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New issue of “Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei” edited by Daniela Boccassini

Why «Oikosophia», and what does this new and yet archaic word mean? Sophia in Greek means Wisdom, a knowing, or intelligence, which once used to be called “of the heart”: that is to say, an inherently relational, inborn way of being in unison with the totality of the living world, rather than the analytical approach […]

Message from the Department Head

February 2019 Welcome to the first edition of our departmental newsletter! We are excited to share the activities of the faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies.   As Department Head, one of my primary goals has been to foster a culture where thinking, teaching and learning are highly […]

Beyond the classroom: peer-guided support for students learning French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

Emily Beatty, Coordinator at the FHIS Learning Centre, shares about the benefits of getting involved in the FHIS community beyond the classroom and what the Learning Centre can do for you. “The most rewarding part of my role as a tutor and coordinator at the Learning Centre is the satisfaction of helping other students improve […]

Digging ‘mining literature’ out of forgetfulness: a significant yet overlooked topic in Latin American literature

The mining industry has played a significant role in Latin America, yet few scholars have paid much attention to its appearance in literature. Juan Felipe Hernandez, PhD candidate in Hispanic Studies, plans to change that. Here, he reflects on why he pursued graduate school and describes his latest research on Latin American mining literature in […]

Why you should consider learning Portuguese

Visiting lecturer, Pedro Dos Santos, makes a strong case for why you should consider learning Portuguese and learning about Brazilian culture. Why should students consider learning Portuguese? Portuguese is the 5th most spoken language in the world. It is spoken in the Americas, in Europe, in Africa and in Asia as a first, second, national […]

Media, migration and Italy’s struggle with globalization

  “To research what is perceived to be at the margins of Italian identity and culture is something that I find very exciting.” Dr. Gaoheng Zhang, Assistant Professor of Italian Studies, discusses ethnic essentialism, symbolic competition, and Italy’s longstanding juggle between globalization and localization. Can you tell us about your research on Migration and the Media? […]

María Adelaida Escobar-Trujillo’s “Tiempo del sur” addresses illegal immigration, homosexuality, death and love

“Tiempo del sur tells the story of a family through the voices of four women: Manuela, Titi, Elena and Elisa. Each of them, from their point of view, reveals the events that over the years have marked their path in several countries—Colombia, the United States and Canada—and the particular effect that those events have had on […]

Killam Teaching Prize recipient Brianne Orr-Álvarez shares best practices and memorable moments

“I thank my lucky stars every day that I had the courage to pursue this path after receiving advice from my professors. I really hope to do the same for my students.” Dr. Brianne Orr-Álvarez, Lecturer of Spanish and Director of the FHIS Learning Centre, received the prestigious 2018 Killam Teaching Prize in recognition of excellence in teaching. Here, […]

New partnership brings original documents from the French Revolution to UBC

By Celine Diaz on November 13, 2018   Vancouver, BC — Students, researchers and members of the wider community will now have access to newly acquired original pamphlets from the French Revolution through the University of British Columbia, thanks to a partnership between the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies (FHIS) and UBC Library. Public lectures, exhibits, […]

Be the next English Teaching Assistant in France!

The Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) is an opportunity to work in France for a seven-month period teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, around 200 positions are offered to Canadian citizens and permanent residents (aged between 20 and 35) to teach in public schools throughout metropolitan France and its overseas […]