Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each year the Department of Romance Studies (with co-sponsorship by Trinity Research Enhancement) presents an Undergraduate Research Symposium on the theme of ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Future Worlds.' The symposium provides an outlet for the outstanding research produced by students in Romance Studies courses, and is an important means by which the department fosters an active culture of research and exchange among students and faculty. 

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

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 – 1:30        Circulations and Negotiations of Cultural Memory

Moderator: Saskia Ziolkowski

Respondents: Laura Florand, Joseph Mulligan

Andres Cordoba                   Objects and Memorials as Variable Fixing Points in Memory

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


1:30 – 2:15        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


2:15                Closing Remarks Laura Florand, Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies