Keynotes 2018

Dr. Laura Bass

Dr. Laura Bass

Brief Description of Research:

Her work focuses on the cultural production of early modern Spain and the broader Hispanic world. Dr. Bass has published on theater and visual culture, fashion and urbanism, as well as authorship, poetics, and literary canon formation. Currently, she is writing a cultural history of Madrid in the period of its invention and consolidation as the court capital of imperial Spain.

Biography:

Laura Bass earned her A.B. from Occidental College with a major in Religious Studies. She completed an M.A. in Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Virginia and received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2000. From 2000 to 2012, she taught in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Tulane University, where she was director of graduate studies for two years. She has also held visiting appointments at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities and Brown. She now joins Brown as associate professor of Hispanic Studies, with a courtesy appointment in the History of Art and Architecture. Dr. Bass’ research and teaching cross the disciplinary borders of literature and culture, as well as art history and history. Her book, The Drama of the Portrait: Theater and Visual Culture in Early Modern Spain(Penn State University Press, 2008), won the 2010 Eleanor Tufts Award from the American Society for Hispanic Art Historical Studies. She is also co-editor of the MLA volume Approaches to Teaching Early Modern Spanish Drama (2006). At Brown, she will offer a broad range of courses on authors such as Miguel de Cervantes and Luis de Góngora; artists like Diego Velázquez and El Greco; and topics including fashion and fiction, poetry and poetics, and urbanism and empire.

Dr. Paco Fernández-Rubiera

Dr. Paco Fernández-Rubiera

Brief Description of Research:

His general areas of specialization are syntax, semantics and pragmatics (how word-order alternations in the sentence architecture affect the interpretive component and in what situations) in Spanish, Asturian, Portuguese and English. More specifically, he is interested in the status of clitics, the factors that interplay in there position at the sentence level, complementizer systems and Main Clause Phenomena.

Biography:

Paco Fernández-Rubiera is a native of Oviedo (Asturies, Spain) and is currently an Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, where he joined the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in 2012. Paco obtained his B.A. in English Studies from the University of Alicante (Spain) in 2000, and three years later completed his M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics at Michigan State University. Paco obtained both his M.S. (2005) and his Ph.D. (2009) in Spanish Theoretical Linguistics from Georgetown University, where he wrote and defended his Dissertation, entitled Clitics at the edge: clitic placement in Western Iberian Romance Languages. In his career, Paco has made numerous contributions to the understanding of clitic systems and Generative Syntax of Asturian and other Romance Languages. He has published in academic journals such as the Revista de Filoloxía Asturiana and also John Benjamins. His most recent contribution to the field of Linguistics has been his work with Traces of History, a 1.1 million dollar project funded by the Norwegian Research Council, in which evidence has been found linking Germanic to Romance in much older versions of the languages that make up these groups.

 Manuela Infante

Manuela Infante

Biography:

Manuela Infante, playwright, director, writer and musician, was born in 1980 in Santiago, Chile. She holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Infante is currently one of the most well-regarded voices in contemporary theatre in Chile and Latin America. As a director and playwright, she staged her first play with her former theatre group, Teatro de Chile, called Prat (2001). The same play took first place in the Víctor Jara Festival for Playwrights and Directors in 2002. Since then, she has staged multiple others, some of which include Juana (2003), Rey Planta (2006), Ernesto (2010), Loros Negros (2011), and Realismo (2016), gaining national and international recognition. Her work has been presented in Holland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and the United States. All works have been funded by FONDART (National Fund for the Arts). In addition, Infante has directed Fin (2008), co-produced and premiered at the festival of Modena, Italy and What’s He Building in There? (2011), created in residency at The Watermill Center, and premiered and shown in several spaces in New York. In 2012, she directed On the Beach, curated by Robert Wilson and premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York; as well as Don’t Feed the Humans, premiered in Hebbel am Uffer in Berlin, Germany. Three of her plays have been published in Chile and abroad. Manuela Infante also works as an academic in several theatre departments in Santiago, Chile. She was selected as Artistic Director of the XVI Playwright Selection 2014, organized by the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes. Recently, she has been touring her latest independent work “Vegetative State”, a captivating one-woman performance based on the revolutionary thinking of plant philosopher Michael Marder and plant neurologist Stefano Mancuso, probing that new concepts such as plant intelligence, vegetative soul, or plant communication can change human perspectives. The same was recently chosen to tour the United States as part of the 2018-2019 roster of the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.