GRAPHSY 2021 – Georgetown Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium

deadline for submissions: 
January 11, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Spanish & Portuguese at Georgetown University
contact email: 

Dear all,

The graduate students in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University would like to invite graduate students to send abstracts for the Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium 2021 (GRAPHSY). The conference will be held on February 18 and 19, 2021 through Georgetown University’s online platform. Paper and poster presentations are welcome on a wide range of topics within the fields of Hispanic linguistics and literatures. This year our goal is to promote a dialogue on the effects of the current global crisis on linguistics and literature, focusing our attention on how to overcome this impact.

This year, the literature part of the conference is pleased to welcome 4 scholars who will share their experience in navigating career possibilities within and outside academia, in addition to a special event named “Trajectory Keynote Conference” by our Emerita Professor Gwen Kirkpatrick.

February 18 (Thursday)

  • Dr. Omar Abdullah (Cultivate Behavioral Health & Education)

  • Dr. Natalia Castro (City University of New York / Princeton University)

  • Dr. Liliana Colanzi (Cornell University)

  • Dr. Kristine Lodge (Oregon University)

February 19 (Friday)

  • Dr. Gwen Kirkcpatrick (Georgetown University)

On the other hand, the linguistics part of the conference welcomes two panels comprised of the following distinguished academics:

February 18 (Thursday)

  • Dr. Claudia Crespo del Río (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú)

  • Dr. Gorka Elordieta (Universidad del País Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea)

  • Dr. Francisco Fernández-Rubiera (University of Central Florida)

  • Dr. Ji Young Kim (University of California, Los Angeles)

February 19 (Friday)

  • Dr. Salvatore Callesano (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

  • Dr. Belem López (The University of Texas at Austin)

  • Dr. Rachel Shively (Illinois State University)

  • Dr. Ana Celia Zentella (University of California San Diego)

Finally, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Karen Kelsky (Thursday Feb. 18) for a joint discussion about the current job market and how to be a scholar in times of crisis.

Graduate students at any level in their studies are welcome to participate in GRAPHSY 2021. Undergraduate students will also be considered for poster presentations. Professors who may want to join us are welcome to submit proposals with graduate students as co-presenters. Please find attached the call for papers, which includes more information on the conference. Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, not including references, and can be submitted here (please copy and paste the link into your browser). The deadline for abstract submission is January 11, 2020.

N.B. We also welcome experimental or creative works about COVID-19 and/or presentations loosely (or not) related to the current social and sanitary global crisis. 

Further information can be found at, or you may contact us with questions at Please feel free to forward this to any student or colleagues who may be interested.

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We look forward to seeing you in February 2021 and encourage you to contact us with any questions or concerns.



Gorka Basterretxea Santiso (Co-Chair, Linguistics)

Maude Havenne (Co-Chair, Literature)

Sara Ramírez (Junior Co-Chair, Linguistics)

Natalia Chávez (Junior Co-Chair, Literature)

GRAPHSY 2021 committee members