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Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics

Since 1987 the graduate students of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT have organized a colloquium whose mission is to further graduate student professional and intellectual development.  Each year the event provides a space to present current research interests and to share all forms of work-in-progress.  The first colloquium, officially called the “UT Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Romance Linguistics”, was made possible through the effort of professors Madeleine Sutherland-Meier and Dale Koike, who received support from various academic departments across campus.  At present the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Organization (GSO) works enthusiastically to coordinate the colloquium and to select its theme.  True to its interdisciplinary nature, the colloquium is supported by several departments, organizations, programs and centers at UT, and continues to gather graduate students and independent scholars from across the US, Latin America and Europe.  As part of each program the colloquium organizers invite distinguished keynote speakers to contribute to the discussion on campus.

Past literature keynote speakers include: Debra Castillo (2009), Francine Masiello (2008), Sylvia Molloy (2007), Carlos J. Alonso (2003), Gustavo Pérez-Firmat (2002), Jean Franco (2000), Alan Deyermond (1997), and Andrew P. Debicki (1987).

Past linguistics keynote speakers include: Ana C Zentella (2011), Scott Schwenter (2009), Silvina Montrul (2007), John Lipski (2008, 2002), James P. Lantolf (2003), Armin Schwegler (2003), Roger W. Andersen (2000), Carmen Silvia Corvalán (1997), and Evelyn Hatch (1987).


The theme of the 20th Colloquium on Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics is “Migrating Through Alternative Spaces in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literature, Film, Cultural Studies and Linguistics."  The event is scheduled for the spring semester, March 2-3, 2011.

The keynote speakers are three distinguished scholars: Laura Colantoni (Linguistics, University of Toronto); Bradley Epps (Literature, Iberian Studies, Harvard University); and, Onesimo Almeida (Literature, Luso-Brazilian Studies, Brown University).

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Previous Colloquia

  • 19th Colloquium, held February 25-16, 2011
  • 18th Colloquium, held November 13-14, 2009
  • 17th Colloquium, held November 7-8, 2008
  • 16th Colloquium, held March 23-24, 2007
  • 15th Colloquium, held April 2, 2005.
  • 14th Colloquium, held April 10, 2004.
  • 13th Colloquium  
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