Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades
Membresía de la AEGS (previamente AILCFH)

October 2010 Newsletter
 AILCFH circular 10.1, octubre 2010

Estimada membresía,

Adjunto les remito varios anuncios y comunicados urgentes.

Un cordial saludo

Elena Castro
Secretaria AILCFH


1) Anuncio de Carmen de Urioste, editora de Letras Femeninas

• Hace más de un año firmé el contrato para indexar Letras Femeninas en Jstor. Aunque Letras Femeninas posee la colección de la revista casi completa, durante este año he intentado localizar los números de la revista que faltan y he de decir que sin mucho éxito. Esto está retrasando el proceso de indexación enormemente. Por tanto, pido a las socias que tengan los primeros números de la revista se pongan en contacto conmigo a la mayor brevedad posible (

2) Petición urgente de Adelaida Lopez Martínez sobre alojamiento en el congreso de Austin

Querida Elena:

Necesito pedirte un favor, si no es una enorme molestia.

Pienso asistir a la reunión de nuestra organización que tendrá lugar del 14-16 de octubre en Austin. Vivo como a 24 kilómetros de la Universidad y prefiero hospedarme en uno de los hoteles donde estará la mayoria de nuestr@s soci@s, pero no queda nada, absolutamente nada, disponible. Y este es el favor que necesito pedirte (si es posible): ¿Podrías preguntarle a las personas que se han inscrito para venir que, si por alguna razón, tienen que cancelar el viaje, que no cancelen las reservaciones de hotel y que me las cedan a mí? Es la única manera de conseguir alojamiento cerca del Campus.

Perdona la molestia y muchas gracias adelantadas por tu ayuda (que, insisto, sempre y cuando te sea posible).

Hasta el 14 de octubre y hasta siempre,


Teléfono: 512 - 25-0329



1) Job Description: Assistant Professor of Spanish and Global Studies:

Job Description: Assistant Professor of Spanish and Global Studies

Required/Preferred Qualifications
The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time interdisciplinary faculty position in modern and contemporary peninsular Spanish studies, beginning fall semester 2011 (August 31, 2011). The position's tenure home will be in Spanish and Portuguese Studies, with 50%-time work effort dedicated to that department and 50% to the Institute for Global Studies. This position reflects an ongoing departmental focus on interdisciplinary approaches to Global Spanish and Portuguese through research on issues connected to the nexus of colonialism, postcolonialism, and globalization, and is part of a college-wide initiative at the University of Minnesota to build interdisciplinary ties among departments across the arts, humanities, and social sciences. 

Preference will be given to candidates with strong, interdisciplinary theoretical profiles. Desirable areas of research and expertise may focus on issues, in modern and/or contemporary Spain, such as postcoloniality and responses to globalization, nationalism(s) and the relationship of cultural production to national/regional identities, immigration/cultural integration/intercultural relations, and/or postcolonial gender and sexuality studies. 

Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to carry out a rigorous program of research, outstanding teaching in a broad range of courses, graduate student advising, and contribute to shared governance. A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in Spanish or a related field bridging the humanities and social sciences (e.g. anthropology, geography, history, gender and sexuality studies) is required, as well as native or near-native fluency in English and Spanish. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Candidates will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, evidence of research ability, evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and strength of recommendations.

Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research, develop and teach undergraduate courses, advise undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute service to the department, college, and profession. The development of additional courses and research themes that complement and extend current departmental expertise is strongly encouraged. 

This position will require teaching four semester-length courses per academic year at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Salary will be competitive, dependent upon the successful candidate's qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policies.

Program/Unit Description
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 broad 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 and 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 foci in interdisciplinary approaches to language contact, phonology, pragmatics, second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and syntax. 

Department website: 

The College of Liberal Arts values diverse cultures, experiences, and perspectives as key to innovation and excellent education. 

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Application Instructions
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position please click on "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING" and follow the instructions. You will be given an opportunity to attach written materials in support of your application. 

Required materials which must be attached to the online application include a cover letter and current curriculum vitae. 

Optional materials which may be attached to the online application include a recent writing sample, transcript, research statement, and statement of teaching philosophy. The department strongly recommends that these optional materials, especially the recent writing sample, be submitted at the time of application. These materials also may be submitted to the department by email to, or by surface mail to: 

Professor Ofelia Ferrán 
Chair, Modern/Contemporary Search Committee 
Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies 
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 
206 Eddy Hall 
192 Pillsbury Drive SE 
Minneapolis, MN 55455 

In addition to the materials identified above, applicants are asked to arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent directly to Professor Ferrán, as indicated above. 

Please submit applications online by November 15, 2010; letters of recommendation must be postmarked by this date as well. Additional application materials may be requested at a later date. Review of applications will begin on November 15 and continue until the position is filled.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Foreign Languages and Literature, Edwardsville, Illinois 62026

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville invites applications for the position of Chair at the associate or full professor rank with tenure to begin on July 1, 2011.

Ph. D. in Spanish, specialty open. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated successful academic leadership, proven track record in program building, strong administrative abilities and experience in developing inter-and multi-disciplinary programs and connections across the university, in the larger community and abroad. Established record of research and teaching accomplishments, including successful grant-writing experience.

The Chair will take the lead in shaping the future of the department through commonly agreed upon program-building initiatives. The Department is seeking a collaborative decision maker who will foster a climate of intellectual vitality, innovation and collegiality. The Chair will be expected to provide vision and creative leadership as the department builds on its current strengths to further its educational and research missions.

12 month appointment with a competitive salary

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature is located in the College of Arts and Sciences. It offers undergraduate programs in French, German and Spanish including teacher preparation in those languages. The department also participates in area studies minors and the general education program. Languages taught include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Yoruba. Further information is available at

Initial review of applications will begin November 15 and will continue until the position is filled. Please send curriculum vitae, letter of application, statement of teaching and administrative philosophies and three letters of reference to the chair of the search committee.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.


My book, Isabel Allende’s House of the Spirits Trilogy: Narrative Geographies, was published this summer by Tamesis. The book uses an approach rooted in cultural geography to study the construction of socio-political, socio-ethnic, socio-sexual, and textual spaces in three novels that I treat as a trilogy, House, Daughter of Fortune, and Portrait in Sepia. The first two chapters offer a detailed introduction/overview of Allende’s writing within a spatial framework, and a synthesis of geo-reading with a particular emphasis on feminist geographies and the dynamics of power. The subsequent chapters explore the novels’ construction of ethnicity, political borderlands in house and nation, body/space, and written/photographed space. I have copied the publisher’s abstract and a link to the book’s web site below and would appreciate your sharing it with AILCFH members.

Allende's very popular novels have attracted both critical approval and opprobrium, often at the expense of genuine analysis. This sophisticated study explores the narrative architecture of Allende's House of the Spirits [1982], Daughter of Fortune [1999], and Portrait in Sepia [2000] as a trilogy, proposing that the places created in these novels subvert the patriarchal norms that have governed politics, sexuality, and ethnicity. 
Rooted in the Foucauldian premise that the history of space is essentially the history of power, and supported by Susan Stanford Friedman's cultural geographies of encounter as well as Gloria Anzaldúa's study of borderlands, this study shows that, by rejecting traditional spatial hierarchies, Allende's trilogy systematically deterritorializes the elite while shifting the previously marginalized to the physical and thematic centers of her works. This movement provides the narrative energy which draws the reader into Allende's universe, and sustains the 'good story' for which she has been universally acclaimed.

Thank you.
Karen Martin
Associate Professor, Spanish

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