Robert Mason, PhD, is Chair of the 2020 AILASA Conference Organising Committee. He is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. His research focuses on heritage, memory and violence, and he has particular interest in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking communities in Asia, Australia and North America. His most recent research focuses on critical heritage studies and protest movements in contemporary Mexico.
Laura Rodriguez Castro, Resident Adjunct Research Fellow
Laura Rodriguez Castro, PhD, is a Resident Adjunct Research Fellow at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Griffith University. Her research focuses in the intersections of decoloniality, feminisms and rurality. Her doctoral research involved a participatory visual project with rural women in Colombia. She is the author of a forthcoming monograph with Duke University Press, and has been published in a number of leading journals.
Stephanie Natolo, PhD, is a researcher and sessional lecturer in Spanish at Griffith University, and a consultant at Claremont Graduate University, California. Her doctoral research examined the Argentinean community in Australia, with focus on the intergenerational maintenance and transmission of Rioplatense Spanish and Argentinean identity. Her research interests include Spanish language maintenance, and Argentinean identity.
Laura Ripoll González , University Associate
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Stefan Jatschka is in his second year of his PhD at Griffith University. With his project he explores emotional gaps in autobiographical memory and how travel memoirs can be used as a tool to explore mother-son relationships.
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Stephanie Natolo, PhD, is a researcher at Griffith University, Brisbane and a consultant at Claremont Graduate University, California. Her doctoral research examined the Argentinean community in Australia, with focus on the intergenerational maintenance and transmission of Spanish and Rioplatense Spanish and Argentinean identity. Her research interests include Spanish language maintenance, Argentinean identity, language contact, and digital technologies.
Laura Ripoll González,
Laura Ripoll González, PhD, is an Adjunct Researcher at Griffith University and an Associate Researcher at the University of Tasmania. She has broad experience working in a number of countries and across multiple professional contexts. Her interdisciplinary research projects feature theoretical and applied approaches to communication, cultural studies and public policy. Her research interests include cross-cultural communication, food studies, sustainable development, place branding and creative place-making.
PhD Candidate and Sessional Tutor
Stefan Jatschka is in his second year of his PhD at Griffith University. With his project he explores emotional gaps in autobiographical memory and how travel memoirs can be used as a tool to explore mother-son relationships. He has been published in Talent Implied and Getamungsti
Bronte Alexander, PhD Candidate and Research Assistant
Bronte Alexander is a PhD candidate at Griffith University. Her thesis draws on social and cultural geography to investigate the human experience of mobility through the intersection of refugee and disability studies. She is particularly interested in the current movement of migrants from Venezuela through the urban spaces of northern Brazil.
PhD candidate, and sessional tutor
Kay Cook is a PhD candidate in literary studies at Griffith University's School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science. Her thesis investigates diverse approaches to violence and censorship in international literature published about Portugal's Salazar dictatorship. Her work has been published in a number of journals, and she is the author of a monograph on contemporary Portuguese literature.
GRIFFITH CENTRE FOR SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RESEARCH
The Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR) is dedicated to increasing our understanding of current challenges facing the modern world. Through the application of innovative humanities and social science research, incorporating the knowledge of academics from a broad range of interrelated disciplines, we are at the cutting edge of humanities and social science discourse.
Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is the primary research centre for Humanities and the Social Sciences in the university, and is the host element for the conference.
HOST INSTITUTION: GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Griffith University is the host for AILASA's 2020 conference. Our researchers engage with Spain, Portugal and Latin America from perspectives that include museum studies and sociology, linguistics and political science, creative writing and history. The School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science is the home of many of the University's research on Iberian and Latin American Studies.