Irene Mizrahi is an associate professor of Hispanic studies at Boston College. Her research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish literature, Romanticism, and Post-Civil War literature in particular. Her publications, in which she applies the method of perceiving unseen trivialities as fundamental keys to decoding cultural and literary texts, include reconstructions of works by José de Espronceda, Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, Rubén Darío, Juan Larrea, Antonio Buero Vallejo, and Carmen Laforet. She is the author of La poética dialógica de Bécquer (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998), Resentimiento y moral en el teatro de Buero Vallejo (Valladolid: Universitas Castellae, 2002), and El trauma del franquismo y su testimonio crítico en Nada de Carmen Laforet (Newark: Juan de la Cuesta, 2010). In addition, she has coauthored a textbook, Español para los negocios: Estudios de casos (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998). She is currently finishing a manuscript entitled El truco de la caja china: Lola Flores como paradigma de celebridad construida y propaganda franquista, and writing another manuscript on Miguel de Unamuno. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Anales de la literatura española contemporánea, Boletín de estudios becquerianos, Decimonónica, Hispanic Research Journal, Hispanic Review, Inti, Letras peninsulares, Revista hispánica moderna, Siglo diecinueve, and L’érudit Franco Espagnol.
Sonia Pérez-Villanueva is associate professor of Spanish at the Humanities Department at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, USA. Her areas of specialization are early-modern Spain, first-person-singular narratives and the connections between early-modern Spanish cultures and contemporary Spain. She is a research member of the project “Women against the Spanish Inquisition” led by Dr María Jesús Zamora Calvo, from the University Autónoma in Madrid and funded by the Ministry of Economy in Spain. Her current interdisciplinary work compares representations of violence against women in Spanish theatre, prose, art and film in order to expose and dispel cultural and historical notions of “beauty” in female suffering. She is the author of The Life of Catalina de Erauso, the Lieutenant Nun: An Early Modern Autobiography. Sonia is the co-founder and co-chair of the Violence against Women Initiative at Lesley University, https://lesley.
Leyla Rouhi is Preston S. Parish ’41 IIIrd Century Professor of Romance Languages at Williams College, USA. Her areas of specialization are medieval and early modern Iberia with a special focus on the Islamicate cultures of Spain, Cervantes, and representations of mediation (alcahuetería) in ‘canonical’ texts. She is also the translator of the first modern time travel novel, El anacronópete (1887) by Enrique Gaspar, from Spanish into English. She is currently at work on a radical re-consideration of La gran sultana of Miguel de Cervantes. Her scholarly publications include Mediation and Love (a study of the figure of the alcahueta in medieval European and Islamicate literatures), Under the Influence (co-edited with Cynthia Robinson, a collection of comparative analysis methods for medieval Castile), and several articles on early modern and medieval Iberia.
1. Isolina Ballesteros completed her degree in French Language and Literature at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, in 1982, and her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature at Boston University in 1992. She is Full Professor at the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature and chair of the Film Studies Program of Baruch College, CUNY; and at the Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures Program of the Graduate Center of CUNY. Her teaching focuses on Modern Peninsular Studies (19th and 20th century literature and film), comparative literature, immigration cinema, and Spanish and European cinema. She has published extensively about Spanish and Latin American women writers, the image of women in the post-Franco literature, the cultural memory of the Spanish Civil War, Spanish and European cinema, and European immigration cinema. She is the author of three books: Escritura femenina y discurso autobiográfico en la nueva novela española (1994), Cine (Ins)urgente: textos fílmicos y contextos culturales de la España postfranquista (2001), and Immigration Cinema in the New Europe (2015). She is currently working on a book titled Migration, Visual Art, and Activism.
2. Tina Escaja (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1993) is Professor of Spanish and Director of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Vermont (UVM). She has published extensively on gender, technology and representation at the turn-of-the-twentieth-century and their connections with the turn-of-the-millennium in Latin America and Spain. Her scholarly books include the monograph Salomé decapitada: Delmira Agustini y la estética finisecular de la fragmentación (2000) and the edition of essays Compromiso e hibridez: Aproximaciones a la poesía hispánica contemporánea escrita por mujeres (2007). As a teacher and scholar, she has been recognized with UVM’s Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (2013), the Dean’s Lecture Award for excellence in teaching and research (2010), and the University Scholar Award (2015-16).
Professor Escaja is also an award-winning poet, writer and digital artist. Her creative work transcends the traditional book form, leaping into digital art, robotics, augmented reality and multimedia projects exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. She has also served as Vice-President and President of the Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidad (Hispanic Association of Gender and Sexuality Studies, formerly AILCFH), Vice President and President of ALDEEU (Association of Spanish Professionals in America), and is currently President of Feministas Unidas, Inc., Corresponding Member for ANLE (Spanish Language Academy in the USA), and Vice-President of Red Poppy, a non-profit dedicated to promoting Latin American poetry in the United States.
3. Daniel García-Donoso is Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), where he teaches courses on contemporary Spanish culture and European Studies. He is the author of the monograph Escrituras post-seculares: sedimentos de la religión en la ficción española contemporánea (Biblioteca Nueva, 2018) and co-editor of The Sacred and Modernity in Urban Spain: Beyond the Secular City (Palgrave, 2016). He is currently co-editing a volume on Materiality and the Cultures of Death in Contemporary Spain. His research has been published in journals such as Romance Studies, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Afro-Hispanic Review
4. Esther Gimeno Ugalde currently holds a position as Interim Professor in Iberian Studies at Institute of European Studies at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) and a research member of the Centro de Estudos Comparatistas at the University of Lisbon (Portugal).
Dr. Gimeno Ugalde received her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna (Austria), where she also worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She was a Max Kade Post-Doc Fellow at Harvard University (2012-13) and Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College (2013-18).
Her research activities in the field of Iberian Studies focus on language choice, multilingualism and polyphony in cinema and literature, exploring questions related to language and identity. She is currently working on a project about literary self-translation in the Iberian Peninsula. Together with Santi Pérez Isasi, she is co-editor of the International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) and leads the project IStReS (Iberian Studies Reference Site, http://istres.letras.
5. Gregory Kaplan (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1994) is Professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures at the University of Tennessee, where he is also a Distinguished Professor in the Humanities. His field of specialization is medieval Spanish philology, and he has published extensively in the areas of historical Spanish linguistics and converso literature. His books include Arguments against the Christian Religion in Amsterdam by Saul Levi Morteira, Spinoza’s Rabbi (Amsterdam 2017), La lingüística transdisciplinaria: El caso del origen del castellano (Vigo 2017), Valderredible, Cantabria (España): La cuna de la lengua española (Santander 2009), El culto a San Millán en Valderredible, Cantabria: Las iglesias rupestres y la formación del Camino de Santiago (Santander 2007), and The Evolution of ‘Converso’ Literature: The Writings of the Converted Jews of Medieval Spain (Gainesville 2002). He has also published his research in scholarly journals, including Medievalia, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Foreign Language Annals, La corónica, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Hispanófila, and Hispanic Review. Professor Kaplan’s excellence in research has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and the University of Tennessee Jefferson Priz
6. Nieves Romero Díaz Professor of Spanish at Mount Holyoke College. Her publications include articles on Celestina, Cervantes, women poets and dramaturgas of the Early Modern Spain, as well as the Baroque prose (e.g. Nueva nobleza, nueva novela ). Her current research focuses on the intersections between gender and politics during Philip IV’s realm—in this area, she has published the bilingual edition of María de Guevara’s political treatises (2007), and multiple essays, most recent are “On Female Political Alliances: Sor María de Ágreda’s Communities of Letters” (Hispanic Review 2018) and “Women and Power” (The Routledge Research Companion to Early Modern Spanish Writers 2018).
7. Raquel Vega-Durán is Associate Professor of Spanish at Claremont McKenna College; and Senior Lecturer at Harvard University. She holds a B.A. in British and American Studies from the University of Seville; a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Film Studies from University of Michigan; and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Michigan. Raquel Vega-Durán teaches courses on Transatlantic and Mediterranean cultural history, Film studies, Gender Studies, Spanish Peninsular literature and art history, and Immigration and Borders. She has published on Immigration and Film, Spanish Identity, Mediterranean Dialogues, connections between art and literature, and the concept of contact zones. Among her ongoing projects are Women and Science in Spain, the repopulation of rural areas in Europe, and global borders as sites of encounters. Her diverse scholarly interests informed her book Emigrant Dreams, Immigrant Borders: Migrants, Transnational Encounters, and Identity in Spain (Bucknell UP, 2016), where she introduces readers to a wide range of films, journals, novels, photography, paintings, and music to offer a new perspective for understanding contemporary Spain through its varied encounters with African and Latin American migrants. She both places Spain in a larger European context and draws attention to some of the features that, from a comparative perspective, make the Spanish case interesting and often unique.