Laura Mayron to Speak on Lorca

October 16th, 2018

Laura Mayron, a student in our doctoral program in Hispanic Language & Literatures, will be joining Professor Carlos Ramos at Wellesley College this evening to present in his seminar on Federico García Lorca. Laura will be speaking on Lorca’s queer surrealism in “Ode to Walt Whitman,” which was part of her undergraduate honors thesis, completed at Wellesley in 2016.

Romance Studies at 2018 NERALLT Conference

October 16th, 2018

The 2018 New England Regional Association for Language Learning Technology (NERALLT) conference was held right here at BU! Romance Studies was represented by Elena Carrión Guerrero & Maria Datel, who shared their innovative project: Talking to the Other: Authentic Conversations with the Hispanic World!

Opening for Asst. Prof. of Spanish in Colonial & Postcolonial Latin American Literature

October 12th, 2018

The Department of Romance Studies is pleased to announce an opening for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Spanish with specialization in colonial and post-colonial Latin American Literature, with a July 2019 starting date. Please see the complete description below.

The Department of Romance Studies at Boston University invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Spanish in colonial and postcolonial Latin American studies, beginning July 1, 2019.

We believe that the cultural and social diversity of our Department is vitally important to the excellence of our academic programs, and we encourage applications from candidates who will contribute to the diversity and inclusiveness of our teaching, research, and learning.

The candidate’s work should focus on Colonial Latin America (15th–18th centuries) and the cultural interactions between Spain and Africa, Asia, and the Americas. We seek a candidate who can address the relevance of colonial Latin American literature within contemporary transatlantic or postcolonial studies. Subfield is open, but we are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to Mesoamerica, the Andean region, the African diaspora, or indigenous studies. Interest in translation studies is highly desirable. The successful candidate will teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Applicants should submit a letter describing teaching and research interests; two representative writing samples; recent teaching evaluations; and three letters of recommendation through Academic Jobs Online. Application deadline: November 15, 2018. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Prof. Alicia Borinsky,

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

2018 RS Graduate Reception

October 12th, 2018

The Romance Studies Department gathered our graduate students and faculty for our annual Graduate Student Reception last night (October 11). We introduced all of our new graduate students and enjoyed plenty of delicious food! Check out photos of the event below.

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  • 2018 RS Graduate Reception
  • 2018 RS Graduate Reception
  • 2018 RS Graduate Reception

BU RS Alumni in the World

October 11th, 2018

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  • Alumni Profile - Shannon Quinn
  • Alumni Profile - Pedro Pizano
  • Alumni Profile - Gosia Nowakowska
  • Alumni Profile - Alexandra Greenawalt

Dennis Costa Named Managing Editor of KronoScope

September 24th, 2018

Prof. Dennis Costa has been appointed Managing Editor of the interdisciplinary, scholarly journal KronoScope / Journal for the Study of Time.  He is also special editor of a KS issue appearing this fall, dedicated to medieval/pre-modern understandings of temporality.  Costa has served for three years as Vice-President of the International Society for the Study of Time (ISST), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in June, 2016 with a conference at the University of Edinburgh (UK).  Costa’s latest article, “ ‘More than Watchmen’: Dante on Urgency in Ritual,” will appear in the spring of 2019.

Vanessa Fernandez Greene Publishes Article on Norah Lange

September 21st, 2018

Vanessa Fernandez Greene, a 2011 graduate of our PhD program in Hispanic Language & Literatures, has published on noted Argentine writer Norah Lange. Her article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of Texas Studies in Literature and Language. From the abstract:

Norah Lange created a girl-woman persona that both defied and conformed to social and literary expectations, opening new possibilities for her role as an avant-garde writer. Via textual analysis using Foucault’s concept of the heterotopias, I show how the protagonists of Voice of Life45 Sailors and 30 DaysChildhood Notebooks, and Before They Die present heterotopias that reflect the space Lange’s persona inhabited within the avant-garde.


Erin Lamm Publishes Translation

September 19th, 2018

Erin Lamm (2016 Graduate, PhD in French Language & Literature) has just published a combined translation of Algerian author Maïssa Bey’s Do You Hear in the Mountains . . . ? and Under the Jasmine, At Night with the University of Virginia Press. The work draws on Lamm’s doctoral thesis, which she defended in 2017. Here is a review from

Maïssa Bey is widely recognized as one of the most important contemporary Algerian women writers. Her works are often cited alongside those of Assia Djebar, Leïla Sebbar, and Malika Mokeddem as feminist voices speaking out against various forms of oppression imposed upon women of Algerian origin. As the newest voice in this group of writers, Bey deserves equal consideration and exposure to English-speaking audiences. (Anne Carlson, Spelman College)

Congratulations to Erin for successfully publishing her dissertation, and bringing this important Algerian writer to the anglophone world!

Lionel Mathieu Publishes Book Review

September 18th, 2018

Lionel Mathieu, Lecturer in French, has published a book review of Enregistrer la parole et écrire la langue dans la diachronie du français, a compendium of articles examining the historical evolution of the French language in both spoken and written form. 

Mathieu concludes:

In sum, this book is to be commended for its breadth of coverage and methodology (both qualitative and quantitative), and by the fact that it addresses all aspects of the linguistically-relevant material found in old documents: the graphophonic content as well as the elements of punctuation. Specialists in the field will undeniably welcome this volume as a worthy contribution to the conscientious study of French in the course of its long history.

The review was published in LINGUIST List, and is available here.

Tracy Heranic Presents at Conference in China

September 17th, 2018

Tracy Heranic, part-time lecturer in French, presented this past summer at a conference in China. Tracy says:

I participated, in conjunction with researchers from Sun Yat-sen University, Harbin Normal University, The University of Queensland, and Université de Nantes, in a thematic research and discussion session dealing with Heritage across Linguistic Borders: Semantic Approaches of Intangible Cultural Heritage, at the 2018 Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference at Zhejiang University, in Hangzhou, China. Through the lens of augmentative semantics, we examined the discursive potential of words to convey intangible cultural heritage, specifically encapsulated in the language and discourse of varying cultures, and how this understanding and way of approaching semantic understanding can and should be used in the L2 classroom.