Constanza M Lopez

Associate 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 associate 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

 

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

 

Articles

 

2018 “La poesía de Marta Quiñónez: Testimonio del camino, de los tiempos y del pan.” Poemas y cantos: Antología critica de autoras afrodescendientes de América Latina. Eds. María M. Jaramillo y Betty Osorio, 2016. (Accepted and Forthcoming).

 

2018 “The Women of Colombia: Building Peace with Their Hands.” Latin American Perspectives on Global Development. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. (Accepted and Forthcoming).

 

2017 “Las galerías urbanas de memoria en Medellín.” Revista de Estudios Colombianos. 50 (julio-diciembre 2017).

 

2015 “Memorias de dolor, guerra y desplazamiento en Colombia.” Las tramas de la memoria. Alter/nativas. Columbus OH: Ohio State University Center for Latin American Studies 5 (2015). Web.

 

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.

 


Ongoing Research

 

2018 Collective Efforts: Reterritorializing the Spaces of Violence in Colombia. (Manuscript in progress).

 

2018 “Los testimonios líricos Marta Lucía Quiñónez: Genocidio, multinacionales, paramilitares, discriminación y hambre en la experiencia afrocolombiana” (In progress).

 

2018 “El museo de la memoria y su labor en la reconstrucción del tejido social y la creación de nuevas comunidades” (In progress).

 

2018 “Voces y Caras: Latinx Testimonio in North Florida” (In progress).

 


Selected conference presentations

 


2019 “Feminicidio en la literatura femenina latinoamericana.” XXI Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas, Bogotá, Colombia (15-17 July)

 

2018 “Voces y Caras Hispanic communities of North Florida.” Poster Presentation. DH 2018 conference in Mexico City, June 26-29.

 

2018 “Homenaje a Ginny Bouvier (1958-2017).” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Barcelona, Spain (23 May).

 

2018 “Los testimonios líricos Marta Lucía Quiñónez: Genocidio, multinacionales, paramilitares, discriminación y hambre en la experiencia afrocolombiana.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Barcelona, Spain (26 May).

 

2017 “El museo de la memoria y su labor en la reconstrucción del tejido social y la creación de nuevas comunidades.” XX Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas, San Diego, California (3-5 August).

 

2016 “‘Qué el museo sea una casa’”: el lugar, el colectivo y la transformación de la memoria.” Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). Hotel Zaza, Houston, Texas, (10-12 November).

 

2016 “Reterritorialización y resemantización de los espacios de guerra a través de imágenes de reconciliación.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). New York Hilton Midtown, New York, NY (27 May).

 

2015 “El arte callejero en Colombia como testimonio de la lucha por la paz y la igualdad.” Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (8-10 October).

 

2015 “La poesía de Marta Quiñónez: Testimonio del camino, de los tiempos y del pan.” XIX Congreso de la Asociación de Colombianistas, Medellín-Colombia (1-3 July).

 

2015 “Testimonios bosquejados: la representación de las mujeres en fotografías, murales y grafitti en Colombia.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Caribe Hilton, San Juan, PR (29 May).

 

2015 “Colombian Hip-Hop as a Means of Reterritorialization of the Spaces of Violence.” Modern Language Association (MLA). Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver – Canada (10 January).

 

2014 “Entre el arte, el exilio y la muerte: Los jóvenes raperos de las comunas de Medellín.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA). Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL (24 May).

 

2013 “Género y testimonio en el hip hop colombiano.” Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH). Claremont Colleges, Claremont, CA (10-12 October).

 

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, Regis College
Weston, MA (10-13 July).

 

2013 “Construyendo memorias y puentes: La música errante del desplazamiento y los campamentos de paz en Colombia.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Washington, DC (29 May – 1 June).

 

2013 Discussant for panel Women, Gender and Peace Processes in Colombia. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Washington, DC (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, MI (8-10 November).

 

2012 “Women and War: Rewriting the Colombian Conflict.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), San Francisco, CA (23-26 May).

 

2011 “‘Bars in the Soul’: Narrating Life in Prison in My Life as a Colombian Revolutionary: Reflections of a Former Guerrillera.” 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.” Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Toronto, Canada (6-9 October).

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