Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
My current research focuses on the aesthetic representation and exploration of the cultural and political upheaval that accompanied developments in the sciences in early modern Spain and Europe. Titled ‘Science Fiction in Early and Late Modern Contexts,’ and funded by a 3-year standard research grant from SSHRC, this project seeks to stage a number of theoretical and discursive encounters between contemporary and Baroque manifestations of Science Fiction. The primary goal is to understand the ways in which science and technology structure our cognitive and artistic relationship with the worlds around us. Primary sources include baroque authors such as Cervantes, Calderón de la Barca, and Zayas as well as contemporary figures such as Neal Stephenson, William Gibson, and Philip K. Dick.
View my current CV here.
- 2000 Ph.D. in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics, Minnesota
- 1995 MA in Hispanic Literatures, Minnesota
- 1987 BS in Secondary Education and Spanish, St. Cloud State University
- 1985 BA in English (Spanish minor), St. Johns University, Collegeville, MN
My current research interests include: visual cultures of the Baroque and Neo-Baroque; aesthetic engagements and mediations of scientific innovations and discoveries in both theory and technology in early and late modernity; sexual violence and sex crimes in Baroque Spain; social pedagogy as it relates to the production and mediation of hate speech in early and late modern musical and theatrical performances; and cognitive approaches to cultural expressions of empathy and or compassion in early and late modernity.
Upcoming and recent conference presentations
(By invitation) February, 2108 “Cognitive Approaches to Cultural Studies: Problems in Empathy.” Concordia Centre for Cognitive Science.
February, 2018 “Emblem Books and Medialogies: Scientific Obfuscation in the First Age of Inflationary Media.” The 24th Annual Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Scottsdale, AZ.
November, 2017 With Vivek Venkatesh, "Necrophilic Empathy in Cervantes' La Numancia." Apocalyptic Imagination in Early Modern Spain, Concordia University, Montreal.
October, 2017 “Poetry and Necrophilia: Reading Cervantes’s La Numancia through Anachronism.” Society for Renaissance and Baroque Hispanic Poetry, Sevilla, Spain.
(by invitation) October, 2017 “Emblem Books and Medialogies: Scientific Obfuscation in the First Age of Inflationary Media.” Transforming Books, McGill University.
June, 2017 With Amy Williamsen “Entre ficción y ciencia: Hacia una lectura cuántica del Persiles.” Cervantes en el Septentrión: Tromso, Norway.
(By invitation) April, 2017 “Masters Programs: Two Architectural Models.” Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools, New York, NY.
(By invitation) March, 2017 “Trends in Interdisciplinary Graduate Education.” Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Education, Concordia University.
(By invitation) February, 2017 “The Theology of/and Sex Crimes in María de Zayas.” California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.
(By invitation) November, 2016 “A Cervantine Approach to Science Fiction.” Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
(By invitation) November, 2016 “Baroque Science Fiction: A Cervantine Proposal.” York University, Toronto, ON.
October, 2016. “The Theology of Sexual Violence in María de Zayas.” Gemela (Estudios sobre la mujer en España y Latinoamérica), San Juan, Puerto Rico.
(By invitation) January, 2016 “Grimposium,West Side Gory: Panel discussion on sexual violence and misogyny in the Black Metal Music Scene featuring musicians, journalists, and academics,” aQuarius recOrds, San Francisco, CA. https://vimeo.com/153526590
(By invitation) January, 2016 “Grimposium,West Side Gory: Improvisational Reading on Sexual Violence and Misogyny,”aQuarius recOrds, San Francisco, CA. https://vimeo.com/153606805
October, 2015 “Poet or Pimp? Theatricality and Sex Crimes in Lope de Vega and Cervantes.”“Quixotic Disciplines,” a seminar organized by Jesús Velasco, at Columbia University, New York, New York.
October, 2015 “Best Practices in Industry Partnerships.” Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators, University of Calgary.
September, 2015 In collaboration with Vivek Venkatesh: “Spectacles of hate speech: An exemplary approach to transgressions in black metal.” From My Cold Dead Hand: Cervantes and the Public Humanities in the Twenty-first Century, a Pointed Conversation, Concordia University, Montreal.
July, 2015 “The Theatrical Representation of Sex Crimes in Lope de Vega and Cervantes.” ALDEEU, Segovia, Spain.
(Invited Keynote Address) March 2015“Quantum Solace: Apocalyptic Accommodations in Early and Late Modernity.” Graduate Student Symposium at SUNY Buffalo, Department of Romance Languages.
March 2015 “The Performance of Justice in Calderón’s El alcalde de Zalamea.” Association of Hispanic Classical Theater, El Paso, TX.
April, 2014 “Knowledge, Fiction, and the Other in Cervantes’s La Gitanilla.” The Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, KY.
April, 2014 “1581: Mathematics, Emblematics, and Melancholia.” The Renaissance Society of America, New York, NY.
April 2013 “Theatrical Emblems and the Embodiment of Time: The Case of Occasion.” The Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference, Lexington, KY.
April 2013 “A Quantum Approach to Don Quijote.” The Renaissance Society of America, San Diego, CA.
November 2012 “1581: Mathematics, Emblematics, and Melancholia.” Early Modern Projects Research Group. Concordia University. Montreal, QC.
(by invitation) June 2012 “La ciencia y el sueño en Calderón.” Ometeca: XII Sesión de trabajo sobre las relaciones entre las humanidades y las ciencias en el mundo hispánico, Madrid, Spain.
June, 2012 “La ciencia y la ficción: Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda.” VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas, Oviedo, Spain.
April, 2012 “Cervantes, Gracián, and the Embodied Subject.” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, KY.
March, 2012 “Free Will and Theatricality: Calderón’s La vida es sueño.” Association of Hispanic Classical Theater, El Paso, TX.
2018-21 PrincipalInvestigator, Social Sciences andHumanities Research Council of Canada:“Estranged Epistemologies: Science and Culture in the Baroque and(Neo)Baroque.” ($50,000)
2018-20 Co-investigator,Global Affairs,Canada. “Development, Implementation andEvaluation of Capacity-Building Initiatives from the SOMEONE (Social MediaEducation Every Day) Initiative to Counter Terrorism and Violent Extremism withLebanese Stakeholders in Education, Public Policy and Social Service.” ($1.2M)
2017-19 Co-investigator,Ministry of Public Safety and EmergencyPreparedness. “Implementing Social Pedagogical Practices vie the SOMEONE(Social Media Every day) multimedia portal: Knowledge Mobilization and Transferof Evidence-Based Research into Communities, Scholastic, Popular Media andPublic Settings to Improve Resilience to Hate Speech and Radicalization that Leadsto Violent Extremism.” ($367,000)
2015-18 Co-applicant, The Research Council of Norway.“Integrating Science of Oceans, Physics and Education”: collaboration betweenresearchers from Bergen University, UC Berkeley, and Concordia University oninnovative pedagogies in science. (3,900,000 kroner; $610,000 CDN)
2011-15 Social Sciences and Humanities ResearchCouncil of Canada:
“Signsof the Times: Baroque Science Fiction” ($46,000)
2010 Social Sciences and Humanities ResearchCouncil of Canada Aid to
2003-07 Social Sciences and Humanities ResearchCouncil of Canada: “Emblematic Moments in Literary Contexts: RitualStrategies and Myth Making in Golden Age Spain” ($33,500)
2003-07 Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Societéet la Culture : « Thèâtre Moderne, Restes Rituels: Le Rôle desPratiques Rituels dans ‘LaComedia Nueva’ » ($34,000)
The Persistence of Presence: Emblem and Ritual in Baroque Spain. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2010. Print.
(In press) Writing in the End of Times: Apocalyptic Imagination in the Hispanic World. Co-edited with David Castillo. Hispanic Issues.
Co-edited with Julio Baena. A Polemical Companion to Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media, by David Castillo and William Egginton. Hispanic Issues Debates 8, 2017. https://cla.umn.edu/hispanic-issues/debates/volume-8-polemical-companion-medialogies
Co-edited with David Castillo. Spectatorship and Topophilia in Early Modern and Postmodern Hispanic Cultures. Hispanic Issues. Nashville: Vanderbilt UP, 2011. Print.
Refereed Book Chapters and Journal Articles
(forthcoming) “Morality as an Impediment to Social Transformation: Framing Contemporary Crime Shows with Tirso de Molina and María de Zayas.” Tunes, TV, and Tweets: Teaching Early Modern Spanish Literature Through Popular Culture, eds. Mindy Badía and Bonnie Gasior.
(forthcoming) “Religion and Sex Crimes in Baroque Spain: The Avemaria as Alibi in His Wife’s Executioner, by María de Zayas.” Théologiques, Special Number on Praising and Cursing God Through Music, ed.Vivek Venkatesh.
(in press) Co-authored with Vivek Venkatesh and Jason Wallin. “Necrophilic Empathy: An Urgent Reading of Miguel de Cervantes’s La Numancia.” Writing in the End of Times: Apocalyptic Imagination in the Hispanic World. Co-edited with David Castillo. Hispanic Issues.
(in press) Co-authored with David Castillo. “Introduction: The Poetics and Politics of Apocalyptic and Dystopian Discourses.” Writing in the End of Times: Apocalyptic Imagination in the Hispanic World. Co-edited with David Castillo. Hispanic Issues.
(in press) “Free Will and Indeterminacy in Cervantes: From Molina to Heisenberg…and Beyond!” Cervantes, Cervantes Society of America.
Co-authored with Julio Baena. “Introduction: Reading Medialogies Reading Reality: Just Deserts.” A Polemical Companion to Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media, by David Castillo and William Egginton. Hispanic Issues Debates 8 (2017):1-21.
“Calderón’s Aurora en Copacabana: A Scandalous Reading.” Religious and Secular Theater in Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Donald T. Dietz. Ed. Susan Paun de García and Donald R. Larson. New York: Peter Lang, 2017. 217-30.
“Baroque Science Fiction: A Proposal.”Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos. Special number Nuevas aproximaciones al canon hispánico de la temprana modernidad. Ed. Raquel Trilla and Ranka Minic-Vidovic. 41.1 (2016): 193-214.
Co-authored with Vivek Venkatesh, Jason Wallin and Jeffrey Podoshen, et al. “Individual and communal factors impacting the spread and reception of online hate speech in the black metal scene: Theoretical and methodological implications.” In Metal Music and Community, ed. Nelson Varas and Niall William Richard Scott. Lexington Press, 2016. 127-50.
“Poet or Pimp? Theatricality and Sex Crimes in Lope de Vega and Cervantes.” ¿Promete el autor segunda parte? Cuatrocientos años de una promesa cervantina. Eds. Antonio Cortijo Ocaña and Francisco Layna Ranz. eHumanista Cervantes 4 (2015): 178-95.
“The Performance of Justice: Good-Natured Rule Breaking in Calderón’s El alcalde de Zalamea.” La razón de estado en las letras del Siglo de Oro. Ed. Enric Mallorquí-Ruscalleda. eHumanista 31 (2015): 411-25.
“Eventos ocasionales: La ciencia media y la ficción en Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda.” Comentarios a Cervantes. Actas selectas del VIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Cervantistas. Ed. Emilio Martínez Mata and María Fernández Ferreiro. Asturias: Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson, 2015. 1039-51.
“1581: Emblematics, Mathematics, and Melancholia.” Emblematica: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Emblem Studies 21 (2014): 135-60.
“El machismo y la identidad gay en Noche de Ronda.” Identidad y Diáspora: El Teatro de Pedro R. Monge Rafuls. Ed. Elena M. Martínez and Francisco Soto. Valencia: Aduana Vieja, 2014. 285-302. [Abridged reprint and translation of “Pedro Monge-Rafuls and Mapping the Post?Modern Subject in Latino Theater.” Gestos: Teoría y Práctica del Teatro Hispánico 24 (1997): 135-48.]
“Knowledge, Fiction, and the Other in Cervantes’s La Gitanilla.” Romance Quarterly (special issue on Cervantes’s Novelas Ejemplares. Ed. Moisés R. Castillo) 61.2 (2014): 125-37.
“Zayas Unchained: A Perverse God or Theological Kitsch?” Writing Monsters: Essays on Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Ed. Adriana Gordillo and Nicholas Spadaccini. Hispanic Issues Online 15 (2014): 42-59.
“Perverse Currency.” (Re)Reading Gracián in a Self-Made World. Hispanic Issues OnLine Debates 4 (Fall 2012): 35–41.
“Afterword.” Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds. Ed. Anthony J. Cascardi and Leah Middlebrook. Nashville: U of Vanderbilt P, 2012. 291-302.