Bolsas de viaje estudiantiles – Conference travel scholarships for graduate students

Congratulations to Maya Caterina Feile Tomes, Imogen Choi, Aude Plagnard and Maxim Rigaux. These graduate students have been awarded a monetary subsidy to help them attend the  Boston Renaissance Society of America Conference next March, 2016. They will participate in  SRBHP-sponsored panels at said conference.

Maya Caterina Feile Tomes, University of Cambridge,   will present on “Metapoetics at the Isthmus of Panama: A Study in Early Modern Spanish and Neo-Latin Epic Interaction” in the SRBHP panel on “Studies on the Early Modern Spanish and Ibero-American Epic: Re(dis)covering Iberian Epic: A Trilingual Perspective.” Maya also did a lot of the work organizing this panel!

Imogen Choi, University of Cambridge,   will present on “Heroism at the Extremes: Exploration and Desire in Juan de Miramontes’s Armas antárticas (ca. 1608–09),” in the SRBHP panel on “Heroes of Epic Proportions: The Figure of the Explorer-Discoverer in Early Modern Spanish and Ibero-American Epic.”

Aude Plagnard, Université de Paris-Sorbonne and Casa de Velázquez,   will present on “Difusión manuscrita e ilustrada de la épica: Las obras de Jerónimo Corte-Real, entre Lisboa y Madrid” in the SRBHP session “Early Modern Hispanic Poetry and the Material Turn.”

Maxim Rigaux, Universiteit Gent,   will present on “Historia and Fábula in Lepanto Epic Poetry: The Naval Battle in Latin, Catalan, and Spanish Perspective” in the SRBHP panel on “Studies on the Early Modern Spanish and Ibero-American Epic: Re(dis)covering Iberian Epic: A Trilingual Perspective.”

A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND ON THESE TRAVEL SCHOLARSHIPS

In thinking of ways to foment growth of the Society and also of transatlantic collaborations between our membership on both sides of the Atlantic, the leadership of SRBHP, both in Europe and in the U.S., has recently decided to create several modest travel scholarships to help graduate students get across the Atlantic–in either direction–in order to present a paper for SRBHP. This conference presentation could be either at the SRBHP conference, itself, or in an SRBHP-sponsored session at another conference, such as the Renaissance Society of America. For now, we have managed to put together funds for two “bolsas de viaje” of 200 Euros each from SRBHP funds in Spain, working together with Ignacio García Aguilar, our Secretario/Tesorero on the European side. The Board of Directors of the SRBHP in the U.S. then came up with equivalent funding in the same amount for two more such travel awards.

The abstracts of our four European graduate student presenters at RSA Boston 2016 were vetted by two members of the Board of Directors here and by Ignacio García Aguilar in Spain, to make certain that we consider them to be of meritorious quality.

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