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Undergraduate Research in Spain

I have developed a series of faculty-mentored undergraduate field research initiatives in Spain.

ARCHIVO DEL DUELO, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, 2005 An early incursion into the area of undergraduate research abroad was a 2005 8-week internship with the Madrid-based "Archivo del Duelo/ Archive of Mourning" project.  Three W&M Hispanic Studies majors accompanied me as research interns at Madrid´s prestigious Spanish National Research Council (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC), under Dr. Cristina Sánchez Carretero´s supervision of the March 11, 2004 archive, based on commemorative objects of mourning and remembrance left at the Madrid sites of 4 commuter train bombings by Al-Qaeda terrorists. A grant from W&M's Borgenicht Identity & Transformation Fellowship,  allowed Nic Takacs, Kim Martin, and Michelle Neyland (pictured here, seated, on site with Dr. Sánchez Carretero,, to research at the CSIC in Madrid initially with me, and stay on as interns for a two-month appointment.

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR "STUDY AWAY" SPRING BREAK TRIP Madrid, 2018 This 2018 Hispanic Studies class-based field trip abroad took place during spring break with 12 students from my First-Year Seminar, "Imagina Madrid: 1808-2018". Each student designed a digital portfolio based on a particular area of inquiry related to socio-cultural issues expressed through Madrid's urban landscape: for example, commemorative sites of violence and trauma; popular movements of political resistnce and sites of marginalized people's daily struggles; visual and embodied expressions of alternative viewpoints in public places; official forms of national discourse; or the space of art in shaping collective notions of identity, belonging and exclusion. Click here to access the class's StoryMaps, including my "Overview"/Professor's Notebook:

MAPPING MEMORY IN MADRID, 2009 In 2009, my Mellon-funded team of five Hispanic Studies majors traveled to Madrid to complete a website memory project, "Mapping Memory in Madrid: The Places of Memory of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco Dictatorhsip". Click here to access our team's research website:Mapping Memory in Madrid

POPULAR MEMORY OF FRANCO REPRESSION, Cádiz, Spain    In 2013-2015, with generous support provided by a W&M Weingartner Research Fellowship, four undergraduate Hispanic Studies majors worked with me on an oral testimony project based in the province of Cádiz, gathering materials related to the 1936 civil war murders of civilians and the period of repression under Franco. Student Robert Bohnke was part of this phase of the research project:

Weingartner research fellows Meghan Bentley and Kate Wessman, along with W&M's institutional technology academic liaison Mike Blum helped launch the original research project in June 2013; both undergraduates participated as co-presenters in a MLL Bellini Colloquium in January of 2014 :

SUMMER STUDY/RESEARCH ABROAD IN CADIZ (est. 2003) Since 2003, W&M students have completed on-site research projects in Cádiz, Spain, as part of the summer research/study abroad program that my colleague Carla Buck and I developed for the College.

In February 2016, two Cádiz summer program veterans, Stephanie Heredia (´16) and Chantal Houglan (´16), with me and Sarah Mullen (formerly of the Reves Center for International Studies), presented a 75-minute workshop at a national conference, WISE (Workshop on Intercultural Skills Enhancement), Wake Forest University:

For further information about the Cádiz program and how to apply, click here,

For 2015 interviews with faculty and students about the Cádiz research program, click here: