Santiago Fernández Mosquera (USC) - Director
Santiago Fernández Mosquera is Professor of Spanish Literature in the Department of Spanish Language and Literature, Literary Theory and General Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, of which he was Secretary and subsequently Director (2009-2016).
He is also the Principal Investigator/Coordinator of the Calderón Research Group (GIC) at the University of Santiago de Compostela and an associate member of GRISO (University of Navarre), CELES XVII-XVIII (University of Poitiers) and CECE (Centre for the Publication of Classical Spanish Literature). He was appointed deputy director of the Inditex Chair of Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh) on its creation in 2011, becoming its director in 2015, and has been a vice-president of the International Association of the Spanish Golden Age (AISO) since 2014.
A specialist in the literature of the Spanish Golden Age, whose authors include Cervantes, Quevedo and Calderón de la Barca, he has published 14 books, including monographs, literary editions and as coordinating editor; 4 journals, as guest editor, and over 60 journal articles or book chapters. He has been a visiting lecturer at the universities of Toulouse-Le Mirail and Poitiers (France), St. Andrews (UK), Heidelberg (Germany), La Réunión (France), Jinling College-Nanjing (China), Tehran (Iran) and Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (Germany), and a guest lecturer at numerous institutions throughout the world.
He is an assessor at the Spanish National Assessment and Prospective Research Agency and its Italian counterpart (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca Direzione Generale per il coordinamento e lo sviluppo della Ricerca), having previously been coordinator of the Philology and Philosophy area of the Spanish National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) for the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport’s mobility programme for research stays for senior ( the “Salvador de Madariaga” programme) and junior (the “José Castillejo” programme) academics.
In the wider cultural field he has produced and curated the exhibition Gravado e Palabra: Otero Pedrayo e Julio Prieto Nespereira at the Fundación Prieto Nespereira, Deputación de Ourense (June-September 2001) and as a photographer has displayed his work in two exhibitions: Las tierras escondidas: Assam y Arunachal Pradesh, India, with photographs by Santiago Fernández Mosquera and Salvador Arellano, at the Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis, Oporto (Portugal), 4/12/2008-11/01/2009, the University of Navarre (Pamplona, February 2009), the Instituto Castellano y Leonés de la Lengua (Palacio de la Isla, Burgos, February 2009) and the University of Santiago de Compostela (Colexio de Fonseca, April 2009); and Swagatam, with photographs by Santiago Fernández Mosquera and Salvador Arellano at the Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi (India), which opened on 11/11/2010.
Amparo Porta Rivas - Coordinator
María Amparo Porta Rivas holds a degree in Spanish Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela. A specialist in cultural management and the management of centres for the teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language, she has been the coordinator of the Inditex Chair since its inception in 2011.
A research fellow in the Spanish Literature Department from 1988 to 1993, where she worked on the Spanish Literature Timeline project, she then joined the Fundación Camilo José Cela as its librarian, secretary of its quarterly journal—El Extramundi y los Papeles de Iria Flavia—and cultural events officer.
From 1997 to 2008 she worked in the International Courses Department of the University of Santiago de Compostela, becoming its director in 2001, a post in which she was responsible for designing, leading and supervising all the academic programmes instituted during her period of tenure (courses for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, specialist courses, academic semesters, etc.). Her responsibilities included leading working groups, faculty members and administrative staff, supervising the cultural activities linked to each academic programme, relations with official institutions, Ministries and Embassies in the creation of projects, programmes and courses under their sponsorship, and reaching agreements with publishing houses for the creation of new resources and the development of new materials for the teaching of Spanish as a foreign language.
During this time she also ran the Instituto Cervantes’ Initial Training Course for teachers of Spanish as a foreign language at the USC in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
She was subsequently appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Fundación Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (2009-2011), where she set up the Foundation’s internal work group and designed, put forward and implemented its cultural, academic and educational activities. She also devised the programme of events organised to commemorate the centenary of the author’s birth in 2010.
Other responsibilities have included setting up working groups at Salamanca and Granada Universities to design, develop and implement a variety of teacher-training courses; directing and coordinating the International Federation of Teachers of Spanish (FIAPE); and coordinating the International Courses group for the IMLABOUR European project.
She has been invited to give talks at a number of events: International Education and Spanish as a Foreign Language (Comillas, 2007), Tools for the Development of Spanish as an Economic Resource (Madrid, 2007), 11th Brazilian Congress for Teachers of Spanish (Salvador de Bahía, Brazil, September 2005), Teaching Spanish in Portugal: the higher and non-formal education sectors (Spanish Embassy and the Instituto Cervantes in Lisbon, September 2003) and Spanish, an Asset with an International Vocation (Casa de América, Madrid, 2002); and was interviewed by the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade’s journal El Exportador for the article Las letras cotizan al alza (Issue 61, February 2003).
María José Martínez López (UDC) - Deputy director
María José Martínez López is a tenured lecturer of Spanish Literature in the Department of Spanish and Latin Philology of the Faculty of Philology at the University of A Coruña, where she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the field of Spanish Philology.
Her research interests focus on the literature of the Spanish Golden Age and works written for the stage, in particular. She has published various articles, book chapters and a monograph on these topics in renowned journals published in Spain and abroad, and has worked on a number of Spanish research projects in this field. These include a study of the reception of seventeenth-century Spanish drama in Portugal, for which she was lead researcher, and a project to analyse and publish the secular plays of Calderón de la Barca. She is a member of the Calderón Research Group (GIC) at the University of Santiago de Compostela and of various international associations of Spanish scholars; has had research stays at a number of foreign universities such as those of Toulouse-Le Mirail (Francea) and Roma Tre (Italy); been a visiting lecturer on PhD courses at the University of Toulouse-Le Mirail; and enjoyed study and training stays at the Oficina de Investigación y Observación del Español (Madrid) and the CSIC (Málaga).
She has an extensive track record in university governance and management, having been Dean of the Faculty of Philology at the University of A Coruña from 2000 to 2003, a period during which undergraduate degree syllabi conforming to the requirements of the European Higher Education Area were introduced. From 2008 to 2016 she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the same university, with responsibilities in various areas such as the student body (the UDC has 20,000 students enrolled on its courses), internal relations (commencing the process of internationalising its qualifications) and sport and culture (promoting discussion and participation in the university’s cultural and social activities). During the same period (2008-2016) she was a standing member of the governing body of the Conference of Spanish University Vice-Chancellor’s Executive Committee for student affairs.
Her academic qualifications include a degree in Spanish Philology from the Complutense University of Madrid, an MA in Spanish from the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France), a postgraduate diploma (DEA) from the University of Paris IV-La Sorbonne and a PhD in Spanish Philology from the University of Santiago de Compostela.
Victoria Vázquez Rozas (USC) - Deputy director
Victoria Vázquez Rozas is a tenured lecturer of Spanish in the Department of Spanish Language and Literature, Literary Theory and General Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC), coordinator of the Spanish Grammar (GdE) research group and since 2015 deputy director of the Inditex Chair of Spanish Language and Culture at the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh. Since 2011 she has been the leader of the research group at the USC that is helping to build the CORPES XXI reference corpus of twenty-first century Spanish within the framework of the collaborative agreement between the university and the Spanish Royal Academy.
As a member of the GdE research group she was actively involved in the design and construction of the Syntactic Database of Spanish (BDS) and the various competitive projects related with this line of research from 1989 to 2006. Since 2007 she has been the coordinator of the USC’s PRESEGAL working group within the sphere of the Sociolinguistic Study of Spanish in Spain and America Project (PRESEEA). She has also been lead researcher on five competitive projects focusing on the contrastive analysis of verbal syntax and the design, exploitation and analysis of spoken corpora (the ESLORA corpus).
She has published on syntactic and discursive aspects of Spanish from a usage-based perspective and, more recently, on the development and analysis of spoken corpora, fields in which she has supervised four doctoral theses and a substantial number of MA and BA dissertations. She has been a visiting lecturer at the universities of Copenhagen (Denmark), UC Santa Barbara (USA), Leuven (Belgium), Iceland, UNAM (Mexico) and PUCV (Valparaiso, Chile) and a guest lecturer at the universities of Syddansk and Aarhus (Denmark), the Menéndez Pelayo International University (Spain), the Autonomous University of Querétaro (Mexico) and the CUP in Braga (Portugal).
She is an assessor at the Spanish National Assessment and Prospective Research Agency (ANEP) and the Catalan Agency for the Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), a member of the scientific committees of journals such as Linguistic Studies (CLUNL, Lisbon), Sintagma (University of Lleida), Anuario de Letras. Lingüística y Filología (UNAM) and a member of the advisory committee of Verba (USC). She has worked as an external assessor in selection processes for the University of Iceland, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Nova University of Lisbon or the Ohio Research Council, amongst others, and is a regular reviewer for specialist journals and publishers.
Paula Lorenzo Geada
Pilar Ordín Canales
Estrella Renedo García
Cristina Rodríguez Teijeiro
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