Show The Graduate Center Menu

Annual Students' Conference

XXII Annual Graduate Student Conference
Over The Wall/Saltar el muro:
Compromiso público y academia/Public Engagement & Academia
April 27-28, 2017
Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages
The Graduate Center, CUNY 365 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10016
In current debates, the idea of a wall becomes a point of discussion from which to explore the relationship between public engagement and academia. Are the walls that separate intellectual, linguistic, artistic, social, and political practices insurmountable? What other metaphors of the wall speak to us? How do we imagine these metaphors and what forms do they take? Who constructs them and who challenges them? When are they useful and when are they not? How do we cross them? This conference proposes to jump over, perforate, cross, and tear down walls. It invites us to transgress academic hermeticism in order to overcome isolation and promote reflection on intellectual work, its social dimension and its relationship with the public. Through original investigations, we hope to discuss limits and their forms, whether they be self-imposed or constructed, and strategies to overcome these limits.
Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Her work draws from the fields of language socialization and linguistic anthropology to examine language use and learning in Latino communities living in the United States. Her research documents the everyday experiences of children and families as they participate in learning activities across multiple settings including homes, schools, and communities. She is particularly interested in the ways in which an individual’s linguistic and cultural development is shaped by citizenship status and educational policies and the ways in which this becomes evident in daily, routine interactions. Her most recent longitudinal ethnographic study focusing on the way in which legal citizenship status shapes the participation of Latina girls inside and outside of school was supported by a 2013-14 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship and by a 2016-17 Rutgers Research Council Grant. Dr. Mangual Figueroa has focused her work on the ways in which discourses of citizenship circulate across home and school settings in mixed-status communities with articles published in Anthropology & Education Quarterly and Language Policy, the ethics of conducting ethnographic research in mixed-status homes discussed in a 2014 article titled “Citizenship, beneficence, and informed consent: The ethics of working in mixed-status families,” and the ways in which children choose to disclose or disguise their citizenship status with her most recent 2017 publication appearing in the American Educational Research Journal. She brings this research to bear on the lives of teachers and students by organizing conferences and participating in professional development workshops for K-16 educators in the tri-state area working to advocate for the undocumented students that they serve. Dr. Mangual Figueroa received her PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture, from the University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Masters Ed. in Bilingual Education, from the Bank Street College of Education, in New York City. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she taught English as a Second Language and Spanish in public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn. She was born and raised in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband where they are raising their two bilingual daughters.
Vicente Rubio Pueyo
Enseña en Fordham University. Doctor en Estudios Culturales Hispánicos por Stony Brook University (2014). Actualmente trabaja en un libro sobre culturas políticas entre Estado y Movimientos en la España Contemporánea (1978-2015). Aparte de la docencia e investigación académicas, forma parte de proyectos como la Global Platform on Protest and Participation ( y colabora frecuentemente con entidades como el Left Forum. Residente desde hace más de diez años en Estados Unidos, ha participado en movimientos como Occupy Wall Street (principalmente a través del proyecto Making Worlds-A NYC Coalition for the Commons), y ha estado activo en la construcción de apoyos y conexiones entre movimientos y organizaciones en España y Estados Unidos: 15M, Podemos, y las confluencias municipalistas. Ha publicado textos sobre la actualidad social y políticas de Estados Unidos y España en Diagonal, Viento Sur, Madrid15m (España), ¡Lobo Suelto! (Argentina) o In These Times (Estados Unidos).
Arantxa Araujo
Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican multidisciplinary artist and neuroscientist based in NYC, interested in how art changes the brain by allowing curated sensorimotor stimuli to create awareness about physical, affective and cognitive components that move us to action. Araujo uses photography, video, and movement-based performances to spark curiosity in observers, helping them scrutinize these processes and the relationship between the exuberant world of stimulants, the inner journey of perception, and its role in defining behavior. Araujo’s work has been presented by BEAT Festival in the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, JACK, Panoply Lab, Garis & Hahn Gallery, SITI Lab, Live Love Festival, Movement Research, Radiator Gallery, Columbia University, Triskelion Arts, Idio Gallery, Walls-Ortiz Gallery and Center, and The CAVE in New York; El Teatro de los Sentidos Residency and El Vicio, in Mexico City; MATCH in Houston; Milk and Cereal Gallery in Austin; The Semel Theater and Huret & Spector Gallery in Boston, and Performance Art Festival (PAF16) at SPACE Gallery and Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh. Araujo has been selected to be part of  2017 Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics’ EMERGENYC program and  Art in Odd Places (AiOP) – NYC (2017). Araujo was awarded a full scholarship from Mexican Government Institution CONACYT and holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She was a fellow at The Performance at the Center, SKIP! and a resident at Teatro de los Sentidos and a participant in City as Site Residency.
Diana Bejarano
Diana Bejarano es una fotógrafa y artista visual colombiana viviendo en Queens, New York. Su trabajo fotográfico y audiovisual se enfoca en problemas y causas sociales. Recientemente, se ha enfocado en el tema de la inmigración y separación familiar forzada. Trabaja con distintas organizaciones comunitarias y colabora con organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro. Busca sensibilizar por medio del arte. Actualmente trabaja en un proyecto de violencia doméstica. Su trabajo ha sido exhibido en Nueva York y Colombia.
Lauren Espejo
Lauren Espejo is a Filipino-American art director, graphic designer, and writer based in New York City. Lauren’s fine art has been featured in 9 exhibitions including the Greenpoint Gallery, Dr. M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery, Angel Orensanz Foundation, and the See Exhibition Space. Her design work for Liberty Mutual has been featured on Inc. BrandView. Along with her team XENO Collective, she hosts art shows, live musical performances, and cultural events. In 2016, she created the Asian-American blog, The Yellow Ranger, to create a space where Asian-Americans could share their culture and experiences. Lauren is currently the Diversity Editor at DLG Media and Art Director at Entree Health.
For more information, visit: