Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures
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.Request Information
LAILAC combines outstanding academics with cultural and literary activities to create a dynamic scholarly setting for our students. 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 on and contributing “to the complex communities of New York City and beyond.”
LAILAC’s curriculum allows students to tailor their courses to their interests as they follow their path to degree. Leading faculty scholars mentor students as they pursue their research. Students also gain excellent experience from teaching at CUNY colleges; contributing to the program’s student journal, LL Journal; and participating in events, such as the annual students’ conference.
In studying Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Culture, students will choose between two unique tracks:
The Culture/Literature track focuses on 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 significant part of all courses and seminars. The track encompasses a variety of fields including LGBT studies, media, philology and textual criticism, translation, visual culture, and women’s studies.
The Hispanic Linguistics track enables students to study language as social practice in Latin America, Spain, the U.S., and the multiple spaces where Spanish-speaking people 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. The track’s faculty come from a wide range of fields including sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, language policy, critical linguistic historiography, bilingualism in education, and applied linguistics. Their areas of research include 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 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 a range of subjects including the politics of language representation, literary canon formation and Spanish visual culture, the interface of literature and photography, and Quevedo and Golden Age satire. Visiting scholars and writers conduct annual symposia and lectures, and internationally renowned academics from Europe and Latin America often conduct mini seminars.View our Faculty
LAILAC is well connected to institutions abroad that co-sponsor events such as seminars, lectures, and symposia and that facilitate faculty and student exchanges. Students in the program also organize an annual students’ conference at The Graduate Center that attracts doctoral students from the U.S. as well as Europe and Latin America.Learn more about our Events
LAILAC’s program handbook is a resource for current students to inform themselves about the program policies and requirements. The handbook supplements the current Bulletin of The Graduate Center, the current Student Handbook, and the Announcement of Courses.Review the handbook
LL Journal is an online journal dedicated to the promotion of research related to Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures. The student publication seeks to be a multidisciplinary forum highlighting quality contributions in all relevant fields of study.Visit LL Journal
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