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Graduate Students Present Research at Conferences

February 22, 2017

Yeni and Daniela in D.C for GRAPHSY

Yeni and Daniela in D.C for GRAPHSY

UTSA graduate students, Daniela Hernandez and Yeni Davila presented their research at the 10th annual GRAPHSY (Graduate Portuguese and Hispanic Symposium)  hosted by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University.

The theme for GRAPHSY X was Movements and Waves within the fields of Linguistics or Iberian and Latin American Literature/Culture.

Davila presented a paper titled, “The Impact of Inadequate Translation of Educational Materials on Bilingual Students’ Academic Achievement: A Case Study” which argues that an inadequate translation has an unfavorable effect on the academic performance of bilingual education students.

Apart from GRAPHSY, Davila was also represented by her daughter/co-presenter, Maghally Davila, who presented her poster titled, “El bilingüismo y la identidad” which illustrated the relationship between identity and bilingualism at this year’s TexLer conference which was held at UTSA from February 17-18. 

Hernandez presented the first chapter of her Master's thesis provisionally titled “El relato amoroso y la construcción lingüística de la identidad gay en tres novelas latinoamericanas del siglo XX.” She also presented a paper titled, “El sujeto activo y pasivo en 20 poemas de amor y una canción desesperada de Pablo Neruda (1924) y El libro blanco (1907) de Delmira Agustini,” which she wrote in Dr. Whitney Chappell's course, that explores how sexuality is semantically represented in four poems written by Pablo Neruda and Delmira Agustini.

In addition to her GRAPHSY appearance, Hernandez will also be presenting “Un análisis sistemático del rol de la mediación cultural en los servicios de interpretación de salud mental dentro de la comunidad Latina estadounidense (1990-2015)” on March 23 at the 17th Annual College of Liberal and Fine Arts Spring Research Conference hosted at UTSA.

Following the Spring Research Conference, she will present the second chapter of her Master’s thesis titled, “La ciudad violenta y erotica en la literatura gay latinoamericana: Santos-Febres (200) y Gutíerrez (1988)” and “El SIDA y la violencia de género en Sirena Selena vestida de pena (2000), Salón de Belleza (1994) y El Rey de la Habana (1988)” at NeMLA (Northeast Modern Language Association) from March 24-26 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Finally, Hernandez’s last presentation takes place from April 7-8 at the Department of Languages and Literatures of Lehman College (CUNY) in collaboration with the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY): Fashion and Clothing in Hispanic Literatures. Here she will present, “La transformación del traje de tehuana desde el siglo XVI hasta el siglo XIX: un análisis de los aspectos socioculturales del estuario típico Oaxaqueño hasta su contemporaneidad,” which outlines the represenations of fashion in Hispanic literature.

Both Davila and Hernandez have put in an extensive amount of effort and time in order to acquire the necessary information to advance their academic research projects. The UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers a MA in Spanish and a Graduate Certificate in Translation and Interpreting Studies.

 

By: Andrea Avalos

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