Iberian Studies at the University of Minnesota brings together scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds to highlight the strength of faculty research and teaching, working around the idea of Iberia as a subject of inquiry across period, language, and identity.
As we move from older models of area studies into transnational and global perspectives, Iberia serves as epistemological locus from which we rethink narratives of past national, ethnic, linguistic, and religious identities. Thus conceived, Iberia is envisioned as a space that encompasses the realities of African, Asian, and Latin American immigration based on colonial patterns of filiation and patrimony as well as new economic and social realities.
Our aim is to explore complex narratives about cultures that cross temporal and geographical as well as disciplinary boundaries by offering opportunities to develop collaborative projects, curriculum, organize events and scholarly initiatives, foster national and international collaboration that connects us to colleagues at other institutions locally and worldwide.
The work of Iberian Studies at the University of Minnesota will complement other new scholarly initiatives such as Mediterranean and Transoceanic Studies, the Global South, Translation and Global Studies.