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Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Founded in the 1960s, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, is widely recognized as a pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of language, literature and, more broadly, cultural expressions grounded in theorized and broadly socio-historical perspectives.

We offer B.A. degrees in Spanish and in combined Spanish and Portuguese; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Hispanic Linguistics, and Lusophone Literatures & Cultures. Our faculty have strengths in the colonial, postcolonial and globalization triad; feminist, gender and sexuality studies; memory and witnessing; human rights; subaltern studies; law and literature; cultural contacts; and the Hispanic legacies of Hebrew and Arabic traditions. In Linguistics, our strengths are in the study of language in its context(s) with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax.

Department News

  • Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Association Meeting (HaLLA)

    HALLAFriday, November 21st
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    105 Folwell Hall

    Please join us as Hispanic Linguistics graduate students discuss their research. This month's speakers are Christina Mirisis, and Carol Ready.

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  • ​Talk by acclaimed Spanish Writer Marina Perezagua

    Marina Perezagua.jpgCómo contar lo indecible: una perspectiva sobre la escritura
    A ​​talk by acclaimed Spanish writer Marina Perezagua
    (New York University)
    Introductory remarks by professor Salvador L Raggio

    Friday, Nov. 21, 2014
    Folwell 112
    2:00 - 3:30 pm

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  • Spanish & Portuguese Research Group Forum (SPRG)

    sprg-sm.jpgFriday, November 14, 2014
    317 Folwell Hall
    3:30 to 5:00pm

    This Friday's Forum will feature Marcelo Fuentes and Eva Palma.

    Marcelo Feuntes will be presenting on "La construcción del héroe multirracial en el Cantar de los siete infantes de Lara y su contexto," and Eva Palma will be presenting on "La producción literaria mapuche a la luz de la ecocrítica."

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  • Sullivan Ballou Award recognizes the outstanding work of Amy Cosimini in human rights

    amyc.jpgThe Human Rights Program and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are thrilled to announce Amy Cosimini as the recipient of the 2014 Sullivan Ballou Award for her outstanding work in promoting and protecting human rights. Amy is a PhD candidate in the department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota where she researches the relationship between human rights and memory production discourses in Southern Cone literature and popular culture.

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