Undergraduate Research Symposium

Department of Romance Studies 13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium - 2023

Old Worlds, New Worlds, Future Worlds 

Friday, March 24, 2023 
Holsti-Anderson, Rm 153 Rubenstein Library

9:00 – 9:15        Welcome & Introductory RemarksJosé María Rodríguez García, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies


9:15 – 10:00    Challenges and Opportunities for Healing in Global Health Perspectives

Moderator: Hélie Vigor

Respondents: Marcos Canteli Vigón, Emma Howell

Peter Caragol                     Breast Cancer Treatment in Spain: Problematizing Screening Practices and Global Health Inequities

Phelan Mahoney              Narrative Medicine: The Importance of a Humane and Personal Approach to Medicine

Camille Krejdovsky          Dance as a Medium for Exploring the Experience of Refugees         


10:00 – 10:45   Situating Planning and Policy: Evolving Subjectivities, Expanding Localities

Moderator: Leonardo Bacarreza

Respondents: Lisa Merschel, Sandy Valnes Quammen

Thuan Tran                         The Present and Future of Urban Design Policies in Latin America

Daniel Sutton                     Language and the Gendered Self: Addressing Grammatical Gender in the Italian Language

Audrey Costley                  Linguistic Policy and Planning in Francophone Louisiana: An Analysis of the State and Outlook of French in Louisiana


10:45 – 11:15   Saludos y Despedidas: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Greeting and Farewell Practices in the Spanish-Speaking World

Moderator: Rebecca Ewing

Respondents: Mattia Begali, Joan Munné

Presenters: Lydia Cox, Teddy Hur, Athena Yeung


11:15 – 12:00   Visions of Excess in Modern French Literature and the Arts

Moderator: Anne-Gaëlle Saliot

Respondents: Kate Driscoll, Elvira Vilches

Gwyneth Bernier               From Flaubert's Sins to Van Gogh's Sunflowers: The Hallmarks of a Shared Obsession in Two Artistic Titans

Ethan Chen                         Animal Magnetism in 19th Century French Literature

Stephen Atkinson            Decadent Discipline in Early 20th Century French Literature


12:00 – 12:30   BREAK


12:30 – 1:00    Engineering in Francophone Countries

Moderator: Deb Reisinger

Respondent: Laura Florand

Presenters: Roxana Haas, Lizzy Jones, Marie Lowry, Emily Yagoda


1:00 – 1:45        Circulations and Negotiations of Cultural Memory

Moderator: Helen Solterer

Respondents: Joseph Mulligan, Saskia Ziolkowski

Andres Cordoba                   Objects and Memorials as Variable Fixing Points in Memory

Dani Rubio                             Absence and Erasure: The Impact of Change on Memorialization

Meghna Parameswaran    Beyond the Tangible: Memorials as Sites of Cultural Exchange


1:45 – 2:30        Subverting the Gender Binary in Socio-Cultural Practices: Between Oppression and Nonconformity

Moderator: Sarah Quesada

Respondents: José María Rodríguez García, Harry Karahalios

Justin Xavier                       Foundational Legacies of Colonialism: Gendered Perspectives

Steven Powell                    La amenaza del homosexual: The Creation, Oppression, and Proliferation of the Homosexual Under the Franco Regime in Spain

Laila Khan-Farooqi           France’s Gender Binary: Perspectives on Masculinity, Femininity, and Gender Nonconformity in 19th Century Literature and Art


2:30 – 3:00      Le Creuset de Cultures: The American Immigrant Experience through a Culinary Lens

Moderator: Magda Silva

Respondents: Luciana Fellin, Melissa Simmermeyer

Presenters: Melanie Chen, Jeremiah Hodges, Neha Vangipurapu


3:00                 Closing Remarks Laura Florand, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies