Doctor Lady Rojas Benavente, PhD
Professor, Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics
I was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics in 1996, and was promoted to Associate Professor in May 2003. Prior to joining the University of Concordia, I served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa, and as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, at The University of Western Ontario where I taught second language methodology, French and Spanish. I received a PhD (1991) in Hispanic Literature from the University Laval. My current research Peruvian Women’s narratives: Violence, Racism and Gender in National Post-Independence, funded by SSHRC (2011 – 2014), deals with political, historical, ethnic, and sexual issues. I have published nine books, two of which are poetry, seven are of critical interpretation; and over 50 refereed papers in Latin American Women’s literary work –especially in Peruvian and Mexican authors-, for which I have received the Hispanic Literary and Cultural Institute’s Honor Diploma on March 11, 2010. One important contribution is my commitment as president of the Society for Literary Criticism of Spanish American Women Writers’ work (CCLEH) that enables Concordia’s colleagues, local artists and international writers to meet with students and members of the Latino-Montreal community. I have a remarkable career as a major Canadian scholar in the area of contemporary Latin American Women’s literature and social implication were being recognized by the Mouvement Desjardins in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2008. I serve as a member Board of several publications, such as: Alba de America, a critic literary magazine from the United States, and Voces a Peruvian cultural magazine.
1991 PhD in Hispanic Literature, University Laval, Quebec, Canada.
1985 MA in Spanish Literatures, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Cum Laude.1983 BA of Arts in History and Spanish, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1968 Diploma qualifying as Secondary School teacher specializing in Spanish Language and Literature, Psychology and Philosophy, National Pedagogic University of Women, Lima, Peru. Cum Laude.
Research and teaching interests
- Contemporary Peruvian & Mexican narrative, drama, poetry and essay.
Cultural Studies and Literary and critical Theories, Latin American History, Post-colonialism, and Human Rights.
Latin-American Literature: Nineteenth and Twenty Century, Women Studies, Feminists Theories, Gender Issues.
Latin America Black History, Indigenous and Minorities Studies.
Language teaching and learning: acquisition and pedagogical material.
Comparative Studies in Education: Canadian French and Latin American Literature narrative.
Creative Literature: process, production and publication.
2011-2014 SocialSciences and Humanities Research Council of
2018 National Center of Books, Ministery of Popular Power and Culture, Caracas,Venezuela, to present twopapers on Peruvian Feminism and Maria Jesus Alvarado
2016-2017 Publication Award from the University of New Brunswick for the Anthology, Constructing Memory: Latino-Canadian Women Writers in the NewMillennium, edited by Lady Rojas Benavente andSophie M. Lavoie.
2016-2017 The Consulate General of Uruguay for Co-organizing the Internationalconference in homage to José Enrique Rodó, Septembre 8.
2015 General Consulate of Peru in Montreal to organize and present the film
Conferences organized at Concordia University, Latin American countries, and in Montreal
2014-15 Financial support of General Consulate of Peru in Montreal, CCML, Dr. Edward Chirito & Promotions ASK to organize and presentthe film Americano at Concordia University, March 12, 2015.
2014 General Consulate of Peru in Montreal to organizeand coordinate the V Meetingof Hispano-Canadian Women Writers, and the 20th anniversary ofCCLEH, Cultural Center Simón Bolívar in Montreal, May 14.
2013 Dr.Edward Chirito, to organize and coordinate a CCLEH´s meeting on “PeruvianWomen and History” with Dr. TeodoroHampe-Martínez & writer Leonor Zaa,
2013 Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, California State University, USA,to organize, coordinate and participate in the XXXVIII Symposium, Buenos Aires,Argentina, August 16.
2011 Instituto Literario yCultural
2010 Peruvian General Consulate in Montreal, to coordinate a conference “The 230th anniversary of Peruvian Micaela Bastidas´ national fight”, Concordia University, October 28.
2009 Consulate General of Peru to organize a literary conference, Concordia University, October 23. Project completed.
2009 Peruvian General Consulate in Montreal, to coordinate a conference “Peruvian feminist writers: Clorinda Matto de Turner, Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera & Blanca Varela”, Concordia University, October 19. Project completed.
2009 Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, California State University, USA, to organize, coordinate and participate in the XXX Symposium, Jujuy, Argentina. August 9-16. Project completed.
2008 Peruvian General Consulate in Montreal, to coordinate a conference “A tribute to Cesar Vallejo, a universal poet from Latin America to Europe”, Concordia University, October 23. Project completed.
2007 Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, California State University, USA, to organize, coordinate and participate in the XXIX Symposium, Lujan, Argentina. Project completed.
2005 La Universidad Los Lagos, Chile, to coordinate the XXVI Literary International Symposium. Project completed.
2004 Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico, California State University, USA, to coordinate the XXIV Symposium, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Project completed.
2004 Andinica Development Fund, Université de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France, to present a paper on “Female Representation and Evolution on Peruvian Narrative”. Project completed.
2002-2003 Embassy of Spain in Peru, Lima, to present a paper “Poetry of Rossella Di Paolo and San Juan de la Cruz”. Project completed.