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Message from the Department Head

November 2019 Welcome to the Fall 2019 Newsletter of the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies. I am writing this message only a few days after saying goodbye to those who have travelled from all over the world to participate in our Department’s 8th Biennial Graduate Student Conference, which was organized by five of […]

Recently Defended Theses

Date range: July 2019 – October 2019 MA in French Studies Bartlett, Nicholas, Les nuances de la complexité : une étude des fables complexes de Jean de La Fontaine (2019) MA in Hispanic Studies Contreras, Nayid, The role of literature in Fernando Molano’s trilogy: how triple social rejection (poverty, homosexuality and HIV/AIDS) affects the marginalized gay […]

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BA - Double Major in Spanish and Human Geography (2015)

Study Abroad | Summer 2020

Earn course credits while studying in Italy or Ecuador next year. Attend one of our Information Sessions in October or November. Study in Quito, Ecuador Course: SPAN 201 and SPAN 202 (6 credits total) Instructor: Stephanie Spacciante Dates: May 6-July 1, 2020 Application Deadline: December 5, 2019 Information Sessions: October 29, 2019 – 3:30-4:30pm – UBC Life Building, […]

Promoting the French Language: Centre de la Francophonie de UBC

Dr. Stéphanie Palisse, Director of the Centre de la Francophonie de UBC and Instructor of French at FHIS, talks about the importance of cultural immersion and explains how you can get involved with cultural events organized by the Centre.   The Centre de la Francophonie de UBC promotes the French language on campus and in […]

Thao Atkinson: Studying Abroad in Venice, Italy

Undergraduate student Thao Atkinson shares about embracing vulnerability, adapting the Italian mindset, and supporting her career goals through the Go Global study abroad program in Venice, Italy. | Go Global is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2020 seminar in Salerno, Italy. Apply by December 5, 2019.   Studying in Italy was the best decision […]

Research Spotlight: Modes of Resistance in Dominican Literature

Dr. Ramón Antonio Victoriano, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at UBC, explores the representation of “blackness” and different modes of resistance in Dominican literature. Research My research project is titled Blood, Blacks and Books: Dominican Culture under Balaguer, 1966-1978. I would like to explore the representation of “blackness” that emerges in the literary production of […]

Research Spotlight: Gender, Genre & Economic Transactions in Literature

Dr. Elizabeth Lagresa-González, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at UBC, investigates the intersection between gender, genre, and cross-cultural transactions in literature.   My research examines what Mary Louis Pratt calls contact zones: “spaces where disparate cultures meet, clash, and grapple with each other, often in highly asymmetrical relations of domination and subordination.”[1] Early modern literature […]

Research Spotlight: The Evolution of a “Poetics of Ruins”

Dr. Vincent Gélinas-Lemaire, Assistant Professor of French Studies at UBC, tracks the evolution of a “poetics of ruins” in French and Québécois literature — and what they say about a growing sense of worry in our societies. Research We are living in times of worry. National narratives in Europe and North America are being shaken […]

Latin American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying the Region

Dr. Alessandra Santos, the new Chair of the Latin American Studies program at UBC, describes what makes the program unique, what skills students can develop, and where the program is heading in the near future. What is Latin American Studies? “Instead of specializing in one academic discipline and exhausting the course list that department offers, […]