understand Brazil," to the 31st Annual Graduate and Professional Symposium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Language, and Culture at the University of Arizona, which will be held from the 18th-19th of February, 2022.


    Diona Espinosa | Acceptance of Papers at Conferences 

    Congratulations to Diona on the acceptance of two of her papers, the first titled, "Borders on the screen. Analysis of the (de) construction of an archive from the borderland in Memorias del Desarrollo (2010) by Miguel Coyula" for the British Commonwealth and postcolonial Studies Conference, which will be held from the 14th-18th of February, 2022 at Georgia Southern University. Her second paper, "The Kentuki see you. Story map and Digital Humanities' project," was accepted for the Archival Kismet 2021 Conference: "Feeling(s) in the Archive: Emotions, Expressions, Experience," which will be held from April 8th-9th, 2022.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 01.24.22


    December 13, 2021

    Yasamin Rezaei | Acceptance to 2021-2023 HASTAC Scholars Program

    Congratulations to Yasamin for being accepted to the 2021-2023 HASTAC Scholars Program. The HASTAC Scholars Program consists of international graduate and undergraduate students who work across the fields of technology, the arts, the humanities, and the sciences broadly defined.


    Eukene Franco Landa | Workshop Presentation 

    Congratulations to Eukene who will be presenting at the Workshop on Basque Linguistics held at the Deusto University (Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain) on December 17th. This presentation is in honor of her late father, Jon Franco, who was also a linguist, and former organizer of this workshop. Eukene will be participating in a volume dedicated to him . The title of her presentation is, "The falling of the ergative marking in young Basque speakers: first steps of the study." (The picture provided is Eukene and her father).
    This is the workshop's website


    Ruming Yang | Virtual Congress 

    Congratulations to Ruming on the acceptance of her paper titled, "From Indentured Labor to Emancipation: Imagining Chinese Masculinity in Cuba and Peru," as part of the panel “The Asian imagination in Hispanic literature” in the Track “Asia and LAC Intellectual Encounters” for the LASA/Asia 2022 virtual Congress taking place February 15–19, 2022.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 12.13.21


    November 19, 2021 

    Samual Johnson | Conference

    Congratulations to Samuel Johnson, who will be participating in two events at the Latin American Studies Association's 2022 conference in San Francisco. His paper "Equivocation, Translation, and Re-Existence in "A queda do céu" (2013)," was accepted as part of the panel "Reimagining Post-Extractivist Futures." He will also be presenting work from his dissertation as part of the LASA Environment section's round table, "Emerging Issues in Latin American Environmental Research II".

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 11.19.21


    November 1, 2021 

    Diona Espinosa | Conference

    Congratulations to Diona on the acceptance of her paper, “Roberto Zurbano, dos textos y una polémica sobre ser negro en la Revolución cubana” to the African Diaspora in Latin America: Graduate Student Colloquium to be held on Monday, November 8th, 2021 at Florida Atlantic University.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 11.01.21

    October 4, 2021 

    Monica Faust | Publication 

    Congratulations to Monica on the publication of her article, “A renovação Nas Poesias eróticas De Carlos Drummond De Andrade E Ronaldo Wilson.” Texto Poético, vol. 17, nº 33, May 2021, p. 153-76, doi:10.25094/ rtp.2021n33a767.

    Monica is a fourth-year Ph.D. Candidate and Center for Humanities Fellow (Fall 2021), currently writing her dissertation: "Confederate Self-Fashioning in Nineteenth Century Brazil: O caso confederado."


    Gabriel das Chagas Alves Pereira de Souza | Publication 

    Congratulations to Gabriel on the publication of two of his papers to Brazilian academic journals, "A ficção de Langston Hughes e antiga fantasia do racismo" Revista Z Cultural/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, May 2021 and "Triste fim de Clarice Lispector ou A paixão segundo Lima Barreto: a linguagem precária de Macabéa e Clara dos Anjos" Revista O Eixo e a Roda/UFMG, Belo Horizonte - MG, June 2021.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 10.04.21

    September 27, 2021 

    Yoán Moreno | Conference 

    Congratulations to Yoán for the acceptance of his paper titled: “Beat Deafness: The Polyrhythm of Paradiso’s Chaper XII” to the Cuban Heritage Collection- New Directions in Cuban Studies Conference, which will be held at the University of Miami from the 27th-29th of October 2021.


    Graduate Students Newsletter, 09.27.21

  • 2020-2021 Graduate Newsletters

    August 31, 2020

    Eukene Franco Landa | Honors Award

    Congratulations to Eukene Franco Landa for being awarded honors in her MA thesis defense. Only one student per year is awarded this merit at the University of the Basque Country. Dissertation Title: “Quantifier Agreement Variation in Northern Basque Dialects.”

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 08.31.20


    September 7, 2020

    Yasamin Rezai | Instapoetry Conference

    Congratulations to Yasamin Rezai for her participation in the Instapoetry conference. The event was moved to the Zoom format due to COVID-19 for the dates July 14th to 16th. The two most important topics discussed were the reemergence of poetry in a new digital space (Instagram) as a way to evade the censorship on Iran, and the importance of Twitter as a presence capable of preventing executions.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 09.07.20


    September 14, 2020 

    Olivier Sales | Conference Paper 

    Conference paper to be delivered. ""Je suis la panthère face aux lions": Police Haunting and Gendered Perspectives on the Streets in Contemporary French Rap", paper to be delivered at the International Conference Urban Fears (16th-21st centuries), Université Bordeaux- Montaigne (France). September 24th- 25th.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 09.14.20


    September 28, 2020

    Eukene Franco Landa | Workshop Presentation

    Congratulations to Eukene for presenting her work on September 25th in the 2020 Deusto Workshop on Basque Linguistics. She will be presenting her Master thesis "Quantifier Agreement Variation in Northern Basque Dialects". It is a sociolinguistic study and it includes a diachronic analysis of the phenomenon.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 09.28.20


    December 7, 2020 

    Diona Espinosa | Research Paper

    Congratulations to Diona for the acceptance of her research paper “Los ríos profundos: Lo maravilloso en el mito y en otro archivo de la realidad latinoamericana” as part of the panel: Narrativas históricas y Literaturas descolonizadoras into the Track: Indigenous Peoples, Afrodescendants and Other Epistemologies and Coproduction of Knowledge for the LASA2021 Virtual Congress: Crisis global, desigualdades y centralidad de la vida taking place May 26 - 29, 2021.


    Pamela Fuentes Korban | Book Contract 

    Congratulations to Pamela, who graduated in 2019, on receiving a book contract for Memory and History in Popular Argentine Music from Lexington Books and the book will go in the Music, Culture, and identity in Latin America series. It is slated to come out in 2021.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 12.07.20


    February 8, 2021 

    Diona Espinosa | Publication 

    Congratulations to Diona for a publication in MARLAS (Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies) "Book Review/Reseña: Ana Peluffo. En clave emocional. Cultura y afecto en América Latina (2016)." Middle Atlantic Review of Latin American Studies 4.2 (2020).


    Eukene Franco Landa | Meeting Presentation 

    Congratulations to Eukene for her participation in the meeting "4 Meetings of Branches of Basque Philology" with the talk "Quantifiers in Basque: a synchronic and diachronic view" Organized by the Aziti Bihia Research Group at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). 

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 02.08.21


    February 22, 2021 

    Diona Espinosa | Conference 

    Congratulations to Diona for her acceptance to the 3rd Annual Crossroads Humanities Student Conference (April 10th, 2021) with the essay “The Kentuki see you. Hyper-exposure and voyeurism mediating technology in the novel Kentukis by Samantha Swcheblin.”


    Dainerys Machado | Publication

    Congratulations to Dainerys for the publication of two essays in peer reviewed books. “Floridaness”, Home in Florida: Latinx Writers and The Literature of Uprootedness, Ed. Anjannette Delgado, UP of Florida, Octobre 2021 (ready for preorder). “Teatro y narrativa en la revistaCiclón: la verdadera revolución cubana (1955-1959)”, La palabra y los días II. Estudios sobre prensa y literatura hispanoamericanas, Ed. Ernesto Sánchez and Anuar Jalife, Universidad de Guanajuato, 2020

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 02.22.21


    March 1, 2021

    Olivier Romain | Conference

    Congratulations to Olivier for his conference presentation: “The Languages of French Rap: Migration, Mediatization, and the Glocal,” 42ndAnnual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM. 22-27 February.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 03.01.21


    March 8, 2021

    Nadiyah Aamer | Conference Presentations

    Congratulations to Nadiyah for two future presentations. "Rukmavati ki Haveli and La casa de Bernarda Alba: Postcolonial Temporalities and Gender" at the Popular Culture Studies Association 2021 National Conference, June 2-5. She will also present "The Sick Woman’s Writing and Gendered Racial Gothic in Dolores and The Yellow Wallpaper" at the 2021 Cultural Studies Association Conference, June 10-12.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 03.08.21


    March 15, 2021

    Dainerys Machado Vento | Podcast Interview 

    Congratulations to Dainerys for her interview with Adriana Pacheco, "Dainerys Machado: Rompiendo Fronteras," (interview) Hablemos, escritoras, Episode 207, March 3, 2021, Online: , Austin, Texas, US. This entails that her work at the University of Miami and her fiction writing has been included in the world's largest encyclopedia and voice repository specialized in women writers, translators, and critics of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the publishers and magazines that publish them.

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 03.15.21


    April 5, 2021

    Nadiyah Aamer | Conference Presentations

    Congratulations to Nadiyah for her upcoming presentation at the 2022 MLA Convention in Washington, D.C. (Jan 6th-9th) for the session "Translingual Encounters: Linguistic Mobilities in Catalan and Galician Writing by Women." Her paper is titled "The Bodily Geographies of Najat El Hachmi's L'ultim patriarca and Zadie Smith's White Teeth."

    Graduate Students Newsletter, 04.05.21

Previous Graduate Student Achievements 

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  • 2019 Graduate Student Achievements

    2019 Graduate Student Achievements 


    Graduate students organized their 2019 conference, “Transnational Futures: Reimagining Diaspora, Borders, Politics,” with John Keene (University of Rutgers-Newark) as keynote.

    Fély Catan received a tenure-track position in French and Spanish at Pitzer College.

    Salim Ayoub received a Visiting Assitantship position in French and Francophone Studies at Colby College.

    Salim Ayoub was awarded CAS fellowship in 2019 for AY 2019-2020 (He declined award due to offer above).

    Nadia Naami was awarded CAS fellowship in 2019 for AY 2019-2020.

    Lydda Lopez Valdez was awarded UMIA Fellowship in 2019 for AY 2019-2020.

    Lorella Di Gregorio Humanities Fellowship for Fall 2019.

    Lilianne Lugo Herrera Humanities Fellowship for Spring 2020.

    Lilianne Lugo Herrera was awarded the Robert E. Jednak Fellowship in Summer 2019.

    Lidiana de Moraes dos Santos was awarded the AMS Fellowship (Latin American Studies) for AY 2019-2020.

    Lidiana de Moraes dos Santos was awarded the CAS Research Fellowship in Summer 2019.