(Re)Mapping Galician Studies in North America:
A Breakthrough Symposium

May 2-3, 2014
Edith S. Hefter Conference Center
3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee WI


At a time when scientific disciplines tend progressively to a higher degree of specialization, it is becoming more and more complex to set up an effective and interdisciplinary dialogue among scholars from different fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. This Symposium, organized by the Galician Studies Research Group at UW-Milwaukee, would like to offer a meeting point to facilitate the exchange of critical ideas and (inter)disciplinary proposals on the present and future of Galician Studies in North American academia. We therefore propose a space to discuss, through a reflective look at the field itself, topics such as:

  1. The development, presence, and recent achievements of Galician Studies in North America, including Language & Literature and the Humanities, as well as the Social Sciences. An effort will be made to critically evaluate a broad range of proposals, in order to clarify goals and processes, discuss (post)national approaches, and/or establish bridges with similar debates, contemporary or not, in parallel settings such as Catalonia, Quebec, or Ireland.
  2. The intellectual and strategic paths to be designed and explored to promote more efficiently Galician Studies in North America through concrete tasks and goals.
  3. The historiography and discourses on this field within North American academia, addressing, from a positive perspective, the potential contribution that the Galician national debate could make to current cultural and sociopolitical issues.

Keynote Speakers

Thomas Harrington, Associate Professor, Trinity College
Sharon Roseman, Professor, Anthropology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Organizing Committee

Benita Sampedro (Hofstra)
Gabriel Rei-Doval (Chair)
José A. Losada (UWM/CUNY, Co-chair)
Iria Basoa Calvo
Isabel Méndez Santalla
Katie Ginsbach
Paula Rodríguez Abruñeiras
Sabela Juan Taborda
Vera Vázquez López

Funding for the Symposium

Xunta de Galicia logoMajor funding for this Symposium has been provided by the Xunta de Galicia (Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística and Secretaría Xeral de Cultura).

Additional funds for this event have been provided by:

UWM Office of Research
UWM Department of Anthropology
Instituto Cervantes
UWM College of Letters and Science
UWM Department of Spanish and Portuguese
UWM Center for International Education
UWM Center for Celtic Studies
UWM Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
UWM Center for 21st Century Studies
UWM Department of Linguistics
UWM Department of Foreign Languages and Literature
UWM Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature