Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Calkins Hall 321
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Degrees: PHD, 1997, New York Univ; MA, 1992, New York Univ
Benita Sampedro Vizcaya is Associate Professor of Colonial Studies at Hofstra University where she works closely with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the African Studies Program. Her research interests focus on Spanish colonialism in both Africa and Latin America, revisiting its colonial links beyond the frame of the different imperial Atlantic networks. She has published extensively on processes of decolonization and postcolonial legacies, empire and hegemony, colonial discourse and resistance, archives, borders, and ruins.
Among her contributions are: a monographic issue of Hofstra Hispanic Review, entitled “Positionalities in Colonial Latin American Studies”(2006); a book entitled Border Interrogations: Questioning Spanish Frontiers (Oxford: Berghahn Books 2008); and a special monographic issue of Afro-Hispanic Review, entitled “Theorizing Equatorial Guinea” (2009). Some of her recent articles include: “Engaging the Atlantic: New Routes, New Responsibilities”, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Vol. 89. No. 8, December 2012; “Routes to Ruin”, Lengua y Literatura, Vol. 7, No. 2, November 2012: http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/lljournal/issue/current/showToc; “Guinea Ecuatorial en la agenda política de los Estados Unidos”. Palabras: Revista de la cultura y de las ideas. Vol. 2, September 2010: http://www.fundegue.es/pdf/articulos/39/La_Era_Obama.pdf; “Archivos insulares y violencia imperial”, In Juan Manuel Escudero and Victoriano Roncero (eds.). La violencia en el mundo hispánico en el siglo de oro (Madrid: Visor Libros, 2010); and “Rethinking the Archive and the Colonial Library: Equatorial Guinea”, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Vol. 9. No. 3, November 2008.
Her immediate projects include an annotated and illustrated edition, with introductory essay and postscript, of the unpublished archival production by Raquel Ilonbé del Pozo Epita, entitled Ceiba II. Poesía inédita completa (forthcoming in Madrid: Ediciones Verbum, Spring 2013); a monographic issue of the Revista Debats, on literatures from Sub-Saharan Africa (forthcoming in Valencia: Institució Alfons el Magnánim, Spring 2013); the translation into English and annotated edition of Ekomo by María Nsue Angüe, currently under review with a press; and a research monograph on post-industrialist ruins and remnants in the colonial settings of the Gulf of Guinea.