Constanza M Lopez

Assistant Professor

Languages, Literatures and Cultures • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

Latin American Literatures of the XX and XXI Centuries, Women writers, Autobiography and Testimonio, Gender and Violence, Film and Documentary, Hip Hop, Human Rights and Activism, Migrations, Hispanics in the US.

Education

2011 Ph.D. in Latin American Literature. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Dissertation title: Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: Narrativas testimoniales de mujeres colombianas (1985-2000).
Director: Magdalena Perkowska; readers: Lía Schwartz, Elena Martínez, Elvira Sánchez-Blake.


2007 M. Phil. in Spanish and Spanish American Literatures. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


2004 M.A. in Spanish and Spanish American Literatures. Hunter College of the City University of New York.


1998 B.A. in Spanish and Spanish American Literatures, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Biography

Constanza López is an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She obtained her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literatures at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research interests include Latin American Literatures of the XX and XXI centuries, women writers, autobiography and testimonio, gender and violence, film and documentary, human rights and activism, migrations, and Hispanics in the U.S. She is author of Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: el testimonio femenino en Colombia(1985-2000).She is currently working on a manuscript for a book titled Gender and Testimonio in Colombian Hip Hop.
 

Awards

2011 Victoria Urbano Award for the Critical Monograph Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: El testimonio femenino en Colombia (1985-2000). Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH).


2008-2009 MAGNET Dissertation Fellowship.


2007-2008 Writing Fellowship, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


2004-2007 University Tuition Fellowship, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


2007 Presidential Travel Award, Hunter College of the City University of New York.


2007, 2006 Sue Rosemberg Zalk Student Research Travel and Award, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


2005 Cátedra Delibes Travel Award, Universidad de Valladolid, Spain and Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


2004 Distinction in Graduate Studies Award, Department of Romance Languages, Hunter College of the City University of New York.


1998 Rita Sherman Memorial Award, Department of Romance Languages, Hunter College of the City University of New York.

 

1998 Lilly Mage Award, Department of Latin American Studies, Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Affiliations

Modern Language Association.
Asociación de Colombianistas.
Latin American Studies Association.
Feministas Unidas.
Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica.
 

Publications & Presentations

Books


2013 Gender and Testimonio in Colombian Hip Hop (In progress)


2012 Trauma, memoria y cuerpo: El testimonio femenino en Colombia (1985-2000). Tempe, Ariz: AILCFH (2012).


Articles


2014 "Memorias de dolor, guerra y desplazamiento en Colombia" (In progress)


2010 “Razones de vida by Vera Grabe: Pro-Peace Narrative or the Search for Memory.” Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, 2010: 105-126.


2005 “El lugar de la mujer en la poética Modernista: el caso en De sobremesa de José Asunción Silva.” Voces Multiculturales: Actas del IX Congreso Internacional de estudiantes del Departamento de Literaturas y Lenguas Hispánicas y Luso-Brasileñas. New York: The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 2005: 19-23.


Book Reviews


2014 Review of Afro Colombian Hip Hop. Revista de Estudios Colombianos 43 (2014)

2012 Review of Espiral de silencios. Revista de Estudios Colombianos 40 (2012)


2006 Review of Colombian Theatre in the Vortex: Seven Plays. LLJournal 1:1 (2006).


2005 Review of Angles on Otherness in Post Franco Spain: The Fiction of Cristina Fernández Cubas. Siglo XXI 3 (2005): 278-81.


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


2014 “Entre el arte, el exilio y la muerte: Los jóvenes raperos de las comunas de Medellín.” El hip hop colombiano: construyendo memoria y desafiando la indiferencia. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Chicago (21-24 May).


2013 “Género y testimonio en el hip hop colombiano.” Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica (AILCFH) Annual Conference at Claremont, California (10-12 October).


2013 “Women’s Gaze on the Colombian Conflict.” University of North Florida Department of History Past-to-Present Lecture series (September 26)


2013 “Desaparecidos, desplazados y enamoradas sin remedio: Puntos de encuentro en Cita en el Café La Bolsa de Mary Daza Orozco y La multitud errante de Laura Restrepo.” XVIII Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas, Weston, Massachusetts (10-13 July).


2013 “Construyendo memorias y puentes: La música errante del desplazamiento y los campamentos de paz en Colombia.” Reivindicación, transformación y memoria: Los designios múltiples de la canción social en Colombia. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Washington (29 May – 1 June).


2012 “Realidades novelescas: De cómo sobreviven las mujeres en medio del conflicto armado en Colombia.” Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispanica (AILCFH) Annual Conference at Grand Rapids, Michigan (8-10 November).


2012 “Using Oral History as a Tool for Teaching Native/Heritage Speakers of Spanish.” Latin American Lectures Series. UNF, Jacksonville, Florida (14 September)


2012 “Women and War: Rewriting the Colombian Conflict.” Struggles to End Gender Violence in Latin America. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), San Francisco (23-26 May).


2012 “Testimonio y re-escritura del conflicto colombiano en Escrito para no morir de María Eugenia Vásquez Perdomo.” The Annual Alumni Lecture. Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (11 May).


2011 “‘Bars in the Soul’: Narrating Life in Prison in My Life as a Colombian Revolutionary: Reflections of a Former Guerrillera.” Prison Writing in Transnational Contexts: Forms, Rhetorics, and Politics. Modern Language Association (MLA), Los Angeles (6-9 January).


2010 “Razones de vida de Vera Grabe: Política de paz, conjuro a la memoria o búsqueda de la maternidad perdida.” Women Narrating Violence in Colombia: Reflections on Trauma, Memory and the Body. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Toronto, Canada (6-9 October).


2009 “Razones de vida by Vera Grabe: Pro-Peace Narrative or the Search for Memory.” Women Narrating Violence in Colombia: Reflections on Trauma, Memory and the Body. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (16 October) and Queens College of the City University of New York (12 November).


2008 “Teorías del testimonio latinoamericano y sus encrucijadas.” Theory Study Group, Ph.D. Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages. The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (24 October).

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(904) 620-2343

constanza.lopez@unf.edu

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