Jack Martinez Arias
Jack graduated in 2007 from the University of San Marcos (Lima, Perú) with a B.A. in Latin American Literature. Before coming to Northwestern he spent time working as a cultural journalist for various print publications. His interests include: Andean literature, focusing on writers Jose Maria Arguedas and Manuel Scorza; interrelations of literature and politics in Contemporary Latin America narrative; and Peruvian cinema. He currently serves on the editorial board of El Hablador, Revista Virtual de Literatura.
Gerardo received a B.A in Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2008 and a M.A in Cultures and Literatures of Latin America from Northeastern Illinois University in 2010. His area of interest is in Latin American Literature and Cultures from centuries XVI to XIX with a special emphasis in the various genres and periods of Mexican literature and the complementary roles of literary and anthropological interaction to conform indigenous identities and development of an early national consciousness, particularly in Mexico. This interests embrace: pre-Columbian literature in its original languages including Náhuatl, P'urhépecha and Quechua; The Chronicles of the “Conquista” and the chroniclers’ discourse. Additionally, a special interest on the baroque époque in the Mexican literature emphasizing the work of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Carlos de Singüenza y Góngora, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Bernardo de Balbuena, Francisco Bramon and Miguel de Guebvera and their perspective in connecting the baroque literary tropes to a new definition of the unstoppable emergent new baroque era in literature, the so called, “barroco de indias”, all of which are in a dynamic cultural and literary process of the formation of an early consciousness of the Mexican nation.
Aaron Aguilar Ramirez
Aarón received his B.A. in Spanish and History from Whitman College in 2012. His interests lie close to the Tropic of Cancer in the Americas, namely, in Mexican and Cuban history and cultural production. He is particularly interested in the negotiated ideas of self and nation that result from a Mexican and Cuban history of revolution and migration. He is excited to refine his interests as he begins his studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University.
Mariana Barreto received her B.A. from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru in Sociology. Her interests include Cultural Theory and Studies, Visual Culture, Psychoanalysis, Politics, and Gender Studies.
Juliana Seroa da Motta Lugão
Juliana received a B.A. in Communications and Journalism from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 2006. She worked in journalism and publishing before returning to the academic world. She completed a M.A in Literary Studies in Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 2012 with a thesis about the German author Monika Maron’s book Pawels Briefe (Pavels Letters) and the questions of memory, visual culture and affection. With the same theoretical interests, along with critical theory, her research is now shifting to the Lusophone and Hispanic subjects.