The Ph.D. Program in Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures (LAILAC) at The Graduate Center is committed to preparing students to become rigorous and creative scholars in a diverse spectrum of fields of inquiry on Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures. LAILAC also offers an active program of academic, cultural, and literary activities, all located in the heart of Manhattan at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. As a part of The Graduate Center, a unique institution devoted primarily to doctoral studies and committed to excellence, diversity and innovative research, LAILAC participates in The Graduate Center’s mission of drawing upon and contributing “to the complex communities of New York City and beyond."
The Ph.D. Program in LAILAC offers courses
and seminars in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures, linguistic, and literary studies.
In the cultural and literary studies
track, courses and seminars deal with cultural and literary practices in historical and ideological contexts and with their circulation along national as well as Latin American, Iberian and Latino cultural transatlantic, and hemispheric networks. Critical theories relevant to the field are a major component of all courses and seminars. In addition, the program is committed to such fields as LGBT, media, philology and textual criticism, translation, visual culture, and women studies.
The Hispanic linguistics track offers a specialization in the study of language as social practice in Latin America, Spain, the U.S., and the multiple spaces where Spanish-speaking diasporas have settled. Seminars pay special attention to Spanish’s co-existence –conflictual or harmonious– with other languages such as Basque, Catalan, English, Galician, the Indigenous languages of the Americas, and the Pacific. Our faculty’s research –which runs across the traditional fields of sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language policy, critical linguistic historiography, bilingualism in education and applied linguistics– includes topics such as normativity, the linguistic performance of social identities, the social distribution of linguistic resources, language and migration, teaching Spanish in the U.S., translanguaging, and the operation of linguistic ideologies in the constitution or disputation of glottopolitical regimes.
Our outstanding doctoral faculty
consists of members who specialize in literary, language, and cultural studies from Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures and transatlantic perspectives. Faculty members are well-respected in their fields, and have published books on subjects ranging from the politics of language representation, literary canon formation and Spanish visual culture to the interface of literature and photography, Quevedo and Golden Age satire. In addition to annual symposia and lecture series from visiting scholars and writers, internationally renowned academics from Europe and Latin America often conduct mini-seminars.
LAILAC has developed a network of international connections and agreements with foreign institutions that co-sponsor events such as seminars, lectures and symposia and that facilitate faculty and student exchanges. These include the Bernardo Atxaga Chair in Basque Literature and Linguistics (with the Etxepare Euskal Institute), the Xoan González Millán Center for Galician Studies (with Galicia's Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística), the Mercè Rodoreda Chair (with the Institut Ramon Llull), and the Miguel Delibes Chair (with the Fundación Siglo and the Universidad de Valladolid). In recent years we have had the honor to host scholars such as Alberto Romero, Silvia Saitta, Diana Sorensen, Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux, Enric Bou, Anxo Lorenzo, Mauro Fernández, Henrique Monteagudo, Dolores Vilavedra, Ana Maria Martinho, José María Pozuelo Yvancos, Aurora Egido, José Carlos Mainer, Ricardo Senabre, and Claudio Guillén; and prominent writers such as Ray Loriga, Antonio Muñoz Molina, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Paloma Díaz Mas, Carmen Boullosa, Juan Villoro, Mempo Giardinelli, Antonio José Ponte, Leonardo Padura, Bernardo Atxaga, Kirmen Uribe, Teresa Moure, and Manuel Rivas. We also work with the Hispanic Society of America and the Fundación Duques de Soria to offer special seminars in text editing and plan future publication projects.
Assistant Program Officer