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Spanish & Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley

Welcome to the web resource of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Berkeley. Our department is a medium-sized one, big enough to offer a wide variety of approaches to teaching and research yet small enough to afford students at both the graduate and undergraduate level personal attention and mentoring. We offer an abundance of opportunities to learn and achieve mastery of the languages and cultures we study, which include Catalan, Nahuatl, Portuguese, Romance Studies and Spanish. Our programs are specially designed for highly motivated students with a passion for other languages, literatures and cultures, for imaginative approaches to these and for careful crossing of traditionally defined geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

Several of our faculty are formally involved with or are active in other departments or academic units on campus—for example, Comparative Literature, Rhetoric, Film and Media, Gender & Women’s Studies, the Portuguese Studies Program, the Spanish Studies Program, the Catalan and Occitan Studies Program, and the Center for Latin American Studies and Renaissance and Early Modern Studies.

Upcoming Events

News

New Faculty Member, Tom McEnaney

The department is very pleased to welcome Tom McEnaney as new member of the department.  Professor McEnaney comes to us from Cornell University as an advanced Assistant Professor. His research interests include the history of media and technology, Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His new book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) investigates the co-evolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. Professor McEnaney will be teaching in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature.

Achy Obejas, Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2017

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese is pleased to welcome distinguished writer, translator and teacher Achy Obejas as our Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2017. She will be teaching a beginning workshop for translators, which will include critical readings, in-class exercises, peer critique and discussion. (more…)

No Legacy || Literatura electrónica

Prof. Saum-Pascual’s exhibit No Legacy || Literatura electrónica, that was on display at UC Berkeley last year, is opening this week in San Francisco at the California College of the Arts. The show will be open February 23 – May 5. Please click here to visit the CCA event page with more information.