LLC37: Early Modern Hispanic Studies


This Working Group aims to consolidate a community of scholar-teachers to spark collaborative research and to create a space where to showcase our research and pedagogical strategies, apart from other academic initiatives in the Early Modern Hispanic field.

Open to New People

Active since: 2021

  • Syracuse University
  • University of Rochester
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Collaborative Goals

At the outset, we envisioned to reinstitute the community of scholars invested in Early Modern Hispanic Studies in the Central New York Corridor. Our main objective for this year was to bring together as many Early Modern Hispanic Studies specialists in the region as possible and to offer them a space to meet, share their research, and receive feedback, as well as to establish connections for the future. In that way, we would start building a sense of community.

We were pleased to see such an enthusiastic turnout at the one-day event we organized, and we are confident that our newly formed research group will remain strong in the coming years. We could see how the symposium stimulated academic dialogue and developed collegiality. Graduate students who presented papers received feedback for their research projects, and others who attended were able to get involved in the profession and mingle with junior and senior scholars.

Group Organizers

Fernando Rodríguez-Mansilla

Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ana Méndez-Oliver

Assistant Professor of Spanish, Hispanic Literatures and Cultures, Syracuse University

Ryan Prendergast

Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Rochester

Group Members

  • Rafael Castillo Bejarano, Visiting Assistant Professor, World Languages, Cultures, and Media Department, St. Lawrence University
  • Grace Burton, Associate Professor of Spanish, Skidmore College
  • Edgar Paiewonsky-Conde, Emeritus Professor, Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Thomas Devaney, Associate Professor of History, University of Rochester
  • Andy Dowling, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Maria Antonia Garces, Professor Emerita of Hispanic Studies, Cornell University
  • Elena Rodriguez Guridi, Associate Professor, World Languages, Le Moyne College
  • Catherine Piñón-Juárez, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Chenyun (Montse) Li, Graduate Student, Cornell University
  • Frederick Luciani, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Africana and Latin American Studies, Colgate University
  • Giovanni Minicucci, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Fernando Plata Parga, Professor of Spanish, Colgate University
  • Simone Pinet, Professor of Spanish and Medieval Studies, Cornell University
  • Héctor Prieto, Graduate Student, Syracuse University
  • Luis Miguel Dos Santos Vicente, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Hamilton College

Non Corridor Members

  • Lisette V. Balabarca-Fataccioli, Associate Professor of Spanish, Siena College
  • Henry Berlin, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo
  • Lori Bernard, Associate Professor of Spanish, SUNY Geneseo
  • David Castillo, Professor, SUNY Buffalo
  • Sharonah Frederick, Clinical Professor of Spanish and Latin American/Spanish Literature, Western Carolina University
  • Chris Gascon, Professor of Spanish, SUNY Cortland
  • Sergio Pedro, Assistant Professor, Ithaca College
  • Stephanie Schmidt, Assistant Professor, SUNY Buffalo

Group Outcomes

  • Some of the papers presented at the symposium, and that received feedback from the audience, are already under consideration for peer-review publications.
  • The keynote session, a workshop on editing a collective volume, stirred the proposal of new collective projects.
  • Some symposium attendants expressed their interest to host an event with a similar format at their home institutions next year.