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Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY)

Re-Imagined Communities: Continuities and Dislocations

February 22, 2019, 8:30am – 6:30pm

Georgetown University

3700 O St. NW, Washington, DC 20057

Breakfast and Lunch Included


Literature Keynote Speaker: Rubén Gallo, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University


Rubén Gallo is the Walter S. Carpenter Jr. Professor in Language, Literature and Civilization of Spain at Princeton University. His prolific research also surrounds the areas of Latin American cultural and literary production. He is the author, most recently, of Conversación en Princeton (2017), with Mario Vargas Llosa.

Gallo’s other books include Proust’s Latin Americans (2014), an essay about Proust’s Latin American circle of friends in turn-of-the-last century Paris; Freud’s Mexico: Into the Wilds of Psychoanalysis (2010), a cultural history of psychoanalysis and its reception in Mexico; Mexican Modernity: the Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution (2005), an essay about the Mexican avant-garde’s fascination with machines, and two books about Mexico City’s visual culture: New Tendencies in Mexican Art (2004) and The Mexico City Reader (2004). 

He is the recipient of the Gradiva award for the best book on a psychoanalytic theme and of the Modern Language Association’s Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book on a Latin American topic. He is a member of the board of the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna, where he also serves as research director. 

He is currently at work on “Cuba: A New Era,” a book about the changes in Cuban culture after the diplomatic thaw with the United States.

More information about Dr. Gallo can be found on his website.

Linguistics Panel Speakers

Luis Cerezo, Department of World Languages & Cultures, American University

Photo of Luis Cerezo, Department of World Languages & Cultures, American University

Dr. Cerezo is an associate professor of applied linguistics and the director of the Spanish language program at American University. He has been a consultant for institutions like the Fulbright Commission and Berlitz. His research investigates technologies for language learning, particularly video games, simulations, and hybrid and online curricula. Through quantitative and qualitative methods, he evaluates the effectiveness of different instructional methods (e.g., guided induction, metacognitive instruction, vicarious learning) for different learner profiles. In his video game Talking to Avatars, English speakers learn Spanish while interacting with pre-filmed actors, receiving different types of corrective feedback. His work has been published in leading journals such as Computer Assisted Language Learning, Language Learning & Technology, and Studies in Second Language Acquisition.

Víctor Fernández-Mallat, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University

Photo of Victor Fernández-Mallat, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Georgetown University

Víctor Fernández-Mallat completed his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures (Spanish Linguistics specialization) in 2014 at the Université de Montréal, specializing in sociolinguistics, language contact, and language variation. He joined the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University in 2018, where he teaches a variety of courses in Spanish Linguistics. His research interests include understanding the internal (linguistic) and external (social) factors that are affecting language variation, and the various ways in which speakers use this variation to project their identities in interaction. His current research explores variation in forms of address, particularly variation that occurs in Chilean Spanish and in dialectal contact situations in the U.S. In his research, he examines the social meaning granted to different forms of address and the role of identity projection and context in the variation of said forms.

Valentine Hacquard, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland

Photo of Valentine Hacquard, Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland

Valentine Hacquard is Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006, then spent a year as Barbara Hall Partee Visiting Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, before joining the University of Maryland in 2007. Her research is on meaning in natural languages, with a focus on words that express possibilities beyond the here and now, including modal auxiliaries (must, can…) and attitude verbs (think, know, want…). She is interested in how grammar constrains what we can mean in using such words, and in how children come to discover this.

Margaret Malone, ACTFL & AELRC Director, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Photo of Margaret Malone, ACTFL & AELRC Director, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Margaret E. Malone (Ph.D., Georgetown University) is Director of the Assessment and Evaluation Language Resource Center and Research Professor at Georgetown. She is also Director of the Center for Assessment, Research and Development at ACTFL. She has more than two decades of experience in language test development, materials development, delivery of professional development and teacher training through both online and face-to-face methods, data collection and survey research, and program evaluation. Her current research focuses on language assessment literacy, oral proficiency assessment and the relative difficulty of learning different languages.

Ellen Serafini, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University

Photo of Ellen Serafini, Department of Modern and Classical Languages, George Mason University

Ellen J. Serafini holds B.A. degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Arkansas, an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Arizona, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish Linguistics from Georgetown University. Her research primarily examines the dynamic nature of learner differences, particularly how they manifest and interact with other internal and external factors over time in second language (L2), heritage language (HL), immersion, and service learning settings. Her work also explores the application of principles of critical language pedagogy and task-based pedagogy in curricular design. In a recent project with colleagues at George Mason, she analyzes the role of home language instruction in determining long-term academic and linguistic outcomes for minority language learners. Her work in these areas has been published in peer-reviewed book chapters and journals such as Studies in Second Language Acquisition, Modern Language Journal, Hispania and Foreign Language Annals as well as via popular outlets like Teachers’ Hub. In the classroom, Dr. Serafini has taught Spanish at the secondary and post-secondary level since 2004 and currently enjoys teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at George Mason University where she works as an assistant professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics. 


The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University invites you to participate in its Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium (GRAPHSY). This year’s conference welcomes proposals within the theme of ​Re-Imagined Communities: Continuities and Dislocations​​, encouraging research in the fields of Linguistics and Iberian and Latin American Literatures and Cultures. This year, GRAPHSY looks to build a community for scholars in Spanish literatures and linguistics in order to strengthen the ties that connect and foster our academic practices. For that reason, the purpose of the conference is to open up a dialogue between junior and senior scholars to discuss current and new research trends in literature and linguistics.

In literature, we will have the honor of welcoming Dr. Rubén Gallo (Princeton University) as our distinguished keynote speaker. In linguistics, a keynote panel, including five expert and renown linguists from applied, socio, and theoretical linguistics, has been organized in order to encourage a conversation that takes multiple frameworks and backgrounds into account for the future of the field.

The organizing committee welcomes submissions related, but not limited, to the following topics:

Film, Theater and Performance
Graphic Novel, Comics, and Photography
Identity, Border Studies, and Nationalism
Digital Humanities, Media, and Blogs
Visual Studies
Comparative literature
Medieval and early modern literatures
Transatlantic dialogues
Globalization, economy, mass culture
Sound Studies
Second Language Acquisition
Heritage Language Education
Syntax/Semantics Interface -Study Abroad -Socio-phonetics
Language Variation
Language and Technology
Cognitive Linguistics
Language and society

Please submit your abstract by filling out the form below​. Abstracts may be submitted in Spanish, English, or Portuguese with a maximum of 300 words. Presentations will be 15 minutes long plus five minutes for questions at the end. ​The new deadline for the submission of proposals is January 11, 2019. There is no cost for presenters or registered attendees.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ​

Submit an abstract


Hotels near campus:

– The Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center (located on campus, almost behind the ICC, where the conference will take place; across the street from on-campus restaurants. Rooms start at around $110 per night.)

– Key Bridge Marriott   (located on the other side of the Key Bridge, in Virginia. About 15 minutes walking, 5-8 minutes by taxi)

Other options in the DC area include:

You may also wish to consider Airbnb, where you can find rooms and apartments privately rented by individuals. Prices tend to be cheaper than hotels, ranging from $50 to $80 per night in the Georgetown area.



  • Elevation Burger, Salad Creations and Subway (Hoya Court, located in the center hall of the Leavey Center)
  • Cosi Restaurant and Starbucks (North Corridor area just beyond Hoya Court in the Leavey Center)
  • Epicurean and Co. & Sushi Bar (Self-service eatery and salad, pizza, wraps & sandwiches, situated on the ground floor of Darnall Hall)
  • The CORP (Student-run coffeehouses and convenience store)
    • Uncommon Grounds (Leavey Center)
    • More Uncommon Grounds (ICC)
    • The Midnight Mug (Lauinger Library)
    • Vital Vittles (Convenience store, Leavey Center)
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels (located on the second floor of the Car Barn)


  • Wisey’s (1440 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
  • Booeymonger Restaurant (3265 Prospect St NW)
  • The Tombs (1226 36th St NW)
  • Dean & Deluca Café (3276 M St NW)
  • Sweetgreen (3333 M St NW)
  • Chipotle (1837 M Street NW)
  • Mai Thai Restaurant (3251 Prospect St NW)
  • Luke’s Lobster (1211 Potomac St NW)
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (3282 M St NW)
  • Tackle Box (3245 M St NW)


  • Saxby’s Coffee (3500 O St NW)
  • Pie Sisters (3423 M St NW)
  • Baked and Wired (1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW)